Father Ryan Wins D-II Region Wrestling

McCallie 2nd, Baylor 3rd

Friday, February 7, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

CHATTANOOGA -- On the strength of four champions among 13 medalists, Father Ryan won the inaugural TSSAA D-II Middle/East Region wrestling championship here Friday at Baylor School.


Ryan led the way with 273.

5 points, followed by runner-up McCallie (239) and third place Baylor (238), with Montgomery Bell Academy (194) and Brentwood Academy (135) completing the top five spots in the 12-team field.


State Tournament: The top six finishers in each weight class advance to the D-II state tournament, Feb, 14-15 at the Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin. The top three in each weight class from the West Region also advance. Out Bracket Match: West No.3 vs. Middle/East No.6 to fill the eighth spot in the eight man bracket.


Ryan champions (4) were Eli King (106), Chris Wesnofske (132) John Hagey (172) and Ben Stacey (220).

McCallie and Baylor had the most champions with five each.  


McCallie (5) – Ethan Dendy (120), James Westbrooks (126), Adam Connell (138), Griffin Davis (145) and Trel Phillips (195)

Baylor (5) – Michael Murphy (113), Blake Sutherland (152), Bryson Popp (160), Ryan Parker (182) and  Will Thomas (285)

State Qualifiers: McCallie (14), MBA (14), Father Ryan (13), Baylor (13), Brentwood Acad. (11), Franklin Road Academy (8), Battle Ground Academy (6), Ensworth (3), Pope John Paul (1), St. Andrews-Sewanee (1)


The Ryan’s Have It … not only did Father Ryan win the tournament, three wrestlers named Ryan were also in the field: 145 – Ryan Simpson (Father Ryan)  … 182 - Ryan Parker (Baylor) … 182 - Ryan Sealy (Brentwood Academy)


 Best Names: Jonah Reels (as in caught by a great fish), 220 (Brentwood Acad.) …

Cannon McCullough (120) appropriately goes to Battle Ground Academy …

Connor Eli (FRA) and Eli King (Ryan)

On the Run … at 145, Chase Tidwell (BGA) and Andrew Hunter (DCA) and at 106, Hunter Anderson


Top Seeds: 10 of the 14 No.1 seeds won titles … A trio of No.2 seeds and one No. 4 seed also won

No.1 vs.No.2 … they met 12 times with nine No.1s winning

Kudos to Baylor... for a well run tournament ... and good hospitality room for officials and coaches... all results were posted live on trackwrestling.com


TSSAA D-II Middle/East Region

Team Standings
1) Father Ryan, 273.5   2) McCallie, 239  3) Baylor, 238  4) Montgomery Bell Acad., 194   5) Brentwood Academy, 135  6) Franklin Road Academy, 97  7) Battle Ground Academy, 61  8) Ensworth, 36  9) Knox Webb, 8.5   10) Pope John Paul II, 7  11) St. Andrews-Sewanee, 6  12) Donelson Christian Academy, 3      


Championship Finals

106 – Eli King (Father Ryan) tech fall Gabriel Elkin (MBA), 16-0

113 – Michael Murphy (Baylor) forfeit win Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan)

120 – Ethan Dendy (McCallie) major dec. Jared Frazier (Father Ryan), 11-3

126 – James Westbrooks (McCallie) dec. Kirby Simpson (Father Ryan), 8-1
132 – Chris Wesnofske (Father Ryan) injury default Brock Herring (McCallie)

138 - Adam Connell (McCallie) dec. Michael Eckhart (Father Ryan), 1-0

145 – Griffin Davis (McCallie) dec. Ryan Simpson (Father Ryan), 3-2

152 – Blake Sutherland (Baylor) dec. Marcello Morrice (Father Ryan), 6-3

160 – Bryson Popp (Baylor) tech fall Nick Naughton (Father Ryan), 6:00, 18-3

172 – John Hagey (Father Ryan) pinned Cayman Seagraves (Baylor), 3:46

182 – Ryan Parker (Baylor) pinned Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie), 2:00
195 – Trel Phillips (McCallie) major dec. Jacob Cretin (Brentwood Acad.), 14-4

