State Traditional Tourney - New Parade of Champions

Wrestling Notebook

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. all divisions

Saturday a.m. – consolations matches

Noon - Girls finals

Championship Finals:  4:45 p.m.  Celebration of Finalists

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 the brackets

Kudos II: scoring for all matches will occur thru trackwrestling.com

Bring Them Back: one big omission … the bold M is not next to past medalists on the brackets.

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 state tournament.

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).

1994Blue 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 william.branton@comcast.net


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