Baylor Wrestlers Claim McCallie Invitational

Cleveland Second, Soddy Daisy Third

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

On the strength of 11 medalists, including two champions, Baylor claimed the 33rd annual McCallie Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday afternoon.

Top seeds Jack Reynolds (106) and Bryson Popp (160) claimed titles for the Red Raiders, while Michael Murphy (113), Tate Robinson (138), Blake Sutherland (152) and Will Thomas (285) took second place honors.

"It was a good tournament for us overall with lots of great matches in the finals," said Baylor coach Ben Nelson.

"This is a high quality tournament every year and McCallie does a great job."

Cleveland was second with 196 points, and seven medalists, including three champions; Chris DeBien (126), Austin Stevison (132) and Koran Kennedy (220).

Top 5 (out of 20 teams)

1. Baylor ... 261.5 pts. ... 2 champs ... 11 medalists

2. Cleveland ... 196 pts. ... 3 champs ... 7 medalists

3. Soddy Daisy ... 175 pts. ... 1 champ ... 5 medalists

4. Pope (Ga.) ... 174 pts ... 0 champs ... 6 medalists

5. McCallie ... 162 pts. ... 0 champs ... 6 medalists

 (These five schools account for 14 of the 33 teams titles)

Notes: Baylor also won the McCallie Invite in 2008 ...  Cleveland's Chris DeBien won his third McCallie title ... the ninth wrestler to win three ...

UTC Signees: Austin Stevison (Cleveland, 132) and Khalil Abdush-Shakur (Parkview, 145) won championships ... Stevison beat fellow UTC signee Tyler Haskin (Pope), 7-4 at 132 pounds 


Outstanding Wrestler : Roman Boylen (Alexander, 138)  ... beat seeds Nos. 4-1-3 on way to title ...

Best Match: 152- Gage Richmond (Soddy Daisy) dec. Blake Sutherland (Baylor), 6-4 in first overtime

 Most Pins in least amount of time

195 - Ethan West (Cleveland)   and Jesse Wade (Ringgold) .... 6:38

Top Seeds Prevail : Ten of 14 top seeds won ... A trio of No.2s and a No.5

 1 vs. 2: In nine meetings, No.1s won six times

Complete Team Standings:

1. Baylor (261.5)  2. Cleveland (196) 3. Soddy Daisy (175) 4. Pope (Ga) (174) 5. McCallie (162) 

6. North Miami (144.5) 7 (tie) Alexander (139.5) and Woodland (139.5) 9. Kennesaw Mtn HS (130.5) 10. Hillcrest (122) 11. Brentw78) ood (108.5) 12. Ringgold (100)  13. Heritage (99.5)  14. Lafayette (95) 15. Parkview (93.5)  16. Northwest Whitfield (78) 17. Carrollton 66.5) 18. South Forsyth (63.5) 19. Ridgeland (17)  20. Chattooga (8)

Championship Finals
106 – No.1 Jack Reynolds (Baylor) dec. No.2 Reese Dalton (Parkview), 7-3

113 – No.2 Logan Sims (Woodland) dec. No.1 Michael Murphy (Baylor), 2-0 OT

(battle of undefeated wrestlers ... Sims won on a takedown in overtime ... Murphy, who suffered is first loss of the season, beat Sims in the Cleveland Duals last Dec. ... Sims is a defending state champ with a two-year career record of 52-2) ... Murphy is also a state champ.)

120 -   No.1 Jake Huffine (Woodland) dec. No.2 Ethan Dendy (McCallie), 4-0

126 – No.1 Chris DeBien (Cleveland) dec. No. 3 James Westbrooks (McCallie), 6-1

132 – No.1 Austin Stevison (Cleveland) dec. No.2 Tyler Haskin (Pope), 7-4

(Stevison wins in battle of UTC signees).

138 –  No.5 Roman Boylen (Alexander) dec.  No.2 Tate Robinson (Baylor), 4-1

(seeded 5th and tournament Outstanding Wrestler, Boylen beat top seeded Jake Adcock in the semis and Robinson in the finals ...)

