Eleven from WCHS, 10 from MJHS
Some 27 Wilson County grapplers have earned spots in this week's TSSAA Class AAA and D- II state tournament set for the Williamson County Ag. Expo Center. Round of 32 matches for Class AAA will begin Thursday at 3 p.m. followed by Round of 16 matches as 22 local boys compete for hardware.
Two girls, Kaitlyn Lee (120) and Megan Pruitt (125), both from Mt. Juliet High are among 81 females who go to the mat on Friday.
Wilson Central saw 11 wrestlers qualify through the Region 7-AAA tournament this past weekend at Mt. Juliet High.
Three Wildcats advance region champs, including: Michael Kramer (57-0) at 285, Damon Smith (56-7) at 170 and Sean Sesnan (54-4) at 120.
Kramer was voted "Most Outstanding Wrestler" -- going 3-0 with three first period pins.
Smith earned "Best Match" honors for his finals contest against Kyle Smith of Beech.
Five advance with second place regional finishes, including: Niko Noga (38-7) at 182, Cullen Belcher (36-17) at 138, Alex Pergande (39-15) at 132 , Simon Pergande (41-10) at 126 and Gage Backus (45-13) at 113.
Andreus Trotter (19-7) at 220 advances with a third place finish while Geoffrey Walpole (1-2) at 195 and Grant Fetters (30-16) at 106 are going to the state with fourth place region finishes.
Mt. Juliet High will send eight to the state tournament, including five who won their respective weight classes.
Region 7-AAA champions include: Austin Plumlee (41-5) at 126, Jalen Henry (34-6) at 132, Zack Wilkins (29-1) at 138, Steven Weist (44-6) at 145 and Nathan Walling (49-2) at 195.
Dylan Quinn (41-9) advances as a regional runner-up at 160.
Bryan Horner (25-15) at 285 is a regional third place finisher while Chris Hunphreys (31-16) at 182 is going to Franklin with a fourth place regional finish.
Lebanon High will be sending three wrestlers to the state tournament, including: Ryan Brown (25-11) runner-up at 152, Austin Reynolds (12-1) third place at 145 and J.W. Baird (5-2) fourth place at 220 pounds.
Friendship Christian School revived wrestling this season after an eight-year absence and will be sending three athletes to the Division II tournament Friday morning.
Harrison Noffsinger ((21-13) at 113 pounds. Tyson Strickland (12-12) qualified at 220 pounds and Ryan Jackson (30-7) earned a spot at 285 pounds.
Admission is $10
Gates open at 12 Noon Thursday. First round Class AAA matches start at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person (ages five and older), with a $5 charge per vehicle to park.
Girls weigh-in at 9 a.m. Friday with competition starting at 11 a.m.