The Nation Ford High varsity wrestling team started its season on the right foot.
The Falcons, who seemingly had more kids coming out for the team every day during preseason workouts, may have a far more competitive team than anticipated. They opened their season with a quad meet last Wednesday at Dreher High School in Columbia and were able to take down two of the three teams they faced. Those go in the record books as the first team wins in school history.
Nation Ford, which opened in 2007, had individual wrestlers win some matches last year.
But the Falcons, who usually went into competition with too few wrestlers to field a full lineup, couldn't pull off a team win.
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"Congratulations to the Falcon wrestling team on posting the first victories in school history," Falcon head coach Richardson said.
This season, Richardson, Nation Ford's first-year coach, did not know what to expect from the team. However, he has a long history of building programs from the ground up. He did so as a high school wrestler and again in college while wrestling for Carson-Newman in Jefferson City, Tenn.
If the early results are any indication, Richardson is on his way to bringing another wrestling program up to speed in a hurry
In the first match of the evening at Dreher, Nation Ford dominated most of the weight classes on the way to earning a win against A.C. Flora, 57-21. The Falcons then took out host Dreher 45-36 before coming up short in the third meet in a 24-36 loss to Richland.
The Falcons were led individually by five members of the team who did not lose a decision all night. Austin Wallace, Luke Hoover, Stewart Snodgrass, Tyler McGarrigle and Chase Crosby all went 3-0 and will be counted on for leadership as the season progresses.
Saturday, the Falcons will travel to Woodmont High for a dual meet and will have two more before the school breaks for the holidays, including the Taco Bell Invitational that will be held Dec. 19.