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  1. The Mocs face their first Division I opponents in Davidson, N.C. with Rutgers followed by duals against Clarion and Davidson, UTC's first Southern Conference foe. In December, the Mocs compete in a pair of Tri-Meets. The first is against SIUE and Illinois in Edwardsville, Ill. on Dec. 11. UTC concludes the 2021 calendar year with a trip to Morgantown, W. Va. to face Cleveland St. and West Virginia. The Southern Scuffle returns to McKenzie Arena in 2022. The two-day event takes place on Jan. 1 and 2. "After cancelling the scuffle last season, we are excited for its return this year. It is the best atmosphere in the country in preparation for the NCAA Tournament, and I know our guys look forward to having it in Chattanooga every year," said Ruschell. "The field for the scuffle this year is going to be a tough one as we will see many teams that haven't been here for a couple seasons. This is going to be a tournament that our fans are going to want to come watch." Prior to a full SoCon slate, the Mocs head to Hampton, Va. for the Virginia Duals on Jan. 14-15. UTC continues league action two weekends later with Gardner Webb (Jan. 28) and Campbell (Jan. 30) on the road. UTC's regular season continues with six contests in February. The squad returns home on Feb. 4 and 6 to face The Citadel and Appalachian State. A week later, the Blue and Gold conclude their home schedule with VMI and Presbyterian on Feb. 13. The 2021-22 regular season concludes with a road trip to Bellarmine (Feb. 18) and Indiana (Feb. 20). The postseason begins with the SoCon Championships on March 5 in Boone, N.C and the NCAA Championships are scheduled for March 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo. Season tickets are on sale now for as low as $55. To purchase season tickets, https://gomocs.com/news/2021/9/20/ruschell-announces-mocs-wrestling-schedule.aspx
  2. DNJ News in Rutherford Co... Kyle Coder: The 2013 graduate was the first Siegel wrestler to medal at the state and finished 97-23 during his career. He was a region champion in the 145-pound class his senior year. He went on to wrestle for the Army and is currently still serving. https://www.dnj.com/story/sports/high-school/2021/09/13/tn-high-school-sports-siegel-smyrna-induct-hall-fame-classes/8323735002/
  3. RIP... James Wes Brett, 32, went home to be with his Lord and savior Thursday, September 2, 2021. Wes leaves behind his loving mother and father, Jim and Janet, as well as his brother and sister, Jake (Ksenia) and Kaitlyn. He was born in Chattanooga, TN on June 22, 1989, and attended Soddy Daisy High School where he wrestled on a state championship wrestling team, Wes later wrestled for Carson-Newman College before returning to Chattanooga where he completed an MBA at UTC while working for TVA, and later Blue Cross. Wes was loved by many for his incredible smile and laugh. He could be found playing golf at Valley Brook almost every week or spending time with his close family and friends cooking out or watching Tennessee football games. He had a heart as big as a mountain and was loved fiercely by those that were blessed to know him. The Family will receive friends at a visitation service at Burks United Methodist Church on September 8th, 2021, from 12:30-1:50pm. A Celebration of life service to follow at 2pm. Please observe social distancing and wear masks during all services. Please Share your memories, stories, and photos at covenantfuneral.com/obituary/James-Brett. Arrangements entrusted to Covenant Funeral & Crematory, Crox family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.
