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106 Pounds: Jordan Burges, Northwest:Burges finished Region 7-AAA tournament runner-up while earning a trip to state.


113: Jon Kost, Rossview: A senior, Kost was 51-6 with 37 pins during the dual season with no district losses. He took third in the region tournament  and fourth at state. His career record is 162-31.


120: Justin Brenot, Clarksville High: Brenot took third place in the region tournament and was a state qualifier in 2016.


126: Deqwendrick Whiters, Northeast:Withers finished region tournament runner-up and was a state qualifier.


132: Antonion Alejo, Northwest: The junior finished third in the region tournament and was a state qualifier.


138: Diego Martinez, West Creek: Martinez finished the dual season with a 46-8 record and was a region runner-up.


145: Ricky Gonzalez, Rossview: The sophomore had 26 pins on his way to a 44-15 dual record with no district losses. He finished third in the region tournament and was a state qualifier.


152: Adrian Gonzalez, Rossview: The senior was among the top wrestlers in the Midstate with a 50-5 dual record and 43 pins with no district losses. He finished region runner-up and finished fifth overall at state with a career record of 199-38.


160: Blake Spink, Northwest: Spink finished region runner-up and had a strong state tournament run.


170 : Julian Furr, Montgomery Central: A senior, Furr had the best finish among Montgomery County wrestlers at state, finishing third in the Class A/AA tournament.


182: Isiah Dunham, Kenwood: A senior, Dunham finished the dual season 15-6.


195: Dylan Carney, Northwest: Carney captured the Region 7 title and qualified for state where he finished sixth. 


220: Craig Barbour Northwest: Barbour finished region runner-up and was a state qualifier.


285: Saigh Mullins, Northwest: The top heavyweight in the district, Mullins took third in the region tournament. 




106: Zaden Webber, Rossview: A freshman, Webber was 19-14 for the dual season.


126:  Austin Gebert, Kenwood: The Knights freshman finished 25-12 during the dual season. 


160: Evan Baggett, Rossview: The senior had 16 pins on his way to a 25-7 dual season.


170: Kieren Adamski, Northeast: Adamski finished third at the region tournament and was a state qualifier.


182: Antonio Mariscal, Rossview: The sophomore finished the dual season 35-21.


195: Zach Thomas, Rossview: The senior had a 53-10 dual season with 45 pins this season. He finished second in the region tournament and won three matches at the state tournament.


195: Michael Cornelius, West Creek Cornelius had one of the top finishes at state with a fourth-place spot. He was 35-8 during the dual season.


220: Isaiah Martin, West Creek: Martin took third place in the region tournament and earned a state berth after a 26-17 dual record.


220: Andrew Arias-Lynch, Rossview: The sophomore had a 40-18 dual record this past season and took fourth in the region.







105: Cathlin Green, Northeast: Green finished state runner-up .


120: Blake Curry, Montgomery Central:Curry was a state qualifier for the Lady Indians.


125: LeiLani Gutierrez, Northeast: Gutierrez finished third at state.


138: Jessica Elery, Northwest: Elery captured her second straight state championship for the Lady Vikings.


148: Lindsey Morrison, Northwest: Morrison had an impressive state run, taking state runner-up.


155: Jaydn Sayre-Adona, Northeast: Sayre-Adona took her second straight state championship for the Lady Eagles.


165: Keely Sage, Montgomery Central: Sage finished state runner-up.


185: Jada Hoskins, Montgomery Central: Hoskins took third place at state meet.




105: Emma Allsbrooks, Montgomery Central: Allsbrooks finished fourth at state.


155: JayAnna Stokes, Montgomery Central: Stokes finished fourth at state.


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Thanks Wiedmer...




Wrestling "UTC's Best Sport"...


Wiedmer: Mocs defense has look of a champion


April 24th, 2016by Mark Wiedmerin Sports


Blue team running back Derrick Craine breaks a tackle by white team defensive back C.J. Fritz during the UTC spring football game at Finley Stadium on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Chattanooga, Tenn.




Photo by Doug " Sharp Shooter" Strickland /Times Free Press.


This is all you need to know about the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's spring football game Saturday afternoon at Finley Stadium:


....At least it was until halftime arrived and they handed out the third set of Southern Conference championship rings won by the Mocs over the past three seasons, which makes you wonder if — don't take this the wrong way, hoop coaches Jim Foster and Matt McCall — it might be time to start calling UTC a, oh my, football school.


Asked what he'd do if UTC can claim a fourth straight this season, would he opt to slide it on thumb or pinky, the quarterback answered, "Pinky."....


....Saturday was also a chance to connect generations of Mocs. Back in the late 1980s, Sean McMahan played for UTC. This year's Blue-White included his parents — Wade and Glenda — driving in from Lexington, Tenn., to watch their grandson Sean begin his Mocs career as a freshman defensive back.


It is certainly a wonderful time across the board to be a Mocs fan.


McCall's men Mocs and Foster's women Mocs both reached the NCAA basketball tournaments.


The football team is working on its fourth straight outright or shared SoCon championship.



"Wrestling is wrestling, arguably the school's strongest sport of all."



Volleyball's surging. Golf's tremendous. Tennis is rebounding. Track and cross country coach Bill Gautier still directs the smartest team on the planet.


But Saturday was about football, and about what football could produce at autumn's twilight and winter's dawn.


Said Fred Maxwell, a grizzled Brainerd High School grad now in his 60s, a brand new camouflage ballcap marked by a "Power C" covering his flowing gray hair: "I like what I saw out there. I've been reading the sports page since I was 4 years old, and I think we can win the national championship."


Judging from Saturday, the UTC defense already appears capable of reaching that goal. Too bad it will be 130 days from today before both Shorter and the Mocs Nation begin to learn whether the offense can carry its share of the load in a run to FCS title No. 1.

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Continued press coverage on Bradley, Cleveland and Walker Valley success...




...Commissioners also honored by resolution the wrestlers from Bradley Central and Walker Valley High Schools who brought back state championships.


Chairman Louie Alford noted this was the 24th state championship for the Bradley Bears wrestling team.


Joe Munoz was honored for bringing home an individual state championship for the Mustangs.


“Any team wanting to win a state championship must come through Bradley County and Cleveland first,†Alford read from the resolution.


He also noted the award for Munoz and said that accomplishment shows “we no longer just have two great wrestling programs in Bradley County. We have three.â€


“It’s just going to get tougher and tougher out there for everybody coming through Bradley County,†Alford said.

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Another way to grow our sport and support it is to get involved with school & civic leadership, both city/county and state level, admin, boards, etc.


Some of you may know Chad Karl who continues to put his wrestling skills to use by working out with Wilson Central and now running as WC council member...



