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 Angela Moryan

February 26

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Cleveland Blue Raiders had a state-record nine wrestlers fighting in the first place match Friday afternoon at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Below are the full results from the match. Cleveland won the traditional state tournament title with 241 points.

AAA 106
1st Place Match
Logan Fowler (Cleveland) 18-4, Fr. over Bryson Terrell (Bradley Central) 25-1, So. (Dec 10-8)
3rd Place Match
Russell Ford (Independence) 14-1, So. over Colby Baltz (Houston) 33-5, Fr. (Fall 1:30)
5th Place Match
Trenton Houston (Cookeville) 20-3, So. over Zach Ordonez (Brentwood) 28-10, Jr. (Fall 1:00)

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AAA 113
1st Place Match
Justin Bradford (Blackman) 30-0, Jr. over Bentley Ellison (Cleveland) 21-2, So. (Dec 6-3)
3rd Place Match
Ethan Lipsey (Bradley Central) 22-4, So. over Chas Stokes (Oakland) 24-5, Sr. (MD 12-2)
5th Place Match
Nicholas Mercante (Wilson Central) 45-5, So. over Owen Gobel (Franklin) 27-8, Jr. (Dec 6-0)

AAA 120
1st Place Match
Thomas Borders (Wilson Central) 48-0, Sr. over Arlo Laxton (Cleveland) 21-6, Jr. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match
Jackson Masters (Summit) 40-3, Jr. over Steven Dindl (Bartlett) 37-3, Jr. (Dec 6-4)
5th Place Match
Daniel James (Bradley Central) 22-8, Jr. over Jeremy Peters (Knoxville Halls) 25-10, Sr. (Fall 2:02)

AAA 126
1st Place Match
Trey Bates (Beech) 38-0, Sr. over Charles Randall (Cleveland) 24-6, Jr. (Dec 9-3)
3rd Place Match
Easton Lipsey (Bradley Central) 21-4, Jr. over Wemawamungu Moktani (Munford) 5-3, Jr. (Dec 7-2)
5th Place Match
Mason Sells (Blackman) 28-5, So. over Justin Noll (Summit) 33-7, Sr. (Dec 10-3)

AAA 132
1st Place Match
Jackson Bradford (Cleveland) 26-2, Sr. over Brennan Watkins (Dobyns Bennett) 29-2, Sr. (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match
Samuel Shires (Rossview) 38-2, Jr. over Riley Fort (Wilson Central) 41-7, So. (Fall 4:19)
5th Place Match
Hunter Davis (Heritage) 33-5, Sr. over Landon Desselle (Summit) 41-5, Fr. (Dec 5-3)

AAA 138
1st Place Match
Trae Mcdaniel (Cleveland) 26-0, Sr. over Luke Belcher (Bradley Central) 21-4, So. (Dec 10-3)
3rd Place Match
Alan Fort (Wilson Central) 47-4, Sr. over Ethan Hylton (David Crockett) 34-4, Jr. (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match
Austin Noll (Summit) 28-7, Sr. over Jonathan Kiser (Knoxville Halls) 30-7, Sr. (Fall 3:20)

AAA 145
1st Place Match
Cody Chittum (Cleveland) 10-0, So. over Landon Fisher (Jefferson Co.) 28-5, Sr. (Fall 3:35)
3rd Place Match
Steven Fisak (Wilson Central) 44-6, Jr. over Anthony Lynn (Bradley Central) 15-8, Sr. (Fall 1:00)
5th Place Match
Alex Rose (Blackman) 28-5, Sr. over Cameron Cook (Collierville) 27-12, Jr. (Dec 2-1)

AAA 152
1st Place Match
Jackson Hurst (Dobyns Bennett) 38-0, Sr. over Aidan Brenot (Clarksville) 7-2, So. (Dec 10-5)
3rd Place Match
Robert Laxton (Cleveland) 21-4, Sr. over Eli Clemmons (Lebanon) 26-2, Sr. (Dec 4-2)
5th Place Match
Elijah Cowan (Tullahoma) 18-3, Sr. over Finley Jameson (Summit) 29-10, So. (Dec 4-0)

AAA 160
1st Place Match
Tre Morrisette (Dobyns Bennett) 38-1, Sr. over Logan Fisher (Jefferson Co.) 23-5, Sr. (Fall 1:38)
3rd Place Match
Dylan Cockman (Arlington) 25-3, Jr. over Justin Brown (Blackman) 28-3, So. (Dec 6-2)
5th Place Match
Brady Jarvis (Wilson Central) 41-12, Jr. over Ryan Wood (Lebanon) 14-4, Sr. (Dec 4-0)

AAA 170
1st Place Match
Mason Smith (Beech) 40-0, Sr. over Matheson Meade (Bearden) 18-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2)
3rd Place Match
Anthony Pyron (Mt. Juliet) 8-3, Jr. over Clint Morrisette (Dobyns Bennett) 30-2, Sr. (Dec 13-8)
5th Place Match
Austin Cooley (McMinn Co.) 6-2, Jr. over Luke Justice (Summit) 35-12, So. (Fall 1:39)

AAA 182
1st Place Match
Tetoe Boyd (Cleveland) 20-4, Jr. over Owen Zuckerman (Houston) 30-4, Sr. (Dec 7-2)
3rd Place Match
Wyatt Lankford (Collierville) 36-7, Sr. over Zachary Duessler (Rossview) 40-3, Jr. (Dec 5-4)
5th Place Match
Heath Tanksley (Walker Valley) 18-2, Sr. over Colby Sinclair (Maryville) 24-4, Sr. (Fall 2:03)

AAA 195
1st Place Match
Dominic Love (Green Hill) 25-2, Sr. over Donovan Rich (Beech) 38-3, Sr. (Fall 3:57)
3rd Place Match
Thomas Stadel (Maryville) 28-3, So. over Connor Milhorn (Siegel) 24-5, Jr. (Fall 2:29)
5th Place Match
Jason Brumlow (East Hamilton) 18-3, Sr. over Issac Gillentine (Warren Co.) 7-4, Sr. (MD 8-0)

AAA 220
1st Place Match
Ashton Davis (Cleveland) 26-0, Jr. over Noah Todd (Wilson Central) 44-5, So. (Fall 5:12)
3rd Place Match
Ryver Shelton (Jefferson Co.) 22-6, Sr. over Isaac Jordan (Arlington) 6-2, Sr. (SV-1 3-1)
5th Place Match
Mitchell Lambert (Page) 29-2, Sr. over Jacob King (Cocke Co.) 28-9, Sr. (Fall 0:53)

AAA 285
1st Place Match
Joshua Cummins (Anderson Co.) 31-0, Sr. over Jadon Langford (Walker Valley) 14-1, Sr. (SV-1 3-1)
3rd Place Match
Austin Mcclure (Bradley Central) 21-6, Jr. over Samuel Harness (Cookeville) 18-4, Jr. (Dec 2-1)
5th Place Match
Graham Keating (Oakland) 18-2, Sr. over Jesse Richardson (Wilson Central) 28-5, Sr. (Dec 2-1)


From Tennessean...

Cleveland dominates for team title

Cleveland breezed through to the Class AAA traditional team championship thanks in part to six individual championships.

Cleveland won with 241 points to Wilson Central's 147.5. The finish order mirrored the Class AAA state duals.

"We're trying," Wilson Central coach John Kramer said. "We're trying to catch them."

LEGEND AND FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Cleveland (Clev) 241; 2. Wilson Central (WC) 147.5; 3. Bradley (Brad) 131.5; 4. Dobyns-Bennett (DB) 98.5; 5. Summit (Sum) 96; 6. Blackman (Black) 85.5; 7. Beech (Bee) 75.5; 8. Jefferson County (JC) 67; 9. Arlington (Arl) 54; 10. Halls (Halls) 41; 14. Walker Valley (WV) 35.5; 30. McMinn Co. (McCo) 21.5; 35. East Hamilton (EH) 12.


From the Times-Free Press...

Baylor wins third straight wrestling state title; eight Chattanooga-area athletes are champs

McCallie's Alex Whitworth becomes just third five-time champ in state historyFebruary 25th, 2021 | by Patrick MacCoon | Copyright © 2021
1614309958_022621-D-II-state-wrestling-t Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / Baylor's Jackson Bond, left, wrestles McCallie's Jack Braman in the 126-pound final during the TSSAA Division II state traditional tournament Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Once again, a motivated bunch of Chattanooga-area athletes proved why the road to state titles in Tennessee high school wrestling runs through the Scenic City.

Day two of the TSSAA traditional championships at the Chattanooga Convention Center was highlighted by 13 local wrestlers reaching Thursday evening's finals of the Division II state tournament. With one of those a head-to-head meeting of McCallie's Jack Braman and Baylor's Jackson Bond — Braman escaped for a riveting 3-2 victory in the fourth overtime of what was voted the day's best match — that meant 12 of 14 weight classes had a local athlete shooting for a title.

McCallie senior 170-pounder Alex Whitworth became the third five-time state champion in Tennessee history, joining former Blue Tornado star T.J. Duncan and Baylor great Zach Watson. A future Harvard wrestler, Whitworth also was voted most outstanding wrestler for the third straight state tournament.

"Every single night I think about wrestling when I am at home," said Whitworth, who had a first-round pin, a 17-0 tech fall and then a 19-3 tech fall to win the title. "I imagine myself on this mat and me winning. I also imagine myself down and having to come back and win. Being the third five-timer is a great feeling.

"I walked off the mat really feeling something I had never felt before. I really enjoyed my career here and am so thankful for my coaches and teammates. I have wrestled with Emory (Taylor) since middle school, and seeing him win his fourth (title) today really meant a lot, too."

Taylor kept his legs churning late as the Blue Tornado's Pittsburgh signee had a key takedown in the 152-pound final 40 seconds into what wound up being a 7-5 win over Christian Brothers' Evan Anthony.


TSSAA Division II wrestling state traditional tournament on Feb. 25, 2021

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Meanwhile, Baylor's dominance of the team competition continued as the Red Raiders won their third straight traditional state title and had five individual champions. Baylor is the state's most decorated team of all time in the TSSAA traditional tournament, with 17 team title and 122 individual championships.

Star juniors Nick Corday (113) and Garrison Dendy (145) and David Harper (195) won their third state titles, while Gunnar Garriques (182) and Kade Hartline (106) each earned his first for Baylor, which finished with 216.5 team points. Christian Brothers was the runner-up with 187.5 points.

Dendy and Harper won all three of their matches by pin, with Harper spending a combined time of one minute and 45 seconds on the mat Thursday thanks to his quick work. Corday cruised to a 13-2 major decision in the finals, when Garriques won 7-2 and Hartline won 7-0.

"Kade has fought for four years but has never been in the right weight class, really," Red Raiders coach Rex Kendle said. "As a freshman he weighed 85 pounds and wrestled 106. His sophomore year he would have been 106, but he bumped to 113 because Jackson Bond was a state champion there. As a junior he would have been 106 again, but then Nick Corday was the state champion on our team, and Kade had to bump all the way to 120, where he finished third in the state.

"Kade is really an amazing team player. To see him make those sacrifices and it pay off with a state championship, it makes me emotional. His picture is going to be on the wall in our room forever, and no one will ever take that away from him."

Hartline battled to earn a last-second pin in his quarterfinal match, and he won 11-7 in the semifinals before closing with the shutout to finish a 10-0 season.

"To win a state title means everything," Hartline said. "I worked hard for it, and I made sure I went out there and got what I came for. I have wrestled since I was 4 years old, and this sport has really grown on me. We all have worked really hard, and today is a moment I will remember forever."

