CHATTANOOGA – Jack Revere was still catching his breath, lingering in the glory of state championship wrestling. The Battle Ground Academy multisport senior didn’t win a coveted state title, but he did wrestle for one.
Revere reached the state finals for the first time on Thursday during the Division II State Wrestling Tournament at the Chattanooga Convention Center. His opponent – McCallie senior James Whitworth – went on to become just the third wrestler in TSSAA history to win a fifth consecutive state title.
Finishing runner-up didn’t bother Revere, especially against the caliber of a wrestler like Whitworth.
“I’m just loving life right now,” the local football, cross country and wrestling standout said. “Wrestling is unreal. It’s just different and the sport is an incredible experience.
“You dream of being a state champion and, yeah, I didn’t get it, but I had the opportunity. I got to go out there and compete at a high level in the toughest sport. I loved every minute of it.”
That sentiment tends to echo this time of year.
For Independence sophomore Brooklyn Long, who placed third at 140 pounds in the girls tournament for the Lady Eagles, the toughness of the sport goes hand-in-hand with its rewards. Hard work can be rewarded, she said.
“Oh, I love it,” she said. “It’s extremely hard in just about every way, but it teaches you so much and the connections you make are just awesome. You have to just go out and give it your all.
“Next year, I’ll be back and work harder and hopefully do even better.”
Nineteen wrestlers from Williamson County competed in the DII and girls state championships Thursday.
Revere, who fell by technical fall late in the third period, and Independence sophomore Baylee Peterson both led the way with runner-up finishers.
Peterson was tied with Riverdale senior Monteria Bigsby late in a rematch of the region championship but had her single leg shot denied in the final seconds to fall by a 3-1 decision. She fell 12-7 in the region final several weeks ago.