Sectionals will be held this Friday and Saturday, at Ringgold.
Those who advanced were senior Hayden Randolph as the 128-pound area champion, sophomore Chance Bishop as the 132-pound runner-up, junior Charlie Silvers as the 220-pound runner-up, senior Tyler James as the 120-pound third place winner and freshman Daelen Harrison as the 145-pound, third-place winner.
“Our guys competed to the best of their ability and that’s all we ask of them. Obviously, we hoped more of them could have qualified. It’s hard to watch guys, especially seniors, that have put in so much time and effort [to] wrestle their last match,” said head coach Joey Harris.
Finishing fifth, making them alternates, are senior Bo Depasquale at 138 pounds, freshman Salvador Grimaldo at 106 pounds and junior Andrew Seymour at the 285-pound weight class.
“If anything should happen to the top four guys in their weight class, they could wrestle this weekend,” said Harris.
Also noted by Harris was freshman Charlie Johnson who finished sixth in the 113-pound weight class.
As the Tigers get deeper into the tournaments, the competition gets steeper, but Harris said he believes his boys can make it to state.
“Every week gets a little tougher this time of the season. The competition improves and every competitor there knows what’s at stake. You can’t worry about anyone else. If they wrestle to the best of their ability, they all can definitely advance,” Harris said.
As these are traditional meets, competing at this point in the season is strictly to obtain personal medals and goals. The focus turns from the team, to the individual, but Harris said his wrestlers still keep their teammates in mind when they get out on the mat.
“They know we’re in the part where they’re wrestling to achieve personal goals. Additionally, they represent teammates that weren’t able to reach this point, and everyone in the program,” Harris said.