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CHS wins 1-2 showdown
SECOND-RANKED senior wrestler Dylan Jones (back) helped Cleveland dominate in a matchup between the state's top two Class AAA teams Saturday, in Tullahoma.
SECOND-RANKED senior wrestler Dylan Jones (back) helped Cleveland dominate in a matchup between the state's top two Class AAA teams Saturday, in Tullahoma.
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Posted Monday, December 3, 2018 10:30 am
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Matching the state's top two teams, No. 1 Cleveland rolled with dominance to a 52-12 win over No. 2 Wilson Central at the Pat Welsh Tullahoma Day of Duals Saturday.

The nationally-ranked Blue Raiders received a major spark from the 170-220 weight class range.

Freshman Ashton Davis, who won the Pan American championship this past summer, started a streak of four straight pin falls. He was followed by Zach Brezna, Dylan Jones and Isaiah Perez with pins.

Jackson Bradford landed an upset over defending state champion Hunter Borders with an 8-6 decision in the 120-pound match.

Grant Lundy flashed his own strength at 145, beating No. 4 Cole Fort in a decision.

While losing by a minor decision to reigning state champion Michael Kramer, CHS senior Wilson Benefield wrestled up at 285, and held his own. Kramer pinned his way to a heavyweight state championship last year in AAA.

The Blue Raiders' lone individual state champion from last year, Austin Sweeney, took a win over a third-ranked wrestler as well.

Arlo Laxton, Garrett Stevenson and Logan Whiteside all won by decisions for Cleveland, while Trae McDaniel's hand was raised via forfeit.

The Blue Raiders also ran away with victories over Lawrence County (59-10) and Clarksville (61-12).

Whiteside beat a pair of ranked wrestlers from both schools, while Davis landed the fastest pin of the day for CHS in 12 seconds.

Cleveland will have a busy upcoming week with a Alumni Match at the Jones Wrestling Center Friday followed by the prestigious Al Miller Cleveland Duals Saturday.

The Blue Raiders have won their home tournament the past two seasons over some of the state's top public and private schools. They pinned the Bears in the last match for a win in 2017 and ran away with the Cleveland Duals last year by beating McCallie.

CHS currently has nine state-ranked wrestlers, which includes two top-ranked matmen along with four No. 2's, a pair of No. 3's and one No. 4.

Rankings can be found on pin-tn.com


A dominant performance  on the mats over the weekend displayed success at all levels for the Blue Raiders, as the middle school team asserted its power.

In a championship matchup of undefeated teams, Cleveland defeated Trion, Ga., 57-27.

Head coach Eric Mountain's program also shellacked Northwest Whitfield, Ga., (89-0), Dade County, Ga. (84-3) and Johnson City's Liberty Bell (65-15).

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Posting because Bradley Central was at this tourney:

Mountain View wrestlers second at challenging duals tourney

Mountain View’s wrestling team finished second at the challenging, eighth annual Compound Sportswear Mountain View Duals.

The Bears went 4-1 against difficult competition, losing only to Woodland-Cartersville 50-18. They posted wins over Forsyth Central (34-27), Vestavia Hills, Ala. (38-33), Richmond Hill (33-32) and North Hall (38-31).

Harrison Spikes went 5-0 at 220 pounds to lead Mountain View. R.J. Aguirre (113), Mason Askew (120), Garrett Spikes (182) and Luke Hennebaul (195) each went 4-1.


CMP Sportswear Dual results
1st place – Woodland
2nd place – Mtn View
3rd place – North Hall
4th place – Richmond Hill

Rd 1:
Mountain View def Forsyth Central 34-27
Richmond Hill def Pope 41-34
Woodland-Cartersville def Valdosta 44-28
North Hall def Thomas County Central 60-16

Rd 2
Mountain View def Vestavia Hills 38-33
Richmond Hill def Mountain View-2 56-12
Valdosta def Sarasota Military 50-17
North Hall def Bradley Central 40-27

Rd 3
Vestavia Hills def Forsyth Central
Pope def Mountain View-2 72-4
Woodland def Sarasota 78-6
Bradley def Thomas County Central 75-6
Rd 4
Mountain View def Richmond Hill 33-32
Woodland def North Hall 49-19
Pope def Vestavia Hills 50-27
Bradley def Valdosta 38-24
Forsyth Central def Mountain View-2 54-21
Sarasota def Thomas County Central 54-21

Woodland def Mountain View 50-18
North Hall def Richmond Hill 39-38
Valdosta def Vestavia Hills 38-33
Bradley def Pope 48-20
Forsyth Central def Sarasota Military
Thomas County Cental def Mountain View-2

Mountain View def North Hall 38-31
Woodland def Richmond Hill 40-29
Bradley def Vestavia Hills 37-35
Valdosta def Pope 32-30
Forsyth Central def Thomas County Central 


*info gathered from Gwinnett Daily Post and GNWA wrestling web site

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Wrestling Poll 12-4

Posted Tuesday, December 4, 2018 10:17 am



Results from: 12/3/18


Now in its 27th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of dual meet strength with some consideration to individual tournament strength. Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 168. Teams are ranked together regardless of TSSAA classification.















12. BEECH18N/A


2018-19 Class AAA

Rankings by Pin-TN.com

12/3/18 update

Top-10 Dual Teams

1. Cleveland

2. Wilson Central

3. Brentwood

4. Arlington

5. Bradley Central

6. Centennial

7. Blackman

8. Science Hill

9. Oakland

10. Beech

Recent key results: Beech defeated Clarksville. Cleveland defeated Wilson Central.

Individual Rankings


1. Tre McDaniels (Cleveland)

2. Brayden Ivey (Morristown West)

3. Justin Bradford (Blackman)

4. Ross Keith (Lebanon)

5. Aaron Grapperhaus (Sevier Co)

6. Michael Marcante (Wilson Central)


1.Jackson Bradford (Cleveland)

2. Hunter Borders (Wilson Central)

3. Ian Jennings (Brentwood)

4. Tenario Thomas (East Hamilton)

5. Chris Calvin (McGavock)

6. Sammy Shires (Rossview)

Recent results: Bradford def Borders. Jennings pinned Thomas.


