Coffee grapplers lose rumble at Warren County

Cardin Stump won his match in the heavyweight division during Coffee’s visit to Warren County this past week.

Warren County was anything but a friendly host to the Coffee County wrestling team last week. All that was missing was a folding chair in the back as the Raiders took the mat.

The Pioneers roughed up Coffee County 51-27 in the border battle, a stinging loss for the visiting Red Raiders.

Coffee County’s big guys took care of business, with Cardin Stump winning the heavyweight matchup at 285 pounds and Cristopher Speegle winning at 225 pounds by a 2-0 decision. Gavin Prater also proved victorious in the match of the night – a three-round thriller against Hunter Pezzimenti at 145 pounds that ended with a Red Raider pin.

Otherwise, Coffee County’s other victories came when Dalrong Long and Gabriel Westbrook saw their hands raised when Warren County didn’t field an opponent in the 120- and 126-pound weight classes.

Stump already knew his team was too far behind on points when he took the mat in the heavyweight division, but it didn’t stop him from dominating. Stump make quick work of Austin Judkins, getting to a controlling position and securing a pin in just 1 minute, 15 seconds.

Speegle had trouble gaining any separation from Timothy Jernigan in his match, but a takedown proved to be the difference as Coffee County’s top 220-pounder came out on top.

The victories were a carryover from the Mountain Top tournament held Jan. 18, where Stump placed second and Speegle, the team’s lone senior, took third.

Prater (third, 145), Jeremiah Wardell (fourth, 106) and Hunter Massey (second, 126) also brought home medals from the Sewanee event.

Prater was in a back-and-forth battle with Hunter Pezzimenti at Warren County, even looking like he may be pinned at the early part of the third period. He was able to wiggle out of the position though, giving him new life.

He quickly seized control, wearing down the Pioneer and earning a pin with just 43 seconds left in the bout.

In the lone girls’ matchup, Coffee County’s Alanna Coker took down freshman Kieven Franco, a state champion at the middle school level last year.

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