Gryphons drop opening match to Chesnee, 72-6
The Thomas Jefferson Gryphon wrestlers (0-1) got off to a great start in their only home match of the season, but Chesnee scored 72 unanswered points to take a 72-6 win Thursday night in Avondale.
“I told the team in the locker room that it was a starting point,” said TJCA head coach Jamie Hicks. “We made a lot of mistakes tonight, but that’s going to happen. The important thing is that we learn from them.”
The Gryphons took the early 6-0 led at the 120-pound weight class. Ryuki Deyton gained control of his opponent’s leg early in the first period and used that leverage to garner a pin with 37.6 seconds left in that period.
“Deyton is an experienced wrestler even though he is only a sophomore,” Hicks said. “He has been wrestling since the seventh grade and that showed tonight. Unfortunately, we could not carry that momentum into the rest of the match.”
TJCA suffered pins or forfeits in the next six bouts before Michael Minder avoided a pin but still took a 10-4 loss at 170 pounds.
Coty Flynn Scored an early two point takedown at 182 ponds but Chas Fowler escaped for one point and garnered a two point reversal to grab a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.
Another reversal followed by a takedown gave Fowler a five point lead and he took a 10-6 win despite a Flynn reversal in the final period.
The Gryphons were then forced to forfeit the next three weight classes and TJCA’s Clay Fowler was pinned at 106 pounds.
A forfeit in the 113 pound class by the Gryphons accounted for the 72-6 final.
TJCA returns to the mat Dec. 10 as they travel to face Asheville School.