D-II Wrestling Weight-By-Weight Analysis

State Tourney is Feb. 15-16 in Franklin

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

The 16th Annual D-II state traditional is Friday and Saturday at Williamson County Ag Expo Center with Christian Brothers and defending champion Father Ryan the favorites.


Baylor’s Brandon Brunner (132) goes for his fourth state title

Brentwood Academy’s Amos Mason (220) has won a state record 129 straight matches …

Possible Upsets ..? 103 – Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan), 120 - John Santi (Christian Brothers), 132 – Mike Akers (Ryan), 138 – Pierce Olson (BGA),     

Valedictorian … Almost:  DCA senior 145-pounder Andrew Gentuso (23-2) has a 4.

3 GPA with one B, that coming in freshman English and is the salutatorian ... his girlfriend, Emory Fox (accepted into Belmont's nursing program) has a 4.33 and is the valedictorian ... she made an A in that freshman class and all others  … Andrew also plays varsity soccer, is in the National Honor Society and plans on studying pre-med in college with the goal of practicing medicine in a third-world country … was born in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa by American parents … he has participated in humanitarian aid project in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa, Japan and Ecuador .. Andrew has had admission interviews with Washington University in St. Louis; Emory; Tufts (his father's alma mater); and Vanderbilt (his dad did his residency there).

What’s in a Name: There are a couple of Adam’s but no Eve’s ... gospel writers at 145 in Matthew, Mark and Luke … but no John … a Caleb and Kaleb … always a Simpson or two in the corner and on the mat … sons of state champs ... a Jonah who might need a whale of an effort to win the state … plenty of alliteration at 132 with Tully, Telli and Tansil along with Herman, Horton and Humphries …

… a Dave Matthews band of wrestlers from Knox Webb ..  an Edison who might light up the tourney … there is a Cook and a Baker and a Tray who hopefully can serve up a win or two …  and one from Canada … a Claus, but no Santa … a Nick, and a few Saints (from St. Andrews) … Eli and Elijah ..

And numerous young gladiators looking for a title - the Holy Grail – and with it be called champion on Saturday night.

D-II State Traditonal Weight-by-Weight Analysis:

*106:  Top Bracket: No1 seed Baylor’s Michael Murphy is favorite to win ... dad, Pat, won titles at Hixson in 1978-79 … Brentwood Academy’s Justin Becci is a two-time medalist at this weight ... beat Murphy in 2012 state conso semis … Bottom Bracket: No2 seed Father Ryan’s Trey Chalifoux should make the finals … but has to get past a talented and smart Addison Cornell (McCallie, 4.3 GPA) in the semis …

Finals: Michael Murphy (Baylor) vs. Trey Chalifoux (Ryan) … Murphy beat him in dual match on Jam.2


*113: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Elijah Oliver (Christian Brothers) is clear favorite for second title …should meet Baylor’s Caleb Canada in semis …

Bottom Bracket: No.2 seed James Westbrooks (McCallie) makes the final …sophomore class president with 4.2 GPA and has studied Latin for four years … semis with Ryan’s Kirby Simpson should be close … Westbrooks has won twice by 4-2 scores …. Christian DiLucchio (Brentwood Acad.) plays guitar in the school rock band … should face Westbrooks in quarters …

Finals: Elijah Oliver CBHS) vs. James Westbrooks (McCallie) … Oliver pinned Westbrooks in 2012 state semis


*120: Top Bracket: No.1 seed and defending champ Alex Elsea (McCallie) has 3.96 GPA, six years of Latin, has taken seven Honors Classes … is top seed goes for his fourth medal (3-2-1-??)  but has three other medalists in the weight … has to get by senior and state medalist Kyle Jennings (St. Benedict) in semis … Elsea has beaten Michael Eckhart (Ryan) twice this season … Daniel Edwards (JP2) .. has 4.17 weighted GPA … first place tie as freshman in state Algebra II contest …

Bottom Bracket: anticipated semis with No.2 John Santi (CBHS) and No.3 Michael Eckhart (Ryan)  … Santi won 6-3 in state duals finals … one of several Ryan-CBHS meetings that Purple Irish need to make a run at the title …  could be a tourney “Best Match” …

Finals: Alex Elsea (McCallie) vs. John Santi (CBHS)

*126: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Nick Gray (CBHS) looks for fourth medal at first title (5-3-2-??) … Gray had tech fall over No.4 seed Nick Standefer (Baylor) in state duals …

Bottom Bracket: No.2 seed Hal Fisher (Ryan) should make the finals

Finals: Nick Gray (CBHS) vs. Hal Fisher (Ryan) … Gray won 6-5 in state duals finals …another Ryan-Bros. match

*132: three state champs in one weight class … Top Bracket: No.1 seed and state champ Adam Connell (McCallie, 2-1-??)) has a win against Baylor’s Brandon Brunner and is 1-1 with Mike Akers (Ryan) … Connell’s dad (Gordon) and brother (Lee) also won state titles …

Bottom Bracket: No.2 Brandon Brunner goes for fourth state title (1-1-1-??) … will wrestle at South Dakota State for former UTC coach Chris Bono …match-up with Ryan’s Mike Akers (2010 state champ) in a great semis … Akers (1-4-4-??) goes for fourth medal … Jacob Telli (JP2) plays trombone with 4.15 weighted GPA and is catcher in baseball …  

