The Central High School wrestling team welcomed Centennial and Cookeville to the Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gym on Thursday night as they hosted a meet between the 3 schools. In the opening match versus Cookeville, the Raiders jumped out to a 12 to 0 lead thanks to pin fall wins from Chase Pruitt(wrestling at 152) and Matthew DeLong(160). The deeper and more experienced Cookeville team responded winning the next 8 matches before Joel Singleton got a pin in just over a minute to give Coffee County a win at 126. This sparked a rally of sorts for Coffee County as Owen Teague(132) and David Tate(138) responded with wins, but the Raiders fell by a final score of 51 to 30.
In the nightcap, Coffee County won 6 of the first eight matches as they built a seemingly safe 36 to 18 lead with 5 matches to go. Winning for Coffee County were Austin Payne (at 182), Joshua Tobitt(195), Trenton Garner(220), Dustin Seals(285), Brandon Baumstein(113) and Joel Singleton(126). At that point, Centennial won the next two hard fought matches by decision which tightened the score and turned the momentum to the visitors. Centennial got pin fall wins in the last 3 bouts to capture the match 44 to 36.
The CHS grapplers travel to Siegel on Monday to take on Siegel and Franklin Co in a tri-match. The matches will begin at 6:00 PM.