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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    The 2018-2019 NHSCA Academic All Americans are announced https://www.marshalltribune.com/story/2607555.html Kudos to our Tennessee and surrounding state's student athletes The National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) is proud to announce the 2019 High School Academic All-Americans for the 2018-2019 school year. This marks the 26th year in which the NHSCA has honored those who triumph in and out of the classroom. This year’s selection totals 134 Academic All Americans. These student-athletes hail from 36 states. This year’s honorees excel in 13 different sports. The total breakdown is as follows: 10 freshman, 27 sophomores, 42 juniors and 55 seniors. This year Georgia led the way with 14 Academic All Americans, followed by Massachusetts with 12, Texas with 11 and Tennessee with 9. The student-athletes averaged a 3.9 GPA, with 45 students coming in with a 4.0 or better. Aiden Bowers competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. He has a current GPA of 4.0. Aiden finished as the state runner-up this year with a record of 38-17. Evan Anthony competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. Evan has a current GPA of 3.9. He is a 2x state runner up and has a current career record of 81-30. Benjamin Beaver competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Ronald Comfort at Grace Christian Academy in Tennessee. He has a 4.0 GPA and is ranked #18 in his class of 89 students. Benjamin placed 6th in his state championships this year. He had a season record this year of 42-17 and has a career record of 160-64. Benjamin would like to major in Quantum Mechanics in college. Garrett Bowers competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. He has a 3.7 GPA. Garrett is a three-time state placewinner, finishing 3rd as a freshman and 1st as a sophomore and junior. He had a 50-5 season record this year and has a current career record of 137-18. Olivia Gasteiger competes in the sport of wrestling for coach Jon Renner at Science Hill High School in Tennessee. She has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked #75 in her class. Olivia placed 5th in her state wrestling championships and had a season record of 28-9 this year. She would like to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Morgan Ratliff competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Jon Renner at Science Hill High School in Tennessee. She has a 3.6 GPA. Morgan placed 4th in her state wrestling championships this year and had a season record of 25-14. Luke Condy competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. He has a 3.7 GPA. Luke finished 4th in his state wrestling championships last year and was unable to compete at this year's state tournament due to illness. Condy finished with a 45-14 season record. His career record is 103-38. He will attend Christian Brothers University. Elijah Hodge competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. He has a 3.9 GPA. Elijah is a three-time state placewinner, finish 5th as a sophomore, 4th as a junior and 2nd as a senior. He had a season record this year of 44-10 and has a career record of 123-53. He will attend Christian Brothers University. Luke Spencer competes in the sport of wrestling for Coach Derek Harrison at Christian Brothers High School in Tennessee. He has a 3.6 GPA. Luke placed 3rd in his state wrestling championships his junior year. He is will be attending the University of Arkansas next year. ________________________ USA Wrestling, FloWrestling and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum have published its fourth National Girls High School rankings for the 2018-19 season. 106 pounds 9th Jevani Alejandro, freshman, Las Vegas Nev., Centennial High School (14) 112 pounds 17th Kerra Strevel, sophomore, Knoxville, Tenn., Heritage High School (10) 117 pounds 13th Isabella Badon, senior, Johnson City, Tenn., Daniel Boone High School 127 pounds 20th Robin Yunis, junior, Clarksville, Tenn., Rossview High School 132 9th Emma Walker, junior, Clarksville, Tenn., Rossview High School 144 17th Vivian Hurn, junior, Cunningham, Tenn., Montgomery Central High School (18 at 152) 200 9th Catherine Palmieri, junior, Woodlawn, Tenn. Northwest High School 225 10th Valerie Smith, freshman, Nashville, Tenn., McGavock High School ...kudos to mid-tenn and tricities wrestlers
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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    Good East Tennessee Press in South Georgia... Titletown wrestler takes top honors at National Tournaments 10 hrs ago Submitted PhotoTitletown Wrestling Academy's John DelVecchio will be traveling with Titletown Wrestling Academy’s National Team, Titletown Chaos, to compete in Southern Throne in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 18 and Summer Nationals in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 23. With summer wrestling season in full swing, Titletown Wrestling Academy wrestlers travel around the country competing at National Events. John DelVecchio traveled to Kingsport, Tenn., in April to compete in one of the nation’s toughest national youth duals wrestling tournament where he returned as an All-American with a record of 7-2. This is DelVecchio's third All-American honor and second in less than six months, as he went 10-1 in the toughest national duals tournament on the east coast at Virginia Beach in December. Delvcchio is also a 2x USA Wrestling state placer (2018: 10U 3rd, 2019: 12U 4th). DelVecchio will be traveling with Titletown Wrestling Academy’s National Team, Titletown Chaos, to compete in Southern Throne in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 18 and Summer Nationals in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 23. Delvecchio is wrapping up his fifth grade year in Pine Grove Elementary and will be attending and wrestling for Pine Grove Middle School next winter.
