It's still pretty-much a wide-open race in the battle for championship honors in the Region 4 wrestling tournament, which is being held at Ooltewah's Edward M. Foster Gymnasium.
There's still a whole lot of grappling to be contested, but early prognosticators picked three-time defending region champ Soddy Daisy as the team to beat.
Clearly with seven number-one seeds, the outcome of the tournament was all but decided.
Teams from Hixson and East Ridge must not have been included in that most recent bit of communication as both are sandwiched around the Trojans following Friday's action that included two championship rounds and two rounds of consolation matches.
Hixson's Wildcats, the last team besides Soddy Daisy to win this tournament, is current in first place with 68.5 points and 10 wrestlers still alive.
Soddy Daisy advanced 11 into Saturday morning's semis and is second with 66 as a dozen Trojans are still looking for a state tournament berth.
East Ridge batted a thousand with eight advancing into the semis and three others still alive in consolations. The Pioneers are third with 57 points.
Signal Mountain is fourth with 44.5 while Central is fifth with 44.
"For the most part, I'm pleased with the way things went tonight," said Soddy Daisy coach Jim Higgins after watching his freshman heavyweight lose a heartbreaking overtime decision.
"We had a bunch of byes where we didn't score any points, but the semis will be a big round. We came with 13 and we still have 12 alive. Two of the three matches we lost, we had a chance to win, but overall, I thought we came to compete here tonight.
"I'm proud of our effort, but I just hope we can finish the job we've started," Higgins smiled before heading toward the parking lot.
Hixson coach Garrick Hall has been in this business long enough to not put a lot of stock into team scores following the first day.
"I thought we did well in spots and I thought we did a good job of getting bonus points. I'm convinced that tomorrow's consolation rounds will determine this tournament. I'm always leary of the first session on Saturday, but we just have to show up ready to wrestle," Hall nodded.
Unlike Hixson and Soddy Daisy, East Ridge still has all 11 of its entries alive, including eight in the championship semis and three in the consolations. Pioneer coach Brad Laxton couldn't have penned a better script if he had a pen and paper.
"Absolutely, I'm pleased with today's results as we still have everyone alive. We even won won we weren't supposed to, but the hay's in the barn as we've done the work to be properly prepared.
"Last weekend was about team awards while this weekend is all about the individuals. If we do as individuals what we're supposed to do, the final team score will take care of itself.
Hixson's eight alive in the semis include Grayson Layne at 113, Steven Sklavenitis at 120, Isaiah Hawthorne at 126, Landon Gorfoth at 132, Ameer Jibrin at 138, Aaron Alemany at 160, Chris Nicholson at 170 and Casey Wallen at 220.
Soddy Daisy's 11 include Jacob McClure (106), Austin Houser (113), Jacob Stevens (120), Tucker Russo (126), Conner Stiles (132), Austin Williamson (138), Gage Richmond (145), Garrett Alexander (170), Blaike Henry (182), Tyler Hixson (195) and Luke Reno (220).
Those eight representing East Ridge include Brandon Whitley at 120, Spencer Griffy at 126, Robert McAvoy at 138, Kendall Small at 145, DeAngelo Johnson at 160, Brandon Cantrell at 195, C.J. Baker at 220 and Will Garner at 285.
Saturday's all-important championship semis kick things off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by consolations and then championship finals.
The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the TSSAA Traditional State Tourament, which starts Thursday in Franklin.
LEGEND AND TEAMS SCORES
FOLLOWING QUARTERFINALS AND TWO ROUNDS OF CONSOLATIONS
1. Hixson (Hix) 68.5; 2. Soddy Daisy (SD) 66 3. East Ridge (ER) 57; 4. Signal Mountain (SM) 44.5; 5. Central (Cen) 44; 6. Ooltewah (O) 42.5; 7. East Hamilton (EH) 35.5; 8. Notre Dame (ND) 32.5; 9. Howard (How) 28; 10. Red Bank (RB) 24.
