Lady Ads’ effort praised despite 1st loss; boys wrestlers bounce back

  • Hailey Webb, in blue and gray, Farragut sophomore, has dominance over her Union County opponent en route to an 8-4 victory Friday night, Jan. 15, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium. - Alan Sloan

  • In his match versus Powell, sophomore Talon Pritchard (152) owns his opponent en route to a 12-5 win Friday, Jan. 15. - Alan Sloan

With a growing girls wrestling program at Farragut High School — 10 grapplers in weight classes from 119 to 215 pounds — head coach David Garabrandt’s Lady Admirals faced a Union County program with equally strong numbers.

Suffering its first dual match loss of the season, Farragut’s girls were edged out by UCHS 36-33 Friday, Jan. 15, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

In contested individual matches, Lady Admirals junior Elaina Thibeault (160-pound class) scored a first-period pin, while sophomore Hailey Webb (170) claimed an 8-4 victory.

“I would have to say the one that impressed me the most was our 170 for the night, Hailey Webb,” Garabrandt said. “She’s one of our first-year wrestlers. She went out there and impressed me — considering the long break we’ve had, she was able to remember (moves) and actually able to perform during that match.”

Other wrestlers on the roster last Friday were seniors Katherine Vail (119) and Isabella Snyder (132), junior Emily Manning (215), sophomore Sydney Brennan (132) and freshmen Molly Graham (125), Katelyn Matheny (190) and Makena Porter (133).

Rebounding from a rough dual event outing at Pigeon Forge the night before, Farragut’s boys wrestlers swept past Powell and Union County Friday night, Jan. 15, in FHS’s Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Farragut began with a 34-24 victory against the PHS Panthers, led in contested individual matches by sophomore Talon Pritchard (152-pound class), winning 12-5; sophomore Aiden Enters (160), pinning his opponent in the first period; and senior Ethan Stinnett (170), who improved his season record to 8-2 with a first-period pin.

About Enters, a transfer from Chicago who became eligible this semester, “He looks like an impressive kid,” Admirals skipper David Garabrandt said. “I have high hopes from how he’s practicing, his work ethic.”

The night was capped with the Admirals claiming a 30-12 win against Union County, which is led by former FHS head coach --------.

In the contested individual matches, Farragut freshman Conner Lyons (126) won 9-3 while Admirals senior Zach Garabrandt (138), a state qualifier last season, improved his season record to 10-1 after a 9-2 victory.

Pritchard, up to 160 from 152 in this match, scored a third-period pin.