  4. THREE-TIME Mid-South Wrestling Champion... Fisher, Edward McMurray Longtime Chattanooga Realtor And Developer Was Outstanding Athlete Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Edward Fisher Edward McMurray Fisher, born on September 14, 1933, died on August 22, 2021, at age 87 at Alexian Village on Signal Mountain. The son of the late Robert Joseph Fisher Jr and Johnnye McMurray Fisher of Athens, TN, he is survived by his children Edward McMurray Fisher Jr (Teresa), Catherine Fisher Delany (Jim), Robert Kenan Fisher (Pam), Mary Fisher Lucas (Joe), and his niece Mary Kim McMillan, and his grandchildren Newman Delany (Paige), Chance Delany, Joy Fisher Tokarczyk (Ben), Lila Fisher Brock (Builder), Allwyn Fisher Schmissrauter (Jon), Patrick and Elizabeth Lucas and Hunter Lucas (fiance’ Allison). Ed was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Janet Kenan Fisher, his brother Robert Joseph Fisher III, of Athens, and his sister Alice Fisher McMillan, of Athens. Born in Athens, Tn., Ed attended McCallie School of Chattanooga as a boarding student, excelling in football, tennis and wrestling and becoming a three-time Mid-South Wrestling Champion. He was awarded the Grayson Memorial Medal for the top overall student of the McCallie senior class as well as the Stephens Athletic Award. It was at a McCallie dance that he met the beautiful Janet Kenan. Their courtship continued even while Ed attended Vanderbilt University to play football and wrestle and Janet attended The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK). The distance proved too much for the young couple, so Ed transferred to UTK, where he played Varsity tennis and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the ROTC. They married while still in college. After graduation from UTK Ed received a commission in the U.S. Air Force where he served for 18 months. Afterward he moved his wife Janet and young family to Chattanooga and then Signal Mountain. Ed soon began a long and successful career as a realtor and developer, founding Fisher Realty and serving as President of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Boards of Realtors. He also served as President of the Board of Trustees of Girls’ Preparatory School and also on the McCallie School Board of Trustees. He was a longtime member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, Signal Mountain, and served many years on its Vestry. Ed also solidified his reputation as an outstanding athlete and competitor by winning many local, state and national championships in tennis, skeet shooting, softball, and handball, which he played well into his 80s. In 2011 he was inducted into the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame for Wrestling. He loved to play bridge and card games and always looked forward to yearly trips with his friends and son Robert to Florida for baseball spring training, tennis and card games. As accomplished as Ed was as a Realtor and athlete, he was a better person and father and was devoted to Janet and his children. He spent most weekends with his children at their swimming meets, football games, tennis and wrestling matches, then eventually did the same with his beloved grandchildren. Ed’s later years were spent at the Memory Care unit at Alexian. The family would like to express their deep gratitude for the love and kindness of his longtime caregivers, Connie Wooten and Joyce Carpenter. A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 630 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain, Tn. 37377 on Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. followed by a receiving of friends and interment of ashes at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Timothy’s. Arrangements are by Cremation Center of Chattanooga, 1345 Hickory Valley Road.
  5. Add'l sad details... https://www.wbir.com/mobile/article/news/local/family-of-former-alcoa-student-sues-kentucky-college-allege-coaches-ignored-deadly-heat-stroke-during-grueling-practice/51-6ab05623-9403-4092-b6af-d88a9454a326
  6. Unfortunate https://www.wtvq.com/2021/08/23/familys-lawsuit-claims-university-coaches-responsible-for-wrestlers-death/
  7. With some crazy going on's in the state during covid related debates, it's time to go says Brad!!! Farewell and thanks for your wrestling contributions and artistic/spiritual share though the years, and may you help the state of affairs in VA... Brad Fiscus Leaving Williamson County School Board By Andrea Hinds - August 16, 2021 Brad Fiscus, District 4, announced he is leaving his position on the Williamson County School Board at the end of September as he and his family are moving to Virginia. “I will be leaving my position on the Williamson County School Board at the end of September. My wife and I will be moving to northern Virginia area near DC. I will be fulfilling my duties as your elected representative until that date. It is and has been an honor to serve the people of District 4,” Fiscus wrote on Facebook. How will the seat be filled? Fiscus explains that District 4 County Commissioners Gregg Lawrence and Chad Story will be asked to bring a nomination to the commission. The county commission will vote to confirm that nomination or offer other candidates who live inside District 4. Once chosen, the new member will be sworn in at the next voting meeting of the board after the commission completes the appointment process. The new member will complete the remainder of the term that ends in August 2022. The new member may or may not decide to run for election in the August 2022 election. Brad Fiscus Educator Background According to fiscusfortn.com: In 1989, Fiscus began his teaching career in Sheridan, Indiana. At Sheridan Middle School he taught seventh and eighth-grade science. He also served as student council advisor, middle school football coach, middle school wrestling coach, middle school track coach, and head coach for the high school wrestling team. During his time in Sheridan, Brad received multiple Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards. In 1997, he was honored to be named a semi-finalist for Indiana State Educator of the Year. In the summer of 1997, Brad and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Michelle Fiscus, moved to Nashville. While Shelley was working at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Brad began serving at John Overton High School as a biology and physical science teacher, student council advisor, freshman football coach, and assistant wrestling coach. During his time at Overton High School, Brad was recognized as an outstanding educator, student leadership developer, and coach. In 2001, Brad decided to leave public school education to be a stay-at-home dad for their first child. Brad continued to coach wrestling at Overton until 2002. A couple of years later, a son, was born. It was during this time that Brad discovered his artistic ability for creating stained glass art. His art can be found in homes and churches throughout the United States. His time immersed in art, scripture and parenting helped him realize his calling to full-time professional ministry. After serving as the Director of Youth Ministry at Epworth United Methodist Church in Franklin, Brad joined the staff of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2009. He is now the Director of NextGen Discipleship in the Tennessee Conference. He leads a team of diverse leaders, both youth, and adults, from throughout Middle Tennessee to provide resources and training to nearly 600 churches in the United Methodist connection. Fiscus joined the Williamson County School Board in September 2018.
