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  1. 5 points
    This is Trevor Rippy's father. First, although I did not agree with the stalling call last night, my son did the best he could with the situation he was in. Our whole team has been fighting sickness all week, and if anybody saw the match last night, it did not look like the usual Trevor Rippy. The reason he appeared not to have a "gas tank," is because he has the flu and bronchitis, but we do not make excuses, Sweeney was the better wrestler last night. After having two shoulder surgeries and being off the mat for a complete year, I am proud of his accomplishments and his will to fight back. What he will take from wrestling is much more than winning and losing a match, it is life lessons that he has learned in the last 14 years that will make him a better individual. I would like to thank Jeff and Jonathan Roberts and all the coaches that have mentored him throughout the years. Congratulations to Sweeney and all the other finalists.
  2. 3 points
    He had a CT scan and it was determined he has a bad concussion and pulled muscles in his neck, but luckily no other issues with his neck. We have really appreciated everyone's prayers, calls and texts. He was determined to come back and get that medal.
  3. 3 points
  4. 3 points
    South Greene is my pick in AA. I have not seen Upperman, but have been told they are the favorite. South Greene is one of the best overall teams in the Upper East TN area. (all classifications)
  5. 3 points
    Braelyn Wykle is getting back in the groove after her injury. I saw her against Morristown West and she shot very well. They should have beaten Morristown West, but West is a tough team who never quit.
  6. 3 points
    The population for Georgia is 10.5 million The population for metro Atlanta is 5.7 million The population for Tennessee is 6.6 million The only thing that Georgia is doing correctly is having a population base that is almost double that of Tennessee.
  7. 3 points
    Yes, the wrestling community could lead the way with the TSSAA and DEMAND the individual state wrestling tournament become a unified state tournament again. This will not happen due to self serving adults that want to legislate a state medal or championship for "Little Johnny" or school X. 1. Other than travel cost give me one good reason for the D2 state champions to forgo the National Prep School Championships to compete in a Grand State Championship. I know that Oklahoma and other states have tried to promote a Grand Championship event and no state has experienced very much success. 2. Are there any hard stats that prove multiple classifications specifically help the growth of wrestling in a state? I have truly searched and was not able to find any. The only thing I was able to find was that yes some states had good growth but that was due more to population increases than multiple classifications. The population of Tennessee is 6.6 million and we have 199 schools in 3 divisions that now offer wrestling. Pennsylvania has 12.5 million in population and have around 850 schools wrestling and they only have 2 divisions. 3. If the officials truly want to help grow and promote Tennessee Wrestling I would suggest they look at beginning a dual match with another state much like the Dapper Dan in Pennsylvania or the Iowa vs USA Dual. Find a state such as Virginia or Maryland that you can actually compete with and not a state that you would drop the hammer on. Maybe even try to get on the calendar to compete in the Dapper Dan against the WPIAL team but we would be lucky to win 3 matches. 4. One of the quickest ways to increase the talent level in Tennessee is for the Freestyle & Greco Roman numbers to increase with youth and middle school wrestlers. I understand that Folkstyle is promoted in the offseason by high school coaches because many did not grow up around the international styles, don't understand the rules of international wrestling and truly don't feel they have the time to learn something different. I can appreciate that but at the same time when most every college program in America is in attendance at the USA Wrestling Cadet/Junior Nationals in Fargo, ND it only makes sense for our best kids to attend and make a solid showing if they want to be recruited and have options. They have zero chance of doing well if they are not trained properly. You ask for some suggestions and I tried to provide you with a few ideas.
  8. 3 points
    Lol!Lol my raiders taking Science Hill to the woodshed!!!!!! It was all a business trip!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. 3 points
    The new guy has a 13 game winning streak.
  10. 3 points
    Congratulations to Coach George Quarles. 2018 TSSAA Hall of Fame Inductee. George Quarles—Maryville High School head football coach for 18 years; made 15 appearances in the BlueCross Bowl state championships; 11 TSSAA State titles; 16 region titles; record of 250 wins and 16 losses; from 2004-2008 his teams held a 74-game winning streak and from 2013-2015 his teams held a 44-game winning streak; 8 undefeated seasons; lost only 9 of his last 249 games; left Maryville after 2016 season to become the Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator at Furman University.
