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Scot Grapplers lose to Rams in SEC Match

January 6, 2011
Southeastern Conference

Most teams that start at a 12-point disadvantage have a hard time scraping out a win.

The Scotland High School wrestling team found themselves in that position Wednesday night against Purnell Swett at home, as the team faced off against the Rams without wrestlers in four different weight classes, almost pulling off the upset win before the Rams put the Scots away 42-36 in Scotland's first conference action of the year.

Scotland jumped out to a 30-0 lead before the Rams closed the match with three consecutive pins, but forfeitures in the 140-, 145-, 152- and 215-pound weight classes left the Scots without many options.

Scotland head coach Joel McCanna said that fielding a team has been a struggle all year.

"This is going to be our story the whole year," McCanna said. "We can't field a team. We started out with 40 wrestlers and now we're down to nine wrestlers. We don't have any experience...they don't know how to reach down and find it. The last seven to eight years we've gone down hill...we win four conference championships, we win a regional and we do great and now, all of the sudden, we can't get kids to come out. We had three (wrestlers) quit this week and two of those were second and third year wrestlers. It's the toughest sport there is.

"We gave them 24 points," he said. "The score is 24-0 before you even start and that's tough to come back from that. We tried to bump around a little bit and see if we could score some points, but couldn't muster up what we needed."

Scotland opened the contest with five straight victories, with Zak Watts opening the bout with a win in the 112-pound weight class by a forfeit.

In the 119-pound weight class, Deshaun Williams pinned Purnell's Tre Lavery in just over 33 seconds, giving Scotland an early 12-0 lead.

In the 125-pound bout, Scotland's Jessi Kee was pushed to a second round, but pinned the Rams' Don Scott with eight seconds left in the second round for the win.

The Scots' Bradley Stewart earned the team's fourth win of the night in the 130-pound weight class, easily besting Austin Oxendine for the team's third pin of the night.

Scotland earned their fifth win of the contest in the 135-pound weight class, as Bobby Diggs was given the victory by forfeiture.

The home team forfeited the next three matches in the 140-, 145- and 152-weight classes, but earned their final win in the 160-pound battle. The Scots' Nick Kee moved up a weight class to compete at 160, pinning his opponent 20 seconds into the second round to give Scotland a 36-18 advantage with four matches remaining.

Kee's win would be the Scots' last, as Scotland fell by pin falls in the 171-, 189- and heavyweight divisions.

Scotland forfeited the 215-pound bout for their fourth forfeiture of the contest.

McCanna said the team is talented, but right now the program is going through growing pains as their young wrestlers continue to grow.

"Right now we're young," McCanna said. "Bradley Stewart is our only senior on the team. That's the best part about it. There are a lot of freshmen and a lot of sophomores. All we can do is look for the future. It's bright; it looks good ahead, but right now we have to suffer. These are growing pains I guess."

Scotland will next be in action this Friday and Saturday, Jan. 7-8 at the Eleventh Annual Bone Yard Bash held at Jack Britt. The tournament will feature almost 20 teams from the state.

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