Wilkins & Walling
FRANKLIN -- Two Mt. Juliet High grapplers brought home first place medals from the TSSAA Class AAA state championships held Feb. 16, 17 and 18 at the Williamson Ag. Expo Center.
Mt. Juliet's 138 pounder Zack Wilkins went 5-0 through the 32-man bracket, defeating Dewey Pendley of Bristol's Tennessee High 9-7 in Saturday championship match. Wilkins wrapped up his senior season 34-1 overall.
Nathan Walling, Mt. Juliet's 195-pound entry, also went 5-0 and took an 8-3 decision over Tennessee High's Jeremy Spangler in the tournament finals. Just a junior, Walling finished the season with a record of 54-2.
The two state championships, paired with a third place finish by sophomore Steven Weist (145) and a fourth place from senior Austin Plumlee (126), helped lead Coach Brad Mattingly's squad to fifth place in the team standings with 109 points, just three points ahead of sixth place Wilson Central as the Wildcats carded 106 points.
Mt. Juliet's two females entries placed second in their respective weight classes.
Sophomore Kaityln Lee went 2-1 in the 120-pound division, losing on a fall to Allison Davis of Austin East.
Junior Meagan Pruitt went 2-1 at 125 pounds, dropping a 9-6 decision to Melissa Garcia of Cookeville in the finals.
Wilson Central sent two wrestlers to their respective championship matches, both came away with tough losses.
Senior Sean Seasan went 4-0 to reach the finals of the 120-pound class, but dropped a 6-0 decision to Calvin Martin of William Blount in the championship match. Sesan closed out his final season of high school wrestling with a 58-5 record.
Central's undefeated sophomore heavyweight Michael Kramer rolled into the finals with four straight pins an was undefeated through 61 matches this season. In the finals, Kramer met up with Riverdale's Nick Boykin who came in undefeated in his career with a record of 139-0 and two state titles under his belt. Boykin scored a major decision (14-4) over Kramer in the championship match.
Wilson Central's Damon Smith earned a fifth place medal in the 170-pound class.
Previous MJHS champs
Zac Dailey won back-to-back state title in 1997 and 1998.
Hunter Allen won a championship in 2010 followed by Tanner Bates in 2011.