Top-ranked Bear wrestlers shoo Owls out of barn

From Staff Reports
Posted 1/11/17

OOLTEWAH — Getting the referee to slap the vinyl seven times in a row, top-ranked Bradley Central made quick work of Ooltewah on the wrestling mat Tuesday evening in “The Barn.”

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Top-ranked Bear wrestlers shoo Owls out of barn

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OOLTEWAH — Getting the referee to slap the vinyl seven times in a row, top-ranked Bradley Central made quick work of Ooltewah on the wrestling mat Tuesday evening in “The Barn.”

Ranked atop one state poll and second in the other, Coach Ben Smith’s squad tuned up for Thursday evening’s showdown with archrival Cleveland High by shooing the Owls 64-7.

The reigning double state champion Bears will try to avenge their lone defeat of the season when they invade Raider Arena tomorrow night to take on the Blue Raiders, who are also ranked first in one state poll and second in the other, vice versa of Bradley.

Cleveland was able to get pins in the final two matches for a 34-33 victory when the two teams met for the championship title of the Cleveland Duals in mid December. The varsity action will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

After the crosstown showdown, Bradley will head to Johnson City on Friday for the Moffett Duals against 11th-ranked Science Hill and No. 4 Christian Brothers Friday evening, before participating in the prestigious Fandetti/Richardson Brawl Saturday.

On Tuesday evening, the Bears got pins from state champion Ryan McElhaney two minutes into the 132-pound match, before Andy Robinson put his 138-pound opponent’s shoulder to the mat at the 3:03 mark.

Three-time state champ Knox Fuller remained unbeaten on the season with a pin at the 3:17 point of the 145-pound match, followed by third-rank Austin Mathews “sticking” his 152-pound opponent in just 43 ticks.

Second-ranked 160-pounder Caleb Adkins needed just 65 seconds to pin his man, before Henley Headrick ended the 170-pound match at the 2:43 mark.

Fifth-ranked Ed Elkins wrapped up the seven-pin streak when he put his 182-pound opponent on his back in just 20 seconds for the quickest “stick” of the night.

Gaven Hughes earned a 6-1 decision in the 120-pound match for the Bears, while heavyweight Chris Cash claimed a 7-4 decision.

BEARS 64, OWLS 7

106 — Wesley Devaney (BC) by forfeit; 113 — Kobe Prater (BC) won by forfeit; 120 — Gaven Hughes (BC) dec. Gavin Carroll, 6-1; 126 — Ethan Anderson (BC) tech. fall Justice McClure, 16-0; 132 — Ryan McElhaney (BC) pinned Tucker Passons, 2:00; 138 — Andy Robinson (BC) pinned Easton Norris, 3:03; 145 — Knox Fuller (BC) pinned Marek Banks, 3:17; 152 — Austin Mathews (BC) pinned Tay Paris, :43; 160 — Caleb Adkins (BC) pinned Jordan Davis, 1:05; 170 —Henley Headrick (BC) pinned Ethan Retelaff, 2:43; 182 — James Elkins (BC) pinned Franscisco Gallardo, :20; 195 — Blake Wright (O) major dec. Alex Shoemaker, 12-2; 220 — Victor Bednarski (O) dec. Devin Gibson, 5-4; 285 — Christopher Cash (BC) dec. Kevin Chang, 7-4.

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