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Summit opens state duals vs. fellow grid power Oakland

By Maurice Patton

There’s no easy path to a state duals wrestling championship.

So there was no preferred bracket configuration for Summit coach Pete Miller as he contemplated Saturday’s TSSAA tournament.

The Spartans will open with a 12 noon Class AAA quarterfinal clash against Oakland at Independence. The winner will meet the Cleveland/Dobyns-Bennett quarterfinal winner at 2 p.m.

The other half of the eight-team bracket — Science Hill/Collierville and Bradley Central/Wilson Central — will take place at Centennial, with the championship set for 5:30 p.m. at Independence.

“It’s the state duals. There’s no easy draw,” Miller said. “We’re just happy we’re there and ready to wrestle anybody.”

Summit sealed a berth with a dominant 49-15 sectional win Saturday over visiting Arlington, while Oakland defeated Beech 44-36.

Coincidentally, as Miller pointed out, both schools won state football championships just a few weeks ago.

“Josh Harris is a great coach. He’s got some great athletes and he’s converted them to wrestlers,” Miller said. “It’s cool to see the football programs carrying over to wrestling. He’s got a huge team, and I’m sure most of them are football guys.”

The Spartan lineup features 195-pounder Maddox Reed, 220-pound Ty Garber and 285-pound Ryan Smith — all ‘football guys’, along with Austin Grooters (145), Finley Jameson (152), John Sloan and John Hill.

Six of the eight quarterfinalists are listed in this week’s Tennessee High School Wrestling Poll. Cleveland is second, behind Baylor, followed by No. 3 Wilson Central and No. 5 Bradley Central. Summit and Oakland are tied for the seventh spot, with Science Hill 12th.

“You’ve got to beat somebody good to make it to where you want to be,” Miller said. “You’ve got to beat Cleveland or Wilson Central to win it.”

The four-team Class A/AA state duals will begin at 1 p.m. at Nolensville, with Pigeon Forge facing Signal Mountain and Hixson taking on Fairview in the semifinals. The third-place and championship matches are set for 3:30 p.m.

In Division II at Mill Creek Middle School, Baylor/Father Ryan and Montgomery Bell Academy/Christian Brothers are the 3:30 p.m. semifinal matchups. The third-place match and finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Each of the tournament fields were reduced by half once the events were relocated from the Williamson County Ag Expo. The facility, which has long hosted both the state dual and individual championships, is unavailable because of pandemic-relalted circumstances.

Class AAA

Quarterfinals

Science Hill vs. Collierville, 12 noon at Centennial
Bradley Central vs. Wilson Central, 12 noon at Centennial
Cleveland vs. Dobyns Bennett, 12 noon at Independence
Summit vs. Oakland, 12 noon at Independence

Consolations

Science Hill/Collierville loser vs. Bradley Central/Wilson Central loser, 2 p.m. at Centennial
Cleveland/Dobyns Bennett loser vs. Summit/Oakland loser, 2 p.m. at Independence

Semifinals

Science Hill/Collierville winner vs. Bradley Central/Wilson Central winner, 2 p.m. at Centennial
Cleveland/Dobyns Bennett winner vs. Summit/Oakland winner, 2 p.m. at Independence

Third place

Semifinal losers, 5:30 p.m. at Independence

Championship, 5:30 p.m. at Independence

Dual wrestling sectionals: Spartans move on, Eagles done

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

Indy to host Maher/Garstin wrestling tourney Saturday

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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.

Friday on the hardwood

B4 Christmas Classic
Goodpasture girls 41, Columbia Central 35

G 9 12 14 6 — 41
C 6 11 9 7 — 35

Goodpasture (41) — La’Zaviona Hawkins 4, Hadleigh Wharton 22, Maddie Byrd 4, Kennedy Corley 11
Columbia Central (35) — Saviya Morgan 3, Ryleigh Hamm 14, Anayah Mullholland 2, Jalei O’Neal 6, Jenice Bailey 2, Kiyanah Edwards 3, Emma Hughes 3, Kaydence Houston 2
3-pointers — Goodpasture 3 (Wharton 2, Byrd), Columbia Central 3 (Hamm 2, Hughes)

East Hickman girls 37, Columbia Acad. 29

EH 9 9 11 8 – 37
CA 13 7 2 7 — 29

East Hickman (37) – Kayla Rhea 7, Abbie Lampley 5, Ella Griffin 7, Maddie Hobbs 7, Taylor Holt 3, Kilitta Sewell 4, Emily Warren 4
Columbia Acad. (29) – Jaelyn Hickerson 3, Isabelle Dees 2, Averi Slaughter 4, Madi Lewis 18, Karli Quillin 2
3-pointers – East Hickman 2 (Hobbs 2), Columbia Acad. 3 (Slaughter, Lewis 2)