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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    Kudos who even went... And Wow... 14 placed at Ohio Tournament Of Champions... Chttps://www.papowerwrestling.com/pa-wrestlers-claim-crowns-at-ohio-toc/ View Larger Image Four Pennsylvania wrestlers won Ohio Tournament of Champions titles in the Elite Division on Saturday in Columbus, including a pair of Union City seniors. Bears teammates Gavin Henry (190 pounds) and Matt Long (285) captured championships to join Canon-McMillan senior Kenny Hayman (132) and Freedom Area sophomore Trent Schultheis (160). Two of the championship matches were all-PA affairs. Despite giving up the opening takedown, PIAA runner-up Schultheis beat South Fayette’s Eli Brinsky 3-2 in the finals of the tournament, which uses modified rules and includes a single 3-minute period for each bout. Henry, who finished third in Class AA this season, scored off a low-leg single in the first 15 seconds of his finals match with McGeary and held on for a 2-0 victory. A fifth-place PIAA finisher, Long scored four takedowns – including two in the final 15 seconds – for an 8-1 victory over Blake Coffell of Michigan in the championship match. Hayman, who placed fourth in Class AAA, scored a reversal with 13 seconds left for a 6-5 victory over Kentucky’s Thomas Deck in their final bout. Four Keystone State wrestlers won titles in the Cadet Division, with West Allegheny’s Ty Watters (105), Harborcreek’s Connor Pierce (120), Mifflin County’s Kyler Everly (135) and Greenville’s Cole Karpinski (171) claiming championships. Ohio Tournament of Champions Elite Finals 112–Christopher Calvin II Old Hickory, TN (Unattached) DEC Jayden Strickland Greenwich, OH (South Central), 6-2 118–Lucian Brink Coshocton, OH (Coshocton) F Jordan Rodriguez Chesaning, MI (Michigan Gold Pitbulls), 1:21 125–Jake Canitano Solon, OH (Unattached) DEC Camden Spears Plainfield, IN (Red Cobra), 9-3 132–Kenny Hayman Canonsburg, PA (Gladiators) DEC Thomas Deck Richmond, KY (Madison Central), 6-5 139–Gentry Deck Richmond, KY (Madison Central) DEC Jakerion Merritt Hopkinsville, KY (Christian County), 4-1 146–Brody Kemper Grand Blanc, MI (Grand Blanc) DEC Dominick Lomazzo Dundee, MI (Dundee), 2-0 SV 153–Austin Boone Ada, MI (Lowell) DEC Kaleb Rosen New Boston, MI (Unattached), 6-0 160–Trent Schultheis Freedom, PA (Omp)DEC Eli Brinsky McDonald, PA (Gladiators), 3-2 171–Thierry Jean-Baptiste Indianapolis, IN (Brownsburg wrestling club) DEC Austin Gibson Bridgeport, WV (Training Traditions), 6-0 190–Gavin Henry Union City, PA (Bears Wrestling Club) DEC Ty McGeary McDonald, PA (Gladiators), 2-0 220–Jake McCollum Eureka, MO (Unattached) F Luke Davis Port Huron, MI (Richimond), 0:41 285–Matt Long Union City, PA (Bears Wrestling Club) DEC Blake Coffell Metamora, MI (Goodrich), 8-1 Third Place 112–Cian Abion Detroit, MI (Silverback Academy) DEC Anthony Chrun St. Louis, MO (St. Louis Warrior), 4-0 118–Anrico Cunningham jr Sandusky, OH (Burnett Trained WC) MD Kai Burkett New Paris, PA (Young Guns), 8-0 125–Gavinn Alstott Corydon, IN (Red Cobra) TF Blake Boyers Fairmont, WV (East Fairmont), 10-0 2:46 132­–William Burgess Union City, PA (Bad Karma) DEC Tyler Seeley Johnson City, TN (Science Hill), 6-0 139–Chris Kelly Saint Paris, OH (Graham) DEC Drake Campbell Brownsburg, IN (Brownsburg), 4-2 146–Devan Hendricks Jamestown, OH (Gladiator) DEC Kenny Duschek Beaver Falls, PA (Freedom Area), 4-1 153–Alec Cook Weirton, WV (Gladiators Wrestling) DEC Wade Monebrake Eaton, OH (Unattached), 2-0 160–Gabe Jacobs La Grange, KY (Nlw) DEC Carlton Roberts Rossford, OH (Lake Erie), 3-2 171–Dillon Keane Bradford, PA (Bradford) DEC Brayden Randolph Manchester, MI (Clinton Wrestling Club), 4-2 190–Dylan McCandless Bryan, OH (Bryan) FOR Owen Amburgy Mason, OH (Unattached), 0-0 220–Garrett Cook Weirton, WV (Gladiators Wrestling) DEC Thaddeus Huff London, OH (London Wrestling Club), 2-0 285–Riley Kemper Burgettstown, PA (Gladiator Wrestling) F Kevin Johnson Lebanon, OH (Prodigy), 0:55 Fifth Place 112-Tyler Diggins Moon, PA (Moon Area)DEC Riley Wiseman Whitewater, MO (Unattached), 2-0 118–Caleb Schroer Sidney, OH (Troy Christian) DEC Gabriel Sutton Payne, OH (Wayne Trace), 10-5 SV 125–Seth Russo Spencerport, NY (Spencerport) MD Case George Ashland, OH (Unattached), 8-0 132–Jarrett Sanders Ashland, KY (Ashland Area Wrestling Club) DEC Brendon Mark Mishawaka, IN (Mishawaka Wrestling Club), 2-0 SV 139–Ethan Wiant Oak Ridge, PA (Redbank Valley) DEC Jacob Williams Ashville, OH (Teays Valley), 5-4 146–Trysten Zahoransky Hinckley, OH (Solon Wrestling) FOR Tyler Muldrew Bridgeport, OH (Gladiators), 0-0 153–Jack Janda Haddon Twp., NJ (Camden Catholic) FOR Cody Walsh Cherry Hill, NJ (Camden Catholic), 0-0 160–Vincent Scaramuzzino Croswell, MI (Cros-Lex) DEC Kyle Waldron-Flyte Marietta, SC (Science Hill), 7-0 171–Gregory Glover Brownsburg, IN (Brownsburg wrestling club) FOR James Penfold Metamora, MI (Goodrich wrestling club), 0-0 190–Trizton Carson Danville, IN (Red Cobra) DEC Keaton Grider Fort Wayne, IN (True Skill Wrestling Academy), 7-0 220–River Pappas Toronto, OH (GT Wrestling) DEF Diion Leavell Crofton, KY (Unattached) 285 Chris Berry Warren, MI (Unattached) F Khalil Marshall Country Club Hills, IL (Hawk Wrestling), 2:33 Seventh Place 112–Scott Kettel Columbus, MI (Richmond) FOR Ammaar Salaam Columbus, OH (Tigers), 0-0 118-Rhett Wiseman Whitewater, MO (Unattached) DEC Luke Gittens Rochester, MI (Roughnecks), 4-0 125-Spencer Murphy North Branch, MI (Unattached) DEF Chase Mclaughlin Jamestown, PA (Bad Karma) 132-Noah Comar Adrian, MI (Clinton Wrestling Club) MD Laron Ruffin Flint, MI (Ruffin Trained), 9-1 139–Jack Collins Cleves, OH (Barbarian Wrestling Club) DEC Zach Evans North Canton, OH (North Canton), 4-2 146–Parker Loera Bethel Park, PA (Unattached) DEC Abraham Meyer Rockford, OH (Grand Lake Gladiators), 9-2 153–Gary Nilson Macomb, MI (Roughneck) FOR Nate Wheeler Crestwood, KY (Nlw), 0-0 160–Neal Aldridge Hopkinsville, KY (Christian County11) F Noah Ratliff Reynoldsburg, OH (Cardinal Wrestling), 2:52 171–Gavin Cagle Knoxville, TN (Christian Academy of Knoxville) DEC Brady Fincham McGaheysville, VA (Eastrock), 6-1 190–Connor Majewski Belleville, MI (Belleville Wrestling Club) F Camerin Holmes North Tonawanda, NY (North Tonawanda Wrestling), 2:18 220–Honour Kline Goodrich, MI (Goodrich) DEF John Meyers Greensburg, PA (Greensburg Salem) 285–Jose Rosales Goshen, IN (Goshen) DEC Blake Amy Clio, MI (Clio), 2-0 SV Cadet Finals 90 Pool 1st–Justin Gates Smiths Creek, MI (Team Donahoe) DEC Zach Bellissimo Perry, OH (Perry HS), 2-0 90 Pool 3rd–Owen Lehman Annville, PA (Team Nauman) DEC Ethan Burkhart Malta, OH (New Lexington), 6-2 90 Pool 5th–Kye Callahan Brownsburg, IN (Unattached) DEC Calvin Trigg Canal Winchester, OH (Unattached), 4-0 90 Pool 7th–Nathan Sanders Fredericksburg, VA (Vwa) FOR Noah Stein Pittsburgh, PA (Quest), 0-0 95–Xavier De jesus-remchuk Hornell, NY (Canisteo Wrestling Club) DEC Kevin Grunzweig Solon, OH (Solon), 1-0 100–Marlon Yarbrough Copley, OH (Copley youth wrestling) F Beric Jordan Mesa, AZ (East Valley Wrestling Club), 2:04 105–Ty Watters Imperial, PA (Gladiators)DEC Isham Peace Walton, KY (KY Extreme), 7-0 110–Ethan Birden Dublin, OH (Palmer Wrestling) TF Kaden King Amherst, OH (Burnett Trained WC), 10-0 2:21 115–Hunter Mason Greeneville, TN (Hammer Wrestling) DEC Calvin Eason Nashville, TN (Father Ryan), 5-2 120–Connor Pierce Harborcreek, PA (Unattached) DEC Reed Fullmer Wayne, PA (Malvern), 4-3 125–Gage Wright Mineral Wells, WV (Patriot wrestling club) TF Aiden Aiello Grove City, OH (DiSabato Wrestling club), 12-0 2:35 130–Kysen Montgomery Brownsburg, IN (Red Cobra) DEC Kyren Butler Akron, OH (Copley youth wrestling), 2-0 SV 135–Kyler Everly Lewistown, PA (Mifflin County) DEC Nick Hart Marysville, OH (Unattached), 4-2 140–Kyle Romano Alpharetta, GA (Unattached) F Trevor Weyandt Osterburg, PA (Unattached), 2:16 145–Zach Johnson Whitmore Lake, MI (Brighton) DEC James Scavuzzo Medina, OH (Highland), 2-1 152–Nick Sanko Rochester, NY (Pwc) TF Elijah Hunter Sandusky, OH (Unattached), 13-2 2:17 160–Aiden Curry Mooresville, NC (C2x) TF Matthew Furman Canonsburg, PA (Wwv), 10-0 2:23 171–Cole Karpinski Greenville, PA (Bad Karma) DEC Dennis Slovick III Burgettstown, PA (Burgettstown High School), 6-4 200–Ty Cobb Toledo, OH (Lewc) F Levid Rodriguez Paintsville, KY (Unattached), 2:28 242–Donald Bishop Ypsilanti, MI (Ruffin Trained) DEC Zane Christian Ashland, KY (Unattached), 6-0 Third Place 95-Jordan Butler Marietta, GA (The Wrestling Center) DEC William Smith Sandusky, OH (Pirate Wrestling), 12-0 100-Hunter Robison Edinboro, PA (Omp)DEC Jacob Silka Canton, GA (Liberty), 6-0 105-Brac Hooper Carmel, IN (Contenders Wrestling Academy) DEC Quintin Wolbert Wales, WI (Askren Wrestling Academy), 7-2 110-Braxton Lewis Suffolk, VA (Slaughterhouse) DEC Jashon Holmes Latham, NY (Journeymen), 2-0 115-Lucas Kapusta Jeannette, PA (Young Guns) DEC Khyvon Grace Moon, PA (Moon Area), 2-0 120-Bryce Kresho Jasper, GA (Liberty Wrestling Club) MD Braden Haines Lebanon, IN (Red Cobra), 10-2 125-Dominic Ditullio Mason, OH (Mason) DEF Gavin Garcia Indianapolis, IN (Brownsburg wrestling club) 130-Thomas Hoppes Hodgenville, KY (LaRue County Wrestling) DEC Bryant Beane Crestwood, KY (Invicta), 4-0 135-Quentin Whitehill Medina, OH (Medina) DEC Jeremiah Price Statue Road, NC (School of Hard Knocks), 8-2 140-Luca Pirozzolo Auburn, NY (Pit crew) DEC Rawson Iwanicki Andover, MA (Mercury Rising Wrestling Club), 2-0 SV 145-Jackson Hurst Kingsport, TN (Dobyns Bennett Highschool) DEC Nathan Cadle Bidwell, OH (River valley), 6-4 SV 152-William Scavuzzo Wadsworth, OH (Highland Hornets) DEC Mason McClair Columbia, PA (Team Nauman), 5-0 160-Brodie Porter Greentown, IN (Greentown Wrestling Club) F Moe Hakim Dearborn Heights, MI (Crestwood), 1:10 171-Ethan Finch Sheffield, PA (Sheffield)DEC Jake Aina Spencerport, NY (Spencerport), 6-0 200-Cody Brenner New Boston, MI (Nbwc) F Noah Tustin Waynesburg, PA (Young Guns), 0:54 242-Brayden Benson Grove City, OH (Unattached) DEC Anthony Gentile Greenville, PA (Unattached), 4-1 Fifth Place 95-Jericho Quinter Covington, OH (DeHart Elite) TF Adonis Lattimore Virginia Beach, VA (Landstown), 16-4 1:59 100-Kobi Burkett New Paris, PA (Young Guns) F James Anderson Bridgeville, PA (South Fayette), 2:17 105-Ridge Cook New Bethlehem, PA (Redbank Valley) F Wesley Wydick Granville, OH (Palmer Wrestling), 2:50 110-Nolan Banfield Mount Sterling, KY (Cwa) DEF Nico Taddy McDonald, PA (Gladiators), 0-0 0:00 115-Calan Bollman Osterburg, PA (Unattached) DEC Luke Bolen Willis, VA (Va Elite), 8-4 120-Brennan Watkins Kingsport, TN (Hammer Wrestling) DEC Benjamin Miller Howe, IN (Lagrange wrestling club), 4-1 125-Canyon Wells Copley, OH (Copley) F Austin Smith Saint Louisville, OH (Utica), 1:47 130-Mason Shrader South Lyon, MI (Brighton) DEC Jameson Mullens Port Clinton, OH (Elite Athletes), 11-6 135-Nathan Jerore Wyandotte, MI (Unattached) DEC Scott Vilums Louisville, KY (Invicta), 2-0 140-Carter Chase Marion, OH (Palmer Wrestling) F Gunnar Luke Mesa, AZ (East Valley WC), 0:19 145-Carter Kroll Ontario, OH (Ontario) DEC Jake Scherbyn Rochester, NY (Spencerport), 4-2 152-Jakob Hurley Galloway, OH (Unattached) TF Damien Galentine Loganton, PA (Unattached), 10-0 2:30 160-Landon Caldwell Saegertown, PA (Saegertown) MD Jacob Boulet Barnesville, OH (Unattached), 8-0 171-Kelyn Blossey Waterford, PA (Cathedral Prep) DEC Jc Lucci Paulsboro, NJ (Paulsboro), 6-2 200-Isaiah Street Brownsburg, IN (Brownsburg High School) DEC Colton Casto Widen, WV (Galaxy), 2-1 242-Max Fisher Nashville, TN (Nashville Catholic) F Jaxon Ramos Mount Airy, NC (Unattached), 1:36 Seventh Place 95-Will Miller Grand Blanc, MI (All American Grappling Academy) TF Leo Riley Athens, OH (Athens Wrestling Club), 14-2 2:39 100-Russell Ford Columbia, TN (Unattached) TF Deegan Herman Napoleon, MI (Clinton WC), 14-2 2:46 105-Charlie Conroy Ravenna, OH (Indy) DEC Conlan O’Donoghue Canonsburg, PA (Gladiators), 2-1 110-David Mcclelland Johnstown, OH (Palmer Wrestling) DEC Liam Plants Blacklick, OH (Palmer Wrestling), 6-0 115-Jake Thomas Columbus, OH (Pwc) F Ashten Armagost Greenville, PA (C P Wrestling), 1:25 120-Luis Bazan Bolingbrook, IL (Bolingbrook Jr Raiders) F Branton Dawes Washington Court House, OH (Blue Lions), 2:12 125-Daniel Adams Poland, OH (Poland Seminary High School) F Max Oprzadek Sandusky, OH (Perkins), 2:26 130-Derek