The Blue Raiders dominated the opposition, placing 13 of 15 wrestlers and winning 11 of their 13 final round matches to finish with a 104-point lead over second place Baylor.
The Blue Raiders had seven champions: Garrett Bowers, Bryce Pond, Cody Mathews, Austin Sweeney, Nyzaya Vincent, Jack Hicks and Dylan Jones. They also had one runner-up, Logan Whiteside. Four Blue Raiders finished as third-place medalists; Burns Meagher, Chris Barrios, Kevin Martinez, and Caleb Flickner. Jaylen Ballou ended the tournament as the fourth-place medalist. Mathews was also named Outstanding Wrestler of the conference in the lower weight division.
The Blue Raiders also had several JV wrestlers finish the season strong in the JV conference tournament on Friday. They had four champions: Jaquez Parker, Wesley DeVaney, Jayce Mullin, and Pierce Harris, three runners-up; Travin Bass, Ashton Dunn, and Stavon Thomas, four third-place finishers; Parker Chastain, Jamichael Goode, Dakota Harden and Alex Higgins, and one fourth-place medalist, Dre Goodwin.
Cleveland Middle School’s head wrestling coach Eric Mountain said, “I am very proud of our guys. We had a successful season and achieved one of our main team goals for the season: to finish strong with a conference championship.
“Our guys wrestled with a lot of heart this weekend and we even had some individuals defeat their opponents they had lost to during the regular season. They left everything on the mat.
“I am especially happy for the eighth-graders to finish out with a conference championship. We won four other tournaments this season, but this championship was our most dominant performance because of one major difference, our heart,” Mountain said.
TVWC Final Team Scores:
1 Cleveland 288.00
2 Baylor 184.00
3 Lake Forest 173.00
4 McCallie 155.50
5 Dalton 139.0
6 Ocoee 135.50
7 Rhea County 84.00
8 Tullahoma 82.00
9 Boyd Buchanan 37.00
10 Chatt. Christian 32.00
11 Sequatchie County 25.00