Greeneville takes top honors on Super 14 wrestling team

Douglas Fritz • Feb 7, 2013 at 8:46 PM

To the victor go the spoils, and Greeneville cleaned up nicely.

Jon Boatman was selected as the wrestler of the year, and Randy Shelton earned coach of the year honors, making it a clean sweep for the Greene Devils on the annual Super 14 wrestling team.

The honorary squad is chosen by the Johnson City Press with the help of wrestling coaches. Wrestlers will be in action beginning today at Tennessee High in the Region 1 individual wrestling tournament at Viking Hall.

Action continues through Saturday with championship matches scheduled for 6 p.m.

Shelton guided the Greene Devils to the Class A-AA state championship, as they defeated Pigeon Forge 36-34 in the title match.

Boatman is Greeneville's 113-pound standout. He wrestled the winning match for the Greene Devils, producing a 57-second pin to put his team over the top.

“Jon is an outstanding young man who gives his team everything when he is on the mat,” said Shelton. “He is a competitor who hates to lose.”

Losing hasn't been commonplace for Boatman, who is 33-1 on the season. He finished state runner-up last year, and won titles this year in the North Knights Invitational and the Greeneville Invitational. He was second at Ooltewah for his lone setback this season.

Rounding out the lower weight classes on the Super 14 team were Greeneville's Atlas Fagundes (106), Tennessee High's Corbin Hurley (120), Sullivan South's Andrew Armstrong (126), Science Hill's Max Vaughn (132), Seymour's Willie Stooksbury (138), and Science Hill's Austin Bagley (145).

In the higher weight classes, earning Super 14 honors were Dobyns-Bennett's Palmer Begley (152), Elizabethton's Eric Buck (160), Greeneville's Marshall Brown (170), Jefferson County's Brailan Brown (182), Dobyns-Bennett's Bryson Begley (195), Science Hill's Damian Hayes (220) and Cocke County's Jesse Cuddeback (285).

Fagundes carries a record of 20-8 into the region. He had third-place finishes at Ooltewah and Greeneville, and qualified for the state in 2012. A good all-around athlete, Fagundes has 10 career state appearances — including cross country and soccer.

With a record of 28-9, Hurley carries a GPA of 4.0 He won the Best of Bristol event, and finished second in the Brawl in the Hall.

Armstrong is two-time regional champion, who had 123 wins in his career. He won the Greeneville Invitational this season.

As for Vaughn, he won the region title in 2010, and won this season's North Knight event. He has a record of 48-4.

“He's a great scrambler, who always wrestles in solid position,” said Science Hill head coach Jeff Price. “He's becoming a strong leader.”

Enlisted with the Army, Stooksbury is finishing out his career by trying to repeat his 2012 state tournament appearance. He is 27-7 on the season, and finished second at Greeneville and at Knox Halls.

Bagley (41-14) took third-place finishes at the North Knight and the Soddy Showdown.

“I am really proud of him,” said Price. “He has hung in there and become a solid wrestler.”

D-B coach Buzzy Mann called Palmer Begley (26-4) a tremendously talented wrestler.

As for Buck, he had third-place finishes at the Bobby Bate Classic and the Brawl in the Hall. Buck is 25-4 on the season.

Brown will try to make a return trip to the state, and carries a record of 25-6 into the region. He won the Greeneville Invitational.

“He's a great leader in the practice room, weight room, and on the mat,” said Shelton.

Brown was a state qualifier in 2011, and has been nearly untouchable this season with a record of 39-1. He won at Knox Catholic, the Indian Classic, and was second at the Fandetti.

Bryson Begley also has a sparkling record of 37-2. He won at Soddy, and is a two-time state qualifier and the defending region champion.

Hayes is the defending region champion, and carries a record of 37-8.

“Damien is capable of winning any match he is in,” said Price.

Rounding out the list, Cuddeback (28-5) tries to make it two in a row at the state. He was second at Knox Catholic, and third at Greeneville.

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