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MTSU taps into some Chattanooga talent...




East Hamilton's Briar Potter To Wrestle At MTSU


Four-Time State Qualifier Finished Prep Career With 98 Wins


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - by John Hunt



East Hamilton's Briar Potter, seated second from left, will wrestle at MTSU next year. Joining the Hurricane senior for the memorable occasion was his father Sam (seated on far left), followed by MTSU assistant coach Troy Steffy and Briar's mother Danielle. Those in the rear, from left to right, include East Hamilton head coach Ryan Cooper, assistant coach Jason Courtney and Shelbie Sholtz, one of Briar's sisters.


It seemed like Briar Potter made history for East Hamilton every time he stepped onto the wrestling mat these last four years.


He was a four-year starter and qualified for the state meet in all of those years.  He was the Hurricanes first state medalist when he finished fourth at 106 pounds as a sophomore.


He is surely the winningest Hurricane with 98 wins and he’s the first who will continue his wrestling career at the college level.


Potter, the 18-year-old son of Sam and Danielle Potter, had a tough final two years as he spent more time on the bench with injuries than on the mat competing, but he more than made an impression on several college coaches and that was one major reason that he’ll be headed to Murfreesboro in the fall where he’ll be a member of MTSU’s team.


The Blue Raiders are members of the National College Wrestling Association, which basically isn’t on the Division I level, but several schools like MTSU have nice endowment programs and that allows guys like Potter to wrestle at the next level while still getting a good education.


“He came to us in the eighth grade and has been making a positive difference ever since,†said Ryan Cooper, the East Hamilton head coach, before the signing ceremony took place Wednesday morning in the commons area between the two gyms.


“He was a four-year starter and a two-year captain.  He was our first four-time state qualifier and our first medalist.  And now he’s the first to wrestle in college.


“He’s done so much for this program.  Even in the last two years when he battled some tough injuries, he was a positive part of the team.  He suffered a torn hip flexor as a junior and he broke his hand in a match on January 2nd of this year.


“He somehow finished the match after the hand injury and that was his first loss of the season.  I really thought he might be finished,  but he came back and finished third in the region to earn his fourth straight trip to Franklin,†the coach praised his determination to go back one more time.


“And even though wrestling season has been over for several months, he works with the middle-school kids and he’s always working to help them get better.  I think he’s planning to major in education with hopes to coach one day.  I’m hoping he’ll come back and take my place one day,†the coach laughed.


“MTSU has a nice endowment for wrestling, which allows a lot of kids like Briar to wrestle in college.  But I have no doubt that he’ll do just fine there and that he’ll be able to help them out next year,†Cooper concluded.


Troy Steffy is an assistant coach at MTSU and has been on the Blue Raider staff for the past seven years.  He and fellow MTSU coaches were convinced that Potter could help them, long before he suffered the first injury.


“I feel confident that he’ll contribute at 125 pounds right off the bat and we’re hoping he’ll be a force at that weight.  We want anyone who is willing to work hard and we’re real familiar with the kind of young man we’re getting,†Steffy said while the crowd was gathering.


Briar – that really is his real middle name – celebrated his 18thbirthday on March 23.  He’s been to Murfreesboro on more than one occasion and he really likes what he’s experience so far.


“I just feel like it fit me best as it’s more than just wrestling.  I want to get a good education and I’ll be able to do that there. I’m planning to major in Physical Education so I can coach, but the coach from Wilson Central was the first one to contact me and he’s the one who put me in touch with the MTSU coaches,†the slender senior expressed.


“I’m hoping to be a starter for them next year as that’s my goal. I was fortunate to be able to come back after breaking my hand in January.  They told me I needed surgery at first, but I only needed a cast and I was out of it in four weeks.


“That match was my first loss after 19 wins and I finished at 24-4 with my only other losses being in the region and two at the state.  But I have to get ready for the next level and that’s what I’m doing right now.


Summer is when you get better and hard summer work makes winter champions,†he concluded.


Briar has two sisters – Shelbie and Aubree – and a brother named Logan.


Potter was one of three seniors on this year’s East Hamilton squad that sent nine individuals to the state tournament.  The other seniors were Blake Cason and Matt Meeks.


(email John Hunt at [email protected])

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Wrestling Awards: Matthew Sells, Blackman; Drew Gill, Eagleville; Kamron Holliman, La Vergne; Garrett Richards, Oakland; Nick Boykin, Riverdale; Christian Salter, Siegel; Carl Templeton, Smyrna; Tyler Barber, Stewarts Creek.

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In case anyone was wondering...





GHSA announces new classifications; 48 schools placed in new 7A


November 19, 2015 | Todd Holcomb


The GHSA announced Wednesday the new seven classifications for 2016-17. Results are below.


First, a few observations.


-The GHSA had wanted to address the perceived competitive advantages held by city schools that have open enrollment. To accomplish that, the GHSA voted earlier this year to bump to higher classifications all schools that get more than 3.0 percent of students outside their county. Did it work? Among city schools, only Buford, Jefferson and Bremen were bumped. That’s unless you count Jackson of Atlanta, an unintended catch in the fish net. Those that escaped were Calhoun, Carrollton, Cartersville, Decatur, Dublin, Rome, Social Circle, Thomasville and Vidalia.


-The 3.0 plan worked for the targeted larger private schools. Those placed in higher classifications are Woodward Academy, St. Pius, Blessed Trinity, Westminster, Marist, Greater Atlanta Christian, Lovett and Riverside Military. Meanwhile, Holy Innocents’, Wesleyan, Pace Academy and Darlington – all competing currently in AA – will get to move back to Class A because their enrollments fell at or below the new Class A threshold of 520 students. Benedictine currently is the only private school that tentatively is slated for AA.


– The other big change in the new classification is the move to seven classes from six. The new highest class (AAAAAA, or 7A) will comprise only 48 schools, down from 64. The aim was to reduce the gap between the state’s largest school, Mill Creek at 3,998 students, and the lowest in the class, which will be Westlake at 2,092. Metro Atlanta schools that were relieved of playing in the highest class next year are Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek and Northview from north Fulton County; Harrison, Pope and South Cobb from Cobb; Dacula from Gwinnett; Hughes from south Fulton; and Tucker from DeKalb. Several current AAAAA schools might’ve been bumped to the higher class if not for the new, smaller high class. Those include Cambridge, Richmond Hill and Gainesville.


-Where do we go from here? On Dec. 1, the reclassification committee will place schools in regions. That is after taking requests from schools choosing to play in higher classifications. On Dec. 7-8, the GHSA will hear appeals regarding region placement. On Jan. 13, the GHSA’s executive committee will ratify the reclassification.


