Wrestling Officials Annual Awards Dinner

Stevison, DeBien Honored

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Cleveland's Chris DeBien was selected wrestler of the year and teammate Austin Stevison received the Bill Hodges Memorial Scholarship at the annual Chattanooga Wrestling Officials Association Awards Banquet Thursday night at Wally's in East Ridge.

DeBien, a junior, won his third state title last month at 126, while Stevison, a 2012 state champ, placed second at 132 as the Blue Raiders won the TSSAA D-I AAA state traditional team title. Stevison has signed to wrestle at UTC next school year.

Coach of the Year - Hixson's Garrick Hall is the coach of the year after leading the Wildcats to the inaugural D-I A-AA state traditional team championship.

Special Awards

Been Had - Jeff Rufolo was given the award for the second straight year

Horses Rear End - Jake Sewell, for disqualifying a Chattanooga Central wrestler for not having his singlet straps over his shoulders before the match

The Donnie Award - Andy Burroughs for being kicked in the face and having his glasses broke during a match.

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


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