The Lake Forest Bruins wrestling team took to the mats again Saturday, participating in the Cleveland Middle Raider Rumble with 11 other teams and bringing home a second place plaque.
The Bruins’ first opponent was Tullahoma, which the Bruins defeated 64-18. Helping with that score were pins coming from Trey Hicks at 78 pounds, T.J. Hicks at 86 pounds, Heath Townsend at 108 pounds, Will Kaylor at 115 pounds, Byron Mantooth at 123 pounds, Austin Mathews at 140 pounds, and Caleb Adkins at 150 pounds.
The Bruins second opponent was Alcoa Middle, which the Bruins beat by a score of 69-12. Pins came from Tyler Cook at 72 pounds, Trey Hicks, T.J. Hicks, Ian Marchese at 94 pounds, Ethan Anderson at 100 pounds, Byron Mantooth, Billy Shalchick at 130 pounds, and Shawn Young at 150 pounds.
The Bruins third opponent was William Blount, which the Bruins defeated 72-9, with pins from Zack Meadows at 72 pounds, Trey Hicks, T.J. Hicks, Ethan Anderson, Heath Townsend, Will Kaylor, Byron Mantooth, Billy Shalchick, and Tyson McCurry at 185 pounds.
In the semifinals match, the Bruins faced a tough Spring Station team, coached by former Cleveland Middle assistant Pete Miller, which the Bruins beat 61-18. Helping with that score were pins from Zack Meadows, Trey Hicks, T.J. Hicks, Chase Ogles at 94 pounds, Heath Townsend, Byron Mantooth, Billy Shalchick, Austin Mathews and Caleb Adkins.
In the finals match, the Bruins faced off against crosstown rival Cleveland Middle, which the Bruins lost a back and forth battle to by a score of 39-37. The Bruins only had three pins, from T.J. Hicks, Byron Mantooth and Austin Mathews.
The Bruins will be back in action, looking for a little redemption, when they will play host to Cleveland Middle and Boyd-Buchanan on Thursday. Action will start at 5 pm.
The Cleveland Middle School Wrestling Team hosted the 13th Annual Raider Rumble Dual Tournament over weekend. The tournament was very competitive as promised with 12 teams attending: Alcoa, Baylor, Cleveland, Cookeville, Lafayette, Lake Forest, Rhea Central, Sonoraville, Spring Station, Tullahoma, Westside, and William Blount. The teams battled it out throughout the day with some of the matchups coming down to tie-breaking criteria, and others with close margins of victory.
The CMS Raiders were matched up with Spring Station and Sonoraville for their pool action. The Raiders defeated Sonoraville 71-12 and Spring Station 58-12. They then moved onto the quarterfinals and defeated Cookeville 66-18. In the other bracket of the tournament Lake Forest defeated Alcoa 69-12 and Tullahoma 64-18 in their pool action, and William Blount 72-9 in the quarterfinals.
After the quarterfinals the semifinals were set for the two local teams. Cleveland would square off against the defending Raider Rumble champions, Lafayette, and Lake Forest would take on Spring Station. The Raiders were challenged for the first time of the day with the always-tough Lafayette team, but prevailed with a 46-36 victory. The Lake Forest Bruins had some close matches against a new and upcoming Spring Station program coached by former Cleveland wrestler and middle school assistant coach, Pete Miller. Even though they had some close matches the Bruins found their way on top, and defeated the Spring Station Mustangs 61-18.
The finals were set with the anticipated matchup of the crosstown rivals Cleveland and Lake Forest. The match went back and forth starting at 115 pounds with Cleveland’s Joseph Bowers getting a pin, but in the next match Lake Forest’s Byron Mantooth answered with a pin for the Bruins. Riley Stevison earned a victory by regular decision to give the Raiders a 3-point lead, but the Bruins came back by winning the next two weight classes with a pin by Austin Mathews and a major decision by Caleb Adkins.
Down 16-9, the Raiders bounced back with three pins from Robert Anderson, Kevin Martinez, and Eddie Shalchick. The Raiders now had a 27-16 lead going into the lower weights. At 72 pounds Lake Forest’s Zac Meadows earned a regular decision to cut the lead to 27-19, but Cleveland’s Cody Mathews in the next match battled back and got the Raiders a pin to increase their lead to 33-19.
With the last four matches coming up the Raiders only had to pick up one more pin to clinch the title. It did not happen at the next weight as the Bruins’ TJ Hicks earned a pin to narrow the score to 33-25 with three matches remaining. Cleveland did not have to wait for that title-clinching pin much longer as the Raiders’ Austin Sweeney battled in the next match to get a pin in the third period. The Raiders now had the victory, as the Bruins could not mathematically catch them, so Cleveland’s coaches decided to forfeit out the last two matches.
The final score was Cleveland, 39, Lake Forest, 37. In the third place matchup Spring Station and Lafayette had a battle of their own finishing in a tied score of 42-42. Spring Station won by the criteria of Lafayette having more forfeits in the match.
Cleveland Middle School’s head wrestling coach, Eric Mountain said, “I am excited about the level of competition all the teams brought to our tournament. I am proud of how we battled today, our guys truly fought for each other. The finals were exciting, as it was everything you can expect from a Cleveland/Bradley (Lake Forest) match. I am also thankful for how much our parents helped with the tournament and their support; they are a real class act. It is a great day to be a Raider.”
The CMS wrestling team will wrestle again on Tuesday against Ocoee at CMS at 4:30.
OMS sixth-grade Colts
The Ocoee Middle school sixth-grade hardwood squad increased their winning streak to 14 with a 42-14 victory over Rhea Central last night.
