By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour Eagle Wrestling team recently competed in the Bradley Invitational.
Several Eagle wrestlers were outstanding.
Senior standout Luke Hall, 125 weight class, won 1st place and was given the ‘Outstanding Wrestler Award’. The award couldn’t go to a finer young man.
Trent Williams, a junior, won second place, and the ‘Best Match Award’. Shane Chipley took third place.
There was a lot of drama involved with Hall’s matches as he upset the number two and number one wrestlers on his way to the championship.
His semifinal match was a rematch of the 2010 state semifinals against Boone of Notre Dame High School.
Hall lost 1-0 at the state tournament last year; but this time he pinned Boone with a come from behind pin.
Later on in the finals, he pinned defending two-time state champions Ethan Hames of Bradley Central. These wins earned him the ‘Outstanding Wrestler Award’ voted by the tournament officials.
Junior Trent Williams, 145 pound weight class, also had a good day in the finals. He fell just short of the championship when he lost 6-5 to the 2009 state champion of Bradley Central, Tyler Pitts. The match was very close and it was voted ‘Best Match’ by tournament officials.
Several local wrestlers from this area did very well. They were Nick Ogle (135) of Maryville, placed second, Jason Brock (171) of Maryville placed second, Nathaniel Molina (145) of Heritage placed third, Shane Chipley of Seymour placed third, Skyler Boring (119) of Heritage placed fourth, and Schuyler Larue of Heritage placed fourth.
Head Seymour Eagle Wrestling Coach Alex Cate said, “I am very proud of Seymour’s accomplishments in the tournament; especially Luke Hall and Trent Williams. They truly rose to the competition today. I am one proud coach.”
Next up for the Seymour Mat Men are the Smoky Mountain duals at Pigeon Forge High School on December 22 and 23.
Seymour Wrestlers Earn Honors
By: Lee Ramsey