Trojans downed in first round
In a heated match that came down to the last bout, Chase fell to Forrest Hills 38-33 in the first round of the NCHSAA dual team tournament Tuesday night.
Chase was leading the match 33-32 when Charlie Scott was pinned with 1:08 left in the first period to account for the final margin
“We just spent too much time on our back tonight,” said Chase coach Adam Deadmon. “We had a lot of young kids who had never experienced wrestling in a tournament, but they are still learning and will improve.”
After Jordan Blanton was pinned to start the match, Chase responded as heavyweight Richard Sharek garnered a pin with 42 seconds left in the second period to tie the match at 6-6.
Neither squad could fill the 106-pound weight class, resulting in a double forfeit. Chase could have filled the slot but decided not to send injured wrestler Chris Frontena to the mat.
“We could have sent Chris out there and gotten six points, but he couldn’t wrestle,” said Deadmon. “I didn’t feel it was fair to the other team.”
Dillon Hemphill did receive a forfeit at 133 pounds but Adam Parris fell victim to a technical fall in the next match as Chase was left clinging to a one point lead 12-11.
Lance Johnson got the Trojans back on track with a quick pin in the first period to put the home team up 18-11.
After Cody Dobbins and Hunter Ferguson suffered pins, Chase standout Josh Stephens picked up his 44th consecutive win via pinfall in the first period. The victory was also Stephens’ 187th of his career, leaving the tally at 24-23 in favor of the Trojans.
After Paul Mashburn dropped a three point decision, Jesus Sanchez used a two-point takedown in the third period to capture a come from behind 7-6 victory. After the squads traded pins, Chase was leading 33-32 setting the stage for the dramatic final match.
With the loss, Chase finishes the season with an overall record of 9-17, but will advance six wrestlers to the regional tournament this weekend at West Lincoln High School.
The regional qualifiers for the Trojans include Josh Stephens, Richard Sharek, Dillon Hemphill, Lance Johnson, Jesus Sanchez and Stephan Phillips.
“Even though we lost tonight, I am proud of the team,” said Deadmon. “We wrestled hard and we have six kids going to the regional tournament. I’m very proud of them.”