1. Wes Davaney (Bradley)

2. Kenny Harless (Stewart’s Creek)

3. Eli Clemmons (Lebanon)

4. Grant Fetters (Wilson Central)

5. Jacob Andrews (Beech)

6. Jacob Haney (Lawrence Co)


1. Brayden Palmer (Beech)

2. Dominic Williams (Lawrence Co)

3. William Witt (Cane Ridge)

4. David Medina (Riverdale)

5. Braxton Mann (Science Hill)

6. Seth Carpenter (East Hamilton)

Recent results: Witt dec Medina. Carpenter pinned Brennan Jennings (Brentwood)


1. Michael Cannon (Arlington)

2. Logan Whiteside (Cleveland)

3. Luke Dezember (Lawrence Co)

4. Christian Isbell (Clarksville)

5. Tyler Seeley (Science Hill)

6. Alton Cates (Overton)

Recent results: Ian Morgan (Halls) won Knox Catholic. Carlye McAfee (Summit) was pinned by Jacob Johnson (Centennial), who lost to Alton Cates (Overton)


1. Cameron Henderson (Smyrna)

2. Job Dooley (Franklin)

3. Dillon Pendley (Tennessee High)

4. Cole Klingensmith (Summit)

5. Jacob Stamper (Heritage)

6. Joseph Frye (Science Hill)


1. Dominic Fields (Tennessee High)

2. Gavin Russell (Dav. Crockett)

3. Grant Lundy (Cleveland)

4. Cole Fort (Wilson Central)

5. Joey Ahern (Heritage)

6. Eli Castillo (Clarksville)

Reccent results: Lundy pinned C. Fort.


1. Austin Sweeney (Cleveland)

2. Alex Pergande (Wilson Central)

3. Jalen Brown (Blackman)

4. Logan Ferguson (Tennessee High)

5. Mason Smith (Beech)

6. Jacob Slight (West Creek)


1. Chase Diehl (Science Hill)

2. Josh Pieterila (Hardin Valley)

3. Steven Weist (Mt Juliet)

4. Landon Lewis (Soddy)

5. Jeremiah Herron (Beech)

6. Anthony Gomez (Blackman)


1. Landon Fowler (Blackman)

2. Dylan Quinn (Mt Juliet)

3. Dalton Cockman (Arlington)

4. Griffin Simerly (Morristown West)

5. Gabe Smith (Clarksville)

6. Johnny Feldhacker (Brentwood)

Recent results: Fowler pinned Cockman.


1. DJ Gibson (Bradley)

2. Dylan Jones (Cleveland)

3. Austin Antcliff (Arlington)

4. Brooks Sacharczyk (Blackman)

5. Cade Young (Houston)

6. Hayden Maynor (Soddy)

Recent results: Antcliff dec Sacharczyk.


1. Evan Clemmons (Lebanon)

2. Isaiah Perez (Cleveland)

3. Christian Moolman (Franklin)

4. Camden Beckingham (Morristown West)

5. TJ Holmes (Halls)

6. Trey Johnson (Bradley)


1. Bradley Williams (Clarksville)

2. Skylar Coffey (Brentwood)

3. Wilson Benefield (Cleveland)

4. Bowdy Boyce (Blackman)

5. Keenan Sloan (Hardin Valley)

6. Logan McMillan (Rossview)


1. Michael Kramer (Wilson Central)

2. Titus Swafford (Cleveland)

3. Brenton Salyers (Dobyns Bennett)

4. Kip Franklin (Houston)

5. Jackson Riley (Oakland)

6.Trevor Linderman (Clinton)

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Baylor wins 10 matches, beats Bears 53-17 [photos]

December 7th, 2018by John Mitchellin Sports - PrepsRead Time: 3 mins.

Baylor's Barrett Chambers, left, wrestles Bradley Central's Seth Gerena in the 160-pound bout during Thursday's dual meet at Baylor School.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Gallery: Baylor wins 10 matches in beating Bears 53-17

Bradley Central split the first four matches in its wrestling dual meet at Baylor on Thursday. Then the strength of the host Red Raiders' upperclassmen-filled lineup took over.

Pins from junior Barrett Chambers at 160 pounds, senior Mason Reiniche at 170 and junior Connor Duffy at 182 set a tone and springboarded Baylor to a 53-17 win over the Bears. The Red Raiders also received pins from Garrison Dendy at 132 pounds, Andrew Pace at 145, Matthew Smith at 285 and Trey Bates at 113.

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Baylor (5-0) took 10 of the 14 individual matches in the clash of longtime state powers.

"The great thing about tonight was the effort our guys gave," Baylor coach Ben Nelson said. "There were a lot of matches where we were outmanned, but we had guys putting in maximum effort and fighting the whole match. I was as proud of the guys that didn't get a win as much as I was about the guys that went out and got a victory.

"Matches like this are all about finding out what we need to work on," Nelson continued. "We found out a lot tonight, and tomorrow we'll find out even more. That's the great thing about wrestling quality teams."

The dual started at 132 pounds, and after 1:05 of action Baylor earned six points off Dendy's pin. Decision wins from Bradley Central's Sebastian Hernandez and Parker Falls were sprinkled in along with Pace's pin for Baylor before a couple of state champion Red Raiders in Reiniche and Duffy helped push the Bears (11-2) into a 30-7 hole with seven matches remaining.

"We've got some real horses up there in the middle/upper weights, and we really appreciated them getting the ball rolling tonight," Nelson said. "They're good wrestlers, but they're also good kids, which makes our jobs a lot easier. They're very coachable and I don't have anyone who's above the team, so they're all working hard so we can be successful."

After Duffy's pin, freshman David Harper stepped in the circle for the Red Raiders and worked his way to a shutout win at 195 pounds before Bradley's Gavin Sewell did the same in the very next match at 220. From there, Baylor took the last four of five matches in the dual, with Taron Patterson being the lone Bear to win with a pin at 120 pounds.