  11. 2 points
    Holy crap. That literally took me almost two whole days to get through. Hope y'all enjoy them. I threw together some final predictions and some numbers based off my predictions on here. Top 5 teams 1. Cleveland (10 medals, 3 finalists but I didn't have them winning any weights. I'm sure that will end up being wrong) 2. Wilson Central (6 medals, 1 champ) 3. Beech (5 medals and 3 champs) 4. Science Hill (5 medals, no champs) 5. Knoxville Halls/Summit/Soddy Daisy/Bradley Central (4 medals and 1 champ each) I'd bet my team scores are probably a little off. Best Match: All of the finals I have are great matchups. If I had to narrow it down to one lightweight and one upperweight I'd have to pick.. 106- Trey Bates (Beech) vs Trae McDaniel (Cleveland) and 195- Devon Gibson (Bradley Central) vs Nathan Walling (Mt Juliet) Most Outstanding Wrestlers: Lower: 120-Brayden Palmer (Beech) Upper: Hwt: Michael Kramer (Wilson Central) I'm ready for some wrestling. I'm positive most of my picks will be off but hey, that's what makes it fun. Anybody can win on any given day! See you at the cow palace! Side note, if anybody disagrees with me and wants to yell at me to my face for past events ill be in the Summit section probably chasing around my two kids. Come on over!
  12. 2 points
    Posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:45 am By PATRICK MacCOON Before embarking on the first wrestling season ever at Polk County High School, volunteer coach Angelo Giansante traveled up to Cumberland College in Kentucky to make a dream possible. The head park ranger at Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, who is the only state champion wrestler ever from La Vergne High School (1997), was excited to get the program off and rolling. “We found our mats we practice on via a Craigslist add and took out a loan to go buy them,” said Giansante, who is also a military veteran and a 2012 Hall of Fame inductee to Middle Tennessee State University's wrestling program. “Polk’s colors are red, white and blue and when we got there to see the mats for the first time they were red and white with a big P on them. This team was a complete grassroots effort we are extremely proud of.” With only two wrestlers out of the 14 starters to have any experience, the start to the season for the Wildcats was a tough challenge. “Feeding them to the wolves” was how the first couple of months were best described. However, a newly acquainted group continued to battle through the early learning stages and listened to their coaches. “Polk County has been known to take very little and make the most of what they can,” said head coach Robert Combs. “These wrestlers have taken a start-up program and made us competitive in just one year. They have practiced and put so much in to achieving incredible success in just a short time.” Recently at the Region 2 A-AA tournament, the Wildcats provided quite a statement as they finished third out of a total of 12 teams. Hixson and Alcoa were the only two to finish ahead, which are programs vast in history. PCHS finished .5 points ahead of typical powerhouse Chattanooga Central for a top three finish. When the TSSAA Class A-AA State Traditional Championship begins Friday, Polk County will have half of its starting lineup out under the bright lights of the Williamson County Expo Center. Among those first-year wrestlers to advance to the biggest stage are: Josh Emerson (113), Cameron Dwyer (126), captain Zack Hammock (138), Justice Dykes (145), Carson Dillbick (152), captain Nolan Morris (182) and Devin Hollingsworth (195). “This is an inspiring group of young men who have battled and fought to achieve something pretty amazing,” Giansante said. “Imagine any other sport, basketball or baseball, and take kids who have never played it and make them compete at the high school level. Those are overwhelming odds. “These kids have had zero quit in them. I can tell them to do something 100 times and they are going to keep driving and pushing. Me and our other assistant David (Bradford) are both successful college wrestlers, so we’ve been in the ring with them trying to teach them all we can.” With big dreams for the program from the start in an area surrounded by powerful programs such as Cleveland, Bradley Central and Walker Valley (39 combined state championships, over 200 state medalists), emotions have been on full display this postseason. “I cried when these boys advanced to state,” Coach Combs said. “This is the first time for a lot of them to commit to anything bigger than themselves. Seeing them walk around the mats representing the top four wrestlers from our region was special. They went from no experience to having a chance to compete at state.” The community has rallied around the team as well. State Sen. Mike