The well-balanced attack was led by Lorenzo White with 12 points and more than a few rebounds. A “hustling” Kinsey Swallows was close behind with six points. Patton Ford, Tre Guilmenot and Lake Preston-Self all finished with four points apiece.
OMS is back in action tonight at home against Meigs County with a 6 p.m. start time.
The Ocoee Middle sixth-grade Lady Colts Basketball Team improved to 13-0 on the season with two more victories, winning 21-17 over Westside, Ga.’s seventh-grade team and 42-13 over Lake Forest.
The Westside game was a battle from the beginning, as the Lady Colts held a slim 12-5 lead at the half. The game was very physical throughout. The full-court press of the Lady Colts proved to be the difference, as they forced the Lady Rockets into 26 turnovers on the night.
Abbey Davis was the leading scorer, as she accounted for over half of the team's points with 11 on the night. She was 7-of-9 from the free-throw line. Kaleigh Hughes had four; Anna Roberts had three; Gracie Fowler chipped in with two and Macy Nipper was 1-of-2 from the free-throw line. This was the closest game of the year for the Lady Colts, who ran their record to 12-0.
On Saturday, Ocoee jumped out to a 19-5 halftime lead on Lake Forest. Defense was the key once again as the Lady Bruins could not handle the full court press from the Lady Colts. OMS led 33-10 after three quarters and cruised to its 13th victory on the season. Ocoee's bench outscored the Lady Bruins 21-3 on the day.
Hannah Lombard led the way with eight points, Hughes had seven and Roberts six. Abbey Davis, Mary Humphries and Madison Rue each had four apiece. Kyndall Gibson had three and Brittany Dilbeck, Kendell Harris and Sarah Knipp had a pair each.
The Lady Colts play two more games this week: Meigs on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and Cleveland Saturday at 2 p.m.
Ocoee Middle School’s eighth-grade Lady Colts ran away with a 20-point victory as they handed the visiting Westside, Ga., team a 41-21 defeat.
“This was the first time we had played Westside, and our girls got off to a great start, scoring 35 points in the first half. I was also really proud of our defense which is led out front by Laney Houston and Hallie Hughes,” stated head coach Joe Spencer.
The game was well within hand at halftime as the Lady Colts had already extended the lead to 35-10.
E.K. Brown led scoring with 16 points. Hughes netted nine points and six steals; Kaley Walker had eight points; Rylee Farmer had three points and four boards; Julia McGuire had a pair of points; Cy Cy White pulled down nine rebounds, and Jillian Walker grabbed seven boards.
Cleveland Middle School’s swim team finished its home meet schedule undefeated for the second consecutive year as it hosted teams from Heritage and Ringgold, Ga., Nov. 27.
Cleveland’s swimmers swept the first two places in 11 of 16 individual events, dominating the visiting teams from Catoosa County, Ga.: Cleveland 227, Heritage 84, Ringgold 41. The Raiders were led by four double individual winners; Regan Fuller (50 Free, 100 Breast), Zoe Meyer (200 IM, 500 Free), Avery Wilson (200 IM, 100 Breast), and Adam Foster (50 Free, 100 Fly).
Others securing wins for Cleveland included: Sarah Plank (100 Free), Ridge Asble (100 Free), Logan Stutzman (500 Free), and Logan Vanhook (100 back). The depth of the Raider roster filled the score sheet with second place finishes; Kat McKay (200 Free, 500 Free), Tanya Sharma (200 IM, 100 Fly), Plank (100 Back), Harper Fuller (100 Free), Katie Estes (100 Breast), Asble (200 Free), Sam Blake (200 IM, 100 Fly), Stutzman (50 Free), Reid Nelson (100 Free), Jordan Wilson (500 Free), Tucker Biggs (100 Back), and Blake Odom (100 Breast).
Coach Eric Frazier commented about the improvements he has noticed from the team: “I am thrilled at the improvements and achievements our team has made in such a short amount of time this season. We have a very young team made up of mostly sixth- and seventh-graders and many of them are first time competitive swimmers. Our success so far is due to the hard work and effort they all put in practice every day.”
Cleveland Middle’s next meet will be Dec. 11, at the Baylor Natatorium.
The Lake Forest Bruins hosted Dalton (Ga.) Middle School Monday in a doubleheader. The Bruins squeaked out 41-40 win in the seventh-grade game, while the Cougars prevailed in the eighth-grade contest 45-40.
Devin Moore hit a free throw with a second remaining to pull out the win in the seventh-grade game. The Cougars hit a desperation-three with four seconds showing on the clock to tie the game at 40.
Following a Bruin timeout, Moore caught a length of the floor pass to set up for the final shot. Moore was fouled on the attempt, setting the stage for his game winning freebie. Moore paced the Bruin attack with his third straight double-double, scoring 21 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Nicholas Bentley added five points, with Lemaric Tucker and Bailey Timmons tossing in four points each.
"We showed a lot of patience against their zone defense, and we were able to convert the good looks we had,” said coach Cyle Herron.
The Cougars broke open a tight game in the eighth-grade contest by outscoring the Bruins 15-6 in the third period and holding on down the stretch for the win.
Ty Beavers led the Bruins with 15 points and five rebounds. John Brown added eight points with eight rebounds. Braxton Wiggins tossed in six markers to go along with his six rebounds. Jake Tolleson pulled down eight rebounds as the Bruins controlled the glass.
"We did a good job on the boards, but we missed way to many free throws. In close games you have to be able to hit foul shots; they made theirs and we missed ours, and that was the difference," said coach Andrew Nipper.
The seventh-graders upped their record to 6-3, while the eighth-graders saw their season slate fall to 5-5.