Taylor claims 5th, Perry 6th in state wrestling

Published 1:55 pm Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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The Elizabethton Cyclones had two wrestlers place in the 2022 TSSAA State Wrestling Championship at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin.
In girl’s action, senior Sophia Perry claimed a sixth-place finish in the 132-pound weight class. In her first match of the tournament, Perry fell in a sudden victory to Erica Moore of Brentwood by a 15-13 score.
In the consolation round, Perry won by fall over Clara Seymore of Polk County in 1:48 in her first bout. Perry then followed that up with a 4-1 decision win over Paraskevi Christopoulos of Baylor in bout 2.
Consolation round three saw Perry take a 14-9 decision over Illana Pate of St. Andrew’s Sewanee. Perry fell in the consolation semifinals to Olivia Hogan of  Tullahoma in a major decision 12-1.
Perry claimed the sixth-place finish when she was defeated by Lilli Cobb of Clarksville who won by a technical fall in 2:22.
On the boy’s side, Trenton Taylor had the best showing in the 285 weight class as he wrestled his way to a fifth-place finish. In the championship round of 16, Taylor won by fall over Tony Graves of Millington only 59 seconds into their match.
He then followed up that victory with another one in the quarterfinal round by taking a 5-1 decision over Tullahoma’s Zech Swiger to advance to the semifinal round.
Alcoa undefeated wrestler Lance Williams took down Taylor in 1:52 to drop Taylor to the consolation semifinals where Hixson’s Landon Moore won by fall over Taylor in 1:34.
In the fifth-place match, Taylor took a 35-second pinfall over Page’s Ronan O’connell.
Other Cyclone wrestlers who participated in the state match were Isaiah King in the 120 class and Holden Roaten at 132.
King won his opening match by a 7-2 decision over Harpeth’s Landon Turner before falling in the quarterfinal round to Page’s Thomas Brown who took a fall over King in 1:25.
In Consolation round two, King’s tournament was over when he lost a 7-4 decision to Upperman’s Ellis Haney.
Roaten, meanwhile, dropped his opening match to Munford’s Wemawamungu Moktani by fall 1:47 into their bout. In the first round of the consolation, Roaten lost in a 6-3 decision to Eagleville’s Jacob Pennington to bring an end to his tournament.

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