PIGEON FORGE, Tn. — Working towards trying to bring home state championship No. 15, Cleveland High School flashed its muscle running away with a repeat Smoky Mountain Duals Championship over the …
PIGEON FORGE, Tn. — Working towards trying to bring home state championship No. 15, Cleveland High School flashed its muscle running away with a repeat Smoky Mountain Duals Championship over the weekend at the Sevierville County Center.
Class AAA's state championship favorites, who won the traditional and duals last season, won all eight matches to win a tasteful prize of a prime rib dinner.
The first-ranked Blue Raiders outscored their competition over Friday and Saturday by a combined 505-76.
An 18-time state champion in Jefferson High School (Ga.) fell to the Bradley County powerhouse 56-8 Saturday. CHS were close to perfect in a 81-0 shutout over Morristown West.
Senior Blue Raiders Isaiah Perez flattened his opposition with six victories ending with a slap of the mat for six points via a pin.
Cleveland is now 18-1 overall on the duals season. A stout lineup for head coach Joey Knox has nine-ranked wrestlers who are all top three in their respective weight classes.
With just one returning state champion in 152 Austin Sweeney, a powerful group looks to not only sweep the state team awards but dominate in individual success as well come February.
A nationally-respected bunch will look to make a bold statement when they travel to Kissimmee, Florida for the Knockout Classic, which will be held at Osceola High School Dec. 28-29.
The Blue Raiders will look to test their power against Camden (Ga.) and South Dade (Fla.) down in the sunshine state. Camden was ranked 14th, while South Dade and Cleveland were 17th and 48th respectively in Wrestling USA Magazine's prep wrestling poll to begin the season.
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