Starkey Clarksburg, WV (Unattached) DEC Lucas Nagle Pinckney, MI (Pinckney), 6-4 135-Kodiak Cannedy Greeneville, TN (Hammer Wrestling) F Carsen Richards Grand Blanc, MI (Goodrich High School), 2:58 140-Andrew Dado Lockport, IL (Bolingbrook Jr Raiders) DEC Grant Kahlenberg Waxhaw, NC (Dark Horse), 2-1 145-Nick Dodman Sanford, MI (Unattached) DEC Toby Abbott Springport, IN (Cowan wrestling club), 2-0 152-Spencer Konz Tipton, MI (Wrecking crew) DEC Sammy Abdellatif Ypsilanti, MI (Ruffin Trained), 4-0 160-Gabriel Fisher Nashville, TN (Nashville Catholic) F Nolan Fenton Kersey, PA (Titans Wrestling Club), 2:29 171-Evan Daniels McDonald, PA (Gladiators) TF Coltin Bartley New Bethlehem, PA (Redbank Valley), 10-0 2:07 200-Junior Amato Bethlehem, PA (Redhawk) F Connor Mchugh Milton, GA (Raw 241), 1:38 242–Landon Mcpherson Beavercreek, OH (Unattached) DEC Wyatt Lindsey Sheffield, PA (Sheffield Wrestling), 1-0 MIDDLE TN AND TRI-CITIES WELL REPRESENTED
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    Nick Boykin makes world team!

    Proud of both these young men. Little brother nick may give Scotty a match now 
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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    Logan Andrew, Lake Highland Prep, Sr., 195 Buzz: Two-time Florida state champion is on his way to UT-Chattanooga after a 35-5 season. https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/wrestling/os-sp-hs-wrestling-all-area-2019-story.html --------*** Congratulations to Alex Mercado for signing to continue his education and wrestling career at King University
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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    WJHL News Channel 11Nexstar BroadcastingFREE - In Google Play Sports Tennessee High's Dom Fields signs with SWCC wrestling Updated: Apr 17, 2019 11:38 PM EDT BRISTOL, Tenn. (WJHL) - Tennessee High School's Dom Fields will continue his wrestling career at Southwest Virginia Community College. Fields lettered four years at THS. He is Tennessee High's first individual state champion after winning the title twice. He is also a three-time regional champion. Fields has a 179-40 career record https://www.wjhl.com/sports/tennessee-high-s-dom-fields-signs-with-swcc-wrestling/1934452768 ________________________ In case anyone wants to get quicker and more specific news there's a few few ways like Google feeds, along with Facebook, such as... FacebookGreenbrier Bobcats snag fourth in state championship wrestling. Cole McCartney took an interesting approach with his opponent. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier‘s wrestling team gets ready for competition at the state championships. NETWORK – Tennessee Caleb Shelton competes in the state wrestling championships. Tennessee Anthony Collins competes in the state championships for Greenbrier High School. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier senior wrestlers pose for a photo at the championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier wrestler Gavin Ledbetter goes for the pin. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee A fan records part of the action at the state wrestling championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Downing goes for the win while a referee looks on. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee The Greenbrier Police Department gave the Bobcat wrestling team an escort. – Tennessee Fans support their teams at the state championships last weekend. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier High School finished fourth at the state championships, held this past weekend in Franklin, Tenn. TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole Matherly competes in the state championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Collins competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 180 pounds. Gavin Ledbetter competes in the state championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Coaches and teammates react during the competition. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 220 pounds. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch goes for the pin versus Alcoa. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch competes in the state championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Downing competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 170 pounds. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Caleb Shelton competes in the state championships. Tennessee Greenbrier coaches Chris Hall and Josh Reynolds take in the action. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Tucker Tatum competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 152 pounds. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Zack Schlessman pins Hixon High School‘s number two wrestler in the state heavyweight championships. - Tennessee Zack Schlessman competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 285 pounds. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Jesse Gervasio competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 138 pounds. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Jesse Gervasio competes in the state championships. Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 106 pounds. competes in the state championships. Tennessee Noah Walton competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 132 pounds. Picasa Noah Walton competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 285 pounds. Picasa Nathan Ford competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 120 pounds. Picasa Nathan Ford competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 145 pounds. Picasa Noel Quilt competes in the state championships. Picasa Tanner Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 195 pounds. Picasa Tanner Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 195 pounds. Picasa Coaches and teammates react during the competition.
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    Head Coach position

    Decent feeder up there
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    Wrestling Updates and Tidbits...