Oakland girls 56, Summertown 51

O 17 15 16 8 – 56
S 19 9 15 8 – 51

Oakland (56) — Claira McGowan 19, Nicole Egeruoh 15, Myah Sutton 11, Nikiah Chesterfield 6, Newley Emore 3, Beth Nelson 2
Summertown (51) — Kaley Campbell 18, Katie Burdette 12, Hailey Jones 11, Rylee Long 6, Ansley Burleson 2, Reese Wilson 2
3-pointers – Oakland 6 (McGowan 3, Sutton 2, Emore), Summertown 3 (Campbell 2, Long)

Spartans make Coaches’ poll

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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:

  1. Baylor 131
  2. Cleveland 129
  3. Wilson Central 118
  4. Christian Brothers 103
  5. Bradley Central 98
  6. McCallie 83
  7. Dobyns-Bennett 72
  8. Blackman 70
  9. Summit 24
  10. Beech 16
  11. Pigeon Forge 15
  12. Brentwood 14

Also receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Centennial; Clarksville; Collierville; Father Ryan; Gibbs; Halls; Heritage; Lakeview Chr.; Montgomery Bell Acad.; Oakland; Rossview; Science Hill; Walker Valley

Summertown takes Crews to direct football program

By Maurice Patton

It wasn’t just any job that Dakota Crews was applying for, and it wasn’t just any coach he was vying to replace.

After spending the past season as defensive coordinator at Summertown, Crews was recently named to succeed Leslie Mote at the top of the Eagles’ program after Mote’s dismissal last month.

“With everything that’s going on, it’s not something you’d expect,” Crews said of the vacancy. “You never expect somebody you’re working with to be let go. Even though we didn’t have the season we wanted to have or expected to have, there’s just something about – you always go to work. That’s what we were doing.

“We were close. We had a personal relationship, outside of football. He’s just a good all-around guy, helped me out with a lot of things.”

Summertown ended the season on a six-game losing streak after a 3-0 start and an Associated Press Class 2A Top 10 ranking, and first-year principal Lain Hinson made the decision to end Mote’s coaching tenure after six years.

“Summertown wants to win in everything it does,” Hinson said. “We think (Crews) is going to put in the work to get us in the playoffs consistently and win in the playoffs. With his background in two great programs, he’s won as a player and as an assistant coach and I think he’ll continue with that.”

Mote guided the Eagles from their infancy to a 24-37 record, making a postseason appearance in their second year as a Class 1A program and one more in the 2019 Class 2A playoffs.

Dakota Crews, pictured with wife Morgan (left) and daughter Quinn, has been named to succeed Leslie Mote as football coach at Summertown. Crews served this past season as the Eagles’ defensive coordinator. (Courtesy photo)

Crews, 30, joined Mote’s staff after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant at Oakland. The only Mr. Football in the history of the Lewis County program, Crews worked under Bobby Sharp for six seasons at his alma mater after completing his collegiate playing career at Maryville College.

“Whenever they called and said they wanted to offer me the job, it was humbling,” he said. “It was a true honor that they thought I was the right guy for the job at this moment. It’s truly humbling that they would choose a guy like me, because I am so young.”

“We had a whole lot more applicants than I anticipated us having – a good applicant pool,” Hinson said. “Everybody I talked to when I really dug into Dakota, the places he’s been, the coaches he’s coached under, they said ‘you’ve got the guy right in front of you’.

“He cares about his kids. He’s a ‘teacher’. I saw that first hand; he taught across the hall from me (at Lewis County). I know what kind of person he is. He’s going to put the kids first, he’s going to make the right decisions even when those decisions are tough.”

The Eagles are slated to compete in a revamped Region 5-2A next fall, with Cascade (Region 4-2A), Mt. Pleasant (Class 1A) and Richland (Class 1A) joining holdovers Forrest and Loretto, while Community (Class 3A), Eagleville (Class 1A) and Lewis County (Region 6-2A) will depart the league.

“I tried to be very transparent (with) the people that came and interviewed,” Hinson said. “Whoever came in needs to come with a shovel in their hand. We’ve got a lot of work to do; we’re still a young program. But I saw what Summit did (winning the Class 5A state title in its 10th year of existence). It can be done. We’ve got to get somebody in that cares about the kids, that’s going to put expectations out there and is going to work.”

2020 schedule

Aug. 20 at Lawrence Co.
Aug. 27 at Wayne Co.
Sept. 3 vs. Richland*
Sept. 10 vs. Collinwood
Sept. 17 at Forrest*
Sept. 24 at Zion Chr.
Sept. 30 vs. Loretto*
Oct. 15 vs. Mt. Pleasant*
Oct. 22 vs. Lewis Co.
Oct. 29 at Cascade*
*region game