Boyd Buchanan's Conor Payne was the runner-up at 132 pounds, and McCallie's Gavin Cagle (160) and Lauren McDonald (285) and Baylor's Ryan Tisdale (138) also finished second. In the Division II girls' tournament, Sale Creek's Katie McNabb (170) was a runner-up.

Other local state medalists: Baylor's Judson Jarrett (120, fourth), Anthony Manella (160, fourth), Omaury Alvarez (170, third), Heath Snodgrass (220, fifth) and Matthew Smith (285, fifth); Notre Dame's Bob Deitch (106, fourth), Joshua Deitch (120, fifth), Luke Braman (126, fourth) and Francisco Palacios (138, fifth); Boyd Buchanan's Tate Williams (113, third) and Kaiden Bates (160, sixth); McCallie's Frankie Zahrobsky (182, sixth) and Carson Gentle (220, fourth); Chattanooga Christian's Ben Bumgarner (170, sixth).

Contact Patrick MacCoon at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon._

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Eagleville wrestler Wyatt McLemore goes 87-0 in two seasons, wins second state championship

Tom Kreager
Nashville Tennessean

CHATTANOOGA — Wyatt McLemore and Kaden White are close friends, who spent plenty days this season on Eagleville's wrestling mat, practicing against each other as training partners.

On Wednesday, the two Region 3-A/AA wrestlers had one more time on the mat together in the TSSAA Class A/AA state championships at the Chattanooga Convention Center. McLemore represented Eagleville in the 170-pound title match. White wrestled for Moore County.

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McLemore won the match, pinning White in 3:30 to win his second straight state championship and finish his second straight undefeated season.

"He has come over and practiced with us sometimes," said McLemore, who finished 38-0 this season. "We go way back. We've known each other for a while."

McLemore, who won the 160-pound class in 2020, finished the past two seasons with an 87-0 record. It marked his fifth straight season of placing at state. He was third at 152 pounds in 2019, third at 132 pounds in 2018 and second at 113 pounds in 2017 as an eighth-grader.


White, who is the son of Moore County football coach Kris White, moved from Knoxville prior to the high school football season when Kris White left Knoxville Catholic to be the Raiders' coach.

"We're good friends," Kaden White said. "I'm glad he's the one that beat me. I wouldn't want anyone else to do it."



Bates finishes career with third title

Beech senior Trey Bates finished his career like he did his freshman year, with a state championship. Bates wrapped up a 38-0 season with a 9-3 decision over Cleveland's Charles Randall in the 126-pound championship for his third state title in four year.

Bates was the 106-pound state champion in 2018 and 120 champion a year ago.


"I didn't really feel pressure," Bates. "I just felt like I needed to win another one. I wanted to win that third title."

Bates' teammate Mason Smith beat Bearden's Matheson Meade at 170 pounds with a 3-2 decision for his second championship.

Wilson Central's Thomas Borders ditches mullet for buzz cut, wins third TSSAA wrestling championship

Tom Kreager
Nashville Tennessean

CHATTANOOGA – A year ago he donned a mullet in the TSSAA wrestling state championships.

This year Wilson Central senior Thomas Borders dyed his buzzed hair blue.

It was the same result with either hairdo — a state championship. Borders won his third state championship in three years and second consecutive.

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"People are going to keep saying, 'What would I do if I didn't win,'" said Borders, quoting Kanye West. "I guess we'll never know."


Borders, who went 48-0 this season, is 105-0 over the past two years. He won the 113-pound state championship in 2018 and 2020. He was second in 2019.

And he capped his career with a 3-2 win over Cleveland's Arlo Laxton in the 120-pound championship. All three of his championships have come down to the final seconds.

"I just have to keep fighting," Borders said. "It doesn't matter if I get injured or I'm tired, I give my all until the end because that's the last match of the season."

Borders won last year by pin with 13 seconds left after he was trailing. As a freshman, he won 6-5 in the championship.

"Don't let him fool you, the nerves were there," Wilson Central coach John Kramer said. "It's a lot of pressure going for No. 3. You get a lot of pressure that he puts on himself, but also pressure from everybody else.

"There were nerves there."

Borders said the hairdo was a senior decision.


"I've got permanent so it will stay in," Borders said. "I want to have a blue-tip mullet this summer.

In this year's Class AAA tournament, which was reduced from a three-day event to one day because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Borders pinned his first three opponents to reach the championship.

"He spent extra time the last few weeks doing cardio in case something happened and he had to go the distance," Kramer said. "He has pinned almost everybody he's faced this year."

Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 or [email protected] and on Twitter @Kreager.

Anderson County gets first title

No Anderson County wrestler had ever won a TSSAA state title entering this year's championships.

Joshua Cummins changed that. Cummins completed a 31-0 season with a 3-1 win over Walker Valley's Jadon Langford in the 285-pound championship match. Cummins was third a year ago while Langford had finished runner-up the past two seasons.

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Blackman's Bradford finishes with title

A year ago Blackman's Justin Bradford saw his chance at a wrestling championship end with 13 seconds left when he was pinned in the TSSAA state championships despite leading the 113-pound title match.

Bradford, a junior, finished the task this year.

Bradford completed a 30-0 season with a 6-3 win over Cleveland's Bentley Ellison.

"He was a man driven," Blackman coach Ronnie Bray said. "He had a 6-1 lead in the state finals, and then being pinned with 13 seconds left. 

"He's been a man possessed. He's gone to camps, gone all over the place trying to get the best practices, best competition. He knows that's what it was going to take."


From Mr Hunt, Chattanoogan...

Dominant Cleveland Wins AAA State Wrestling Again

Blue Raiders Win Fourth Straight Title With Six Champions And 10 Medalists

Friday, February 26, 2021 - by John Hunt
Cleveland's Trae McDaniel moves against Bradley Central's Luke Belcher.
Cleveland's Trae McDaniel moves against Bradley Central's Luke Belcher.
- photo by M.A. Locke

The Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team could have taken Friday night off and still won the AAA Traditional state tournament at the Chattanooga Trade & Convention Center, but they decided to show up anyway.

Displaying one of the most dominant performances in recent state tournament memory, the Blue Raiders won their fourth straight AAA state crown with six champions and 241 points.

The Wilson Central Wildcats finished a distant second again after trailing the Blue Raiders all day.  The difference was 19 points after the quarterfinals, 77.5 after the consolation semis and 93.5 at the end as the competitors from Lebanon finished with 147.5 points.

Bradley was third with 131.5 while Dobyns-Bennett and Summit were fourth and fifth with 98.5 and 96 points, respectively.

Youthful Joey Knox has been the Cleveland coach for the past four years and has NEVER not won a state title, now with four in a row for the traditional gathering after claiming his fourth in the State Duals three weeks ago.

Knox is a very humble gentleman and takes very little credit for his team’s success, always pointing to the job his assistant coaches do and the willingness of his kids to go the extra mile and do things the right way to achieve the highest level of success.

“We had an amazing tournament today as we had nine in the finals and claimed six champions.  I know that’s a record for Cleveland and may be for the state as well, but the key was doing all the right things as we prepared for this event,” Knox said with a smile on his face.

“Even in the matches we lost, I thought we all wrestled hard, but we got on a roll in the finals and it just took over from there.  I hate to say that one team is better than another, but this is a special group of young men.

“We’ll get back to work on Monday, but I’m headed to Florida tomorrow to do some off-shore fishing and they can make it without me for a few days,” he added.  

Wilson Central coach John Kramer has had some outstanding teams in recent years, but they can’t seem to get over the hump when it comes to competing with Cleveland.  Despite finishing second again, Kramer liked what he saw from his kids.

“Not a bad day for us as we brought nine and eight are going home with medals,” he said shortly after his team’s final match at 132 pounds.

“It’s hard to win when a team like Cleveland puts nine in the finals, but we did pretty good and we have a bunch of good ones coming back, so we look forward to next season,” Kramer added.

Bradley coach Ben Smith was equally as proud of his Bears for finishing third.

“It’s hard to compete with Cleveland when they put nine in the finals, but I want to congratulate them on another outstanding season,” Smith said right off the top.

“Last year, we finished fourth and I felt like we underachieved a little bit, but I don’t feel that way today.  We just ran out of bullets in the final round, but Wilson Central is just a little better than we are right now.  But we did what we were supposed to do and I’m proud of that,” he nodded.

Cleveland’s six champions included Logan Fowler at 106, Jackson Bradford at 132, Trae McDaniel at 138, Cody Chittum at 145, Tetoe Boyd at 182 and Ashton Davis at 220. 

Bentley Ellison (113), Arlo Laxton (120) and Blake Randall (120) all finished second while Cael Laxton was third at 152.  

Dobyns-Bennett had two champs in Jackson Hurst at 152 and Tre Morrisette at 160 while Trey Bates and Mason Smith won titles for Beech at 126 and 170, respectively.

The remaining champs included Blackman’s Justin Bradford at 113, Wilson Central’s Thomas Borders at 120, Green Hill’s Dominic Love at 195 and Anderson County’s Joshua Cummins at 285.

Fowler, who had lost to Bradley’s Bryson Terrell two of the three times they had wrestled this year, including by a major decision in the region final, beat Terrell for the 106-pound title and these two young men were honored with the Best Match award.

The score was tied 2-2 after the first period before Fowler took a 6-3 lead with two minutes remaining.  Terrell made a late rally, but Fowler was more than up for the challenge as he evened the score with the biggest win of the season.

Dobyns-Bennett’s Morrisette, who won the 160-pound crown for the second straight year and won this year’s title with a first-period pin, was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.

Eight of Friday’s champions now have more than one state title, including Borders and McDaniel with three each.  Hurst, Morrisette, Chittum, Smith, Davis and Jackson Bradford now have two apiece.

While Terrell finished second for Bradley, teammate Luke Belcher was also a runner-up at 138.  Other medalists for the Bears included third-place finishes for Ethan Lipsey at 113, Easton Lipsey at 126 and Austin McClure at 285.  Austin Lynn was fourth at 145 while Daniel James was fifth at 120.

Walker Valley's Jadon Langford wins the Almost Award after finishing second at 285 for the third straight year.  Teammate Heath Tanksley was fifth at 182.  McMinn County's Austin Cooley was fifth at 170 pounds while East Hamilton's Jason Brumlow was also fifth at 195.

BRAD JACKSON wrestled at Tyner back in the 80s and had a best finish of third in 1984 for the Rams.  He later coached at Tyner for four years before leading East Ridge for 16 years.  He’s now the Campus Support Specialist for Hamilton County schools, which means he does a little bit of everything involving prep sports. 

He served as the Master of Ceremonies for the three state tournaments this week and did an outstanding job keeping everyone abreast of what was happening next.    

LEGEND AND FINAL TEAM SCORES: 1. Cleveland (Clev) 241; 2. Wilson Central (WC) 147.5; 3. Bradley (Brad) 131.5; 4. Dobyns-Bennett (DB) 98.5; 5. Summit (Sum) 96; 6. Blackman (Black) 85.5; 7. Beech (Bee) 75.5; 8. Jefferson County (JC) 67; 9. Arlington (Arl) 54; 10. Halls (Halls) 41; 14. Walker Valley (WV) 35.5; 30. McMinn Co. (McCo) 21.5; 35. East Hamilton (EH) 12.


