Ward Gossett (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6288
E-mail: wgossett@timesfreepress.com
An assistant sports editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Ward has covered a variety of sports for the News-Free Press and the Times Free Press since becoming a full-time staff member in 1970. He traveled the country as the University of Tennessee football beat writer University of Tennessee from 1984-1999 and also covered men's and women's college basketball. Prior to that he served as the paper's Atlanta Falcons beat writer, while also covering college football and high school sports, specializing in football, wrestling and baseball. He also spent many summer evenings and weekends covering men's and women's softball and was the paper's boxing writer for several years. Ward is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Tennessee chapter), the Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame. He currently covers high school sports — primarily football, wrestling and baseball — but also covers University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Ward can be reached at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765 or 423-757-6288. Follow him at Twitter.com/wardgossett.

Bradley Central takes state wrestling title; Cleveland, McCallie, Hixson runners-up

Published Feb. 19 2017

If they wind up the sirens and gear up the escort for yet another victory parade in Cleveland today, they'll...

'Cow Palace' to remain state wrestling home

Published Feb. 18 2017

There are no plans for the TSSAA to move the state wrestling events from the Williamson County Agricultural Expo, nor...

Bradley Central puts five in state finals, poised for title repeat

Published Feb. 18 2017

Displaying relentless resolve, defending champion Bradley Central scored 50-plus points in the championship semifinals Friday night, gaining five finalists and...


Hixson has A/AA numbers advantage; Division II could be four-team struggle

Published Feb. 17 2017

The numbers indicate Hixson will be the favorite — or at least among the favorites — to win the Class...

Same story, different year: Bradley Central favored to win wrestling state title

Published Feb. 16 2017

It is a recurring storyline. Bradley Central enters the Tennessee Class AAA wrestling championships as the favorite.

Bradley, Cleveland starting to pull away in AAA wrestling

Published Feb. 16 2017

The Tennessee Class AAA state wrestling team race was tight from one perspective on opening night Thursday, but it was...

Bradley wrestling nerd Ryan McElhaney profits from sacrifice, work ethic

Published Feb. 16 2017

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — There is a sole purpose when Ryan McElhaney hops on a bike — stationary or otherwise.

Senior day swamping: Mocs blister The Citadel [photos]

Published Feb. 13 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's victory over The Citadel could have been sputtering rather than sparkling.

Bradley Central overcomes setback, holds on for 4-AAA wrestling title

Published Feb. 12 2017

The Region 4-AAA traditional wrestling championship was still up for grabs with two championship finals remaining.

Clay Dent, Jared Johnson, Sean Mappes among Mocs' senior honorees today

Published Feb. 12 2017

Jared Johnson might never have envisioned himself as a heavyweight, but he has spent the past two seasons — after...

Hixson puts 10 in semifinals, leads A/AA region

Published Feb. 11 2017

There must be something Garrick Hall and his Hixson wrestlers relish about Signal Mountain.

McCallie favorite in East/Middle wrestling

Published Feb. 10 2017

The last time McCallie hosted Division II's East/Middle Regionwrestling tournament, the Blue Tornado qualified 12 for the state tournament but...


Knox Fuller, Ethan Dendy unbeaten entering wrestling traditional postseason

Published Feb. 10 2017

As Tennessee's high school traditional wrestling postseason begins, there are only two undefeated wrestlers from the Chattanooga area.

Another Bradley-Cleveland fight expected at Region 4-AAA wrestling tournament

Published Feb. 9 2017

Bradley Central's wrestling team moved a step closer to evening the score with county rival Cleveland last weekend, besting the...

Are Hixson, Notre Dame in for A/AA region dogfight?

Published Feb. 8 2017

Hixson's Garrick Hall thought he was putting his best team on the mat at last weekend's wrestling state duals, which...

McCallie in state duals final; Cleveland, Bradley close to another rematch

Published Feb. 4 2017

For the first time since 2006, McCallie has reached the Tennessee state duals championship round.

Prep Notebook: Drew Viscomi follows through, signs with Northwestern

Published Feb. 3 2017

McCallie soccer standout Drew Viscomi committed to Northwestern last spring and signed this week with the Big Ten school.

UTC wrestlers face stiff SoCon tests in North Carolina

Published Feb. 3 2017

For all of his bubbly optimism, Heath Eslinger is also a realist.

Tennessee's A/AA wrestling duals very balanced

Published Feb. 3 2017

Domination by the Chattanooga area in Tennessee's wrestling duals championships, especially in the A/AA classification, has dwindled, and for teams...

Chattanooga area teams to play in Tennessee wrestling championships

Published Jan. 30 2017

Pairings have been set in each of the respective classifications for the Tennessee state duals wrestling championships Friday and Saturday...