'Betsy puts on solid showing at South Doyle

By Ivan Sanders

   Being competitive against a higher level of competition can often spur a team onto bigger and better things.
   The Elizabethton Cyclone grapplers visited South Doyle over the weekend to compete against some highly-ranked programs, and finished a very respectable fourth out of 15 participating teams.
   "We had a great tournament at Doyle," stated Cyclone head coach Bill Potter. "It was really a great day for our confidence."
   The Cyclones completed the day with five medalist. They collected a total of 117 points to claim the fourth place finish.
   Andy Ross and Josh Fair would bring home the gold as they finished first in their divisions. Ross competed in the 125 class, while Fair wrestled the 152 class.
   Daniel Sochalski had another outstanding day, bringing home second place in the 103 class.
   Two wrestlers who needed impressive showings, Bryan Bradshaw and Buddy Puckett, stepped it up a notch as they both collected third place showings.
   Bradshaw wrestles the 189 class for Potter, while Puckett wrestles in the 215 class. Both grapplers needed a showing like this as the team nears the regional competition.
   The Cyclones entertain Tennessee High in a match on Thursday night at Treadway Gym. The matches should commence around 7 p.m.