Class 7A (AAAAAAA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsideMill Creek3998451.1Norcross3753110.3Brookwood347640.1Peachtree Ridge3201712.2Meadowcreek319350.2Collins Hill317500Lambert2973120.4South Forsyth294890.3Lowndes2942361.2Parkview2936230.8Berkmar289200East Coweta288260.2North Cobb2854140.5Grayson2850190.6North Gwinnett2846110.4Duluth271000Walton271080.3Campbell2669110.4South Gwinnett259900Archer2580351.4Cherokee2543431.7Pebblebrook252490.4Camden County248930.1Colquitt County2441763.1West Forsyth242240.2North Forsyth2415321.3Etowah240700Hillgrove2404431.8Newton235920.1McEachern2342120.5Shiloh233200Newnan229970.3Woodstock229550.2Central Gwinnett2254512.3Milton218070.3Lassiter2176200.9Tift County2173934.3Marietta2172140.6Kennesaw Mountain2170130.6Forsyth Central216690.4Wheeler216160.3Lakeside, DeKalb213320.1Discovery212700Rockdale County212100Roswell2117180.9North Paulding210950.2Mountain View2098140.7Westlake209220.1Class 6A (AAAAAA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsideJohns Creek207690.4Dacula2075100.5South Cobb205070.3Alpharetta2033743.6Valdosta2006160.8Harrison199090.5Richmond Hill1990100.5Cambridge1984170.9Pope198270.4Osborne196770.4Alcovy196480.4Gainesville1962150.8Chattahoochee195380.4Centennial193890.5Langston Hughes192720.1Habersham Central190900Northview1908191Creekview190420.1Winder-Barrow1897120.6Douglas County1895110.6Effingham County189080.4Lee County1874150.8Glynn Academy1868130.7Heritage, Conyers1860241.3Coffee1854201.1Evans185470.4Grovetown183570.4Dalton1829191Sequoyah182820.1Tucker182470.4Drewpro- 182280.4South Paulding182180.4Mundy’s Mill  pro- 180840.2Northside, W. Robins180760.3Tri-Cities1802100.6Lanier180040.2Northgate179360.3Houston County179150.3Lovejoypro- 178290.5Allatoona1770382.1Brunswick176050.3Sprayberry175990.5Mays174200Greenbrier173850.3Alexander1737331.9Creekside173750.3New Manchester173560.3North Atlanta1734100.6Apalachee1732271.6Jonesboropro- 173110.1Paulding County172470.4Rome1714342Dunwoody169700Bradwell Institute1683150.9East Paulding168160.4Lakeside, Evans168160.4River Ridge167920.1Class 5A (AAAAA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsideHarris County1673301.8McIntosh1670150.9Flowery Branch1669120.7M. L. King165500Woodland, Cartersville164370.4Clarkston164220.1Hiram163480.5North Springs1630422.6Forest Parkpro- 161630.2Stephenson161640.2South Effingham159550.3Jones County1594191.2Villa Rica1590171.1Statesboro157950.3Lithia Springs156780.5Mt. Zion, Jonesboropro- 156600Cedar Shoals156400Ware County156130.2Cass156010.1Ola156070.4Warner Robins154820.1Banneker154740.3Riverwood1542161Cross Keys152300Loganville150990.6Veterans150650.3Miller Grove150110.1Dutchtown1496110.7Union Grove1495140.9Stockbridge149450.3Bainbridge148760.4Kell1483110.7Carrollton1481251.7Wayne County147440.3Thomas County Central1474815.5[won appeal]Woodland, Stock.1473191.3Johnson, Gainesville147110.1Whitewater1427231.6Clarke Central141960.4Lithonia141810.1Walnut Grove1408130.9Locust Grove1400110.8Griffin139520.1Starr’s Mill1393141New Hampstead138610.1Ridgeland1385120.9Eastside1384221.6Eagle’s Landing138230.2Chamblee137730.2Chapel Hill137490.7Grady136440.3Fayette County135930.2Northside, Columbus1357171.3Southeast Whitfield135730.2Arabia Mountain134530.2Madison County1345151.1Buford[1299]22217.1Class 4A (AAAA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsidePickens1341110.8Richmond Academy133910.1Riverdalepro- 133460.4Morrowpro- 133200Heritage, Catoosa1328241.8Northwest Whitfield1327161.2Troup132330.2Perry132160.5North Claytonpro- 132030.2Upson-Lee1314171.3LaGrange130910.1Americus-Sumter1307100.7Howard1300110.8Salem1294120.9Chestatee128950.4Carver, Atlanta128600Druid Hills127930.2Hardaway127630.2Columbus1269191.5Baldwin126630.2Westover126200Spalding1262191.5Sandy Creek1239131Southwest DeKalb123000LaFayette122720.2Shaw122540.3Thomson122300Columbia121800Gilmer121750.4Cross Creek121630.2Mary Persons1214141.2West Laurens1210191.6Cartersville1196110.9Carver, Columbus119100Cairo118790.8North Oconee1186221.9Burke County1162252.2Central, Carroll116260.5Decatur1158282.4Stephens County115830.3White County114960.5Cedartown114760.5Hampton114200West Hall114170.6Luella113760.5Oconee County113420.2East Hall1130121.1Pike Countypro- 112760.5Woodward Academy[1096]52347.7Jackson, Atlanta[1096]625.7St. Pius X[1076]52048.3Jefferson[1003]878.7Blessed Trinity[978]42643.6Riverside Military [888]42996.6Class 3A (AAA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsideFranklin County1115242.2Lumpkin County111460.5Monroe Area111450.4Liberty County110840.4Jackson County110640.4Crisp County1101746.7[won appeal]Central, Macon109700Sonoraville1097141.3Westside, Macon109420.2Windsor Forest108900Haralson County1089171.6Rutland108710.1Calhoun1084242.2Cedar Grove108300Dawson County107690.8North Hall107370.7Monroe106900Pierce County1068111Henry County106000Ringgold104780.8Redan102500Stone Mountain101960.6Coahulla Creek100860.6Jackson1005121.2North Murray99720.2Beach99200Morgan County985292.9Peach County985101Appling County98360.6Islands98300Hephzibah98100Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe981191.9Murray County98040.4Jenkins97910.1Towers97520.2Hart County96310.1Tattnall County951272.8Brantley County950171.8East Jackson949141.5Southeast Bulloch94930.3Adairsville94810.1Kendrick94500Dougherty93010.1Worth County90850.6Banks County908151.7Long County90370.8Gordon Central902111.2Cook901293.2[won appeal]Rockmart898101.1Fannin County89400Douglass, Atlanta87510.1Westminster[810]16220Marist[793]47660Greater Atlanta Christian[736]29239.7Lovett[662]16725.2Bremen[623]11718.8Class 2A (AA)SchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsidePepperell86970.8Jeff Davis867303.5[won appeal]Southwest86600** Savannah Arts85720.2Dodge County85791.1South Atlanta84900Washington84300Therrell84200Toombs County839111.3Spencer83800Washington County83710.1Callaway83770.8Albany83770.8Fitzgerald82970.8Chattooga82660.7Union County825151.8Elbert County82010.1Johnson, Savannah80600Jefferson County80470.9McNair79500Berrien797151.9Jordan78700Butler78120.3Lamar County77591.2Thomasville761303.9[won appeal]Westside, Augusta75230.4Coosa751121.6Northeast74610.1Benedictine738184.9[won appeal]Putnam County737172.3Harlem72560.8Vidalia721638.7[won appeal]Glenn Hills71600Bleckley County708689.6[won appeal]Swainsboro692273.9[won appeal]** St. Vincent’s682205.9[won appeal]Hapeville Charter678162.4Model676121.8Groves67100Monticello67040.6Rabun County663101.5Temple659101.5Oglethorpe County650111.7Early County642487.5[won appeal]KIPP Atlanta63800Heard County635264.1[won appeal]Screven County63571.1Savannah63200Josey63200Dublin62950.8Bryan County59840.7East Laurens592244.1[won appeal]Dade County58900Bacon County57081.4Metter561132.3Armuchee559397[won appeal]Laney54900** Stilwell Arts54200Social Circle5255811[won appeal]Brooks County52110.2Class ASchoolFTE Count(1)Outside(2)% OutsideHoly Innocents’52014628.1** Woodville-Tompkins50600** Coretta Scott King50000Telfair County49310.2B.E.S.T Academy48600Wesleyan48330462.9Greene County482112.3Crawford County48181.7Macon County47810.2Manchester475204.2Gordon Lee4634910.6Charlton County46110.2Atkinson County458163.5Chattahoochee County458173.7Irwin County456408.8Darlington45425957Washington-Wilkes45300Seminole County452368Pace Academy45110723.7** Drew Charterpro- 450204.4Mt. Paran Christian4507216** Technical Career Magnet44400McIntosh County Academy44200Commerce4374610.5Pelham436225** Paideia4359722.3Marion County432163.7Mt. de Sales42812128.3Trion422348.1Wilkinson County42130.7** Morris Innovative42110.2** Davidson Fine Arts42030.7Mt. Zion, Carroll42071.7Bowdon41451.2Claxton40741Lanier County40071.8Savannah Christian3996516.3Taylor County396338.3Terrell County39600Schley County3939223.4Dooly County38951.3Hawkinsville3893910First Presbyterian3887519.3Mitchell County38430.8Turner County383184.7Lincoln County37620.5Eagles Landing Christian3739525.5Our Lady of Mercy36617247Clinch County358123.4Hebron Christian3573910.9Fellowship Christian35612334.6Walker3555314.9** Atlanta International34714742.4** Johnson, Augusta34000Jenkins County34000Towns County33710.3Emanuel County Institute33620.6North Cobb Christian33510230.4Johnson County335185.4Treutlen327237Athens Academy32720362.1Brookstone3277522.9** DeKalb Arts32200St. Francis32113642.4Stratford Academy3194915.4Calvary Day School316247.6Greenville31400Randolph-Clay3125016Wilcox County31051.6Mt. Vernon30814647.4** Elite Scholars30610.3George Walton30511136.4Providence Christian3039631.7Hancock Central29962** Galloway2966421.6Montgomery County29493.1Pinecrest Academy2857526.3Mt. Pisgah2814415.7Georgia Military College2809132.5Prince Avenue27818165.1Miller County2752810.2Landmark Christian27221880.1** Tallulah Falls27216661Strong Rock Christian2656323.8Savannah Country Day264197.2King’s Ridge2608934.2Wheeler County2523815.1Whitefield Academy2517128.3Twiggs County245104.1Aquinas2448735.7Lakeview Academy2345021.4** Savannah Early College23100Portal23000** Echols County22962.6Athens Christian22915567.7** Weber2249843.8Baconton Charter21373.3Calhoun County20010.5St. Anne-Pacelli1864825.8Glascock County18210.5Tattnall Square1744727Central, Talbotton15900Christian Heritage1523019.7Warren County13800** Fulton Leadership12600Stewart County12421.6** Pataula Charter12400** Webster County1051413.3** Ben Franklin Academy1025452.9** Atlanta Jewish Academy963334.4** Excel Christian9166.6** Quitman County8400** Baker County8411.2** Lake Oconee Academy7545.3** ACE Charter7500** Greenforest Christian671420.9** Georgia School for Deaf575291.2** Georgia Academy for Blind564275** Atlanta Classical5012** W.D. Mohammed4848.3** Taliaferro County40410** SW Atlanta Christian26415.4** Woody Gap2300


