2022 Region 1-A Wrestling… Cyclones have big day on the mats
Published 11:43 pm Saturday, February 12, 2022
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BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
BLUFF CITY – It was only fitting that the last match of Saturday’s TSSAA Region 1-A wrestling at Sullivan East High School featured Trenton Taylor of Elizabethton in the 285-pound weight class.
The Cyclones had a banner day leading up to the match capturing three second-place finishes and qualifying five for sectionals next week.
Taylor was the top-seed heading into the regional and was ready to put a cherry on top of the day for his Cyclone teammates. It only took 52 seconds for Taylor to wrap up a region championship in his weight class to give the Cyclones their sixth qualifier and an overall team finish of fourth in the region.
A breakdown of the qualifiers are as follows:
The Cyclones Isaiah King (18-6) earned a region runner-up finish as he fell in a tight decision to Greeneville’s Cooper Johnson (18-5). It was an 8-5 final in the match.
Graham Carriger of David Crockett finished third in the weight class with Tennessee High’s Eli Moore capturing fourth place.
Logan Watson of Elizabethton qualified for sectionals with a third-place finish as he defeated West Greene’s Asheton Shelton with a pinfall at 39 seconds of their match.
Jake Ferrell of Crockett captured the Region championship when he pinned Sullivan East’s Donavan Smith Peters in 3:28 of their match.
Elizabethton’s Holden Roaten was the top-seed going into the region but found a tough competitor in Malik Harris of Greeneville who pinned Roaten at the 5:56 mark of their match in the championship.
Roaten will represent Region 1-A as the runner-up at next week’s sectionals.
Derek Onks of Crockett claimed third place with a pinfall over West Greene’s Sean Neff in 2:43 of their match.
The Cyclones Roman Shelton qualified for sectionals with a fourth-place finish as he was pinned by Dezsel Rambaud of Crockett in 2:03 of their match.
Perry Roller of Tennessee High won the 138 with a pin over Charles Dabney of Greeneville in 1:36 of the championship.
Elizabethton’s Darris Reece collected the runner-up in 145 action as he was pinned in 26 seconds by Greeneville’s Hunter Mason in the championship match.
Tennessee High’s Keith Ankers took third place when he won in a 5-2 decision over Crockett’s Gabe Clark.
Taylor wrapped up the day for his team by taking the regional championship with his win over Crockett’s Brayden Vance with the pin in only 52 seconds.
Third place was taken by Greeneville’s John Chapman when he took a win over West Greene’s Zachary Carroll.
Three points were the difference between a third and fourth-place finish in the overall team results as Tennessee High just barely clipped the Cyclones for third place.
Greeneville finished first with 215 points followed by David Crockett with 173 points. Tennessee High and Elizabethton took third and fourth respectively followed by Sullivan East, West Greene, Chuckey-Doak, and Volunteer.
The sectional matches will take place Saturday at Knox Halls High School in Knoxville. The top four finishers in each weight class will punch their ticket to an appearance at the TSSAA State Wrestling competition at the Williamson Expo Center in Nashville.