Blaze, Eagles start state duals today

Blaze, Eagles start state duals today


Blaze, Eagles start state duals today



Blackman and Eagleville both picked up their first wins in TSSAA state duals history two years ago.

The two Rutherford County programs will attempt to add to that today when both return to the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park in Franklin.

Blackman, which is ranked 11th in the most recent coaches poll, faces eighth-ranked Heritage. The two face off at 3:30 p.m. today in the opening round of the Class AAA tournament. Eagleville wrestles Stone Memorial at 3:30 p.m. today in its opening-round match of the Class A/AA state tournament.

Eagleville could potentially face Class A/AA tournament favorite Pigeon Forge in the second round of the tournament.

“For us, it’s basically one match at a time,” Eagleville coach Steve Solomon said. “We’ve got to beat Stone Memorial first. We’re not looking past that. The match we are most concerned with right now is Stone Memorial.

“If you take care of that first one. you are in good shape. If you lose that first one, you are thrown into a bracket to get to the consolation finals.”

The tournament is double elimination and concludes Saturday.

The Blackman-Heritage winner faces the Knoxville Halls-Independence winner at 7:30 p.m. today. The Blackman-Heritage loser wrestles the Halls-Independence loser at 9 a.m. Saturday in the double-elimination tournament.

The Eagleville-Stone Memorial winner faces the Pigeon Forge-M.L. King winner at 7:30 p.m. today. The Eagleville-Stone Memorial loser wrestles the Pigeon-Forge-M.L. King loser at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Eagleville is led by senior Blake Solomon, who is 39-1 at 160 pounds. Casey Dodson (39-6) at 120 pounds, Hayden Hammonds (40-6) at 106 pounds and Ellis Dodson (34-7) at 113 pounds are also key wrestlers for the Eagles.

Blackman has reached the state duals three consecutive seasons, and beat Heritage in the 2011 state duals. But Blackman coach Ronnie Bray acknowledged that Heritage will be a tough test for his Blaze.

“They are a top-4 team in the state to me,” Bray said. “They’ve got some tough wrestlers.”

Tyler Sells (40-4) leads the Blaze at 160 pounds. Heavyweight Austin Wells (34-10), Tyler Garrison (33-8) at 152 pounds, Jevon Brown (34-10) at 182 pounds and Dylan Coggins (31-9) at 106 pounds are also key wrestlers for the Blaze.


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