Chris DeBien, a 126-pound wrestler and three-time state champion, recorded 164 takedowns and was key in the Blue Raiders winning both the TSSAA State Duals and Traditional championships.
Blue Raiders Wrestling Coach Jake Yost said DeBien — a junior — is likely to become Cleveland’s first-ever four-time state champion next year prior to his graduation.
DeBien recorded 134 takedowns in 2012 and broke the previous record of 125 pins established by Bailey Jones, a 160-pound Blue Raider state champion in 2010.
“Cleveland wrestlers have held the record for most takedowns for four years now and we expect this tradition to continue in the future,” Yost said. “The Blue Raiders will continue placing an emphasis to new wrestlers on becoming great takedown artists.”
Last year, Packy Mullin, who lives in Cleveland but wrestles for Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, had the most takedowns with 137.
DeBien also had the most pins in 2014 with 33.
Last year, Cleveland High’s Ethan West Jr. earned the award for the most pins with 24.
DeBien and Cleveland High School will be awarded a plaque from U.S. Money Shops.
“We have selected these statistics for this honor, not just because it is an impressive accolade for the recipients but also a benchmark of excellence for future student athletes who compete in Tennessee,” said Glen Coronis, chief operating officer at U.S. Money Shops.
Coronis said this is the fifth year U.S. Money Shops has honored high school wrestlers of all weight classes in the greater Chattanooga region for most takedowns and most pins. The region covers Northeast Georgia and Southeast Tennessee and includes all public and private schools.