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Indians fall in TSSAA dual wrestling semifinals

From staff reports • Feb 8, 2020 at 8:14 PM

FRANKLIN — After romping into the semifinals of the TSSAA dual wrestling championships, Dobyns-Bennett dropped a pair of matches on Saturday at the Williamson County Expo Center.

In the state semifinals, the Tribe fell 40-30 to Cleveland.

Clint Morrisette gave D-B an early 3-0 lead with a 6-5 decision over the Blue Raiders’ Zach Brenza at 170. Caleb Burleson added a 1-0 decision in the heavyweight match before Cleveland went on to clinch the overall match and forfeit the final four matches.

Shane Lemons (138), Patrick Mitchell (145), Jackson Hurst (152) and Tre Morrisette (160) were awarded forfeit victories.

Then in the consolation semifinals, the Indians lost a tough one, 35-34 to Bradley Central. Brennan Watkins (126) won an 18-5 major decision over Taron Patterson before the Bears went on to clinch the overall match and forfeit the final five matches.

Hurst, Tre Morrisette, Clint Morrisette, Aidan Rhoton (182) and Eli Smith (195) were credited with forfeit victories.

On Friday, D-B breezed to a 51-19 win over Maryville in its state opener and followed up with a 52-18 victory over Arlington in the quarterfinals.

HILLTOPPERS BOUNCE BACK

The Hilltoppers, who lost both matches Friday, breezed to a 51-25 win over Maryville Heritage in Saturday’s opening match.

Perry Tate at 182 pounds gave Science Hill its first win of the day with a pin of Ian Adkins in 3:22. At the opposite sides of the weight spectrum, Keimel Redford (285) and Hayden Bodo (106) scored pins to give the Hilltoppers an edge.

After Heritage won the next two matches, the Hilltoppers got on a roll. Javelle Gillespie (126), Braxton Mann (138), Jahkye Aples (145) and Jared Harter (160) all prevailed by pinfall. Tyler Seeley (132) pulled out a hard-earned decision and Joseph Frye (152) won by forfeit for the rest of the Science Hill scoring.

The Hilltoppers’ run came to an end the next round in a 43-36 loss to Blackman. Redford had the Hilltoppers’ lone pinfall, downing Jayden Hemphill in 24 seconds. After Blackman clinched, the Hilltoppers’ Seeley, Mann, Aples, Frey and Harter took matches by forfeit.

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