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Summit boys, Indy girls win Maher/Garstin wrestling tourney team championships

By Maurice Patton

THOMPSONS STATION — Summit won the boys championship at the 16th annual Maher/Garstin Battle for Independence wrestling tournament Saturday, but the outcome was secondary for veteran Spartans coach Pete Miller.

“Just having everybody back on the mat and proving to the world we can run a wrestling tournament and run it the right way, that the sport of wrestling can be successful during a pandemic,” Miller said, addressing the importance of the event that featured athletes from 15 programs from across Middle Tennessee and beyond, as well as 14 girls teams.

“It’s bigger than us. It’s to show (the sport) can still continue. Independence has run everything about this event the right way.”

Jackson Masters (120 pounds), Landon Desselle (132) and Ryan Smith (285) each won weight class championships Saturday, with many of the weights contested in round-robin competition rather than brackets – resulting in more mat time for the wrestlers, a welcome commodity in a season that’s been interrupted for many teams by pandemic-related stoppages.

Summit edged Fairview in the team scoring, with the Yellow Jackets led by its own trio of titlists — Riley Bennett (138), Kendrick Curtis (182) and Jacob Clevenger (220). Beech, Centennial and Brentwood rounded out the top five teams.

On the girls side, host Independence took top team honors followed by Oakland, Summit, Columbia Central and Franklin. Indy’s Baylee Peterson (119) and Brooklyn Long (150) won their respective wright classes.

Tournament director Jared Grindstaff said the circumstances created by the pandemic forced a reduction in participating teams – but that such a reduction had been long considered.

“Last year, we had 27 boys teams and 27 girls teams,” he said. “We had been wanting to shrink the tournament. Nobody really enjoys when the gym is full and everybody’s here till 7 (p.m.). So we’d been looking to scale it back. People can spread out and we’re going to get out of here fairly early.”

Boys team scores

Summit 155; Fairview 152.5; Beech 142.5; Centennial 131; Brentwood 126.5; Nolensville 109.5; Brentwood Acad. 97; Independence 66.5; Sycamore 54; Boyd Buchanan 50; Dickson Co. 48; Ravenwood 38.5; Pope John Paul II 22; Columbia Central 4.5

Boys medalists

106 – Elijah Benfield (Cent); Kayden Quillen (DC); Aiden Scruggs (Bwd); 113 – Blake Palmer (Bee); Grayson Miller (Sum); Zach Ordonez (Bwd); 120 – Jackson Masters (Sum); Keegan Seaver (Frv); Dylan Davenport (Syc); 126 – Trey Bates (Bee); Justin Noll (Sum); Arash Yazdani (Bwd); 132 – Landon Desselle (Sum); Logan Heckert (Syc); Spencer Kon (Ind); 138 – Riley Bennett (Frv); Charles McTorry (BA); Riley Lippincott (Nvl); 145 – Drew Dodson (Rvd); Xander Smartt (Bwd); Chris Witt (Ind); 152 – Alex Ables (Cent); Kaiden Bates (BB); Tate Crowell (Nvl); 160 – Logan Spell (BA); Malachi Bennett (Frv); John Campbell (DC); 170 – Mason Smith (Bee); Kevin Duck (Cent); Zach Sinner (Nvl); 182 – Kendrick Curtis (Frv); Hunter Meade (Bwd); Craig Sanford (Cent); 195 – Donovan Rich (Bee); Nathan Montpool (Nvl); Patrick Styblo (Cent); 220 – Jacob Clevenger (Frv); Tyler Garber (Sum); Bailey Black (Nvl); 285 – Ryan Smith (Sum); Jackson Wells (BA); Bradley Vaughn (Ind)

Girls team scores

Independence 77; Oakland 52.5; Summit 47; Columbia Central 39; Franklin 38; Cheatham Co. 27; Fairview 24; Alcoa 22.5; Centennial 20; Sycamore 20; Brentwood 18; Pope John Paul II 15; Nolensville 13; Ravenwood 7

Girls medalists

103 – Anna Fisher (Alc); Rylee Lent (Ind); Elena Montpool (Nvl); 112 – Livia Kelingos-Spain (Frv); Amanda Thomason (ChCo); Nevaeh Brinson (Sum); 119 – Baylee Peterson (Ind); Millie D’Angelo (Ind); Mila Risner (Oak); 125/132 – Emma Stephenson (Sum); Erica Moore (Bwd); Callie Keightley (JPII); 140 – Isabella Campbell (Fkn); Lindsey Compton (Ind); Graysen Harvey (Cent); 150 – Brooklyn Long (Ind); Brianna Gayton (Col); Rylee Bennett (Sum); 160/170 – Ashlyn McClay (Oak); Fatima Ebrahim (Col); Alexa Powers (Oak); 190 – Savannah Williams (Syc); Jordan Webster (Oak); 215 – Sydney Hueser (Fkn)

Mostradamus speaks: Division I championship predictions

COOKEVILLE — It would stand to reason that Summit’s biggest challenge would come in its biggest game.