(1) Number of students who reside outside the county where the school is located.


(2) Percentage of students who reside outside the county where the school is located.


(3) Schools listed as “single sex†had their FTE numbers doubled for this purpose.


** Schools not playing varsity football.


[ ] School moved up in class because of more than 3 percent out-of-county students.




For geographical purposes:


5A  (current region)


-Holy Inn   (6AA)


-BEST        (6AA)


-Pace          (6AA)


-ELCA         (5A)


-OLM           (5A)


-St Francis   (6A)


-Mt Pisgah    (6A)


-Landmark    (5A)


-Strong Rock(5A)


-King's Ridge(6A)


-My Vernon   (5A)



6A   (current region)


-Gordon Lee  (7AA)


-Darlington     (7AA)


-Mt Paran       (6A)


-Trion              (6A)


-Mt Zion          (6A)


-Bowdon         (7AA)


-Walker            (6A)


-N Cobb Chr     (6A)


-Christian Herit (6A)


-Whitefield        (6A)


-Fellowship Chr (6A)



8A  (current)


-Wesleyan         (6AA)


-Hebron             (8A)


-Providence       (8A)


-PAC                  (8A)


-Athens Acad     (8A)


-Commerce        (8A)


-Athens Chr        (8A)


-Towns Co          (8A)


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The latest Big News involves lots of Purple in Nashville and and even some more in Sequatchie Co..


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Two time State Champion Ben Stacey '16 will continue his wresting and academic career with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. At the signing, Coach Simpson told family, teachers and friends that Ben's two overtime wins for his states title showed his level of determination. Go Irish, and Go Mocs!


