Kirby Simpson of Father Ryan hugs his father and Irish coach Pat Simpson during the state high school wrestling championships at Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin on Feb. 14, 2015.
FRANKLIN – Father Ryan dominated the state wrestling tournament Saturday, winning the Division II title and seven individual state championships.
Four of the title matches were between Father Ryan, coached by Pat Simpson, and Montgomery Bell Academy, coached by his brother, Frank. Father Ryan won all four matches.
“There’s no bragging rights,” Pat Simpson said about beating his brother. “MBA’s got great kids and every night of battling with them was just like this one and came down to the wire.”
The Irish won their 21st state wrestling title.
Pat Simpson’s son Kirby (126) and his nephew Christian (106) were among the Irish wrestlers who won titles.
“I didn’t win, I lost in the finals when I was in high school,” Pat Simpson said. “As a dad there’s nothing more you want for your kid than to be able to be a state champion.”
Kirby Simpson said the win couldn’t be sweeter.
“This means everything,” he said. “He told me I don’t have to win it, but I knew I had to get this for him.”
Raymond Eason (113), Trey Chalifoux (120), Eli King (132), Chris Wesnofske (145) and Ben Stacey (220) also won titles, and Nick Naughton (160) and Marcello Morrice (152) both took home second place for Father Ryan. The Irish finished with 249 points, beating Baylor, which finished with 238.5.
MBA’s Cole Euverard took home the title in the 182-pound class.
In Class AAA Brentwood’s Tristan Roa pinned Centennial’s Adam Fuller to win at 120, and Ravenwood’s Chris Rowland (138) and Northeast’s Delrico Bowen (145) took home second-place medals.
Wilson Central’s Mike Binns took down Brentwood’s Luke Hamilton to win the 152-pound title.
“I feel amazing.” Binns said. “Don’t ever wake me up from this dream.”
Franklin’s Josh Filbey pulled off an upset, taking down defending state champion John Kramer of Wilson Central in the 220-pound class.
“It feels incredible,” Filbey said. “This is the last matchup I’ll be able to wrestle so to end it with winning a state title is the best feeling.”
Riverdale’s Sean Kennedy (170) and Nick Boykin (285) and Clarksville’s Kiel Russell (195) also won titles.
In Class A/AA, Eagleville’s Hayden Hammonds (113) and Harpeth’s Tyler Christian (138) won titles while Stratford’s James Hughes (182) was runnerup.
In the girls bracket, Northwest’s Jessica Elery (138) and Northeast’s Jaydn Sayre-Adona (155) won titles. West Creek’s Victoria Knier (112), Ravenwood’s Tailor Stolle (138) and Stone Memorial’s Katie Pullins (155) were runnersup.