Zech Swiger

Franklin County's Zech Swiger grapples with Riverdale's Marquise Watkins during a match in the 220-pound weight division at a regional individual tournament Saturday. Swiger would win the match by a 5-2 decision and would go on to finish fourth in the bracket.

Members of the Franklin County High School boys wrestling team competed in their regional individual tournament Saturday at Warren County High School.

Normally, the top four wrestlers in each weight class at the regional tournaments receive berths to the state tournament. However, that number was cut in half this year with only the top two finishers in each division moving on to compete in the state brackets.

There were three Franklin County wrestlers in competition at the event with junior Zech Swiger having the highest placement of the day among them.

Swiger was able to finish fourth in the 220-pound weight class as he bounced back from a first-round defeat to win two straight consolation matches before falling in the third-place match.

Swiger began his day with a loss by a 12-6 decision to Blackman’s Tytus Kirby-Reach.

He would avoid being swept out of the tournament in his second match as he was able to beat Riverdale’s Marquise Watkins by a 5-2 decision.

Swiger’s third match in the tournament would also be his shortest of the day as he pinned Columbia’s Jaylen McCoy in 51 seconds to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket.

Swiger would have a rematch with Kirby-Reach in the third-place match, but the second matchup between them would not go the distance as Kirby-Reach pinned Swiger in 1:18 to end his tournament run.

Freshmen Parker Thompson and Matthew Ratcliffe would not fare as well as Swiger with both getting eliminated from their respective brackets after two matches.

Thompson started his day in the 170-pound weight division with a loss to Riverdale’s Gipson Frost by a 12-0 major decision.

The second match of the day for Thompson would end quickly as Trinton Partin of Tullahoma trapped his shoulders to the mat for a pin after 38 seconds.

Ratcliffe had a similar run in the 182-pound bracket with his first match against Gabe Hopkins of Cookeville ending in a pin after just 15 seconds.

His second match would last longer, but Ratcliffe would still lose via pinfall to Stewarts Creek’s Nicholas Menticino in 48 seconds.

The regional individual tournament marked the end of the wrestling season for Franklin County High School.