Tuesday, February 11, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
Besides earning a shot a state championship, TSSAA state
wresting finalists are in for a treat late Saturday afternoon as they will be
part of a high-tech introduction.
Finalists in D-II, D-I A-AA and D-I AAA will walk down the
steps and onto their respective mats for the six minutes of fame.
A production company
has been hired to put it all together. Should be great.
The old parade of champions will not occur, but all
medalists will be introduced between championship matches.
Inaugural Event: For the first time, A-AA wrestlers will
compete for team and individual championships
2014 State Tournament Info: All Times CST
Franklin – Williamson
County Ag Center … I-65 at Exit 61
Tickets and Parking:
Tickets: $10 a day
Parking: $5 a day
D-I A-AA and AAA: Wed.-Sat. Wed. start time is 3 p.m. round of 32 and round of 16
D-I A-AA and D-II:
starts Friday at 10 a.m. Girls
Invite: 11 a.m.
Friday Semis: 6 p.m.
Saturday a.m. – consolations matches
Noon - Girls finals
4:45 p.m. Celebration of
5 p.m. – finals in 14 weight classes; D-II, D-I A-AA and AAA
Brackets: found on
trackwrestling.com and tssaa.org
Kudos: Season records for D-II and DI A-AA are included on
Kudos II: scoring for all matches will occur thru
Bring Them Back: one big omission … the bold M is not next to past medalists on the
And no listing of wrestlers and past medalists earned at the
bottom of each bracket … hopefully this will be changed in 2015.
Looking Back: 10, 20,
30, 40 50 years ago
1964 – Red Bank under coach John Farr wins its second of
three straight team titles … Lions had 110 points while Chattanooga City is
second with 62 in the 17-team field... best wrestler is Mickey Bailey of TSB …
McCallie head coach emeritus Gordon Connell places third at 98 pounds for
Brainerd … he will win a state title in 1966 … Soddy Daisy enters its first
1974 – Father Ryan wins its third title in six years with
two champions and edges 1973 champion Hixson, 77-65 … current Ryan coach Pat
Simpson placed second at 122 … Hixson’s Randy Batten is the Outstanding
Wrestler … McCallie’s David Kent finishes second to Batten for the second
straight year and then becomes only the second four-time finalist (ND’s Martin
Francis was the first) as he wins it all in 1975 and ’76.
1984 – East Ridge under coach Lynn Goss becomes the first
team to repeat as champs since Baylor did it in 1978-79 … the ’84 squad
wins the title with only one champion in Roger Kendrick and three runners-up … Bradley’s
Steve Logsdon is coach Turner Jackson’s (and the school’s) first state champ …
Tyner has back-to-back champs in Jeff Eaves (185) and Jeff Haven (heavy).
1994 – Blue Raider Comeback
… Cleveland under Al Miller rallies in the consolations to win its first title
since 1980, defeating Father Ryan, 136.5-130 … Entering Saturday morning’s
conso semis, Ryan leads 115-105.5 … The
Blue Raiders win 7 of 10 matches taking three thirds, a fifth and a sixth,
while Ryan has only one third place finisher.
Heading into the finals, Cleveland leads 136.5-122 with only
one finalist who places second ... Ryan has four in the finals, but only two
win to secure title for Blue Raiders.
2004 – Bradley Central and Baylor
win team titles … the fourth of five straight for the Bears of coach Steve
Logsdon … the first of five straight for the Red Raiders … Kyle James (SD) caps
a stellar career with a fall and four tech falls on the way to his third title …
Baylor’s Jordan Leen (OW) wins his fourth D-II title.
contact B.B. Branton at email@example.com