For the fourth year in a row, the visiting team spoiled the home team’s senior night on Thursday when the Brentwood wrestling team battled past Centennial in Franklin.
The two schools have traded road wins four consecutive years thanks to the Bruins come-from-behind 37-33 victory Thursday.
“Sometimes they’ll come out on top, sometimes, we’ll come out on top, but what a fun environment,” Brentwood coach Damon Smith said. “You can’t ask for better than that.
The Bruins escaped Centennial with the top seed from the northern section of District 14-AAA with the win, while Centennial sits in second. Brentwood proved how every point matters as several Bruins avoided pins and a couple others scored big-time wins.
“It was just super fun out there with fans screaming and every point mattering," Smith said. "That’s how wrestling should always be in Middle Tennessee.”
Centennial jumped in front early as senior Dylan Ables – one of seven Cougars honored before the dual – set the tone with an immediate take down and eventual second-round pin of Brentwood’s Jack McDaniel. By the time junior Ethan Duck scored a major decision victory in the seventh match, the Cougars held a 23-9 lead, but left some points on mat.
Brentwood snagged a decision in a crucial swing match at 132 when Bruins senior Kizer Hensley edged Presley Dittmer, 8-5, and later Peter Krivacka gave the Bruins major momentum in another crucial match at 170. The junior gave up the first four points against Centennial senior Owen Sanford, but near the midway mark of the second period, Krivacka flipped Sanford and sent his teammates and the Bruins faithful to their feet with a surprising pin at the 3:07 mark.
“I went in thinking, ‘just don’t get pinned,’ so I give up as few of points as possible,” Krivacka said. “I felt him go for the cradle, and like coach says, you stick your arm up and act like you’re waving at your grandma, so I stuck my arm up and the second I felt him start to roll, I got the full reversal.”
Krivacka slammed Sanford, hooked his leg and turned the senior to his back for the fall to trim Centennial’s lead to 23-15.
“It was absolutely crazy how it went down,” Krivacka said. “He just seemed to be in control because just like 15 seconds before that, I was fighting off my back.
“I had to capitalize on the one mistake and afterwards I see coach jump like five feet in the air and everybody going crazy. It was just a fantastic feeling.”
Centennial senior Jacob Knight followed with a first-round pin at 182, but the Cougars forfeited at 195 to make it 29-21. At 220, Centennial senior Samari Suddeath controlled his match early against freshman Noah Dixon, but settled for a major decision with a 14-2 win with just three matches remaining.
Brentwood’s Kizer Hensley holds off Centennial’s Presley Dittmer to win at 132 by decision. pic.twitter.com/h9xAk0zbjS— Charles Pulliam (@cspulliam) January 17, 2020
Brentwood senior Skylar Coffey overcame fellow senior Alexander Steele in the heavyweight battle. The two stretched into the third round in their first meeting this season as Steele tried to agains extend the match. He retreated against several of Coffey's attacks, but the defending state champion secured his fifth take down early in the second to record the pin and pull the Bruins within 33-27.
Brentwood’s 106-pounder Zach Ordonez picked up a 15-3 major decision next and another Cougar forfeit at 113 sealed the Bruins win.
“I thought we seemed to have a lot of guys on their backs for 30 to 40 seconds but we couldn’t get the falls we needed,” Centennial coach Philip Pelkey said of leaving some points on the mat. “That happens sometimes, but we had plenty of opportunities. Credit to Brentwood. They wrestled better than us today.
“There’s definitely a damper because of senior night and you want your guys to go out with a win at home, but we’ll just try to move on and try to enjoy the rest of tonight and come back ready for next time," he continued. "I hope we see them again in a couple weeks.”
Besides Hensley’s win, Smith pointed to senior Cooper Finch’s victory at 145 as another big one for the Bruins early. After Samuel Sullivan stretched his match at 138 against Leo Gearheart, Finch pounced on Ceron Campbell and earned a pin at the 1:23 mark to pull the Bruins within 13-9 and counter the fast Centennial start.
Finch said the win is a big confidence boost for the Bruins.
“We had a lot of guys really step up tonight and that’s awesome to see,” the senior said. “This was a really good test for us, so coming out on top is big.”
Brentwood had four freshmen take the mats as well as a pair of sophomores. The Bruins host Ravenwood next week, while Centennial takes on Franklin.
In other district action, Page defeated Summit 47-23 to take the top seed in the southern section of the district, while Independence defeated Spring Hill 71-14.
Also on Thursday, Franklin defeated Ravenwood 45-29.
Brentwood def. Centennial, 37-33
120 – Dylan Ables, CHS, pinned Jack McDaniel, 3:12; 126 – Jackson Wynne-Dossatt, CHS, dec. Xander Smartt, 8-7; 132 – Kizer Hensely, BHS, dec. Presley Dittmer, 8-5; 138 – Leo Gearheart, CHS, tech. fall Samuel Sullivan, (18-3 -1 TP); 145 – Cooper Finch, BHS, pinned Ceron Campbell, 1:23; 152 – Alex Ables, CHS, pinned Kayvon Arab, 1:10; 160 – Ethan Duck, CHS, maj. dec. Garner Jones, 20-10; 170 – Peter Krivacka, BHS, pinned Owen Sanford, 3:07; 182 – Jacob Knight, CHS, pinned Alikhan Makhamadaliev, 1:28; 195 –Johnny Mac Feldhacker, BHS, won by forfeit; 220 – Samari Suddeath, CHS, maj. dec. Noah Dixon, 14-2; 285 – Skylar Coffey, BHS, pinned Alex Steele, 2:21; 106 – Zach Ordonez, BHS, maj. dec. Shizzad Jaffarhonov, 15-3; 113 – Bailey Patton, BHS, won by forfeit.