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  1. Shelbyville, Tn Cascade wrestler gets chance with Blue Raiders Thursday, June 13, 2019 By CHRIS SIERS ~ [email protected] Sanders Lovvorn was recently afforded a spot on the MTSU wrestling team in the upcoming season. T-G Photo by Chris Siers Order this photo It’s not every day a high school student gets a chance to continue their athletic career at the next level. It’s even more rare of an opportunity for a student to get a chance to compete in a major Division I team environment. Recent Cascade graduate Sanders Lovvorn has been afforded just that opportunity. Earlier this month, Sanders received an invitation to compete at MTSU as part of the Blue Raiders’ wrestling team. “Coach (Andy) Giel told me a couple of weeks ago the MTSU coach had contacted him and was asking about me. That was a really neat experience because I never thought I would get opportunity to wrestle at the next level,” Lovvorn said. Word of Lovvorn’s work ethic and dedication to the sport spread high enough up the food chain to prompt the MTSU coaching staff to reach out to Giel on behalf of Lovvorn and the rest was history. “To have somebody in just two years of experience, he was one of the eight guys finish the season that first year. To see him grow as a leader has been amazing. He was the heart and soul of our team this year,” Giel said. Cascade began its wrestling program just two short seasons ago, and while numbers were thin in the first few campaigns, the team was never short on heart or hard work—a large part of which Giel credited to Lovvorn. “One of the great things about wrestling, you compete in your weight class. They’re all right there around his weight. Anywhere from 90 pounds to 285 pounds, there’s someone in your weight class. “The fact they actively sought him was pretty special. I see big things for him,” Giel added. As his high school career continued to march on, Lovvorn said he was relatively undecided on where to pursue a college degree. “Around junior year, I was thinking about what college I wanted to go to. MTSU didn’t really cross my mind. In my senior year, I decided that maybe it was better to stay home,” Lovvorn said. Then while working one day, a text message from the MTSU coaching staff changed the path of Lovvorn’s future. “They text me and asked what weight class I wanted to wrestle at and asked if I would like to be part of the team,” he said. Though it wasn’t a scholarship offer, the Blue Raiders know they’re getting an unparalleled work ethic by bringing Lovvorn on board. “He outworked everybody he faced. He was going against guys that had seven or eight years more experience than him. Every day, he came to work and got better every single day,” Giel added. Lovvorn was quick to credit his coach for helping make the connections to help guide his path to MTSU as well. “Coach Giel has been great. He’s been my football coach for three years and wrestling coach for two years. He approached me about joining the team and I earned captain status this year. That was pretty cool,” Lovvorn said. While the program is still in its infancy, Lovvorn says the camaraderie and friendships built while wrestling over the last two seasons were some of his fondest athletic memories to date. “Just seeing everybody grow, because none of us really knew a lot about wrestling. People that I hadn’t talked to a lot became close friends. It was really neat to see them grow. We had guys completely flip their seasons around,” he said. Lovvorn ended his high school career at the state competition—a mark which he says shows the program is trending the right way. “Last year, I came in and wasn’t expecting to win any matches and coming into this year, qualifying for state was a big deal,” he added. Lovvorn will enroll at MTSU this fall and will be in touch with his new coaching staff later this summer for workouts and preseason meetings. He plans on studying to become a teacher
  2. Local wrestlers hitting mat hard this summer By Zach Birdsong Sports Editor Jun 11, 2019 Updated 7 hrs ago Tullahoma News Josh Bosken shows Regan Rogers (right) and Destiny Shelton a move during camp on Monday. Bosken is in Tullahoma as part of a three-day camp that is taking place at Old West Middle School until Wednesday. Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong Taking things to the mat, several local wrestlers, aging from high school to youth wrestlers, are aiming to increase their skills by taking part in a three-day camp at Old West Middle School in Tullahoma this week. The clinic is held by Josh Bosken, who runs the Higher Calling Wrestling Club of Cleveland, one of the largest youth wrestling clubs not just in Tennessee, but in the south. The three-day camp opened on Monday and concludes on Wednesday. Bosken wrestled at Science Hill and won the state championship in the 130-pound division in 2003. Since then, Bosken has had plenty of success coaching on the mat. Right now, Cleveland is on its way to becoming a powerhouse for wrestling in the state, and he said that it all stems from having a solid youth program. “When I moved there [to Cleveland], Bradley Central was the powerhouse, I started asking ‘how are they doing this?’ They were doing it by their feeder programs,” Bosken said. “Those kids were rolling around on the mats since they were 4 and 5 years old. A lot of small towns are football centered. Cleveland, and in Bradley, they wrestle. So, we’ve really put an emphasis on growing our youth programs.” Since Bosken has taken over in Cleveland, there has been a boom of success on the mats, not at the high school level. In fact, as THS Head Boys Coach Al Morris pointed out, there’s a new culture of winning in Cleveland. “Last year, Cleveland, their kids club, middle school and high school pulled the trifecta and won the state championship at every level,” Morris said. “They are obviously doing something right. We are trying to get on board and play the copycat game, I guess you would say.” The three-day camp at Old West Middle School is the first of two camps that Bosken will take part in down in Tullahoma. Bosken will return to Tullahoma on July 1-3 for another camp. Both clinics will be focusing on different aspects of the sport. “There are three positions in wrestling, on our feet, top and bottom,” Bosken said. “This week is solely focused on top wrestling. So breakdowns, mat returns and various amounts of returns. The second camp will be all on our feet.” Nearly 20 Tullahoma wrestlers came out to take part in the wrestling during the first day of the camp on Monday. Morris said he appreciated the high school wrestlers taking part in the volunteer clinic. “It’s of benefit to our kids not only for the technique, but the experience,” Morris said. “The guys who are getting here are definitely getting