106 – Logan Fowler (Clev) dec. Bryson Terrell (Brad), 10-8;

113 – Justin Bradford (Black) dec. Bentley Ellison (Clev), 6-3;

120 – Thomas Borders (WC) dec. Arlo Laxton (Clev), 3-2;

126 – Trey Bates (Bee) dec. Blake Randall (Clev), 9-3;

132 – Jackson Bradford (Clev) dec. Brennan Watkins (DB), 7-2;

138 – Trae McDaniel (Clev) dec. Luke Belcher (Brad), 10-3;

145 – Cody Chittum (Clev) pinned Landon Fisher (JC), 3:34;

152 – Jackson Hurst (DB) dec. Aidan Brenot (Clarksville), 10-5;

160 – Tre Morrisette (DB) pinned Logan Fisher (JC), 1:38;

170 – Mason Smith (Bee) dec. Matheson Meade (Bearden), 3-2;

182 – Tetoe Boyd (Clev) dec. Owen Zuckerman (Houston), 7-2;

195 – Dominic Love (Green Hill) pinned Donovan Rich (Bee), 3:57;

220 – Ashton Davis (Clev) pinned Noah Todd (WC), 5:12;

285 – Joshua Cummins (Anderson Co.) dec. Jadon Langford (WV), 3-1 in overtime.


106 – Russell Ford (Independence) pinned Colby Baltz (Houston), 1:30;

113 – Ethan Lipsey (Brad) major dec. Chas Stokes (Oakland), 12-2;

120 – Jackson Masters (Sum) dec. Steven Dindl (Bartlett), 6-4;

126 – Easton Lipsey (Brad) dec. Wemawamungu Moktani (Munford), 7-2;

132 – Samuel Shires (Rossview) pinned Riley Fort (WC), 4:19;

138 – Alan Fort (WC) dec. Ethan Hylton (David Crockett), 6-2;

145 – Steven Fisak (WC) pinned Austin Lynn (Brad), 1:00;

152 – Cael Laxton (Clev) dec. Eli Clemmons (Lebanon), 4-2;

160 – Dylan Cockman (Arl) dec. Justin Brown (Black), 6-2;

170 – Anthony Pyron (Mt. Juliet) dec. Clint Morrisette (DB), 13-8;

182 – Wyatt Lankford (Collierville) dec. Zachary Duessler (Rossview), 5-4;

195 – Thomas Stadel (Maryville) pinned Connor Milhorn (Siegel), 2:29;

220 – Ryver Shelton (JC) dec. Isaac Jordan (Arl), 3-1 in overtime;

285 – Austin McClure (Brad) dec. Samuel Harness (Cookeville), 2-1.


106 – Trenton Houston (Cookeville) pinned Zach Ordonez (Brentwood), 1:00;

113 – Nicholas Mercante (WC) dec. Owen Gobel (Franklin), 6-0;

120 – Daniel James (Brad) pinned Jeremy Peters (Halls), 2:02;

126 – Mason Sells (Black) dec. Justin Noll (Sum), 10-3;

132 – Hunter Davis (Heritage) dec. Landon Desselle (Sum), 5-3;

138 – Austin Noll (Sum) pinned Jonathan Kiser (Halls), 3:20;

145 – Alex Rose (Black) dec. Cameron Cook (Collierville), 2-1;

152 – Elijah Cowan (Tullahoma) dec. Finley Jameson (Sum), 4-0;

160 – Brady Jarvis (WC) dec. Ryan Wood (Lebanon), 4-0;

170 – Austin Cooley (McCo) pinned Luke Justice (Sum), 1:39;

182 – Heath Tanksley (WV) pinned Colby Sinclair (Maryville), 2:03;

195 – Jason Brumlow (EH) major dec. Issac Gillentine (Warren Co.), 8-0;

220 – Mitchell Lambert (Page) pinned Jacob King (Cocke Co.), :53;

285 – Graham Keating (Oakland) dec. Jesse Richardson (WC), 2-1.

(Email John Hunt at [email protected])


Williamson Herald

State Wrestling: WillCo led by pair of 3rd-place finishers as Summit sends 6 to podium

  • By Charles Pulliam • Multimedia Reporter
    • Feb 26, 2021 Updated 6 hrs ago
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Jackson Masters

Jackson Masters of Summit was one of two Williamson County wrestlers to place third at the Class AAA State Wrestling Championships on Friday in Chattanooga. 

Be sure to check back for loaded photo gallery from the tournament! 

Photo by Charles Pulliam @cspulliam

CHATTANOOGA – Junior Jackson Masters couldn’t help but extend his arms in celebration after the final whistle Thursday. The Summit High School 120-pounder clinched third place – and avenged a pair of losses in the process – at the Class AAA State Wrestling Championships at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

“It feels really nice because I’ve worked so hard to get here,” said Masters, who claimed a 6-4 decision over now three-time state medalist Steven Dindl of Bartlett. “He’s tough and he’s strong, but I felt like I just battled.” 

The Spartan junior – one of six medalists from the Spring Hill school – was quick to point out how he’s not satisfied. 


“Oh yeah, the goal is always to go for the gold,” he said. “It’ll be my senior year next year and I don’t think any of us will be satisfied unless we are standing on the first place on the podium.” 

That kind of thinking has been a long building process for Summit coach Pete Miller, but this season has really shown how his team is hungry for success and beginning to find it as well. The Spartans pushed longtime state powerhouse Cleveland – where Miller graduated from – in the state duals earlier this month and captured a third place finish overall in the state’s biggest classification. Despite some tough draws from a few heavy hitters, Summit still managed to place six and finish fifth overall in the team standings Friday, just 2.5 points behind fourth-place Dobyns Bennett. 

“We brought in 9 and placed 6 and that’s the best we’ve ever done as a school,” Miller said. “I’m really proud. We want to compete and show we can hang with big dogs on top. 

“Not just qualifying for state, but placing at state – that’s the new expectation for us.” 

Senior Austin Noll added a fifth-place finish to cap his career as a Spartan. The 138-pounder rallied to pin Jonathan Kiser of Knox Halls 20 seconds into the third period after trailing 12-5. 

“I looked over and I knew I was down, so I needed to pull out something to get the pin,” he said. “I just went to my cradle and took him over the top of his head and got the fall. I’m pretty proud and even though I'm leaving, Summit wrestling is only going to get bigger.” 

Noll’s brother Justin at 126 pounds dropped a 10-3 decision against Blackman’s Mason Sells in his fifth-place match. Sophomores Finley Jameson (152), Luke Justice (170) and freshman Landon Desselle (132) also finished sixth overall. 

The county’s other third-place finisher was Russell Ford of Independence. The sophomore 106-pounder pinned Houston’s Colby Baltz late in the first period. Ford was the only county grappler to reach the semifinals after a tough quarterfinal round for the locals. 


Sophomore Bryson Terrell of Bradley Central scored a 4-0 decision over Ford in a tight match to reach the final where Cleveland freshman Logan Fowler held on for a 10-8 championship win. 

“I really came into this year just looking to have fun,” said Ford, who pinned Brentwood’s Zach Ordonez in the consolation quarterfinals to bounce back. “I feel like I could’ve done a lot better, especially in the match I lost. I’ll just keep working and pushing myself to go out there and get first next time.” 

Page senior and two-time Region 7-AAA champ Mitchell Lambert added a fifth-place showing with a quick pin of Cocke County’s Jacob King. Lambert dropped a tough 6-3 decision to Ryver Shelton of Jefferson County in the consolation semifinals. He reached the quarterfinal round but ran into Cleveland junior Ashton Davis, who went on to repeat as champion in the division. 

“It’s been my goal since freshman year to place at state, I wish I would have placed a little higher, but I went out with a win in my senior year and placed,” Lambert said. “It just shows how a lot of hard work pays off. I’ve been wrestling since the sixth grade.” 

Franklin junior Owen Gobel (113) and Brentwood’s Ordonez both placed sixth as the other county medalists. Gobel, who placed fifth at 106 last year, fell 6-0 against Wilson Central’s Nicholas Mercante in the fifth-place match. Ordonez had a tough break in his fifth-place showing when the officials ruled a pin just as time expired in the opening round in a battle with Cookeville’s Trenton Houston. 

Gobel placed second in the Region 7-AAA tournament and his counterpart and region champ Jarvis Little of Summit was one of three Spartans who missed the medal rounds by a single match. Both Gobel and Little ran into eventual finalists after opening round wins Friday. 

Blackman’s Justin Bradford scored a technical fall over Gobel in the quarterfinals and went on to defeat Cleveland’s Bentley Ellison for the title. Ellison stopped Little with an 11-2 major decision in the quarters. 

Summit juniors Maddox Reed (195) and Ryan Smith (285) both fell in their consolation quarterfinal matches to miss the medal rounds as well. 

Franklin’s Fisher Anderson (285) and Rylan Schroeder (160), Page’s Collins Fiscus (145) and Grant Hawkinson (132) along with Centennial’s Alex Ables – a returning medalist – also fell just shy of medaling in consolation wrestlebacks. 

The county qualified 26 for Thursday’s championships and produced 10 medalists. 

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Nearly 20 wrestlers from Middle Tennessee high schools won state titles at the TSSAA individual wrestling championships this past week.

Every winner from the TSSAA wrestling championships


Wilson Central's Thomas Borders (right) won his third state title at the TSSAA individual wrestling championships.

Athletes from three classifications – A-AA, AAA and Division II – duked it out across 14 weight class brackets. There was also a girls tournament with 11 weight class brackets.

The individual tournaments were moved to the Chattanooga Convention Center due to the usual venue, the Williamson County Ag Expo Center, being used as a COVID-19 testing center.


Here are the first-place finishers from each weight class:

A-AA 106: Ethan Uhorchuk, Signal Mountain


A-AA 113: Caleb Uhorchuk, Signal Mountain

A-AA 120: Andy Cable, Pigeon Forge

A-AA 126: Daniel Uhorchuk, Signal Mountain

A-AA 132: Logan Heckert, Sycamore

A-AA 138: Hunter Mason, Greeneville

A-AA 145: Riley Bennett, Fairview

A-AA 152: Garrett Foreman, Pigeon Forge

A-AA 160: Kodiak Cannedy, Greeneville

A-AA 170: Wyatt Mclemore, Eagleville

A-AA 182: Noah Hill, Forrest

A-AA 195: Ethan Sutton, Pigeon Forge

A-AA 220: Jonathan Morton, Elizabethton

A-AA 285: Mustafi Algarawi, Pigeon Forge

Girls 103: Ella`lina Gonzalez, Clarksville

Girls 112: Jenna Baines, Greeneville

Girls 119: Roseanna Vaughn, Northwest

Girls 125: Monteria Bigsby, Riverdale

Girls 132: Rontaysia Payne, Dickson Co.

Girls 140: Jailynn Tindall, Carter

Girls 150: Maggie Graham, Bartlett

Girls 160: Brielle Bissonette, Clarksville

Girls 170: Shelby Zacharias, Creek Wood


Girls 190: Ella Murhpey, Hardin Valley

Girls 215: Justina Nikolao, Rossview


DII 106: Kade Hartline, Baylor

DII 113: Nick Corday, Baylor

DII 120: Keyveon Roller, Lakeway Christian

DII 126: Jack Braman, McCallie

DII 132: Dayne Dalrymple, Christian Brothers

DII 138: Brayden Ivy, Lakeway Christian

DII 145: Garrison Dendy, Baylor

DII 152: Emory Taylor, McCallie

DII 160: Aidan Bowers, Christian Brothers

DII 170: James Whitworth, McCallie

DII 182: Gunnar Garriques, Baylor

DII 195: David Harper, Baylor

DII 220: Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell

DII 285: Parker Petersen, Father Ryan

AAA 106: Logan Fowler, Cleveland

AAA 113: Justin Bradford, Blackman

AAA 120: Thomas Borders, Wilson Central

AAA 126: Trey Bates, Beech

AAA 132: Jackson Bradford, Cleveland

AAA 138: Trae McDaniel, Cleveland

AAA 145: Cody Chittum, Cleveland


AAA: 152: Jackson Hurst, Dobyns-Bennett

AAA 160: Tre Morrisette, Dobyns-Bennett

AAA 170: Mason Smith, Beech

AAA 182: Tetoe Boyd, Cleveland

AAA 195: Dominic Love, Green Hill

AAA 220: Ashton Davis, Cleveland

AAA 285: Joshua Cummins, Anderson

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Dobyns-Bennett's Tre Morrisette, shown here in the region tournament, earned his second straight individual state title Friday.