Congrats to Ben Stacey '16 who signed to continue wrestling with @UTChattanooga! #GoIrish and @GoMocs!https://t.co/heqZ5rZ6gB


Pat Simpson '74 named the NWCA National Coach of the Year! https://t.co/JVAtxhFWAM


Congrats to Father Ryan's Pat Simpson on being named NWCA National Coach of the year https://t.co/[email protected] @RyanWrestling




The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has named Trey Chalifoux '16 the 2016 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award for the state of Tennessee...


2016 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award or TSHSEA Award for Tennessee goes to Katie Brock of Whitwell, Tennessee is a four-time state champion for Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, Tennessee









BY NWHOF | APRIL 28, 2016, 5:46 P.M. (ET)


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the state and regional winners for the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award (DSHSEA) and the state winners for the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award (TSHSEA).


The national winners for both awards will be announced on May 5. The winners will be presented with their awards during the 40th Anniversary of the annual Honors Weekend at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum on June 3-4 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


The Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and World champion Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January of 1996. He was inducted as a Distinguished Member into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997.


First presented in 2014, the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award is named for Saunders, a four-time World champion and women's wrestling pioneer. Saunders was the first woman inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 2006, and is also a member of the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame.


"We are pleased to honor a very talented group of student-athletes, who we feel are a positive reflection on the future of our sport not only for their excellence on the mat but for their achievements in the classroom and in their community," said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. "Their ambition and character make them inspirational role models who we are confident will continue to be positive influences."


The awards recognize and celebrate the nation's most outstanding high school seniors for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service.


The state winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling; review of GPA and class rank, academic honors and distinctions; and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community.


Nominations for the DSHSEA award are accepted from the 49 states that sponsor boys' high school championships while nominations for the TSHSEA are accepted from the seven states that sponsor an all-female girls' high school championship. Winners are determined by a committee with input from National Wrestling Hall of Fame State Chapters, where applicable. Five regional winners are chosen for the DSHSEA, and the national winner is selected from those winners.


The finalists for the 2016 TSHSEA Award are:


Alaska: Roberta Christopher of New Stuyahok, Alaska won the state championship and is the student government president for Chief Ivan Blunka School.


California: Gabby Garcia of Anaheim, California is a four-time state champion for Valencia High School in Placentia, California, who was named the Orange County Register's Female Wrestler of the Year in 2016. The daughter of Randy and Tina Garcia, she won a junior national title and finished second three times, and has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for King University.


Hawaii: Teshya Alo of Honolulu is a four-time state champion for Kamehameha High School. She won the U.S. Nationals/Trials Qualifier in 2015, defeating 2012 Olympian Kelsey Campbell in the finals, and was the 2014 Cadet World champion. The 18-year-old was the second-youngest wrestler competing at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials where she lost in the semifinals to eventual winner Campbell.


Oregon: Payton Rigert of Hood River, Oregon won three state championships and finished runner-up once while helping Hood River Valley High School capture three state titles. The daughter of Trey and Deona Rigert, she was a member of the Oregon Women's Freestyle National Team for three years and a two-time state freestyle and Greco-Roman champion. She has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at the University of the Cumberlands.


Tennessee: Katie Brock of Whitwell, Tennessee is a four-time state champion for Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, Tennessee, earning Best Wrestler honors at the regional and state tournaments as a senior. The daughter of Scotty and Marsha Brock, she was captain of the wrestling team all four years while also lettering four years in volleyball and serving as captain as a senior. She has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Campbellsville University.


Texas: Brianna Holcomb of El Paso, Texas was a state champion and a runner-up for Hanks High School while capturing four district and three regional titles. The daughter of Christina Holcomb, she was team captain for three years and was named Hanks High School's Outstanding Female Athlete and the El Paso Times Female Wrestler of the Year in 2016.


Washington: Jordyn Bartelson of Puyallup, Washington is a four-time state champion, who as 143-7 with 127 pins, for Puyallup High School. The daughter of Bryan and Jennifer Bartelson, she was named Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year three times and as a senior was the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Year while also earning All-State honors in soccer.


The 2016 DSHSEA Regional Winners are:


West Region: Taylor LaMont of Mapleton, Utah is a four-time state champion, who was 66-0 with 53 pins as a senior for Maple Mountain High School in Spanish Fork, Utah. He was a two-time junior national champion and a member of the Greco-Roman Cadet World Team, finishing fifth in 2015. The son of Craig and Diane LaMont, he was Academic All-State with a 3.97 GPA and a nominee for the Utah Governor High School Male Athlete of the State. He has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Utah Valley University.


Central Region: Jack Mueller of Dallas, Texas is a four-time state champion, who was undefeated as a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas. The son of Mike and Shelly Mueller is one of only 11 wrestlers in history to win four prep national championships, earning Most Outstanding Wrestler as a senior, and was also a four-time Prep Slam champion. Mueller is a member of the Lead Team at Watermark Community Church, an organization that helped facilitate vacation bible school for children in inner city Dallas, as well as volunteering with Young Mens Service League, a group that tutors youth, serves meals to the homeless, and assists the elderly. He has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for the University of Virginia.


Midwest Region: Mark Hall II of Apple Valley, Minnesota is the first six-time Minnesota High School state champion, finishing with a career record of 277-4, including 171 consecutive wins. The son of Mark Hall and Melissa Warren, he helped Apple Valley High School win six team state titles to become the only wrestler in state history to earn 12 combined titles. Hall captured a Pan American cadet title and a FILA cadet world championship, and competed in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials where he advanced to the quarterfinals. He has a GPA of 3.72 and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Mary's Place, which offers transitional apartments for homeless families with children. Hall has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for national champion Penn State University.


Northeast Region: Nick Suriano of Paramus, New Jersey is a four-time New Jersey High School state champion and only the second wrestler in history to finish his career without a loss, going 159-0 for Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey. The son of Robert and Denise Suriano is a three-time Tulsa Nationals champion who volunteered with Bergen Catholic. He has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for national champion Penn State University.


Southeast Region: Kyle Norstrem of Valrico, Florida is a five-time Florida High School state champion, who had a career record of 287-3-5. He won his first state title after going 41-1 as an eighth grader at Tampa Bay Christian, and captured his next four championships at Brandon High School where he was 246-2. The son of Timothy and Nancy Norstrem, he won back-to-back national championships as a freshman and sophomore, and is a three-time Greco-Roman national champion. Norstrem has volunteered at fundraisers for the YMCA, and has worked as a volunteer tutor to assist fellow students in mathematics. He has signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech University.


