FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Central and Soddy-Daisy brought high school state championships back to Hamilton County from the duals wrestling tournament Saturday at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo.
Central rallied out of a seesaw affair with Pigeon Forge to secure its second Class A/AA state title, 33-27, and Soddy-Daisy held off a frantic rally to fend off Cleveland 29-22 in the AAA final.
Soddy-Daisy needed a simple win to lock down the victory but instead got a pin from the newest member of the team, transfer Josh Deckelman. The sophomore 126-pounder got his pin with just 20 seconds left in the first period of the final match of the night.
Central also went to the final bout with sophomore 106-pounder Bryson Lemons taking the Purple Pounders from a 27-all deadlock to victory security, also with a pin.
Christian Brothers convincingly won the Division II title over Father Ryan, 41-22 decision.
Earlier in the day, Hixson and Baylor secured third-place finishes in the A/AA and Division II classes. Hixson cakewalked past Seymour and Baylor beat McCallie for the second time this year.
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 ...