better. It’s an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get to have, without having to travel and pay big money for. This was a very reasonable camp.” According to Bosken, he loves traveling and putting on the clinics. According to him, he goal is to continue to pay things forward, aiding anyway that he can in the sports of wrestling. “The community in Cleveland is obsessed. They are obsessed with the wrestling culture, they are obsessed with winning,” Bosken said. “The expectations are very, very high. We are very blessed with our resources. “This is an opportunity for our kids and myself to give back and kind of spread the knowledge,” he added. “This is for kids who want to be involved and get extra training, giving them the opportunity to do so. It’s good for our kids to get the extra training and for me to spread the knowledge a little bit.” __________________ Knoxville native wins wrestling gold at Pan American Junior Games Kenya-Lee Sloan By Caleb Noe | Posted: Mon 8:20 PM, Jun 10, 2019 | Updated: Mon 11:42 PM, Jun 10, 2019 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Kenya-Lee Sloan spent years of her life watching her older brother wrestle, before she was invited onto the mat one day. She never looked back. Sloan finished her high school career undefeated at 87-0 as a four-time state champion. Last week, she won a wrestling gold medal at the Pan American Junior Games in Guatemala. Before wrestling, Sloan sings. She listens to slow worship music, and picks a new song for each tournament. Her song for the tournament in Guatemala was "Not in a Hurry", a song by a worship band from Knoxville called "United Pursuit". Sloan, a Hardin Valley Academy graduate, is now a student and wrestler at Campbellsville University in Kentucky. https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Knoxville-native-wins-wrestling-gold-at-PanAmerican-junior-games-511102591.html
  3. Maybe a few Cleveland area fan fans may appreciate... Cannon's Corner: Local sports roots run deep STATE CHAMPION Bradley Central blew out perennial powerhouse Riverdale, which had won the three previous state titles, 74-18 Friday in Lee Team Camp action at Jim Smiddy Arena. The Lady Warriors were minus a trio of starters, while the Bearettes, including Alexis Barnes, right, and UT-Chattanooga commit Anna Walker, were in mid-season form. BANNER PHOTO, JOE CANNON PreviousNext Posted Saturday, June 8, 2019 9:32 pm In broadcasting legend Corky Whitlock's first year on the air locally, Bradley Central did something no other high school in the state had done before, nor any since. Taking over from legendary coach Billy Frank Smith, Harold "Red" Henslee's football Bears were voted the No. 1 team in the state of Tennessee by the Lintkenhous Ratings. TSSAA gridiron playoffs didn't begin until 1969. That same academic year on the basketball court, Coach Bill Walker's Bears and legenadry coach Jim Smiddy's Bearettes both captured state championships to complete the coveted “Triple Crown” for the only time in Tennessee high school sports history. "No other school had ever done that. It was a great way to get introduced to the local sports scene," related Whitlock, who became known as the "Voice of Bradley County." When he proclaimed Bradley County as the "Sports Capital of Tennessee," there was no Cleveland or Walker Valley high schools. No Cleveland State Community College. Only Bradley Central and Charleston high schools, plus Lee College provided the sports excitement. There have been some schools, especially in the D-II private school ranks, that have captured three TSSAA team titles in the same school year, but none have done it in the "Big 3" sports — football, boys and girls basketball. While doing research for this column last week about the tremendous success our local teams had this past school year with Cleveland claiming both the state duals and traditional wrestling crowns, plus the Bearettes bringing home the hoops Gold Ball, I came across information, reminding me of the best year in Bradley County high school sports history. Twenty-five years ago local teams claimed an unheard-of six state championships, plus four individual titles were captured. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get to witness the 1993-94 local success as I was the sports editor for The Savannah Courier in West Tennessee. While I was covering Adamsville's state tournament runs in baseball, softball and boys basketball that year, Bradley was claiming state crowns in volleyball, Large Class wrestling duals and baseball, while Cleveland brought home Gold in football and both the Small Class duals and traditional wrestling titles. In a column about the season, my mentor George Starr wrote, "Is this a great community for sports, or what? "Local high school athletes have just completed an outstanding year. I can't recall ever seeing our young people excel in so many sports. Remarkable is the only way I know to describe the accomplishments." Instead of me trying to summarize the season, I'll let the longtime local sports editor and Lee University SID, who was serving at the Banner's City Editor at the time, describe it: — "The Bradley Central volleyball team finished 44-3 under the direction of first-year coach Judy Pruett. They captured the Class Large State Championship, the third in the program's short history (they also won it the following year). — The Cleveland High football team powered it's way to a perfect 14-0 season. Under the leadership of veteran Coach Benny Monroe, the Blue Raiders beat Brentwood Academy 26-21 for the State 4-A Championship (it was the start of a 54-game winning streak that included three straight state titles). — The Charleston Panthers reached the state football playoffs for the first time in the school's history. Coach Warren Blankenship watched his team post a 9-3 record. The Panthers upset Coalfield in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the state champions, Trousdale County. —The Cleveland High wrestling team won its third straight Class Small State Duals Championship. Then the Raiders, with Coach Al Miller in charge, won the traditional State Wrestling Championship. It was the second time Miller had directed his Raiders to the traditional crown. They won the same honor in 1980 (CHS has now captured the state duals and traditional titles eight times each). — The Bradley Central Bears wrestling team dethroned four-time defending state champion McCallie in the region semifinals and then claimed the Class Large Dual Championship. Steve Logsdon, BCHS's first state (individual) champion in 1984, led the state championship march (the first of 14 state duals and 12 traditional crowns for the Bears). — In the traditional state wrestling event, the Bears had two state champs: Heath Eslinger at 140 pounds and Alan Patterson in