Averaging 35 points in postseason play, the Spartans (13-1) will have to overcome a defensive-minded Oak Ridge squad to conclude the year with its first football state championship.

The two face off in Friday’s 7 p.m. finale of the three-day BlueCross Bowl, the Class 5A matchup, following the Class 3A finals between Alcoa and Milan at 11 a.m. and the South Pittsburg/Fayetteville Class 1A title tilt at 3 p.m.

Oak Ridge has pitched five shutouts through its 11-3 campaign, including a 14-0 semifinal victory over South-Doyle – its second blanking of the playoffs.

“They’re very strong defensively,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said of the Wildcats, who barely allowed 14 points on average through 13 on-field contests. “They stop the run, they pressure you with man-to-man (coverage) and stop the passing game. Their middle linebacker is aggressive.

“Their opponent last week scored nothing. If you’re going to do that in the semifinals, there’s something to be said for that. You can tell by their previous games, their previous scores, (defense) is what they hang their hat on.”

Junior linebacker Jacob Berven anchors that unit for Oak Ridge, along with defensive end Jaxson Adams and safety Cole Adams.

“Our defense has played well in every game except one, and it’s gotten better and better as we get deeper into the season,” Wildcats coach Joe Gaddis said. “We know the challenges Summit brings are certainly different from a week ago. South-Doyle had a great team, but they were more one-dimensional.

“Summit will be a lot more difficult to prepare for and more difficult to stop and slow down, because they do so many different things.”

For the Spartans, everything starts with junior quarterback Destin Wade. The Mr. Football finalist heads into the matchup averaging 268 total yards per game – a number that has increased to 315 in the playoffs – with 34 total touchdowns.

“Coming from last year, he relied more on his legs,” Coleman said. “We felt like to give him the best opportunity to play quarterback collegiately, was for him to get better in the passing game. He has all the athletic ability; he just needs to fine-tune those things. He’s worked hard, and his teammates have helped him get better.”

That ability to put pressure on even the best defensive units may be the decisive factor in Friday’s contest.

Mostradamus’ pick: Summit 28, Oak Ridge 24.

Class 3A — Alcoa (13-1) vs. Milan (12-1), 11 a.m. Friday: The Tornadoes are pursuing their sixth consecutive state championship – after winning seven straight from 2004-10 — following their 42-7 semifinal win at Red Bank. Milan spoiled a title game rematch from last season with its 27-13 semifinal victory against visiting Pearl-Cohn. Back-to-back upsets aren’t likely for the Bulldogs. Alcoa 35, Milan 13.

Class 1A – South Pittsburg (13-1) vs. Fayetteville (12-2), 3 p.m. Friday: South Pitt’s only loss came to Class 2A finalist Meigs County, a 28-21 decision on Oct. 9. Since, the Pirates have run off six straight on-field victories, including a 37-7 semifinal win over Gordonsville – the same Gordonsville team that defeated Fayetteville 21-14 on Oct. 16. Making their first state title game appearance, the Tigers may be a bit out of their element. South Pittsburg 28, Fayetteville 20.

Class 4A – Elizabethton (14-0) vs. Haywood (10-3), 11 a.m. Saturday: After going unbeaten en route to the 2019 state crown, the Cyclones – led by Mr. Football finalists Troy Parker Hughes and Bryson Rollins — are looking for a second such finish in Saturday’s opener after decisively defeating host Nolensville in the semifinals (56-21) last week. Haywood slipped past Lexington 17-14 to claim the spot opposite Elizabethton, but the Tomcats will have an uphill climb. Elizabethton 41, Haywood 20.

Class 2A – Meigs Co. (14-0) vs. Peabody (13-0), 3 p.m. Saturday: In the only championship clash between unbeatens, Meigs looks to cap a fall full of adversity with a title. The Tigers advanced with their closest game to date, a 16-13 decision at Trousdale County. Peabody has allowed just 17 points in three playoff games, throttling Waverly 42-7 in the semifinals. Meigs Co. 35, Peabody 21.

Class 6A – Oakland (14-0) vs. Brentwood (11-3), 7 p.m. Saturday: Since the program’s 1972 establishment, the Patriots have never put together an unbeaten season – even with four title campaigns in 1984, 1998, 2008 and 2018. The final hurdle to doing so is a Brentwood team that Oakland defeated 37-0 in Week 7. The Pats warmed up for Saturday’s contest with a 49-7 semifinal victory over Maryville, while Brentwood won 24-14 at Bartlett. Oakland 27, Brentwood 14.

Last week: 10-2 (.833)
Season: 85-28 (.752)