    Blackman's Landon Fowler headlines DNJ's 2018-19 all-area wrestling team CECIL JOYCE | MURFREESBORO DAILY NEWS JOURNAL 9:00 p.m. CDT Apr. 10, 2019 0:00 0:00 VIDEO: TSSAA state individual wrestling tournament Highlights of area wrestlers competing for championships at the TSSAA state individual wrestling tournament Saturday. CECIL JOYCE Landon Fowler capped off a brilliant wrestling career at Blackman with a second consecutive trip to the TSSAA state duals championship in the 170-pound weight division. While he fell to Science Hill's Shane Diehl in the final in 2019, Fowler left a his mark at Blackman. Landon Fowler, Blackman, Jr. TOM KREAGER / THE TENNESSEAN The all-area wrestler of the year went 63-4 after capturing the state title a year ago. He also helped lead Blackman to a top eight finish in the state duals competition. Following is The Daily News Journal's 2018-19 all-area wrestling team: First team Tyler South Stewarts Creek, So. Weight: 106 Why chosen: Medaled at the state individual tournament (finishing sixth) after winning the Region 5-AAA title. Alex Rose Blackman, So. Weight: 113 Why chosen: Won two championship rounds and two consolation rounds at the state tournament after winning the Region 5-AAA title. Gabe Pennington Eagleville, So. Weight: 120 Why chosen: Won a championship round and consolation round match at the A-AA state individual tournament. David Medina Riverdale, Jr. Weight: 126 Why chosen: Won two championship round matches and medaled at the state tournament, finishing fifth. Finished second in the region tournament. Kalani Meckes Stewarts Creek, Jr. Weight: 132 Why chosen: Won a championship round and two consolation rounds at the state tournament after finishing third in Region 5-AAA. Cameron Henderson Smyrna, Sr. Weight: 138 Why chosen: The defending state champ in 132 reached the state final again, falling in the championship match. Won the Region 5-AAA title. Trevor South Stewarts Creek, Sr. Weight: 145 Why chosen: Won three championship round matches and medaled at state, finishing sixth. Finished first at the Region 5-AAA tournament. Jalen Brown Blackman, Sr. Weight: 152 Why chosen: Medaled at state and was leading his match for third place when he sustained a hand injury, forcing him to concede. Won the Region 5-AAA title. Anthony Gomez Blackman, Jr. Weight: 160 Why chosen: Won a championship round and two consolation rounds at the state tournament. Won the Region 5-AAA title. Landon Fowler Blackman, Sr. Weight: 170 Why chosen: The defending 170 state champ reached the state final again, finishing as runner-up. Won the Region 5-AAA title. Brooks Sacharczyk Blackman, Jr. Weight: 182 Why chosen: Earned a state berth for the third consecutive season, reaching the state championship match after winning the Region 5-AAA title. Luis Ramirez Riverdale, Sr. Weight: 195 Why chosen: Won two consolation rounds at the state tourney after finishing second in Region 5-AAA. Bowdy Boyce Blackman, Jr. Weight: 220 Why chosen: Medaled at the state tournament, finishing fifth, after winning the Region 5-AAA title. Jackson Riley Oakland, Jr. Weight: 285 Why chosen: Won two championship rounds and one consolation round at the state tournament after winning the Region 5-AAA title. Second team 106: Chas Stokes, Oakland, So. 113: Tyler Vanderheyden, Oakland, So. 120: Kenny Harless, Stewarts Creek, Jr. 126: Liam Elam, Blackman, Sr. 132: Austin Marlatt, Blackman, Jr. 138: Andrew Farrar, Oakland, Sr. 145: Nathaniel Gray, Oakland, So. 152: Wyatt McLemore, Eagleville, So. 160: Dejon Glaster, Oakland, Jr. 170: Jason Dennis, Eagleville, So. 182: Nolan Cook, Oakland, Sr. 195: Caleb Perkins, Oakland, Sr. 220: Kameron Bingham, Oakland, Jr. 285: Hector Feliciano-Torres, La Vergne, Sr. Girls Wrestler of the Year Kortney Brinkley, Siegel, Sr. Why chosen: Medaled at the state tournament for the second consecutive season, finishing third in the 103-pound division. Coach of the Year Ronnie Bray, Blackman Why chosen: Led the Blaze to a top eight finish in the Class AAA state duals and sent multiple wrestlers to the state individual tournament. 9:00 p.m. CDT Apr. 10, 2019 ________________________________________ Chattanooga Area+ North Georgia News... WRESTLING: Three-time state champ Jacob Mariakis named Walke… WRESTLING: Senior trio share Catoosa County Wrestler of the Year honors By Scott Herpst [email protected] Heritage senior Ryan Craft, Ringgold senior Tanner Stone and LFO senior Nathan Williams - the 2018-2019 Catoosa County Co-Wrestlers of the Year. Scott Herpst Three wrestlers in Catoosa County, one of each of its three high schools, advanced to the GHSA state championship finals this past season in their respective weight classes and classifications to cap outstanding years. Today, those three seniors - Ringgold's Tanner Stone, LFO's Nathan Williams and Heritage's Ryan Craft - share the 2018-2019 Catoosa County Wrestler of the Year Award. Stone said it "felt good" to win the award. "I just wish I could have ended the year differently," he said. "It didn't end the way I wanted it to, but I gave it everything I had. I did more training this year and just went out there and tried to compete." Stone won first place at the Ooltewah Invitational then turned around the next week to defeat two former state champions at a tri-match at Sonoraville. He followed up a fifth-place finish at the McCallie Invitational by winning Area 6-AAA and Class 3A state sectional titles before ending the year as state runner-up at 126 pounds to end a 59-5 season. "I'm going to miss my teammates and Coach (David) Moss, especially Coach Moss," Stone laughed. "I had a lot of fun with him and all the guys." Stone said he is considering attending and wrestling at nearby Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga. "I went on a visit there and I really liked it," he added. "We'll see." Williams recently signed a letter of intent to play football at Shorter University in Rome, Ga. after back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. However, he proved his mettle on the mat in his senior season as well with a 44-11 mark in his final year. "It's pretty awesome (to share the award)," Williams said. "We're all in the same community and we all strive to be No.1, so it's really cool to be able to share it with these guys." After earning fifth place as a sophomore, Williams was on a mission in his final year in Red-and-White. He won an individual championship at the Murray County Invitational, defending the title he won there as a junior and went on to take down Sonoraville's John Knight in the Area 6-AAA championship at 195 pounds. Williams would face Knight two more times to close out the year, once at the sectional finals and once at the Class 3A state finals, to cap a hard-fought, physical trio of matches. "I had nothing to lose (this year)," he explained. "I knew I probably wasn't going to wrestle in college and that this was my last shot. I wanted to get some redemption for not being able to go (to state) last year. I had a lot of motivation from that. "(Wrestling at LFO) has been awesome. I came in and we just got a new coaching staff. Coach (Kenny) Hill and Coach (Drake) Enloe have been really good to me and taught me everything I know. I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with them and my teammates." And although football is on the immediate menu for the next few years, Williams did leave the door open for a possible return to the mat with the Hawks. "Cutting weight would be difficult with the position (the football team) is wanting me to play," he added. "But if it worked out, I might give it a shot." Wrestling at the next level is also a possibility for Craft, along with other sports. The Generals' 113-pounder played kicker on the football team and ran cross country, helping both teams reach the state tournament, while simultaneously trying to get ready for wrestling season. "It was tough," said Craft, who is also playing soccer this spring. "I just had to keep doing everything systematically. Finish one thing then go to the next. It was sort of hard, but I was able to do it." Following a summer in which he was selected for the all-star team at camp at Virginia Tech, Craft went on to win two invitational tournaments this past season and finished fifth at McCallie. After he pinned his way to Region 6-AAAA and Class 4A state sectional titles, Craft fought his way into the state finals. He ended his career as a three-time state medalist - he placed third as a sophomore - and a two-time Class 4A state finalist. He went 65-10 in his final season and 204-58 for his career at Heritage. "(The season) went really well, I thought," he continued. "I did tie a school record for most wins a single season and I broke the (school record) for most wins in a career. That was great and it was good to get back to the finals. Unfortunately, I couldn't pull it off, but it was still a good year. It worked out really well. "I'll miss the people and all the fun experiences, especially all the tournaments and getting to spend time with my teammates and everything." Craft, who is also an Eagle Scout, considered Mercer, Sewanee and even Georgia to kick in college, but also decided to go through the application process and was recently offered an appointment - and full ride - to the United States Naval Academy, an offer he has since accepted. Midshipmen are required to play a sport at Navy and Craft will have plenty of options awaiting him.
