Cyclone grapplers subdue West

By Ivan Sanders

   Blood, sweat, and tears were still being dried on Thursday night as the mats were stored away for another future wrestling match.
   The Elizabethton Cyclones hosted Morristown East, Morristown West and Chuckey-Doak in a quad match at Treadway Gym.
   The host Cyclones were successful in their opening-round match, defeating the Morristown West Trojans 40-30.
   The final outcome was determined with a gutsy performance by Patrick Jenkins in the last weight class of the match. The Cyclones held a slim 34-30 lead entering the final matchup.
   All Jenkins did was pin the Trojan's Kimbrough 1:49 into the third and final period, giving the Cyclones the overall match 40-30.
   "Patrick did an outstanding job for us tonight. I am really proud of his effort," said Cyclone wrestling coach Bill Potter.
   Other outstanding efforts were as follows: Daniel Sochalski, pinning Courtney of West in only :27 in the opening period; Andy Ross taking a pinfall with :35 seconds left in the second period; Josh Fair recording a 1:26 pinfall over Helms in the first; and Brian Bradshaw outpointing Morie 18-5.
   Ross was happy with his performance against his opponent. "I came out with the right intensity to be able to defeat a tough opponent like Lowe," said Ross.
   In the night cap, EHS was not as successful against the other Morristown squad, as the Hurricanes took the wind right out of the Cyclones.
   The only bright spots for the Cyclones were the performances of Andy Ross, Jenkins and Fair, who were all victorious with pinfalls.
   Sochalski picked up more points for the Cyclones by virtue of a forfeit.
   Even though they didn't win over their opponents, the effort put forth by John Ross and Bradshaw in their matches didn't go unnoticed by their coach.
   "John took a tough opponent in Steven Elderidge to the limit in his match," Potter said. "Even though he lost 5-2, he did an outstanding job against a very good wrestler."
   Potter said that he thought Bradshaw discovered something about himself on the evening.
   "I think Brian discovered he has the ability to go up against any wrestler and win," said Potter. "If he can keep that self confidence, he will be tough to handle by the time regional tournament rolls around."
   The final margin was 52-24, although the score would have been 36-24 if the Cyclones could have eliminated their forfeits.
   "Even though we had the forfeits, we still are filling 11 weight classes now, which I believe is the most we have ever filled. I am pleased with where we have came to at this point of the season and I feel like we will have some state qualifiers out of this group of guys," stated Potter.
   The next week will be busy for the Cyclones as they travel to Greeneville on Saturday to get things started. Results will be in Monday's STAR sports section.
   Elizabethton entertains David Crockett and Chuckey-Doak on Thursday, Jan. 17.