By: Hunter Street
The North Henderson Wrestling program is dominant to say the least. The Knights have started out 4-0 on the season with wins against A.C. Reynolds, Polk, North Buncombe and Mountain Heritage.
Come Saturday, North Henderson will play host to the Knight Invitational.
The Knight Invitational features fourteen teams from North, South Carolina, and Tennessee. They are as followed: Brevard, Hendersonville, Maiden, Mitchell, North Henderson, Pisgah, Polk County, Rosman, Science Hill (TN), Seneca (SC), Smoky Mountain, Swansea (SC), T.C. Roberson, and West Henderson.
The tournament will run via a modified pool format, with wrestlers being grouped into pools of four. Each wrestler will receive up to three matches in pool play and the top two performers from each pool will advance to placement matches with eight wrestlers being placed.
Alongside with the varsity tournament, a JV one will be conducted as well. This portion of the tournament will run as a round-robin after the first championship round. JV wrestlers will be put into groups of three to four, and each one will be guaranteed two matches.
Starting at 7:30 a.m. the gym will open, weigh ins occur at 8:00 a.m. Varsity will precede JV in the weigh ins. Coaches will meet at 8:45 a.m. and the first round begins at 9:00 a.m. JV will begin at the first round robin.
Varsity will wrestle on four mats in the main gym, and JV will use two in the Auxiliary Gym, and one in the cafeteria.
The top three placers in each weight class will receive medals. Wrestlers placing 4th-8th will receive ribbons. In addition, there will be a Most Valuable Award for Lower Weight classes and Upper Weight classes and trophies to the Team Champion and Runner-up. Pool winners in the JV tournament will receive medals.
Concessions will run throughout the tournament and T-shirts will be on sale. Things are expected to end around 5:00 p.m.
North Henderson Head Coach Heang Uy spoke on the Knight Invitational. “The Knight Invitational is a great event because we bring in schools from three states and teams get to see a diverse array of competition. The JV tournament is a bonus as young wrestlers get mat time and a chance to gain experience. Schools can bring their entire line up. We’re the first big tournament on a lot of team’s schedules and the competition is always solid. Mitchell is one of the top 1A programs in the state, Science Hill is competitive in Tennessee and local teams like TC Roberson, Brevard, and West Henderson have strong traditions.”
We would like to thank Coach Uy for all the information he’s provided on the tournament.