Photo by Logan Rutledge - Ravenwood's Jacob Freeman.
Brentwood Academy’s Amos Mason won the Division II state championship in the 220-pound class Saturday night to complete his goal of a school record.
Mason, who won the 215-pound class as a sophomore and the 220-weight class as a junior, completes his hat trick and becomes the first wrestler in school history to achieve the feat. Mason knew going into Saturday night’s final what he could accomplish and knew doing what he has been all season would help him get there.
“(Two-straight championships) is nice but three is even better,” Mason said prior to the finals. “I’d be the first one in my school to do that. It’d mean a lot. Take care of business and can’t let anything get away from me. That’s what my coaches have been telling me the whole time, take care of business and get on them.”
Mason wasn’t the only county wrestler to capture a state title as Battle Ground Academy’s Pierce Olson won the Division II 138-pound class and Ravenwood’s Jacob Freeman ended his career as the Division I 145-pound class champion.
For Freeman, the fourth time was a charm as he finally got what he was working for in his fourth trip to the state tournament. Freeman finished third in his first two tries and a finished a disappointing sixth as a junior.
Watching wrestlers he defeated in middle school succeed fueled Freeman to keep pushing for his top goal.
“I’m watching people in the weight classes below me at 120, guys I’ve beaten and at 126 - I’ve beaten them,” Freeman said. “They are great wresters but it makes me mad that they have been in the state finals multiple times and this is my first time.”
Freeman defeated Pigeon Forge’s Nate Croley 5-1 in Saturday’s final. Even as competitors, Freeman and Croley created a friendship during the three-day tournament.
“Me and (Croley) have been talking,” Freeman said. “I’ve only known him for a couple of days. Great guy, great wrestler, obviously to beat the No. 1 seed up there for the second time this year.”
Olson’s championship match was similar to his semifinal victory as he squeezed out a 2-1 win over top-seeded Patrick Crosgrove from rival Father Ryan. In the semifinal win over Baylor’s Blake Sutherland, Olson was able to shut out Sutherland and hold on to his 3-0 lead entering the final round.
Ravenwood, as a team, finished third overall in the state led by Freeman’s championship and a second place finish by Tyler Reynolds (160). Cleveland High School ran away with the Division I title with 88 points followed by Beech and 56 and Ravenwood with 52.
Even with Mason’s third-straight championship, Brentwood Academy finished sixth overall in the Division II team standings. Christian Brothers, Father Ryan and McCallie filled out the top three in Division II.