"Baylor is one of the better teams in the state, if not the best, so I knew coming down here would be tough," Bradley coach Ben Smith said. "We're still trying to figure out who we are, but I think we're a better team than we showed tonight. At the end of the day this match doesn't have bearings on our state-tournament hopes, so an experience like this can only help us get ready for February.

"We've got a chance to see them again on Saturday, so hopefully we can come back with a game plan to get more victories than we saw tonight."

Both teams will be competing in the Cleveland Duals on Saturday at Cleveland High School.

Contact John Mitchell at [email protected].

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COLLEGE WRESTLING: SIUE signs Tennessee state champion Chase Diehl

December 6, 201


Chase Diehl (left)

SIUE wrestling head coach Jeremy Spates signed Tennessee state champion Chase Diehl (Johnson City, Tenn.) to a national letter of intent to compete with the Cougars next season.

“I’ve known Chase for a few years,” Spates said. “He’s a hard-working kid who likes to be in the wrestling room and the weight room.”

Diehl, tabbed to be a 157- or 165-pounder at the collegiate level, is a two-time state place winner, capturing the state title last season and third in 2017. He enters his senior season at Science Hill High School as a two-time regional champion and 2017 Region Wrestler of the Year.

His team earned a state runner-up finish last season.

He is on track to be in the top five percent of his graduating class, having earned first team All-State NHSCA Academic All-American status.

“Chase is a great student, wrestler and person, the type of athlete every coach wants to coach,” Spates added.

Diehl placed sixth at the 2018 Journeyman Fall Classic at 160 pounds. He also is a four-time Tennessee national team member.

“Chase is going to be a great addition,” Spates said. “When he came for a visit, it really looked like he would be a great fit for the program.”

Diehl is the son of Jared and Martha Diehl and plans to pursue a degree in secondary education at SIUE.

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Baylor Nips Cleveland For Duals Championship

Garrison Dendy's 3-1 Decision In Final Match Seals 33-32 Win Over Cleveland

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - by John Hunt

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The Al Miller Cleveland Duals has become one of the most competitive wrestling duals tournament in the Southeast in recent years and that tradition continued on Saturday at Cleveland High School’s Raider Arena.

So it’s probably really appropriate that the two best high school teams in the state of Tennessee squared off in the championship finals.

The host Cleveland Blue Raiders were ranked first in this week’s state poll and they lived up to that ranking by rolling through their pool and advancing to the finals with another impressive win over Father Ryan, this time by a 51-12 difference after winning by a wider margin on Friday night.

The Baylor Red Raiders were ranked second, but had looked impressive at a tournament in Tullahoma last weekend before putting a pretty good whipping on the Bradley Bears this past Thursday.

The Red Raiders breezed through their pool like Cleveland and had very little problem beating arch-rival McCallie, Baylor recording eight pins in 10 wins en route to a 54-23 victory over the Blue Tornado.

The championship match between Baylor and Cleveland was a dandy, well worth the price of admission and probably more.

Baylor remained unbeaten with the 33-32 victory in a match where the outcome wasn’t determined until the last weight class, ending Cleveland’s run of two straight championships in this event.

Freshman Garrison Dendy posted a 3-1 decision over Garrett Stevenson and that was the difference as Baylor overcame a 33-18 deficit to win the last four matches and the first-place award for the tournament.

Perhaps the best individual battle took place at 113 pounds where Baylor’s Jackson Bond posted a tense 11-10 win over Cleveland’s Jackson Bradford.

It was a classic where the verdict might have gone either way, but Bond used a reversal and a three-point near-fall in the final period to provide the margin of victory.  Unfortunately, both wrestlers were charged with unsportsmanlike conduct at the end and a team point was deducted from both teams.

Trae Bates had a first-period pin at 120 to get Baylor within 32-26 whihle Noah Hurst posted a 10-1 major decision at 126 to make it even closer and setting the stage for one of the biggest wins in Dendy’s young career.

“I had to clinch the win for us, but the key was staying in good position and not over-wrestling,” the 15-year-old freshman explained later.

That match was scoreless after the opening two minutes while Dendy got the upper hand when Stevenson was penalized for stalling in the second period.  Dendy was in the down position to start the third and made it 3-0 with a reversal midway through before Stevenson escaped at the end for his only point.

Baylor coach Ben Nelson is normally a really laidback individual who rarely shows emotion after a big match.  That wasn’t the case on Saturday as he was giving high fives and hugs to anyone within reach.  It was obvious just how happy he was with the final result.

“That was a great match between two really good teams and we’re really fortunate to come out on top,” he said after his team had improved to 10-0 for the young season.

“These guys have been really motivated to work hard so far and they want to be successful as a team.  They’re really coachable and are buying into what we’re trying to teach.  They seem to get better every day.

“Cleveland has an outstanding team and I’m so proud we could beat them tonight,” Nelson nodded.

Cleveland coach Joey Knox is another one who is basically ho-hum when it comes to showing emotion after a match.  He had no complaints about the effort of his team after losing for the first time after eight straight wins.

“We just have to be ready to wrestle every time we step on the mat.  I feel like we were tonight.  We lost those last two matches to really good kids, but we fought hard the entire way.  There are times when calls just don’t go your way, but that’s just the sport of wrestling.

“I thought Baylor had a good strategy of how to shave some points and they did a better job of that than me, but I was counting points the whole time.  I thought we showed a lot of heart and wrestled great for the most part, but we weren’t able to come out ahead tonight,” he nodded.

Logan Whiteside and Cael Laxton had pins in two of the first three matches while Austin Sweeney had a decision in the fourth for a 15-3 Cleveland lead.

Baylor regained the lead with back-to-back pins from Mason Reiniche and Connor Duffy before David Harper’s 10-4 decision at 195 put the Red Raiders ahead, 18-15.