  8. Mocs Welcome Five Inductees Into Hall Of Fame The Chattanoogan Heath Eslinger – Wrestling – 1996-00 – Head Coach 2010-18 Heath Eslinger was a three-time Southern Conference Champion as a student-athlete at UTC from 1996-00. He posted a 120-18 all-time mark and was the 2000 SoCon Wrestler of the Year. His 120 career wins broke the school’s all-time mark and is still No. 2 on the list today. He was also the MVP of the SoCon Tournament in 2000 and climbed as high as No. 6 in the national rankings as an individual. He took over as head coach of the Mocs in 2010 and won five regular season and four tournament titles in nine years. He was the 2011 and 2013 SoCon Coach of the Year and is second in career wins with a 101-63 overall record. Eslinger was also the driving force in bringing the Southern Scuffle to Chattanooga. Source Chattanoogan
  9. OLYMPIC WOMEN'S WRESTLING: Former King University wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt wins bronze medal BHC Sports Desk 3 hrs ago Subscribe: 6mos. only $1 Former King University wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt reacts after winning the bronze on Saturday. The Associated Press BHC Sports Desk Abronze medal fit for a King University graduate. Former King University women’s wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt captured the bronze medal in the freestyle 50kg at the Summer Olympics on Saturday on Tokyo. Hildebrandt rallied late to defeat Oksana Livach of Ukraine by technical superiority, 21-1, having overcome an earlier loss to eventual silver medalist Yanan Sun of China. “Last night was probably the lowest I’ve ever felt. I couldn’t even wrap my mind around it and still can’t,” said Hildebrandt, in comments provided by King University athletics. “To be able to come back from that, to have so many people be there for me yesterday and literally pick me up off the floor, and get this medal, so many people have put into this. It’s a great representation of that.” A four-time All-American and two-time national champion at King from 2012-15, Hildebrandt recorded a takedown of Livach to take a 2-1 lead at the break in the bronze medal match. She extended that lead with another takedown with 48 seconds remaining, and then added three turns to take the 12-1 win by technical fall. Hildebrandt became the first King athlete to win an Olympic medal, much to the delight of King women’s wrestling coach Jason Moorman. “I remember Sarah as a young 18-year-old walking on campus for the first time with dreams of the highest achievements,” Moorman said. “She accomplished many great things during her tenure here at King, however her growth since has been remarkable. She faced a lot of adversity over the years as every athlete does, and how you handle that adversity is what separates people. She handled it better than anyone.” Hildebrandt won two earlier matches, 11-0 and 12-2, to advance to the medal round where she fell to Sun. She rebounded nicely, claiming the bronze against Livach. “Congrats to her coaches Brad Harper and Terry Steiner, they have been amazing in their guidance to this accomplishment,” Moorman said. “We are incredibly proud of Sarah, she forever will be an Olympic Bronze medalist.” She was the third King athlete to compete in the Olympics, following women’s wrestler Haley Augello, who competed for the United States in 2016 and Kemar Hyman, who participated in track and field for the Cayman Islands in 2012 and 2016. “We are so proud of Sarah and everything she’s accomplished,” King athletic director David Hicks said. “Faculty, staff, students, and alumni watched her compete on the biggest stage in the world and walk away with a bronze medal. She’s been a champion since she arrived on campus and embodies the spirit of King. “We have arguably the top women’s wrestling program in the country with multiple national champions and Sarah represents the best of the best,” Hicks said. “While she’s our first medalist, she won’t be our last.” Hildebrandt became the second local college athlete to earn a medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics. Rising Milligan junior Megan Jastrab won a bronze medal as part of the Women’s Team Pursuit cycling competition. Shane Baz and Anthony Carter were on the silver-medal winning United States baseball team and both spent time with Bristol’s Appalachian League franchise. Carter (0-0, 