Rebuilding year for Piedmont wrestling team
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
Dec 11, 2013 | 560 views |  0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With more than half of their 18 wrestlers still in junior high school, and most of that group in the seventh grade, this will be a rebuilding season for Piedmont. The rebuilding process got off to a good start at Lincoln Saturday. Senior Exavyer Jackson, back on the mats for the first time since his junior high days, won the 285-pound division. Jackson finished 3-0 on the day.

“He struggled a little bit in the final match because he was not in wrestling shape,” said Piedmont wrestling coach Harley Lamey. “He had to dig deep to win that one. He surprised me. He got caught and got put on his back at the end of the first period.”

Lamey said Jackson was able to keep his shoulders off the mat for the final minute of the first period then pinned his championship match opponent in the second period.

Sophomore Chase Keener finished fourth at 152 pounds. He was 4-1 for the tournament but was required to forfeit the match for third place because high schools rules prevent a wrestler from wrestling more than five times in one day.

“I think he could have finished third instead of fourth because he got caught in the five-match rule,” Lamey said. “He did well.”

Lamey said sophomores Jamie Crutcher and Jordan Buttram were close to reaching the medal rounds as well. He was also pleased with the showing of his younger and less experienced wrestlers.

“The young kids, the first-year guys, nobody just got beaten bad. Everybody was competitive,” Lamey noted. “We’ve got some ability.”
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