CCCHS earns split in home wrestling meet

Dakota Chalker

Jeff Steers, editor

Dakota Chalker

Move. That is what Coffee County Central High School wrestler Dakota Chalker told himself in the final period of an 8-all battle against an Eagleville wrestler. It appeared to work for the junior. Chalker won a key match in helping the Red Raiders earn a 39-36 win against Eagleville at home Jan. 22. Chalker also pinned his opponent in a 65-18 loss to Smyrna in the nightcap. The wrestler moved from Georgia to Coffee County this past year and enjoys wrestling all year long. Chalker and his Eagleville opponent were tied at 8-all at 160 pounds heading the final two minutes of wrestling action. He won the match 11-8, giving CCHS a 21-6 lead at the time “I was tired, but I realized I had to keep moving for the final two minutes of the match,” Chalker said. “Wrestling is something that I do non-stop … all year.” Chalker earned his 16th win of the season and has his eyes focused on making it to the state meet. CCHS earned pins by Braeden Massicotte (138 pounds), Evan Jaynes (145) and Josh Fournier (152) against Eagleville. Coupled with a number of voids, CCHS lead 39-12 at one point in the match and held on to win. Jaynes and Chalker won contested matches against Smyrna. The Red Raiders had two wrestlers on the bench with injuries. “If we can get everyone back, we can compete,” coach Roger Barlow said. “We have a new kids club wrestling program and hope to see results of that in two or three years. “It’s a process.”