Four years ago the Father Ryan wrestling team captured the Johnny Drennan Memorial Invitational.
Veteran coach Pat Simpson was happy his team placed six wrestlers this season, but wants to get back on top. The Irish finished fifth in the 52nd annual tournament.
Wrestling Photo Gallery – 2020 Johnny Drennan Memorial Invitational
The Johnny Drennan Memorial Invitational wrestling tournament was held Jan. 4-5, 2020 at Father Ryan High School. Here's a collection of images involving Williamson County wrestlers in the consolation finals and championship rounds.
“We want our kids to get better and the only way to get better is to get beat sometimes,” Simpson said. “You learn a lot when you get beat. Four years ago we won it and now we have to get back to win it again.”
Parker Petersen earned the lone Irish title win in the 195-pound weight class. Shortly after a restart, Petersen locked his hands in a cradle and earned a pin over Brentwood’s Johnny Mac Feldhacker Saturday in the finals. He went over to Simpson and shared a hug after the win.
“Competition was what you hope, we had another big gathering with 49 teams,” Simpson said of the tournament, saying it was likely the biggest tournament yet. “We want really good competition every year. We always try to make it tough, but lately it seems like we’ve been able to get more support from so many quality teams.
Father Ryan’s Calvin Eason added a third place showing at 120, while Thomas Wesnofske (132) and Lawrence Madson (152) added fourth-place finishes.
Union County of Kentucky claimed a third consecutive Johnny Drennan Memorial team title by racking up 276.5 points. Cleveland was second (232) and Bradley Central third (210).
Williamson County’s top representative was Brentwood, which finished ninth with 128 points. Besides Feldhacker’s runner-up performance, Skylar Coffey claimed the championship in the heavyweight division and Cooper Finch took fourth at 145.
Coffey, a senior who took the state title at 220 last season, pinned all five of his opponents, including Ryan Jackson of Friendship Christian in the final at 285. Coffey stopped Jackson 49 seconds into the second round.
“This means a lot for me, especially going up a weight class,” said Coffey, who suffered his only loss of the season at the Johnny Drennan tournament last season in the 220 final. “This was big for me. I’ve had to really hit the weight room to put on some weight, but I’m happy, I really am.”
Coffey said he had to wrestle smart against Jackson.
“He was a little bigger guy so I had to be careful,” Coffey said. “My double wasn’t working, so I just went for the sweep. He’s an ace wrestler and it was great competition.”
Other county teams included Fairview, which placed 16th, Summit (19th), Brentwood Academy (23rd) and Franklin (26th).
The Yellow Jackets had two placers in Riley Bennett (4th at 145) and Jacob Clevenger (8th at 195). Summit’s Ryan Smith closed sixth at 285 and Brentwood Academy's top finisher was Logan Spell, who took third at 160. Franklin’s Owen Gobel was fifth at 106.
The tournament featured wrestlers from all around the state and also had representatives from Illinois, Wisconsin and Arkansas among others. Wisconsin’s Waukesha West finished 11th overall under former Summit assistant coach Mark Strakbein.
“He had some great looking wrestlers,” Simpson said of the former Spartans coach.
Simpson joked that he’d probably have just 10 teams included if it wasn’t for all the volunteers to run the tournament.
“We’d probably do it all on paper if it was just me running this thing,” Simpson said. “We have a ton of helpers that make this possible.”
52nd Annual Johnny Drennan Memorial Invitational at Father Ryan
1, Union County 276.5 points; 2, Cleveland 232; 3, Bradley Central 210; 4, Christian County 199; 5, Father Ryan 178.5; 6, Downers Grove South 165.5; 7, Blackman, 156.5; 8, MBA 149.5; 9, Brentwood 128; 10, Clarksville 120.5; 11, Waukesha West 120.5; 12, Beech 106.5; 13, Trinity 97; 14, Arkansas Catholic 88.5; 15, Caldwell County 87.5; 16, Fairview 81; 17, Collierville 73.5; 18, Overton 67; 19, Summit 64; 20, Houston 62; 21, Fenton 60; 22, Notre Dame 59; 23, Brentwood Academy 58; 24, MUS 56; 25, Sparkman 56; 26, Franklin 54.5; 27, Mt. Juliet 46; 28, Greenbriar 45; 29, Paducah Tilghman 44.5; 30, Friendship Christian 42; 31, Clarksville Northeast 38; 32, Rock Vale 38; 33, Lebanon 37; 34, Springfield 37; 35, Trigg County 32.5; 36, Hume Fogg 28; 37, Hillwood 27.5; 38, Franklin Road Academy 27; 39, Ravenwood 26; 40, Hendersonville 25; 41, Cheatham County 24; 42, Lawrence County 22; 43, Fort Campbell 18; 44, Briarcrest 10; 45, Battle Ground Academy 9; 46, Grace Christian Academy 7; 47, Glencliff 4; 48, Pope John Paul II 0.
1st Place Match – Ethan Wilson, Bradley Central, dec. Bentley Ellison, Cleveland, 7-0; 3rd Place Match – Grant Myers, Blackman, maj. dec. Blake Palmer, Beech, 12-1; 5th Place Match – Owen Gobel, Franklin, tech. fall Nick Callaghan, Downers Grove South, 18-2; 7th Place Match – Hudson Humphries, Arkansas Catholic, pinned Xavier Guerrero, Waukesha West, 2:42.
1st Place Match – Justin Bradford, Blackman, dec. Magnus Kuokkanen, Waukesha West, 8-2; 3rd Place Match – Easton Lipsey, Bradley Central, dec. Riley Johnson, Caldwell County, 5-4; 5th Place Match – Robert Pinter, Arkansas Catholic, pinned Bob Deitch, Notre Dame, 1:27; 7th Place Match – Matt Oberlander, Father Ryan, dec. George Feree, Trinity, 7-5.