The regions for the Dave Schultz award and the states that they are comprised of are:


West (11) - Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming


Midwest (10) - Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin


Central (7) - Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas


Southeast (10) - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia


Northeast (11) - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont


2016 Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award State Winners


Alaska - Roberta Christopher, Chief Ivan Blunka School

California - Gabby Garcia, Valencia High School

Hawaii - Teshya Alo, Kamehameha High School

Oregon - Payton Rigert, Hood River Valley High School

Tennessee - Katie Brock, Sequatchie County High School

Texas - Brianna Holcomb, Hanks High School

Washington - Jordyn Bartelson, Puyallup High School


2016 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award State Winners


Alabama - Nick Cater, Arab High School

Alaska - Seth Hutchison, Soldotna High School

Arizona - Danny Vega, Ironwood Ridge High School

Arkansas - Nick Noel, Pulaski Academy

California - Evan Wick, San Marino High School

Colorado - Ryan Deakin, Legacy High School

Connecticut - Charles Kane, Fairfield Warde High School

Delaware, Justin Bennett, Sussex Central High School

Florida - Kyle Norstrem, Brandon High School

Georgia - Thomas Bullard, Archer High School

Hawaii - Liam Corbett, Leilehua High School

Idaho - Tucker Leavitt, Highland High School

Illinois - Isaiah White, Oak Park-River Forest High School

Indiana - Chad Red, New Palestine High School

Iowa - Carter Happel, Lisbon High School

Kansas - Michael Prieto, Garden City High School

Kentucky - Keegan Duncan, Trinity High School

Louisiana - Brock Bonin, Teurlings Catholic High School

Maine - Peter Del Gallo, Gardiner High School

Maryland - Austin Kraisser, Centennial High School

Massachusetts - Peter Tedesco, Belmont Hill School

Michigan - Kanen Storr, Leslie High School

Minnesota - Mark Hall II, Apple Valley High School

Missouri - Matthew Schmitt, Platte County High School

Montana - Luke Weber, Forsyth High School

Nebraska - Zemua Baptista, Friend High School

Nevada - Reese Neville, Yerington High School

New Hampshire - Dylan Barreiro, Pinkerton Academy

New Jersey - Nick Suriano, Bergen Catholic High School

New Mexico - Dylan Udero, Las Cruces High School

New York - Christian Araneo, Ward Melville High School

North Carolina - Sawyer Davidson, Asheboro High School

North Dakota - Taylor Nein, Bismarck High School

Ohio - Alex Marinelli, Graham High School

Oklahoma - Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell High School

Oregon - Osawaru Odighizuwa, David Douglas High School

Pennsylvania - Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe High School

Rhode Island - James Sauro, Bishop Hendricken High School

South Carolina - Zack Clary, Dorman High School

South Dakota - Jebben Keyes, TF Riggs High School

Tennessee - Trey Chalifoux, Father Ryan High School

Texas - Jack Mueller, Trinity Christian Academy

Utah - Taylor LaMont, Maple Mountain High School

Vermont - Tyler Raetz, Mount Anthony Union High School

Virginia - Joey Prata, St. Christopher's School

Washington - Michael Soler, Lake Stevens High School

West Virginia - Cam Moore, Roane County High School

Wisconsin - Hunter Marko, Amery High School

Wyoming - Taylor Jeffries, Campbell County High School


All-Time National Winners of Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award


1996 - David Kjeldgaard, Lewis Central High School, Council Bluffs, Iowa

1997 - Jeff Knupp, Walsh Jesuit High School, Akron, Ohio

1998 - Garrett Lowney, Freedom High School, Appleton, Wisconsin and Justin Ruiz, Taylorsville High School, Salt Lake City, Utah

1999 - Zach Roberson, Blue Valley North West High School, Overland Park, Kansas

2000 - Ben Connell, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Lugoff, South Carolina

2001 - Steven Mocco, Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey

2002 - Teyon Ware, Edmond North High School, Edmond, Oklahoma

2003 - C. P. Schlatter, St. Paul Graham High School, Urbana, Ohio

2004 - Coleman Scott, Waynesburg High School, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

2005 - Troy Nickerson, Chenango Forks High School, Chenango Forks, New York

2006 - David Craig, Brandon High School, Brandon, Florida

2007 - Zachary Sanders, Wabasha-Kellog High School, Wabasha, Minnesota

2008 - Jason Chamberlain, Springville High School, Springville, Utah

2009 - David Taylor, Graham High School, St. Paris, Ohio

2010 - Logan Steiber, Monroeville High School, Monroeville, Ohio

2011 - Morgan McIntosh, Calvary Chapel High School, Santa Ana, California

2012 - Taylor Massa, St. Johns High School, St. Johns, Michigan

2013 - Zain Retherford, Benton Area High School, Benton, Pennsylvania

2014 - Chance Marsteller, Kennard-Dale High School, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania

2015 - Zahid Valencia, St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, California


All-Time National Winners of Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award


2014 - Marina Doi, Kingsburg High School, Kingsburg, California

2015 - Marizza Birrueta, Grandview High School, Grandview, Washington


National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America's shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. With museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa, the Hall of Fame has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world including the Hall of Honors in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where wrestling legends are enshrined at the national, regional, and state level. The rich heritage and diversity of the sport will be highlighted throughout the newly-renovated museum. There is also a library featuring historical documents and books on the sport as well as a theater. The Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is currently closed to visitors while undergoing an entire interior renovation. It is scheduled to re-open on June 3-4, 2016, just in time to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the annual Honors Weekend induction ceremonies. For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit www.NWHOF.org.



National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America's shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. With museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa, the Hall of Fame has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world including the Hall of Honors in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where wrestling legends are enshrined at the national, regional, and state level. The rich heritage and diversity of the sport will be highlighted throughout the newly-renovated museum. There is also a library featuring historical documents and books on the sport as well as a theater. The Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, is currently closed to visitors while undergoing an entire interior renovation. It is scheduled to re-open on June 3-4, 2016, just in time to celebrate its 40th anniversary at the annual Honors Weekend induction ceremonies.


For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit www.NWHOF.org.






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The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has named Trey Chalifoux '16 the 2016 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award for the state of Tennessee. The awards recognize and celebrate the nation’s most outstanding high school seniors for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service. The state winners are evaluated and selected on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling; review of GPA and class rank, academic honors and distinctions; and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community. Congratulations on receiving such a great honor, Trey!




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Archer’s Bullard wins Georgia’s Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award




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Thomas Bullard


Archer senior Thomas Bullard was named Georgia’s winner of the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award, presented by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.


The award was established in 1996 to honor Olympic and world champion Schultz, whose career was cut short when he was murdered in January 1996. It is presented on the basis of three criteria: success and standout performances and sportsmanship in wrestling, review of GPA and class rank, academic honors and distinctions and participation in activities that demonstrate commitment to character and community.


