It was a big weekend in wrestling for our local teams. Here’s what happened with Cleveland High School, Bradley Central High School and the Higher Calling Youth Wrestling Club:
Cleveland High School
Cleveland High had four teams competing over the weekend. Three were at the prestigious Ed Cressel Classic in Bristol, Virginia, where 61 teams competed. The Blue Raiders scored 256 points. There were four champions in Bristol: Bentley Ellison, Arlo Laxton, Trae McDaniel and Cael Laxton. The Blue Raiders’ B-Team placed 22nd, while the C-Team earned 34th place.
“Out of 61 teams, our third-string placed halfway up at 34th place,” said Cleveland Head Coach Joey Knox. “This is amazing and great news for fans of our team!”
Knox said Cleveland had three starters out because of injuries incurred at last week’s tough match against Bradley Central.
Cleveland’s fourth team competed over the weekend at the Soddy-Daisy JV Showdown. The Blue Raiders won the tournament with 144 points over second place McCallie, who had 114 points.
Bradley Central High School
Bradley Central’s Bears (ranked third in the state) had a major victory over second-ranked Science Hill on Friday night, winning 40-30.
On Saturday, the Bears finished in second place behind Christian Brothers at the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl.
The Bears had three champions: Ethan Wilson, Easton Lipsey and Tyrone McDonald. Bradley’s only runner-up was Austin McClure. The three third-place finishers were Ethan Lipsey, Luke Belcher and Taron Patterson. Fourth-place finishers were Gaven Hughes and Gavin Sewell. Sixth place: Chase Stansberry and Austin Lynn. Seventh place: Seth Gregory and Cody McDaniel.
Higher Calling Youth Wrestling
Cleveland Higher Calling Youth Wrestling Club won all three 2020 TNAAU Championships over the weekend, according to Head Coach Josh Bosken: Elementary Dual Club State Champions, Middle School Dual Club State Champs, and Beginner Team State Champs.
The three “Beginner” state champions were Kellan Green, Konnor Green and Hudson Robbins. Second place finishers were Cannon Haun, Landon Davis, Kyler Dyer, Kai Page and Chase Stephens. Finishing in third were Elijah Tate, Dillon Donohoo and Jaxon Williams. Mason Knox had a fourth-place finish.