“He struggled a little bit in the final match because he was not in wrestling shape,” said Piedmont wrestling coach Harley Lamey. “He had to dig deep to win that one. He surprised me. He got caught and got put on his back at the end of the first period.”
Lamey said Jackson was able to keep his shoulders off the mat for the final minute of the first period then pinned his championship match opponent in the second period.
Sophomore Chase Keener finished fourth at 152 pounds. He was 4-1 for the tournament but was required to forfeit the match for third place because high schools rules prevent a wrestler from wrestling more than five times in one day.
“I think he could have finished third instead of fourth because he got caught in the five-match rule,” Lamey said. “He did well.”
Lamey said sophomores Jamie Crutcher and Jordan Buttram were close to reaching the medal rounds as well. He was also pleased with the showing of his younger and less experienced wrestlers.
“The young kids, the first-year guys, nobody just got beaten bad. Everybody was competitive,” Lamey noted. “We’ve got some ability.”