When Brentwood seniors Johnny Mac Feldhacker and Skylar Coffey exited the high school wrestling mats for the last time Saturday, they left as state champions – the first multiple champions from the same Williamson County school since 2012.
The 195-pound Feldhacker scored a major decision win in his final match over fellow returning state medalist Jason Bromlow of East Hamilton in his Class AAA state wrestling tournament final. Coffey, a repeat champion, recorded a pin of returning runner-up Jadon Langford of Walker Valley in the 285-pound championship.
“This feels amazing,” said Feldhacker, who placed sixth at 160 pounds last year. “I’ve wanted this for longer than I can remember … it’s a lifetime goal of mine.”
Feldhacker went to work early against Brumlow, scoring a takedown in the first 15 seconds and controlling the pace of the match the rest of the way. He scored a 11-2 major decision to win his first title.
How would you celebrate a state championship? Thoughts @Simone_Biles? Luckily, I had 2 cameras rolling during Skylar Coffey's (@SkylarCoffey2) match. He jumped out of frame in my other angle. Coffey celebrated his 285-pound state wrestling title like this --> (@ESPNAssignDesk) pic.twitter.com/6SVGg6WGJY— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) February 23, 2020
Coffey, who was named the most outstanding wrestler in Class AAA, followed with his title match shortly after Feldhacker at Franklin’s Williamson County Ag Expo Center. The venue has hosted the state wrestling tournament for the past 11 years.
The senior has drawn crowds whenever he wrestles and with the thousands in attendance, there were plenty of oohs-and-awes one more time for the Tennessee track and field signee. Each time the powerful Coffey flashed his burst double takedown, Langford was pushed back and twice picked up for a crushing takedown. Late in the first round, Coffey turned the Walker Valley senior to his back for a near fall, but Langford survived to reach the second round where another Coffey burst put Langford on his back one more time for the early second-period pin.
“It is special to be a two-time state champion,” said Coffey, who won the 220-pound title last year as the first Brentwood wrestler to win a championship since Tristan Roa in 2015. “I have come a long way, and I never thought I would get this far.”
To top off his second championship, Coffey shocked the crowd one last time, with a hand spring and backflip.
“I give myself a 10 out of 10 on that flip,” he said. “I thought it was pretty awesome.”
“Yeah, I’ll give him a 10 as well,” Brentwood coach Damon Smith said smiling. “I guess if he never makes it in wrestling or track and field, he can go out for gymnastics and probably be all right. … but remember, if he wants to challenge me to walking on your hands, I will beat him every time.”
Brentwood, which won the Region 7-AAA team title last weekend, qualified seven wrestlers for the state tournament and finished tied for ninth in the team standings to lead the county. First-year wrestler Patton Bailey (113) and senior mulitsport standout Garner Jones (160) narrowly missed the medal rounds Friday. Despite losing his two big seniors, Smith said he’s optimistic about the group of up-and-comers he has who can carry on the legacy left by Feldhacker and Coffey.
“It’s been a pretty cool day for Brentwood High School because the perseverance and hard work of those guys out there,” Smith said. “It’s bittersweet, but I’m so proud.
“This year’s been pretty tough coaching-wise. As a team we never had the same lineup nearly every week fighting sickness and injury, but despite the adversity, we had guys stepping up.”
The Bruins walked away with two individual crowns and a pair of first-year wrestlers reaching the state tournament in Bailey and freshman Alikhan Makhamadaliev, a 182-pounder.