Seven 2019 Wrestling Seniors Honored

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Rhea County High School wrestling seniors. were honored before their last home match last week. (Left to right: Wyatt Stumbo, Kobie Thurman, Nick Brock,, Colton Edwards, ,Jagger Hickman, Noah Varner and Garrett Smith)Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Rhea County Wrestling Recognizes Seniors

January 2019

Evensville, TN — Rhea County High School Wrestling team took time before their wrestling matches to celebrate the careers of seven senior wrestlers. Being honored were Garrett Smith, Wyatt Stumbo, Colton Edwards, Jagger Hickman, Kobie Thurman, Noah Varner and Nic Brock.

After the ceremony the Eagles went up against CAK and Polk County High School. In the first match of the night, Christian Academy of Knoxville won 44-27. Garrett Smith put Eagles into scoring line with his pin in 220 division. Colton Edwards won via forfeit to pull Eagles even 12-12 but CAK scored next 26 points to take commanding 38-12 lead. Wyatt Stumbo’s pin in 145 pound match gave Eagles six points and Jagger Hickman(152)picked up three points in his win. Noah Varner(160 lbs) picked up last six points on forfeit.

The Eagles picked up four pins against Polk County with Garrett Smith(220 lbs), Jacob Judkins(120 lbs), Noah Varner(160 lbs) and Perez(170 lbs) as they won 51-18. Also winning for Eagles were Jacob Scruggs(182 lbs), Colton Edwards(285 lbs), Logan Dougan(132 lbs) and Jagger Hickman(152 lbs.

Head coach Taylor Ownbey took time to talk about the upcoming post season opportunities for his wrestlers and looked back at careers of his seven seniors.

Taylor said, “The 2018-2019 Wrestling season is coming to a close but the most important part of the season is yet to come. The individual Region Tournament is a little over a week away and is set for February 9th at Ooltewah High school. Sometimes when we are looking forward we need to reflect on the past to gauge what could happen in the near future.”

“One thing that comes to mind is our seniors when we look back at our season so far. These seven seniors are the most we have ever had on the wrestling team since we took over the program 5 years ago.”

“Garrett Smith and Wyatt Stumbo have combined 42 wins this year both having 21 victories each. Garrett one of the most decorated seniors this year is competing for an opportunity to make his 4th consecutive trip to the state wrestling tournament. A feat that view Rhea County wrestlers have done in the recent history.”

“Wyatt Stumbo is also competing for a chance to take his 2nd trip to the state tournament. Noah Varner coming into is 2nd year has put together 14 wins as he gets ready for the region tournament. Colton Edwards a recent Tusculum University commit for Football, comes into the region Tournament with 9 wins. Jagger Hickman also had 9 wins. Kobie Thurman and Nic Brock have been battling all year and will continue to battle to for a chance to compete in the Region Tournament this year.”

2018-19 RCHS Wrestling Roster.

NAME – GRADE

GARRETT SMITH 12

WYATT STUMBO 12

COLTON EDWARDS 12

JAGGER HICKMAN 12

KOBIE THURMAN 12

NOAH VARNER 12

NIC BROCK 12

JACOB SCRUGGS 11

HUNTER RIGGS 11

CT NANCE 11

JACOB JUDKINS 10

DALLAS MESSIMER 10

HUNTER CONSTANCE 10

LOGAN DOUGLAS 10

REED BURTON 10

AARON LITTLE 10

FRANCISCO CAMPOS 9

MARCOS GARCIA 9

DANIEL COENEN 9

RYAN RIGGS 9

Head Coach: Taylor Ownbey

Assistant Coaches: Jamie (Chief) Messimer/Corey Canada

MANAGER: Coby Thompson 10th

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