Cleveland Romps To AAA Duals Title, But Soddy Daisy Falls Short

After Tough Loss To Wilson Central, Trojans Rally To Finish Third

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - by John Hunt

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- There was not  a rematch between Cleveland and Soddy Daisy for the 2013 TSSAA State Duals wrestling championship, but by the way the Blue Raiders attacked Wilson Central, perhaps the Trojans are glad they were on their way back to Chattanooga instead.

Cleveland came up short in 2012 against Soddy Daisy, but the Blue Raiders set the record for the most one-sided match in state duals history here at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center.

Unleashing the most aggressive and lopsided score in the history of these duals, the Blue Raiders won 13 of the 14 matches and they were all by pin in a dominating 78-4 victory.

Nine of those 13 pins were recorded in the first period with Josh Hamilton getting the quickest in just 50 seconds.

Actually, Saturday night's match was just the conclusion of a totally dominant weekend by the Blue Raiders who lost a total of four individual matches in the four meets they won, not counting the five matches at the end of the meet with Heritage where they forfeited.

Taking less than an hour to secure its first state duals title since 1994, the Blue Raiders improved to 28-2 with the win while the Wildcats drop to 42-3, Saturday's defeat being their worst of the season and the first to a team from Tennessee.

"Not bad, huh," laughed Cleveland coach Jake Yost afterward, not really sure how to react to such a lopsided whipping.

"As always, it was a great team effort, but we come out here expecting to do well.  When you have high expectations, good things normally happen. When we get on a roll, we get on a roll and that was the case in this match.

"We have it going on in Cleveland, but we have to give credit to all the folks up and down the line who make this possible.  From our administration to the parents to all of the kids on the team, they've made a lot of sacrifices to make this moment possible.

"We're always looking for ways to improve as this isn't the end.  We'll enjoy this win today and Sunday before going back to work on Monday getting ready for the region," Yost nodded.

Austin Oliver got the ball rolling with a 1:34 pin in the first match at 126 before Haden Hamilton added the second pin 55 seconds later.

Ezra Taylor, Aaron Oliver, Josh Hamilton, Sean Von Potts, Aaron Lopez, Ethan West and Oleg Stukanov all won by pin to extend the lead to 54-0 before Wilson Central won its only match with a 14-2 major decision by John Kramer at 220.

Cleveland then finished off an incredible performance with pins from Koran Kennedy, Tristan Blansit, Chris Debien and Austin Stevison to seal the deal.

The Blue Raiders advanced to the finals with a 46-36 win over Heritage while Wilson Central earned its first berth in the finals with a 39-31 victory over Soddy Daisy.  The Wildcats have never placed in the state duals before this year.

Soddy Daisy bounced back in the consolation semifinals with a 46-33 verdict over Independence and beat a determined Heritage team for third place. The Mountaineers eliminated Blackman, 39-30, in the other consolation semifinal before falling to Soddy Daisy, 38-35, in the consolation final.

Cleveland had very little problem taking care of the Mountaineers, an up-and-coming team from Maryville, but it wasn't as close as the 10-point difference might indicate.

The Blue Raiders built a 46-6 lead with five pins, a major decision and a win by injury default, but Cleveland forfeited the final five matches after the victory had been clinched.

Winning by pin for Cleveland was Stevison, Austin Oliver, Taylor, Josh Hamilton and Lopez while Haden Hamilton won with a 14-2 major decision at 132.  Von Potts claimed a forfeit at 170 while  West won by injury default at 182.

Jacob Stevens got Soddy Daisy off on the right foot in its match with Wilson Central, but the Wildcats sandwiched two pins around a decision for a 15-6 lead following the match at 138.

Austin Williamson scored a major decision and Gage Richmond earned a pin as Soddy Daisy regained the lead at 16-15, but the lead swapped hands two more times before Luke Reno's pin at 220 gave the Trojans a 31-24 lead.

A forfeit to the Wildcats at 285 made it a one-point match while Lane Dickeson's pin at 106 and Christian Cerrito's decision at 113 sealed the win for Wilson Central.

"We fought hard the whole way and we aren't finished yet," offered Soddy Daisy coach Jim Higgins once the dust had settled.

"Give credit to Wilson Central as they were hungry and they wanted it.  But we showed a lot of character and pride as we didn't back down from anyone.  We came here this weekend, accepted the challenge and represented Soddy Daisy High School very well.  Some of our brothers let us down, but this group did not and they have nothing to hang their head about," the first-year coach nodded.

Soddy Daisy 38, Heritage 35: This one came down to the wire literally.

After the Mountaineers built a 33-18 with three straight pins and a decision, Soddy Daisy started its comeback.

Austin Houser got a major decision at 113 while Stevens got a first-minute pin at 120 and Tucker Russo added another major at 126 to knot the score at 32-32.  The Mountaineers then took a 35-32 lead with a 5-2 decision at 132 before sophomore Austin Williamson clinched the win and third-place honors with the 29-second pin at 138.

"Austin is a sophomore who's tough as nails.  He's a prime example of how it's done," praised Higgins.

"He always wrestles like that as he's an aggressive kid.  He's always looking for bonus points, the coach added about his rising star.

"These kids showed a lot of heart and soul today as we really wanted this last match.  They perservered and rose to the occasion when most folks didn't think we would. We didn't come here to finish third, but I'm not upset with that finish after what happened this weekend," Higgins concluded.