the 189-pound division. — The amazing run continued with first-year Coach Paul Cretton and the Bradley Central Bearettes stealing the spotlight. The Bearettes, longtime powerhouses in women's basketball circles, posted a 32-2 record. Cretton watched his talented club being ranked No. 1 in the state's final ratings and also nationally ranked by USA Today. They were beaten 85-67 by White County in the substate (the Bearettes were state runners-up the following year). — Coach Roger France stepped into the hot seat at Cleveland High and turned the Lady Raiders in the right direction. The CHS team went 23-10. They took the Bearettes to overtime in the Region 3-AAA championship game and lost in the substate to Shelbyville, 65-51. — The Cleveland men's basketball team did a huge about-face. The Raiders got off to a 2-7 start, then rebounded in fine fashion before falling to Columbia Central in the substate. —The Cleveland High boys track team won its third straight Region 3 title and junior runner Ben Phillips won the state 1,600-meter run Saturday (May 28, 1994). Monroe was again the leader of the Blue Raider squad (Phillips repeated his state championship the following year). — The Bradley Central baseball team showed power in all areas. Ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 20 in the nation by USA Today, the Bears (35-2) mixed great pitching, fielding and hitting in capturing their first state crown. The Bears were directed by first-year coach Greg Geren, who was an outstanding (BCHS) high school and college (CSCC and Tennessee) athlete. — And last, but not least, was the march of (Bradley) sophomore Eddie Coates to the state tennis championship (Coates also won the 1996 singles title). I echo Starr's sentiment when he proclaimed, "It requires huge amounts of time and hard work to reach such goals. I've heard it said many times, 'if a sport is worth playing, it's worth giving it your very best effort.' We've seen that from our young people this school year." This past prep sports season I witnessed the results of tremendous personal and team efforts as well. Along with Raider double-state wrestling championships, the Bearettes claiming their sixth Gold Ball and a half dozen Raider wrestlers and tracksters stepping to the top of the podium, we also had a duo of state runners-up, as well as one individual second place finisher. Bradley finished second in the state baseball tournament, their first time returning to the championship game since 1994. The wrestling Bears were the runner-up in the state duals. Walker Valley sophomore Jaden Langford also earned silver in the state heavyweight traditionals. By the way, in the 1961-62 school year, Bradley also finished in the Top 4 in the state in both baseball and boys golf. Our local sports success roots run deep, dating back more than a century and the future is bright as I watched the state champion Bearettes blast Riverdale, which had won the previous three state titles, 74-18 Friday afternoon in Lee's Team Camp action at Smiddy Arena. Granted, the girls from Murfreesboro were missing a trio of starters, including the Hayes sisters, but Bradley was in mid-season form with crisp passes, plenty of steals and several of their limit of 10 players being involved in the offense. While I welcome the brief summer rest, I'm already looking forward to what we are going to be treated to starting in the fall.
  4. Father Ryan names first athletic hall of fame class Father Ryan High School has announced the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, 34 athletes, six coaches, seven teams and three contributors whose accomplishments showcase the legacy of the historic school’s successful athletic programs. The athletes and leaders represent classes from 1929 to 1999 and were selected from more than 350 nominations submitted by the community since the Athletic Hall of Fame was announced last fall. They will be formally inducted Aug. 29 during the school’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the campus, with a special introduction at the home football opener Aug. 30. Inductees are: Athletes Tommy Bateman ’75 – football, wrestling Joe “Flip” Bates ’56 – football, track Thomas “Tricky” Beehan ’29 – basketball Willie Brown ’65 – basketball Tony Carletello ’89 – football, wrestling Joseph “Ich” Curley ’43 – baseball, basketball, football James “Boots” Donnelly ’61 – baseball, basketball, football John “Bubba” Donnelly ’69 – football, wrestling Katie (Carter) Douglas ’99 – basketball, volleyball Peter Ferreira ’83 – Swimming Bob Forster ’75 – football Willie Geny ’32 – basketball, football Lou Graham ’56 – basketball, Golf Jim Hagey ’46 – baseball, basketball, football, Tennis Donna Harris ’89 – basketball, Soccer Karen Harris ’74 – basketball Kim (Caughron) Hulse ’90 – basketball, softball, volleyball Paula (Holloran) Kennedy ’75 – basketball Eva Lemeh ’79 – basketball, track, volleyball Billy Lynch ’64 – baseball, basketball, football Lindsey (Lynch) Magness ’95 – basketball, softball, volleyball Kate (Maffei) McGuinness ’94 – basketball, volleyball Jim Mondelli ’64 – baseball, basketball, football Mike Mondelli ’64 – baseball, basketball, football Kurt Page ’81 – baseball, basketball, football Bob Reese ’42 – basketball, Tennis Bernie Rohling ’40 – football Brooke Siebel ’97 – softball Joe Stamps ’78 – baseball, basketball, football Joe Sullivan ’50 – basketball, football David Thoni ’83 – wrestling Thomas “Yogi” Walsh ’67 – football, wrestling Chris Wilson ’78 – football, track, wrestling Mike Wright ’75 – baseball, basketball, football Teams 1963-64 boys basketball, the first integrated sports team in Nashville 1969 wrestling, the first state wrestling champions from Nashville 1974 state champion football team 1988 state champion wrestling team (Duals) 1992 state champion volleyball team 1995 state champion softball team 1998 state champion girls soccer team Coaches Louis Catignani ’44 – football Jinx Cockerham – basketball, volleyball Bill Derrick ’48 – basketball. Integrated Sports at Father Ryan James “Boots” Donnelly ’61 – football Joe Drennan ’57 – wrestling Leo Long – first head coach: baseball, basketball, football Contributors Jim Carell ’54 Rev. Charley Giacosa Rev. Msgr. James Hitchcock ’39 http://www.tnledger.com/editorial/article.aspx?id=118428
