The Blue Raiders walked out of the Williamson County Agriculture Expo Center with their second traditional wrestling championship in three years. Cleveland ended the three-day tournament with 232 points. Soddy-Daisy finished in second with 146.5.
It is the first championship for Jake Yost as head coach of the Blue Raiders. Yost was an assistant when Cleveland won it's last title in 2011 under head coach Eric Phillips who is now an assistant for Yost.
Ravenwood ended the tournament in third with 122 points. Beech (121) and Wilson Central (113)rounded out the Top 5.
The Blue Raiders qualified wrestlers in all 14 weight classes and wound up with four fighting for state championships. Eight Cleveland wrestlers earned medals and for the first time in Blue Raiders' history, the program walked away with three state champions.
"It feels good. We're just really proud of our guys. They fought hard and did a lot of good things this year. Three champions for the first time ever in Cleveland history," said a pleased Yost.
"We also had two guys take fifth and two guys take third which means they all won their last matches. We had a bunch of young guys, sophomores, who came and got some good experience. A freshman placed, it was a good weekend for us."
Defending state champion, Chris DeBien, successfully defended his title with a pin at 113 pounds. Austin Oliver followed up at 126 pounds with a championship decision.
Haden Hamilton fought to a major decision win at 132 for the third Blue Raiders' state title. Cleveland missed out on a perfect night when Ethan West came up on the short end of a 9-5 decision at 132.
"Overall, I thought we did a good job. We scored a bunch of team points and were able to win the team title. This is the first time since 1994 Cleveland has won the dual and traditional tournaments in the same year. It was good, solid team effort. We are really proud of our boys. They have done a really good job this season," said the Cleveland coach.
"All three guys who won did a great job. We had a pin and a major. All of them had pretty convincing wins. I thought they all went out and did a really good job, wrestled in the positions they are good at and fought hard."
Walker Valley closed out in sixth place (99 points) and sent two wrestlers to the finals with three Mustangs bringing home medals.
Caleb Langford became the first Mustang in Walker Valley wrestling history to win a state championship. Langford defeated Wilson Central's Austin Richard with a decision victory to win the crown.
The Mustangs missed out on a 2 for 2 finals when Billy Raulston fell to Riverdale's Scottie Boykin in the 195-pound final.
"That is something we are going to be able to build on for the future," said Mustangs coach Al Morris. "I'm just as proud of Billy Raulston. He went out there and battled a very tough opponent. He definitely gave a respectable effort. The good thing is Billy is coming back.
Morris said the overall performance by the Mustangs only further strengthens the already strong foundation of the program.
"We had two other guys place, Chase Gregory and Zack Miller. They are coming back as well. We are only losing a few guys. As great a season as I feel we had at Walker Valley this year, the future is bright for us. We had our highest finish in the state tournament that we've ever had," he said.
The Bradley Central Bears took eighth with 87.5 points.
Toribio Navarro (106) was one of two Bears in the championship finals along with Robbie Clark who wrestled in the 160-pound final.
Navarro scored a decision victory to earn his first championship in the night's opening bout. Clark stepped in to make it a perfect night for the Bears with a hard-fought decision.
"Toribio was probably the underdog. He is a very good kid. He stayed in position and followed the game plan," said Bears coach Ben Smith.
"And then Robbie— Wow. He was 25-23 last year, junior varsity as a freshman and JV as a sophomore. During this season he has done everything he has been asked to do, whether he wanted to or not, and he reaped the benefits off of it."
Smith also lauded the performance of senior Bear Dakota Ream who exemplified the tradition of Bradley wrestling.
"I'm extremely proud. I'm extremely proud of those two and I'm extremely proud of Dakota Ream. We had four matches today that we may or may not have been supposed to win on paper and we went out there and won," said a proud Smith. "I've been talking all weekend about doing what we are supposed to do, I've been looking for us to overachieve. Ream overachieved today, and that help set the tone for the whole day. He had to beat a guy who had beaten him pretty bad twice to get third and that is what he did.”
Cleveland's Josh Hamilton (152) and Aaron Lopez (160) finished the tournament in third for the Raiders. Bradley Central Bear Dakota Ream took third at 126. The Blue Raiders' Tristan Blansit (106) and Austin Stevison (120) ended the tournament with fifth-place finishes. Mustang Zack Miller of Walker Valley walked away with a fifth-place finish at 220 and Chase Gregory ended the tournament with a sixth-place finish at 170.
