By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Eagle Wrestling team recently took second in the Sevier county Championship Tournament losing to Pigeon Forge but defeating Sevier County.
The Eagles had dominated the tournament for 6 straight years before losing the title to the Tigers.
Seymour lost to Pigeon Forge 60-12 but defeated Sevier County by a score of 60-18.
Individual winners for the Eagles against Sevier County wee Luke Hall, Trent Williams, William Jordan, Willie Stooksbury, Shane Chipley, Jacob Loveday, Chase Ingle, Caleb Stoffel and Zack Looney.
“We did very well against Sevier County but against Pigeon Forge however the only change we had was to bump some kids up,” said Seymour Coach Alex Cate about the tournament. “Pigeon Forge just out wrestled us head to head.
“They were stronger.”
The Eagles also had an in-school match against the William Blount Governors at Seymour.
After losing to the Govs twice early in the season, the third time was the charm as the Eagles won 45-32.
Coach Cate commented, “It was good to win here at home and I’m proud of my boys. We knew it was going to be close and our boys did well in front of their home crowd.”
The pivotal matches revolved around Seymour’s Kevin McCarter (152 lb class) with a pin and Shane Chipley (160 lb class) with a 7-5 decision.
“I knew both of those were going to be swing matches and we won them both,” Cate said. “Those were important wins, because I knew William Blount would pin a lot up top and I knew we would pin a lot down low. It worked out well for us.”
Other Eagles who also won by pins were William Jordan, Chris Hinshaw, Luke Hall, Caleb Stoffle, William Stooksbury, Trent William and Zack Looney.
Seymour Wrestling has Successful Week
By: Lee Ramsey