East Hamilton

Top 11 team scores: 1. Cleveland 215, 2. Wilson Central 166.5, 3. Bradley Central 141, 4. Ravenwood 132, 5. Soddy-Daisy 120.5, 6. Franklin 108.5, 7. Heritage 102, 8. Clarksville 98.5, 9. Cookeville 96.5, 10. Blackman 84.5, 11. Walker Valley 84.

Walker Valley has done this dance before.

TSSAA Class AAA state wrestling results

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Cleveland was making a strong run Thursday for the Tennessee Class AAA wrestling championship, but Wilson Central was even stronger.

Most of the area’s Class AAA wrestling teams left Tuesday for the state tournament in Franklin, opting to go a day earlier than planned to avoid any travel issues.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For the first time in two years, the Cleveland High School wrestling team found itself in a runner-up role entering a tournament's championship finals.

The goal at Hixson High School hasn’t changed. Coach Garrick Hall and the Wildcats want to win the region wrestling tournament.

The area's busiest Tennessee campuses during signing day were Baylor and East Hamilton, which had five players each who signed scholarships Wednesday.

Tennessee's high school wrestling power balance has undergone a decided shift.

All high school sporting events in the Chattanooga area were called off because of Tuesday's snowstorm, creating more scheduling problems on top of those caused previously by unusually cold temperatures.

It's hard to gauge the team strength of the Halls Invitational wrestling tournament in Knoxville, but winning by 68.5 points there over runner-up Bradley Central gives Wilson Central reason to boast heading into the Division I state duals Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Franklin.

A recruiting class that had been loading up on beef got a little sizzle Thursday when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga landed its 10th commitment. Washington County (Ga.) all-state running back Melvin "The Thrill" Hill became the first offensive skill position commitment for the Mocs in this class and brings with him a dynamic skill set.

If Tyner coach Gerald Harris could have bottled up his team's second-half performance against The Rock on Thursday, and sprinkled some of that on the first half, there's no telling what the final outcome might have been.

Austin Gatewood knows a thing or two about helping start a football program from scratch. His first year of varsity competition at East Hamilton High was only that program's second season in existence and now the three-year starter will help lay the groundwork for East Tennessee State University's fledgling program.

By the time James Franklin left Vanderbilt to take the Penn State coaching job Saturday, Tre Herndon already knew how that move would affect his commitment to the Commodores.

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