220 – Ben Stacey (Father Ryan) forfeit win over Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor)
285 – Will Thomas (Baylor) dec. Tucker York (Brentwood Academy), 13-7



Quarters: Eli King (Ryan) pinned Jamison Greenway (DCA), :34; Stanton Davis (McCallie) dec. Hunter Anderson (BA), 12-5; Gabriel Elkin (MBA) pinned Kolton Grimsley (BGA); Jack Reynolds (Baylor) pinned Henry McLeod (JP2), :19

Semis:  King (Ryan) pinned Davis (McCallie) , :59; Elkin (MBA) dec. Reynolds (Baylor), 6-1  

Finals:  Eli King (Father Ryan) tech fall Gabriel Elkin (MBA), 16-0

3rd Place: Jack Reynolds (Baylor) major dec. Stanton Davis (McCallie), 10-0

5th Place: Hunter Anderson (BA) dec. Kolton Grimsley (BGA), 9-5

Round of 16: Brandon Rowe (BGA) pinned Rob Dedman (JP2), 1:18; Braeden Wirthwein (Webb) major dec. Galvez Connor (Ensworth), 11-0

Quarters: Michael Murphy (Baylor) pinned Rowe (BGA), 1:37; Justin Becci (BA) dec. Michael Elkin (MBA), 13-6; Addison Cornell (McCallie) pinned Alex Linthium (FRA), :57; Trey Chalifoux (Ryan), 3:27

Semis: Murphy (Baylor) major dec. Becci (BA), 8-0; Chalifoux (Ryan) dec. Cornell (McCallie), 8-6

Finals: Michael Murphy (Baylor) forfeit win over Trey Chalifoux (Father Ryan)

3rd place: Michael Elkin (MBA) forfeit win over Justin Becci (BA)

5th place: Alex Linthium (FRA) forfeit win over Addison Cornell (McCallie)


Quarters: Ethan Dendy (McCallie) pinned David Clayton (Ensworth), :19; Christian DiLucchio (BA) dec. John Michael Glover (MBA), 9-6; Andy Atchley (Baylor) pinned Cannon McCullough (BGA), :39; Jared Frazier (Ryan) pinned Tommy Oliver (St. A-Sewanee), 2:37

Semis: Dendy (McCallie) pinned DiLucchio (BA), :37; Frazier (Ryan) forfeit win Atchley (Baylor),

Finals: Ethan Dendy (McCallie) major dec. Jared Frazier (Father Ryan), 11-3

3rd Place: John Michael Glover (MBA) forfeit win over Christian DiLucchio (BA)

5th Place: Cannon McCullough (BGA) forfeit win over Andy Atchley (Baylor)



Quarters: James Westbrooks (McCallie) pinned Avery Daniels (BGA), 1:20; Sam Bellet (MBA) tech fall Jonah Neuman (BGA), 5:34, 17-2; Caleb Canada (Baylor) pinned Jack Davidson (Ensworth), 2:13; Kirby Simpson (Ryan) pinned Matthew Patterson (JP2), 1:07

Semis: Westbrooks (McCallie) pinned Bellet (MBA), 4:54; Simpson (Ryan) dec. Canada (Baylor), 6-0 

Finals: James Westbrooks (McCallie) dec. Kirby Simpson (Father Ryan), 8-1

3rd Place: Caleb Canada (Baylor) dec. Sam Bellet (MBA), 5-2

5th Place: Jonah Nueman (BGA) pinned Jack Davidson (Ensworth), 0:47


132 –

Round of 16: Meier Werthan (Ensworth) dec. Daniel Edwards (JP2), 11-8

Quarters Chris Wesnofske (Ryan) pinned Werthan (Ensworth), :22; Caleb Powell (Baylor) pinned Vance Lipsey (BA), 4:40; Braxton Kinney (BGA) dec. Blake Solarek (MBA), 7-2

