Christian Brothers Leads D-II Wrestling

McCallie, 3rd, Baylor 4th

Friday, February 15, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

Franklin -- On the strength of seven championship finalists and three others still alive in the consolations, Christian Brothers holds a comfortable 30.5 lead over defending champion Father Ryan, 218.5-188.0, after Friday's matches at the TSSAA D-II state traditional wrestling championship at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

McCallie is in third with 165.50 points and five finalists, followed by Baylor in fourth at 162 points and five finalists.

Christian Brothers won its second straight state duals title two weeks ago, but is seeking the school's first state traditional crown.

Saturday Schedule

Sat. 11 a.m. (EST) Consolation semis followed by 3rd and 5th place matches

Sat. Noon - Girls Semifinals, Consolations and championship finals

Sat. 6 p.m. -  D-I and D-II championship finals

Tickets $10 ... Parking $5

 D-II Championship Finals - Saturday at 6 p.m. EST

106: No.1 Michael Murphy (Baylor, 9) vs. No.2 Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan, 9) ... Murphy beat Chalifoux earlier in the season ... Murphy's dad, Pat, won titles in 1978-79 for Hixson

113: No.1 Elijah Oliver (Christian Brothers, 10) vs. No.2 James Westbrooks (McCallie, 10) ... Oliver is defending champion and beat Westbrooks in the 2012 state semis

120: No.1 Alex Elsea (McCallie, 12) vs. No.2 John Santi (Christian Brothers, 12) ... Elsea is defending champion

126: No1 Nick Gray (Christian Brothers, 12) vs. No.2 Hal Fisher (Father Ryan, 10) ...Gray is a 3x state medalist

132: No.1 Adam Connell (McCallie, 11) vs. No.2 Brandon Brunner (Baylor, 12) ... Brunner goes for his fourth state title and Connell seeks his second ... Connell beat Brunner at the state duals two weeks ago ... Connell's dad (Gordon) and brother (Lee) also won state titles

138: No1 Patrick Cosgrove (Father Ryan, 12) vs. No.3 Pierce Olson (BGA, 12) ... Olson goes for his fourth state medal ... its been 20 years since BGA had a state champ

145: No.1 Mark Marchetti (Father Ryan, 12) vs. No.2 Luke Parish (Christian Brothers, 12) ... Marchetti's brother, Patrick, won state titles in 2008-09 ... Parish has 100+ wins but now has his first medal (due to injuries he missed state tourneys in the past) ...

152: No.1 Kaleb Baker (Christian Brothers,12) vs. No.2 James Simpson (Father Ryan, 11) ... Baker goes for his third title and will wrestle at Arizona State in the fall ...

160: No.1 Bryson Popp (Baylor, 11) vs. No.2 Brandon Hataway (Christian Brothers, 12) ... Bryson's dad, Tom, was a state champ for Hixson in 1975 and tourney OW ...

170: No.4 John Hagey (Father Ryan, 11) vs. No.2 Ryan Parker (Baylor, 9) ... Hagey pinned No.1 seed Barrett Walthall (Christian Brothers) in the semis ...

182: No.1 Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie, 11) vs. No.2 Houston Clements (Baylor, 12) ... Hoodenpyle edged Clements in 2OT in the dual match in Jan. ... Clements is a third generation wrestler

195: No.1 Franklin Garstin (MBA, 12) vs. No.2 Corbin McOlgan (Christian Brothers, 12) ... two seniors vie for a state championship

220: No.1 Amos Mason (Brentwood Acad., 12) vs. No.2 Morris Eguakun (MBA 12).. Mason seeks his third title and has a state record 131 straight wins

285: No.1 Jay Robertson (MBA, 11) vs. No.2 Casey Cook (McCallie, 12) ... Cook will play football at Kenyon College in the fall ...

Notes: Seeds Hold Up ... 13 of 14 No.1 seeds made the finals ... 13 of 14 No.2 seeds made the finals ...

Defending Champions: Six defending champions (2 at 132) wrestle for another title Saturday night

Most Champions: Baylor has a state record 89 state champions ... followed by McCallie (84), Father Ryan (79) and Bradley Central (54) and Red Bank (50) as the top five ...

Champions in the Most Decades ... Baylor, McCallie, Cleveland, Notre Dame, Franklin and Father Ryan have at least one individual champion in each of six decades ... 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s ...

Five Decades: Red Bank, MBA and East Ridge has at least one champion in five decades ..

Going For Four: Baylor senior Brandon Brunner (132) seeks to be the ninth wrestler to win four titles ... two others have won five ...

Four Year Run: Christian Brothers has six seniors going for state championships ... three other seniors will also earn medals in the consolation matches ... the Purple Wave has been ranked in the Top 50 the last two years ... has two state duals titles ... a state traditional title is last piece of the puzzle for this senior class ...

Faces in the Crowd: Two-time state champion (1968 OW) Joe Roberts was in the stands Friday night ... he is the great uncle of Brentwood Academy's Tucker York who wrestles in Saturday morning's consolations ... Roberts was the state's first 5-time state qualifier from a public school as he wrestled for Donelson HS, 1966-70 ... state champ in 1968-69 and state runner-up as a senior in 1970 ... he won his first title in 1968 in friendly surroundings as the state tournament was held at Donelson HS that year.



                                 D-II Team Standings … Pts. (Finalists)       

                               1. Christian Brothers …218.50 (7)

                               2. Father Ryan … 188.00 (6)

                               3. McCallie … 165.50 (5)

                               4. Baylor … 162.00 (5)

                               5. Montgomery Bell Academy … 136.50 (3)

                               6. Brentwood Academy … 93.50 (1)

                               7. St. Benedict … 90.00

                               8. Battle Ground Academy … 49.50 (1)

                               9. Memphis University School … 32.00

                               10. Pope John Paul … 29.00

                               11. Webb … 27.00

                              12. (tie) Briarcrest … 24.00

                              12. (tie) Franklin Road Academy … 24.00

                               14. Ensworth … 18.00

                               15. Donelson Christian Academy … 17.00

                               16. Fayetteville Academy … 15.00

                               17. St. George … 12.00

.                              18. St. Andrews Sewanee … 3.00 

                               19. Harding Academy … 0.00


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