Jeff Birchfield

CHATTANOOGA — Dobyns-Bennett’s Tre Morissette and Jackson Hurt brought home the gold Friday night.

Competing in the TSSAA individual wrestling tournament at the Chattanooga Convention Center, Hurst battled his way to the 152-pound state championship and Morissette walked off with the 160-pound title.

It was the second straight title for both wrestlers and just the fourth and fifth in Indians history.

Morissette (38-1) proved too strong for the field. He had two pins and a technical fall to reach the finals before pinning Jefferson County’s Logan Fisher in just 1 minute, 38 seconds in the championship.

Hurst (38-0) capped a perfect season after capturing his championship with an impressive run. He won by technical fall, pin and a 7-2 decision to reach the title match, where he topped Clarksville’s Aidan Brenot with a 10-5 decision.

D-B’s Brennan Watkins finished as state runner-up at 132. Watkins (29-2) won three straight matches before losing a 7-2 decision in the finals to Cleveland’s Jackson Bradford.

Also on Friday, Tribe coach Wes Idlette was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s Tennessee Coach of the Year.

Here is a look at the other weight classes in which Northeast Tennessee competitors earned victories.

106 — Science Hill’s Stiles Miller won a consolation-round match.

113 — Volunteer’s Evan Glass won a consolation-round match.


120 — D-B’s Gavin Armstrong won a consolation-round match.

126 — Volunteer’s Ben Tucker won a round of 16 match and a consolation match.

132 — Science Hill’s Javelle Gillespie won a consolation-round match.

138 — David Crockett’s Ethan Hilton finished fourth. He lost in the semifinals, but won a consolation match before a third-place loss to Wilson Central’s Alan Fort.

145 — Science Hill’s Braxton Mann won a consolation-round match.

170 — D-B’s Clint Morissette took home a fourth-place finish. He lost in the quarterfinals before rallying for three consolation wins to reach the third-place match, where Mt. Juliet’s Anthony Pyron took a 13-8 decision.

182 — David Crockett’s Gabe Ferrell won a pair of consolation-round matches.

195 — D-B’s Garrett Crowder won a consolation-round match.

285 — Science Hill’s Keimel Redford won a round of 16 match.

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Within the most controlled and regulated county in Tennessee, there hope for fans in the stands...

Can sports fans catch COVID-19 in the stands? It's pretty unlikely local experts say

Metro Health Department report no coronavirus clusters at Nashville sporting events — but experts say that should be taken "with a big grain of salt."

Brad Schmitt

Nashville Tennessean

More spectators likely will be allowed in Nashville sporting events soon, Metro Health Department says

Many parents in Middle Tennessee say they are comfortable going to their kids' sporting events

No word yet on how many fans will be allowed in the SEC basketball tourney at Bridgestone March 10-14

Sports fans are pretty safe socially-distanced in the stands, from Nashville Predators games to high school wrestling matches, according to Nashville health experts and Metro Health Department statistics.

"They should feel pretty comfortable going to (games)," said Meharry Medical College internal medicine Dr. Calvin Smith, a leading Nashville voice in the fight against COVID-19.

Statistics show no coronavirus clusters traced back to the Bridgestone Arena or to any college or high school sporting event in Nashville, Metro Health Department spokesman Brian Todd said. 

Several parents of high school athletes told the Tennessean they feel safe watching their kids' games.

David Frazier, 47, a construction company owner with two sons who attend school and wrestle at Montgomery Bell Academy, said he feels comfortable at matches.

But fans?

"It's not particularly dangerous as long as folks follow recommended guidelines," said Metro Health Department director Dr. Gill Wright.

"They tend to be pretty safe."

Outside Nashville, the picture is fuzzier for high school and college sports in surrounding counties, where data on tracing coronavirus clusters is not made public.

But health experts said they aren't aware of any significant spread of the virus at those events in Middle Tennessee.

Several parents of high school athletes told the Tennessean they feel safe watching their kids' games.

David Frazier, 47, a construction company owner with two sons who attend school and wrestle at Montgomery Bell Academy, said he feels comfortable at matches.

Frazier said nearly all parents wear masks, but they are inconsistent about social distancing in the stands.

"Parents are going to sit where parents are going to sit," h

Scott A. Pustuzzi, 49, a corporate executive, said he feels safe watching his two boys play hockey for Brentwood High School's club team. Pustuzzi said staffers and signage at the Ford Ice Centers and Centennial Sportsplex consistently remind parents to wear masks properly and to stay apart in the stands.

"I have no fear as a spectator," he said. "And I think compliance is important.

"Sports is a way for our kids to feel a level of belonging again and to stay fit and to diversify what they’re doing."

No parents responded to a Tennessean social media request asking for comment from those who might feel uncomfortable to sporting events.

More fans likely will be allowed into Nashville sporting events soon, Wright said.

The city's transmission rate late last week was its lowest since the pandemic broke out, officials said. 

And as more Tennesseans get vaccinated, the number is expected to get lower, especially if people, including sports fans, continue following guidelines, experts said.

"Watching sporting events can be done in a relatively safe or reduced risk way," Aronoff said.



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Union County wins small school state duals championship for 10th straight year

Kevin Patton
Henderson Gleaner
The Union County Braves won their 10th consecutive small school state duals at UCHS on Saturday.

MORGANFIELD, Ky. -- For the 10th straight year, Union County won the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches Association’s small school state duals championship.

Union County, which hosted the small school duals, finished 5-0 on Saturday beating Harrison County 78-0, Larue County 67-6, Western Hills 84-0, Boyle County 75-3 and Martin County 77-6.

Eleven of Union County’s wrestlers were undefeated including 106-pounder Jordyn Raney, who defeated second-ranked Breydan Whorton of Larue County and top-ranked 182-pounder Stephen Little, who beat No. 3 Ben Rush of Boyle County.

Other undefeated Union County wrestlers were Hunter Jenkins, Trayce Eckman, Lucas Ricketts, Gavin Ricketts, Payne Carr, Quinten Cox, Dalton Russelburg, Paxton Ervin and Darius Moore.

Union County will host the First Region Tournament on March 13.

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Fairview wins TN dual wrestling title, finishes fourth in individual championship

By Biff Curtis
Special to The Fairview Observer USA TODAY NETWORK — TENNESSEE
The Fairview High School wrestling team celebrates their TSSAA Class A/AA Dual Wrestling Championship at Nolensville High School.

Eight years ago, a group of parents and practice-weary Fairview Titans Youth football players gathered to listen to Coach James “Bubba” Derrick explain how wrestling would make them better football players, better athletes, and better people.  

He had a vision to grow the Fairview High School wrestling program. Those young athletes listened to Derrick and the hard work since that day culminated with Fairview winning its first state championship. The Yellow Jackets defeated Pigeon Forge 39-36 to win the TSSAA Class A/AA Dual Championship on Feb. 6 at Nolensville High School.


The following Fairview athletes were among the standouts that Derrick convinced with his message years ago: Riley Bennett, Jacob Clevenger, Blake Mitchell, Malachi Bennett, Kendrick Curtis, Sam Hammon, Brody Cox and Marco Pukl.

“This is huge for our kids and our program, huge for our school and Administration, huge for our county and huge for the Fairview community.  We made history today, but we also cemented the future of wrestling in our town,” Derrick said. “I love our kids. They are a mature group of young athletes who have learned that this sport prepares them for life and that when they put their toe on that red or green line, they represent more than themselves. I could not be more proud right now.”

The semifinals featured the No. 2 seed Fairview against the No. 3 seed Hixson and No. 1 seed and back-to-back State Champions, Pigeon Forge, against the No. 4 seed Signal Mountain.


The match of the dual semifinal was in the heavyweight class.

The Yellow Jackets sent out Jacob Clevenger, who weighed in at 208 lbs, to battle with Landon Moore (13-1) who outweighed him by over 80 lbs. 

During the back-and-forth match, Moore took a 11-9 lead. Derrick immediately had Clevenger allow his opponent back to his feet knowing that his wrestler could tie it up with another takedown.  However, Clevenger, exhausted, was slow to return to center and was hit with a 1-point stall call extending Moore’s lead to 3. With 1 minute left in the match, both wrestlers returned to the center of the mat in neutral. Clevenger scored a quick takedown, Moore a quick escape, and Clevenger with another quick takedown knotting the bout at 13-13 with :47 left.  Clevenger now in the top position, was just too exhausted to hold his much larger opponent down and with :25 seconds left Moore recorded the escape and a 1-point lead.  In desperation, Clevenger worked for a doubled leg takedown with :14 seconds left, Moore had a tight body lock around his smaller opponent and tried to flip him over his head, Clevenger landed in an advantageous position, with Moore still on his back and Clevenger facing away from his opponent's head with both arms locked up, he dug deep, squeezed tightly, and leaned back pinning Moore with just :03 left on the clock.

Overall, Fairview defeated Hixson 44-31 in the first semifinal. 

·   132 - Caleb Miller (Hixson) over Jeffery Anderson (Fairview) Maj 15-7

·   138 - Riley Bennett (Fairview) over Cole Shackleford (Hixson) Fall 0:55

·   145 - Bradley Woodall (Hixson) over Mathew Cox (Fairview) Fall 3:34

·   152 - Blake Mitchell (Fairview) over Jonas Vandergriff (Hixson) Fall 1:55

·   160 - Malachi Bennett (Fairview) over Kobie Smith (Hixson) Dec 8-3


·   170 - Jacob Derrick (Fairview) over Barrett Seldon (Hixson) Fall 1:58

·   182 - Marco Pukl (Fairview) over Maddox Gilkey (Hixson) Fall 0:28

·   195 - Kendrick Curtis (Fairview) over Logan Woodall (Hixson) TF 18-2

·   220 - Parrish Pacetti (Hixson) over Sam Hammon (Fairview) Fall 1:40

·   285 - Jacob Clevenger (Fairview) over Landon Moore (Hixson) Fall 5:58

·   106 - JuJuan McCrary (Hixson) over Sam Frank (Fairview) Dec 7-2

·   113 - Josh Helm (Fairview) over Grant Finch (Hixson) Fall 0:36

·   120 - Jase Moses (Hixson) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

·   126 - Trevor Lewis (Hixson) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

Dual Championship vs. Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge defeated Signal Mountain 42-33 in the other semifinal dual setting up a rematch of last year’s State Championship Dual.


In the championship, Bennett was also the first to toe the line for the Jackets and made quick work of his opponent for his second pin of the day. Fellow Senior Brody Cox stepped up to the mat next to take on a well-seasoned, #2 ranked opponent. Cox battled like the true warrior he is staving off attack after attack to lose small and only give up 4 team points. 