Cleveland responded with pins from Wilson Benefield and Titus Swafford and a forfeit to Trae McDaniel for the Blue Raiders’ biggest lead, setting the stage for Baylor’s final rally.

Andrew Pace was Baylor’s other winner as he pulled out an 8-4 decision at 145 for his team’s first win.

Baylor’s Reiniche was voted the Outstanding Wrestler by the officials after winning all five of his matches by pin on Saturday.  He’s 10-0 for the season with all pins and he’s also a defending state champ.

 He was state runner-up as an eighth grader and again as a sophomore while winning as a freshman and again last year as a junior.  He’s already committed to wrestle at Cornell next fall.

Both teams return to action next Friday with Baylor being one of the favorites in the Bradley Invitational and Cleveland being one of the teams to beat at the McCallie Invitational.

While Baylor beat Cleveland for first place, Father Ryan bounced back to beat McCallie by a 42-26 final in the match for third place.

The Purple Irish, the defending D-II state champs, are now 11-2 with both losses to Cleveland this weekend.

Cleveland beat teams from Gilmer Co., Mountain View and Bartlett to win its pool while Baylor topped Arlington, Heritage and Cass to win its pool.  Father Ryan defeated teams from Pope, Vestavia Hills and Carrolton while McCallie had pool wins over Summit, Bradley and North Gwinnett.



(Match began at 138 Pounds)

106 – Trae McDaniel (Clev) won by forfeit;

113 – Jackson Bond (Bay) dec. Jackson Bradford, 11-10;

120 – Trae Bates (Bay) pinned Blake Randall, 1:07;

126 – Noah Hurst (Bay) major dec. Burns Meagher, 10-1;

132 – Garrison Dendy (Bay) dec. Garrett Stevenson, 3-1;

138 – Logan Whiteside (Clev) pinned Clayton Pettway, 1:50;

145 – Andrew Pace (Bay) dec. Grant Lundy, 8-4;

152 – Cael Laxton (Clev) pinned William Collins, 1:33;

160 – Austin Sweeney (Clev) dec. Barrett Chambers, 9-2;

170 – Mason Reiniche (Bay) pinned Zach Brezna, 1:30;

182 – Connor Duffy (Bay) pinned Dylan Jones, 2:57;

195 – David Harper (Bay) dec. Isaiah Perez, 10-4;

220 – Wilson Benefield (Clev) pinned Alex Robinson, 5:36;

285 – Titus Swafford (Clev) pinned Matthew Smith, :53.

(Email John Hunt at [email protected])

Middle School Basketball: Lakeview teams continue hot start against Rossville

WRESTLING: Panthers go 2-1 at LFO

  • Scott Herpst
    • Dec 7, 2018 Updated Dec 7, 2018
Ridgeland Panthers

The Ridgeland Panthers went 2-1 at a quad-match at LFO on Thursday night, defeating North Murray (49-27) and LFO (60-24), but falling to Hixson (45-27).

Angel Ojeda, Jacob Mariakis, Dylan Swanson and Ethan Morgan all went 3-0, while Chris Prescott, Jordan Hughley, Mehki Ross, Aiden Raymer and Kyle Brown each went 2-1 for the Panthers, who gave up forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds in all three matches.

Ridgeland will head to Tullahoma, Tenn. on Saturday for a tournament.


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McCallie Wrestlers Win 47-10 Over Arlington

Friday, December 7, 2018

The McCallie wrestling team beat Arlington 47-10 Friday in a home dual meet.  

McCallie 47, Arlington 10

(started at 126)
126:  Michael Cannon (A) dec. Christian Morris (M)  6-2, 3-0
132:  Dylan Cockman (A) maj. dec. Ian Herring (M)  10-2, 7-0
138:  Zach Ward (M) dec. Luke Kerns (A) 2-0 OT, 7-3
145:  Justin Donahue (A) dec. Mason Hughes (M), 10-3, 10-3 
152:  Rand Holtzclam (M) dec. Hayden Baudoin (A), 5-3, 10-6
160:  Alex Whitworth (M) tech fall Dalton Cockman (A), 16-1, 11-10
170:  Russell Barry (M) pinned Mason Hull (A), 2:32, 17-10
182:  Thomas Sell (M) dec.

Austin Antcliffe (A), 4-2 OT, 20-10
195:  Coen Campbell (M) pinned Isaac Jordan (A), 1:17, 26-10
220:  Chase Looper (M) dec. Adam Milton (A), 7-2, 29-10
285:  Austin Gentle (M) pinned John Worley (A), 1:39, 35-10
106:  Austin Haney (M) pinned Austin Parks (A), :29, 41-10
113:  double forfeit, 41-10
120:  Emory Taylor (M) pinned Jacob Roaten (A), 2:06, 47-10



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Baylor Wrestlers Second At Bradley; Cleveland Third At McCallie

Host Teams Bradley, McCallie Also Finish Strong In Loaded Fields

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - by John Hunt

Out of town teams took home the biggest trophies at both the McCallie and Bradley Invitational wrestling tournaments Saturday afternoon.

Christian Brothers from Memphis scored 240 points to win the Bradley gathering at the Jim Smiddy Arena while Woodland from Georgia captured first place in the McCallie event with 290.5 points.

Baylor was the runner-up at Bradley with 191 points while host Bradley was third with 190.5.  Commerce and Alexander were fourth and fifth with 163 and 142 points, respectively.

North Hall from Atlanta was second at McCallie with 271.5 while Cleveland was third with 265.5 and McCallie fourth with 260.5.  Vestavia Hills was fifth with 147.

Christian Brothers had four champions among their eight medalists while Baylor had five champs among six medalists and Bradley one winner among six who finished in the medals.

The four champs for Christian Brothers included Dayne Dalrymple at 106, Garrett Bowers at 138, Levi Condy at 152 and Al Wooten at 220.

Baylor’s five champs included Trey Bates at 113, Noah Hurst at 126, Garrison Dendy at 132, Mason Reiniche at 170 and David Harper at 195.  Bradley’s lone champion was Wes Devaney at 120.

