Ravenwood, Brentwood head to state wrestling tournament
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Region 6-AAA champion Ravenwood and runner-up Brentwood are headed for the TSSAA State Duals Wrestling Championships tomorrow and Saturday. Thankfully, it will be a short trip.
Both teams will have the advantage of a local venue, with the competition being held at the Williamson County Ag/Expo Center on Long Lane. It’s an advantage that Ravenwood coach Josh Peck is looking forward to.
“I like having it local. We don’t have to buy hotel rooms and worry about what the wrestlers are doing. And they get to go home and sleep in their own beds.”
The Raptors captured their fifth straight Region 6-AAA title to make the tournament and drew Cookeville as an opening round opponent. If the tournament moves as the teams are ranked, Ravenwood, ranked ninth in the state, would not face another ranked team until the semi-finals, when they would face the state’s top ranked team, Cleveland.
“It is a good draw. At the state anything can happen. Sometimes it isn’t about who is the best team, it is about who has the best tournament.”
Peck is blessed with a deep vein of senior leadership with state tournament experience.
Andrew Long (120 lbs), Grant Parson (126 lbs), Taylor Warren (152 lbs), Robin Klingensmith (160 lbs), Andrew Debattista (170 lbs), Cade Smith (182 lbs) and Rex Schotts (220 lbs) all can score points for the team.
Warren and Schotts both medaled in last year’s individual state event.
Brentwood, ranked 14th in the state according to the Tennessee High School Wrestling Poll, has a tougher track to the finals. The Bruins open with Collierville and a win there would probably have them facing fifth ranked and traditional Chattanooga-area power Soddy-Daisy. Tenth ranked Blackman and #4 Wilson Central are also potential foes for Brentwood.
In Division II, Brentwood Academy returns to the state championships, and will face #2 and defending state runner-up Father Ryan in the first round. Should the Eagles pull an upset, eighth ranked MBA is their probable next opponent.
Battle Ground Academy wrestled their way in the Division II Small School Invitational event and will compete this weekend also.
Tomorrow’s schedule includes weigh-ins at 2 p.m. with first round action in Class AAA starting at 3:30 p.m., followed by Division II and A-AA quarter-finals at 5:30 p.m. The Ag/Expo Center will be loaded with matches beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Class AAA quarter-finals and Class A-AA and Division II semi-finals.
Consolation matches take up Saturday morning, with the 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. sessions featuring Class AAA semi-finals, the Division II Invitational (Small Schools) Championship and Division II consolation finals.
The Class AAA consolation finals are center stage at 5 p.m., with championship matches in Class AAA, Class A-AA and Division II at 7 p.m.
Posted on: 1/30/2014