The Jackets gave up 6 at 152 and Pigeon Forge took a 10-6 lead. The coaching strategy now came into play as Derrick and his staff agreed the best option for winning big and losing small was to bump all of his remaining wrestlers up a weight class. Junior standout and returning State Placer Blake Mitchell bumped up to 160 lbs and quickly pinned his opponent, explosive Sophomore Malachi Bennett bumped up to 170 lbs and majored his opponent, and Marco Pukl wrestled up to 182, narrowly losing in Sudden Victory to lose only 3 team points maintaining Fairview’s lead 16-13.  Kendrick Curtis bumped up to 195 and suffered only his second loss of the season giving up the pin halfway through the third period, and the weight difference was also too much for Taz Donaldson to overcome at the 220lb weight class, getting pinned by his No. 2 ranked opponent.  With these two losses, the Jackets were now down 25-16 heading into Heavyweight.  


Again, the Jackets Coaches asked Clevenger to toe the line, but this time against the No. 1 ranked Heavyweight in the state. This was another epic battle where Clevenger gave up nearly 80 pounds and 6 inches in height to his opponent.  This match was filled with underhooks, throws, body locks and clenching from neutral. Clevenger again fought off adversity and made it to the 3rd period, taking advantage of his own conditioning and stamina he was able to overcome a throw attempt from his weary opponent, landing on top of him and finishing off the match with a pin.  


Freshman standout Sam Frank pinned his opponent at 106 lbs giving the Jackets a narrow lead 28-25. The Jackets gave up 6 at 113, but a celebration by the Pigeon Forge wrestler cost them a team point for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. Sophomore Keegan Seaver was able to secure 5 more for the Jackets at 120. The score was now 34-31 Jackets with just two bouts left.

Fairview’s Jeffery Anderson has been a solid competitor all season for the Jackets and faced a No. 1 ranked opponent. He found himself down 8-2 after the first period, but knew he had a chance to come back. However, shortly into the second period, his opponent illegally returned him to the mat with a trapped arm landing him hard on his head and shoulder. After an evaluation by trainers, he was unable to continue giving Fairview the 6 points due to the illegal slam.  


Fairview defeated Pigeon Forge 39-36

·   138 - Riley Bennett (Fairview) over Colin Gray (Pigeon Forge) Fall 3:00

·   145 - Josh Parton (Pigeon Forge) over Mathew Cox (Fairview) Maj 10-2

·   152 - Garrett Foreman (Pigeon Forge) over John Spicer (Fairview) Fall 2:40

·   160 - Blake Mitchell (Fairview) over Aiden Littles (Pigeon Forge) Fall 1:12

·   170 - Malachi Bennett (Fairview) over Khumovn Sattorov (Pigeon Forge) Maj 15-4


·   182 - Joseph Skidmore (Pigeon Forge) over Marco Pukl (Fairview) SV-1 7-5

·   195 - Ethan Sutton (Pigeon Forge) over Kendrick Curtis (Fairview) Fall 5:17

·   220 - Caleb Wolfe (Pigeon Forge) over Arie Donaldson (Fairview) Fall 0:16

·   285 - Jacob Clevenger (Fairview) over Mustafi Algarawi (Pigeon Forge) Fall 4:49

·   106 - Sam Frank (Fairview) over Samuel Hadder (Pigeon Forge) Fall 2:16

·   113 - Hunter Gentry (Pigeon Forge) over Josh Helm (Fairview) Fall 3:09

·   120 - Keegan Seaver (Fairview) over James Justice (Pigeon Forge) TF 25-9

·   126 - Jeffery Anderson (Fairview) over Andy Cable (Pigeon Forge) Inj 2:12

·   132 - Noah Dyer (Pigeon Forge) over Mathew Blaylock (Fairview) Fall 3:31

·       Pigeon Forge's team score was adjusted by -1.0 for unsportsmanlike 113


Fairview finishes fourth in individual championships

Twelve Jackets took to the mats one last time for their 2020-2021 season at the TSSAA Individual Class A/AA State Championships Feb. 24 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Riley Bennett, the senior and three-time state runner up, led five junior teammates, five sophomore teammates, and a freshman teammate into a strong field that featured two nationally ranked wrestlers and some of the best wrestlers in the state across all divisions.


Sam Frank (106 lbs), the lone Yellow Jacket freshman to qualify for the state championships, won his first two matches and advancing to the semifinals where he dropped his first match to No. 1 ranked and eventual State Champion, Ethan Uhorchuk. He fought back to place fourth overall in the state.

Keegan Seaver (120lbs), a Fairview sophomore, pinned his first opponent in :16, but lost a very close 8-6 decision to eventual state finalist, Spencer Reep, in the quarterfinals. He won his next two matches on the consolation side of the bracket, dropped another match by 2 points, and finished with a win by decision to place fifth.


Jeffrey Anderson (126lbs), sophomore, won his first two matches to advance to the semifinals  where he lost to the eventual state champion, Daniel Uhorchuk. He battled to a 5th/6th placement bout, where he was illegally returned to the mat knocking him out momentarily causing him to be wheeled out on a stretcher for further evaluation.  Due to the illegal nature of the slam, Jeffrey was awarded the victory and captured a fifth place finish.


Taz Donaldson (195lbs), junior, battled his way to a semifinals appearance where he met with his first defeat of the tournament. He won the consolation semifinals before dropping his last match landing him in 4th place.

For the first time in Fairview High School history, the Jackets had four wrestlers earn their way to the state finals:

Malachi Bennett (160lbs), sophomore, won his first three matches with a Fall and two Major Decisions to reach the finals where he squared off with a Nationally ranked hammer from Greeneville, Kodiak Cannedy.  Malachi came up short in this match to finish as State Runner Up.  Bennett is now a two-time State Placer after finishing 3rd last year.


Kendrick Curtis (182lbs), sophomore, defeated his first three opponents with 2 wins by all and one major decision. He met returning State Champion, Noah Hill from Forrest, in the finals. Curtis jumped out to an early lead, but eventually lost by an 8-4 decision earning a 2nd place finish. Curtis is also a two-time state placer after finishing 4th last year.

Jacob Clevenger (heavyweight), junior, used a combination of speed and strength to pin his first three opponents.  


In the finals, he had a rematch from the TSSAA State Dual Championships with Mustafi Algarawi from Pigeon Forge whom he beat with a 3rd period Fall.  However, history did not repeat itself and Algarawi was able to pull ahead with a late takedown to win 5-4 landing Clevenger in 2nd place. Clevenger is a three-time State Placer after finishing 5th his Freshman and Sophomore seasons.

Fairview adds another Individual State Champion to their resume:


Riley Bennett (145), senior, was on a mission after being runner up the last three times in the individual state championships.  He won by fall over his first opponent to advance to the quarterfinals where he met John Pittman of Gibbs. The two wrestlers matched up very well, but Bennett was up for the challenge securing a 6-3 decision in what would be his toughest match of the tournament. In the semifinals, he faced Brody Mclemore from Eagleville. Bennett won takedowns when needed while managing his effort and saving some gas in the tank for his finals match. 


In the finals, Bennett wrestled Josh Parton from Pigeon Forge. Bennett was able to secure a few takedowns early before he and Parton collided on a shot causing Parton’s nose to bleed. Twice the match had to be stopped to rewrap Parton’s face, which was done to hold the gauze in his nostrils, and to clean up blood. Bennett continued to wrestle hard, working an arm bar in. Just as he was about to turn Parton to his back, Parton’s father came out of the crowd and onto the mat and forfeited the match for his son. 

Other Fairview state qualifiers

Josh Helm (113lbs), Sophomore

Blake Mitchell (152lbs), Junior

Marco Pukl (170lbs), Junior

Sam Hammon (220lbs), Junior


Trousdale freshman places fourth at state wrestling tournament

  • By Chris Gregory Managing Editor
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Trousdale County’s Rob Atwood executes a lift of an opponent at the Class A/AA state wrestling tournament. Atwood, a freshman, placed fourth in the 220-pound weight class.

  • Photo courtesy of Beverly Atwood
  • Photo courtesy of Beverly Atwood

Trousdale County freshman Rob Atwood completed his first season wrestling for the Yellow Jackets with a fourth-place finish at last week’s Class A/AA State Tournament on Feb. 24 in Chattanooga.

Wrestling in the 220-pound weight class, Atwood was one of 16 statewide qualifiers and won his opening match by pinning Greenbvack’s Jeremiah Cope. Atwood lost a 3-1 decision in sudden death to three-time state champion Jonathan Morton of Elizabethton to fall into the losers’ bracket. The TCHS freshman then won three straight matches (two by decision, one by pin) to reach the third-place match, where he lost a 6-0 decision to Hixson’s Parrish Pacetti, who won the 220-pound title last year. Both Morton and Pacetti are seniors.

“It was a great time,” Atwood said of his experience at the state tournament. “You learn more about what you have to work on and where to go with the rest of your high school years.

“I’ll come back next year and have to succeed at being a little more aggressive; being me instead of doing what they do.”

Atwood finished the season with an 18-3 record with 16 pins, one decision and one major decision. He is the first wrestler ever to compete for Trousdale County after the School Board allowed him to compete as a one-man team under the coaching of his parents, Robby and Beverly Atwood. Rob was also a two-time AAU state wrestling champion before reaching the high level.

“It was cool, but sometimes you miss your friends and the team aspect of it,” Atwood said of being a one-man team.

Beverly Atwood noted the difficulties of being the only Trousdale County wrestler, as it meant the team had to forfeit matches at all other weight classes for Rob to be able to compete at meets.

“With Rob growing up in wrestling and building the relationships with other teams and kids, we’ve had our challenges and being a one-man team has had its disadvantages,” she said. “Wrestling in duals, they’ve been very kind to let us come to their tournaments.

“It’s been a learning experience for us all; there’s a lot more detail to it.”

Atwood has able to practice with wrestlers at Class AAA schools in the area and even those at Cumberland University in Lebanon.

“Being in a different division, we can practice with AAA which helps Rob,” Beverly said. “It’s been a great experience and for him to be the first Trousdale County wrestler and place at state, it made it all worth his while.

“He wants to continue working and knows what he needs to build on. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year is going to bring.”

Reach Chris Gregory at 615-450-5756 or [email protected].

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WRESTLING: Borders & Love win state titles

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Wilson Central's Hunter Borders (left) and Green Hill grappler Dominic Love

Tommy Bryan & Steve Wampler

14 locals earn medals -

CHATTANOOGA – Two of Wilson County's 21 entrants in the 2021 TSSAA state wrestling tournament came home with championships after a long Friday, Feb 26 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Wilson Central's Hunter Borders repeated as the Class AAA state champ at 120 pounds, earning the senior a third crown in four years.

Green Hill's Dominic Love pinned Beech High's Donovan Rich in 3:57 to win the 195-point championship – the inaugural state title for Wilson County's newest high school.

Undefeated over the past two seasons (48-0 in 2021 and 57-0 in 2020) Borders won the 113-pound state title as a ninth grader in 2018 and 2020. He finished second in 2019.

Moving up to 120 this season meant he was usually smaller than his opponents.

“I just had to keep battling and training,” Borders said. “I was in the wrestling room nonstop – like five days a week all year.”

He ended his prep career with a 3-2 win over Cleveland's Arlo Laxton in the 120-pound title bout – most likely the last time he will don wrestling attire.

“I'm going to UT (Knoxville) to study business,” Borders said. “I talked to a few colleges, Cumberland and Campbellsville and a couple more, but I've decided I'm done.”

Last season as a junior, Love finished fifth at 195 pounds while wrestling for Mt. Juliet High.

He had the option to stay at MJHS but decided to move to Green Hill because he had younger sisters who were zoned to the new school.