Other medal winners for Christian Brothers included Elijah Hodge third at 160, Aiden Bowers fourth at 126, Montana Doty fourth at 195 and Evan Anthony fifth at 132.

Porter Kaufman finished sixth at 145 for Baylor while Daniel Mroz (126) and D.J. Gibson (195) both finished second for Bradley.  Glenn O’Daniel was third at 113 for the Bears while Ethan Wilson was fourth at 106 and Sebastian Hernandez fifth at 138.

While Baylor and Bradley were the two top local teams at Bradley, Hixson was 10th with 101, East Hamilton 23rd with 36 and Ooltewah 24th with 35.  Also, Cleveland’s JV was 31st and Central 32nd.

Woodland claimed individual champions in four of the first seven weight classes to sew up the title at McCallie with Kyle Gollhofer winning at 120, Caleb Henson at 126, Caden McCrary at 132 and Jaxon Smith at 145.

Trae McDaniel and Wilson Benefield were Cleveland’s only winner as they took top honors at 106 and 195.  James Whitworth and Russell Barry were McCallie’s two champs at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively, while Signal Mountain’s Daniel Uhorchuk was the winner at 113.

Other medalists for Cleveland included seconds for Logan Whiteside at 138 and Zach Brezna at 170.  Grant Lundy (145), Austin Sweeney (152) and Isaiah Perez (195) all finished third while Jackson Bradford was fourth at 120 and Titus Swafford fifth at 285.

Thomas Sell was second for McCallie at 182 while Emory Taylor (120), Christian Morris (126) and Riley Looper (220) all claimed third.  John Braman and Austin Gentle were fourth at 113 and 285, respectively, while Zach Ward was fifth at 138.

While Cleveland and McCallie were the only two local teams in the top five, other local teams had Dalton sixth with 119.5, Ringgold 10th with 99.5, Northwest Whitfield 12th with 81, Signal Mountain 16th with 57.5, Southeast Whitfield 18th with 55 and Soddy Daisy 19th with 45.

(Email John Hunt at [email protected])


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North Hall from Atlanta??? :roflol:North Hall....is north of Gainesville, GA.....65 miles from Atlanta.  

FYI.....Woodland is from Cartersville, GA if anyone was curious.  

And I see at the Beech tournament that old Collins Hill did fairly well.  Wish they would have had their 285, but I understand he was on a college football visit.  He's a multi time state placer.



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Sometimes an official's personal "judgement" may interfere and painfully impact a young man's life on the mat....

This takes it to a whole different level.. 



Union County continues wrestling dominance


Updated: Dec 21, 2018 06:36 


Union County continues its dominance as a wrestling state power in Kentucky. The Braves and winning state titles have been consistent within the schools program. Union County has won the state championship three years in a row. 

They are only the second team in 50 years to accomplish that feat. The Braves showed their dominance again in their meet which featured Father Ryan, Anna Jonesboro and Caldwell County.

Head Coach, Robert Ervin, says big time competition will pay off late in the season. 

"We just won a 10 way, the guys really dominated the competition. We had 10 guys go undefeated, didn't lose a match, really proud of that. Anytime you wrestle tough competition, you have to fight, it gets those nerves going, you have to win big matches, close matches that gets you ready for that state tournament. When the lights are on you, and you are on center stage, you won't get shook then."

The Braves will compete in the Mater Dei Holiday Classic next week.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter.

(This story was originally published on December 21, 2018)

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University of Minnesota head wrestling coach Brandon Eggum has announced the addition of 125-pound, 2017 All-American, Sean Russell to the Golden Gophers. Russell, who has wrestled at Edinboro for the last four seasons, will transfer to the University of Minnesota and have one year of on-mat eligibility remaining.

"We are excited to add Sean to our program, he will be a great addition to our room with the intensity he wrestles with," head coach Brandon Eggum said. "I know he is excited about wrestling in the Big Ten and wrestling the best competition in the country, those are things that really attracted us to him as a person and as a wrestler. He is just flat out a competitor and we are so thrilled to welcome him into the Gopher family."

Russell brings in a career record of 97-24 and is a three-time NCAA qualifier to go along with his NCAA All-American finish in 2017. He has been the champion of the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) each of the past three seasons and is a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champion. Russell has been a seeded wrestler at the NCAA Championships twice, and has 8-6 career record at the NCAA Championships.

sean [email protected]_russell4

Psyched to announce I will be finishing my academic and athletic career at the University of Minnesota ! Thank you so much to my support system for all you have done for me. I would also like to thank @edinborou for a great 4 years. 

Hailing from Lawrenceville, Ga., Russell will add a big presence to the Gophers 125-pound position. The Gophers will now return three All-Americans to the 2018-19 team with Russell, Lizak and Tommy Thorn.

Attending Collins Hill High School, Russell's talents have been no surprise. Sean's father George wrestled for Gardner-Webb University while his brother Codi is a current wrestler at Appalachian State. Coming out of high school, Russell was a highly touted recruit being a four-time Georgia state champion and winning a Georgia-record eight straight youth state titles.


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2018-19 (Redshirt Senior):

Won the 125 lbs title at NDSU's Bison Open on Nov. 10

Won the 125 lbs title at SIUE's Cougar Clash on Dec. 2

2017-18 (Redshirt Junior):

Ranked No. 7 in preseason poll by Trackwrestling at 125 lbs.

Ranked No. 15 in preseason poll by WIN Magazine at 133 lbs.

Ranked No. 6 in preseason poll by FloWrestling at 125 lbs.

Ranked No. 7 in preseason poll by Intermat at 125 lbs.

