WRESTLER OF THE YEAR
In becoming Tennessee’s first five-time wrestling champion, the McCallie 160-pounder posted a 53-1 record, which boosted his career mark to 206-20. The Maryland signee proclaimed his goal as an eighth-grader to win five state titles and followed through. “I don’t feel any different,” he said after securing number five. “I guess now, though, I’m glad it’s over.” Duncan was featured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” for his accomplishment.
COACH OF THE YEAR
In his first year succeeding the retired Jim Morgan, Nelson guided Baylor to the Division II duals and traditional championships. The Red Raiders set a state scoring record with 315 points in the traditional tournament. “In my three years on the staff, that was the guys’ most impressive performance,” Nelson said. “Top to bottom, it was a great day of wrestling. We had a bunch of kids that worked hard.” As he did so well for Morgan for so many years, Schaack Van Deusen assisted Nelson.
He finished the 2010-11 season with a 28-6 record and his second Division II state championship.
The three-sport letterman was the state runner-up to Duncan and compiled a 24-5 record.
The four-time state champion produced a 48-2 record this year and finished 180-16 for his career.
A two-time region champion, Ervin went 32-11 and placed sixth in the Division I state tournament.
The all-state football tackle stepped in at heavyweight, went 32-11 and earned his first state title.
He now is on the five title track after going 40-5 and winning his first state championship.
The first Tornado with a 50-win season went unbeaten to his fourth state final and second title.
The three-time state champ rebounded from early injuries to finish 36-3 for a 99-12 career record.
The four-time state finalist and two-time champ went 49-1; at 229-14 he leads the state in career wins.
He won his first state championship and went 47-4, making his career record 191-32.
The two-time state runner-up was 37-10 this season and is 70-15 for his Trojans career.
He won his first region and state titles and went 40-3 for a career record of 91-15.
The two-time region champ was 39-4 and a state runner-up, and his career record is 105-36.
He won his fourth Division II state title while compiling a 46-2 record for the Red Raiders.
JACK BOONE Notre Dame Junior 119
NIC BULLARD Baylor Junior 189
MATTHEW CATE Baylor Junior 152
ALEX ELSEA McCallie Sophomore 112
ZAC FORDHAM Central Junior 140
LOGAN HENLEY Signal Mountain Senior 135
BLAIKE HENRY Soddy-Daisy Junior 171
JOHN MACKEY Baylor Senior 215
GRAYSON MULLIN Notre Dame Junior 130
BROCK PRESSLEY Signal Mountain Junior 160
ALEX SEELEY Soddy-Daisy Junior 285
LOGAN SHARP Red Bank Junior 145
JONAH SMITH Soddy-Daisy Sophomore 103
ALEX WARD McCallie Junor 125
TEAMS OF THE YEAR
The Red Raiders won the Division II dual and traditional championships and also won the prestigious Southeastern Slam in Atlanta.
The Trojans won region duals and traditional championships and finished third in the state duals and traditional tournaments.
The Purple Pounders won the state A/AA duals championship.
Photos by Allison Carter. Text by Ward Gossett. Layout by Stacey Wysong.