Bullard went undefeated as a senior at Archer, winning his fourth straight individual state title and helping the Tigers to state titles in the duals and traditional tournaments. He was named last week as Archer’s Outstanding Senior Athlete, a title he shared with his twin brother Daniel, also an undefeated wrestler this season and four-time state champ.


Both Bullards are North Carolina State signees.



National honors to Ryan's Pat Simpson & asst coach Caleb Myers of Science Hill...




Simpson, Tovey NWCA Scholastic Coaches of the Year




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The National Wrestling Coaches Association has named Pat Simpson of Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Tenn. as Head Coach of the Year, and Doug Tovey of Hermiston High School in Hermiston, Ore. as selected Assistant Coach of the Year, the organization announced .


Winners were selected from a pool of state and regional winners by the NWCA's Scholastic Board of Directors.


"Both Coach Simpson and Coach Tovey have long careers in coaching at the high school level and have served as tremendous mentors for our next generation of teachers and coaches," said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "One of the hardest things about recognizing great scholastic coaches is there are so many viable and deserving coaches to consider."


Simpson has coached at Father Ryan for 38 years. The long-time coach had considered the 2015-16 team his best, having posted a 22-0 record and claimed state championships at the Division II individual and dual tournaments, having topped another state power, Baylor, was the second largest margin in state duals history.


Tovey has served as a coach for 27 years, with the last four at Hermiston. This past season, the Bulldogs went 17-2, including a 5-1 record at The Clash National Wrestling Duals in Minnesota. Tovey helped Hermiston claim the 5A state championships, with eight individual placewinners, seven finalists and four state champions.


NWCA Scholastic Head Coach of the Year Sectional Winners

Section 1: John Stout, Southern Regional H.S., Manahawkin, N.J.

Section 2: Bill Swink, Colonial Forge H.S., Stafford, Va.

Section 3: Pat Simpson, Father Ryan H.S., Nashville, Tenn.

Section 4: Travis Young, Valley H.S., West Des Moines, Iowa

Section 5: Tyler Herman, Amherst H.S., Amherst, Neb.

Section 6: Matt Surber, Tuttle H.S., Tuttle, Okla.

Section 7: Troy Tirapelle, Buchanan H.S., Clovis, Calif.

Section 8: Craig Hanson, East Valley H.S., Spokane, Wash.


NWCA Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year Sectional Winners

Section 1: Robert Zetzsche, Newark Valley H.S., Newark Valley, N.Y.

Section 2: Chris Chidlaw, Elyria H.S., Elyria, Ohio

Section 3: Caleb Myeers, Science Hill H.S., Johnson City, Tenn.

Section 4: Dion Cobb, Valley H.S., West Des Moines, Iowa

Section 5: Chad Olson, Kenyon-Wanamingo H.S., Kenyon, Minn.

Section 6: Jimmy Filippo, Tuttle H.S., Tuttle, Okla.

Section 7: Paul Vasquez, Ironwood Ridge H.S., Oro Valley, Ariz.

Section 8: Doug Tovey, Hermiston H.S., Hermiston, Ore.


NWCA Scholastic Head Coach of the Year State Winners

Alabama: Steve Burrough, Oak Mt High School

Alaska: Michael Kimber, Mt. Edgecumbe High School

Arizona: Eric Brenton, Liberty High School

Arkansas: Jayson Howard, Greenbriar

California: Troy Tirapelle, buchanan high school

Colorado: Eddie Soto, Pueblo County High School

Delaware: Don Parsley, Milfor H.S.

Florida: Kris Hayward, Riverdale High School

Georgia: Kendall Love, Commerce High School

Hawaii: Walden Au, Iolani School, HI

Idaho: Jeff Klotzer, Caldwell High School

Illinois: Keith Healy, Providence Catholic HS

Indiana: Brett Smith, Prairie Heights H.S.

Iowa: Travis Young, Valley High School (WDM)

Kansas: Carlos Prieto, Garden City High School

Kentucky: Aaron Riordan, Oldham County High School

Louisiana: Rod Cusachs, De La Salle

Maine: Temey S. Noyes + Brooks Thompson, Skowhegan High

Maryland: Bryan Hamper, South Carroll

Massachusetts: Bruce Rich, Chelmsford HS

Michigan: Tim Roberts, Dundee High Schoo

Minnesota: Matt Ryan, Kenyon-Wanamingo

Missouri: Taylor Middleton, Smithville

Montana: Bob Owen, Polson

Nebraska: Tyler Herman, Amherst High School

Nevada: Joe Imelli, Spanish Springs HIgh School

New Hampshire: Bob Gannon, Campbell High School

New Jersey: John Stout, Southern Regional High School

New Mexico: Lee Chaves, Belen High School

New Mexico: Corey Anderson, Cleveland High School

New York: Brian Uvena, North Babylon High School

North Carolina: Bill Edmundson, Rosewood High School

Ohio: Todd Haverdill, Brecksville HS

Oklahoma: Matt Surber, Tuttle HighSchool

Oregon: Luke Cleaver, Nyssa High School

Pennsylvania: Dave Klepfer, Brookville

South Carolina: Chad Singleton, Dorman High

South Dakota: Shawn Lewis, Riggs HIGH

Tennessee: Patrick Simpson, Father Ryan H.S.

Texas: Shane Seleznoff, Heath

Utah: Jake Woolstenhulme, South Summit High School

Vermont: Scott Legacy, Mt. Anthony Union HS

Virginia: Bill Swink, Colonial Forge HS

Washington: Craig Hanson, East Valley Spokane

West Virginia: Cliff Warden, Independence

Wisconsin: Jeff Matczak, Kaukauna

Wyoming: Tom Seamans, Campbell County HS


NWCA Scholastic Assistant Coach of the Year State Winners

Alabama: John Daly, Athens High School

Alaska: Michael "Bubba" Wells, Homer High School

Arizona: Paul Vasquez, Ironwood Ridge HS

Arkansas: Chuck Mackey, Har-Ber

California: Buchannan HS Staff, Buchanan High School

Colorado: Josh Weissman, Poudre High School

Delaware: Luke Pierson, Milford H.S.

