FRANKLIN – The struggle of reviving a high school wrestling tournament was pretty simple compared to continuing one during the COVID-19 era – just ask Franklin High School head coach Andrew Tomlinson.
The local high school hosted a premiere tournament for the first time in more than a decade last year and despite the chaos of even getting mat time this season, the Admirals managed to host again Saturday.
“I tell you what, I think it ended up a lot better than we originally anticipated,” said Tomlinson, who shuffled about a half dozen schools in and out of the lineups over the last week. “Anytime we can wrestle this year is kind of a blessing this season, but we feel pretty great being able to pull this one off and we are so thankful everyone was able to show up and compete.”
Saturday morning even met traveling teams with a sprinkling of snow to top off the ongoing challenges, but wrestlers from more than a dozen schools still competed. Cleveland, which is the three-time defending Class AAA State Dual champions and winners of six of the last eight titles, followed last week's Yellow Jacket Invitational title in Fairview with another team win Saturday.
“Anytime you can get tough competition like that here in Middle Tennessee, it’s just great for everyone,” said Summit coach Pete Miller, son of legendary Blue Raiders coach Al Miller. “Cleveland has come out here two weekends in a row and that’s just great to see them again.”
Miller’s Spartans finished runner-up to Cleveland for the second week in a row. The Blue Raiders collected 224 points Saturday with tournament titles from 113-pounder Bentley Ellison, Charles Randall (126), Jackson Bradford (132), Trae McDaniel (138), Robert Laxton (152) and Ashton Davis (220).
Summit had five grapplers reach the finals with Luke Justice (170) and unbeaten heavyweight Ryan Smith collecting two of the five county titles on the boys' side.
The Spartans closed with 182.5 points, while Nolensville (144.5) was third.
“I think we are beginning to click,” said Miller, whose team won the Border Battle with Independence Thursday. “The guys are starting to get all those little things. I’m excited for the next couple weeks ahead.”
Justice posted a 16-10 decision over Zach Sinner of Nolensville in the 170-pound championship in one of three all-county finals. The sophomore said he gained some confidence and avenged a couple earlier losses with his Saturday showing.
“I had some good under hooks and some good tie ups,” he said. “I just felt like I wrestled some good matches today and since this is almost like a small version of states, this feels good.”
Smith stopped Nolensville’s Parker Short with a late first-round pin at 285, while Independence’s Tanner Willett pinned Jet Steinke of Ravenwood in the second round in the other two all-county finals.
Summit's Tyler Garber (220), Finley Jameson (152) and Jarvis Little (113) closed with runner-up finishes.
Russell Ford of Independence at 106 and Drew Dodson of Ravenwood at 145 were the other first-place wrestlers from the county.
Dodson, a junior, improved to 23-1 overall with three pins and a technical fall. He earned the title by pinning Julian Bershear of Rossview late in the second round.
“I was setting up shots in the first minute and I got in on a single leg,” Dodson said. “I looked for the opportunity to throw him and got him on his back. He was pretty strong, but I think a lot of my hard work is beginning to pay off.”
The Raptors placed fifth, while Rossview was fourth.
Saturday also featured female wrestlers from a dozen schools with county titles going to Navaen Brinson of Summit (103), Annalise Dodson of Franklin (125), Isabella Campbell of Franklin (132) and Kaylen Thomas of Ravenwood (140).
Dodson pinned all four of her opponents to repeat as the Franklin champion at 125 in a dominant performance with none of her matches extending beyond 44 seconds, while teammate Campbell went 2-1 on the day.
“I felt like we did great,” said Campbell, who missed last season due to a knee injury. “I’m just really getting back into it now, but today felt really good. I was really, really nervous going in, but I think it worked out really well overall.”
The senior stopped Summit’s Emma Stephenson and Callie Keightley of Pope John Paul II, but fell against Bradley Central’s Brooklin Stansberry.
“I think everyone showed some improvement for us,” Tomlinson said of his team. “We had some great matches today, but we are never satisfied. Again, I’m just so thankful how everyone responded and all the great help to do this.
“We are thankful to be able to wrestle.”
BRENTWOOD – The Fairview High School wrestling team continued to impress with another strong showing Saturday at the GP West Invitational at B…
2021 Franklin Admiral Invitational
at Franklin High School Jan. 16, 2021
Team Scores (Top 10)
1, Cleveland 224 points; 2, Summit 182.5; 3, Nolensville 144.5; 4, Rossview 131.5; 5, Ravenwood 83.5; 6, Franklin 76.5; 7, Independence 73; 8, Summit girls 69; 9, Green Hill 59.5; 10, Clarksville Northeast girls 56.
1st Place – Russell Ford, Independence, dec. Logan Fowler, Cleveland, 5-1; 3rd Place – Grayson Miller, Summit, pinned Payton Bures, Nolensville, 2:31; 5th Place – Sachin Sashti, Ravenwood, pinned Lane Clement, Bartlett, 0:39.
1st Place – Bentley Ellison, Cleveland, maj. dec. Jarvis Little, Summit, 14-4; 3rd Place – Owen Gobel, Franklin, pinned Hudson Sims, Cleveland, 4:37; 5th Place – Ben Mayberry, Rossview, pinned Jack Henson, Nolensville, 0:49.
1st Place Match – Steven Dindl, Bartlett, pinned Arlo Laxton, Cleveland, 2:28; 3rd Place – Jackson Masters, Summit, won by forfeit over Zachariah Loreant, Rossview; 5th Place – Ammr Albarati, Ravenwood, dec. Alexander Hardoin, Nolensville, 9-2.
