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Tribe splits duals matches with Vikings, Falcons

January 7th, 2014 8:24 pm by Greg Peters

Tribe splits duals matches with Vikings, Falcons

KINGSPORT — Frigid weather may have played havoc with the region’s sports calendar Tuesday, but the wrestlers inside Buck Van Huss Dome carried on.

Dobyns-Bennett split a District 1-AAA duals match with Tennessee High and Volunteer.

The Indians opened by losing a close decision to the Vikings, 42-37. They followed up with another close score against the Falcons, though this time it went in D-B’s favor, 45-36.

The opening loss left Tribe hopes of reaching regional dual competition in jeopardy. Only the top two teams qualify and currently Science Hill stands alone atop the district.

“Right now Science Hill is at the top and everyone else is trying to fight and claw for that second spot,” said D-B coach Buzzy Mann.

Tennessee High also has its hopes pinned on that second spot. The win by the Vikings, who earlier this season lost to Volunteer, did not make the picture any clearer.

“I am just so proud of our team,” said Tennessee High coach Tim Smith. “D-B has a good team and with everyone fighting for one of the two spots for regionals, it’s a real boost.” 

D-B got a boost from its second match of the day. 

The Indians, because of illness, had to forfeit the 106- and 113-pound classes but recovered the points when Volunteer forfeited at 152 and 285.

“It was a close match and a good, hard-fought match,” Volunteer coach Scott Solomon said. “When we tied it up (36-36), I thought we had a good chance of winning, but the forfeits due to injuries really hurt us.”

The Falcons’ wrestling program is only in its fifth year, but Solomon has the squad with a 10-8 duals record and also in the hunt for the second spot in the regionals.

“We’ve had medalists in the last two tournaments we’ve been to. Tucker Armstrong (145 pounds) and Parker Estes (182) both have 19-7 records and are two of my top wrestlers,” Solomon said.

Armstrong and Estes both picked up pins Tuesday.

D-B’s hunt for that second regional spot resumes Wednesday when the Indians travel to David Crockett. They host Science Hill next week.

“We want to stay in contention, but we know that we are going to have to wrestle better,” Mann said.

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