  5. CLEVELAND BANNER PHOTO, JOE CANNON Posted Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:55 pm Joe Cannon Bradley County has once again proven itself as one of the top sports areas in the state. Looking back as another school year closes, local prep fans have plenty to be proud of. Despite having just a trio of public high schools, Bradley County tied for the second-most team state championships, with three during the 2018-19 school session. Matching Blount, Rutherford and Williamson counties with three state titles each, the foursome were just two behind Knox County's five TSSAA D-I crowns. Bradley County ranked above much larger metropolitan areas of Memphis (2), Nashville (1) and Chattanooga (1). The state's top four most populace counties did have numerous D-II champs among their many private schools — Knox (7), Hamilton (7), Davidson (5) and Shelby (2). Along with double state wrestling champion (duals and traditional) Cleveland High and the Bradley Central Bearettes claiming their sixth state basketball Gold Ball, we also had a duo of state runners-up, as well as seven state individual champions and one second place finisher. The Bradley Bears finished second in the state on the baseball diamond and the state duals wrestling mats. Blue Raider wrestlers Trae McDaniel, Jackson Bradford, Grant Lundy and Austin Sweeney, plus tracksters — Tennessee signee Eric Parker (110m and 300m hurdles) and David Dorsey (long jump), who is headed to Tennessee State to play football — earned the top spot on the podium, as well. Walker Valley sophomore Jaden Langford, son of former CHS state champ Lionel Langford, stunned the state heavyweight traditionals with a silver medal run. The Blue Raiders also earned a No. 2 finish in the Boys 4x100 relay with a time of 41.76, just 15/100th of a second behind state champ Blackman, which included former CHS standout Micaleous Elder. The Raider runner-up relay squad was made up of seniors Zylon Cooper and Dorsey, plus juniors Kees Tjaarda and Jeffrey Perez. After a second place finish at the State Track Meet in 2018, Cleveland was third as a team this time around, just two points behind Whitehaven. Walker Valley sophomore Skyy Craig made quite an impression this spring with a trio of all-state honors after a fourth-place finish at the state decathlon, followed by a third place in the 300m hurdles and fourth in the 110m hurdles at the Spring Fling. Lady Mustang junior Sophie Fredrick also brought home a third place medal from Murfreesboro with a discus toss of 120-feet, 6-inches. Walker Valley senior Natily Haro also earned a third-place state trophy with a tremendous run, posting a 200-plus average during the TSSAA State Bowling Championships in January. Along with his two state titles, Parker finished fifth in the triple jump at 43-feet, while the Raider 4x200 relay was fifth with Tusculum signee Arlington Ferguson joining with Cooper, Tjaarda and Perez. The school year got off to a strong start with Cleveland earning its first-ever TSSAA Girls State Golf Tournament as a team. Freshman sensation Hannah Nall picked up the mantle left by current UTC standout Rheagan Hall and lead the Lady Raiders to Manchester. Nall finished 13th individually with a 7-over 79 as the event was limited to just one day due to inclement weather. Coach Matt Lowery's ladies finished seventh in the team standings with a 179 tally. Walker Valley junior Dalton Sutton made his third straight state field, also shooting a 79 on the rain-soaked Willowbrook course. On the volleyball court, Cleveland came up just one win short of a third straight TSSAA State Championship Tournament. The Lady Raiders (25-12), led by All-District POY Anna Renshaw, dropped a 15-10 tiebreaker set to Cookeville in the Region 3 finals, forcing them to travel to Murfreesboro a week earlier than they wanted. Cleveland not only dropped a 3-1 substate match to eventual state runner-up Siegel, but a couple of weeks later lost longtime head coach Patricia Flowers to the state powerhouse Star program, as well. The county also had a pair of cross country teams make the "state race" with the Cleveland boys and Walker Valley girls teams earning berths. Seniors Jacob Garrett of Bradley and Lady Raider Emily Rominger both qualified as individuals. The winter brought the highlight of the local sports success where Cleveland and Bradley met for the state wrestling duals championship for the fifth time in the last dozen years. Coach Joey Knox's Raider wrestlers went 35-1 in dual meet action, while Coach Ben Smith's Bears finished 26-7. Continuing to dominate the state wrestling mats, the two local programs have combined for 42 TSSAA titles — 16 for CHS, 26 for BCHS. In the history of the duals competition, the Raiders have battled for the top spot a dozen times, winning eight. Cleveland is 48-7 in 15 state appearances. The Bears have been in 21 state duals, making the championship match 20 times while earning 14 crowns. Bradley has a 67-7 record in the state duals tournaments. Both programs 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 state champs 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. Cleveland also got a runner-up finish from senior Isaiah Perez at 195, followed by Bear senior DJ Gibson in third. Bradley came home with four state medalists while Langford was the lone Mustang medalist.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Proud of both these young men. Little brother nick may give Scotty a match now 
  10. 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
  11. 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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  13. 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.
  14. 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.”
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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.”
  21. Make room on the mats: Girls wrestling comes to Franklin High School AMELIA FERRELL KNISELY | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN 5:00 a.m. MST Feb. 20, 2019 Video Pic ranklin High girls make school history Girls wrestling comes to Franklin High School as sport grows in Williamson County Schools SHELLEY MAYS The gym is warm and feels almost like a sauna on a chilly February day. Inside, two teenage girls crouch down on the padded mats that cover nearly every inch of the floor. They assume the neutral position, their bodies facing each other as they raise their arms ahead of the fight. They smile at each other. Then, in a flash, their maroon Franklin High School T-shirts and black Asics gym shoes become indistinguishable as they artfully tumble across the mats. Isabella Campbell wraps her left arm around the neck of Annalise Dodson, bringing her to mat and pinning her with a thud. Annalise rolls out from the pin and begins to spar again, and in a matter of minutes, she loses her hair tie, her long curls moving wildly along with her. She realizes her nose is bleeding from the fight. "I'm OK!" she says. Isabella Campbell, left, and Annalise Dodson are the first girls to wrestle for Franklin High School. SHELLEY MAYS/THE TENNESSEAN It's not obvious from the girls' continuous technical motions that they're still relatively new to the sport of wrestling. Isabella and Annalise, both sophomores, began wrestling in November with no prior