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    Toggle navigationMain menu Subscribe to Monday Blast email You have 3 free items remaining before a subscription is required. Subscribe now! Just got to believe Cookeville's Maura Hart became the third CHS athlete to win a girls' wrestling state title. Buy this photo Posted Wednesday, March 27, 2019 BY SCOTT WILSON There may have been some doubt in the arena when Maura Hart took to the mat to compete in the recent Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association State Wrestling Championships. After all, the competition among the state’s very best was pretty fierce. However, there wasn’t any doubt among those wearing the red and blue of Cookeville High School and, in particular, there sure wasn’t any doubt at all on Hart’s part. The talented senior put all doubts to rest as she rolled through the competition, going undefeated on her way to claiming the title in the 140-pound weight division. “The matches at the state championship weren’t the best matches I have ever wrestled. I didn’t pin anyone,” said Hart. “I won them all by decision. I won and that’s all that matters. They were all close matches, but I was able to have more energy and outlast my opponents. They were all very talented, but by the end of the match they were getting tired.” Hart didn’t get tired as she worked her way to the championship, she is used to the hard work it takes to be successful in wrestling. She began competing for the Lady Cavaliers in her sophomore season and quickly saw success on the mat. “I like to try new things and see how it goes, but I definitely thought about quitting the wrestling team,” Hart said. “The first month was really rough. The competition is at a much higher level than I have ever done, But, I don’t like to quit. I am pretty competitive, so I kept going and I stuck it out.” “When she came in, she was a real strong wrestler,” said Cookeville coach Scott Cook. “I wondered what made her pick wrestling, but after getting to know her and watching her, she is driven. She kind of, whether she likes it or not, she seeks out difficult things and likes to achieve. She is an amazing lady.” Hart said she entered the season with a state championship in her mind, something she could shoot for throughout the year. Hart’s victory makes her the third Lady Cavalier — joining Selena Garcia and Lisa Garcia — to win a state wrestling title. “I was sixth at the state last season and I wasn’t very happy with that,” Hart remembered. “I can remember leaving the gym that day saying, ‘I could win this next year.’ I worked hard during the offseason and I thought I improved a lot during the regular season.” And the hard work paid off. Hart opened the state meet with a 6-4 decision over Elizabeth Curry of Montgomery Central. She followed that win up with a 3-0 victory over Katy Champion of Tullahoma. In the final, Hart battled Saqara Buchanan of Rossview and had to come from behind to capture the tough 5-2 victory. “I was a little nervous heading into the matches,” said Hart, who went undefeated throughout the season. “I won the first match in overtime and (through everything) I just kept thinking how I wanted to be a state champ. I just pushed through it. In the second match, I had beat her during the regular season. I went down 2-0 in the championship match and then scored all my points late. That girl was really strong and quick, but I think I just wanted it more.” “Maura got through the tough matches the same way she got through the year. She didn’t panic, she stuck with her tools and her weapons, she didn’t get away from what she does,” Cook said. “What makes Maura such a strong wrestler is she’s very physical because she’s worked hard in the weight room. “Her second match was a close match, but Maura had it in hand most of the match. In the championship match, the girl was very strong. Maura stayed patient, fought hard. It was an amazing experience.” Hart, who is heading to Brigham Young University after graduation, had several opportunities to wrestle in college. Coaches were very aware of who she was and sought out her services. “I think Maura has done what she wants to do in wrestling. She knows what she wants to do and she has a plan,” Cook said. “As long as she stays true to who she is, what she is and what she does, she will succeed regardless of where she’s at. She is driven, she knows how to work and make things happen. I am so proud of her.”
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    Toggle navigationMain menu Wow what a winter CANNON's CORNER Posted Saturday, March 16, 2019 10:03 pm Joe Cannon Wow, what a winter sports season for Bradley County! A trio of state team championships, plus two other TSSAA tournament qualifiers, to go with four individual wrestling state champs among 13 state medalists. It wasn't just the high schoolers providing the excitement as the Lee University basketball Lady Flames captured their first Gulf South Conference title. While Cleveland High repeated as the TSSAA State Duals and Traditional wrestling best, earning its 14th and 15th overall top trophies, the Bradley Central Bearettes claimed their first basketball Gold Ball in 43 years. The Blue Raider hoopsters also returned to Murfreesboro for the first time since 2005, but ran into a "tall" order against the three-time state champion Memphis East squad. Meanwhile, the Bear matmen made their 21st state duals, advancing to their 20th championship match, marking the fifth time they have faced Cleveland for the crown. Both Bradley and the Raiders sent a state qualifier in each of the 14 weight classes for the TSSAA Traditionals, while Walker Valley had seven make the individual field. Cleveland finished with four individual state champions among its eight medalists. After finishing as a state runner-up in 2018, nationally-ranked sophomore Trae McDaniel wrapped up a perfect 39-0 season with the 106-pound title. Top-ranked Jackson Bradford, also a 10th-grader, went 31-6 during the mat season and his 7-5 decision over Thomas Borders from Wilson Central to claim the state 113-pound crown was voted the event's "Best Match." After transferring in from East Hamilton for his senior season, UT-Chattanooga signee Grant Lundy went 42-4 on his way to the 145-pound championship. Making it back-to-back state titles, senior Austin Sweeney also went 42-4 this winter while capturing the 152-pound crown. Bradley came home with four state medalists while Walker Valley had one as sophomore Jaden Langford stunned the heavyweight division for a runner-up finish............. ...................He is the son of 1988 Raider 160-pound state champion Lionel Langford. His uncle, Howard Langford, also won the 126-pound state crown while wearing a Cleveland singlet. 22. HOWARD LANGFORD … Cleveland … ’86 state champ and OW … At UTC, 1992 NCAA D-I All-American … 2x SoCon champ, 1989, 92
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    Congrats to UTC for snagging Florida 2x State champ... Lake Highland Prep wrestling Logan Andrew, who signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga, defeated Rockledge’s Charles Alexander by fall at the 4:12 mark. Andrew said he had faced Alexander a couple times this season, pinning him in the first period. After making the varsity as a junior, Andrew won titles in both years on varsity. “They’re pretty cool,” said Andrew of his titles. “It’s my last year.” https://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/highschool/os-sp-state-lake-highland-wrestling-0310-story.html
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    Buford wrestler Logan Ashton selected to Team USA for Dream Team Classic From Staff Reports Mar 5, 2019 Updated 22 hrs ago Buy Now Buford's Logan Ashton competes in this year's Georgia High School Wrestling Championships. (Photo: Cory Hancock) Cory Hancock Buford senior Logan Ashton has been selected to Team USA for the Dream Team Classic, scheduled for April 6 in Chicago. Wrestling USA selects one senior wrestler in each weight class to wrestle for Team USA in the prestigious event. Ashton, a Stanford signee, will compete for Team USA at 113 pounds. He finishes his high school career with a 184-11 record, two state championships, two state runner-up finishes and two National High School Coaches Association All-American honors. He is currently ranked fifth nationally in his weight class. Area Under Flood Warning; Highhttps://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/schools/buford/buford-wrestler-logan-ashton-selected-to-team-usa-for-dream/article_9c6dffda-3f8c-11e9-9fd6-0b1000a4485d.html Winds Exp ________------___ec
