FRANKLIN — The Beech High School wrestling program has been steadily building for years.
On Saturday, brothers Trevor and Kaleb Rippy helped the Buccaneers finally break through, capturing the program’s first two state wrestling titles at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.
“We just went out there and took it,” said 182-pound champion Kaleb Rippy. “I’d been waiting so long just for this moment to come.”
Trevor Rippy, who finished third in 132 a season ago, captured the 145-pound Class AAA individual title with Saturday’s 3-0 win over Heritage’s Michael Diemer, polishing off a perfect 53-0 season in the process.
“We knew what was ahead of us and how big it was,” said Trevor Rippy, a sophomore. “It’s amazing; a one-of-a-kind feeling. This was our last year to do it. (Kaleb is) a senior, and I really wanted us to be able to do this.”
Trevor’s older brother, Kaleb, captured his championship hardware about an hour later, pinning Jefferson County’s Josh Booker 3:37 into the 182-pound title match.
“I was super anxious just to get out there and get it over with,” Trevor Rippy said. “I worked for four years to become a state champion, and (Trevor) won, so I knew that I couldn’t get outdone.”
In addition to the Trevor and Kaleb Rippy, Blackman’s Matthew Sells (160), Wilson Central’s Zach Linton (170) and Riverdale’s Nick Boykin (285) also secured Class AAA titles on Saturday.
Boykin, who took down three of his state tournament opponents in 25 seconds or less, needed just 41 seconds to pin Jefferson County’s Logan Townsend on Saturday, securing his second straight title as well as a second consecutive undefeated season (45-0).
“I felt good out there,” Boykin said. “I didn’t know it was going to be that quick. But, he stepped right into it.”
Beech finished tied for third in the Class AAA team standings with 117 points — 127.5 behind first-place Bradley Central. Tennessee High finished third with 121, while Cleveland (117) and Soddy-Daisy (98.5) rounded out the top five.
Father Ryan finished with seven Division II champions for the second season in a row, edging second-place Baylor 247-238 thanks to senior Jeremy Darvin’s 5-2 win over Baylor’s Cooper Reiniche in the 285-pound title match.
“That’s two years in a row where if we don’t have seven champions we don’t win the tournament,” Father Ryan coach Pat Simpson said. “You feel good if you get five champions, but to get seven two years in a row, it’s unheard of.”
In addition to Darvin, Christian Simpson (113), Trey Chalifoux (120), Raymond Eason (126), Kirby Simpson (132), Eli King (138) and Ben Stacey (220) also won titles on Saturday.
Christian Brothers (170) finished third in the Division II team standings, while McCallie (167.5) and MBA (140) rounded out the top five.
In girls action, reigning Tennessean Midstate Girls Wrestler of the Year Jessica Elery of Clarksville Northwest captured her second straight 138-pound title, while Summit’s Jailah Grimes (148), Clarksville Northeast’s Jaydn Sayer-adona (155) and St. Andrews-Sewanee’s Zaferiah (185) also claimed championships on Saturday.
Northeast finished atop the girls team standings with 62 points, while Montgomery Central (58), St. Andrews-Sewanee (40) and Sycamore (36) also finished in the top five.