Bell has paid for the hoodies and sweats Polk County’s wrestlers will wear at the state tournament. Donations have flowed in with T-shirts, socks and gear bags. Even the local bank has offered the team money to buy food to take on their trip to Franklin, while a local auto shop has helped support the team as well. For senior captain Nolan Morris, the trip will be one to remember for a lifetime. His coaches consider him the “nucleus” of the lineup. “We all have worked hard for this in our first year,” Morris said. “The coaches have been amazing and the hard work has paid off. I want to live in the moment as much as possible at state. I am very excited for it and want to leave it all in the ring.” The moment will be bigger than any of the wrestlers for the Wildcats have ever seen, as they will be in the mix with the best through the entire state in a crowded, college-like atmosphere. With the chance to represent their school and community for the first time, the group is humbled by the chance and thankful for those who helped make it possible. “We want to thank our school superintendent Dr. (James) Jones and especially our school principal Ronnie German for being there for us all the way,” Combs said. “We also want to thank the people in our community for helping us financially. We hope this is just the start of wrestling in Polk County and hope to get a middle school feeder program going next year.” In a season that will go down as one of the most memorable in Polk County sports history, the Wildcats will get the chance to experience a moment this week that will surely take their breath away. Great job and good luck at the big show this weekend
  13. 2 points
    You're a class act sir! So are both of your boys. Whole family!
  14. 2 points
    132 is Brown vs Henderson. Congrats Twofdr. And good luck to Chase tomorrow.
  15. 2 points
    I’m stoked to hear that!!
  16. 2 points
    Its a computer algorithm so zero thought is all that's required. As soon as the last region finals match is finished the state bracket should be completed. 32 man bracket made from top 4 of 8 regions means each bracket has 4 8-man brackets, or 4 "mini brackets" to help eliminate confusion. Each of the 4 mini brackets has 1 representative from each region, and the 4 representatives from each region will be placed into a different mini bracket. These 8 man brackets will have 2 region champions, 2 runner ups, 2 3rds and 2 4ths. An Example of a this mini bracket template: Region 1 Champion vs Region 2 4th Region 3 3rd vs Region 4 Runner up Region 5 Runner up vs Region 6 3rd Region 7 4th vs Region 8 Champion Each of these mini brackets is seeded so that the two region champions meet in the finals of the mini bracket, or what is the quarter finals of the whole 32 man bracket. Furthermore, each of the 4 mini brackets will be placed in order so that each region's champion and 4th is placed on either the top or bottom half of the bracket and the runner up and 3rd is placed on the other. So by seeding 1 kid, you lock in the other 3 guys from his region into one of two spots on the bracket, and if you seed 4 kids, mathematically you essentially already know how the whole bracket will look. All you have to do is just enter the kid's name into the "Region 3 Runner up" slot on your bracket. As far as changing it- if you think the algorithm isn't needed, please go look at the rankings of 113 and see the top 4 in the state are all in the same region. If you think seeding last years place winners is an odd criteria is to use, I absolutely agree, but I can see that its used to ensure the finalists of last years state tournament wont meet in the quarter finals of this years tournament (assuming they both win their regions). If you think you can do a better job seeding each bracket yourself, aka want to bring in the human factor, please keep in mind that means you must have seen all 32 wrestlers in each bracket (which you haven't) and a be able to rank them 1-32 without using any bias or favoritism (which you can't). Personally I think there should be a seeding meeting, but sadly most coach's wouldn't want to take the time to do this, so it may have to be done by a committee. However, to be considered for seeding, you still have to win your region and then the committee will seed 1-8 using the 8 region champions. You could maybe make an argument to seed 1-16 by using region champions and runner ups, but I think that would open the door to too much bias
  17. 2 points
    You are correct in that Indiana doesn't have a dual championship. From what I've been told, everyone got tired of Mater Dei winning it. Indiana also has 1A- 5A and kids from ALL 5 divisions wrestle for 1 individual championship in each of the 14 weight classes regardless of their schools enrollment.
