Bear wrestling trio claim folkstyle titles
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BRADLEY PRIDE Wrestling Club members, from left, TJ Hicks, Knox Fuller and Toribio Navarro, earned gold medals for weight class titles at the "Battle in the Dome" Southeast Folkstyle Championship this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
BRADLEY PRIDE Wrestling Club members, from left, TJ Hicks, Knox Fuller and Toribio Navarro, earned gold medals for weight class titles at the "Battle in the Dome" Southeast Folkstyle Championship this weekend at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
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From Staff Reports

ATLANTA — A trio of Bradley Central grapplers wrestling under the Bradley Pride Wrestling Club banner competed in the "Battle in the Dome" Southeast Folkstyle Championship brought home gold last weekend from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Freshmen TJ Hicks and Knox Fuller, along with junior Toribio Navarro, captured their respective weight division championships.

Hicks competed at the 100-pound weight class, going 5-0 on the day with a pair of pins, a technical fall and two decision victories.

In route to earning his gold medal, Hicks defeated a Georgia state champ. Hicks was Tennessee state runner-up Ryan McElhaney's backup during the high school season, barely losing five close challenge matches. He expected to break into the Bear starting lineup this fall.

Fuller, who won the TSSAA 120-pound state title, also went 5-0 on Saturday with a trio of pins, a technical fall and a decision. In the title match, Fuller defeated senior Jon Boatman, from Greeneville, who was a A-AA TSSAA state champ this year.

A two-time Tennessee state champion, Navarro dropped down to the 106-pound weight class, making a clean sweep of his five matches with a pin, three technical falls and a major decision.

Although he won the 113-pound TSSAA title, Navarro will be competing at the 106-pound weight class throughout the month of March, leading up to the NHSCA Junior National Championships.

This group of wrestlers are under the direction of Ryan Ensminger, the Lake Forest and BPWC middle school head coach.