WRESTLING: Wolverines top 16-team field to win War Eagle Invitational

Published 10:40 am Monday, December 4, 2023

The Polk County wrestling team brought home its first tournament title in quite some time, winning the War Eagle Invitational held Saturday at East Henderson High School.

The Wolverines topped a 16-team field, finishing 22 points ahead of Tuscola. East Henderson, Swain and North Buncombe rounded out the top five.

Polk had two individual champions, with Efrain Rivera winning the 106-pound class and Jadyn Virgil taking the 215-pound class. West Henderson’s Justin Reyes suffered an injury default in the 106 final to give Rivera the win while Virgil pinned East Henderson’s Gabe Jones.

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But the story of the day for the Wolverines was depth, with eight wrestlers claiming top-four finishes. Polk County placed six wrestlers in the championship round in their weight classes.

Wrestlers placing in the top four in addition to Rivera and Virgil included:

  • Brody Wolfe, 4th, 113
  • Amon Villarreal, 2nd, 120
  • Jacob Ed, 2nd, 150
  • Styler Blackwell, 2nd, 157
  • Zach McCraw, 3rd, 165
  • Zalen McCraw, 2nd, 175

Polk County is slated to return to the mat on Wednesday, traveling to East Henderson for a dual meet at 6 p.m.