  18. 2 points
    How would you all suggest they seed the tournament if not by using Region results? Maybe the "rankings' you are using to base your argument are invalid - 4 of the top 6 in pin-tn did not even win their own Region, yet they are top 6 in the State? Harrison Phillips, a returning medalist AND Region Champ will most likely see the winner of Wilson/James in the quarters. There are 4 returning medalists in the bottom of the bracket and only 2 up top. How would you spread it out?
  19. 2 points
    Dear Lord, Let New England lose the Super Bowl. Let them lose Bigly. Amen.
  20. 2 points
    Were there any major individual upsets at state this past weekend? I saw where Brentwood and Heritage shocked a few people team wise but what about individual match ups that will shake up rankings leading into these last two weeks.
  21. 2 points
    I always told my guys if the ref slaps his hand on the mat, you were pinned.
  22. 2 points
    People talk about 126 being the toughest this year, but I think 132 is the deepest weight class this year!
  23. 2 points
    I don't think Coach Simpson would have thrown in non-starters at 126-145 if he didn't have the winner of Brentwood and DB in the next round. I also don't think that he went into the dual with the intent to throw those kids in there. I think that he was hoping Lewis would pin at 195 ; the hwt would pull out the win; and that Canon would at least get bonus points. Once those three things did not happen he knew the only reason to continue was to get the rest of his wrestlers some matches, and why risk injury to starters when you have another big dual coming right up. I do agree the optics of it are not good, but it was all strategic. I feel pretty strongly that had this been in the finals or a regular season dual he would not have done it. OW basically said as much but I just wanted to add that I don't think this was the pre-determined plan going in. Had things gone differently through the first six weights I think he would have continued competing. That said, this is all speculation on my part.
  24. 2 points
    Heritage laid an egg on Sr. night. out coached, out played, even the 8 Greenbrier kids in the gym were louder than our sorry student section.
  25. 2 points
    Soddy blew it plain and simple and Brentwood seems to have blown their load on that one match! But I guess luck has nothing to do with it when a 12-15 record kid pins a top ranked kid that was a state RU last year! You sure do know your wrestling! Fact is this, neither Brentwood or Soddy will be sitting On top of that podium tomorrow, and sadly Brentwood got beat the next round so they are on the other side of the bracket but I would love to see that match over again and see who comes out on top. Sadly at this time it is Brentwood, but they took a beating the next round! Of course I never saw that coming with Heritage but boy are they peeking at the right time!
  26. 2 points
    I dont see anyone talking about high and mighty this region except when a jackwagon comes on here and bashing us over jealousy. Legacy this and that and all other BS. How overrated Cleveland is this year and such. I remember seeing someone post, (a big bears fan at that) before the season even started that Bradley probably wasn' even a top 10 team this year. Whatcha expect fans to do when someone that stays hid and only comes out to bash region 4 or Soddy? Agree with him over his jealousy?
  27. 2 points
    Well ya see, funny thing is, he did get pinned. It happened. And it won’t change. How about we give credit to Brentwood instead of making this about what Soddy didn’t do. Never ceases to amaze me how when there’s a big win for a team, all people wanna talk about is the team that lost. Soddy lost. That’s it. Get over it. Talk about Brentwood. This is a huge win for the program. Stop making it about Soddy losing and make it about Brentwood winning. Give them the respect they deserve
  28. 2 points
    Let’s go blue raiders!!!!!!!!! It’s time to show up and show out!!!!!!!!!!! Business Trip!!!! Bring back the Plaque!!!!
  29. 2 points
    Just gotta say lets go Soddy and (chokes, coughs) lets go Cleveland!!
