Four champions lead 33 total medalist at state wrestling event
By Joe Williams, Sports Editor
Luke Hamilton has things well under control in his 145 pound state match. The Brentwood Bruin pinned Gage Richmond of Soddy-Daisy with three seconds left in the second round. Photo by Steven Lacey
Williamson County continued to chip into the Chattanooga area’s bragging rights as the center of high school wrestling in Tennessee by capturing four state titles and adding twenty-nine more medalists in the Tennessee Secondary Athletic Association’s state championships at the Ag/Expo Center last weekend.
Patrick Dooley of Franklin (160), Ravenwood’s Taylor Warren (152), Brentwood’s Luke Hamilton (145) and Dillian Friesner of Independence (106) all stood at the top of the medial podium after Saturday night’s finals.
Dooley captured his gold in an all-Williamson County final, taking a tightly contested 9-6 decision from Ravenwood’s Robin Klingensmith. The pair battled to a similar end just a week ago in the finals of the Region 6-AAA event in a match that was named best of that tournament.
Warren had a seemingly easier time, stopping Charles Frye of Dobbins Bennett 8-2. Hamilton pinned Soddy-Daisy’s Gage Richmond with three seconds left in the second round.
Friesner provided the most excitement of the champions, going into overtime before taking a sudden victory win over Ryan McElhaney of Bradley Central.
Every school in the county had at least one wrestler earn hardware to take home, including Summit, where Jaliah Grimes captured third in the Girls Invitational. Kinley Hasamear of Indy finished second in her weight group.
Ravenwood had the most medalists not counting championships. In addition to Klingensmith, Chris Rowland (3rd-132), Cade Smith (4th-182) Rex Shotts (2nd-220) all picked up medals.
Jack Shrader (4th-113) led Franklin’s contingent of Kyle Lee (3rd-120), Gheorghe Meyer (5th-182) and Josh Filbey (3rd-220).
Centennial’s Nick Patton became only the fifth two-time medal winner for the Cougars when he captured fourth place in the 145-pound category. Brentwood’s Dmitry Searle was 6th at 170.
In Class A/AA, Fairview placed a pair, Josh Ortiz-Derrick (5th-195) and Joe Kamp (6th-160). Andrew Birchett of Page finished 6th at 145 pounds. His teammate, Brian Lacey, was an early favorite at 138-pounds, but fell victim to an injury that forced him out of the tournament.
Brentwood Academy took home eight medals in Division II, where three victories gains a state title, versus four in A/AA and five in AAA.
Hunter Anderson (6th-106), Justin Becci (2nd-113), Christian DiLucchio (5th-120), Rob Butler (6th-135), Max Mullen (5th-160), Jacob Cretin (2nd-195), Jonah Reels (6th-220) and Tucker York (6th-295) all brought home top finishes.
Jonah Neuman (6th-126) and Braxton Kinney (4th-132) placed for BGA.
Dillian Friesner of Independence takes control of his opponent on the way to
winning the state wrestling championship at 106-pounds. Photo by Steven Lacey
Patrick Dooley (maroon) looks for an advantage over Ravenwood’s Robin Klingensmith in an
all Williamson County final at 160-pounds. The pair have produced several memorable matches
over the years, including this one, a 9-6 win for Dooley. Photo by Steven Lacey
Charles Frye of Dobyns-Bennett (grey tights) found himself without much of an advantage
as Ravenwood’s Taylor Warren took an 8-2 victory to become a state champion at 152 pounds.
Photo by Steven Lacey
Posted on: 2/20/2014