Nineteen Sumner County wrestlers earned berths in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) State Individual Wrestling Championships with top finishes in their recent respective region tournaments.
White House High is sending seven wrestlers – four boys and three girls – to the state tournament.
Junior Tanner Pharris finished second in the Region 3 A-AA Tournament – which was held on Friday and Saturday at Montgomery Central High School – in the 120-pound weight class, suffering a pinfall loss to Harpeth’s Braxton Hunter in the championship match.
Senior Austin Grissom placed fourth in the 195-pound division. Junior Dylan Grissom claimed fourth at 170 pounds, and freshman Ethan Rainey finished in fourth place at 182 pounds.
The Blue Devils placed seventh as a team.
Forrest won the team title by one point over Page (173.5-172.5).
Lady Devil junior Sky DeWeese finished fourth at the West Regional Tournament – which was held on Jan. 30 at Ravenwood – in the 130-pound division, while freshman Darian Chapman placed third in the 138-pound bracket. Sophomore Kaylee Diehl finished fifth at 155 pounds (all six wrestlers in that division advanced to the state tournament).
One Hendersonville representative – sophomore Jessica Mumaw – advanced in the 112-pound division through a runner-up finish, suffering a pinfall loss to Sycamore’s Nena Chrestnain in the championship bout.
Beech had 11 wrestlers to qualify with top-four finishes in the Region 7-AAA Tournament, which was held on Friday and Saturday at Clarksville Northeast.
The Buccaneers won the team title by 1.5 points over Wilson Central (218.5-217).
Freshman Brayden Palmer (106 pounds), freshman Jeremiah Herron (126), sophomore Trevor Rippy (145), senior Kaleb Rippy (182) and senior Peyton Reinert (220) all won the region title in their respective weight classes.
Palmer defeated Northwest’s Jordan Burgess by a technical fall in his championship match.
Herron pinned Northeast’s DeQwendrick Whiters.
Trevor Rippy pinned Lebanon’s Ryan Brown.
Kaleb Rippy won by a forfeit over Mt. Juliet’s Nathan Walling, and Reinert defeated Northwest’s Craig Barbour by a decision.
Senior Wyatt Sipe (113), junior Kyle Smith (170) and senior David Dowell (285) all had runner-up finishes, and junior Jherian Maddox (160) earned a third-place finish.
Juniors William Downing (132) and Joseph Garrett (152) qualified thanks to fourth-place showings in their respective weight classes.
The Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center in Franklin hosts the state tournament beginning on Thursday, with the round of 32 matches for Class AAA set for 3 p.m. They will be followed immediately by the round of 16 and also the first two rounds of the consolation bracket.
Class A-AA and girls action, along with the Division II Tournaments, begin at 10 a.m. on Friday.
Championship matches are slated for 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Opening matches for local qualifiers in the TSSAA State Individual Wrestling Championships
Class AAA round of 32
106: Brayden Palmer (Beech, Fr.) vs. Cal Rogers (Tullahoma, Fr.)
113: Wyatt Sipe (Beech, Sr.) vs. Corbin Bumgarner (Dobyns-Bennett, Soph.)
126: Jeremiah Herron (Beech, Fr.) vs. Nathan Porter (Summit, Soph.)
132: William Downing (Beech, Jr.) vs. Brady Ingram (Independence, Jr.)
145: Trevor Rippy (Beech, Soph.) vs. Jesse Saunders (Cookeville, Jr.)
152: Joseph Garrett (Beech, Jr.) vs. Donnie Beyer (Bradley Central, Sr.)
160: Jherian Maddox (Beech, Jr.) vs. Matthew Callahan (Siegel, Sr.)
170: Kyle Smith (Beech, Jr.) vs. Vincent Cross (Blackman, Sr.)
182: Kaleb Rippy (Beech, Sr.) vs. Brandon Fortune (South Doyle, Jr.)
220: Peyton Reinert (Beech, Sr.) vs. Cameron Vogt (Franklin, Jr.)
285: David Dowell (Beech, Sr.) vs. Mustafa Garmavi (Cane Ridge, Sr.)
Class A-AA round of 16
120: Tanner Pharris (White House, Jr.) vs. Gage Evans (Red Bank, Soph.)
170: Dylan Grissom (White House, Jr.) vs. Darian Smith (East Ridge, Soph.)
182: Ethan Rainey (White House, Fr.) vs. Dylan Bargerstock (Hixson, Sr.)
195: Kenneth Grissom (White House, Sr.) vs. Brian Sledge (Chattanooga Central, Sr.)
112: Jessica Mumaw (Hendersonville, Soph.) vs. Kelsi Broyles (West Greene, Fr.)
130: Sky DeWeese (White House, Jr.) vs. Kyah St. Marie (Stone Memorial, Jr.)
138: Darian Chapman (White House, Fr.) vs. Alexis Jaynes (Happy Valley, Jr.)
155: Kaylee Diehl (White House, Soph.) vs. Becka Stallard (Volunteer)