PRUNTYTOWN—On Wednesday, the students at TCMS were treated to an hour out of class and an outstanding performance by the Knights’ wrestling team as they hosted Mountaineer Middle School (Clarksburg) during school hours in front of most of the student population.
TCMS, with just eight wrestlers competing against the Mountain Lions in front of an enthusiastic crowd which included students, teachers, administrators, and families, pulled out a solid 36-30 win over the visitors.
Although the TCMS grapplers don’t have the quantity of wrestlers that other schools may possess, they definitely have the quality, as Jude Minard (78), Jarrett Blackhurst (102), Brayden Palmer (110), Charles Hoskins (123), Josh Huff (135), and Autumn Knotts (HWT) all secured wins for the Knights.
The win was especially meaningful for Palmer, as the victory was the 100th in his TCMS career. Only a handful of Knights’ wrestlers have reached that prestigious mark and after the meet, head coach Kevin Efaw reflected on Palmer’s accomplishments.
“He’s one of the few at this school that’s achieved 100 wins,” said an emotional Efaw. “You just don’t get as many matches as you would in high school. We’re looking at 35 total matches this season versus high school having over 50. And to do that in just three seasons, that’s a heck of a career.”
Efaw was also proud of his team’s overall win because they did it with only eight wrestlers at his disposal.
“We did a good job as a team today, we just need more kids,” he went on to explain. “We give up 48 points as soon as we step foot on the mat out of 90 points total in a match. It’s hard to come back from that when half of them are gone already.”
The Knights will be back in action on January 31st and February 1st as they head to Buckhannon for the Mason Dixon Conference Championships. The exact time and location of the event are still unknown.