The tournament runs today and Saturday in Franklin, Tenn.:
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• Soddy-Daisy (23-2): The Trojans split with Christian Brothers and their other loss was to Brandon, Fla. They're led by three-time state champ Campbell Lewis (132), Alex Seeley (285), Gage Richmond (138), Turbo Smith (145), Brett Ervin (195), 2011 state champion Jacob Stevens (113) and Billy Swanson (220).
• Wilson Central (12-0): The Wildcats' NWCA site lists their record as 12-0, but no team losses have been entered. Probable losses were to Blackman, Beech and Ravenwood. Top wrestlers include John Kramer (220), Austin Richard (132), Lane Dickeson (106), Christian Cerrito (113) and Perry Balte (182).
• Clarksville (29-1): The Wildcats' loss was to Franklin (37-32), and their victims include Brentwood, Ravenwood, Beech (twice), Centennial and Ravenwood. Top performers include Zach Crane (170), Chad Isbell (152), Bruno Reagan (285) and Dalton Oliver (126).
• Powell (14-13): The Panthers have no wins over any team in the AAA field, and among their losses are shutouts to Science Hill (76-0) and Pigeon Forge (83-0). Top wrestlers are Tyler Kimble (126), Adam Parton (145), Jonathan Sellers (132) and Harold Carathers (120).
• Maryville (16-2): The Rebels, who've won six in a row, beat Beech and A/AA duals qualifier Pigeon Forge. One of their losses was to Gibbs. Top wrestlers are Jaron Brock (170), Alan Frisco (126) and Chad Solomon (160).
• Independence (19-7): The Eagles' victims of note include Siegel, McCallie and Science Hill, and teams that beat them include Christian Brothers, Soddy-Daisy, Brentwood and Centennial. They're on a six-win streak. They're led by defending state champion McCoy Newburg (25-1), who is up a weight class to 170, and Zach McMillan (182), Glen Rockholt (285) and Robbie Allen (120).
• Dobyns-Bennett (21-12): Among teams in Franklin this weekend, the Indians were embarrassed twice by Science Hill. They have won three in a row entering the tournament. Their top wrestlers are Bryson Begley (182), Joseph Begley (138), Clint Caldwell (152), Christopher Stout (170) and Robert Stidham (195).
• Cordova (23-6): The Wolves lost to the state's top-ranked teams, Christian Brothers and Soddy-Daisy, plus Houston and Collierville. They avenged the loss to Collierville in the region semifinals and then beat Germantown for the title and have won six in a row. They're led by Jordan Davis (182), Jordan Green (195), Byron Smith (113), Reginald Adams (152) and Undray Branswell (160).
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• Science Hill (39-4): The Hilltoppers' in-state losses are to Cleveland, Independence and Baylor. They have scored at least 60 points in 28 dual meets and have five shutouts. Top wrestlers include Steven Goldstein (145), Damain Hayes (220), Gary Hudgins (106), Tyler Knowles (132), Cole Schurlknight (126), Carson Schurlknight (138) and Justin Snyder (160).
• Maryville Heritage (16-12): The Mountaineers defeated Powell twice and teams beating them include Walker Valley, Pigeon Forge, Wilson Central and Maryville (twice). Best wrestlers are Joseph Evans (285), Keagan Matlock (152) and Nick Crawford (106).
• Knoxville West (record unavailable): The only meet entered on the Rebels' NWCA site was a 48-36 loss to Jefferson County.
• Beech (32-5): Among the Buccaneers' big wins are victories over co-qualifiers Maryville and Powell and A/AA qualifier Pigeon Forge. They lost to Soddy-Daisy, Wilson Central, Clarksville, Science Hill and Notre Dame but have won their last nine meets. Top performers are DeOntae Greenwade (195), John Isbell (145), Christian Lonzano (106), Elan McCasland (113), Taylor Podany (285) and Kendall White (120).
• Blackman (22-2): The Blaze split with Wilson Central, winning the second meet 37-36 and their region. They also lost to Centennial early but have a 15-match win streak dating to Dec. 8. Their top five are Jevon Brown (160), Jesse Escue (106), Tyler Garrison (138), Tyler Sells (145) and Austin Wells (285).
• Cleveland (17-4): The Blue Raiders' only in-state losses were to Christian Brothers and Soddy-Daisy, and they have two victories over defending state champ and crosstown rival Bradley Central. Strengths are at 106 (Chris Debien), 113 (Austin Stevison), 120 (Austin Oliver), 182/195 (Jesse Jones), 220 (Seth Snyder) and 285 (Jordan Hines).
• Germantown (21-5): Three of the Red Devils' losses came at the 2011 Deep South Bayou Duals, and their in-state losses were to Division II teams St. Benedict and Cordova. Best records on the team belong to Randall Steele (120), Derrick Tucker (160), Sidney Blackwood (113), Jemario Houston (182) and Justice Houston (195).
• Ravenwood (22-5): The Raptors opened the season with a loss to Wilson Central and also lost to Clarksville and Father Ryan (twice). They're on an 11-match win streak that includes defeats of Brentwood and Independence. Best records on the team belong to Taylor Warren (138), Kyle Kuehnhold (120), Marvin Shotts (220) and Jacob Freeman (132).
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• Central (19-5): The defending champion Purple Pounders lost to Hixson, Soddy-Daisy and Cleveland and have wins over Stone Memorial, Notre Dame and Walker Valley. They have won six of their last seven. Leaders are Cody Stacks (126), Sam Sledge (182), Zach Calhoun (285), Cody Bowman (106) and Logan Griffith (138).
