CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville High wrestler Kiel Russell became the second straight Clarksville High wrestler to leave the TSSAA State Wrestling Championships as a state champ, and his win marks the third in a row for a competitor from Montgomery County capturing a state crown.
Russell joined former Clarksville great Bruno Reagan as a state title holders from CHS. Reagan captured state titles in the heavyweight division in 2013 and 2014. Russell beat Maryville’s Clay Strawn for the 195-pound title last Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Expo in Franklin.
Northeast’s Delrico Bowen had his opportunity at a 145-pound state title but fell short, finishing runner up to Soddy Daisy’s Tucker Russo. Bowen battled Russo for three periods before Russo needed overtime to dislodge the Eagles wrestler. Russo eventually won the match 3-1 as Bowen had one of the best individual finishes in a season in the program’s history.
Girls take titles
A pair of Montgomery County girls captured state championships Saturday. Northwest sophomore Jessica Elery won the state title in the girls’ tournament in the 138-pound weight class. Northeast freshman Jaydn Sayre-Adona took home the state crown in the 155-pound weight class.
This was the first year that the TSSAA sanctioned the girls’ state wrestling tournament.
Two more girls took state runner-up. Montgomery Central’s Jada Hoskins finished second in the 185-pound weight class while Victoria Knier, West Creek, finished state runner-up at 112 pounds. Montgomery Central’s Olivia Vanderveen took fourth overall in that same weight class.
Elery was named the tournament’s Best Wrestler in the girls’ tournament. Montgomery Central finished third overall as a team with 49 points, behind state champion Science Hill (70) and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee (57). Northwest and Northeast finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
Rossview’s boys had the most successful day of the Montgomery County teams who sent their wrestlers to state this past weekend. The Hawks finished 10th overall in team points as Cleveland beat out Bradley Central for the team state title by seven points.
Clarksville finished 23rd, followed by Northeast (35th), West Creek (39th), Northwest (42nd), and Kenwood (67th).
The Hawks’ Zac Kost took third place at 113 pounds while Adrian Gonzalez finished 4th at 138 pounds. Anthony Cole finished sixth at 120.
Clay Cook was the only other area wrestler who placed at state. He took sixth in the 145-pound weight class.
On the girls’ side, Rossview’s Abby Hawks took fourth at 120 pounds while Northwest freshman Lindsey Morrison took third in the 148 weight class. Abby Hagewood finished fourth in that division and Northeast junior Madison Lazano took fifth. Keely Sage, a sophomore from Montgomery Central, took sixth in the 155-pound weight class.
George Robinson, 245-0747
Preps sports reporter