Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 9, 2013

Jet wrestling team got off to a turbulent start


Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — The Jets Wrestling season got off to a turbulent start this season, after a great win against Knox Catholic in front of the student body, and four-place winners at the Rhea County Rumble, the Jets suffered a couple setbacks with close losses to Hardin Valley Academy and Powell High School Dec. 3.

Last Tuesday's start in Knoxville didn't start the way it was supposed to due to sickness and other medical issues for some the Jets.

“It’s rough not having a full line-up. When you have some kids get sick and get injured, it makes it really hard to win,” said Coach Wes McNeeley. “It was really great for our kids to go out under the circumstances that we were in giving up 18 points in forfeits. It makes them have to compete a little bit harder to help cover that other guy. I could not be more proud of the fight and determination of our kids. They were in it all the way!” added Coach Mac.

Hardin Valley Academy has seen a huge growth in wrestling lately and that growth is paying off with them. They have one of their largest teams to date. Powell High School is loaded with strength.

“I think both of those programs will do well it has taken them some time and growing pains and now it is paying off for them, just like it will for us,” McNeeley added.

The proudest moment of the night was during the 182 match against both schools, when sophomore Jeff Pugh got his victories.

“Jeff has been in a funk lately, and I was beginning to wonder if he was going to come out of it. He showed tonight that he is back and ready to compete. I couldn’t be more proud of him or the work he has put in to get here,” said Coach Mac

The Jets wrestled in  the McMinn Duals Saturday. Then the Jets will fly back home Tuesday to wrestle Grace, Greenback and Rhea County at 6 p.m.