  30. 2 points
    My not so conventional picks. I know Gibbs is a very good team, but I'm not ready to hand them the trophy just yet like many seem inclined to do. Round 1: Greeneville over Signal Mtn- Signal Mtn doesn't have enough after the lightweights to win this match. Fairview over Nolensville- Coach Derrick did his best Coach Gossett impression during the regular season when he wrestled Coach Peck's squad. Those scores are VERY misleading! Fairview wins when everyone wrestles. Hixson over Gibbs- Hixson wins a very close match bc they keep from giving up 6's to a few of Gibbs better wrestlers. My LEAST CONFIDENT 1ST RD PICK!!! Greenbrier over Alcoa- Coach Gossett does his best with what he has but it isn't enough to beat Greenbrier. 1st rd Consolation: Gibbs over Alcoa- Gibbs just better Nolensville over Signal Mtn- Coach Peck's small guys keep it close til help arrives with the middle and heavyweights. Semis: Greeneville over Fairview- Closer than many may expect but Fairview doesn't have enough experience yet in the very small weights. Greenbrier over Hixson- Coach Reynolds Bobcats have enough studs to beat a solid Hixson team Consolation Semis: Gibbs over Fairview- Potential to have a few very good (IND state tourney blood/medal round worthy) matches that will be very intersting, depending on each coaches strategy and choice. Hixson over Nolensville- Hixson just too solid top to bottom. Consolation Finals: Gibbs over Hixson- Gibbs get revenge. Finals: Greenbrier over Greeneville- Top team in A/AA doesn't need the extra 'E' to prove they're the best.
  31. 2 points
    Went to Heritage vs Harpeth game. Great game by both. Lead changes throughout and both teams played hard. Heritage really spread out scoring first half while Harpeth was mostly #10. Second half was good game. Bench for both teams played well, no noticeable dropoff when they went in. Both teams could have played better but was still a good game. Very evenly matched. Heritage would get nod for individual size and ability but Harpeth made up for with hustle. Stand by my previous statement that these are clearly 1&2 and could go either way. Tournament in westmoreland may favor Heritage due to distance. Game was fun to watch. Officials poor as usual for both sides but that is the norm this year. Should be fun finish and tight tournament. Expect surprises from the middle of the pack.
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  33. 2 points
    Alcoa won championships in boys golf and girls soccer this school year.
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  35. 2 points
    The only name you need in Single A is Caden Mills from Van Buren County a 6-6 guard who is averaging about 30ppg
  36. 2 points
    Greenbrier can make a run. They match up well. Gibbs will be tough to beat to make the finals. But, they match up well. Only time will tell. Hope we all have a healthy tournament. Good luck to all.
  37. 2 points
    Nolensville/Fairview and Greenbriar/Gibbs are possible “upsets”. Wouldn’t be surprised if Greenbriar makes the finals
  38. 2 points
    Hold on. I wouldn’t say these 2 will be in the finals. Cleveland yes, Soddy no. I don’t think Soddy is quite good enough for a state title. It will be the Hill or Wilson Central more than likely on the other side facing Cleveland.
  39. 2 points
    Soddy would be #1 in all but maybe 2 regions smh
  40. 2 points
    What do you mean by "Real State Tournament"?
  41. 2 points
    Kage Williams will be heading to the semis tomorrow morning with a 10-4 win over a Nebraska state champ.
  42. 1 point
    Did Dream Cotton and Jacob Allen miss weight or something? They both had 2 stars by their name and they both forfeited first round!