1st Place – Charles Randall, Cleveland, pinned Bryce Woerner, Rossview, 4:24; 3rd Place –Landon Desselle, Summit, pinned Dakota Pattee, Nolensville, 1:28; 5th Place – Timothy Ford, Independence, won by injury time over Brandon Lee, Independence, 2:52.
1st Place – Jackson Bradford, Cleveland, dec. Samuel Shires, Rossview, 4-0; 3rd Place – Mason Sutton, Bartlett, dec. Noah Kang, Ravenwood, 7-1; 5th Place – Harrison Bartoshesky, Green Hill, pinned Dylyn Hussey. West Creek, 4:14.
1st Place – Trae McDaniel, Cleveland, pinned Cole Smith, Nolensville, 0:07; 3rd Place –Spencer Potter, Rossview, pinned Nathaniel Gonzalez, West Creek, 2:45; 5th Place – Austin Grooters, Summit, won by injury time over Joshua Spencer, Bartlett, 0:45.
1st Place – Drew Dodson, Ravenwood, pinned Julian Bershear, Rossview, 3:40; 3rd Place – Josh Samford, Franklin, pinned Sean Allen, Nolensville, 2:15; 5th Place – Davie Hackert, Summit, pinned Devin Otero, West Creek, 2:07.
1st Place – Robert Laxton, Cleveland, tech. fall Finley Jameson, Summit. (TF-1.5 2:00) 16-0; 3rd Place – Tate Crowell, Nolensville won by injury time over Gabriel Green, Franklin, 0:00; 5th Place – Billy Tate, Green Hill, dec. Matthew Massaro, Ravenwood, 7-3.
1st Place – Tanner Willett, Independence, pinned Jet Steinke, Ravenwood, 3:21; 3rd Place – Desmond Prigmore, Cleveland, dec. Jordan Musarra, Rossview, 8-4; 5th Place – Aiden Smith, Green Hill, pinned Graham Harvey, Summit, 3:52.
1st Place – Luke Justice, Summit, dec. Zach Sinner, Nolensville, 16-10; 3rd Place –Anthony Pyron, Mt. Juliet, maj. dec. Sawyer Robinson, Franklin, 13-1; 5th Place – Jake Stacey, Green Hill, dec. Gabriel Hall, Independence, 11-5.
1st Place – Zachary Duessler, Rossview, pinned Tetoe Boyd, Cleveland, 1:27; 3rd Place –Jensen Schreiber, Summit), pinned Daniel Helton, Franklin, 1:32; 5th Place – Hayden Sinner, Nolensville, pinned Nathan Downey, Green Hill, 0:11.
1st Place – Dominic Love, Green Hill, dec. Cole Geeting, Rockvale, (SV-1) 13-11; 3rd Place – Nathan Montpool, Nolensville, pinned Sam Bradley, Lawrence Co., 3:31; 5th Place – Maddox Reed, Summit, dec. Max Ponce, Franklin, (SV-1) 7-5.
1st Place – Ashton Davis, Cleveland, pinned Tyler Garber, Summit, 1:36; 3rd Place – Bailey Black, Nolensville, pinned Andrew Blackburn, Rockvale, 0:29; 5th Place – Christopher Carbin, West Creek, pinned Hayden Collett, Nolensville, 4:18.
1st Place – Ryan Smith, Summit, pinned Parker Short, Nolensville, 1:43; 3rd Place –Jonathan Cook, West Creek, pinned Carter Miller, Ravenwood, 1:36; 5th Place – Fisher Anderson, Franklin, dec. Bradley Vaughn, Independence, 4-2.
Girls 103 – 1st Place - Nevaen Brinson of Summit; 2nd Place - Rebecca Humenik of Bartlett; 3rd Place - Elena Montpool of Nolensville; 4th Place - Faith Shearer of Northeast.
Girls 112/119 – 1st Place - Jessica Williamson of Northeast; 2nd Place - Brianna Pontes of Bradley Central; 3rd Place - Grace Buettner of Ravenwood.
Girls 125 – 1st Place - Annalise Dodson of Franklin; 2nd Place - Rachel Wooten of Bradley Central; 3rd Place - Yoland Rodriquez-Weaser of Northeast; 4th Place - Taylor Parkhurst of Summit; 5th Place - Kylie Reeves of Pope John Paul II.
Girls 132 – 1st Place - Isabella Campbell of Franklin; 2nd Place - Emma Stephenson of Summit; 3rd Place - Callie Keightley of Pope John Paul II; 4th Place - Brooklin Stansberry of Bradley Central.
Girls 140 – 1st Place - Kaylen Thomas of Ravenwood; 2nd Place - Keena Lee of Green Hill; 3rd Place - Rylee Bennett of Summit; 4th Place - Annette Woolley of West Creek.
Girls 150 – 1st Place - Maggie Graham of Bartlett; 2nd Place - Nena Brown of Blackman; 3rd Place - Lauren Mercer of Summit; 4th Place - Taylor Shoup-Jines of West Creek.
Girls 160/170 – 1st Place - Kaylee Fuller of Rockvale; 2nd Place - Hulme Taigan of Rockvale; 3rd Place - Kai Adee of West Creek.
Girls 190/215 – 1st Place - Makaiya Craig of Northeast; 2nd Place - Sidney Silva of Blackman; 3rd Place - Camryn Hitchcox of Mt. Juliet.