Finals: Adam Connell (McCallie) vs. Brandon Brunner (Baylor)

*138: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Patrick Cosgrove (Ryan) moves down in hopes of a title … and team points … Gus Wilson (Brentwood Acad.) has a 4.0 and is the 4th Wilson brother to wrestle at BA ...Griffin Davis (McCallie)-Bailey Wittman (CBHS) winner has Cosgrove in semis … Bottom Bracket: BGA’s No.3 seed Pierce Olson goes for a fourth state medal (2-5-5- ??) … was state runner-up to Mike Akers (Ryan) at 103 in 2010 … should face No.2 seed Blake Sutherland (Baylor) in semis … it’s been 20 years since BGA has had a champion … and it was at this weight … (1993 - Steve Harvey, 140) …

 Finals: Patrick Cosgrove (Ryan) vs. Blake Sutherland (Baylor) 

*145: Top Bracket: No. 1 seed Father Ryan’s Mark Marchetti’s last chance (3-2-2-??) at a title .. faces Matthew Jones (McCallie) in first match…

Bottom Bracket: Luke Parish has 100+ career wins, but injuries have kept him out of the state tourney until this year … should make the finals … Andrew Gentuso (DCA) is a returning medalist and has a 4.3 GPA and is the salutatorian … behind his girl friend who is the valedictorian

Biblical Names: There is Matthew, Mark and Luke but John didn’t make it ...

Finals Mark Marchetti (Ryan) vs. Luke Parish (CBHS) … two seniors going for their first title


*152: Top Bracket: No.1 seed and two-time defending champ Kaleb Baker (CBHS) … goes *for third title … Benjamin Kidd (BA) is an AP Scholar … Conner McCroskey (DCA) has a 3.5 GPA, National Honor Society … National Art Honor Society, vice-president … co-captain in wrestling and soccer teams

Bottom Bracket: Ryan’s James Simpson should make the finals after meeting Ben Kurtz (St. Ben.) in the semis

Finals: Kaleb Baker (CBHS) vs. James Simpson (Ryan) … Baker is the heavy favorite


*160: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Bryson Popp (Baylor) looks for third medal (4-2-??) … Bryson’s dad, Dr. Tom Popp, won a state title at Hixson in 1975 (OW) … Max Mullen (BA, 9) is the son of Christian singer Nicole C. Mullen …

Bottom Bracket: returning medalists are No.2 seed Brandon Hataway (CBHS) and No.3 seed Jason Burchwell (JP2) …

Finals: Bryson Popp (Baylor) vs. Brandon Hataway (CBHS)

*170: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Barrett Walthall (CBHS) has committed to wrestle for UTC in the fall …John Hagey (Ryan) should meet Walthall in semis …

Bottom Bracket: Baylor’s Ryan Parker is a talented ninth grader and should make the finals … No.3 seed Calum McCroskey (McCallie) … his brother, Jason, was a SoCon champion  at UTC and three-time state medalist

Finals: Barrett Walthall (CBHS) vs. Ryan Parker (Baylor) … senior vs. freshman … some think this match will be closer than Walthall’s win (major dec.) in the state duals semis


*182: Top Bracket: No.1 seed McCallie’s Nathan Hoodenpyle

Bottom Bracket: No.1 Houston Clements (Baylor) is third generation prep wrestler … Ryan’s Houston Hooker is younger brother of three-time state champion Michael Hooker (McCallie/Father Ryan)

Finals: Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie) vs. Houston Clements (Baylor) …. Hoodenpyle won in 2OT in dual match

*195: Top Bracket: MBA has been known over the years for solid upper weights … MBA’s No.1 seed in Franklin Garston and … Nathan Farr (Knox. Webb) is grandson of 1961 Red Bank state champ and longtime wrestling official George Farr … BA’s Josh Greer’s dad was state runner-up in Michigan

Bottom Bracket: No.2 seed is Corbin McOlgan (CBHS) … has to get by Baylor’s No.3 Emory Norred whom he beat, 6-4, in state duals semis …

Finals: Franklin Garston (MBA) vs. Corbin McOlgan (CBHS) … two seniors seeking a title


*220: Top Bracket: No.1 seed Amos Mason (Brentwood Acad.) goes for third title ... has won a state record 129 straight matches ... will play football at the Naval Academy in the fall …

Bottom Bracket: No.3 seed Jeremy Brandon (CBHS) and No.2 seed Morris Equakun (MBA) are both returning medalists.

Finals: Amos Mason (BA) vs. Morris Equakun (MBA)


*285: five medalists in this weight … Top Bracket: upper bracket semis, MBA’s Jashon Robertson and Drayke Armstrong (CBHS)

Bottom Bracket: No.2 seed Casey Cook (McCallie) move up from 220 and is football and wrestling captain ... will play football for Kenyon College in the fall … Tucker York (BA) is has good wrestling family tree … great uncle Joe Roberts (Donelson HS) was state champ (1968- OW, 1969) and five-time state qualifier and another uncle Bobby York (Franklin) won a title in 1969 …

Finals: Jashon Robertson (MBA) vs. Casey Cook (McCallie)


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



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