Finished sixth (125) at Michigan State Open (Nov. 5)

Named Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week (Jan. 15-21)

Qualified for NCAA's, finishing 2nd at Pac-12's 

Pac-12 First Team All-Academic 

NWCA All-Academic 

2016-17 (Junior):

Redshirted the season

Oklahoma (2014-16):

Earned All-America honors in his first trip to the NCAA championships as a sophomore (2015-16), finishing in seventh place

Defeated Oklahoma State's Eddie Klimara to win a Big 12 Championship the same season

Earned Most Improved Award as a sophomore

Competed as a true freshman in 2014-15, facing eight top-20 wrestlers



Penn State, Ohio State wrestling are again No. 1 and No. 2 in college wrestling power rankings


The collegiate wrestling schedule shifts into second gear this week as the annual tournament gatherings in Illinois and Tennessee commence. The Midlands and Southern Scuffle finish 2018 and kick 2019 off with a bang as some heavy hitters are expected to attend both. Will top-ranked Penn State and No. 3 Oklahoma State go head-to-head (with starters) at the Scuffle and will No. 4 Iowa claim yet another Midlands trophy? Perhaps the biggest question as we head toward January is whether everyone can get and stay healthy. Injuries have won the day the first semester; teams have had to shuffle dual lineups weekly.

1 – PENN STATE: Unchallenged so far, the Nittany Lions have outscored four opponents, 177-9. Do the math and it shows PSU has won 37 of 40 individual bouts in dual meets. Up next, head coach Cael Sanderson’s squad competes at the Southern Scuffle, Jan. 1-2, in a field that includes Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Lehigh, among others. Will everyone bring a full complement of starters? If PSU does, that means four top-ranked individuals — Jason Nolf (157), Vincenzo Joseph (165), Mark Hall (174), and Bo Nickal (197) — will take the mat. It’s been a broken record so far this season, but this PSU squad might be better than the 2017 group that won five individual NCAA titles.

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2 – OHIO STATE: Off the mat since a Dec. 9 victory over Wisconsin, the Buckeyes don't return until Jan. 6 when a good North Carolina State team visits St. John Arena in Columbus for an ESPN2 national telecast. The key for Tom Ryan’s troops is not what Luke Pletcher (133), Joey McKenna (141), Micah Jordan (149), or Myles Martin (184) does in March, but what the rest of the team does. Two youngsters, 165-pounder Kaleb Romero and heavyweight Chase Singletary, could be key to any championship run.

3 – OKLAHOMA STATE: Reno’s Tournament of Champions provided minimal challengers as the Pokes claimed top honors in seven weight classes. There is a logjam in John Smith’s lineup that includes a trio of All-Americans in Chandler Rogers, Joe Smith, and Jacobe Smith. At Reno last week Joe Smith competed for the first time this season at 174 pounds. Another All-American, Preston Weigel, suited up once in December, pushing Edinboro transfer Dakota Geer up to 197. Somebody will have to sit out with Rogers, Joe Smith, Jacobe Smith, Geer the most likely scenario from 165 through 197 pounds. The Scuffle provides another opportunity to figure some things out. It also gives the Cowboys an up-close look at the No. 1 team in the country.

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4 – IOWA: The big December news around Iowa City is Mitch Bowman’s move from 184 down to 174 pounds. Bowman, a senior, is not a reincarnation of Mark Perry, but certainly gives the Hawkeyes a good, veteran option in a lineup that can ill afford to have any holes. Spencer Lee (125), Kaleb Young (157), and Alex Marinelli (165) have been the best this season, with transfer Pat Lugo (149) still trying to find consistency. The health of All-American heavyweight Sam Stoll and the progress of rookie 197-pounder Jacob Warner will depend the level of Iowa's success in March.

RELATED: 5 questions with a returning national champion: Spencer Lee

5 – NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Since arriving in Raleigh, head coach Pat Popolizio has not backed down from any challenge. North Carolina State remained unbeaten in duals with a thrilling 18-17 victory over visiting Nebraska, Dec. 16. In need of a technical fall entering the final bout (133 pounds), Tariq Wilson whipped NU’s Tucker Sjomeling, 18-2, to give the Pack the win. The return of 125-pounder Sean Fausz strengthens the lineup and 184-pounder Nick Reenan, a redshirt a year ago, continues to climb the rankings. This weekend, NC State wrestles in the South Beach Duals in Ft. Lauderdale against Wyoming, Purdue, Utah Valley and Indiana. Circle Jan. 6 … a trip to Columbus awaits.

6 – MICHIGAN: The Wolverines were fifth at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational to start December and will have had nearly a month break before next taking the mat January 3 at Oregon State and January 5 at Arizona State. The dual with the Sun Devils should be very competitive and should provide a Zahid Valencia vs. Myles Amine matchup at 174 pounds (Valencia was champion and Amine third at the 2018 NCAA Championships). It is not a matter of talent in Ann Arbor, but how first-year head coach Sean Bormet’s group competes at the Big Tens and NCAAs in March. 141-pounder Kanen Storr had a strong first semester and could cause problems in the weight class the rest of the way.

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7 – MISSOURI: It required some dramatics, but Missouri moved its dual win streak to 26 with a 23-21 victory over Virginia, Dec. 20. Rookie 149-pounder Brock Mauller, now a starter with All-American Grant Leeth lost to injury, picked up a decision, and three-time All-American Daniel Lewis scored a first-period pin in the dual’s final bout to secure victory. Easily the best program in the Mid-American Conference, the Tigers' schedule includes duals with Lehigh, Purdue and Cornell this weekend at the South Beach Duals, and February dates with Arizona State, Oklahoma State and improving Iowa State. There is a good chance Missouri takes a 34-match win streak to Tempe for the Feb. 8 dual.

8 – CORNELL: The addition of Vitali Arujau at 125 pounds and a full-time Yianni Diakomihalis at 141 pounds proved big in Cornell’s 17-14 win at Northern Iowa on Dec. 16. Max Dean upended Drew Foster in the dual and continues his up-and-down 2018-19 campaign. The Big Red face North Dakota State, Wyoming, Missouri and Indiana at the South Beach Duals and open January with a battle against EIWA rival Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. What head coach Rob Koll’s squad looks like in March remains to be seen.

