Christian Brothers Wins D-II State Duals

Baylor Edges McCallie for Third

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - by B.B. Branton

FRANKLIN -- Showcasing a talented senior clas having an impressive four-year run, Christian Brothers of Memphis claimed its second straight TSSAA D-II state wrestling duals crown here Saturday night with a 42-23 victory against Father Ryan at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

Purple Wave seniors John David Santi (120) and Nick Gray (126) posted regular decisions to give the victors a 6-0 lead after two matches.

The Purple Irish answered with a technical fall from former state champ Mike Akers (132) and a decision by James Simpson for a short-lived 8-6 lead.

Two more CBHS seniors – Luke Parrish (145, major decision) and Kaleb Baker (152, pin) – earned a combined 10 team points in the next two matches to re-gain the lead, a lead which the victors would not relinquish.

“Our seniors stayed focused all year and it showed by their performance tonight,” said Christian Brothers coach Chris Lewis.

Four Finals: Christian Brothers has been in the D-II finals four straight years with a pair of titles (2012, 2013) and two runner-up finishes (2010, 2011).

Nationally-Ranked: In an impressive two-year run, the Purple Wave has been nationally-ranked in the top 50 each year, is No.43 this week, is 23-1 on the season with the only loss to Pope (Ga.) at the Cleveland Duals … and has a win against Archer (Ga.) who recently beat Pope … CBHS also has a win against D-I AAA state duals champion Cleveland ... Christian Brothers’ only loss to a Tennessee team in the past two years was on the road to Soddy-Daisy in mid-December 2011 and avenged that loss to the Trojans the next day to win the Cleveland Duals.

Purple Wave senior and two-time defending state champion Kaleb Baker said, “We celebrate this championship tonight, but Monday we start working to win the state traditional in two weeks. That’s the final piece of the puzzle for our senior class.”

Third Place: Baylor edged McCallie, 37-36 …

Good Wins: It was five days later than originally planned, but the match of state champs took place Saturday afternoon at 132 pounds as McCallie’s Adam Connell decisioned Baylor’s Brandon Brunner, 4-1 …The two did not wrestle in the McCallie- Baylor dual match this past Monday … Connell also beat former state champ Mike Akers of Father Ryan in the semis Friday night.

Christian Brothers 42, Father Ryan 23

120: John David Santi (CBHS) dec. Michael Eckhart, 6-3 … CBHS, 3-0  +3

126 Nick Gray (CBHS) dec.  Hal Fisher, 6-4 … CBHS , 6-0  +6

132: Mike Akers (FR) tech fall Red Croom, 24-8 …. CBHS 6-5  +1

138: James Simpson (FR) dec. Bailey Wittman, 4-0 … Ryan, 8-6 +1 (lead change)

145: Luke Parrish (CBHS) major dec.  Patrick Cosgrove, 14-3 … CBHS, 10-8 +2 lead change

152 Kaleb Baker (CBHS) pinned Marcelo Morrice, 2:29 … CBHS, 16-8 +8

160: Mark Marchetti  (FR) dec. Brandon Hataway, 9-4 … CBHS 16-11 +5

170: Barrett Walthall (CBHS) pinned Nick Naughton, 1:07 … CBHS, 22-11 +11

182: John Hagey (FR) dec. Michael Edwards, 4:59 …CBHS, 22-17 +5

195: Corbin McOlgan (CBHS) tech fall Houston Hooker, 18-3 (5:56) … CBHS 27-17 +10

220: Jeremy Brandon (CBHS) pinned Ben Stacey, 1:17 … CBHS 33-17  +16

285: Drayke Armstrong (CBHS) pinned Brandon Christy, 1:49 … CBHS 39-17 +22

106: Trey Chalifoux (FR) pinned Josh Adams, 1:32 … CBHS 39-23  +16

113: Elijah Oliver (CBHS) major dec. Kirby Simpson, 13-5   … CBHS 43-23 … +20

1 team point deducted from Christian Brothers for unsportsmanlike conduct

 

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


Lookouts Max Kepler Named Southern League Player Of The Year

Minnesota Twins prospect, Max Kepler, has been named the Southern League MVP. Kepler, the Twins number six overall prospect led the Southern League in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. The Chattanooga Lookouts outfielder hit .327, with 73 runs, 32 doubles, 12 triples, nine home runs and swiped 18 bases. He has a smooth swing and hits the ball over the ... (click for more)

Silverdale, Signal Mountain, Hixson Post Girls Soccer Wins

Silverdale's Audrey Grace Canter and Caily Fouts scored goals Thursday night in the Lady Seahawks 2-1 win over CSAS.  Alli Dudley had an assist for Silverdale. CSAS's goal was scored by Kielyn Bright.    Silverdale's Sage Johnson had 12 saves and CSAS's Cady Pruett had 10 saves.   Also on Thursday, Signal Mountain beat Grace 5-1 and Hixson beat Central ... (click for more)

Trustee To Be Appointed To Oversee Hutcheson Medical Center Bankruptcy With Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

A trustee will be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy case of Hutcheson Medical Center with a focus on getting the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital sold. The U.S. Trustee's Office had filed a motion asking that the bankruptcy be dissolved due to the debt rising to $6.3 million since the bankruptcy was filed last November. However, all parties finally agreed it was ... (click for more)

Civic, Political Leader Mai Bell Hurley Dies At 87

Civic and political leader Mai Bell Hurley has died at age 87. She was the first woman to serve on the Chattanooga City Council. Ms. Hurley was also a longtime advocate for the arts and a leader in United Way. She was a leader in Chattanooga Venture that led to the redevelopment of downtown and the riverfront.  She most recently served on the Library Board. ... (click for more)

Does The Signal Mountain Town Council Take Its Constituents As Fools?

You've got to hand it to the Signal Mountain Town Council. In their scheme to change the zoning on Signal Mountain from 1/2 an acre to 1/4 an acre they get more creative by the day in coming up with justifications for doing something a majority of their constituents are squarely against.   They started off by hiding behind a poor widow who had fallen on hard times. She had ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Every Child Must Watch This

In the course of my day, I read different websites, am sent all kinds of neat videos and I love the jokes I get. But when I logged onto my ever-bulging email account Thursday morning, I happened across the scariest, most terrifying video I have ever watched. There is a website I check called “Atchuup” that boasts “cool stories daily.” Some are pretty good but this one nearly knocked ... (click for more)