Baylor Leads McCallie Mat Tourney

Pope in Second, Cleveland Third

Friday, December 20, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

On the strength of placing nine wrestlers in Saturday morning's semifinals Baylor has a solid lead after day one of the 33rd annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

The first place Red Raiders have 118.5 points, followed by second place Pope (Ga.) with 91 points (5 in the semis), Cleveland (83.5 pts./6 in the semis) and Alexander (Ga.) (77.5 pts./6 in the semis) to comprise the top four.

Host McCallie (6 in the semis) and Soddy Daisy (3 in the semis) are tied for fifth with 77 points.

"Our guys have worked hard this fall and it showed by our performance tonight," said Baylor coach Ben Nelson.

"There are some great match-ups in the semis so we have to continue to wrestle tough tomorrow."

Top Seeds Hold:  All 14 No.1 seeds and 13 of 14 No.2 seeds are in the semis

Past McCallie Champions: Michael Murphy (Bay), Chris DeBein (Cleveland), Austin Stevison (Cleveland), Adam Connell (McCallie), Taylor Lujan (Carrollton -OW), Ethan West (Cleveland) are all in the semis

 Saturday Schedule -

10 a.m. Consolation matches

11 a.m. - championship semis

3:30 p.m.  - Finals for 1st, 3rd and 5th places

A Few Semi-Final Matches to Watch:

113 - No.1 Michael Murphy (Baylor) vs. Charles Thurman (Heritage)

(Murphy is a D-II state champ and past McCallie champ)

120 ... No.3 James Westbrooks (McCallie) vs No.2 Caleb Mariakis (Ridgeland) 

(re-match of last year's McCallie semis with Mariakis winning)

126 -No.1 Chris DeBein (Cleveland) vs. Sean Horgan (Hillcrest)

(DeBein is a past state champ and McCallie champ)

132 - No.1 Austin Stevison (Cleveland) vs. No.4 Austin Frye (Heritage)

(Stevison is a state champ,McCallie champ and UTC signee)

132 - No.3 Caleb Powell (Baylor) vs. No.2 Tyler Haskin (Pope)

(Haskin is a UTC signee)

138 - No.1 Jake Adcock (Pope) vs. Roman Boylen (Alexander)

(re-match of last year's Ga. state quarters ... Boylen beat Adcock in the quarters) 

138 - No.2 Tate Robinson (Baylor) vs. No. 3 Adam Connell (McCallie)

(both are TSSAA D-II state champions)

145 - No.1 Kamaal Abdush-Shaku (Parkview) vs. Tony Johnson (Alexander)

(Addush-Shaku is a UTC signee)

145 - Adam Crawford (Ringgold) vs. No.3 Griffin Davis (McCallie)

152 - No.1 Gage Richmond (Soddy Daisy) vs. Davis Burson (Pope)

160 - No.1 Bryson Popp (Baylor) vs. No.4 Aaron Oliver (Cleveland)

170 - No.1 Taylor Lujan (Carrollton) vs. No.4 Muhammed Ansari (Alexander)

(Lujan was the McCallie Tournament Outstanding Wrestler in 2012)

182 - No.1 Roberto Rivera (Kennesaw Mtn) vs. No. 4 Jermel Lewis (Woodland)

(Rivera is a junior and 2x Ga state champ)

182 - No. 2 Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie) vs. No.3 Ryan Parker (Baylor)

(both are TSSAA D-II state champs)

220 - No.1 Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor) vs. No.4 Jay Roberts (McCallie)

220 - No.2 Koran Kennedy (Cleveland) vs. No.3 Bill Brown (Alexander)

285 - No.2 John Gaither (Cleveland) vs. No.3 Will Thomas (Baylor)

 

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

 


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