The McDowell Titans turned in a respectable 12th place finish in a stout, 22-team field at the Falcon Frenzy Tournament at West Henderson over the weekend.
McDowell scored 66 points and had three wrestlers place as high as fifth. Enka won the tourney with 204 points and was followed by Gibbs, Tenn. (183) and T.C. Roberson (168.5) in the top three.
“We had a few injuries,” said Titans head coach Justin Snethen. “But it’s a long road and we are constantly improving.”
Alldyn Conley placed fifth at 120 pounds, despite a nagging knee injury. Kyler Padgett (106 pounds) and Preston Dennison (152) also took fifth place for the Titans.
Conley opened the tourney with pin of Hendersonville’s JaJuan Givens. He dropped a 6-3 decision to Robbinsville’s Matt Lovin in the second round, which bumped him to the consolation bracket. There, Conley defeated Brevard’s Cole Combs before falling to Enka’s Greyson Harris 8-7 in the consolation semifinals. Conley then pinned Roberson’s Jesus Hernandez in the fifth-place bout. The Titan senior finished the day 3-2.
Dennison defeated Erwin’s Danny Funes in the opening round, but then fell to Enka’s Tony Torres, the eventual runner-up. In the consolation bracket, Dennison pinned Gibbs’ Austin Meyers and defeated Robbinsville’s Colton Phillips 11-4. Dennison dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to West Henderson’s Dakota Shamburger in the consolation semis. He bounced back to pick up a forfeit win over Funes in the fifth-place bout to finish 4-2.
Padgett fell to West Henderson’s Addison Speight in the opener at 1-6, but then fought his way back through the consolation bracket. Padgett pinned Rosman’s Brandon Ropp and Polk’s Collier Foster. Padgett lost to Jayden Nowell of Robbinsville in the consolation semis, but rebounded to pin Tuscola’s Taylor Boger for fifth place. Padgett finished the day 3-2.
Several other Titans won matches but did not place in their respective weight classes.
Josh Morgan went 2-2 in the 160-pound class, with one of those defeats coming at the hands of the eventual champion. Toby Finn (126), Deven Harwood (195) and Trevor Kettles (220) each went 1-2. Finn also lost to the eventual champ.
In the jayvee tournament, Bruin Lytle, Collin Campbell and Shane Purvis all placed first in their weight classes. Sam Rohm and Thomas Laws both finished third and Joseph Thomas captured fourth place.
The Titans are on the road at Chase Wednesday for a tri-match with the host team and East Rutherford. McDowell will compete in the R-S Central Hilltopper Havoc Tourney next Saturday.