TSSAA wrestling tournament opens Feb. 12 --
Based on their regional performances, 21 Wilson County grapplers have qualifed for the TSSAA State Championships this week in Franklin.
Elimination rounds started Thursday afternoon at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center with medal rounds on tap Saturday.
As expected, Wilson Central will send the largest contingent with 10 wrestlers, including five regional champions.
Eight Mt. Juliet High wrestlers have qualified, seven boys (one region champion) and one girl, while three Lebanon High wrestlers will go to Franklin -- including one region champ.
Here's the Wilson Central breakdown:
Wilson Central hosted the Region 5AAA tournament and won the affair for the fourth consecutive year.
Junior Nick King won the 106-lb. division and is a two-time regional champ.
Senior Lane Dickeson won the 132-lb. class and is a two-time regional champ.
Senior Mike Binns won the 152-lb. division and is a three-time regional champion.
Junior Zach Linton won the 170-lb. championship.
Senior Johnny Kramer won the 220-lb. championship for the fourth consecutive years.
Kramer is a returning state champion at 220.
Second place qualifiers included: freshman Simon Pergande at 113; senior John Michael Jenkinson at 160; and senior Perry Baltz at 195.
Freshman Chase Berta placed third at 126 and junior Caleb Berta qualified with a fourth place finish at 126.
Mt. Juliet High placed third in the region at Wilson Central. Golden Bear qualifers include:
Sophomore Zack Wilkins led the attack by winning the 126-lb. title.
Junior Jacob O'Brien placed second at 170-lbs.
Sophomore Jalen Henry finished second in the 120 lb. class.
Sophomore Matt Helm placed third at 132-lbs.
Junior Danyon Edens placed third at 160-lb.
Freshman Nathan Walling finished third at 182-lb.
Sophomore Brian Horner qualified for state with a fourth place finish in the 285-lb. division.
Meagan Pruitte will represent Mt. Juliet in the 112-lb. girls division.
Lebanon High sophomore Sean Sesnan won the 106-lb. regional championship.
Sophomore Austin Plumlee earned a trip to the state with a third place finish at 120.
Freshman Nathan Shields advances to Franklin with a fourth place finish at 106.
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