  43. 1 point
    TSSAA 2018 Hall of Fame class includes George Quarles, Barbara Campbell Tom Kreager, USA TODAY NETWORK - TennesseePublished 12:19 p.m. CT Jan. 31, 2018 | Updated 5:13 p.m. CT Jan. 31, 2018 (Photo: Knoxville News Sentinel) Nine new members including a father and son were named to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Former Jefferson County assistant principal and athletic director Bill Quarles and his son, former Maryville football coach George Quarles, were named to the class, becoming the first father-son to be inducted in the same year. George Quarles said he wasn't aware until the announcement that his father was also named to the class. "I was blown away," said Quarles, who is now the offensive coordinator at Furman. "That makes it extra special for sure. To get to go into the Hall of Fame the same year as your dad I can't think of anything better." Others include Brentwood volleyball coach Barbara Campbell, Father Ryan soccer coach Robin Dieterich, former Ezell-Harding coach Don Freudenthal, former Obion County boys basketball coach Jim Whitby, former Peabody principal and TSSAA Board of Control member Sam Miles, official John Caldwell and Nashville resident Ron Bargatze as a contributor. The class will be inducted on April 14 at a luncheon in Murfreesboro at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center. Here is a breakdown of the class: Ron Bargatze: Bargatze has been a radio and TV color analyst for TSSAA football and basketball championship games for more than 30 years. He's also the director of sports medicine for Baptist Hospital and created a partnership with the TSSAA that provided trainers and sports medicine staff at all state championship events. John Caldwell: Caldwell has been a TSSAA basketball official since 1965. He worked the 1975 girls basketball state tournament and 1978 boys basketball state tournament. He served as a basketball supervisor from 1978-88 and was an assigner for Memphis and Shelby County from 1978-198 TSSAA volleyball state championships, Day Barbara Campbell: Campbell has a 1,627-292 record as a volleyball coach and is the state's all-time winningest coach in the sport. She is third all-time nationally. Campbell has 25 state tournament appearances, seven state runner-up finishes and 13 state championships. "I am just so honored," Campbell said. "It doesn't feel like I've coaching for 30 years. It feels like it was yesterday. "When I think of the people that have been honored by the TSSAA, I have so much respect for them. The first thing I think of is I need to take everyone with me because I've had so many people that have helped me along the way." More: Barbara Campbell to be recognized with Fred Russell Lifetime Achievement Award Father Ryan coach Robin Dieterich and the Lady Irish sweat out the final minutes of Saturday's 1-0 championship win over Ensworth. (Photo: Michael Murphy / The Tennessean) Robin Dieterich: Dietrich is the boys and girls soccer coach at Father Ryan, where he has been since 1979. He has won a combined eight TSSAA boys and girls soccer state championships with the boys and girls teams winning it during the 2012-13 school year. He has more than 300 wins. Don Freudenthal: The former Ezell-Harding softball coach has more than 800 career wins. His teams made 19 state tournaments, winning 13 state championships with three runner-up finishes. Freudenthal's teams had a 56-11 record in the state tournament. Sam Miles: Longtime administrator and coach in West Tennessee. He coached at Peabody and Dyersburg for more than 10 years. He was the Peabody principal from 1983-1995 and served on the TSSAA Board of Control from 1995-2006. He was also the Henry County Director of Schools from 2008-12. Bill Quarles: Bill Quarles retired from the Jefferson County School System in 2005 after being a teacher and administrator at Jefferson County. He was an assistant principal and athletic director from 1977-1992. He also was a former basketball and tennis coach at the school. George Quarles: Former Maryville football coach made 15 BlueCross Bowl championship games in 18 years before resigning prior to the 2017 season to become an assistant at Furman, his alma mater. His teams won 11 state championships, and he finished with a 250-16 record. His teams won 74 straight games from 2004-08. More: Former Maryville coach George Quarles promoted to offensive coordinator at Furman Jim Whitby: Whitby was the boys basketball coach at Obion County from 1982-2001 and at Lake County from 2001-10. He had 850 career wins and led Obion County to the Class AA state title in 1986. Reach Tom Kreager at [email protected] or 615-259-8089 and on Twitter @Kreager. Selecting George Quarles is the epitomy of a "no-brainer".
  44. 1 point
    Pretty close although i think wilson Central might be true second in AAA, so you could flip those two. After that i would flip soddy to 10th and arlington up to 9th, but at that point it doesnt really matter, but I would love to have seen that dual since both wrestled closely with Brentwood.
  45. 1 point
    I want to give some respect to Science Hill who showed great sportsmanship after the championship match. Y’all have nothing to hang your head about. Y’all have a great team and it was awesome to share the stage with y’all. U guys will bounce back
  46. 1 point
    I would flip McCallie/Baylor and Blackman/Arlington. Also don’t see why we can’t get some votes for some of the best in A/AA. Honestly think Gibbs could hold their own with some of these
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Waiting for the Clarkrange folks to chime in. The gold ball is all but decided between them and Pickett Co. Better tell the West TN folks to not even bother crossing the river....
  49. 1 point
    Dang! There’s your A/AA state champs I think
  50. 1 point
    Merry Christmas from all the fans at Maryville and may your one win next year be happy and joyful when you drive 100 miles to Stone Memorial to do so.
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