experience. They're the first girls to wrestle for Franklin High School, which boasts a historically successful all-boys wrestling program. The girls' inaugural season wrapped up earlier this month. "Where they started and where they’ve ended up this year is just unbelievable," their coach, Tucker Cathey, said. "They went into their first match not knowing what to do, not knowing what to expect, and they came pretty close to qualifying for state in their first four or three months of being in the sport." Girls wrestling has taken off in Tennessee, and according to Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, 366 girls from 92 schools with female wrestlers. Montgomery County has been a powerhouse in the sport, boasting multiple teams that have contended for state titles. There are now five high school girls wrestling teams in Williamson County: Fairview, Franklin, Independence, Page and Summit. "It has grown in the five years that I have been district athletic director here in WCS," Jeremy Qualls said. "I hope to see every team have female representation in the coming years in a sport that has traditionally been fielded by the majority of male athletes." Girls find a place on the mats When Isabella and Annalise showed up for the first day of wrestling practice, they didn't know each other — or if anyone else — would be there. They had contacted Cathey after hearing a morning announcement on how the school was looking to launch a girls program. "What I tried to sell them on is that you’re going to make history as the first girl team competitors, so whatever you do, you’re going to set the standard for the next group of girls," he said. Isabella's dad, Russ Campbell, wrestled at Franklin, and encouraged her to take on the sport. Annalise, admittedly the feistier of the two, came to the team in hopes of finally sparring with someone. "There’s always been a little spark inside my heart that I want to do some type of combat sport," she said. "When I heard that they were going to start a girls wrestling team, I thought, 'hot dog!' I joined the team, and I met Bella. I was so surprised and happy there was another girl that wanted to join." Annalise Dodson and Isabella Campbell practice in the Franklin High School gym on Feb. 13. They are the first girls wrestlers to compete for FHS. SHELLEY MAYS/THE TENNESSEAN Cathey, who coaches football at Franklin, had to learn how to coach girls who are less than half his size. This is his first year as part of the school's wrestling coaching staff. "With boys you just kind of grab them and show them what to do," he said. He brought in other coaches to help, along with his 30-deep boys team, who regularly showed the girls where to place their hands during spars. "We all kind of coach each other," Cathey said. Every day after school, the girls spent two hours learning hand fighting, take downs, escapes, break downs and pins. "It’s like dancing, kind of, and I have two left feet," Annalise, 16, said. Some of the technical skills came easier to 15-year-old Isabella, who had studied Brazilian jiu-jitsu for six years, but both girls quickly picked up the sport. "I was just constantly asking questions about everything technique-wise and points and how refs count different techniques," Isabella said. "Once you wrap your mind around all of that, then it’s much easier to fully understand wrestling." ► Stay connected to your community: Get the free Tennessean app Ivy Dodson, Annalise's mom, was wowed by her daughter's transformation throughout the season. "All I knew was WWF back in the day with Hulk Hogan. I did not realize all the skills and moves and techniques that wrestling uses. I couldn’t believe that she used those and pinned someone so quickly," Ivy Dodson said. In less than two weeks, the girls found themselves at their first dual, which is when a school faces off against another school. "I had butterflies the whole entire time," Isabella said. "I was so nervous." Annalise hit the mats first. "Even though I was in my own head and freaking out, I could tell the girl I was going up against was all scared too," she said. "I was just like, 'I have to be the alpha.' "I bobbed her a little, knocked her over somehow and flipped her over," she continued, becoming excited. "She struggled and was pinned and that was the first one! I was super nervous, but it gave me a glimpse of what to do and what was yet to come." Next up, Isabella was hungry for another win for her team. "I ended up pinning the girl, and that was a huge milestone in this," Isabella said, and Annalise inserted, "In this roller coaster we call the wrestling system." Isabella finished the season with a 9-10 record. Annalise finished 10-12. 'Yin and yang' teammates The girls' personalities organically complement one another on and off the mat. They've bonded over practices, trips to tournaments and Sonic milkshakes in between. "We’ve become good friends, which is crazy because I hadn’t talked to (Isabella) ever before the season started," Annalise said. Isabella is quieter, a sweet spirit who pauses before she speaks. As a wrestler, she's laser-focused on technique. Annalise wears her passion on her sleeve and grows excited when she talks about the sport. What you see is what you get with her. Franklin High School wrestlers Annalise Dodson and Isabella Campbell practice in the school's gym on Feb. 13. "Bella is the technical one, and I'm the … Show more SHELLEY MAYS/THE TENNESSEAN "Bella is the technical one, and I'm the crazy one," Annalise said. She pumps Isabella up, and Isabella helps her slow down and remember the sport's requirements. "We're like yin and yang," Annalise said. "I'll be getting all aggressive, and I'll get the whole move wrong because I'm going (into) crazy mode. Bella will be like, 'Calm down for a second, take it slow.'" Cathey recalled how at one event, Annalise hadn't won a match yet and was upset. Isabella went over film with her, encouraging her and talking her through the steps. "After they talked she went out and won, and they hugged," he said. "It was the first time they had placed in a tournament, so it was really special to be a part of it." Looking to launch a legacy Cathey and the girls want the team to expand next season. Maybe the stereotype of wrestling being a "boys sport" keeps girls away, Annalise said. She hopes their appearances at tournaments help to change that, and her mom said that she has already inspired her two younger sisters to learn the sport. Isabella hopes this is just the beginning for the school's girls wrestling team. "I feel like if I come back in six or seven years, and we can come to practice and there are six or seven girls practicing and going hardcore with the guys, I'd just be so proud that we were able to start that." Annalise smiled and said, “Oh my gosh, that’d be beautiful."
