Cleveland Wrestlers Roll To Ed Cressell Victory

Blue Raiders Claim Six Champs While Scoring 317.5 Points Saturday

Saturday, January 13, 2018 - by Special to

The top-ranked Cleveland Blue Raiders made a trip to upper East Tennessee worth the time and money on Saturday as they won the seventh annual Ed Cressell Invitational wrestling tournament after scoring 317.5 points and claiming six individual winners.

Trae McDaniel (106), Jackson Bradford (113), Logan Whiteside (138), Cody Mathews (145), Jack Hicks (182) and Wilson Benefield (220) all won first place honors with Whiteside, Mathews and Hicks all winning by pins.

Burns Meagher and Logan Strickland were both second at 120 and 195, respectively, while Cael Laxton (152) and Seth Eachus (160) were both third.  Caleb Flickner was fourth at 285.

The Blue Raiders were first with 317.5 points while Tennessee High was a distant second with 169.  Three teams from Virginia -- Rockbridge County, Graham and Lebanon -- were third, fourth and fifth.

Saturday's tournament was held at Virginia High School in Bristol, Va.

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