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Four Science Hill wrestlers in state finals

Johnson City Press • Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM

FRANKLIN—Science Hill’s wrestling program will be picking up a payload of hardware today.

Some of it might be the best the TSSAA has to hand out.

Three Hilltoppers and one Lady Hilltopper are set to compete for championships in the individual state tournament at the Williamson County Expo Center.

Luke Story (138 pounds), Arthur James (145) and William Diehl (160) look to win gold on the Class AAA boys mats while Helaina Campbell-Ketron (125) takes aim at a title in the girls’ division.

Jim Kalogeros (182) and Denzel Medina (220) are assured medals today, meaning Science Hill will bring home a half-dozen individual awards.

Moreover, the Hilltoppers boys are presently second in team scoring with 136 points. Cleveland has 149 to lead the way.

Three Lady Cyclones — Tyehsa Thomas (112), Haley Brown (170) and Shamia Wells (215) — made the ladies finals. Ditto for David Crockett’s Taylor Roy (103) and Paige Snapp (150) — plus Isabella Badon (119) from Daniel Boone.

Team scoring has Elizabethton’s girls (56 points) in second place behind Rossview (98).

Sullivan East senior Elijah Hicks hopes to reign supreme after qualifying for the 113 final in Class A/AA boys. The Cyclones’ Hunter Morrell (106) and Chris Taylor (182) have reached the medal rounds.

On Friday, Story won by two decisions — beating Cleveland’s Michael Whiteside 3-0 before downing Alex Pergande of Wilson Central, 7-1.

After pinning Harrison Phillips (Arlington) in 1:22, James edged out Heritage grappler Joshua Teaster in a 3-2 decision.

Diehl scored an 8-0 majority decision over Gabe Smith (Clarksville), then decisioned Mt. Juliet’s Dylan Quinn, 10-5.

Kalogeros got to the semifinals before moving to the consolation bracket. Medina fell in the quarters, but bounced back with a pair of consolation wins.

David Crockett’s Gavin Russell will be suited for a medal. He dropped his first match Thursday, but has since won five consecutive matches in the 138 consolation bracket.

Dobyns-Bennett junior Brenton Salyers has a gained a space on the 285 podium. He suffered his first loss after making it to the semifinals with 3-1 decision over Jamil Hughes (Blackman).

The Hilltoppers’ Tyler Seeley (120) and Weston Brown (195) as well as D-B’s Dillon Lemons (145) came within one victory of getting a medal.

Campbell-Ketron advanced with two pinfalls, victimizing Kayla Guider (Hunters Lane) in 1:23 and Hailey Stevenson (Farragut) in 5:28.

Thomas received a forfeit before pinning Cathlin Green (Northeast) in 2:31. Brown prevailed by pin over Coffee County’s Alicia Stottlemyer (1:07), then decision West Greek’s Abigail Vance, 11-4.

Wells pinned NovaLee Feichko (Northwest) in 1:50 and decision Jadia Fosten (Antioch), 4-3.

Roy scored a pair of decisions, besting Savannah Barefield of Rossview 6-4 and Henderson’s Destiny Henderson, 7-3.

As for Snapp, she needed just 55 seconds to pin Kayla Gardner (West Creek) and followed up by defeating two-time medalist Deyla Brito-Perez (Northwest) in 4:46 (pinfall).

Badon, who has won two state titles at 112, pinned Lythia Ramirez (Forrest) in 2:50. From there she collected a 12-6 decision over Chelsea Judy (Farragut).

Hicks polished off a pin of Millington Central’s Alexander Abraham in just 41 ticks. His pinfall of Nolensville’s Jacob Vogelpohl took just over a minutes (1:04).

Morrell won three of four matches on Friday. Taylor won back-to-back matches before sliding to the consolation bracket.

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