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WRESTLING -- 23 headed to state

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Wilson Central wrestlers

Matches start Thursday in Franklin
Some 23 Wilson County athletes, 21 males and two females, have earned spots in the TSSAA Class AAA state wrestling championships set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Williamson County Ag. Expo Center.

Wilson Central will send 10 wrestlers to the event, five will go as Region 7-AAA champions.

Mt. Juliet will send eight boys (two region champs) and two girls while Lebanon High saw three wrestlers qualify.

Wilson Central entrants:
Region champions
113 Alex Pergande 54-7
132 Nick King 52-6
160 Damon Smith 39-7
170 Zach Linton 60-1
285 Michael Kramer 57-5
Second place
120 Simon Pergande 40-12
152 Sinjin Noga 44-11
Third place
106 Gage Backus 38-22
138 Caleb Berta 54-11
Fourth place
195 Jeffery Walpole 2-2.

Mt. Juliet entrants:
Region champions
120 Austin Plumlee 19-4
138 Zack Wilkins 33-2
120 Austin Plumlee 19-4
138 Zack Wilkins 33-2 Second place
132 Austin Sparks 13-4
182 Nathan Walling 31-2
Third place
126 Jalen Henry 37-3
152 Dylan Quinn 14-4
Fourth place
145 Steven Weist 29-8
160 Hunter Hemontolor 12-6

Mt. Juliet girls
Second place
120 Kailyn Lee 17-6
Third place
105 Taylor Stewart 6-6

Lebanon qualifiers
Second place
145 Ryan Brown 36-14
Third place
182 Justin Brown 31-8
Fourth place
285 Taylor Harrison 13-8

Two Lebanon wrestlers did not compete in the region, Nathan Shields was injured and Sean Sesnan did not make his weight (108).
Sheilds, a sophomore, and Sesnan, a junior, both qualified for the state in 2015 with Sesnan earning a second place finish.

Wilson Central's standout at 195, Kolin Miller, was unable to compete in the regionals due to a rib injury.

Ninth grader Jeffrey Walpole was inserted into the lineup in his place, picking up two wins by way of forfeit to earn a fourth place finish and a state berth.

Competition starts Thursday with each wrestler assured of at least two matches.

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