Semis: Wesnofske (Ryan) major dec. Powell (Baylor), 9-1; Herring (McCallie) dec. Kinney (BGA), 6-4

Finals: Chris Wesnofske (Father Ryan) injury default Brock Herring (McCallie)

3rd Place: Braxton Kinney (BGA) forfeit win over Blake Solarek (MBA)

5th Place: Caleb Powell (Baylor) pinned Vance Lipsey (BA), 3:31


Round of 16: Rob Butler (BA) major dec. Jesus Arciniega (Baylor), 9-1

Quarters: Adam Connell (McCallie) pinned Butler (BA), 1:13; Nick Savas (BGA) dec. Chandler Galvez (Ensworth), 16-9; Stephen Johnson (MBA) pinned Reuben Hoyos (JP2), 1:05; Michael Eckhart (Ryan) pinned Drake Mitchell (FRA), 1:37

Semis: Connell (McCallie) pinned Savas (BGA), :39; Eckhart (Ryan) major dec. Johnon (MBA), 14-3

Finals: Adam Connell (McCallie) dec. Michael Eckhart (Father Ryan), 1-0

3rd Place: Stephen Johnson (MBA) dec. Drake Mitchell (FRA), 7-2

5th Place: Rob Butler (BA) pinned Nick Savas (BGA), 3:48


Round of 16: Andrew Hunter (DCA) major dec. Chase Tidwell ((BGA), 12-2;

Quarters: Griffin Davis (McCallie) injury default Hunter (DCA) :02; Will Tansil (FRA) pinned Mina Adeeb (JP2), 2:34; Mark Floyd (MBA) pinned Jake Wiley (St.Andrews-Sewanee), 1:30; Ryan Simpson (Ryan) tech fall Turner Troxell (Baylor), 3:00 18-3

Semis: Davis (McCallie) major dec. Tansil (FRA), 13-0; Simpson (Ryan) tech fall Floyd (MBA), 17-1

Finals: Griffin Davis (McCallie) dec. Ryan Simpson (Father Ryan), 3-2

3rd Place: Will Tansil (FRA) dec. Mark Floyd (MBA), 5-2

5th Place: Turner Troxell (Baylor) forfeit win over Mina Adeeb (JP2)



Quarters: Blake Sutherland (Baylor) pinned Henry Hanger (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 2:11; Will Patton (McCallie) pinned Samuel Stallings (Ensworth), 5:48; Chad Young (FRA) dec. Ben Barton (MBA), 3-2 OT;      Marcello Morrico (Ryan) pinned Sebastian Grandas (Knox Webb)

Semis: Sutherland (Baylor) major dec. Patton (McCallie), 17-3; Morrico (Ryan) dec. Young  (FRA), 6-0

Finals: Blake Sutherland (Baylor) dec. Marcello Morrico (Father Ryan), 6-3

3rd Place: Will Patton (McCallie ) pinned Samuel Stallings (Ensworth), 2:07

5th Place: Ben Barton (MBA) dec.  Chad Young (FRA), 7-1

Round of 16: Michael Ethan (FRA) pinned James Stephen (Ensworth), 2:21;

Quarters: Bryson Popp (Baylor) pinned Ethan (FRA), 1:29; Jake Keen (MBA) dec. Eric Olson (BGA), 10-6;     Max Mullen (BA) pinned Justin Badgett (McCallie), 1:36; Nick Naughton (Ryan) pinned Louis Smith (Knox Webb), :34

Semis: Popp (Baylor) pinned Keen (MBA), 1:37;  Naughton (Ryan) major dec. Mullen (BA), 9-1

Finals: Bryson Popp (Baylor) tech fall Nick Naughton (Father Ryan), 6:00, 18-3

3rd Place: Michael Ethan (FRA) pinned Justin Badgett (McCallie), 4:09

5th Place: Jake Keen (MBA) dec. Max Mullen (BA), 9-4


Quarters: Cayman Seagraves (Baylor) pinned Parker Hamilton (Knox Webb), :16;   Sam Scruggs (BA) pinned Seth Horton (St.Andrews-Sewanee), :54;  Ridley Wills (MBA)  pinned Carl Hadden (Ensworth), 1:29; John Hagey (Ryan) pinned Ariel Bong (McCallie), 1:14