11. Chattanooga Christian (CCS) 19; 12. Tyner (T) 16; 13. Brainerd (Br) and Sequatchie Co. (Seq) tied with 10; 15. Sale Creek (SC) 8; 16. Boyd-Buchanan (BB) 6; 17. Whitwell (W) 1; 18. Silverdale (Sil) 0.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS THROUGH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS
ROUND OF 16: Renardo Bussey (How) pinned Deelandis White (T), 2:45; Briar Potter (EH) pinned Konnor Zigler (Hix), 3:43.
QUARTERFINALS: Jacob McClure (SD) pinned Cornelius Woodruff (Br), 1:37; Bussey (How) pinned Cody Davis (W), 1:24; Luke Mullin (ND) won by technical fall over Hunt Drennen (SM), 4:00; Potter (EH) won by technical fall over Trent Comeaux (RB), 5:20.
ROUND OF 16: Austin Houser (SD) pinned Jordan Goemple (EH), 1:22; Warren Weaver (SM) pinned Slade Dickerson (Sil), 1:15; Cedrick Ricks (How) pinned Alex Eberle (ND), 3:04.
QUARTERFINALS: Houser (SD) pinned Devonte Clark (RB), 5:41; Bryson Lemons (Cen) pinned Weaver (SM), 3:54; Grayson Layne (Hix) won by technical fall over Cesar Aguilar (Seq), 5:15; Ricks (How) major dec. Carter Thomas (CCS), 18-8.
ROUND OF 16: Jacob Stevens (SD) pinned Jared Andrews (ND), 1:40; Steven Sklavenitis (Hix) pinned Domonique Rahman (How), 1:30; Andrew Gardner (Seq) pinned Garrett Thompson (CCS), 2:10; Brandon Whitley (ER) pinned Cody Baugh (RB), 1:40.
QUARTERFINALS: Stevens (SD) pinned Mason Chamberlain (T), 1:11; Sklavenitis (Hix) pinned Riggs Glascock (SM), 1:22; Matt Meeks (EH) pinned Gardner (Seq), 1:47; Whitley (ER) pinned Jeffrey Gaines (Cen), 1:35.
ROUND OF 16: None contested.
QUARTERFINALS: Tucker Russo (SD) major dec. Brennen Smyth (EH), 21-8; Spencer Griffy (ER) major dec. Andrew Fite (CCS), 13-3; Isaiah Hawthorne (Hix) pinned Jacob Newman (SM), 1:54; Packy Mullin (ND) advanced with a bye.
ROUND OF 16: Noah Bankston (ND) pinned Cordaro Cummings (Br), :45.
QUARTERFINALS: Landon Goforth (Hix) pinned Christopher Beckwit (Seq), 3:00; Bankston (ND) won by technical fall over Chaysen Patrick (T), 5:10; Conner Stiles (SD) dec. Jacob Wolfe (EH), 11-8; Matt Lemons (O) pinned Jeff Fleishmann (Sil), :16.
ROUND OF 16: Gabriel McDuffie (RB) pinned Joe Dewild (Sil), 1:00; Robert McAvoy (ER) pinned Andre Fugh (Br), 1:50; Tyler Reid (O) pinned Eli Ellis (SC), 1:45; Conner Christian (EH) pinned Matt Lewis (Seq), 1:05; Ameer Jibrin (Hix) pinned Juan Cammancho (T), 5:09.
QUARTERFINALS: Austin Williamson (SD) pinned McDuffie (RB), :42; McAvoy (ER) pinned Will Henley (SM), 4:07; Reid (O) pinned Christian (EH), 2:24; Jibrin (Hix) pinned Nick McGirl (ND), 5:35.
ROUND OF 16: Michael Frazy (Cen) pinned Nick Peck (Hix), 5:23; Evan Burns (BB) pinned John Pendergrass (How), 2:25; Hunter Daughtery (T) pinned Eyrik Allen (SM), 3:27; Sam Murray (CCS) pinned Dakota Silvers (Seq), 1:59; Kendall Small (ER) pinned Avery Shrum (W), 2:42; David Johnson (RB) pinned Michael Quatrano (ND), 3:20; Blake Hodson (EH) pinned Jammison Roddy (SC), 1:52; Gage Richmond (SD) pinned Grant Williams (Sil), 2:59.
