MSP Staff Reports Jan. 11, 2020
The White House Heritage wrestling team, in its first year of existence, ran into several established programs last week. The result was four team losses to fall to 3-8 overall.
Heritage traveled to Cheatham County on Tuesday to face Harpeth and Hume-Fogg. After several forfeits against Harpeth, the score came down to five matches. Sophomore Lucas Taylor took a win by injury after his opponent stopped the match with a rib injury. However, the Indians coasted to a 60-24 overall victory.
Heritage fared better against Hume-Fogg. Lucas Taylor (152 pounds) pinned Xavier Whitlow in the second period. Sophomore Kyle Watts (160 pounds) pinned Joey Syracuse in the first period. Heavyweight freshman Ray Wix and 120-pound eighth grader Nik Taylor both won pins in the second period.
The team score was tied 36-36 at the end, so officials had to consult the NFHS rule book to decide the winner. Hume-Fogg was awarded the victory based on a 5-4 advantage in near falls.
Two days later, Heritage traveled to Wilson County to face Watertown and Cascade.
Watts and Lucas Taylor both earned pins in their respective weight classes. Taylor pinned Jordan Cason in the second period while up 6-2. Watts followed by taking down Jack Simpkins in the first period.
Wix was the only other Patriot with a pin, and Watertown took the 48-30 match victory.
With only seven matches filled out against Cascade, Heritage performed better as a team. Freshman Nathaniel Slough (132 pounds) came away with an 8-2 win against Tanor Parker. Lucas Taylor earned another pin in the second against Elijah Arnold. Watts added a pin in the first against Conner Huie.
Taylor and Watts, the two team captains, have combined for just four losses this season.
Heritage will travel to West Creek for the Clash at the Creek tournament on Thursday, Jan. 18. After another meet at Creek Wood on Jan. 21, the Patriots will host their second and final home meet on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m.