Bear wrestler heading to Cumberland
by By JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
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RECENT BRADLEY CENTRAL graduate Dakota Bromley has accepted an opportunity to continue his wrestling career at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Present for the signing were, seated from left, Larraine Brenner (grandmother), Trae Bromley (father), signee Bromley, Corinia Bromley (mother), Kelci Bromley (sister), and Linda Manis (grandmother); standing, Turner Jackson (BCHS AD), Jared McDaniel (BCHS assistant coach), Ben Smith (BCHS head coach), Todd Allen (CU head coach), Steve Logsdon (former BCHS coach and uncle) and Justin Anglin (BCHS assistant coach).
RECENT BRADLEY CENTRAL graduate Dakota Bromley has accepted an opportunity to continue his wrestling career at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Present for the signing were, seated from left, Larraine Brenner (grandmother), Trae Bromley (father), signee Bromley, Corinia Bromley (mother), Kelci Bromley (sister), and Linda Manis (grandmother); standing, Turner Jackson (BCHS AD), Jared McDaniel (BCHS assistant coach), Ben Smith (BCHS head coach), Todd Allen (CU head coach), Steve Logsdon (former BCHS coach and uncle) and Justin Anglin (BCHS assistant coach).
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Declaring that “Bradley wrestling saved my life,” former Bear grappler Dakota Bromley is hoping to build on what he’s learned in life and on the mat as he prepares for the next step.

“I was hoping to go to the Air Force Academy, but when that fell through, I started looking at colleges. I really like what I saw at Cumberland (University),” declared the recent BCHS graduate. “The coaches there remind me a lot of the Bradley coaches. It’s a small private college and the campus is beautiful.”

Having moved from Ooltewah to Bradley County just before starting high school, Bromley said “getting to wrestle here (at Bradley) means a lot too me. It has impacted my life tremendously. Getting to wear the Bear paw on your back will never leave you.”

“Coaches Ben Smith and Steve Logsdon are father figures to me,” he added. “They dedicated their time to help us get better. Coach Smith would work with us early in the morning and then my uncle (Logsdon) would work with me after practice and do extra drills with me. Getting to wrestle for them is the best thing that could have happened to me.”

Bromley also praised the extra effort of assistant coach Justin Anglin. “Coach Anglin is like a big brother to me. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be going to college. He helped me do what I needed to do to get my scholarships and to make contact with the colleges.”

Having just graduated with a 3.52 grade point average, Bromley earned some academic scholarships to go along with his athletic scholarship. “Now that (his college choice) is set, I need to concentrate on getting ready for the wrestling season before the classes actually start. I’ve been going up to Lebanon for the past two or three weeks to practice and I’m really liking it.”

Along with Briar Cliff (Iowa) College signee Dakota Ream, Bromley was part of Bradley’s “Double Ds” one-two punch at 120 and 126 this past season.

“Bromley is pound-for-pound one of our strongest wrestlers,” coach Smith praised. “He has been our hardest year-round worker the past four years. He has had a real good career, but struggled some in the state tournaments. I’m proud he didn’t let those disappointments discourage him, but rather came back strong from them.” A three-time state qualifier, Bromley went 61-26 the past two seasons.

“I’m happy he’s getting this opportunity,” the Bear head coach remarked. “If he applies his work ethic like he’s capable of doing, he will be very successful on the collegiate level.”

Cumberland finished 14th in the final NAIA wrestling poll this past season with a trio of Bulldog wrestlers earning All-American honors. Coach Todd Allen was voted as the Co-Coach of the Year in the Mid-South Conference.

“We saw Dakota the first day of the state tournament. Even though he didn’t have the best of tournaments, we saw good things in him we can build on,” expressed coach Allen. “He comes from an excellent program at Bradley, which teaches positioning. That’s key in wrestling, and the way we approach it as well. We are looking forward to having him join us.”