7.71 ERA in three games in Tokyo) pitched for the Bristol White Sox in 2006, while Baz (0-0, 6.75 ERA in his one Olympic appearance) was a standout for the Bristol Pirates in 2018. Meanwhile, Hildebrandt captured the bronze medal five years after falling short in her attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. “What a special time to be a part of Team USA wrestling. You can feel the energy,” said Hildebrandt, who picked up the ninth medal for Team USA wrestling and fourth of six for American women in the Tokyo Olympics. “I’m so grateful to have these teammates. We are supporting each other, working to get better. That is different from before and you can see it paying off.” Yui Susaki of Japan won the gold medal, defeating Sun 10-0 in the final match. Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan also picked up a bronze medal, topping Namuuntsetseg Tsogt Ochir of Mongolia 10-0. https://heraldcourier.com/sports/olympic-womens-wrestling-former-king-university-wrestler-sarah-hildebrandt-wins-bronze-medal/article_4069a496-f7d1-11eb-9ada-93878dd2984f.html
  10. Local Pigeon Forge wrestler commits to Arkansas Little Rock By Jake Wright Sports Reporter Aug 5, 2021 Updated 3 hrs ago Pigeon Forge’s Garrett Foreman will continue his wrestling career at Arkansas Little Rock after his senior season for the Tigers. File Image/The Mountain Press PIGEON FORGE — Pigeon Forge wrestler Garrett Foreman committed to the University of Arkansas Little Rock recently to continue his career in college. Foreman set up a visit on his way home from wrestling out of state, and he is thankful that it worked out the way it did. https://www.themountainpress.com/sports/high_school/local-pigeon-forge-wrestler-commits-to-arkansas-little-rock/article_b29ddebb-5ec5-57a6-bd48-0a4e5d898a85.html ______________ COLLEGE MEN’S WRESTLING King adds Vezzetti to coaching staff King Univeristy men’s wrestling coach Deral Brown has completed his coaching staff with the addition of Antonio Vezzetti, having served last year as a coach for Greg Gomez Trained Wrestling in Illinois. Vezzetti was a three-time All-American wrestler at Notre Dame College in Ohio.
  11. Two Sycamore wrestlers compete at Deep South Duals 11 hrs ago Comments Dalen Kimble (right) and Logan Heckert (left) competed at the Deep South Duals last weekend. SUBMITTED Two Sycamore high school wrestlers competed on a team of other Tennessee high schoolers in a duals tournament in Alabama. Rising senior Dalen Kimble wrestled at 145 pounds and went 9-0 over the weekend defeating the majority of his opponents by major decisions, meaning by 9 points or more. Rising Junior Logan Heckert won six matches on the weekend while losing some close matches to some power house kids wrestling up at 160 pounds. “For the record, Dalen doesn’t often win matches by large numbers,” Sycamore coach Steve Hamblin said. “He usually is very patient and scores when he needs to. He really turned it on this weekend. Logan is wrestling 4 weight classes higher than he did last year while competing at state. That’s a big jump and quite an adjustment to make.” “I am very proud of these two and the coaching staff at Sycamore looks forward to the upcoming season,” Hamblin said. “We have a solid group of kids working out and getting ready for the season. They are hungry and ‘want more’ than what they accomplished last season.” https://www.mainstreetpreps.com/county/cheatham/two-sycamore-wrestlers-compete-at-deep-south-duals/article_d3c9f6cc-f2f0-11eb-b8c9-97478cb11ab4.html
  12. Hildebrandt has been on the world stage for some time Hildebrandt was a Junior World team member in 2012 and 2013, a World University World Games team member while at King University in Bristol, Tenn... https://www.southbendtribune.com/story/sports/2021/08/01/5-things-know-granger-native-and-olympian-sarah-hildebrandt/5440951001/
  13. Wrestling: BGA tabs Humes to lead progam Trevor Humes Battle Ground Academy announced the hiring of Trevor Humes as the wrestling program’s new head coach on Tuesday. Humes, a Father Ryan graduate, takes over for Robert Jemison, who recently was named the St. Cecilia athletic director. Humes wrestled with the Irish and was a part of their 2009, 2010 and 2012 state championship teams in Division II during his high school days. He returned to Father Ryan and has served as an assistant at the Nashville school since 2016. Humes will serve as BGA’s director of wrestling and head middle and high school coach. Humes holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he also served as the team wrestling manager under coach Heath Eslinger. Humes is pursuing his master’s degree in secondary education and will also be working in BGA’s wellness department. http://www.williamsonherald.com/sports/wrestling-bga-tabs-humes-to-lead-progam/article_da206646-ef26-11eb-8f08-f7ac36a5ffa4.html