 AAA CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

CLEVELAND 78, WILSON CENTRAL 4

(Match started at 126 Pounds)

106 -- Tristan Blansit (C) pinned Lane Dickeson, 1:27;

113 -- Chris Debien (C) pinned Christian Cerrito, 1:29;

120 -- Austin Stevison (C) pinned Nick Insalaco, 3:12;

126 -- Austin Oliver (C) pinned Johnathan Hayes, 1:34;

132 -- Haden Hamilton (C) pinned Eddie Small, :55;

138 -- Ezra Taylor (C) pinned Austin Richard, 3:51;

145 -- Aaron Oliver (C) pinned Bryson Hutchison, 3:35;

152 -- Josh Hamilton (C) pinned John Davidson, :50;

160 -- Sean Von Potts (C) pinned Jonathan Ward, 1:31;

170 -- Aaron Lopez (C) pinned Jacob Myers, 2:19;

182 -- Ethan West (C) pinned Perry Baltz, 1:11;

195 -- Oleg Stukanov (C) pinned Dillon Smith, 1:38;

220 -- John Kramer (WC) major dec. John Gaither, 14-2;

285 -- Koran Kennedy (C) pinned Michael Vaughn, 1:41.

CONSOLATION FINAL FOR THIRD PLACE

SODDY DAISY 38, HERITAGE 34

(Match started at 145 Pounds)

106 -- Nick Crawford (H) dec. Jacob McClure, 11-10;

113 -- Austin Houser (SD) major dec. Juan Hernandez, 10-2;

120 -- Jacob Stevens (SD) pinned Robert Johnson, :45;

126 -- Tucker Russo (SD) major dec. Michael Diemer, 12-4;

132 -- Jose Hernandez (H) dec. Alex Oliver, 7-2;

138 -- Austin Williamson (SD) pinned Austin Majors, :29;

145 -- Gage Richmond (SD) won by injury default over Skyler Boring;

152 -- Jacob Traxler (H) pinned Steven Hullender, 2:50;

160 -- Joel Payne (H) pinned Hunter Maynor, 2:45;

170 -- Garrett Alexander (SD) won by forfeit;

182 -- Blaike Henry (SD) pinned Jacob Ragan, :27;

195 -- Schuyler LaRue (H) pinned Christian Dean, :43;

220 -- Jebediah Davis (H) pinned Tyler Hixson, 1:19;

285 -- Joseph Evans (H) pinned Luke Reno, :57.

AAA CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS

CLEVELAND 46, HERITAGE 36

(Match started at 120 Pounds)

106 -- Dalton Lopez (H) won by forfeit;

113 -- Nick Crawford (H) won by forfeit;

120 -- Austin Stevison (C) pinned Robert Johnson, 4:17;

126 -- Austin Oliver (C) pinned Michael Diemer, 1:38;

132 -- Haden Hamilton (C) major dec. Jose Hernandez, 14-2;

138 -- Ezra Taylor (C) pinned Austin Majors, 2:13;

145 -- Skyler Boring (H) pinned Joel Simpkins, 1:08;

152 -- Josh Hamilton (C) pinned Jacob Traxler, :48;

160 -- Aaron Lopez (C) pinned Joel Payne, 1:13;

170 -- Sean Von Potts (C) won by forfeit;

182 -- Ethan West (C) won by injury default over Keagan Matlock;

195 -- Tyler Coppinger (H) won by forfeit;

220 -- Tyler Sheehan (H) won by forfeit;

285 -- Joseph Evans (H) won by forfeit.

WILSON CENTRAL 39, SODDY DAISY 31

(Match started at 120 Pounds)

106 -- Lane Dickeson (WC) pinned Jacob McClure, 1:50;

113 -- Christian Cerrito (WC) dec. Austin Houser, 3-2;

120 -- Jacob Stevens (SD) pinned Jonathan Hayes, :42;

126 -- Nick Insalaco (WC) pinned Tucker Russo, 1:47;

132 -- Eddie Small (WC) dec. Alex Oliver, 6-2;

138 -- Austin Richard (WC) pinned Ethan Sherrill, 1:13;

145 -- Austin Williamson (SD) major dec. Bryson Hutchison, 11-2;

152 -- Gage Richmond (SD) pinned John Davidson, 1:17;

160 -- Jonathan Ward (WC) dec. Hunter Maynor, 16-14;

170 -- Garrett Alexander (SD) dec. Jacob Myers, 5-3;

182 -- Blaike Henry (SD) won by forfeit;

195 -- Perry Balte (WC) pinned Christian Dean, 4:56;

220 -- Luke Reno (SD) pinned James Smith, 3:13;

285 -- John Kramer (WC) won by forfeit.

CONSOLATION SEMIFINAL

SODDY DAISY 46, INDEPENDENCE 33

(Match started at 138 Pounds)

106 -- Zach Pelkey (I) pinned Jacob McClure, 3:42;

113 -- Austin Houser (SD) pinned Joel Antognoli, 1:47;

120 -- Jacob Stevens (SD) pinned Collin Lynn, :14;

126 -- Tucker Russo (SD) pinned Chaz Savage, :37;

132 -- Robbie Allen (I) pinned Ethan Sherrill, :45;

138 -- Austin Williamson (SD) pinned Josh Fischer, 1:09;

145 -- James Cleveland (I) pinned Sheldon Roberson, 3:46;

152 -- Gage Richmond (SD) pinned Austin Ryan, :41;

160 -- Brendon Sligh (I) pinned Hunter Maynor, :56;

170 -- Garrett Alexander (SD) major dec. Riley Wilson, 12-4;

182 -- Blaike Henry (SD) pinned Brandon Ingram, :58;

195 -- Tyler Hixson (SD) pinned Austin Harrison, 3:12;

220 -- Tommy Venuti (I) dec. Luke Reno, 5-2;

285 -- Logan Rutledge (I) pinned Jesse McNew, 1:36.

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)


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