WCHS leads pack with 13 individuals
Led by a deep contingent from Wilson Central, some 18 local grapplers have qualified for the TSSAA Individual Wrestling Tournament Thursday afternoon at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin.
Fresh from a runner-up finish last weekend in the State Duals, Wilson Central ran away with the Region 7-AAA title at Clarksville Northwest and will send a school record 13 Wildcats to the state, six as region champs.
They include: sophomore Nick King, 106-lbs; senior Christian Cerrito, 120-lbs; junior Lane Dickeson 126-lbs; senior Austin Richard, 132-lbs; junior Mike Binns, 152-lbs and junior John Kramer, 220-lbs.
Junior Perry Baltz was the Region 7-AAA runner-up at 182-lbs.
Third place qualifiers include: sophomore Caleb Berta at 113: senior Eddie Small at 138; junior Andy Hamrick at 145; soph Ty Georgeadis at 170 and junior Ben Iles at 195.
Hamrick moved up from the junior varsity into the slot vacated by John Michael Jenkinson -- who suffered a season-ending knee injury at last week's state duals.
Sophomore Zach Linton qualified with a fourth place finish at 160-lbs.
Another former JV wrestler, Linton moved into a varsity spot when returning state qualifier John Davidson suffered a injured rib in early January. Iles, too, started the season as a junior varsity wrestler at 170 pounds.
“This shows the depth of our program that we can have JV wrestlers step up and qualify for the state tournament,” Coach John Kramer said.
Cerrito and Richard will both be making their fourth trip to the state tournament. Dickeson, Small, Baltz and Karmer are all three-time qualifiers.
Golden Bears send three to state
Mt. Juliet High will be sending three wrestlers to the individual state, including two regional second place finishers and a third place finisher. They include:
Ninth grader Matthew Helm, a runner-up at 113 pounds. He takes a record of 30-11 into the state tournament.
Freshman Zachary Wilkins goes as the 126 runner-up. Wilkins sports a won-loss record of 41-3 this season.
Danyon Edens advances to state with a third place finish at 152-pounds. The sophomore has a record of 34-9 overall.
Two LHS wrestlers are state-bound
Lebanon High will be sending two wrestlers to the state tournament. Freshman Sean Sesnan finished third at 106 pounds at Clarksville Northwest. Sesnan sports a season record of 40-5.
Jordan Benford, a senior, goes as the fourth place qualifier at 113 pounds. His overall record is 29-12.
The Class AAA Round of 32 opens Thursday at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person. Parking is $5.