It was brought to Brentwood Academy wrestler Amos Mason’s attention at last year’s state championship that he was on pace to break the Tennessee record for consecutive victories. His response – “Might as well go get it”.
Mason did just that Jan. 5, setting a new state record with consecutive win No. 117 in the 220-pound final of the Father Ryan Invitational against Montgomery Bell Academy’s Morris Equakun. He broke the previous record in the semifinals with a pin of Mt. Juliet’s Hunter Ingham.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Mason said. “I’m just ready to wrestle with my team now and go for that third state championship and make everybody else better on my team.”
Mason won the Division II championship at 220-pounds in 2012 and the 215-pound title in 2011.
Chasing the record was not on the senior’s mind at the beginning of the season, but it started to creep up on him in recent weeks although he said he did not feel any pressure for it.
“My ultimate goal is to make my teammates better and to win the third state championship,” he said. “I wasn’t pressured on (breaking the record), but it was on my mind here and there.”
Mason still remembers who he last lost to though – Soddy-Daisy’s Billy Swanson. The BA standout regrets not having another shot at him as last year’s Division I 220-pound champion has graduated.
Brentwood Academy has a long history of wrestlers in which Mason could draw inspiration from. One of which being current St. Louis Rams center Scott Wells – who came to talk to the team this year.
Wells, who was a member of the Green Bay Packers’ 2010 Super Bowl team, was a two-time state champion at BA, wrestling at 285 pounds. He totaled a record of 177-11 in his high school career.
Mason said in his time with Wells he “got to wrestle him a tiny bit.”
The current Eagle star is 38-0 on the season and 176-12 in his career, drawing college interest from California Polytechnic State University while also getting football offers from Murray State and Navy.
He will make his decision before National Signing Day on Feb. 6, but is leaning towards football at this point.
Mason will go for his third-consecutive state champion at the TSSAA Individual Championships Feb. 14-16 at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.