To little surprise, the TSSAA Class AAA state traditional tournament opened Thursday night in Franklin with wrestlers from Cleveland and Bradley Central leading the way.
Cleveland's Blue Raiders enter the Ag Expo Center with hopes of earning a third straight sweep of the season's team state championships, having secured this year's duals crown already. Coach Joey Knox's group jumped out to 88 team points, while Bradley Central was second with 74 points, one ahead of Wilson Central.
Cleveland has eight wrestlers still in the hunt for individual state titles, while Bradley's Bears have seven.
East Hamilton's Cade Meeks opened his 170-pound championship quest with a 11-5 decision and a 13-4 major decision, while teammate Jason Brumlow (195) improved to 37-1 this season with an 8-1 decision and a first-round pin.
Walker Valley's Jadon Langford (285) is trying to return to the finals after finishing as runner-up last season. Langford began that bid with two decisions in his favor, 5-0 and 9-4.
Silverdale girls, Boyd Buchanan boys show promise late but fall in Division II-A East Region semifinals