Results from this week’s Class AAA dual wrestling sectionals. Sectional winners advance to the state tournament, which will take place Feb. 6 at Centennial and Independence high schools.
Summit 49, Arlington 15: 126 – Justin Noll (S) d. Javier Montero 7-4; 132 – Landon Desselle (S) by forfeit; 138 – Austin Grooters (S) d. Aiden Nettleton 6-1; 145 – Summit by forfeit; 152 – Finley Jameson (S) p. Colin Nelson, 0:46; 160 – Dylan Cockman (A) by forfeit; 170 – Luke Krepela (A) md. Luke Justice 13-2; 182 – Chase Rozell (A) tf. Jensen Schreiber 21-6; 195 – Maddox Reed (S) by forfeit; 220 – Ty Garber (S) p. Walker Funk, 0:52; 285 – Ryan Smith (S) p. Jeremiah Logan, 0:34; 106 – Grayson Miller (S) by forfeit; 113 – Jarvis Little (S) md. Kaleb Reaume 13-4; 120 – Jackson Masters (S) d. Hunter Heflin 7-3
Collierville 41, Independence 33: 132 – Gage King (C) d. Spencer Kon 5-3; 138 – Lucas Spradley (C) by forfeit; 145 – Cameron Cook (C) p. Chris Witt; 152 – Christian Flynn (C) tf. Maverick Marmol 18-3; 160 – Tanner Willett (I) p. Travis Nance; 170 – Cannon Roberts (I) md. Brandon Gutierrez 12-2; 182 – Wyatt Lankford (C) p. Hudson Holsinger; 195 – Gabriel Hall (I) tf. Andrew Temko 18-3; 220 – Noah Holcomb (C) p. Preston Sanders; 285 – Christian Iroh (C) by forfeit; 106 – Russell Ford (I) by forfeit; 113 – Nicholas Sebastian (I) p. Hayden Lenard; 120 – Philip Shand (I) p. Alex Lockhart; 126 – Damen Pullen (C) d. Brandon Lee 6-4
Wilson Central def. Blackman by forfeit Oakland 44, Beech 36 Cleveland def. Heritage by forfeit Bradley Central 45, Maryville 33 Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 39, Halls 30 Johnson City Science Hill def. Anderson Co. by forfeit
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
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
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)
More than a dozen boys and girls high school wrestling programs will be represented Saturday at the Maher/Garstin Battle for Independence tournament, hosted by the Eagles and Lady Eagles in Thompson Station.
Along with the host teams, Beech, Boyd Buchanan, Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, Centennial, Dickson County, Fairview, Nolensville, Pope John Paul II, Ravenwood, Summit and Sycamore will compete in the boys field.
On the girls side, Alcoa, Brentwood, Centennial, Cheatham County, Columbia Central, Fairview, Franklin, Nolensville, Oakland, Pope John Paul II, Ravenwood and Sycamore will be in action.
Wrestling will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m., with the final set for approximately 1 p.m.
Summit is listed among the teams in the initial Tennessee Wrestling Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 9.
Now in its 29th year, the poll is primarily a measure of dual-meet strength with some consideration given to individual tournament strength. Votes are cast by a statewide panel of high school coaches and are based on a maximum power ranking of 144.
The Spartans improved to 11-0 on the season with a 36-30 district win Tuesday at 12th-ranked Brentwood. Thursday’s scheduled match against Green Hill has been canceled, as has a weekend trip to Cleveland for a duals tournament. Currently, their next match is set for Dec. 18 against visiting Riverdale.
This week’s poll, with power ranking points, follows:
Wilson Central 118
Christian Brothers 103
Bradley Central 98
Pigeon Forge 15
Also receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Centennial; Clarksville; Collierville; Father Ryan; Gibbs; Halls; Heritage; Lakeview Chr.; Montgomery Bell Acad.; Oakland; Rossview; Science Hill; Walker Valley
Winners of the 2020 TSSAA Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards were decided prior to postseason play.
