Eight Cougar wrestlers moving to Regional competition

By DAVID GRAVELY, SWT Sports Editor1617115_666535546726659_1489940129_o

Eight Pulaski County High School wrestlers will now travel to Eastern View High School to compete in the Group 4A North Regional wrestling after making a solid showing in the Conference 24 Championships this past weekend at Jefferson Forest High School.

Topping the list was Cougar senior J.D. Sutphin, who took the Conference championship in the 285 pound weight class.  Sutphin currently holds a 16-3 overall record this season.

Two other Cougar seniors were just moments away from also earning a championship, but after extremely tough matches earned second place finishes.

Bret Smith holds an overall record of 15-14 for the season in the 220 pound weight class.  Heath White has earned an overall record of 27-6 in the 195 pound weight class.

Two Cougars also ended the Conference meet with third place finishes.

Senior Kaleb Nelson holds an overall record of 22-7 in the 120 pound weight class.  Sophomore Zach Parmalee holds a 21-8 record in the 132 pound weight class.

Three Cougars came out of the Conference meet with fourth place finishes.  Junior Cody Semones holds a 21-15 record in the 126 pound weight class.  Sophomore Marcus Lawson currently has a 20-15 record in the 106 pound weight class, and sophomore Ian Jarrells holds a 17-16 record in the 113 pound weight class.

The Cougars will head to Eastern View High School Feb. 14 and 15 to attempt to earn a shot at the State finals, which will be held Feb. 21-22 at the Salem Civic Center.



9 Responses to Eight Cougar wrestlers moving to Regional competition

  1. pccougars

    February 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Great news for these eight PC wrestlers! They make Pulaski County proud. Good luck at regionals. Did Nick Donaldson not compete at regionals? I thought he was having a successful year as a freshman. 126 lbs, right?

  2. need more matches

    February 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    As I look at the region results for other regions, I notice schools that are 1a that wrestle over 40 and 45 matches during the season. once the state tournament is complete they will have 50+ matches.
    We have one kid over 30 matches to date.
    Wrestle more so the kids get more competition and more mat time!
    I know it costs to travel, but come on. We can’t let schools like Fort Chiswell and Chilhowie have more matches for their kids than what we do.
    Schedule more tournaments for these kids!

  3. need more matches

    February 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I know its not a revenue sport, but we have to do better than this!
    Back in the 80’s PCHS was known for good wrestling because we went all over the state to wrestle.
    Now people would fly in to wrestle Pulaski for the easy W.
    Come on this has to improve!

  4. pccougars

    February 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Did any PC wrestler advance to state today? And I agree, wrestle more and quit avoiding good competition. The more mat time against someone better will make you better, win or lose.

    • Editor

      February 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      **Editors Note**
      I was just able to talk to one of the wrestlers, and I was told that JD Sutphin and Heath White both finished 6th in their weight class at the Regional tournament. No other details at this time, but I have bent told that this will not allow them to advance to next weeks state meet in Salem. Hope to have more information directly from the coach tonight.

      On another note, I saw the comment about PC wrestlers not getting enough matches over the course of the season. While I don’t know what a healthy amount of matches is over the course of a season and what would be considered over doing it, I do feel like it’s unfair that the PC wrestlers don’t get a chance to hold home meets like every other school. What are your thoughts on that?

      David Gravely
      Sports Editor

  5. pccougars

    February 17, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Totally unfair to the wrestlers, family and fans. Who’s to blame? The coach, the athletic director, administration? Who makes the schedule? If it’s the coach, then he’s responsible. In the past, it seems like he doesn’t want to have any publicity until post season. If he’s not willing to submit results to the press, then the press needs to take initiative to find out the results from the host teams.

  6. concerned

    February 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Only the top four advance to state. Semones beat out Nick for the 126 lb slot. I was told Nick is no longer with the team and wanted to concentrate on his music instead.

  7. more matches

    February 18, 2014 at 11:49 am

    We do have a nice facility to host wrestling events. However, I know its hard for the coach to get “volunteers” to help with the venue setup. He has to coach, so he has to depend on helpers to keep things running. Not a lot of parents rushing to the aid of that.
    I just want to see them get into more events. Doesn’t matter if they are home or away.
    Just take the starters to these tournaments and then you don’t have to rely on a bus and driver to take them to these tournaments. Sorry if you aren’t a starter. Earn a spot and you get to go.
    Competition was much stiffer this year than in years past. Some of those schools in the 4a north region were AAA last season.
    I do want to commend Coach Butler on the youth program. We didn’t have that here until he and Coach Blevins started it. At least you can give the youngsters a taste of wrestling that wasn’t around 20 years ago.

  8. gary

    February 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Did any Cougars get to state?

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