WC sends 11 to state tourney
The Wildcats repeated as Region 5 champions, placing nine wrestlers in the tournament finals -- six of whom won championships at Cookeville High School. Wilson Central posted 223 team points, with Blackman second at 187 and Siegel third with 122.
Region champs included: Christian Cerrito (113), Nick Insalaco (120), Eddie Small (132), Austin Richard (138), Perry Baltz (182) and John Kramer (220).
Lane Dickeson (106), John Davidson (152) and Jacob Myers (170) placed second in their respective classes. Jonathan Hayes (126) and Bryson Hutchison (145) both advance to the state with fourth place regional finishes.
Hunter Ingram (22) of Mt. Juliet advances with a fourth place finish while teammate Danyon Edens (145) moves on with a third place finish.
Individual awards --Small was voted Most Valuable Wrestler of the region tournament while Richard picked up the award for "best finals match". Wilson Centrals John Kramer was named Region 5AAA Coach of the Year.
Round of 32 pairings --Here's the Thursday matchups for the 13 local wrestlers.106: Lane Dickeson, WC vs. Jacob McClure, Soddy-Daisy113: Christian Cerrito, WC vs. Conner Gavlick, Maryville120: Nick Insalaco, WC vs. Matt Meeks, East Hamilton126: Jonathan Hayes, WC vs. Andrew Armstrong, Sullivan South132: Eddie Small, WC vs. Matthew Richardson, Collinwood138: Austin Richard, WC vs. Clay Cook, Clarsville145: Danyon Edens, MJ vs. James Cleveland, Independence145: Bryson Hutchison, WC vs. Jacob Freeman, Ravenwood152: John Davidson, WC vs. Jaxson Cook, Millington170: Jacob Myers, WC vs. Mike King, Beech182: Perry Baltz, WC vs. Cameron Tarver, Collierville220: Hunter Ingham, MJ vs. C.J. Baker, East Ridge220: John Kramer, WC vs. Taren Welch, Montgomery Central.