MORE: These teams could unseat Penn State

9 – MINNESOTA: Lehigh and North Carolina await the Gophers in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend. A loss to Oklahoma State is UM’s only blemish first semester with superstar heavyweight Gable Steveson highlighting the first two months. The Big Ten schedule opens with home duals against Rutgers (January 6) and Iowa (January 13) so wrestling fans will see just how good this Gopher team is. UM might not be able to challenge for top honors, but expect a return to the top 10 at the NCAAs.

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10 – WISCONSIN: The Badgers won four bouts in a 23-13 loss at No. 2 Ohio State on Dec. 9, and return to the mat this weekend at the Midlands. How’s this for a January docket? At Rutgers, at Penn State and home against Northwestern and Minnesota. There are plenty of great matches in there with Evan Wick and Vincenzo Joseph, two of the best 165-pounders in the land, hopefully squaring off on Jan. 13 inside Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State.
Next five – Arizona State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Rutgers, Lehigh

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UTC wrestler Jake Huffine gets two SoCon honors

December 28th, 2018by Staff Reporti

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior 133-pounder Jake Huffine was the Southern Conference wrestler of the week for Dec. 19-25 and the SoCon student-athlete of the week.

Huffine improved to 13-4 for the season with a 2:07 pin that put the Mocs ahead 17-15 in their win at Edinboro, and he put them ahead again at 16-13 with a 13-1 major decision in an eventual 22-19 loss at Ohio University. He leads UTC with six pins and has a 4.0 grade point average as an accounting major.

The Mocs host the annual Southern Scuffle next Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are on sale at GoMocs.com and by calling (423) 266-MOCS

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The Nittany Lions scored a tournament-record 216.5 points, breaking Oklahoma State's mark of 198 set in 2017.
The Nittany Lions scored a tournament-record 216.5 points, breaking Oklahoma State's mark of 198 set in 2017.

UTC wrestlers Alonzo Allen, Chris Debien stand out at Southern Scuffle [photos]

January 3rd, 2019by Kevin Llewallynin Sports - CollegeRead Time: 3 mins.

Penn State's Bo Nickal, back, controls Stanford's Nathan Traxler during the 197-pound championship final at the Southern Scuffle at McKenzie Arena on Wednesday.

Photo by C.B. Schmelter /Times Free Press.



At McKenzie Arena

Team Standings

Penn State 216.5, Oklahoma State 188.5, Iowa State 104, Stanford 82.5, Navy 75.5, Lock Haven 71.5, Duke 70, Ohio 54.5, Virginia Tech 48.5, Cal State-Bakersfield 46.5, Northern Colorado 45.5, Appalachian State 43, Rider 41, Binghamton 37.5, UTC 37.5, George Mason 27.5, Drexel 26, Air Force 24.5, Edinboro 24.5, The Citadel 21, Lehigh 19, Columbia 17.5, Gardner-Webb 8.

Finals started at 174 pounds

Championship Matches

125 — Nick Piccininni (Okla. State) dec. Rico Montoya (N. Colorado), 7-2

133 — Daton Fix (Okla. State) dec. Austin Gomez (Iowa State), 6-3

141 — Nick Lee (Penn State) dec. Real Woods (Stanford), 6-3

149 — Kaden Gfeller (Okla. State) dec. Mitch Finesilver (Duke), 3-2

157 — Jason Nolf (Penn State) tech. fall Bo Pipher (Penn State), 16-1

165 — Vincenzo Joseph (Penn State) dec. Chance Marsteller (Lock Haven), 6-5

174 — Mark Hall (Penn State) dec. Joe Smith (Okla. State), 5-1

184 — Shakur Rasheed (Penn State) dec. Hunter Bolen (Va. Tech), 3-1

197 — Bo Nickal (Penn State) fall Nathan Traxler (Stanford), 2:09

285 — Derek White (Okla. State) dec. Anthony Cassar (Penn State), 3-2

Third-place Matches

125 — Jakob Camacho (N.C. State) dec. Luke Werner (Lock Haven), 10-4

133 — Roman Bravo-Young (Penn State) dec. Sean Nickell (CS-Bakersfield), 10-1

141 — Nick Gil (Navy) dec. Cameron Kelly (Ohio), 3-2

149 — Brady Berge (Penn State) dec. Requir Van der Merwe (Stanford), 5-2

157 — Dom Mandarino (Stanford) dec. Zac Carson (Ohio), 12-10

165 — Shane Griffith (Stanford) dec. Jesse Dellavecchia (Rider), 7-2

174 — David McFadden (Va. Tech) dec. Trent Hidlay (N.C. State), 3-2

184 — Lou Deprez (Binghamton) dec. Jacobe Smith (Okla. State), 6-2

197 — Tom Sleigh (Va. Tech) dec. Dakota Geer (Okla. State), 9-3

285 — Nick Nevills (Penn State) dec. Matt Voss (George Mason), 2-1

If the Southern Scuffle is a good midseason indicator of what the NCAA championships might bring in March, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has at least two wrestlers who are primed to make an impact on the national scene.

Senior Alonzo Allen placed fifth at 125 pounds and junior Chris Debien was sixth at 141 as what is billed as the top in-season collegiate wrestling tournament in the nation came to a close Wednesday evening after two days of competition at McKenzie Arena. Host UTC scored 37.5 points to tie for 14th place in the event, which included representatives from 25 teams and was won by Penn State.

Allen won an exciting fifth-place match, 6-5 over Iowa State's Alex Mackall, after scoring a late point on an escape in the third period. Midway through the second period, the 2018 Southern Conference champion waved his hands to quiet the boisterous home crowd amid a chorus of boos from the Mocs faithful, who believed his opponent was stalling.

"Everything's clicking right now," Allen said. "I'm just keeping my mind focused during the matches. That was just me trying to say, 'Hey y'all, don't worry. I got this.' It's easier for me just to block everything out."

Allen also won arguably the tournament's most exciting match of the day in the consolation quarterfinals as he defeated Stanford's Gabriel Townsell 9-7 in overtime after nine grueling periods.

