Blue Raider trio take titles at McCallie
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The Cleveland wrestling duo of state champs Chris DeBien and Austin Stevison helped guide the Blue Raiders to a second-place finish at the 33rd Annual McCallie Wrestling Invitational this weekend.

Top-ranked Baylor School won the tournament with 261.5 points and two champs, followed by Cleveland, ranked second in the latest state poll, with 196 points and three champions (11 medalists) and sixth-ranked Soddy Daisy with 175 points and two champs for third in the 20-team field.

Three Blue Raider champs: DeBien won the 126-pound class with two pins and a technical foul among his four wins, Stevison was first at 132 and Koran Kennedy had two falls in pursuit of winning at 195.

Milestone Weekend: DeBien picked up his 100th career win Friday with a pin of Timmy Peters (Northwest Whitfield) and defeated James Westbrooks (McCallie) in the finals to become one of only seven wrestlers to win three McCallie first-place awards.

Also for Cleveland, Ethan West was second at 195, plus won the award for the most number of pins in the shortest time (6:38), while Austin Oliver (160) was third, John Gaither (285) was fourth and Tristian Blansit (113) took fifth.

For victorious Baylor, top seeds Jack Reynolds (106) and Bryson Popp (160) claimed championship, while Michael Murphy (113), Tate Robinson (138), Blake Sutherland (152) and Will Thomas (285) took second place honors. The Red Raiders had 11 medalists in the 14 weight classes.

Cleveland had seven medalists, while Soddy-Daisy earned five, including one champion — Gage Richmond (152). Pope (Ga.) and the host seventh-ranked McCallie squads both had a half dozen medalists, but no champions.

Notes: Baylor also won the McCallie Invite in 2008 ... Cleveland's Chris DeBien won his third McCallie title ... the ninth wrestler to win three ...

UTC Signees: Austin Stevison (Cleveland, 132) and Khalil Abdush-Shakur (Parkview, 145) won championships ... Stevison beat fellow UTC signee Tyler Haskin (Pope), 7-4 at 132 pounds.

Outstanding Wrestler: Roman Boylen (Alexander), beat seeds Nos. 4-1-3 on way to 138-pound title.

Best Match: Gage Richmond (Soddy Daisy) decisioned Blake Sutherland (Baylor), 6-4 in sudden death for the 152-pound title.

Championship Finals

106 – No.1 Jack Reynolds (Baylor) dec. No.2 Reese Dalton (Parkview), 7-3

113 – No.2 Logan Sims (Woodland) dec. No.1 Michael Murphy (Baylor), 2-0 OT

120 - No.1 Jake Huffine (Woodland) dec. No.2 Ethan Dendy (McCallie), 4-0

126 – No.1 Chris DeBein (Cleveland) dec. No. 3 James Westbrooks (McCallie), 6-1

132 – No.1 Austin Stevison (Cleveland) dec. No.2 Tyler Haskin (Pope), 7-4

138 – No.5 Roman Boylen (Alexander) dec. No.2 Tate Robinson (Baylor), 4-1

145 – No.1 Kamaal Abdush-Shaku (Parkview) major dec. No.3 Griffin Davis (McCallie), 16-7

152 – No.1 Gage Richmond (Soddy Daisy) dec. No.2 Blake Sutherland (Baylor), 6-4 OT

160 - No.1 Bryson Popp (Baylor) d. No.2 Garrett Alexander (Soddy Daisy)

170 – No.1 Taylor Lujan (Carrollton) d. No.2 Jake Henson (Pope)

182 – No.1 Roberto Rivera (Kennesaw Mtn) dec. No.2 Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie), 8-2

195 – No. 2 Steven Decius (North Miami) dec. No.1 Ethan West (Cleveland), 3-2 TB-1

220 – No.2 Koran Kennedy (Cleveland) pinned No.4 Jay Roberts (McCallie), 3:59

285 – No.1 Daniel Leon (North Miami) pinned No. 3 Will Thomas (Baylor), 3:45

Third Place Matches

106 - Jacoby Jones (North Miami) pinned Bryan Gembe (Northwest Whitfield), 1:29

113 – Charles Thurman (Heritage) pinned Luc Poliard (North Miami), 5:41

120 – Walker Yarbrough (Pope) forfeit win Bryce Hollomon (Alexander)

126 – Sam Shepard (Ringgold) dec. Sean Horgan (Hillcrest), 6-5

132 – Austin Frye (Heritage) dec. Caleb Powell (Baylor), 5-2

138 – Adam Connell (McCallie) pinned Jake Adcock (Pope), 1:15

145 – Austin Williamson (Soddy Daisy) dec. Samuel Lemons (LaFayette), 4-3 Ultimate Tie-breaker

152 – Luke Hamilton (Brentwood) dec. Dave Burson (Pope), 11-5

160 – Austin Oliver (Cleveland) dec. Austin Taylor (Northwest Whitfield), 12-6

170 – Marvyn Joseph (North Miami) pinned Cayman Seagraves (Baylor), 3:00

182 – Ryan Parker (Baylor) pinned Jermel Lewis (Woodland), 2:39

195 – Murphy Hagen (Carrollton) dec. Emory Norred (Baylor), 5-3 OT

220 – Jesse Wade (Ringgold) pinned William Brown (Alexander), 1:21

285 – Paul Hunt (Brentwood) dec. John Gaither (Cleveland), 3-1

Fifth Place Matches

106 — Chase Payne (Soddy Daisy) major dec. Dawson Woods (Woodland), 13-0

113 — Tristian Blansit (Cleveland) major dec. Blake Hayes (Northwest Whitfield), 12-1

120 – Jacob McClure (Soddy Daisy) dec. Tristan Roa (Brentwood), 9-7

126 – Caleb Mariakis (Ridgeland) pinned Jacob May (Woodland), 3:00

132 – Matt Lemons (LaFayette) pinned Jeremy Higgins (Hillcest), 3:00

138 – Andrew Webb (Parkview) dec. Augusto Paes (Kennesaw Mtn), 5-1

145 – Adam Crawford (Ringgold) pinned Tony Johnson (Alexander), 2:15

152 – John Michael Sweeney (Hillcrest) pinned Chris Achenbach (Alexander), 1:43

160 – Blaine Bird (Heritage) pinned Bryan Troye (South Forsyth), 1:04

170 – Muhammed Ansari (Alexander) pinned Isaiah Sayegh (Hillcrest), 4:32

182 - Steven Denson (LaFayette) pinned Zeke Weber (Pope), 2:43

195 – Tanner Holliman (Brentwood) dec. Corbin Spencer (Kennesaw Mtn.), 8-2

220 – Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor) dec. Justi Locke (Heritage), 1-0

285 – Kobe Gadson (Kennesaw Mtn) pinned Bobby Boswell (Alexander), 4:44