So Destin Wade’s playoff performance won’t figure into his chances to walk away with that hardware at the Dec. 8 luncheon.
But there’s no doubt his efforts have played a massive role in Summit’s return to the Class 5A state championship game, and will have a say in whether the Spartans conclude that second straight appearance with a crown during this weekend’s BlueCross Bowl contest against Oak Ridge.
“He’s definitely one of those kids that, as a coach, you might get the opportunity to coach once,” said Henry County’s James Counce Jr., the most recent coach to watch Wade end his team’s season. “You might, if you’re lucky, you might get to coach a guy like that sometime in your career.
Since the calendar turned to November, the junior signalcaller has put up numbers that make his regular season look relatively pedestrian, even as he paced the 2019 state runners-up to a 9-1 campaign that included four ‘COVID’ wins.
In victories over Hillwood (42-6), Region 5-5A rival Columbia Central (28-14), Beech (36-29) and Henry County (35-21) – the last two on the road – Wade has accounted for 1,258 offensive yards and 16 total touchdowns. He’s gained 72 percent of the team’s total offense and all but five of the Spartans’ TDs.
vs. Hillwood (42-6)
vs. Columbia Central (28-14)
at Beech (36-29)
at Henry Co. (35-21)
“He’s definitely a guy that they could probably be OK without, but they’re really danged good when they’ve got him. He is a difference maker,” said Counce, whose team led 14-7 early in the third quarter of their semifinal matchup Friday before Wade led a 28-point second-half outburst by throwing for a game-tying score and running for two in the final eight minutes.
Wade, the only Class 5A Mr. Football finalist still playing – Knoxville Central’s Kalib Fortner and David Crockett’s Prince Kollie are the other two candidates – accounted for just three scores in Summit’s most recent victory, after running and passing for at least four in each of the Spartans’ three earlier wins. He had a hand in all five touchdowns while rallying his squad for a 36-29 quarterfinal triumph at Beech.
“The first thing you notice when you come out there is his size,” Hillwood coach Tom Moore said of the 6-4, 205-pounder. “You can’t tell on film how big he is. He’s a huge kid. Then the second thing is how well he runs, how well he moves. He’s got good lateral movement, he can accelerate. You think you’ve got an angle on him, and he’s past you and he’s gone. We said he’s like a Cam Newton out there.
“You’re certainly concerned with him dropping back and passing, throwing the ball, but we were more concerned with him running the ball. You’ve almost got to ‘spy’ a linebacker or a safety when he drops back to pass.”
He’s been dangerous in both facets offensively – throwing for 557 postseason yards with nine touchdowns (and no interceptions), while rushing for 194 or more yards in each of his last three outings.
“I’d say he seemed more hungry in the playoffs,” Central coach Jason Hoath said after Wade rushed for 242 yards (seven short of his season high, set in the opener at Independence) three scores during Summit’s second-round victory. “Not that he wasn’t in the regular season, but you could tell he was definitely kicking it up a notch in the playoffs.
“He’s had a heck of a season. The fact that he’s a true dual-threat quarterback – it’s a lot more difficult when you have to defend all 11 guys as opposed to 10, when your quarterback is a running threat. He’ll definitely play a big role; he’ll be the key to their offense. They’re fundamentally sound. They’re going to play ‘responsibility’ football, they’re not going to make a whole lot of mistakes. They’ve got a group of guys that play well as a team and rely on each other. You add an elite athlete on top of that? That’s a good combination.”
Coming behind a regular season that saw him compile 713 rushing yards, 713 passing yards and 18 total TDs in parts of six games, Wade’s fall-long performance has undoubtedly earned the attention of Joe Gaddis and the Oak Ridge coaching staff in preparation for Friday’s 7 p.m. game at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
“He’s a great athlete, a great football player,” Gaddis said. “He’s a great running threat and passing threat. To watch him throw all the passes he throws, with accuracy – he’s special, a great quarterback.”
Maurice Patton is the editor for Southern Middle Tennessee Sports. E-mail: email@example.com; Twitter: @mopatton_sports.