Love was greeted with a standing ovation during a Region 5-AAA playoff game at Green Hill.

Twelve other locals medal

A-AA 120 third place match -- Watertown senior Gregory Mech paz (24-2) decision over Signal Mountain's Noah Shriner 8-7.

DII 126 fifth place match -- Friendship Christian sophomore Chase Eakes (38-6) decision over Drake Bowers of Christian Brothers 7-0.

DII 132 fifth place match -- Friendship Christian freshman Tyler Wolcott decision over Carson Smith of Brentwood Academy 7-3.

AAA 113 fifth place match -- Wilson Central sophomore Nicholas Mercante (45-5) decision over Franklin High's Owen Gobel Dec 6-0.

AAA 132 third place match -- Rossview's Samuel Shires pin at 4:19 over Wilson Central High sophomore Riley Fort (41-7).

AAA 138 third place match -- Wilson Central senior Alan Fort (41-7) over Ethan Hylton of David Crockett 6-2.

AAA 145 third place match -- Wilson Central junior Steven Fisak (44-6) pinned Bradley Central's Anthony Lynn at 1:00.

AAA 152 third place match -- Cleveland's Robert Laxton 4-3 decision over Lebanon's Eli Clemmons (26-2).

AAA 160 fifth place match -- Wilson Central junior Brady Jarvis (41-12) scored a 4-0 decision over Lebanon senior Ryan Wood (14-4).

AAA 170 third place match -- Mt. Juliet junior Anthony Pyron (31-6) a 13-8 decision over Clint Morrisette of Dobyns Bennett.

AAA 220 first place match -- Cleveland's Ashton Davis pin at 5:12 over Wilson Central sophomore Noah Todd (44-5).

AAA 285 fifth place match -- Oakland's Graham Keating takes a 2-1 decision over Wilson Central senior Jesse Richardson (28-5).


Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports...

Chattanooga's success hosting state wrestling could bring tournaments back

March 4th, 2021 | by Patrick MacCoon | Copyright © 2021
1614906952_022621-D-II-state-wrestling-1 Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / McCallie's Alex Whitworth, right, stares at Battle Ground Academy's Jack Revere just before the start of their 170-pound final in the TSSAA Division II state traditional tournament Feb. 25 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Whitworth won 19-3 to become a five-time individual state champion.

The return of state championship high school wrestling to Chattanooga did not disappoint.

Area athletes accounted for 17 individual titles, Baylor and Cleveland were the top teams in two of the three divisions — with Signal Mountain the runner-up in the other — and the TSSAA's traditional tournaments had a smooth three-day run last week at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

That last point mattered as much to the rest of the state as the Scenic City and the surrounding area.

"We knew from the beginning of the season it was going to be very challenging for our winter sports due to COVID-19," said Mark Reeves, a TSSAA assistant executive director who oversees wrestling. "To be able to see those kids walk off the mat with smiles on their faces was everything. It was a glorious week to be had by all who love this sport. The support of the Chattanooga wrestling community as a whole was outstanding."

Tickets sold out rather quickly for all three days as nearly 2,000 people were in attendance over the course of the event, which had not been held in Chattanooga in more than a decade but, after a successful return, could be back again next season. Along with the Chattanooga Convention Center, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's McKenzie Arena and the Williamson County Ag Expo Park — which had settled into a longtime role as host but was being used as a COVID-19 testing center this winter — are all possible sites for next year's competition.

"We haven't had two entities bidding for the wrestling tournament at the same time in my tenure," Reeves said. "If that's the case, then we will have to decide if we put that out for bid or do we select one. That will have to be decided pretty quickly because an event like this takes a lot of time to plan."

some text Staff photo by Matt Hamilton / The crowd cheers after Signal Mountain's Ethan Uhorchuk, right, pinned Gibbs' Porter Finstad in the 106-pound final during the TSSAA Class A/AA state traditional tournament Feb. 24 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Local programs produced multiple highlights last week, including McCallie 170-pounder Alex Whitworth becoming the third five-time TSSAA individual champion from Chattanooga over the past decade. The future Harvard wrestler joined the exclusive club with McCallie's T.J. Duncan (2007-11) and Baylor's Zach Watson (2008-12), who went on to wrestle at Maryland and Virginia, respectively.

All three five-time champs were coached by Matt Pitts, a McCallie assistant and former UTC wrestler whose first job out of college was at Baylor.

"They are all different in their own way, but they all had the same drive as fierce competitors," Pitts said. "They started wrestling at a young age and were ready to go. They didn't talk about winning state all five years, but I could tell it was a goal for all of them. All three also have great families and made a lot of sacrifices for the boys. They all wanted to do it and to be the best."

Whitworth has trained for 10 years with Pitts, who opened Grindhouse Wrestling School in Calhoun in 2011. Pitts said Whitworth is one of the most dominant wrestlers from the top position he has ever coached.

"Alex is a load," said Pitts, who believes his coaching benefited from working with Whitworth. "He could get even bigger in college and is really going to shine with the way college wrestling points work. He is very smart, and the gears are always turning. He's a tremendous student of the sport. Like the other two, he goes out there to dominate when he wrestles.

"I can't wait to watch him for the next several years. I truly believe he could be starting as just a freshman, and that's very tough to do."

Contact Patrick MacCoon at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon.


I wonder...

...on the venue... My vote IF I had one, WHO will ultimately put wrestling first and not allow politics, $$$$ and convenience interfere with the wrestlers having the most memorable wrestling experience in their high school career.



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I know why it left. But centrality in the state is not worth the value and importance Chattanooga puts on the state wrestling tournament. It's a level of 'big-time event' the participants and the TSSAA can't get from Ag Expo shed that happens to be closer to Jackson. Here's more on the story from TFP preps ace Patrick MacCoon. 

Chattanooga Times Free Press

The return of state championship high school wrestling to Chattanooga did not ... The support of the Chattanooga wrestling community as a whole was outstanding. ... for the wrestling tournament at the same time in my tenure," Reeves said. ... Contact Patrick MacCoon at [email protected]



King College men's wrestling...

Williams signed his letter of intent Thursday to wrestle at King University in the fall.

Williams has four second place finishes in the Piedmont District wrestling championship, and has qualified for the VHSL Class 2 state tournament the last two seasons. He finished third in the state in the 160 pound weight class this season.

King University, an NCAA Division II school in Bristol, Tennessee, is 5-4 this season and finished seventh in the NCAA Super Region Championships last weekend.

“They have a really good wrestling program,” Williams said at Thursday’s ceremony. “I emailed the coach and that’s how it kind of all got started.

“It’s a beautiful campus. They have a really good math and science program and it’s small. It’s very individual.”

Williams said he plans to study something in math or science.

“It’s just kind of making a decision for what I’m going to do for the next four years,” he said.


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Fairview High Wrestler Brings Home State Championship

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FVHS Riley Bennett from WCS

Fairview High’s Riley Bennett is ending his senior year with a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Class A-AA wrestling state championship.

The TSSAA wrestling state tournament took place February 24-26 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and included Class A-AA, Class AAA, and Girls divisions. Riley, who competed in the 145-pound weight class, took down Josh Parton from Pigeon Forge High to secure his title. In addition to the first place medal, Riley was also named the division’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

“Riley has been a leader in this group of young men since the first day he walked through the gym doors,” said FVHS wrestling coach James Derrick. “His peers and teammates have grown by being around Riley the last four years. He is a man of character who is always humble and respectful in and out of the arena.”

In addition to Riley’s state title, Fairview High also earned fourth place for the overall team score in the Class A-AA division. Nolensville High placed seventh overall in the same division. Summit High’s team placed fifth overall in the Class AAA division. In the Girls division, Independence High earned sixth place for team score.

Dozens of other Williamson County Schools wrestlers earned individual medals during the tournament. Those student-athletes are listed below.

Class A-AA Results

Weight Class 106

  • Fourth: Sam Frank, Fairview High
  • Sixth: Payton Bures, Nolensville High

Weight Class 120

  • Fifth: Keegan Seaver

Weight Class 126

  • Third: Dakota Pattee, Nolensville High
  • Fifth: Jeffrey Anderson, Fairview High

Weight Class 132

  • Sixth: Riley Lippincott, Nolensville High

Weight Class 145

  • First: Riley Bennett, Fairview High

Weight Class 152

  • Fifth: Tate Crowell, Nolensville High

Weight Class 160

  • Second: Malachi Bennett, Fairview High

Weight Class 170

  • Fourth: Zach Sinner, Nolensville High

Weight Class 182

  • Second: Kendrick Curtis, Fairview High
  • Sixth: Hayden Sinner, Nolensville High

Weight Class 195

  • Third: Nathan Montpool, Nolensville High
  • Fourth: Arie Donaldson, Fairview High

Weight Class 285

  • Second: Jacob Clevenger, Fairview High

Class AAA Results

Weight Class 106

  • Third: Russell Ford, Independence High
  • Sixth: Zach Ordonez, Brentwood High

Weight Class 113

  • Sixth: Owen Gobel, Franklin High

Weight Class 120

  • Third: Jackson Masters, Summit High

Weight Class 126 

  • Sixth: Jusin Noll, SHS

Weight Class 132 

  • Sixth: Landon Desselle, Summit High

Weight Class 138

  • Fifth: Austin Noll, Summit High

Weight Class 152

  • Sixth: Finley Jameson, Summit High

Weight Class 170

  • Sixth: Luke Justice, Summit High

Weight Class 220

  • Fifth: Mitchell Lambert, Page High

Girls Results

Weight Class 103
  • Third: Rylee Lent, Independence High
  • Fifth: Nevaeh Brinson, Summit High

Weight Class 112

  • Sixth: Livia Kelingos-Spain, Fairview High

Weight Class 125

  • Second: Baylee Peterson, Independence High

Weight Class 132

  • Fourth: Erica Moore, Brentwood High

Weight Class 140

  • Third: Brooklyn Long, Independence High


....Way to go Pete Miller and crew, working those consols


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  • In the state's stronger region with UC

HS Wrestling: KHSAA Regional Tournament

By Aaron Hancock | March 13, 2021 at 11:03 PM CST - Updated March 13 at 11:32 PM

MORGANFIELD, Ky. (WFIE) - Union County wrestling has long been the gold standard for wrestling in Kentucky.
The Braves have won 12 state championships, including the last five consecutively! On Saturday, they began what they hoped would be another deep postseason run, in the first region tournament.

The Braves were joined by 12 other schools, including Ohio County and Henderson County, who were vying to advance to next Saturday’s semistate tournament, in Owensboro.

