There’s still plenty of work left to do, but Austin Frye has been at the head of the class among this year’s Region 1 wrestlers.
The Dobyns-Bennett senior was selected as the Super 14 wrestler of the year by the Johnson City Press on Thursday. The team was announced after area coaches weighed in on who they believed to be the area’s best.
They will get a chance to prove it on the mats Saturday as the Region 1 wrestling tournament will be held at Science Hill. Top finishers earn berths in state tournament, which is set for Feb. 13-15 at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena in Franklin.
Wrestler of the year — Austin Frye, Dobyns-Bennett
Coach of the year — Logan Hollingshead, Jeff. Co.
Wrestler, School Class Wt. Record
Zach Bynum, Crockett Jr. 106 31-4
Jarrett Fuller, Tenn. High So. 113 24-11
Dillinger Messer, Crockett Sr. 120 31-5
Corbin Hurley, Tenn. High So. 126 34-7
Max Vaughn, S. Hill Sr. 132 35-9
Storm Williams, Morr. East Jr. 138 11-2
Austin Bagley, S. Hill Sr. 145 40-7
Austin Frye, D-B Sr. 152 26-6
Palmer Begley, D-B Jr. 160 29-4
Josh Spangler, Tenn. High Sr. 170 41-6
Anh Khoa Nguyen, S. Hill Jr. 182 32-14
Hunter Bagley, S. Hill So. 195 40-12
Will Edwards, Tenn. High Sr. 220 21-9
Jonathan Ruth, D-B Jr. 285 22-8
Frye has battled his way to a record of 26-6 this season. He finished second in the Falcon Frenzy, and was fifth in the Indian Classic. The defending Region 1 champion is a two-time state qualifier.
Joining Frye on the team are four wrestlers from Science Hill, and a pair of David Crockett standouts. Max Vaughn, Austin Bagley, Anh Khoa Nguyen and Hunter Bagley made the team for the Hilltoppers while the Pioneers placed Zach Bynum and Dillinger Messer on the squad.
Tennessee High also had four on the team: Jarrett Fuller, Corbin Hurley, Josh Spangler and Will Edwards.
The Indians had three with Frye, Palmer Begley, and Jonathan Ruth. Storm Williams of Morristown East also made the team.
Jefferson County’s Logan Hollingshead was selected as the Super 14 coach of the year.
Vaughn, a 132-pound senior, captured the title at Knox Catholic’s tournament and was sixth in the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl. He is a two-time region champion with a record of 35-9.
With a title at Catholic and runner-up finishes at the Fandetti-Richardson and North Knight Invitational tournaments, Austin Bagley (40-7) has been a powerful force. He qualified for the state last season.
Hunter Bagley (40-12, 195 pounds) earned a third-place finish in the Fandetti tournament. The sophomore also took fourth place in the North Knight event.
As for Nguyen, he was fourth in both the North Knight and Catholic events. The junior is 32-14 overall, wrestling at 182 pounds.
Crockett’s duo has been solid all season, combining for a record of 62-9. Bynum, a 106-pound junior, is 31-4 and has a career record of 86-21.
This year he won the Brawl in the Hall, and was second in the Arab Invitational. He is repeat member from last year’s Super 14 team.
Wrestling at 120 pounds, Messer (31-5) won a title in the Brawl at the Hall. He has a career mark of 48-18.
Begley (29-4) is the defending region champion at 160 pounds. The junior won the Falcon Frenzy and took third in the Indian Classic this season.
As for Ruth, the junior was fifth in the Indian Classic and sixth in the Falcon Frenzy. The 285-pounder has a record of 22-8 this season.
With a record of 34-7, Hurley has been tough on his 126-pound opponents. He was second in the Brawl at the Hall, third in the Ed Cressel Classic and fifth in the Indian Classic. The defending Region 1 champion carries a 4.0 grade point average.
Wrestling at 170 pounds, Spangler has battled to a mark of 41-6. The senior won the Brawl at the Hall, was third at the Ed Cressel event, and took fifth place at Bradley Central. He is the defending Region 1 champion.
Edwards wrestles at 220 pounds. The senior is 21-9, and finished eighth in the Brawl at the Hall.
Fuller (113 pounds) has worked his way to a record of 24-11 this season. He was fourth in the Brawl at the Hall.
As for Williams, the junior has a record of 11-2 this season. He was a state qualifier two years ago, and took third place in the Catholic tournament this season.