Prep Wrestling: Host Blue Tornado Wins McCallie Invitational

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - by B.B Branton

Led by champions Alex Whitworth (126) and River Henry (285), the host Blue Tornado won the McCallie Wrestling Invitational Saturday with 209.5 points while runner-up Woodland finished with 193.5 points.

North Hall (166), West Laurens (155.5) and defending champion Union Grove (155) completed the top five in the 33-team field.

Woodland, who won this tourney in 2015, had the most individual champions with three in Caden McCrary (113), Kyle Gollhofer (120) and Cody Cochran (160).

OW – Union Grove’s Justin Ruffin was voted the Outstanding Wrestler for the third straight year as he won his fourth McCallie title.

Best Match – River Henry (McCallie) dec. 1-0 in the 285 pound final.

Top Seeds: Ten No.1 seeds won titles, followed by No.2 (1), No.3 (2) and No. 7 (1).

No.1 vs. No.2: seven championship finals had the top two seeds with the No.1 wrestler win six of the matches.

 Championship Finals

106 – No.1 Luke Frost (Carrollton) pinned No.6 Jack Braham (McCallie), 1:40

113 – No.1 Caden McCrary (Woodland) major dec.  No.2 Cade Holloway (Notre Dame), 9-1

120 – No.1 Kyle Gollhofer #1 (Woodland) pinned Hunter Noland (Dalton), 1:54

126 – No.1 Alex Whitworth (McCallie) tech fall No.3 . John McAlphin (Scottsboro), 16-0

132 – No.1 Tyler Hunt (Sonoraville) dec. No.2 Bryson Neace (Union Grove), 3-2

138 – No.1 Trevor Burdick #1 (Sonoraville) dec. No.6  Grant Speer (Notre Dame), 6-1

145 – No.3 Gabriel McDaniel (Union Grove) dec. No.1 Cole Luallen (Trion), 6-5  

152 – No.1 Justin Ruffin (Union Grove) pinned No.2  Conner Smith (Hewitt-Trussville), 5:24

160 – No.1 Cody Cochran (Woodland) tech fall No.2 Walker Stephenson (Hillcrest), 17-2

170 – No.1 Barrett Blakely (Oak Mountain) dec. No.2 Kolton Clark (Scottsboro), 7-4

182 – No.3 Ben Deal (West Laurens) major dec. No.1 Dawson Satterfield (William Blount), 11-0

195 – No.7  Ian Hunt (South Forsyth) dec. No.8 Tanner Woodall (North Jackson), 6-3

220 – No.2  Ty Boeck (Soddy Daisy) dec. No.1 Tripp Breeden (Cass), 7-3

 285 – No.1 River Henry (McCallie) dec. No.2 Seven Richards (Cass), 1-0

Final Standings

Champions in ( )

1.          McCallie  - 209.5 (2)

2.           Woodland – 193.5 (3)

3.          North Hall – 166

4.          West Laurens – 155.5 (1)

5.          Union Grove – 155 (2)

6. Sonoraville – 153 (2)

7. Soddy Daisy – 128 (1)

8. Cass – 125.5

9. Oak Mountain – 120 (1)

10. Dalton- 110

11. South Forsyth – 109.5 (1)

12. Hewitt Trussville – 106.5

13. Scottsboro- 104.5

14. Carrollton – 99 (1)

15. West Forsyth – 87

16. Lafayette – 78

17. Hillcrest – 75.5

18. Ridgeland - 72

19. Chattooga – 71

19. Heritage - 71

21. Ringgold - 67

22. Armuchee – 61.5

23. Northwest Whitfield - 59

24. Notre Dame - 58

24. Southeast Whitfield - 58

26. William Blount -53

27. Peachtree Ridge - 52

28. North Jackson - 51

29. Lambert – 50.5

30. Trion – 45

31. Red Bank – 28

32. Cane Ridge – 26.5

33. Knox. Central - 12

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