Alcoa wrestlers pick up regional three-peat

KINGSTON — The Alcoa wrestling team continues to build on the program’s growing success over the last few years.The Tornadoes picked up another on Thursday night.

Every Tornado wrestler had his picture made with the Region 3-A/AA championship plaque after two matches inside Roane County High School. It signaled that the wrestling team was headed back to Alcoa with some more important hardware. It also meant that Alcoa is going to the Class A/AA State Wrestling Duals for the third straight year.

On Thursday, Alcoa knocked off both Greenback and Kingston to complete a three-peat run on the region title.

Greenback fell to Alcoa, 63-18, in the first round of matches followed by Kingston dropping an 81-0 decision to the Tornadoes.

“I just told the kids that we really need to appreciate it because the opportunities aren’t always there,” Alcoa coach Brian Gossett told The Daily Times.

“The fact that we get a chance to do this again is really awesome, and I am proud for the guys and I am happy for the program.”

Gossett thought his team was really focused and it showed early on. Eight different Alcoa wrestlers pinned their opponent against Greenback while one also picked up a decision.

“We wrestled really well tonight and we got after it really well,” Gossett said. “I was happy with our effort.”

Kingston only had four wrestlers which translated into only a quartet of Alcoa wrestlers having to take the mat twice beyond walking to meet the referee and accepting a forfeit. Jack Warwick, at 182-pounds, and Noah Evans, in the 195-pound class, each wrestled twice and won twice for Alcoa.

Warwick participated in the first match of the night, knocking off Greenback’s Steven Owens with a first round pin. Evans followed with a first round pin victory over Shon Wampler.

Against Kingston, Evans knocked off Austin Davis with a second round pin and Warwick won a 10-2 decision over Christian Gilmore.

Sammy Evans also won over his Greenback opponent in the 285-pound class with a pin. Paxton Pearce (120-pounds), Ryan Verhulst (138), Tim Fisher (152), Austyn Renshaw (160) and Karim Shereef (170) all secured pin victories against the Cherokees.

Dylan McNutt won a 4-2 decision in the 132-pound class against Greenback.

“They have been a good team,” Gossett said. “They have worked hard together. They have lifted each other up. I am just proud and I hope they appreciate the chance to win a region title as much as I do.”

Greenback picked up a 54-12 win over Kingston in the third and final duals match of the night. The win gave the Cherokees region runner-up status.

The duals season ended for Greenback on Thursday, but they still have several wrestlers who will have a shot at the individual state tournament. After the conclusion of the state duals championship, the teams return to the mat for the individual regionals and spots at the state’s individual championship meet.

As for the season as a whole, Greenback coach Ben Ward saw a lot of good things this year.

“I knew coming into this year that Alcoa was the team to beat,” Ward said. “They are head and shoulders above everybody in our region. My goal was to cut into how bad they beat us last year and we did do that. We gained some on them, but they are still way ahead of everybody in our small school district.”

In the win over Kingston, Kevin Ogle picked up a first round pin victory over Fate Currier in the 145-pound class. It was the second win of the night for Ogle as he also pinned Alcoa’s Isacc Lorenzo earlier in the night.

Vincent Perry picked up a first round pin in the 106-pound class over Alcoa’s Brennan Salter.

In the 195-pound class, Greenback’s Shon Wampler scored a first round pin win over Kingston’s Austin Davis.

“If everything goes our way, we could easily take four or five guys to the state tournament,” Ward said.

Alcoa will wrestle in the Class A/AA State Duals on Feb.5 and 6 at Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin.




Region 3-A/AA Wrestling Duals Results

Round 1

Alcoa 63, Greenback 18

182: Jack Warwick (A) def. Steven Owens (G) by first round pin

195: Noah Evans (A) def. Shon Wampler (G) by first round pin

220: Bryson Perkins (A) win by forfeit

285: Sammy Evans (A) def. Michael Thacker (G) by first round pin

106: Vincent Perry (G) def. Brennan Salter (A) by first round pin

113: Heather Courtney (G) win by forfeit

120: Paxton Pearce (A) def. Ian Perdue (G) by first round pin

126: Michael Mora-Colon (A) win by forfeit

132: Dylan McNutt (A) def. Jacob Rhyne (G) by 4-2 decision

138: Ryan Verhulst (A) def. Austyn Myers (G) by first round pin

145: Kevin Ogle (G) def. Isacc Lorenzo (A) by second round pin

152: Tim Fisher (A) def. Jonathon Hawkins (G) by first round pin

160: Austyn Renshaw (A) def. Mason Sliger (G) by first round pin

170: Karim Shereef (A) def. Zach Malone (G) by first round pin

Round 2

Alcoa 81, Kingston 0

195: Noah Evans (A) def. Austin Davis (K) by second round pin

220: QuayVaughn McCollum (A) win by forfeit

285: Grant Brace (A) win by forfeit

106: Brennan Salter (A) win by forfeit

113: Alcoa win by forfeit

120: Donavan Puri (A) win by forfeit

126: Michael Mora-Colon (A) win by forfeit

132: Dylan McNutt (A) win by forfeit

138: Ryan Verhulst (A) win by forfeit

145: Isacc Lorenzo (A) def. Fate Currier (K) by first round pin

152: Tim Fisher (A) win by forfeit

160: Austyn Renshaw (A) win by forfeit

170: Karim Shereef (A) win by forfeit

182: Jack Warwick (A) def. Christian Gilmore (K) by 10-2 decision

Round 3

Greenback 54, Kingston 12

220: Double Forfeit

285: Michael Thacker (G) win by forfeit

106: Vincent Perry (G) win by forfeit

113: Heather Courtney (G) win by forfeit

120: Ian Perdue (G) win by forfeit

126: Double Forfeit

132: Jacob Rhyne (G) win by forfeit

138: Austyn Myers (G) win by forfeit

145: Kevin Ogle (G) def. Fate Currier (K) by first round pin

152: Jonathon Hawkins (G) win by forfeit

160: Daniel Novack (K) def. Mason Sliger (G) by second round pin

170: Double Forfeit

182: Christian Gilmore (K) def. Zach Malone (G) by second round pin

195: Shon Wampler (G) def. Austin Davis (K) by first round pin