It’s been a long time since Bradley Central has been involved in a region wrestling tournament with no wrestlers ranked No. 1 in the state. The Bears have two wrestlers close to the top of the brackets for tonight’s region 3 battle in Jim Smiddy Arena. Dakota Ream and Patrick Benson are ranked No. 2 at 113 pounds and 285 pounds respectively. But, they could not match archrival Cleveland’s numbers when it comes to the latest rankings by Tennesseewrestling.com.
The Blue Raiders will send four No. 1s to Bradley Central Friday evening to begin the two-day Region 4 tournament. The top four wrestlers from each weight class will move on to next week’s traditional tournament in Franklin Thursday through Saturday.
Bradley Central, Cleveland and Walker Valley boast a combined total of 19 state-ranked wrestlers to the region fight who will battle for a spot in the state tournament. The Blue Raiders send the most with nine. Bradley Central will put seven ranked wrestlers on the mat and Walker Valley will take three to the tournament.
For Cleveland, freshman Chris DeBien is the state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler at 106 pounds. Sophomore Austin Stevison follows with a No. 1 ranking at 113 and junior Austin Oliver is ranked first at 120. Senior Blue Raider Jesse Jones completes the list holding the No. 1 spot at 182.
The Bears are certainly not without a number of state-ranked grapplers. Junior Dakota Ream is ranked No. 2 in the state at 113 pounds and 285-pound wrestler Patrick Benson, a Bradley Central senior is also No. 2.
Coming into the region tournament ranked No. 3 in the state at 160 pounds is senior Jacob Bailey. Fellow senior Jericho Crutcher is No. 4 at 126 along with another senior, Tyler Schuch, No. 4 at 152. Filling out the ranked roster for the Bears is freshman Tiribio Navarro who is No. 5 at 106.
The Walker Valley Mustangs have three athletes with a state ranking set to go Friday. Junior Caleb Langford holds the No. 4 spot at 132 pounds. Chase Gregory a junior at Walker Valley is ranked No. 7 at 170 and the Mustangs’ Billy Raulston is No. 8 at 195.
The Blue Raiders have two No. 3-ranked wrestlers ready to do battle. At 126 pounds will be freshman Ezra Taylor and at 220 pounds is senior Seth Snyder. Another Cleveland senior, Jordan Hines is ranked No. 4 at 285.
Rounding out the ranked list for Cleveland is junior Haden Hamilton, No. 5 at 132 and Brandon, also ranked No. 5 at 138.
REGION 3 WRESTLING
At Bradley Central High School.
Opening rounds through semifinal, Friday.
Consolations and championship, Saturday
106 — Chris DeBien (C) vs. Conner Gavlick (M); Nick Crawford (H) vs. bye; Tiribio Navarros (BC) vs. Sean Elder (A); Arrie Bramlett (WV) vs. Cody McCarl (SM).
113 — Austin Stevison (C) vs. Ezequiel Sanchez (SM); Walker Murphy (A) vs. Pedro Rivera (M); Austin Gregory (WV) vs. Jacob Rhyne (GB); Michael Wigdor (H) vs. Dakota Ream (BC).
120 — Austin Oliver (C) vs. Zack Hill (H); Avery Hawk (WB) vs. Tyrus Hamrick (WV); Dakota Bromley (BC) vs. Ron Monks (M); Eli Earls (MC) vs. Zach Heavilon (SM).
126 — Ezra Taylor (C) bye; Brandon Vierengel (H) vs. Danny Jensen (WB); Austin Brickle (SM) bye; Zach Cook (GB) vs. Dakota Boggess (MC); Alan Frisco (M) bye; Steven Norvach (K) vs. Dakota Ray (A); Shawn Foster (CC) vs. Braton Brewer (WV); Jericho Crutcher (BC) bye.
132 — Haden Hamilton (C) bye; David Groves (K) bye; Tres Martin (M) bye; Taylor Kazy (BC) bye; Anthony Giatino (SM) vs. Caleb Arp (GB) Nick Blake (WB) bye; Josh Steppe (MC) bye; Caleb Langford (WV) bye.
138 — Brandon Stricklan (C) bye; Spencer Dailey (WV) bye; Ricky Vasquez (A) vs. William Wright (CC) Cody Caruthers (SM bye); Gene Lewis (M) bye; Spencer Massengale (RC) bye; Caven Rogers (BC) bye; Skyler Boring (H) bye.
145 — Josh Hamilton (C) bye; Nick Moore (A) vs. Evan Howell (WB); Jose Hernandez (H) vs. Benjamin Riddle (K); Darren Rosser (SM) bye; Nathan Wilson (M) bye; Joahua Murner (CC) vs. Robbie Clark (BC); Luke Borba (MC) vs. Donovan falkner (GB); Lawrence Cotton (WV) bye.
152 — Keagan Matlock (H) bye; Matthew sizemore (RC) vs. Shaedon Tilley (CC); Javier Francisco (C) bye; John McCarty (SM) bye; Micah Langford (WV) bye; Arturo Perez (A) vs. Wes rowland (MC); Cory Glover (M) bye; Tyler Schuch (BC) bye.
160 — Jacob Bailey (BC) vs. Landon Barlow (SM) winner vs. Cody Gregory (WB) bye; Chuck Norwood (C) bye; Christian Bain (K) bye; Brooks Talley (DB) bye; Travis Reed (WV) bye; Jonathan Trejo (CC) vs. Brandon Crowe (RC) Chad Solomon (M bye).
170 — Jaron Brock (M) bye; Houston Hooker (WB) vs. Taylor Breeden (GB); Bryant Poe (SM) bye; Joel Payne (H) bye; Chase Gregory (WV) bye; Kris Dockery (A) vs. Tait Rakestraw (BC) winner; Josh Yates (MC) bye; Juan “J.C.” Bobe (C) bye.
182 — Jesse Jones (C) bye; Gary Chitwood (K) vs. Ric Kennett (WV); Logan Moses (A) bye; Jacob McCarter (GB) bye; Skylar Larue (H) bye; Austin Roderick (BC) bye; Clay Strawn (M) bye; John Adams (SM) bye.
195 — Billy Raulston (WV) vs. Zachary Cochran (RC); Devin Carroll (BC) vs. Luke Householder (M); Joshua Bain (K) vs. Zeth Bolin (CC); Tyler Coppenger (H) vs. Oleg Stukanov (C).
220 — Seth Snyder (C) bye; Frank Slipcevis (K) bye; Zack Miller (WV) vs. Zach McFarland (BC); Jeb Davis (H) bye; Alan Poe (A) vs. A.J. Hall (MC); Matt Howard (M) bye; Tyler Earwood (GB)bye; T.J. Satterfield (WB) bye.
285 — Patrick Benson (BC) bye; A.J. Wimbley (WB); Daniel Cochran (RC) vs. Sam Dworak (WV); Robert Wright (M) bye; Joey Evans (H) bye; Garlon Bogard (SM) vs. Jacob Martin (GB); Daniel Farris (MC) bye; Nick Kali (A) vs. Jordan Hines (C) winner.
Legend: A (Alcoa), (BC) Bradley Central, (C), Cleveland), (CC) Cumberland County, (GB) Greenback, (H) Heritage, (K) Kingston, (M) Maryville, (MC) McMinn County, (SM) Stone Memorial, (WB) William Blount, (WV) Walker Valley.