"I haven't been a part of anything like that since my senior year of high school," Allen said about the marathon match. "I'm just going out there to wrestle all seven minutes, or twelve minutes if I have to. It just feels awesome."

After Debien lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Navy's Nick Gil in the consolation semifinals, the Cleveland High School graduate's fifth-place match started off well. Debien led 3-1 thanks to an early takedown, but his opponent, Lock Haven's Kyle Shoop, took control late in the second period and won 8-3.

"I just have to be more offensive and believe in my shots," said Debien, a SoCon champ two years ago. "I thought I performed pretty well, but this is not where I want to peak; I want to peak in March. I want to get to the NCAA tournament and be an All-American."

Top-ranked Penn State continued its dominance at the Southern Scuffle in record-breaking fashion, winning for the eighth time in the tournament's 15-year history. The Nittany Lions scored a tournament-record 216.5 points, breaking Oklahoma State's mark of 198 set in 2017.

The third-ranked Cowboys finished second with 188.5 points in this year's event.

Three Nittany Lions became part of elite company, with Jason Nolf (157), Mark Hall (174), and Bo Nickal (187) joining 10 other wrestlers as three-time Southern Scuffle champs. Penn State had six champs out of 10 weight classes at this year's event, while Oklahoma State had the other four.

Iowa State was third with 104 points, with Stanford (82.5), Navy (75.5), Lock Haven (71.5), Duke (70), Ohio (54.5), Virginia Tech (48.5) and Cal State-Bakersfield (46.5) rounding out the top 10 in the team standings.

Contact Kevin Llewallyn at [email protected].

Gallery: UTC wrestlers Alonzo Allen, Chris Debien stand out at Southern Scuffle tournament


Baylor, Cleveland Remain On Top Of State Wrestling Poll

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The state wrestling poll remained the same this week with Baylor and Cleveland in the top two spots. 


Now in its 27th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of dual meet strength with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 144.




























































Tennessee High takes top all-time Best of Bristol spot with seventh straight win

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THS's Gavin Hurley works against Sullivan East Dylan Stiles during their match. Hurley won the match.

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THS's Logan Ferguson works against Sullivan East Gavin Bays. Ferguson won the match with a pin.

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With the referee keeping a close eye out for a pin, THS's Dillon Pendley works against Sullivan East Shane Hamelryck. Pendley won the match with a pin.

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Sullivan East Kolby Rutledge takes down Tennessee High's Tyler Fields. Fields went on to win the match with a pin.

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VHS's Gage Richard works against Battle's Kaleb Streit. Richard won the match on points.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – The impossible has become the inevitable for Tennessee High in the Best of Bristol wrestling meet.

The school that couldn’t win has transformed into the program that can’t be beat in the annual duals showdown for city supremacy as the Vikings secured their seventh straight win at the event Thursday with comfortable triumphs over local rivals Sullivan East (66-18), Virginia High (46-24) and John Battle (52-30).

While Tennessee High has the biggest enrollment among the four schools and is generally the favorite in matchups across all Bristol-area sports clashes, success on the wrestling mat long proved elusive.

In the Best of Bristol’s 22-year history, Tennessee High now has the most overall victories after going 0-for-15 up until 2013, snapping a tie atop the all-time wins list with Battle, which dominated the early years of the event.

Current fifth-year THS head coach Tim Marshall was in his first year as an assistant when the streak began for the Vikings.

“It shows how serious it’s gotten since Tim’s been over it and we’ve brought different coaches in,” said THS senior Logan Ferguson.

“That’s basically what it is at this point, just another trophy to take home, but it’s gotten more challenging as we’ve obviously lost a lot of good seniors over the past few years.”

The Vikings weren’t quite as dominant as in 2018 – when they lost only two contested matches all evening – but they still had plenty of firepower to prevail once again.

“I think the team’s coming together really good this year,” Ferguson said. “Everybody gets along good – it’s a good situation.”

Ferguson wrestled in the first contested match of each of the first two duals for Tennessee High, winning both matches by pin, before ending the night with a forfeit victory to close out the team win for the Vikings over Battle.

“Definitely you’ve got to set the tone if you’re the first match,” Ferguson said. “It has a big determining factor in how other people wrestle.”

Tennessee High indeed followed Ferguson’s lead as eight Vikings turned in unbeaten performances on the night.

Defending state champion Dominic Fields needed just 14 seconds to pin his first opponent at 160 pounds and added a second-period pin against Virginia High before also ending his evening with a forfeit win.

Gavin Hurley (182 pounds, three pins), Perry Roller (113, two pins, one major decision), Reece Nelson (120/126, two pins, one forfeit), Dillon Pendley (138/145, two pins, one forfeit), Xander Harris (120/126, one pin, two forfeits), and Kevin Martin (106, one major decision, two forfeits) were the other THS competitors that wrestled in at least one contested match to go unbeaten.

Roller and Harris are freshmen as the Vikings feature a nice mix of new talent and experienced veterans.

“If it wasn’t for conditioning at practice I don’t think I would have been able to hold in there,” Roller said.

The overall Best of Bristol results were the same for the third straight year as behind Tennessee High came Virginia High (2-1), John Battle (1-2) and Sullivan East (0-3).

Junior Cooper Fayler had a banner night at 220 pounds for the Bearcats, winning all three of his matches via first-period pins.

“I’ve got to thank my coaching staff and my partners every day,” Fayler said. “I’ve been working harder in the wrestling room, weight room, everything – trying to get better.”

Fayler said his victory over Tennessee High’s Tyler Fields, which came via pinfall in 1:04, was a particularly meaningful triumph.

“That was my first match in middle school [against Fields] and it’s great to re-live,” Fayler said. “It’s back and forth [in the head-to-head matches].”

AJ Krumtum (132 pounds), Gage Richard (170) and Travis Williams (285) joined Fayler in being named the top wrestler in their respective weights on the night for the Bearcats.

Battle’s Luke Henegar (145) and East’s Kolby Rutledge (195) also each earned individual honors in their weight class.

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