Division I Best Match; 182 championship between Ethan West (Cleveland and Blaike Henry (Soddy-Daisy).
Division I Outstanding Wrestler; 120 pound champion from Soddy Daisy Jacob Stephens.
106 — Toribio Navarro (Bradley Central) dec. Devan Cyree (Tullahoma), 5-3; 113 — Chris DeBien (Cleveland) pinned Christian Lozano (Beech), 2:52; 120 — Jacob Stevens (Soddy-Daisy) pinned Byron Smith (Cordova), 5:23; 126 — Austin Oliver (Cleveland) dec. Packy Mullin (Notre Dame), 7-0; 132 — Haden Hamilton (Cleveland) major dec. Dylan Treloar (Hendersonville), 9-1; 138 — Caleb Langford (Walker Valley) dec. Austin Richard (Wilson Central), 11-4; 145 — Jacob Freeman (Ravenwood) dec. Nate Crowley (Pigeon Forge), 5-1; 152 — Larry Dickerson (Chattanooga Central) dec. Alex Bennett (Franklin), 7-3; 160 — Robbie Clark (Bradley Central), dec. Tanner Reynolds (Ravenwood), 10-8; 170 — Chad Solomon (Maryville) dec. Tyler Crane (Clarksville), 7-4; 182 — Blaike Henry (Soddy-Daisy) dec. Ethan West (Cleveland), 9-5; 195 — Scottie Boykin (Riverdale) major dec. Billy Raulston (Walker Valley), 11-3; 220 — T.J. Satterfield (William Blount) dec. John Kramer (Wilson Central), 5-1; 285 — Bruno Reagan (Clarksville) pinned Taylor Podany (Beech) 2:49.
106 — Tristan Blansit (Cleveland) dec. Luke Mullin (Notre Dame), 7-6; Nick Crawford (Heritage) major dec. Kevin Knier (West Creek), 17-3; 113 — Garang Madut (Glencliff) pinned Ellis Dodson, (Eagleville), 0:38; Zac Sumner (Collierville) pinned Austin Houser (Soddy-Daisy), 3:34; 120 — Austin Stevison (Cleveland) major dec. Tristan Hackett (Beech), 18-7; Nick Insalaco (Wilson Central) dec. Camron Cox (Harpeth), 8-4; 126 — Elan McCasland (Beech) major dec. Isaiah Hawthorne (Hixson), 18-8; Dakota Ream (Bradley Central) dec. Tucker Russo (Soddy-Daisy), 3-2; 132 — Robbie Allen (Independence) major dec. Matt Lemons (Ooltewah,) 10-2; Sidney Blackwood III (Germantown) dec. Eddie Small (Wilson Central) 9-7; 138 — Josh Feuerbacher (Blackman) pinned Jake Sahutske (Beech), 3.52; Luke Hamilton (Brentwood) major dec. Nick Patton (Centennial), 14-6; 145 — Michael Frazy (Chattanooga Central) dec. Kaleb Rippy (Beech), 6-2; Gage Richmond (Soddy-Daisy) technical fall Kyle Coder (Siegel), 17-2 4:35; 152 — Taylor Warren (Ravenwood) dec. Nathan Wilson (Maryville), 10-3; Josh Hamilton (Cleveland) dec. Joseph Giattino (Stone Memorial), 5-2; 160 — Andres Leyva (Gibbs) dec. Aaron Alemany (Hixson), 11-6; Aaron Lopez (Cleveland) dec. Riley Wilson (Indpendence), 6-2; 170 — Sean Kennedy (Riverdale) major dec. Chase Gregory (Walker Valley), 9-1; Derrick Tucker (Germantown) dec. Garrett Alexander (Soddy-Daisy), 10-4; 182 — Clifford Terrell (Brentwood) dec. Fletcher Valentine (Dickson County), 3-2 OT; Jordan Davis (Cordova) pinned Kiel Russell (Clarksville), 2.32; 195 — Brandon Cantrell (East Ridge) dec. Chase Brunson (Morristown East), 7-6; Bryson Begley (Dobbyns Bennett) dec. Joshua Bain (Kingston), 2-1; 220 — Zack Miller (Walker Valley) dec. C.J. Baker (East Ridge), 11-6; Rex Shotts (Ravenwood) pinned Jeb Davis (Heritage), 3.59; 285 — Charles Leavell (Farragut) dec. Adrian Keeley (Bartlett) 1-0; Joey Evans, (Heritage) dec. Austin Wells (Blackman), 3-1.