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    Buford wrestler Logan Ashton selected to Team USA for Dream Team Classic From Staff Reports Mar 5, 2019 Updated 22 hrs ago Buy Now Buford's Logan Ashton competes in this year's Georgia High School Wrestling Championships. (Photo: Cory Hancock) Cory Hancock Buford senior Logan Ashton has been selected to Team USA for the Dream Team Classic, scheduled for April 6 in Chicago. Wrestling USA selects one senior wrestler in each weight class to wrestle for Team USA in the prestigious event. Ashton, a Stanford signee, will compete for Team USA at 113 pounds. He finishes his high school career with a 184-11 record, two state championships, two state runner-up finishes and two National High School Coaches Association All-American honors. He is currently ranked fifth nationally in his weight class. Area Under Flood Warning; Highhttps://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/schools/buford/buford-wrestler-logan-ashton-selected-to-team-usa-for-dream/article_9c6dffda-3f8c-11e9-9fd6-0b1000a4485d.html Winds Expect
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    Chattanooga Area Under Flood Warning; High Winds Expected Saturday Night Saturday, February 23, 2019 53.0°F Light Drizzle Fog/Mist Sports Pat Benson: Bradley And Cleveland Athletics Should Be Replicated In Hamilton Saturday, February 23, 2019 - by Pat Benson Pat Benson Bradley Central and Cleveland are no longer little brothers to Hamilton County Schools in sports, in fact they haven’t been for quite some time. I’m a product of the Hamilton County School System. My parents have taught in the school system for over 30 years, and my dad coached three sports for most of that time. I was a multi-year varsity letterman for Ooltewah High School basketball. But the truth of the matter is that Cleveland and Bradley County Schools have the right formula for sustained success in athletics, and Hamilton County Schools should replicate what has been working for our neighbors. Most specifically, Bradley Central and Cleveland. Walker Valley is always competitive and very respectable, but has not quite reached the same level of winning as its cohorts. This is not an indictment of any one player, team, coach, athletic director, or school. Over the past few years, I’ve covered local sports and have had the pleasure of working with all the local actors in our community. Heck, I played sports with or against most of them and consider these folks to be family. The men and women who coach often get to school before the sun rises, leave long after the sun sets, and usually end up driving kids home after it all. When tragedy hits a kid’s family, ole coach is the first one to step up and help. Nobody is questioning their dedication or sports acumen, but despite being such a sports-crazy city, we have been surpassed by our neighbors up 75-North. The District 5-3A Basketball Tournament just wrapped up, and the Bradley Central girls cemented their 9th straight tournament title and have a district winning streak that would make Geno Auriemma’s eyes light up. On the boy’s side, either Bradley Central or Cleveland have won the regular season 10 out of the last 11 years. The dominance extends beyond the hardwood, and on to the wrestling mat. Bradley Central and Cleveland have won a state championship 10 out of the last 11 seasons. Earlier this month Cleveland, Bradley Central, and Walker Valley all finished before any team from Hamilton County. It’s safe to assume that the Blue Raiders or Bears will only continue to add more hardware to their trophy room. On the gridiron, Cleveland and Bradley Central were finally both placed in the same district as Ooltewah after redistricting two years ago. Since then, the Owls have been the only local team able to hold their own against our neighbors to the east. However, the facilities our kids have to use are not even comparable. Cleveland's field has state-of-the-art turf which is game-ready year-round. Ooltewah’s field is prone to flooding, and requires countless hours by their coaching staff and volunteers to make it playable. (A few weeks ago a proposal to make the press box at James N. Monroe Stadium safer was resoundingly panned). In baseball it’s competitive between all the teams, and the only true advantage Hamilton County has in any of the major sports is Ooltewah softball. I don’t know the reason behind the overall disparity, but I would venture to guess that it begins at the lower levels and ends with how our sports are funded. Elementary and Middle School leagues are significantly longer and more serious compared to what we are offering through our school system. Before the pious arguments like “school is for education, not sports” or “different sizes between school systems” begin, let me say that I believe we can walk and chew gum at the same time. Further research is certainly needed to give a better explanation for the difference in how the athletics departments are funded. In fact, we should even look at school systems around the state to try to replicate best practices. I say all this not because I’m a huge Hamilton County homer, but because our kids are getting robbed of modern facilities and perhaps even reaching their full athletic potential. Do the right thing and pay the teachers, pay the coaches, invest in extracurricular activities (most notably sports) and make our school system a model for the rest of the state. -- Pat Benson is a fixture at local high school sporting events. He has been a sideline reporter, P.A. announcer, and radio personality. Tweet him @Pat_Benson_Jr.
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    Shw caption Fairview High School Jackets wrestling medalist from the TSSAA Individuals Wrestling State Tournament held February 15 and 16, 2019, at the Williamson County Expo Center … Show more MELISSA DELANO Fairview’s Clevenger earns second state wrestling title THE FAIRVIEW OBSERVER STAFF | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN 9:45 a.m. MST Feb. 21, 2019 Fairview senior Jackson Clevenger won his second straight wrestling title last weekend, leading a strong overall effort by the Yellow Jackets in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association wrestling tournament. Clevenger defeated Hixson’s Caleb McCurdy 1-0 in the A/AA 285 Division final during the state individuals wrestling tournament at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin. Fairview sophomore Riley Bennet took second in the 132-pound weight class after a second-place finish at 126 pounds last year. Ten Jacket wrestlers attended the tournament. The following wrestlers medaled in their weight classes: Logan White, placed third in 170. Freshman Jacob Clevenger, finished fifth in 182. Freshman Blake Mitchell, finished sixth, in 113. Senior Mario Pukl, finished sixth, in 152. Other Midstate wrestling success Clevenger was one of 13 Nashville area boys wrestlers who won individual state titles among the three TSSAA classifications on Saturday. There were eight local winners in the girls division. Clevenger was one of three local winners at 285 pounds, joining Wilson Central's Michael Kramer and Brentwood Academy's Thomas Gore. 9:45 a.m. MST Feb. 21, 2019 ------------------------------ Pendley, Fields of Tennessee High nail down state titles in final prep wrestling matches Brian Woodson | BHC Sports Editor 8 hrs ago Rural Retreat Dusty Buck wrestles Tennessee High Dominic Fields Earl Neikirk/BHC Pic THS's Dillon Pendley works against Sullivan East Shane Hamelryck. Pendley won the match with a pin. David Crigger/BHC BRISTOL, Tenn. _ There is nothing quite like finishing a career on top. Dillon Pendley and Dominic Fields know the feeling. The Tennessee High senior duo captured state titles in their respective weight classes last Saturday at the TSSAA Class AAA state wrestling championships in Franklin. “That was awesome, that was unreal, it was a dream come true,” said Pendley, who claimed the title in the 138-pound weight class. “I have been working for it since I was 5.” Ditto for Fields, who repeated as a state champion, capturing the 160-pound weight class, one year after doing the same at 145, becoming the first Tennessee High wrestler to win a state crown since the program was started in 1972. “It was crazy. It was a dream come true and to be like the first one ever at Tennessee High,” said Fields, who finished