Below, are the results for all the individuals, by weight class. The top four in each, advance to state, next week:



--106 POUNDS--

1st Place - Jordyn Raney -- Union County

2nd Place - JaRi Campbell -- Christian County

3rd Place - Trushaun Matt -- Hopkinsville


4th Place - Logan Brown -- Caldwell County

--113 POUNDS--

1st Place - Colin Teutsch -- Caldwell County

2nd Place - Hunter Jenkins -- Union County


3rd Place - Holden Schneider -- Hopkinsville

4th Place - Barrett Fulton -- Ohio County

--120 POUNDS--

1st Place - Trayce Eckman -- Union County


2nd Place - Parker McKee -- McCracken County

3rd Place - Timothy Nichols -- Caldwell County

4th Place - Deameion Leavell -- Christian County

--126 POUNDS--


1st Place - Gage Fowler -- Christian County

2nd Place - Jayden Frazier -- Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Lucas Ricketts -- Union County

4th Place - Cofy Walls -- Caldwell County


--132 POUNDS--

1st Place - Eli Peyton -- Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Riley Johnson -- Caldwell County

3rd Place - Glenn Mayes -- Union County


4th Place - Hunter Hawthorne -- McCracken County

--138 POUNDS--

1st Place - Austin Grant-Hall -- Christian County

2nd Place - Keaton Elliott -- Calloway County


3rd Place - Gavin Ricketts -- Union County

4th Place - Jack James -- Paducah Tilghman

--145 POUNDS--

1st Place - Malachi Rider -- Paducah Tilghman


2nd Place - Mason Kellett -- Christian County

3rd Place - Ronald McGee -- Hopkinsville

4th Place - Caige Clark -- Ohio County

--152 POUNDS--


1st Place - Payne Carr -- Union County

2nd Place - David Conner -- Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Colton Smallwood -- McCracken County

4th Place - Ethan Futrell -- Calloway County


--160 POUNDS--

1st Place - Quinten Cox -- Union County

2nd Place - Seth Slayton -- Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Jacob Newby -- Christian County


4th Place - Jermaine Poynter -- Henderson County

--170 POUNDS--

1st Place - Dalton Russelburg -- Union County

2nd Place - Dylan Walls -- Caldwell County


3rd Place - Chistopher Mooney -- Paducah Tilghman

4th Place - Alex Schlei -- McCracken County

--182 POUNDS--

1st Place - Stephen Little -- Union County


2nd Place - Colin Walls -- Caldwell County

3rd Place - Nick Watters -- Calloway County

4th Place - Spencer Redwine -- Paducah Tilghman

--195 POUNDS--


1st Place - Oscar (J.T.) Adams -- Christian County

2nd Place - Paxton Ervin -- Union County

3rd Place - Timarian Bledsoe -- Calloway County

4th Place - Jimmy Mooney -- Paducah Tilghman


--220 POUNDS--

1st Place - Darius Moore -- Union County

2nd Place - Uriah Virzi -- Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Anthony (A.J.) Harvey -- Christian County


4th Place - Rance Hawkins -- Henderson County

--285 POUNDS--

1st Place - TyDarius Kelly -- Christian County

2nd Place - Andrew Pottle -- Ohio County


3rd Place - Davis Pike -- Union County

4th Place - Matthew Mooney -- Paducah Tilghman


1.  Union County -- 275.0


2.  Paducah Tilghman -- 215.0

3.  Christian County -- 183.0

4.  Caldwell County -- 138.5

5.  McCracken County -- 90.5


6.  Calloway County -- 76.5

7.  Hopkinsville -- 62.5

8.  Ohio County -- 59.0

9.  Henderson County -- 44.0


10.  Trigg County -- 35.5

11.  Fort Campbell -- 0

11.  Fulton City -- 0

11.  Mayfield -- 0


After three years of waiting, perseverance pays off for Union County's Quinten Cox

Kevin Patton
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MORGANFIELD, Ky. – Quinten Cox spent his first three years of high school watching his teammates win regional and state championships and wondering if his time would ever come.

After fighting off thoughts of giving up, Cox broke into the lineup for his senior season and claimed an individual regional championship in Saturday’s First Region wrestling tournament at Union County High School.

In previous years, Cox found himself behind two-time state champion Dalton Russelburg and state runner-up Trevor Pogue in the Braves' lineup.


“I’ve been behind state champs or state runners-up every year,” said Cox, who pinned Paducah Tilghman’s Seth Slayton in 2:45 to win the 162-pound title.

More:Union County shatters scoring record in winning fifth straight state championship


He put in just as much practice as everyone else, but when time for the matches came Cox was watching from the stands.

“I thought about quitting a couple of times because I was just sitting there,” he said. “Not being able to make a team that you’re working so hard for is super frustrating.”

Many other athletes in Cox’s situation would have moved on. “You don’t want to sit around and watch other people, especially when you are what most people consider really good,” he said. “There was a time I was thinking, ‘I may never get to see the lineup.’”

Ultimately it was the brotherhood of the team that kept Cox going, even if it meant his day would never come.

“(I stayed because of) the team, the guys on the team, Coach Robert (Ervin). Everybody out there is like a brother. We’re all such good friends. That’s something I wanted to stick with through high school,” he said.

“He just persevered and stayed with it,” Union County coach Robert Ervin said. “We always told him, ‘This is your shot. You’ve worked for so long and so hard to get here.’”

Facing off with the better wrestlers every day in practice also helped Cox emerge as the top-ranked wrestler in the region and No. 6 in the state.

“I was getting to wrestle the toughest guys in the state for three years,” he said.


Ideally, Cox would be in the 152 class but is instead competing in a heavier division. “He’s really about a 152-pounder. He weighs 158 soaking wet,” Ervin said. “He’s really, really strong and an unbelievable athlete.”

Even though this is his first year in the lineup, Cox’s success was not a surprise to him or the coaches.

“We figured he would be our secret weapon. Not a lot of people knew him because he hadn’t had that opportunity,” Ervin said.


“I did feel like (winning a region title) was a definite possibility,” Cox said.

It became a reality because he didn’t give in to the thought of quitting.

“He could have (quit), but he didn’t,” Ervin said. “That’s impressive.”

Seven region champs

Cox was one of seven individual region champions for Union County, which won its 18th straight region team title with 275 points. Paducah Tilghman was the runner-up with 215.


Seventh-grader Jordyn Raney improved to 26-0 with all 26 victories by pin as he won the title at 106 pounds. Raney, who is ranked second in the state, pinned all three of his opponents Saturday, including Christian County’s JaRi Campbell in 1:07 in the final.

Defending state champion Trayce Eckman remained unbeaten as he won the title at 120. Eckman, who is ranked first in the state, beat McCracken County’s Parker McGee 20-4 in the final.


Payne Carr, who is ranked second in the state, won the 152-pound title by forfeit.

Russelburg, who is ranked third in the state, beat No. 2 Dylan Walls of Caldwell County 8-3 in the 170-pound final.

Defending state champion Stephen Little, who is ranked first in the state, won both of his matches at 182 pounds by pin, including a 10-second victory in the semifinals and a win over Caldwell County’s Colin Walls in 3:35 in the final.


Darius Moore came back from a 3-0 deficit to force overtime and beat top-ranked Uriah Virzi of Paducah Tilghman 5-3 in the 220-pound final.

13 state qualifiers

Union County had six other wrestler qualify for the opening round of the state tournament by finishing in the top four in the region – Hunter Jenkins, second at 113; Lucas Ricketts, third at 126; Glenn Mayes, third at 132; Gavin Ricketts, third at 138; Paxton Ervin second at 195 and Davis Pike third at 285.


Jake Dowdy finished fifth at 145 pounds.

More:Which teams will advance to the Second Region basketball tournaments?

Cols have two qualifiers

Henderson County had two wrestlers qualify for the state meet – J.J. Poynter, who finished fourth at 160 pounds; and Rance Hawkins, who was fourth at 220 pounds.

Heavyweight Conner Lander and Andrew Galbraith at 106 pounds finished sixth in their classes.

Because of restrictions caused by the COVID pandemic, the KHSAA has altered the state tournament format for this year and added a semi-state round. The four qualifiers from each weight class in Regions One and Two will compete March 20 at Apollo High School in Owensboro.

The top two finishers from each semi-state will advance to the final round of the state tournament March 27 at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester. Points earned in the first round will carry over to the 

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Union County wrestling in 2nd place heading into KHSAA state finals

Union County wrestling in 2nd place heading into KHSAA state finals
By Aaron Hancock and Keaton Eberly | March 20, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT - Updated March 20 at 11:16 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Union County has long had one of the most dominant wrestling programs in the Bluegrass State. The Braves have won 12 total state championships, including the last five consecutively.

On Saturday, Union County began its quest for a sixth straight title in the semistate round, which was created this year to help cut down the crowd sizes at state.

As a team, the Braves finished with 92.5 points and will head into next week’s state finals in second place behind Trinity (Louisville), which scored 102 points.


The next closest local team was Ohio County, which finished in 12th place with 12 points.

The final individual standings for each weight class are outlined in the following (Only the TOP TWO will advance to the state finals at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky):


1st Place - Jordyn Raney of Union County


2nd Place - Breyden Whorton of LaRue County

3rd Place - Amari Hardin of John Hardin

4th Place - Jacob McDonald of Taylor County

5th Place - Logan Brown of Caldwell County


6th Place - JaRi Campbell of Christian County

7th Place - Trushaun Matt of Hopkinsville

8th Place - Payton Durbin of Meade County



1st Place - Leland Reeves of Taylor County

2nd Place - Hunter Jenkins of Union County

3rd Place - Colin Teutsch of Caldwell County

4th Place - David Griffith of Meade County


5th Place - Maximus Beltran of Central Hardin

6th Place - Holden Schneider of Hopkinsville

7th Place - Brock Gross of LaRue County

8th Place - Barrett Fulton of Ohio County



1st Place - Trayce Eckman of Union County

2nd Place - Timothy Nichols of Caldwell County

3rd Place - Tyler Lattin of Meade County


4th Place - Ryan Portwood of North Hardin

5th Place - Deameion Leavell of Christian County

6th Place - Parker McKee of McCracken County

7th Place - Connor Metcalf of LaRue County


8th Place - Derrick Beckley of Taylor County


1st Place - Jayden Frazier of Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Braedon Herron of North Hardin


3rd Place - Lucas Ricketts of Union County

4th Place - Charlie Tucker of John Hardin

5th Place - David Gerkin of Apollo

6th Place - Devavion Armstard of Central Hardin


7th Place - Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

8th Place - Gage Fowler of Christian County

8th Place - Cofy Walls of Caldwell County



1st Place - Eli Peyton of Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Thomas Hoppes of LaRue County

3rd Place - Riley Johnson of Caldwell County

4th Place - Glenn Mayes of Union County


5th Place - Jacob Fulkerson of Central Hardin

6th Place - Hunter Hawthorne of McCracken County

7th Place - Mason Raines of Meade County

8th Place - Caleb Tolson of Daviess County



1st Place - Devon Herron of North Hardin

2nd Place - Austin Grant-Hall of Christian County

3rd Place - Gavin Ricketts of Union County


4th Place - Jack James of Paducah Tilghman

5th Place - Keaton Elliott of Calloway County

6th Place - Levi Stull of Meade County

7th Place - Mason Polston of Central Hardin


8th Place - Westin Brown of LaRue County


1st Place - Malachi Rider of Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Gabe Fortier of LaRue County


3rd Place - Caige Clark of Ohio County

4th Place - Caden Rodriguez of Meade County

5th Place - Forfeit Forfeit of Unattached

6th Place - Ronald McGee of Hopkinsville


6th Place - Mason Kellett of Christian County

7th Place - JT King of Bardstown

8th Place - Trayton Stargill of Taylor County



1st Place - Payne Carr of Union County

2nd Place - David Conner of Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Colton Smallwood of McCracken County

4th Place - Nick Avery of Owensboro


5th Place - Ethan Futrell of Calloway County

6th Place - Caleb Baumgardner of Central Hardin

7th Place - Matthew Ball of LaRue County

8th Place - Austin Head of Bardstown



1st Place - Seth Slayton of Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Quinten Cox of Union County