1st Place Match – Andrew Artiles, Collierville, dec. Luke Belcher, Bradley Central, 2-1; 3rd Place Match – Calvin Eason, Father Ryan, dec. Jimmy Nugent, Downers Grove South, 6-3; 5th Place Match – Gage Fowler, Christian County, dec. Chase Eakes, Friendship Christian, 4-3; 7th Place Match – Ross Keith, Lebanon, dec. Gavin Rickets, Union County, 4-0.
1st Place Match – Trae McDaniel, Cleveland, pinned Trey Bates, Beech, 5:10; 3rd Place Match – Dylan Walls, Caldwell County, pinned Luke Swan, Downers Grove South, 2:42; 5th Place Match – Taron Patterson, Bradley Central, pinned Will Higgins, Montgomery Bell Academy, 4:16; 7th Place Match – Aidan Brenot, Clarksville, pinned Ethan Wells, Christian County, 3:58.
1st Place Match – Gabe Adams, Union County, dec. Gavin Hughes, Bradley Central, 7-2; 3rd Place Match – Mason Sells, Blackman, dec. Thomas Wesnofske, Father Ryan, 6-3; 5th Place Match – Ian McGehee, MUS, won by medical forfeit Charles Randall, Cleveland; 7th Place Match – Frank Perazzini, Montgomery Bell Academy, maj. dec. Anthony Sanchez, Downers Grove South, 15-2.
1st Place Match – Christian Isbell, Clarksville, dec. Malachi Rider, Paducah Tilghman, 5-2; 3rd Place Match – Jake Insko, Union County, pinned Riley Bennett, Fairview, 4:14; 5th Place Match – Austin Grant-Hall, Christian County, won by forfeit over CJ Grisar, Waukesha West; 7th Place Match – Alton Cates, Overton, won by forfeit over Sean Pitts, Father Ryan.
1st Place Match – Jakerion Merritt, Christian County, dec. Trevor Pogue, Union County, 7-5; 3rd Place Match - Ty Lehman, Trinity, maj. dec. Cooper Finch, Brentwood, 13-4; 5th Place Match – Justin Mumaw, Hendersonville, pinned Robby Barnes, Montgomery Bell Academy, 4:13; 7th Place Match – Tate Peters, Waukesha West, dec. Benjamin Stansberry, Bradley Central, 2-0.
1st Place Match – Payne Carr, Union County, dec. Robert Laxton, Cleveland, 5-2; 3rd Place Match – Mason Smith, Beech, dec. Lawrence Madson, Father Ryan, (SV-1) 2-1; 5th Place Match – Dan McGuire, Montgomery Bell Academy, dec. Christian Howard, MUS, 3-1; 7th Place Match – David Conner, Paducah Tilghman, dec. Daniel Ramirez, Fenton, 4-3.
1st Place Match – Dalton Russelburg, Union County, dec. Robert Major, Downers Grove South, 3-1; 3rd Place Match – Logan Spell, Brentwood Academy, dec. Nate Schilling, Cleveland, 7-6; 5th Place Match – JaCorey Miller, Father Ryan, dec. Landon Lenhart, Trinity, 5-3; 7th Place Match – Evian Green, Overton, maj. dec. Owen Zuckerman, Houston, 14-5.
1st Place Match – Stephen Little, Union County, dec. Colin Stevens, Trigg County, 3-2; 3rd Place Match – Zach Brezna, Cleveland, maj. dec. Anthony Gomez, Blackman, 9-1; 5th Place Match – Drew White, Franklin Road Academy, dec. Wyatt Lankford, Collierville, 8-5; 7th Place Match – Tyrone McDonald, Bradley Central, pinned Joe Davison, Downers Grove South, 2:54.
1st Place Match – Micah Ervin, Union County, pinned Cameron Coleman, Christian County, 1:16; 3rd Place Match – Gabe Smith, Clarksville, dec. Kennet Roset, Arkansas Catholic, 8-5; 5th Place Match – Tetoe Boyd, Cleveland, dec. Gavin Ledbetter, Greenbriar, 12-7; 7th Place Match – Logan Woodard, Waukesha West, pinned Cole Geeting, Rock Vale, 2:06.
1st Place Match – Parker Petersen, Father Ryan, pinned Johnny Mac Feldhacker, Brentwood, 1:16; 3rd Place Match – Cooper Richards, Springfield, dec. Gabe Fisher, Montgomery Bell Academy, 2-1; 5th Place Match – Brendan Richardson, Downers Grove South, pinned Ryan Martin, Trinity, 5:35; 7th Place Match – Anthony Harvey, Christian County, dec. Jacob Clevenger, Fairview, 5-3.
1st Place Match – Niko Bussell, Christian County, dec. Ashton Davis, Cleveland, 3-1; 3rd Place Match – Bowdy Boyce, Blackman, dec. Elliott Grinder, Hume Fogg, 5-3; 5th Place Match – Darius Moore, Union County, won in the ultimate tie breaker over Gavin Sewell, Bradley Central, 4-4; 7th Place Match – Deion Harris, Houston, pinned Gavin Black, Waukesha West, 1:36.
1st Place Match – Skylar Coffey, Brentwood, pinned Ryan Jackson, Friendship Christian, 2:49; 3rd Place Match – Jacob Brigman, Notre Dame, dec. TyDarius Kelly, Christian County, 2-1; 5th Place Match – Quinn Wilcoxen, Fenton, pinned Ryan Smith, Summit, 1:34; 7th Place Match – Austin McClure, Bradley Central, dec. Davis Pike, Union County, 6-0.