published Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Soddy-Daisy wins Bradley wrestling title

BRADLEY CENTRAL INVITATIONAL

Team Scores

1. Soddy-Daisy (SD) 193, 2. Scottsboro, Ala. (S) 184, 3. Walker Valley (WV) 168, 4. Bradley Central (BC) 166.5, 5. Maryville Heritage (MH) 165, 6. Whitewater, Ga. (WG) 130.5, 7. Maryville (M) 117, 8. Hoover, Ala. (Hoo) 113, 9. East Ridge (ER) 106.5, 10. Gordon Lee (GL) 99, 11. Blackman (Bl) 92.5, 12. Knox Halls (KH) 81, 13. Hixson (Hix) 80, 14. Seymour (Sey) 69, 15. Central (Cen) 68, 16. Tullahoma (Tull), 66, 17. Dalton (Dal) 64.5, 18. Eagleville (Eag), 60, 19. Signal Mountain (SM) 58, 20. William Blount (WB) 57, 20. Huntsville, Ala. (Hunt) 57, 22. Notre Dame (ND) 38, 23. Mt. Juliet 35, 24. Rhea County (RC), 26, 25. Tennessee High (TH), 25, 26. East Hamilton (EH) 17, 27. McMinn Central (McCen) 13.

Outstanding wrestler: Turbo Smith (SD); Best match: 132 -- Max Sultan (WG) vs. Jackson Hall (Hoo); Most pins: Gage Richmond (SD), 5-11:24.

106 Pounds

For first: Toribio Navarro (BC) pinned Jake McClure (SD), 2:40; For third: Tanner Justice (KH) pinned Arick Shankles (S), 4:02; For fifth: Blake Cyree (Tull) dec. Juan Hernandez (MH), 4-2 OT.

113 Pounds

For first: Devan Cyree (Tull) won by forfeit over Jonathan Ragsdale (GL); For third: Nick Crawford (MH) tech. fall over Titus Worthen (S), 4:02; For fifth: Evan Huling (KH) dec. Logan Wesolowski (WG), 7-4.

120 Pounds

For first: Dakota Bromley (BC) dec. Casey Dodson (Eag), 6-5; For third: Brandon Whitley (ER) pinned Blake Clayton (GL), 1:39; For fifth: Braxton Brewer (WV) dec. Grayson Lane (Hix), 6-4 OT.

126 Pounds

For first: Tucker Russo (SD) dec. Dakota Ream (BC), 8-5; For third: Payton Garrlington (Hoo) dec. Dylan Carlile (Dal), 3-1; For fifth: Packy Mullin (ND) dec. Michael Diehmer (MH), 10-7.

132 Pounds

For first: Max Sultan (WG) dec. Jackson Hall (Hoo), 6-5; For third: Tyrus Hamrick (WV) dec. Jose Hernandez (MH), 6-4 OT; For fifth: Alan Frisco (MH) major dec. Isaiah Hawthorne (Hix), 9-0.

138 Pounds

For first: Caleb Langford (WV) pinned Joe Stegal (Cen), 3:42; For third: Austin Williamson (SD) pinned Caven Rogers (BC), 1:59; For fifth: Cole Bartlee (S) pinned Willie Stooksbury (Sey), 2:06.

145 Pounds

For first: Austin Penland (WG) major dec. Brett Clark (S), 13-3; For third: Gage Richmond (SD) major dec. Skyler Boring (MH), 15-4; For fifth: Michael Frazey (Cen) pinned Alex Spires (GL), 2:59.

152 Pounds

For first: Turbo Smith (SD) dec. Chase McClure (S), 9-5; For third: Kendal Small (ER) dec. Ryan hager (WV), 5-3; For fifth: Tyler Garrison (Black) dec. Nathan Wilson (MH), 5-4.