  22. Meet the TSSAA individual wrestling state champions in all four classifications TOM KREAGER | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN 1:01 p.m. MST Feb. 17, 2019 TSSAA 2019 Wrestling State Championships Swipe to view all View All Photos The TSSAA individual wrestling state championships were held Thursday-Saturday in Franklin. Here are the individual state champions. Bradley Williams of Clarksville drives Isaiah Perez of Cleveland to the mat during the TSSAA 2019 Wrestling State Championships at the Williamson County Ag Expo …Show more GEORGE WALKER IV / THE TENNESSEAN Class AAA 106 pounds: Trae McDaniel, Cleveland, def. Chris Calvin, McGavock, 12-4 113 pounds: Jackson Bradford, Cleveland, def. Thomas Borders, Wilson Central, 7-5 120 pounds: Michael Cannon, Arlington, def. Andrew Artilles, Collierville, 15-0. 126 pounds: Brayden Palmer, Beech, def. Braxton Mann, Science Hill, pin (1:55) 132 pounds: Christian Isbell, Clarksville, def. Luke Kerns, Arlington, 6-4 138 pounds: Dillon Pendley, Tennessee, def. Cameron Henderson, Smyrna, 7-3. 145 pounds: Grant Lundy, Cleveland, def. Alex Pergande, Wilson Central, 5-1 152 pounds: Austin Sweeney, Cleveland, def. Jeremiah Herron, Beech, 5-2 160 pounds: Dominic Fields, Tennessee, def. Josh Pietarila, Hardin Valley, 5-1 170 pounds: Chase Diehl, Science Hill, def. Landon Fowler, Blackman, 3-1 182 pounds: Austin Antcliffe, Arlington, def. Brooks Sacharczyk, Blackman, 6-1 195 pounds: Bradley Williams, Clarksville, def. Isaiah Perez, Cleveland, 5-3 220 pounds: Skylar Coffey, Brentwood, def. Logan McMillan, Rossview, 13-3 285 pounds: Michael Kramer, Wilson Central, def. Jadon Langford, Walker Valley, pin (43 seconds) DOWNLOAD THE APP: Get high school sports news from the Tennessean on your mobile device Class A/AA 106 pounds: Ty Holland, Harpeth, def. Caleb Uhorchuk, Signal Mountain, 8-5 113 pounds: Daniel Uhorchuk, Signal Mountain, def. Hunter Morrell, Elizabethton, pin (4:42) 120 pounds: Trevor Lewis, Hixson, def. Josh Parton, Pigeon Forge, 8-7 126 pounds: Kodiak Cannedy, Greeneville, def. Nathan Ford, Greenbrier, pin (3:56) 132 pounds: Dylan Becker, Harpeth, def. Riley Bennett, Fairview, 1-0 138 pounds: Jeffrey Gross, Forrest, def. Kevin Muschel, Signal Mountain, 4-3 145 pounds: Colby Dalon, Pigeon Forge, def. Preston Worley, Signal Mountain, pin (3:39) 152 pounds: Andrew Baiamonte, Pigeon Forge, def. Preston Worley, Signal Mountain, 7-3 160 pounds: Wesley McCoy, Forrest, def. Caden Cline, Red Bank, pin (1:55) 170 pounds: Nick McClendon, Forrest, def. Isaiah Brooks, Gibbs, 7-3 182 pounds: Trent Knight, Greeneville, def. Allen Ashworth, Whitwell, 15-0 195 pounds: Jonathan Morton, Elizabethton, def. Noah Hill, Forrest, pin (5:41) 220 pounds: Ethan Rainey, White House, def. Wes Miller, Nolensville, pin (3:37) 285 pounds: Jackson Clevenger, Fairview, def. Devotis McCurdy, Hixson, 1-0 Division II 106 pounds: Jackson Bond, Baylor, def. Keyveon Roller, CAK, 13-3 113 pounds: John Braman, McCallie, def. Cade Holloway, Notre Dame, 3-1 120 pounds: Emory Taylor, McCallie, def. Aiden Bowers, Christian Brothers, 13-1 126 pounds: Noah Horst, Baylor, def. Evan Anthony, Christian Brothers, pin (4:43) 132 pounds: Garrison Dendy, Baylor, def. Nathan Wysong, McCallie, pin (4:53) 138 pounds: Garrett Bowers, Christian Brothers, def. Houston Crouch, Father Ryan, pin (1:48) 145 pounds: Andrew Pace, Baylor, def. Jacorey Miller, Father Ryan, 8-6 152 pounds: James Whitworth, McCallie, def. Lawrence Madson, Father Ryan, pin (2:42) 160 pounds: Gavin Cagle, CAK, def. Elijah Hodge, Christian Brothers, 6-4 170 pounds: Mason Reiniche, Baylor, def. Parker Peterson, Father Ryan, 10-2 182 pounds: Thomas Sell, McCallie, def. Connor Duffy, Baylor, 7-6 195 pounds: David Harper, Baylor, def. Montana Doty, Christian Brothers, 10-2 220 pounds: Al Wooten, Christian Brothers, def. Dominic Fisher, MBA, 9-4 285 pounds: Thomas Gore, Brentwood Academy, def. Ryan Jackson, Friendship Christian, 4-2 Girls 103 pounds: Avery Kibelbelk, David Crockett, def. Elizabeth Raper, Cookeville, pin (5:49) 112 pounds: Kerra Strevel, Heritage, def. Bryce White, Cane Ridge, pin (3:32) 119 pounds: Isabella Badon, Daniel Boone, def. Tyesha Thomas, Elizabethton, 3-2 125 pounds: Robin Yunis, Rossview, def. Sonoma Davis, Sullivan East, 16-1 132 pounds: Emma Walker, Rossview, def. Tay Tay Payne, Dickson Co., pin (4:33) 140 pounds: Maura Hart, Cookeville, def. Saqara Buchanan, Rossview, 5-2 150 pounds: Vivian Hurn, Montgomery Central, def. Taylor Whitehurst, White House, 4-0 160 pounds: Kyelia Maxwell, Rossview, def. Caitlyn Gilmore, Sycamore, 3-1 170 pounds: Jane Allen, Tullahoma, def. Deyla Brito Perez, Northwest, 4-2 190 pounds: Catherine Palmieri, Northwest, def. Ariyanna Anderson, Creek Wood, 7-0 215 pounds: Valerie Smith, McGavock def. Novalee Feichko, Northwest, pin (45 seconds) 1:01 p.m. MST Feb. 17, 2019
  23. Breaking News Opi Sunday, February 17, 2019 52.0°F Fog/Mist Sports Baylor, Cleveland Claim State Wrestling Titles Signal Mountain Finishes Second To Pigeon Forge In A-AA Competition Saturday, February 16, 2019 - by John Hunt The Cleveland Blue Raiders didn’t leave much room for doubt on the final day of the TSSAA Traditional State wrestling tournament at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Park in Franklin Saturday. While Cleveland breezed to their title by a 65.5 point margin over runner-up Wilson Central, the competition in the other two divisions was much closer. Baylor had an outstanding day to win the Division II title with 207 points while arch-rival McCallie was second with 188. The Signal Mountain Eagles had a slim lead going into Saturday’s medal rounds, but couldn’t hang on as Pigeon Forge came back to win the A-AA title with 166 points. Signal Mountain was second with 148.5 while Hixson was fourth with 126.5. Best Match honors in AAA went to the 113-pound clash where Cleveland's Jackson Bradford scored a 7-5 decision over Wilson Central's Thomas Borders. Wilson Central heavyweight Michael Kramer was named Outstanding Wrestler after winning his second-straight state title with a first-minute pin. Best Match in A-AA was the 120-pound final where Hixson's Trevor Lewis posted an 8-7 decision over Josh Parton of Pigeon Forge while Greeneville's 182-pound champ Trent Knight was the OW after winning his last match with a technical fall. The 182-pound final between McCallie's Thomas Sell and Baylor's Connor Duffy was the Best Match in D-II after Sell prevailed in overtime while McCallie's 152-pound champ Alex Whitworth was the OW after getting a pin in the finals. The Blue Raiders, by far the most dominant AAA team in the state since the first day of competition back in November, cruised to their second straight traditional title as they claimed four individual champions among their eight