Florida: William Hunter Hill, Clay High School

Georgia: Rusty Transue, North Forsyth High School

Hawaii: Wayne Ibarra,

Idaho: Zach Horsley , Lakeland High School

Illinois: Nich Miller, Washington

Indiana: Ken Zuber, Evansville Memorial

Iowa: Dion Cobb, Valley High School

Kansas: Cade Blair, Andover High School

Kentucky: Garret Headley, Henry Clay

Louisiana: J P Pierre, Brother Martin

Maine: Jim Smith, Biddeford High School

Maryland: Ed Obendorfer, Damascus

Massachusetts: Annie Staulo, Newton North

Michigan: Scott Warren, Lakewood High School

Minnesota: Chad Olson, Kenyon-Wanamingo

Missouri: Kevin Durbin, Seneca

Montana: Cody Turnquist, Billings Senior

Nebraska: Scott DeLong, Filmore Central High School

Nevada: Dan Shaw, Fallon High School

New Hampshire: Jeff Sellars, Milford High School

New Jersey: Dan Roy, Southern Regional High School

New Mexico: Mark Pratt, Hobbs High School

New York: Robert Zetzsche , Newark Valley High School

North Carolina: Mike Turner, West Forsyth High School

Ohio: Chris Chidlaw, Elyria HS

Oklahoma: Jimmy Filippo, Tuttle

Oregon: Doug Tovey, Hermiston High School

Pennsylvania: Nick Deloia, Brookville

South Carolina: Chris Pannebaker, Dorman High

South Dakota: John Kalda, Riggs

Tennessee: Caleb Myers, Science Hill H.S.

Texas: Gabe Reyes, Prosper

Utah: Bob Piscatelli, Wasatch High School

Vermont: Nick Mayer, Mt. Anthony Union HS

Virginia: Carlos Eason, Great Bridge

Washington: Dave Laird, Ephrata

West Virginia: Jory Whorton, East Fairmont

Wisconsin: Joel Kuhl, Two Rivers

Wyoming: Tim Flynn

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Boykin, Dangerfield garner Athlete of Year honors


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MURFREESBORO — Nick Boykin and Crystal Dangerfield garnered national recognition over the past year.


Boykin, a two-sport athlete at Riverdale, became the first from Tennessee to win the Cadet National Championships in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling in the same year.


Dangerfield became the first from Tennessee to garner the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year — a national honor given to the girls and boys basketball players of the year.


Boykin was named The Daily News Journal's 2016 Male Athlete of the Year during its 23rd annual All- Sports Awards Banquet presented by First Tennessee. Dangerfield was named The DNJ's Female Athlete of the Year.







All-Midstate Wrestler of the Year, Nick Boykin, a junior at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, on Thursday March 24, 2016.


Boykin, a junior, won his second straight TSSAA Class AAA state wrestling title at 285 pounds. He went undefeated at 45-0 and hasn't lost a high school match since his freshman year. He is the first wrestler to be named The DNJ's Male Athlete of the Year since former Blackman standout Josh Patton in 2009.


"It's a big honor to know that I may be one of the first wrestlers to get this," Boykin said. "It feels good to win this. I honestly didn't think I'd get it because of all of the great football players."


Boykin, 17, competed in the Junior World Tour in Austria after the TSSAA state meet in Greco-Roman wrestling. He has been invited by Team USA to train in Colorado Springs next school year.


Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.

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Sequatchie's Katie Brock receives national wrestling honor


May 6th, 2016by Staff Reports


Sequatchie County's Katie Brock, top, controls Caitlyn Green of Northeast in their 105-pound championship final at the TSSAA wrestling state tournament in Franklin this past February. Brock, who won the match to finish the season 31-0 and earn her fourth state title, is the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award recipient for 2016. The award is presented by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and recognizes "excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship and community service," according to a release from the hall.


Photo by Robin Rudd /Times Free Press.





King will wrestle at MTSU


Published: May 6, 2016




Wilson Central's Nick King


NEW BLUE RAIDER -- Wilson Central High wrestler Nick King signed with Middle Tennessee State in ceremonies held Wednesday, April 6.


A two-time regional champion at 132-pounds, he is a member of Wilson Central's 100 Win Club.


Front, from left: sister Addie Lynn, mom Leah, Nick, dad J.D. and sister Aubrie. Standing: MT coach Troy Steffy, Wilson Central head wrestling coach John Kramer, assistant coach Lee Allison and WCHS athletic director Chip Bevis.

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UTC Wrestlers Celebrate Season With Annual Awards Dinner...




Head Coach Heath Eslinger hosted another great wrap-up to another championship season.


May. 06, 2016 Wrestling


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team celebrated another championship season with its annual awards banquet at Silverdale Baptist this evening. The Mocs claimed a share of the Southern Conference regular season title for the 16th time since the league began recognizing a season winner in 1994.


Head coach Heath Eslinger recapped a year that included a 12-4 overall record and a 6-1 mark in league play. UTC finished the regular season ranked No. 23 in the Intermat Dual rankings and No. 25 in the NWCA Coaches Poll.


Seniors John Lampe, Austin Sams and Trevor Humes all addressed the crowd to close out their careers in the program. Eslinger also introduced new assistant coach David Hoffman.


The evening concluded with the annual team awards. A full list of the honorees is available below.


Freshman of the Year - Dominic Lampe

Most Improved - Kamaal Shakur

Pat Murphy Academic Award - John Lampe

Ethan Reeve Workhorse - John Lampe

Jim Morgan MVP - Jared Johnson, Trevor Humes



Mocs GPA Among Top 15 in the Nation


Two individuals earn Academic All-NWCA honors.

May. 09, 2016 Wrestling



The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team's 2015-16 grade-point-average ranked No. 15 in the nation according to the National Wrestling Coaches Association's list released today. The Mocs had a 3.196, while senior John Lampe and junior Jared Johnson both made the Academic All-NWCA team.


"We always work to try to be among the best in the country, both on the mat and in the classroom," stated head coach Heath Eslinger. "Most of the programs on this list are among the best in Division I wrestling, so you see the correlation between succeeding the classroom and succeeding in competition."


This is the fourth time the Mocs have finished in the top-15 under Eslinger. UTC topped a 3.0 GPA for the entire team for the first time in the fall.


The team GPA was determined using a system that includes 12 student-athletes from each program. A total of 10 of these came from the starting lineup, plus two alternates.


Lampe finished his career with a 3.99 GPA and a degree in History. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Education. This is his first Academic All-NWCA recognition.


Johnson is a two-time Academic All-NWCA honoree. He graduated on Saturday with honors with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a 3.73 GPA. He will be back for his senior campaign as a grad student in the fall.


The full release, along with the list of teams and student-athletes honored is available here.


"The NWCA All-Academic Team and Individual Team is one of the best acknowledgements that we can give to our coaches and athletes at the end of a physically grueling season" said NWCA Executive Director Mike Moyer. "The NWCA Board of Directors and staff look forward to watching these student-athletes continue their success at the collegiate level and eventually as the leaders of the future once they earn their college degrees."





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