Semis: Seagraves (Baylor) pinned Scruggs (BA), 1:36; Hagey (Ryan) pinned Wills (MBA), 3:39

Finals: John Hagey (Father Ryan) pinned Cayman Seagraves (Baylor), 3:46

3rd Place: Ridley Wills (MBA) pinned Ariel Bong (McCallie), 4:08

5th Place: Sam Scruggs (BA) pinned Seth Horton (SAS), 1:41


Round of 16: Ryan Sealy (BA) pinned Andrew Christiansen (Ensworth), 2:00

Quarters: Ryan Parker (Baylor) pinned Sealy (BA), 1:47; Will Patton (McCallie) pinned Jason Shao (St. Andrews-Sewanee), 1:32; Hunter Duff (Ryan) pinned Jake Simpson (BGA), 3:43; Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie) pinned Ethan Keene (JP2), 1:30

Semis: Parker (Baylor) tech fall Patton (MBA), 17-2; Hoodenpyle (McCallie) dec. Duff (Ryan), 1-0

Finals: Ryan Parker (Baylor) pinned  Nathan Hoodenpyle (McCallie), 2:00

3rd Place: Blake Patton (Montgomery Bell Academy) dec. Hunter Duff (Father Ryan), 7-3

5th Place: Ryan Sealy (BA) pinned Jake Simpson (BGA), 2:42


Quarters: Houston Hooker (Ryan) pinned Wyatt Lindlau (St.Andrews-Sewanee), 2:30; Trel Phillips  (McCallie) dec. Jack Byrd (FRA), 10-5;

Emory Norred (Baylor) pinned Ben Kelly (MBA), 5:24; Jacob Cretin (BA) pinned Dalton Crum (DCA), 3:13

Semis:  Phillips (McCallie) def. Hooker (Ryan), 4-3; Cretin (BA) pinned Norred (Baylor), 5:58

Finals:  Trel Phillips (McCallie) major dec. Jacob Cretin (Brentwood Academy), 14-4

3rd Place: Houston Hooker (Father Ryan) dec. Jack Byrd (Franklin Road Academy), 7-2

5th Place: Emory Norred (Baylor) forfeit win over Ben Kelly (Montgomery Bell Academy)


Quarters: D’On Coofer (MBA) dec. Jonah Reels (BA), 3-1; Jay Roberts (McCallie) pinned Chris Corsi (FR), :41;  Ben Stacey (Ryan) pinned Seif Waly (BGA), 1:00

 Semis: Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor) dec. Coofer (MBA), 3-2 3 OT; Stacey (Ryan) dec. Roberts (McCallie), 10-5

Finals: Ben Stacey (Father Ryan) forfeit win over Jon Schmissrauter (Baylor)

3rd Place: D’On Coofer (Montgomery Bell Academy) dec. Jonah Reels (Brentwood Academy), 5-2

5th Place: Jay Roberts (McCallie) pinned Chris Corsi (Franklin Road Academy), 2:34



Quarters: Conner Eli (FRA) pinned Miles Douglas (Ensworth), 1:33; John Kelly (MBA) pinned William Boardman (McCallie), 1:53; Will Thomas (Baylor) pinned Jonathan Spencer (Ryan), 3:13

Semis: Tucker York (BA) pinned Eli (FRA), 2:41; Will Thomas (Baylor) dec. John Kelly (MBA), 5-1

Finals: Will Thomas (Baylor) dec. Tucker York (Brentwood Academy), 13-7

3rd Place: Miles Douglas (Ensworth) pinned Connor Eli (Franklin Road Academy), 2:50

5th Place: John Kelly (Montgomery Bell Acad.) pinned William Boardman (McCallie), 0:57

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