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Ward Gossett

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For the first time in two years, the Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself in a runner-up role entering a tournament's championship finals.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga opened against Campbell at the Fighting Camels' strengths, reeled off six straight wins and left Buies Creek, N.C., with a 32-10 Southern Conference wrestling victory Saturday.

In a tournament nobody but the TSSAA seemed to want, Father Ryan won going away Friday at Baylor, scoring 273.5 points and qualifying 13 for next week's traditional state tournament in Franklin.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's streaking Mocs will be in Buies Creek, N.C., tonight and at Davidson, N.C., on Sunday with the intention of clinching at least a tie for the Southern Conference regular-season wrestling championship.

The goal at Hixson High School hasn’t changed. Coach Garrick Hall and the Wildcats want to win the region wrestling tournament.

No more Soddy-Daisy or Ooltewah wrestlers but the competition figures to be just as stiff in the Region 2-A/AA tournament Friday and Saturday at Hixson.

Tennessee's high school wrestling power balance has undergone a decided shift.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, fresh from a 35-8 Southern Conference win over Appalachian State, moved up to No. 19 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll this week.

They did it at different times but in similar situations and the heavyweights led to victories for champions Cleveland and Baylor in the weekend's Tennessee state duals in Franklin.

Alex Hudson and Dawson Peck recorded technical falls and Scottie Boykin added a major decision to lead the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to a lopsided 35-8 wrestling victory over banged up Appalachian State on Sunday afternoon.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — It's hard to say which was bigger — Cleveland's second straight pounding of Wilson Central to win the Class AAA state wrestling duals title or Baylor coming from behind to secure its first Division II crown since 2011.

Senior Alex Hudson isn't saying adios yet, but he will wrestle his final home meet for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this afternoon.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Region 4 may be the state's toughest for Class AAA wrestling, but the chances of advancing more than two to the state duals is tougher.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The Cleveland and Soddy-Daisy wrestling teams are in the Class AAA state duals semifinals while Baylor gained the Division II championship match.

The Hixson wrestling team arrived early in Franklin for the TSSAA state dual championships that begin this afternoon, but the Wildcats and the rest of the Chattanooga-area contingent have had to overcome weather issues and school closings.

Less than a year ago, Niko Brown was putting the finishing touches on a 30-5 season, one that would eventually include a Southern Conference championship and his second trip to the NCAA tournament.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team will be taking a step back in time following the current season.

Wilson Central never has won a state wrestling championship, and the upstart Wildcats were on the short end of a record-setting 78-4 beatdown a year ago.

In old-school fashion with a good measure of rough-and-tumble like that taught for years by Luke Worsham and Dave Spencer, Baylor and McCallie went toe-to-toe in wresling Friday night.

The anticipated winners came through and advanced to the Tennessee State Duals next Friday in Franklin, but not without a few palpitations.

Trent Walliser is back in wrestling, and so is Lookout Valley.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga upped its Southern Conference win string to 11 and its league record to 3-0 Wednesday in Charleston, S.C.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga climbed one notch to No. 22 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association poll this week, and much of the reason for the Mocs' 11-5 record can be linked to freshmen.

It's hard to gauge the team strength of the Halls Invitational wrestling tournament in Knoxville, but winning by 68.5 points there over runner-up Bradley Central gives Wilson Central reason to boast heading into the Division I state duals Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Franklin.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Southern Conference win streak is back to double-digits following Sunday's 35-6 victory at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

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.

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