• Page (11-17): The Patriots are the only team in the bracket with a losing record, but teams beating them include Centennial, East Literature, Franklin and Oakland. They scored 40 or more points in 10 of their wins. Best wrestlers are Brian Lacey (132), Dylan Davis (160), Peter Leichner (145) and Micah Baldree (170).
• Sycamore (23-7): The War Eagles have won 16 of their last 18 matches, and all seven losses were to AAA schools, including Beech, Wilson Central and Ravenwood. Kenwood and Springfield were among their victims. Best record on the team belongs to Mike Binns (138), followed by Tony Seay (182), Seith Douglas (113), Peyton Harris (182) and Austin Henley (106).
• Stone Memorial (21-5): The Panthers lost by 22 to Hixson early and then by 22 to Central and by 38 to Walker Valley at the pre-Christmas Vandergriff Duals. Their other losses were to Wayne County and Maryville Heritage, also in 2011. They have won eight in a row. Top wrestlers are Darren Rosser (138), Joseph Giattino (132), Cody McCarl (106) and Austin Brickle (126).
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• Hixson (21-1): The Wildcats lost 48-20 to Bradley Central and have since won 18 in a row. Their victims include Walker Valley, Stone Memorial, Ooltewah, Central and Notre Dame. They're led by Isaiah Hawthorne (126), Justin Mathieson (160), Gio Palacio (132), Christian Varner (220) and Aaron Alemany (152).
• Sullivan East (18-4): The Patriots' biggest loss came in their opener at Science Hill (66-15). The biggest recent win was 37-36 over Greeneville in late January. They've won five straight since getting spanked 51-21 by South Doyle on Jan. 21. Greg Whitaker (113) has the most wins, followed by Hallie McQuality (285), Nelson Elliott (170), William Alston (195) and Justin Smith (126).
• East Literature (13-5): The Eagles' five reported losses were to AAA and Division II opponents, the last of which was before Christmas. They have since won 10 in a row. Best records belong to Chris Cartwright (182), Chris Hill (182), Joseh Cartwright (195) and Novell Carter (113).
• Pigeon Forge (17-10): The Tigers' in-state losses are minimal -- Bradley Central, Wilson Central, Maryville and Beech -- and they enter the tournament with at least four straight wins. Their success has been built around Nate Croley (145), Joseph Dodgen (126), Brett Stelzer (220) and David Kieta (182).
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• Father Ryan (35-4): The Fighting Irish's only in-state loss came against Soddy-Daisy (38-27) in the Cleveland Duals. Their current 15-match streak includes wins over Independence, Ravenwood, Brentwood Academy, Baylor, McCallie, Wilson Central, Bradley Central, Mount Juliet and Montgomery Bell Academy. The Irish wins leader at 59-0 is former McCallie wrestler Michael Hooker (59-0), and they have two others with 50-plus: Ricky Fisher (195) and Mark Marchetti (145). They're also strong at 126 (James Simpson) and 113 (Chris Wesnofske).
• Brentwood Academy (29-4): The Eagles have lost three times to MBA and once each to Clarksville and Father Ryan. They have won 12 in a row, including shutouts of Ensworth, Creek Wood and Nashville Christian. Top performers are Daniel Maloney (126), Amos Mason (220), Thomas McClellan (160) and Seth Sirgo (126).
• McCallie (7-9): The Blue Tornado enter the tournament on a two-match losing skid, but those losses were to Father Ryan and Baylor. They lost to Christian Brothers early in the season along with Cleveland and Independence. Top wrestlers are Alex Ward (138), Tim Westbrooks (132), Tye Youngblood (285), Eliot Berz (170), Alex Elsea (113) and Adam Connell (120).
• St. Benedict (22-1): The Eagles have been quite competitive, but most of their competitions have been in West Tennessee. They have wins over Cordova, Memphis University School, Mount Juliet and Siegel. The loss was to Christian Brothers. The team wins leader is Jeff Lamer (195), but other 30-plus-wins wrestlers include Mikey Bascom (138) and Kyle Jennings (120).
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• Christian Brothers (23-7): The Purple Wave split with AAA favorite Soddy-Daisy, and that is their only in-state loss. Their victims list includes Cordova, McCallie, Cleveland and Centennial. Their top performers are Kaleb Baker (145), Brandon Hataway (152), Elijah Oliver (106), Sam Thomas (285), James Walthall (170) and John Santi (113).
• Montgomery Bell Academy (15-5): The Big Red lost to Baylor, McCallie and Father Ryan, thus their opener today with Christian Brothers. Team leaders include John Bellett (138), Daniel Bellett (138), Jashon Robertson (195) and Eric Owings (160).
• Memphis University School (7-3): The Owls won their first five and then lost three of their last five, including a shutout against Christian Brothers. They're led by Eli Goldstein (152), Xavier Greer (106), Carson House (138) and Trey O'Bannon (132).
• Baylor (24-12): The Red Raiders have three in-state losses -- to Cleveland, Father Ryan and Soddy-Daisy. Team leaders include Zach Watson (126), Matthew Cate (152), Bryson Popp (145), Matt Bodine (182) and Michael Murphy (106).
Ward Gossett is an assistant sports editor and writer for the Times Free Press. Ward has a long history in Chattanooga journalism. He actually wrote a bylined story for the Chattanooga News-Free Press as a third-grader. He Began working part-time there in 1968 and was hired full time in 1970. Ward now covers high school athletics, primarily football, wrestling and baseball and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling. Over a 40-year career, he has covered ...