QUARTERFINALS: Frazy (Cen) pinned Burns (BB), 1:58; Daughtery (T) dec. Murray (CCS), 11-9; Small (ER) pinned Johnson (RB), 1:50; Richmond (SD) pinned Hodson (EH), 1:28.
ROUND OF 16: Kyler Kayanek (SM) pinned Brelyn Grant (Seq), :57; Jordan Russell (O) pinned Kaine Kell (RB), 5:15.
QUARTERFINALS: Larry Dickerson (Cen) pinned Josh Blank (Sil), 1:09; Kayonek (SM) pinned Ronny Huff (Hix), 3:36; Chase Daughtery (T) major dec. Josh Kilgore (ER), 10-0; Russell (O) pinned Roderick McCauley (How), 1:35.
ROUND OF 16: Michael Labbe (ND) pinned Robert Perry (RB), 1:23; Corey Tucker (EH) pinned Kentarius Hampton (How), 5:04; Xavier Norwood (Cen) pinned Mike Land (CCS), 5:40; DeAngelo Johnson (ER) dec. Jaylen Grimes (T), 10-3.
QUARTERFINALS: Labbe (ND) pinned Richard Daniels (Seq), 1:34; Drennan (SM) won by technical fall over Corey Tucker (EH), 5:30; Aaron Alemany (Hix) pinned Norwood (Cen), :34; Johnson (ER) pinned Hunter Maynor (SD), 5:27.
ROUND OF 16: Garrett Alexander (SD) pinned Haydan Foster (Seq), 1:51; Devin Crawl (RB) pinned Jordan Satterfield (BB), 1:40; Chris Nicholson (Hix) pinned James Beckett (T), 2:35; James Hughes (Cen) pinned Kendell Austin (EH), 2:23.
QUARTERFINALS: Alexander (SD) pinned Tabrin Walker (ER), 3:48; Joseph Allen (Br) pinned Crawl (RB), 3:17; Nicholson (Hix) pinned Donovan Thomas (O), 3:00; Cole Shelton (SM) dec. Hughes (Cen), 8-4 in overtime.
ROUND OF 16: Blaike Henry (SD) pinned Marcus McMillan (Br), :25; Harrison Hall (SM) pinned Jarius Leslie (T), 3:11.
QUARTERFINALS: Henry (SD) pinned Corey Stallworth (RB), 1:11; Chris Gaither (CCS) won by disqualifation (excessive penalty points) over Dylan Bargerstock (Hix); Hall (SM) pinned Nakota Culver (ER), 2:28; Jordan Zink (O) pinned Joshua Cooper (Cen), 3:00.
ROUND OF 16: Brandon Cantrell (ER) pinned Calvin Conn (BB), :53; McKenzie Martin (Hix) won by injury default over Cole Dickerson (Sil); Ladarius Griffith (How) pinned Christian Jackson (RB), 1:40; Mack Fairley (O) pinned Chris Hornsby (ND), 2:29; Truman Martin (Cen) pinned Tyler Pope (CCS), :43.
QUARTERFINALS: Cantrell (ER) pinned Denzel Robinson (Br), :46; Tyler Hixson (SD) dec. Martin (Hix), 8-1; Micah Pressley (SM0 pinned Griffith (How), :48; Martin (Cen) dec. Fairley (O), 9-6.
ROUND OF 16: None contested.
QUARTERFINALS: C.J. Baker (ER) pinned Curtis Noiseaux (Cen), :14; Casey Wallen (Hix) pinned Dylan Mahoney (O), 1:25; Max Kuenzli (CCS) pinned Justin McCrary (Sil), 1:00; Luke Reno (SD) advances with a bye.
ROUND OF 16: Jerrett Wilhoit (EH) pinned Will Bederman (CCS), 2:43; Jacob Keltch (O) pinned Sedric Jordan (Br), 5:59.
QUARTERFINALS: Will Garner (ER) pinned Wilhoit (EH), 3:01; Sam Stephenson (Cen) pinned Jacob Bird (Hix), 1:15; Keltch (O) pinned Hunter Whiting (ND), 1:47; Antonio Woodall (How) pinned Trace McNew (SD), 1:42.
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