145 – No.1 Khalil Abdush-Shakur (Parkview) major dec. No.3 Griffin Davis (McCallie), 16-7

152 – No.1 Gage Richmond (Soddy Daisy) dec  No.2 Blake Sutherland (Baylor), 6-4 in first overtime(good SD-Baylor match-ups at 152 and 160 ...)

160 - No.1 Bryson Popp (Baylor) major dec. No.2 Garrett Alexander (Soddy Daisy), 11-1

170 – No.1 Taylor Lujan (Carrollton) dec. No.2 Jake Henson (Pope), 4-1

(Lujan was the McCallie Outstanding Wrestler in 2012 ... is 136-1 in three years ...two-time state champ and only loss was to Chad Pyke (Woodward) who is now at N.C. State)

182 – No.1 Roberto Rivera (Kennesaw Mtn) dec. No.2 Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie), 8-2

(Rivera had three pins on way to title ... )

195 – No. 2 Steven Decius (North Miami) dec. No.1 Ethan West (Cleveland), 3-2 TB-1

220 –No.2 Koran Kennedy (Cleveland) pinned No.4 Jay Roberts (McCallie), 3:59

285 – No.1 Daniel Leon (North Miami) pinned No. 3 Will Thomas (Baylor), 3:45

Third Place

106 - Jacoby Jones (North Miami) pinned Bryan Gembe (Northwest Whitfield), 1:29

113 – Charles Thurman (Heritage) pinned Luc Poliard (North Miami), 5:41

120 – Walker Yarbrough (Pope) forfeit win Bryce Hollomon (Alexander)

126 – Sam Shepard (Ringgold) dec. Sean Horgan (Hillcrest), 6-5

132 – Austin Frye (Heritage) dec. Caleb Powell (Baylor), 5-2

138 – Adam Connell (McCallie) pinned Jake Adcock (Pope), 1:15

145 – Austin Williamson (Soddy Daisy) dec. Samuel Lemons  (LaFayette), 4-3 Ultimate Tie-breaker

152 – Luke Hamilton (Brentwood) dec. Dave Burson (Pope), 11-5

160 – Austin Oliver (Cleveland) Austin Taylor (Northwest Whitfield), 12-6

170 – Marvyn Joseph (North Miami) pinned Cayman Seagraves (Baylor), 3:00

182 – Ryan Parker (Baylor) pinned Jermel Lewis (Woodland), 2:39

195 – Murphy Hagen (Carrollton) dec. Emory Norred (Baylor), 5-3 OT

220 – Jesse Wade (Ringgold) pinned William Brown (Alexander), 1:21

285 – Paul Hunt (Brentwood) dec. John Gaither (Cleveland), 3-1


Fifth Place

106- Chase Payne (Soddy Daisy) major dec. Dawson Woods (Woodland), 13-0

113- Tristian Blansit (Cleveland) major dec. Blake Hayes (Northwest Whitfield), 12-1

120 – Jacob McClure (Soddy Daisy) dec. Tristan Roa (Brentwood), 9-7

126 – Caleb Mariakis (Ridgeland) pinned Jacob May (Woodland), 3:00

132 – Matt Lemons (LaFayette) pinned Jeremy Higgins (Hillcest), 3:00

138 – Andrew Webb (Parkview) dec. Augusto Paes (Kennesaw Mtn), 5-1

145 – Adam Crawford (Ringgold) pinned Tony Johnson (Alexander), 2:15

152 – John Michael Sweeney (Hillcrest) pinned Chris Achenbach (Alexander), 1:43

160 – Blaine Bird (Heritage) pinned Bryan Troye (South Forsyth), 1:04

170 – Muhammed Ansari (Alexander) pinned Isaiah Sayegh (Hillcrest), 4:32

182 - Steven Denson (LaFayette) pinned Zeke Weber (Pope), 2:43

195 – Tanner Holliman (Brentwood) dec. Corbin Spencer (Kennesaw Mtn.), 8-2

220 – Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor) dec. Justi Locke (Heritage), 1-0

285 – Kobe Gadson (Kennesaw Mtn) pinned Bobby Boswell (Alexander), 4:44


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