T.J. Duncan - Back on the Mat at Shorter University

Chattanooga Area Wrestlers Have Good Weekend

Monday, November 12, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

It was a Blue Tornado wrestling reunion this past weekend at the University of the Cumberlands’ Patriot Open (Ky.) as former McCallie state champions T.J. Duncan and Alex Ward both claimed individual titles.

Ward won the 133-pound class for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while Duncan won at 157 for Shorter University (Rome, Ga.).

After winning five state championships for McCallie, Duncan enrolled at Maryland in the fall of 2011 with hopes of plying his mat talents in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But it wasn’t a good fit for Duncan who left Maryland mid-semester and enrolled at Chattanooga State for the 2012 spring semester.

“I thought my wrestling career was over once I left Maryland, but the Shorter wrestling coach (Josh Henson) contacted me this past spring about wrestling for them and now I am back on the mat,” said Duncan. "Shorter is a good fit for me as it is a Christian college and it is close to home.

“I am pleased with a first and second place finish in my first two tournaments this fall, but I have a lot of work to do to get back to 100%,” stated Duncan who under went right shoulder surgery in the summer of 2011 and until this fall had not wrestled since winning his fifth state crown 18 months ago (Feb. 2011). 

Duncan placed second at The Citadel Open (Nov. 3) followed by first place at the Patriot Open via forfeit over Shorter teammate Gabriel Bird.

“Gabe and I decided that if we both reached the finals we would flip a coin for first place since we wrestle each other everyday in practice,” Duncan said.

Ward recorded three pins (one in the finals) and a major decision on the way to his title.

Two UTC Champs at Wolfpack Open: While Ward was winning in Kentucky for the Blue and Gold, UTC’s Josh Condon (165) and Niko Brown (197) claimed titles at the tough Wolfpack Open at North Carolina State.

Condon defeated Nijel Jones of host N.C. State in the finals, while Brown edged Kevin Bealzey (Old Dominion), 6-4 for his title.

The Mocs Nick Soto (133), Dean Pavlou (141) and Levi Clemons (174) all placed second, while Marvin Lopez (133), John Lampe (165) and Jared Johnson (197) each placed sixth.

Zack Watson Takes 5th: Former Baylor five-time state champ Zack Watson placed fifth at 133 for Virginia, beating UTC’s Marvin Lopez, 8-2.

King College Wrestlers: Jeremy Miller (King College) took third at 157 after reaching the championship semis. Miller won a TSSAA state championship for Greenback as an eighth grader in 2007 … Two King teammates – Madison Martin (0-2 at 133 … Heritage HS) and Billy Swanson (1-2 at 285 … Soddy Daisy HS) – also competed. Martin is dropping to 125 and was 2-2 at the Hokie Open Nov. 3.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net 


Klaus Named Lee University Softball Assistant

Andrew Klaus has accepted the position of assistant softball coach at Lee University and he becomes the university’s first full-time assistant softball coach. The native of Clarkston, Mich. served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University for one year before moving to East Central University and serving as the Oklahoma school’s assistant coach for the past ... (click for more)

UTC Women's Football Clinic A Success

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga head football coach Russ Huesman and his wife, Amy, hosted the fifth annual Women’s Football Clinic at Finley Stadium Friday evening.  The event helps fund Huesman's Huddle, a very popular allotment of tickets donated by Mocs fans, alumni and supporters that are used to provide free admission to home football games to underprivileged ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

WTCI Says Fleischmann Ad Included Unauthorized Use Of Logo

Officials of WTCI TV said a Chuck Fleischmann TV ad contained an unauthorized use of the public TV station's logo. Officials stated in a letter to WTCI viewers: "We understand that members of our community may have received a printed communication from the Chuck Fleischmann for Congress Committee featuring the headline "Weston Wamp Supports Amnesty for Illegal Immigration." ... (click for more)

Cell Phones And Roundabouts

I read the article written by Chris Morgan about the use of cell phones in vehicles and the Chattanooga Roundabouts. Cell phone use in vehicles especially in crisis intersection situations is extremely dangerous. I also agree with his assessment about the roundabouts. One problem I see with roundabouts is that on the two-lane roundabouts where they are coming in from ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Wrongs Not Right

Scottie Mayfield is a delightful friend of mine but he’s the last guy in the world who should be aiming at anybody’s character. He’s always had class but today Scottie is the “star” of a shameful political commercial in which he assails challenger Weston Wamp on behalf of a panicked Chuck Fleischmann. Mayfield, you’ll remember, ran against the two in the last race for the District ... (click for more)