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Fifteen Wilson County wrestlers have earned spots in the TSSAA State Championships beginning Thursday afternoon at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin

Eight grapplers hail from Wilson Central; three from Mt. Juliet and four from Lebanon -- one male and three females.

Weigh-ins are scheduled for 1 p.m. today followed by the round of 32 at 3 p.m. Round of 16 matches as well as consolation matches will be held later on Thursday, feb. 16 with round of eight (quarterfinals) on tap for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17. Weigh-ins for the girls invitational is set for 9 a.m. Friday with matches set to begin at 11 a.m.

Heres a look at the 15 grapplers who have made it to the state tournament.

Wilson Central
106 lbs: Lane Dickeson, a freshman who went 47-17 on the season and finished fourth in the regionals;
113 lbs: Christian Cerrito, a sophomore who went 20-7 on the season and was the regional runner-up;
120 lbs: Nick Insalaco, a junior who sports a season record of 56-6, and placed third at regionals;
126 lbs: Eddie Small, a sophomore, who was 52 - 15 on the season with a third place regional medal; 132 lbs: Austin Richard, a sophomore who was 54-9 and won the regional championship. Richard needs just one victory at state to reach 100 career wins;
160 lbs: Jacob Myers, a junior who is 47-18, with a fourth place finish at regionals;
182 lbs: Perry Baltz, a freshmann with a record of 43-19 and a regional runner-up medal;
220 lbs: Johnny Kramer, a freshman with a 54-8 mark and a regional championship.

Lebanon
138 lbs: Kelly Olds, a senior with a record of 25-5. He lost in the regional final on an injury.
Olds pinned Casey Dibble of Oakland High, beat Siegel's Willis Keeton 14-10, and pinned top-seed Zack Lusk of Coffee County to advance to the finals.

The three LHS girls qualifiers are as follows:
185 lbs: ninth grader Jamie Reed. She received a bye to Fridays semifinals in the six-person bracket;
148 lbs: senior Althea Grisham finished second in the regional and placed second in the state last year. She will wrestle in Thursdays semifinals against Rebekka Mennifield of Science Hill.
120 lbs: sophomore Priscilla Garza was a regional runner-up. She is scheduled to wrestle Ruth Dammann of Science Hill in a Thursday quarterfinal.

Mt. Juliet
152 lbs: Matthew Seamon, a senior is making his third trip to the state tournament. He reigns as the Region 5 champion, winning a major decision in the finals.
170 lbs: Alex Charest, a senior, is making a second trip to the state after winning the Region 5 title. Hes 29-4 on the season.
220 lbs: Ryan Dakill, a junior qualified with a fourth place finish in his regional at Warren County High.

Admission costs
Fans are reminded, admission is $10 per day, per person at the Williamson County Expo Center. Parking is an additional $5 per vehicle.

By TOMMY BRYAN, tbryan@wilsonpost.com

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