medalists and finished the three-day event with 233.5 points. Wilson Central was a distant second with 168 points while Science Hill was third with 139. The always proud Bradley Bears took fourth with 123.5 while Blackman rounded out the top five AAA teams with 111.5. Cleveland coach Joey Knox could finally relax before the last round as his team had already wrapped up their second-straight traditional state title. “It’s time to get back to work. We’ll go back to the motel and rest a little, but we have practice tomorrow afternoon at 2,” he began his post-tournament comments half-joking and half-serious. “I’m really happy for these kids as they’ve worked hard from the first day. They all had a plan and it worked out just fine. We were relaxed and ready to go, but they earned it and I couldn’t be more proud,” he added. The championship finals began at 220 pounds, so the victorious had to wait a few minutes before Trae McDaniel wrapped up a perfect season at 39-0 with a 12-4 major decision over McGavock’s Chris Calvin. Bradford followed with a 7-5 decision at 113 before Grant Lundy and Austin Sweeney added back-to-back titles for the Blue Raiders at 145 and 152 pounds, respectively. Isaiah Perez was the last man to wrestle at 195 pounds and he had to settle for second after falling 5-3 to Clarksville’s Bradley Williams. While Cleveland had the most individual winners with four in the AAA tournament, Arlington, Clarksville and Tennessee High were the only other teams with more than one and they all had two each. Tennessee’s two included Dillon Pendley at 138 and Dominic Fields at 160 while Arlington’s two included Michael Cannon at 120 and Austin Antcliffe at 182. Clarksville’s pair included Christian Isbell at 132 and Williams at 195. Other individual champs included Brayden Palmer of Beech at 126, Science Hill’s Chase Diehl at 170, Brentwood’s Skylar Coffey at 220 and Wilson Central’s Michael Kramer at 285. While Cleveland had five in the championship round with four winners, Logan Whiteside was third at 132. Wilson Benefield and Titus Swafford both claimed fourth at 220 and 285 pounds, respectively. D.J. Gibson was Bradley’s highest-placing individual as he was third at 195. Ethan Wilson was fourth at 106 while Glen O’Daniel and Wesley Devaney were both sixth at 113 and 120, respectively, as the Bears didn’t have a finalist for the first time in many, many years. Bradley coach Ben Smith was just pleased to have done as well as they did when nobody gave them much chance of being a contender in either tournament. "We had a great second half of the season and I think we outkicked our coverage in the last three weeks," Smith said while driving back to Cleveland late Saturday night. "We had great tournaments at the State Duals and at the region last week and I think we did well here this weekend. We had a tough time winning the big matches and getting over the hump as Friday was as rough a day as I've experienced in this sport. "That wasn't because we didn't fight hard and get after it, but we got a lot out of these kids in the last month. Nobody gave us much of a chance to do anything, but we have a lot to build on and I can promise you that Bradley will be back before long," he concluded. Jadon Langford was second at 285 for Walker Valley as the Mustangs finished 18th with 51 points. Cade Meeks was fifth at 170 and Jason Brumlow sixth at 195 as East Hamilton was 30th with 34.5. Garrett Smith’s third-place finish at 220 helped Rhea County take 32nd with 32 points. Ooltewah was 43rd with 23.5 while Soddy Daisy was 48th with 17 and McMinn County 65th with 6.5 points. Baylor coach Ben Nelson has been preaching bonus points to his kids all season and just how important they can be in a close tournament. The Red Raiders took that suggestion to heart, winning six of seven individual matches with five scoring extra points. Noah Horst and Garrison Dendy both had pins in the finals with Dendy’s third-period fall over McCallie senior Nathan Wysong sealing the deal for the unbeaten Red Raiders. Jackson Bond, Mason Reiniche and David Harper all had victories with major decisions while Andrew Pace had a regular decision. Duffy suffered Baylor’s only loss in the finals and that was an overtime decision to McCallie's Sell. Needless to say, Nelson was pleased with what he saw this weekend and particularly on championship Saturday. “Saturday was a great day for us as I think we about maxed out,” Nelson said after all was said and done. “We’ve been preaching bonus points all season and I think most of them reached their potential. We won six of seven in the final round with the only loss being in overtime, so we gave it all we had. The Sell kid is tough and we knew it would be a close match. “But we took care of business like we intended to do and Garrison’s pin at 132 sealed the deal for us,” Nelson concluded. McCallie coach Jake Yost had nothing but good things to say about his Blue Tornado team that kept closing the gap all season with Baylor. McCallie finished second in both the Duals and Traditional tournament, so those guys have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. “We had a tough day on Friday as several matches didn’t go our way, but our guys responded well today,” Yost explained. “We won nine of 10 matches in the consolation finals and four of five tonight in the championships, so winning 13 of 15 on the final day isn’t too shabby. I thought we had a team good enough to win, but I knew we’d have to wrestle above our heads to beat Baylor. “We had to settle for silver and not gold, but we have a lot to be proud of with the nationals at Lehigh next weekend,” Yost concluded. McCallie’s four winners included Jack Braman at 113, Emory Taylor at 120, Whitworth at 152 and Sell at 182. Wysong was second at 132 while Christian Morris, Zach Ward, Russell Barry and Riley Looper all finished third and Austin Gentil fourth. Notre Dame’s Cade Holloway was the runner-up at 113 after losing an overtime decision to McCallie’s Braman. Walker Valley’s Jadon Langford was second at 285 in AAA while Rhea’s Garrett Smith was third at 220. Hixson’s Devotis McCurdy was second at 285 in the A-AA tournament while Red Bank’s Caden Cline and Whitwell’s Allen Ashworth were both second at 160 and 182, respectively. Sequatchie’s Will Keener was third at 145 while Central’s Haiden Dill was fourth at 113. Signal Mountain had four in the finals, but Daniel Uhorchuk was the only winner as he claimed the 113-pound title with a pin to wrap up a perfect season at 41-0. Caleb Uhorchuk, Kevin Muschel and Preston Worley all finished second for the Eagles, but that wasn’t enough to hold off a Pigeon Forge team that had two champs among three finalists. Hixson’s Trevor Lewis was the A-AA champ at 120. (email John Hunt at [email protected]).
