Christian Brothers Wins D-II Wrestling Title

McCallie Third, Baylor is Fourth

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

On the strength of three champions, and an impressive 13 overall medalists, Christian Brothers of Memphis won its first TSSA D-II state traditional wrestling championship, outscoring runner-up and 2012 champ Father Ryan, 272-231.50.

Purple Wave champions are Elijah Oliver (113), Nick Gray (126) and Kaleb Baker (152).

Ryan had one champion in Mark Marchetti (145) and nine medalists.

McCallie placed third with 208.50 points and three champions, Baylor was fourth with 202 pts and a trio of winners, while Montgomery Bell Academy was fifth (two champs) with 162.50 points in the 18-team field.

McCallie champions were Alex Elsea (120), Adam Connell (132) and Nathan Hoodenpyle (182), while Baylor winners were Michael Murphy (106), Bryson Popp (160) and Ryan Parker (170).

"We've have had a great four-year run with these seniors with two duals titles and a traditional championship," said coach Chris Lewis.

"Winning this tournament takes a real team effort as your guys not in the finals need to medal and score as many points as possible."

And score the Purple Wave did.

Leading state defending champion Father Ryan by 30.5 points (218.50 -188) after the Friday night semifinals, the Purple Wave seniors made sure there was no possible way to be de-railed from their appointed task in the Saturday morning consolations.

Christian Brothers won a staggering 9-of-12 matches in the consolations as six wrestlers won their medal matches; three took third and another three won their fifth place matches. Those wins complemented the three firsts and four runner-up finishes. 

"We graduate a lot of talented seniors, but we have some strong young kids coming up so we will be back here next year ready to defend our title," Lewis stated.

Tip of the Cap: "Senior Barrett Walthall lost a tough semis match and could have mailed it in during the consolations, but he didn't and was out front during warm-ups Saturday morning telling his teammates that we needed as many points as possible," said coach Chris Lewis.

"That's the sign of a true leader and someone who puts the team well in front of his feelings no matter what the situation."

Walthall, who will wrestle at UTC in the fall, recorded a tech fall and pin in the consolations for third.

 

Best Match: 132 - Adam Connell (McCallie) dec. Brandon Brunner (Baylor), 5-2

Outstanding Wrestler: Kaleb Baker (Christian Brothers), three-time state champ

 

D-II Finals

106: No.1 Michael Murphy (Baylor, 9) dec.  No.2 Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan, 9), 2-0

113: No.1 Elijah Oliver (Christian Brothers, 10) major dec. No.2 James Westbrooks (McCallie, 10), 17-7

120: No.1 Alex Elsea (McCallie, 12) pinned No.2 John Santi (Christian Brothers, 12), 3:37

126: No1 Nick Gray (Christian Brothers, 12) major dec. No.2 Hal Fisher (Father Ryan, 10), 9-0

132: No.1 Adam Connell (McCallie, 11) dec. No.2 Brandon Brunner (Baylor, 12) , 5-2 ... Tournament Best Match

138: vs. No.3 Pierce Olson (BGA, 12) dec. No.1 Patrick Cosgrove (Father Ryan, 12), 2-1... 

145: No.1 Mark Marchetti (Father Ryan, 12) dec.  No.2 Luke Parish (Christian Brothers, 12), 5-2.

152: No.1 Kaleb Baker (Christian Brothers,12) pinned  No.2 James Simpson (Father Ryan, 11), 0:39.

Baker was voted Outstanding Wrestler

160: No.1 Bryson Popp (Baylor, 11) dec.  No.2 Brandon Hataway (Christian Brothers, 12), 5-4.

170: No.4 John Hagey (Father Ryan, 11) dec. No.2 Ryan Parker (Baylor, 9), 7-2

182: No.1 Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie, 11) major dec.  No.2 Houston Clements (Baylor, 12), 11-2

195: No.1 Franklin Garstin (MBA, 12) dec. vs. No.2 Corbin McOlgan (Christian Brothers, 12), 7-2

220: No.1 Amos Mason (Brentwood Acad., 12) dec. No.2 Morris Eguakun (MBA 12), 2-0

285: No.1 Jay Robertson (MBA, 11) pinned No.2 Casey Cook (McCallie, 12), 3:55.

 

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

 

 


Former Braves All-Star Ryan Klesko To Appear Saturday

On Saturday, May 7 former Atlanta Braves All-Star Ryan Klesko will be at AT&T Field from 2pm-5pm signing autographs and taking pictures.   Klesko is appearing as a part of Homers for Heroes presented by Bellhops, a charity home run derby that begins at  noon  and features 16 local businesses.  While Klesko is not competing in the event fans ... (click for more)

Six Area Players Voted To TSWA Girls All-State Team

Six Chattanooga-area players have been voted to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association girls all-state high school basketball team. Voted to the team were Bradley Central's Rhyne Howard, McMinn Central's Jacobi Lynn, Meigs County's Taylor Boggess, Signal Mountain's Aryn Sanders and Baylor's Kaleigh Clemons and Mya Long. 2015-16 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Girls ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke Pledges $6 Million For New Recreation Center At Avondale

Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday that he plans to include $6 million in his upcoming budget for a new Recreation Center at Avondale. He said at a press conference at the current center on Dodson Avenue, "We want to make an investment in Avondale." Mayor Berke said the current center by Wilcox Boulevard was built in 1949 and last remodeled in 2002. The new center, which ... (click for more)

Developer Plans Single-Family Homes, Townhomes, Apartments, Retail On 7.5 Acres At South Broad Street

A developer is planning single-family homes, apartments, townhomes and retail on a 7.5-acre South Broad Street site. The development by South Broad LLC and DEW LLC is located within several blocks between South Broad Street, W. 26th Street, Long Street and W. 27th Street. It would include a 3-story U-shaped apartment building with ground floor retail at the north end of the ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘No’ To Schools Budget

When the Hamilton County Commissioners and officials of the Hamilton County Department of Education met for 3 ½ hours on Tuesday, they studied a proposed budget of roughly $385 million – this $24.2 million over an anticipated $361 million in revenues. Now let’s pretend it is a Tuesday night at your own kitchen table and your favorite son – after misbehaving in a somewhat stunning ... (click for more)