3rd Place - Conner Geise of Meade County


4th Place - Jybari Springs of John Hardin

5th Place - Austin Shaffer of LaRue County

6th Place - Jacob Newby of Christian County

7th Place - John Jarvis of Central Hardin


8th Place - Jermaine Poynter of Henderson County


1st Place - Dalton Russelburg of Union County

2nd Place - Dylan Walls of Caldwell County


3rd Place - Cameron Baker of Apollo

4th Place - Benicio Mariscal Carter of John Hardin

5th Place - Caileb Hills of Meade County

6th Place - Alex Schlei of McCracken County


7th Place - Chistopher Mooney of Paducah Tilghman

8th Place - Landon Barnes of Central Hardin


1st Place - Stephen Little of Union County


2nd Place - Spencer Redwine of Paducah Tilghman

3rd Place - Colin Walls of Caldwell County

4th Place - Conner Tolson of Daviess County

5th Place - Nick Watters of Calloway County


6th Place - Gabriel Ramirez of Central Hardin

7th Place - DJ Riggins of Taylor County

8th Place - Tony Logalbo of John Hardin



1st Place - Oscar (J.T.) Adams of Christian County

2nd Place - Conner Lambert of LaRue County

3rd Place - Jimmy Mooney of Paducah Tilghman

4th Place - Timarian Bledsoe of Calloway County


5th Place - Paxton Ervin of Union County

6th Place - Marcus James of Taylor County

7th Place - Seth Serra of Central Hardin

8th Place - Austin Ellis of Meade County



1st Place - Uriah Virzi of Paducah Tilghman

2nd Place - Darius Moore of Union County

3rd Place - Thomas Boone of LaRue County


4th Place - Austin Silva of John Hardin

5th Place - Anthony (A.J.) Harvey of Christian County

6th Place - Zach Leonard of Meade County

7th Place - Clayton Hockman of Central Hardin


8th Place - Rance Hawkins of Henderson County


1st Place - TyDarius Kelly of Christian County

2nd Place - Andrew Pottle of Ohio County


3rd Place - Matthew Mooney of Paducah Tilghman

4th Place - Davis Pike of Union County

5th Place - Say Moe of Daviess County

6th Place - Che Smith of Meade County


7th Place - Levi Talbert of North Hardin

8th Place - Blaize Cart of Apollo


Also, from the next level representing GA...

Daniel Bullard....from Archer....finished 7th at 174......becoming the 4th DI All-American from Gwinnett County.  The other 3 are Ryan Milhof (Collins Hill), Sean Russel (Collins Hill), and 2 timer Chip Ness (Buford).

Bullard is a redshirt senior 
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Since 1980, only seven #8 seeds have won NCAA titles. Shane Griffith’s (Stanford) win at 165 lbs marks back-to-back tournaments where this has occurred. Interestingly enough, it was also at 165 with Mekhi Lewis. Before Lewis, Jordan Leen (Cornell/Baylor HS) has most recently accomplished the feat in 2008. 


Despite the school administrators’ decision to eliminate Stanford wrestling, Shane Griffith became only the second Cardinal wrestler to claim a national title, joining Matt Gentry from 2004. 

Sam Latona’s sixth-place finish made him the first DI All-American from Alabama since Brandon Womack (Cornell) in 2017. 

NC State’s sixth-place finish was the second-best in school history. Their four All-Americans also tied a program-high. 

Hayden Hidlay’s fifth-place showing made him the first four-time All-American in NC State history. (5th, 1st team, 4th, 2nd). 

O’Connor is also the first NCAA champion for North Carolina since TJ Jaworsky won his third for the Tar Heels in 1995. 

A pair of ex-Old Dominion wrestlers, Killian Cardinale and Michael McGee, made the podium in 2021. These two accounted for 18.5 points themselves, which would have been good enough to tie Wisconsin for 23rd place. 

Utah Valley had a pair of All-Americans (Taylor LaMont and Demetrius Romero) for the first time in program history. 

West Virginia’s Killian Cardinale finished seventh at the 125 lb weight class. He becomes the first wrestler in the Tim Flynn-era to get onto the podium for the Mountaineers. 


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Cleveland Wrestling Official Honored For Distinguished Service

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - by John Brice, TSSAA
Walt Vineyard has worked over 55 state events as an official
Walt Vineyard has worked over 55 state events as an official

Walt Vineyard more or less was minding his own business, walking the halls of then-Bradley Junior High School in between classes.

Bill Curtis, the school's longtime wrestling coach, had something in mind for Vineyard, affectionately dubbed “Tater.”

“I didn't have any inkling about wrestling until I was in junior high,” said Vineyard, a Knoxville native and University of Tennessee graduate who spent most of his youth in the Cleveland area. “I got plucked out of the hallway by the wrestling coach, Bill Curtis, to fill a weight class (87 pounds).

“I wrestled the following day, was somehow able to win a JV match, and I've been hooked since then.

That's been 40-plus years ago.”

Bradley Junior High is now Ocoee Middle School; the Cleveland/Bradley community just might be the high school wrestling capital of the Volunteer State; and Vineyard, among the most tenured prep wrestling officials in the country, is the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association's Distinguished Service Award winner for March.

“It's awesome; it's humbling to be honored,” Vineyard said. “I'm just excited.”

After wrestling under Turner Jackson at Bradley Central High School and heading to UT-Knoxville, Vineyard still had interest in the sport. Living near Karns High School just outside of Knoxville, Vineyard ambled to a prep football game on a random Friday night.

Like the walk down the hallway, this moment also changed his life.

“I got plucked out of the bleachers by the wrestling coach at Karns, Dan Dugger, and he asked me what I was doing,” Vineyard recalled. “He told me, 'Maybe you ought to officiate. You ever thought about it?'

“Two weeks later, I did my first tournament, and I've done it ever since. Then it was the Karns Invitational/Beaver Classic, and now it's morphed into the Knox Catholic tournament. I've done it for 35 years.”

In the sport, there is little Vineyard has not done through his decades of competition and service, including 31 consecutive selections to work the state's traditional wrestling championships and another 25 times on the mat for the state duals championships.

After finishing his electrical engineering degree at UT, Vineyard returned to work for Cleveland Utilities. There, he met his wife, Lesley, and they have since raised two daughters, MacKenzie and Emma. The trio of ladies have provided Vineyard a priceless support system for his calling to give back to youth and the sport that taught him so much.

“They're incredibly supportive,” Vineyard, a three-time region champion wrestler for the Bears, said. “They know from November through February, I'm going to be gone a lot of nights and weekends.

“I think that the camaraderie, giving back to the sport, the self-discipline the sport requires and teaches, all the things you hear other long-term officials say, keeps me involved. I don't really care about the compensation at all. It's the camaraderie with the coaches. I've got the best seat in the house and I know the score before anybody else does.”

Vineyard also has duties beyond competition; he's spent the past couple years as the assigning officer for the Chattanooga-region's officials' association.

Yet with nearly five decades in the sport, he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

“It's just so fun,” he said. “I'm always looking forward to the start of the wrestling season, and I am glad when it's over. But as long as I'm physically able to do it and I know that I've not lost a step, I'll keep doing it.

“I'll know when it's time. I might not get out of the bed on Sunday as easily as 20 years ago after working a tournament all weekend, but I still feel like I'm able to contribute at a high level and enjoy it.”

TSSAA is proud to recognize Walt Vineyard for his numerous contributions to high school athletics in Tennessee.


KY traditional update...

Trinity seeks first KHSAA state wrestling title since 2010 as Union County, others in hunt

Jason Frakes
Louisville Courier Journal
Union County Head Coach Robert Ervin fist bumps Jake Dowdy of Union County after pinning Coleton Tompkins of Henderson County during the during their 145-pound quarterfinals match of the KHSAA Region 1 wrestling tournament at Union County High School Saturday, March 13, 2021.

His team holds a slim lead in the standings entering Saturday’s final rounds of the State Wrestling Championships, but Trinity High School coach Patrick Fleming knows plenty of talented teams will be shooting for the Shamrocks.

“There’s a lot of wrestling left to be done,” Fleming said. “Even though we do have a lead going in there … it’s a relatively small lead. The guys are going to have to come in there and wrestle. They can’t go in there and assume we can sit on this lead.”

Saturday’s finals will begin at 9 a.m. at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Ky. The top two finishers in each of four semistates held last weekend advanced. The semistates were a one-time addition by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association this year in order to limit participants – for COVID-19-related purposes – at the state finals.

accumulated points during the semistates and carried them over to this weekend’s finals. Trinity, which had eight wrestlers qualify for the weekend, is in first place with 100 points. Union County, winner of five straight state titles, is second with 93.5 points and is followed by Johnson Central (91.5), Ryle (87), St. Xavier (76.5) and Paducah Tilghman (73.5).

“Union is definitely the team to beat,” Fleming said. “They’re always tough.”

Several wresters from Louisville will have chances to bring home individual state championships.

Trinity senior Ty Lehman won the state title at 145 pounds last year and is ranked No. 1 at 152 this season. He joins teammates George Ferree (126 pounds), Bryant Beane (138) and Lane Kiser (170) as top contenders Saturday.

“Lane Kiser is only a freshman, but he’s an exciting wrestler to watch,” Fleming said. “He has an uphill climb in his bracket, but he’s an energetic wrestler with a motor that doesn’t stop.”

Earlier:Trinity, Fairdale, Woodford County win regional wrestling championships

Trinity is seeking its first team title since 2010.

St. X had six wrestlers qualify and is led by seniors Matthew Meyer (No. 1 at 113) and Everett Marret (No. 2 at 182).

Fairdale qualified five wrestlers, led by senior Jerry Simpson (No. 3 at 195).

Here’s a look at Louisville-area qualifiers in each weight class and their state rankings according to KentuckyWrestling.com:

106 pounds – Miller Brown (Oldham County, No. 6), Morgan Frederick (Trinity, No. 20), Jack Willard (Bullitt East, unranked)

113 – Matthew Meyer (St. Xavier, No. 1), Hunter Luttrell (Fairdale, No. 15)

120 – Max Speaker (St. Xavier, No. 7), Joe Lampe (Male, No. 11)

126 – George Ferree (Trinity, No. 5), Bryant Faucett (Bullitt East, No. 20)

132 – Ayden Lehman (Trinity, No. 19), Caeleb Jarvis (Fairdale, No. 20)

138 – Bryant Beane (Trinity, No. 5), Scotty Villums (Male, No. 14)

145 – Justin Krebs (St. Xavier, No. 7), Johnathan Bennem (Atherton, No. 12)

152 – Ty Lehman (Trinity, No. 1), Jude Powell (Fairdale, No. 9)

160 – Matthew Hendricks (Bullitt East, No. 8), Brandon Burchett (Fairdale, No. 15)

170 – Lane Kiser (Trinity, No. 6), Jack McCubbin (South Oldham, No. 12), Kashiku Hutcheson (St. Xavier, No. 16)

182 – Everett Marret (St. Xavier, No. 2), Jacob Mann (Manual, unranked)

195 – Jerry Simpson (Fairdale, No. 3), Joel Hatchett (Fern Creek, No. 9)

220 – Ryan Martin (Trinity, No. 10), Carter Guillaume (St. Xavier, No. 23)

285 – LaQuann Williams (Trinity, No. 6), Alex Martin (Fern Creek, unranked)

Here are the current team standings in Saturday’s action (top 10, plus other Louisville-area schools): 1. Trinity 100, 2. Union County 93.5, 3. Johnson Central 91.5, 4 Ryle 87, 5. St. Xavier 76.5, 6. Paducah Tilghman 73.5, 7. Campbell County 64, 8. Fairdale 50, 9. Woodford County 44, 10. Lafayette 42.5, 16. Fern Creek 37, 19. Bullitt East 36, 22. Male 32.5, 26. Oldham County 25, 29. Manual 19, 32. (tie) Atherton, South Oldham 12.

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; [email protected]; Twitter: @kyhighs.

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