EHS grapplers fare well at Indian Classic

By Ivan Sanders

   First-year head coach Bill Potter had to be all smiles after his Cyclone grapplers collected all their hardware following Saturday's Indian Classic at Dobyns-Bennett.
   All the Cyclones did was have four wrestlers place in their individual weight classes, which proved to be the most medals the team has brought back from Kingsport's wrestling classic.
   Heading up the accolades for EHS was Andy Ross, who had a superb day as he finished the tournament 4-1. Included in the victory category was a semifinal-round pin over the 10th-ranked wrestler in the state, who hails from Cleveland, TN.
   Patrick Jenkins was another grappler who had an outstanding day. Jenkins worked his way to a 2-1 slate, good enough for second place in his pool.
   Jenkins then was edged in a close battle with D-B's McMacken after which he defeated a wrestler from Morristown East to place seventh overall with a 3-2 record.
   A couple of first-year Cyclone wrestlers showed why they might be tough to handle after they get some mat time under their belts.
   "Mitch Cornett and Aaron Brown were very aggressive in their matches," stated Coach Potter. "The difference was the experience factor because both Mitch and Aaron made some first-year mistakes and were caught in some bad positions. As soon as they figure out what they are doing wrong, they're going to be very tough wrestlers to handle."
   Two other wrestlers were competitive in their weight classes as well. Michael Eggers wrestled hard and will use this tournament for a learning experience. Bryan Bradshaw, who is more accustomed to free style, had a good showing for his first folk-style tournament, as he finished seventh in the 189 class with a 3-2 match total.
   The Cyclones will be hosting a big tournament this coming Saturday as they host Border Wars. Check the STAR later in the week for a preview.