Youth wrestling season underway

By Nathan Ham -

BLOWING ROCK — The 2015-16 High Country Youth League Wrestling season is underway and the Ashe County squad is off to a strong start.

In last weekend’s first tournament of the season at Blowing Rock Middle School, Ashe wrestlers took home three first place finishes and five runner-up finishes.

Ethan Houck, Jacob Pennington and Lukas Spencer all picked up wins in their respective age groups and weight classes while Bryant Blevins, Austin Hart, Drew Roland, Ryder Phipps and Luke Sheets all finished as runner-up.

This weekend, the team will be competing closer to home at Ashe County Middle School.

Weigh-in is at 8:30 a.m. with a free clinic to follow and then wrestling matches beginning at 10 a.m.

The tournament is expected to have over 100 kids from at least six different counties.

Ashe County’s team in the High Country Youth League is coached by Chad Phipps and Alex Wray.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

By Nathan Ham

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