Beech Wrestling opens up with dominating performance in win over West Creek
Shackle Island – The Bucs opened up their season last night with a 64-18 win over the Coyotes of West Creek HS. Coach Jeff Roberts’ team did what he expected tonight even without defending two time state champion, Trey Bates, in the lineup.
The team returns two state champs in Bates and Mason Smith and fellow seniors Donovan Roich (3x state qualifier), Preston Clark and Kaden White. The Bucs also return three other state qualifiers in Blake Palmer (Jr/2x), Cordell Griggs (Jr/2x) and Coen Myers (So).
“We have an experienced team retunring and our expectation, as always, is to be in the state duals in February,” said coach Jeff Roberts. “I feel like we have a shot to compete for a top spot this year if we stay healthy and the kids keep working hard.”
Beech missed a trip to state duals last year but have been six of the last eight years. Tyler McDaniel, Daniel Hammond and Will Kaloman round out the starting lineup for the Bucs.
Beech got the forfeits at 106, 220 and 285 and seven pins by Blake Palmer, Coen Myers, Cameron Cain, Cordell Griggs, Mason Smith, Preston Clark and Donovan Rich. Smith was extremely impressive pinning his opponent in about 30 seconds.
“We got off to a good start tonight, it was good to take care of business, we have to keep working at it, the boys are doing a good job of that and you saw that in the results tonight. Even the matches we lost we did some good things,” said Roberts