  24. Wilson Central's Michael Kramer finishes undefeated season with second state wrestling title TOM KREAGER | NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN 8:37 p.m. MST Feb. 16, 2019 TSSAA 2019 Wrestling State Championships Swipe to view all View All Photos FRANKLIN — Michael Kramer ended his high school wrestling career in dominant fashion. Kramer, a Wilson Central senior, capped an undefeated season Saturday with his second straight TSSAA title at 285 pounds. Kramer pinned Walker Valley's Jadon Langford in 43 seconds to complete a 64-0 season, which included 56 pins and seven forfeits. He had just one win by decision this season. He didn't give up a point at the state tournament and all five of his tourney pins came in 1:13 or less. Four of his five pins at the state tournament came in a minute or less, including one in 14 seconds. Kramer was named the Class AAA Most Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament. "I think he's just more dominant than anyone else," said Wilson Central coach John Kramer, Michael's father. "Besides one match, he never even got out of the first period all season. "I don't know. He worked a lot harder this year than last." Michael, who has signed with Lindenwood University in Missouri to wrestle, said he was focused during the state tournament. "I just wanted to pin everyone as quick as I can," he said. Kramer 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. Kramer was one of three local winners at 285 pounds, joining Fairview's Jackson Clevenger and Brentwood Academy's Thomas Gore, a Georgia State football signee. Gore needed overtime to beat Friendship Christian's Ryan Jackson 4-2 in the championship. "First one to score wins," Gore said. "We both locked up and both were trying to throw each other. I got the upper hand and I got it."
  25. At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, Missouri became the seventh state to fully sanction girls wrestling. The other six include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.... https://www.columbiatribune.com/sports/20190215/commentary-girls-bracket-welcome-addition-for-state-wrestling Commentary: Girls bracket welcome addition for state wrestling Hickman’s Belle Harrell wrestles against Plattsburg’s Payge Fuller during the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament at Mizzou Arena on Friday. [Hunter Dyke/Tribune] By Garrick Hodge / Columbia Daily Tribune Posted Feb 15, 2019 at 10:06 PMUpdated Before any matches started Thursday at Mizzou Arena, prep wrestlers had to report for weigh-ins. That isn’t anything new or usually anything special to write about. Yet, it’s an important part of this column nonetheless. Thursday was technically the beginning of the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s 89th state wrestling tournament. But it might be better served resetting the clock and celebrating a new anniversary. The 2019 tournament has forever changed the state meet as we know it — and changed it for the better. Over a three-day span, eight mats spread throughout the floor of Mizzou Arena featured a sanctioned girls state tournament bracket for the first time in Missouri history, in addition to the traditional boys tournament. The 144 qualified female wrestlers participating in this landmark event were determined to make every moment count. “It was kinda humorous, for the first weigh-ins, I was told it was kind of like a red carpet event up there,” said MSHSAA Communications Director Jason West. “All the parents were taking pictures as the girls went in there with their hair in check.” OK, reading between the lines, maybe some parents enjoyed the moment a little more than their kids. Regardless, Missouri wrestling fans will always remember the weekend they saw the state meet set a new, powerful precedent. At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, Missouri became the seventh state to fully sanction girls wrestling. The other six include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Maybe this doesn’t seem like a big deal to some. But I can tell you, I’ve covered state wrestling tournaments in both North and South Dakota. Neither offers female wrestlers anything close to the recognition and spotlight this new format at the MSHSAA tournament does. The main point being, female wrestlers having a session all to themselves for a few hours is a rare sight throughout the country. At least watching it unfold before our eyes gives hope that it’s gradually becoming less rare. Just ask any participating female wrestler what it was like to be center stage in front of a decent crowd Friday night despite not-so-nice weather. I’d bet you’d get a very appreciative response. “I think this tournament is amazing for the sport of wrestling,” Hickman coach Dan Pieper said. “It’s long overdue for these girls. Instead of only wrestling the males, they have an opportunity to get after each other. We’re always trying to grow the sport, and here’s a great example: We had 800 to 900 girls in the state of Missouri that came out for wrestling in its first year. What more can you say about how wrestling is growing than that?” As Pieper said, in previous years if female wrestlers wanted a shot at the state tournament, they’d have to get there by competing against boys. Hickman’s Belle Harrell was one of those few females who fought her way to Mizzou Arena through the boys bracket, but now has an opportunity to wrestle her peers. Harrell, who attended Macon High School last year, went 1-2 in the 2018 state tournament. Now, Harrell, the clear favorite to win the girls 121-pound state championship, eyes a higher podium. It’s something well-deserved for the junior grappler who has been wrestling since the seventh grade. “It’s really cool,” Harrell said of the girls tournament. “But really nerve-wrecking. There’s a little more people each night. I know Thursday, I was just a little nervous, and I was even more nervous (Friday). I don’t think I’ll be too nervous for my final, though.” There’s also history on the line for the Kewpies standout Saturday. Harrell is one win away from being the first-ever Columbia-based female state champion. She may not appreciate the full significance of that quite yet, but as years pass it might be a cool bragging right to remember the legacy she’s leaving for future Columbia wrestlers. “I think it would be pretty cool,” Harrell said very nonchalantly after winning her semifinal match. “I’d enjoy it.” [email protected]
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