Area Wrestling

Area Wrestling

April 24th, 2011 in Bestofpreps2011

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

MARVIN LOPEZ

Cleveland's 135-pounder lost just once as a senior before earning his third region title and his second state championship. He has signed to wrestle with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. "He was just a workhorse that battled every day," Blue Raiders coach Eric Phillips said. "He took every practice like it was the end of the world. He's a wonderful kid who went from an average wrestler to a great wrestler through his hard work." Lopez compiled a 189-20 career mark, including 40-1 this past season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

ERIC PHILLIPS

Phillips is more interested in spreading the credit than taking any for Cleveland's run to the traditional state championship, its first since the mid-1990s. "The kids never doubted. They had a lot of faith in what we do. I'm getting a lot of credit, but so much should go to our parents and assistant coaches," he said. "The kids have a lot of character. I think a younger team like we had, or any team for that matter, came back from a number of defeats and believed me when I said we could win." Phillips' staff includes Jake Yost, Al Miller, Thomas Queen, Duane Shriver and Carlos Thompson.

FIRST TEAM

Ethan Beddingfield

RHEA COUNTY

Junior/171 pounds

He posted a 21-2 record, winning the region and improving his career record to 68-16.

Patrick Benson

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Junior/285 pounds

A two-time region champion, he secured his first state title to cap off a 36-3 season.

Tucker Bolton

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Senior/215 pounds

A 37-0 season took Bolton to his first state title and fourth region championship.

Bradley Colbaugh

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Senior/152 pounds

He went 60-2, leading the area in wins, and earned his fourth region title and first state crown.

Cole Dias

WALKER VALLEY

Senior/145 pounds

He went 31-14, improving his career record to 96-56 with his first region championship.

Ethan Hames

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Senior/125 pounds

The UTC signee and two-time state champion went 32-2 this year, 151-9 for his career.

Aaron Hutson

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Senior/119 pounds

A first-year starter, Hutson entered the lineup after Christmas and still managed a 32-3 record.

Jesse Jones

CLEVELAND

Junior/189 pounds

A key to the Blue Raiders' state-title run, Jones won a region title and finished the year 32-8.

Aaron Lopez

CLEVELAND

Sophomore/140 pounds

He stepped out of his brother's shadow to go 27-1 and win his first region and state titles.

Isaiah Nichols

CLEVELAND

Senior/160 pounds

He posted a 27-9 record and was an integral part of the Blue Raiders' state-team-title drive.

Austin Oliver

CLEVELAND

Sophomore/112 pounds

He finished fifth in the state for a season record of 25-10 and a career mark of 66-13.

Tyler Schuch

BRADLEY CENTRAL

Junior/135 pounds

A state runner-up this year, he finished with a 58-6 record, improving to 89-10 for his career.

Austin Stevison

CLEVELAND

Freshman/103 pounds

He finished third in the state and had a 38-5 first-year record at the high school level.

Brandon Strickland

CLEVELAND

Junior/130 pounds

He was 23-14, improving his career record to 69-39 and finishing fifth in the state tournament.

SECOND TEAM

JACOB BAILEY Bradley Central Junior 160

DAKOTA BROMLEY Bradley Central Freshman 103

JACOB CLIMER Bradley Central Senior 112

JERICHO CRUTCHER Bradley Central Junior 130

HADEN HAMILTON Cleveland Sopho 125

JORDAN HINES Cleveland Junior 285

BLAKE JACKSON Bradley Central Senior 145

MICAH LANGFORD Walker Valley Freshman 135

DEVN MCCULLEY Bradley Central Senior 189

CHUCK NORWOOD Cleveland Junior 152

TYLER PITTS Bradley Central Senior 140

A.J. SHELTON Bradley Central Senior 171

JOEL SIMPKINS Cleveland Sophomore 119

SETH SNYDER Cleveland Junior 215

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

1 CLEVELAND

The Blue Raiders finished second to Bradley Central in the state duals and the traditional region tournament before winning the traditional state title.

2 BRADLEY CENTRAL

The Bears won the state duals again and were runnersup in the traditional state tournament.

3 WALKER VALLEY

The Mustangs continue to chase Cleveland and Bradley but got to the region duals and finished third in the traditional regional.

Photos by Allison Carter. Text by Ward Gossett. Layout by Stacey Wysong.