his career with more than 180 wins, along with two state titles and three regional crowns. “It was just that no one else had done it before me. I had grew up watching all the people before me, a lot of people got second. “I was like ‘Dang, someone needs to take that last step.’” Watching it all was Tim Marshall, who has led the Tennessee High wrestling team to success at the regional and state level over the last seven years, including the past five as head coach. “Dillon started when he was like 5 years old. I think Dom was 6 or 7. When you are that age it is kind of hard to tell, but as the years went on, they competed through our wrestling club,” said Marshall, who first worked with Pendley and Fields as members of the Viking Wrestling Club, now known as the Bristol Wrestling Club. “They have won lots and lots of championships and matches and I knew it was going to be special once they finally got in high school.” Definitely. “Our program here at the high schools was mediocre and it took 6 or 7 years to get these guys through club,” Marshall said. “Once those kids started coming into the high school, the second year that we had all these kids on the club we won our region championship for the first time in 18 or 19 years. “We repeated the next year and then we went down and placed second in the state. The next year we were third in the state. We went from nothing and nobody knew Tennessee High wrestling to competing every year.” Pendley, who will attend the Naval Academy in the fall, finished his career with a school record 215 match wins over four seasons. He was also one of just four Tennessee High wrestlers to win four region titles. He placed third in the state as a junior and fourth as a sophomore. All that was left was to finish on top. “I knew it was about preparation. I had prepared pretty much my whole life for it,” Pendley said. “I knew I had to put in the work and it was just time to go out there and put it all out on the mat and that is what I did. “It definitely wasn’t easy. I think the biggest part was being mentally prepared and taking this past week and really telling myself ‘I am the best’. I am not trying to be cocky, but when you put in that much work, it should pay off.” It did. Pendley, who was seeded third in his weight class, rolled through his first three matches before defeating second seeded Job Dooley from Franklin 5-0 in the semifinals. Up next was Cameron Henderson from Smyrna, the defending champion and top-seeded wrestler at 138, who defeated Pendley in the semifinals the previous year. “I think the final score was 7-3. I got up early 5-0 and had him on his back and got a 5-count for three points so that was huge early in the match,” Pendley said. “After that I just had to keep pushing and ended up on top.” “That was great,” added Fields. “Seeing him in the practice room every day, being a captain on the team as well, he put so much work in. I am so happy it paid off for him.” Marshall felt much the same. “For me it was pretty good. Dillon was short last year and ended up third,” Marshall said. “He had a chance to come in this year and could have probably dropped down a weight class and been the favorite, but he chose to stay where he was. “There were two kids that were ranked ahead of him all year long and he beat both of them on his way to the state championship. The one he beat in the finals was the one that knocked him into the consolation last year so a lot of revenge was involved there. “He took the hard way and did it. It was a long time coming.” Ditto for Fields, a surprise champion at 145 last year, who came into last weekend considered the favorite at 160. Fields plans to wrestle at Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia, and will later transfer to Virginia Tech. “This year I was the favorite. I went in a lot more confident this year than last year,” Fields said. “Last year I was like, ‘Yeah, I will go, I will try to place and it might happen or it might not.’ Then I ended up winning and that was crazy. “This year I was like ‘Oh right, let’s go do it again’. Just know you can’t go anywhere from the top, you can’t go higher, you have got to repeat again.” He did, making a smooth transition to a different weight class at the start of the season. I felt comfortable in the weight class. I thought about cutting down at the start, but going into the season I was like I don’t want to have to focus too much on my weight,” Field said. “Focus less on the weight and more about the wrestling. That is the more important part. I can deal with the weight difference, it was not that much.” He started fast and never let up in winning five matches, defeating Ryan Brown of Lebanon in the semifinals and Hardin Valley’s Josh Pietarila in the finals to claim another state title. “Dom, obviously, was working super hard every day,” Pendley said. “Last year I think it kind of surprised all of us because he wasn’t ranked up there really high. He put in everything he needed to get it done. This year he was kind of expecting it, we were all expecting it, but he couldn’t mess up and he didn’t. It paid off for him.” Marshall wasn’t surprised he did it again. “Dom went up two weight classes. They talk about how hard it is to win one state championship and I think repeating is probably even harder because he had a target on his back,” Marshall said. “People were trying to knock off that state champion. “It was a huge accomplishment. He was ranked number one all year long and it is a lot of pressure to go for three months and think about that. He handled it well.” “I wasn’t so much surprised that I did it again,” added Fields. “It is such a good feeling for it to pay off, for all the work you have put in to pay off. I was expecting to win, but I knew something could happen. Just like the relief that I didn’t mess up something, that something didn’t happen, I didn’t get hurt. It felt great.” Tennessee High also placed sixth as a team, not bad for a team with just eight of 14 weight classes filled. “I don’t know if anybody has ever done any analysis on the efficiency, but since I have been coaching here we have never had a full team of 14 wrestlers,” Marshall said. “We always go down and compete. “The year we were (state) runner-up, we had 10 and we are there competing. Just the fact that we take eight wrestlers and compete with teams that have 13 or 14 is a huge accomplishment.” Senior Logan Ferguson placed at third at 152, while Marshall’s son, Gavin Hurley was one spot from placing in the top 6. Cooper Jenkins also won two of four matches. Freshman Perry Roller advanced to the second day of competition. Reece Nelson also participated for the Vikings. Their contributions certainly weren’t lost on the champions. “They are in there every day working just as hard as we are,” Pendley said. “Logan got third, he doesn’t get as much press as state champions, but he has been working really hard as well.” Tennessee High has had wrestlers come close to state titles in the past, but always fell short. Some of those accomplishments can be found on the “Wall of Fame” in the basement of Viking Hall, several of whom were in Franklin to cheer on the Vikings. That included Pendley’s brother, Dewey, Hurley’s brother, Corbin, along with Jeremy Spangler, Bryson Henley, Trent Nelson and Lexie Worley. “Dewey came to me and I think he was kind of joking with me and Dom. He said, ‘Don’t get second, man, it sucks, do not get second place.’ I thought that was funny,” Pendley said. “They have made such a big impact on me personally. “Watching them growing up, it just motivated me more. It is an individual sport, but it has a family aspect too. You want everybody to succeed in those aspects.” Marshall definitely agrees. “They came up with these guys. They wrestled with them for years,” Marshall said. “They were all part of starting our wrestling club and 7 or 8 of them showed up in Franklin to support these guys. It is amazing to see that, the togetherness. It is like a big family.” That feeling will live on, long into the future. “They are like my extended family. The wrestling part of it is great, but my first year coaching was their first year wrestling so I have grown as a coach as much as they have as wrestlers,” Marshall said. “We have spent probably more hours with each other on bus rides and car rides across the country. I know as much about these kids as I do my own. “They are like extended family. I will be proud of them no matter what they do.”
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