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Ward Gossett

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There are only three wrestling teams without a league loss in the Southern Conference, and two of them meet this afternoon when Southern Illinois-Edwardsville hosts the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

He's superstitious enough to have waited, but chances are good that Hixson wrestling coach Garrick Hall renewed a tradition Friday evening by calling the Marriott in Franklin to reserve rooms for the state duals Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Austin Houser opened the rivalry matchup with a pin, and Soddy-Daisy's unexpected charge was on.

The week after McCallie's Lee Connell won his second state wrestling championship, his family had a ceremony in which he passed a baton to younger brother Adam.

Hans Casseus weighed in at 130 pounds but in a night of forfeits, switches and weight-swapping, the first-year wrestler found himself at 138 pounds and his pin was pivotal in Central's 40-32 victory over Notre Dame.

"Chattanooga Strong," the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's wrestling watchword, received a national endorsement late Tuesday afternoon.

Hixson High School moved a step closer to another state wrestling duals berth Tuesday with a forfeit-aided 55-15 victory at Red Bank.

After three seasons, Ricky Holliday has resigned as football coach at Meigs County.

The Signal Mountain wrestling team is coming off a disappointing finish in the East Hamilton Invitational. The program still is looking for its first tournament championship after finishing second to Dalton.

HAMPTON, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team put together a 4-1 weekend and finished fifth in the Virginia Duals.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Striving for perfection led to a perfect day for Walker Valley in the Mustangs' eight-team dual wrestling tournament Saturday.

HAMPTON, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga posted a 1-1 first-day record at the Virginia Duals wrestling tournament.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — It wasn't Cleveland's biggest or most complete win of the high school wrestling season, but it was the Blue Raiders' sweetest with no doubt.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will introduce the newest Moc this morning against Arizona State.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — In the official renewal of one of the area's most colorful wrestling rivalries of the 1980s and '90s, TSSAA Division II power Baylor rebounded from a 16-point deficit to bump off public school power Bradley Central 37-25.

Shane Turner had high hopes when he assumed the head-coaching duties for Red Bank's wrestling program.

Brother Martin wrestlers loaded the bus around 8 p.m. Saturday, but most would agree that enduring the eight-hour ride home was worth it.

There were no sisters to kiss. There wasn't even a tie, but Penn State left McKenzie Arena and the 11th annual Southern Scuffle with mixed emotions Thursday.

The task was almost complete but Penn State was in need of a couple of individual titles to secure its fourth straight Southern Scuffle championship.

The anticipated dogfight for the Southern Scuffle wrestling championship is no pipe dream.

With an eye toward building on the success of the Southern Scuffle over the last three years, tournament organizers and host coach Heath Eslinger are toying with the idea of taking the tournament from two days to three.

There is no question why Penn State returns to the Southern Scuffle, which seems to improve every year.

College wrestling's movers and shakers are either in town or on the way for the Southern Scuffle, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's prequel to the NCAA tournament.

Heath Eslinger brought the takedown T-shirt to University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Now the Mocs coach is bringing dining by candlelight matside.

Michael Calloway on Monday became the second District 6-AA football coach to resign after the 2013 season.

Soddy-Daisy never planned to open the wrestling season with a key match in what should be a rough-and-tumble district.

Led by junior Corey Mock, seven University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestlers medaled Saturday at the Navy Classic.

For the second consecutive week, Knoxville Catholic turned away a Chattanooga area opponent's two-point conversion and escaped with a one-point win.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team competes today in the Navy Classic at Annapolis, Md., and it will be the first individual tournament competition for the Mocs' starters.

Notre Dame High School can boast quality skill guys from quarterback Alex Darras and running back Auston Banks to defenders Tyler Enos, Kealey Green and Ricky Ballard.

Throughout Hixson High School's long football history, Wildcats coaches never had a running back combination to match Kedrick Bradley and Isaiah Robinson.

Shane Turner has begun his head coaching career, taking over Red Bank's wrestling program following a year as an assistant to Ben Reichel.

There will be another tournament at the TSSAA state wrestling championships this year.

Slade Dale may be headed to the University of Georgia on a baseball scholarship but that doesn't mean he's quite ready to turn his back on football.

The outcome was a foregone conclusion.

Two first-time opponents will be at Maclellan Gym tonight for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team.

It took two overtimes and a bold gamble, but Knoxville Catholic assured itself of a third trip to Chattanooga next week.

At a recent District 6-AA meeting, the football coaches selected Willie Stewart as the league's best defensive back.

All Tennessee kickoffs at 7 p.m. local time

Cleveland's Austin Stevison was one of five wrestlers expected to sign scholarship papers Wednesday with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

As a rising sophomore, Harrison Moon attended his first college football camp at Oklahoma. He was the only one at the camp invited to coach Bobby Stoops' office.

Central High School will begin looking soon for its sixth head football coach since 2000.

John Allen has resigned as the football coach at Central High after just three seasons.

Isaiah Robinson has consistently had good games throughout the season, amassing more than 1,300 yards through the regular season.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga let one slip away Sunday and finished the Hokie Duals at Virginia Tech with a 1-2 record.

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — For the first time since 2008, Rhea County was back in the state football playoffs and the Eagles made the most of it Friday, beating visiting Lenoir City 35-24 in the first round of Tennessee's Class 5A playoffs.

There was a time when a steak, cooked medium rare where the center is more red than pink, was high on Ryan Young's favorites list.

Slightly more than a dozen TSSAA Division I football teams are entering the first round of tonight's state playoffs with 4-6 records.

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