160 Pounds

For first: Tyler Sells (Black) dec. Larry Dickerson (Cen), 6-5; For third: Brandon Womach (S) pinned Aaron Alemany (Hix), 0:59; For fifth: Tyler Barrison (Black) dec. Nathan Wilson (MH), 5-4.

170 Pounds

For first: Chad Solomon (MH) dec. Blake Solomon (Eag), 5-3 OT; For third: Garrett Alexander (SD) dec. Conor Rohrbaugh (KH), 6-1; For fifth: Nick Boyett (S) pinned Cale Shelton (SM), 3:39.

182 Pounds

For first: Sydney Wheeler (Dal) won by default over Schyler Larue (MH); For third: Jevon Brown (Black) dec. Harrison Hall (SM), 5-3; For fifth: Christian Dean (SD) dec. J.R. Thomas (Hunt), 4-2.

195 Pounds

For first: Billy Raulston (WV) dec. Corey Jewell (GL), 4-2; For third: Brandon Cantrell (ER) pinned Clay Strawn (MH), 1:56; For fifth: Alex Shunnaraa (Hoo) pinned Taylor Daly (WG), 4:59.

220 Pounds

For first: T.J. Satterfield (WB) major dec. Matt Franko (S), 14-6; For third: Jeb Davis (MH) dec. Zach Miller (WV), 10-3; For fifth: C.J. Baker (ER) pinned Peyton Demos (Hunt), 2:35.

285 Pounds

For first: George Harris (WG) pinned Joey Evans (MH), 4:36; For third: Robert Wright (M) pinned Austin Wells (Black), 4:58; For fifth: Daniel Cochran (RC) major dec. Drew Cannon (Sey), 14-6.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — His eyes were bleary because it has been a long week for Jim Higgins, Soddy-Daisy's rookie wrestling coach.

His wife gave birth to a son Tuesday, and his Trojans posted victories over Hixson on Tuesday and over Cleveland on Thursday. On Saturday they presented him with his first tournament championship.

"I'm really looking forward to a nap," Higgins said following the final match of the Bradley Central Invitational. "Did we win it? I didn't even know."

The Trojans entered the medal-round matches -- for first, third and fifth places -- with a two-point lead over Alabama power Scottsboro and exited with 193 points, nine better than the runner-up Wildcats, who are their state's Class 5A defending champions.

Rounding out the top 10 in the 27-team field were Walker Valley, Bradley Central, Maryville Heritage, Whitewater, Ga., Maryville, Hoover, Ala., East Ridge and Gordon Lee.

Soddy-Daisy, which was without defending state champion Jacob Stevens (120) and 2012 state runner-up Blaike Henry (182), had two winners in Tucker Russo (126) and Turbo Smith (152), a runner-up in Jake McClure (106) and seven medalists.

Smith was named the tournament's best wrestler after defeating Scottsboro's Chase McClure, a four-time state medalist and the 2011 Bradley Invitational best wrestler award winner. The Trojans' Gage Richmond, who finished third at 145, won the tournament's most pins award.

Though it was his first tournament championship as a head coach, Higgins had no plans to acquire a case to house the trophy.

"The kids can take it. They did it. I'm just a noise-maker and motivator," he said.

The Trojans' plan entering the tournament was simply to get as much of a workout as possible.

"We came up here without a full lineup, and we wanted to be competitive and get in some good matches against good competition," Higgins said.

Other area champions were Bradley's Toribio Navarro (106) and Dakota Bromley (120), Walker Valley's Caleb Langford (138) and Billy Raulston (195) and Dalton's Sydney Wheeler (182).

Walker Valley's third place was the first time the Mustangs have finished ahead of Bradley Central. The Mustangs rallied past the Bears in the medals round.

"What a round we had," Walker Valley coach Alan Morris said. "Overall we had some guys that didn't meet expectations, some that didn't and some that went beyond expectations. Our first goal is to win tournaments, but with a 27-team field finishing third is a good accomplishment and definitely something to build on."

about Ward Gossett...

Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...

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