  14. Welcome a new wrestling family to Tennessee, Millers, parents of Illinois champion and Campbell U. 220 pounder recruit... Conner Miller will wrestle at Campbell University after three state medals Bill Welt State Journal-Register CHATHAM — Wrestling entailed more than just one thing for recent Chatham Glenwood High School graduate Conner Miller. It also provided a second family and enduring friendships. "It was probably the best four years of wrestling," Miller reflected of his time at Glenwood. "I kind of wish I could go back and start from scratch, but they really taught me a lot. Wrestling made me better and it really was more than just wrestling, it was a whole family. "To me, it was more than just a single-person thing. It was more of a team that brought me closer to people. Just really wherever we go, you know someone." Miller certainly thrived in that team atmosphere. He finished the regular season undefeated and claimed the Class 2A Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class 2A regional and sectional titles at 220 pounds. He ultimately captured the 2A state title after David Polaski's 9-4 decision over Miller in the state finals was overturned due to rules violations. Miller previously defeated Polaski 5-4 in the Mahomet-Seymour Sectional final and ended the season with a perfect 34-0 mark to become The State Journal-Register's Large School Wrestler of the Year for the second consecutive season. "I did pretty well in my opinion," Miller said. "Not many of my matches lasted that long until I got to regionals, sectionals and state." Despite a delayed season, Miller said he was able to stay in peak form thanks to heavyweight teammate Alex Hamrick in the practice room. Hamrick took third place himself at 285 pounds and finished the year 35-1. "We had a lot of tough scraps in the wrestling room and it made both of us better," Miller said. "He's really the toughest competition I've had. Miller embraced the role as mentor for Hamrick, perhaps not unlike what former teammate and current Purdue University wrestler Mitch Hutmacher provided for him. "I pushed him to do better, and he got exponentially better throughout the season," Miller said of Hamrick. Miller previously went state runner-up in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A State Finals in Champaign as a junior and ended that season 41-1 at 220 pounds. He also earned third place in the same weight class his sophomore year. He will now wrestle at NCAA Division I Campbell University in North Carolina. Miller said he may wrestle at 197 pounds but said he will take up any weight class the coaching staff wants him to do. Miller's family recently moved to Tennessee, and Miller said he will get back to training as soon as possible. Miller also said he plans to study homeland security and criminal justice at Campbell. To be able to wrestle at a D-I school is an indescribable feeling for Miller. "I'm not sure what to think of it," Miller said. "I didn't think I would get to this point." Contact Bill Welt: [email protected], Twitter.com/BillWelt Vi ew Comments Tennessee... Anyone know exactly where? Could help your upper weights in the room
  15. TOP TARGETS:These are the top football prospects in Tennessee's loaded 2022 class Anderson had more than 25 offers. Anderson is the No. 6 college football recruit in the state according to the 247Sports Composite. He is the No. 20 offensive tackle in the country and No. 230 overall recruit. He's a multi-sport athlete. This past year he finished one match from placing in the TSSAA Large Class Wrestling State Championships at the 285-pound weight class. It came in his first year of wrestling since he was in middle school. https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/high-school/2021/07/25/fisher-anderson-4-star-offensive-tackle-commits-stanford-football/8086557002/
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