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Brackets set for state wrestling tournament

12:00 AM, Feb. 12, 2013 EST

Blackman's Tyler Garrison wrestles Wilson Central's John Davidson in the 152-pound championship match of the Region 5 tournament. Garrison won 16-6.


The wrestling brackets for this week's TSSAA state tournament are set.

Which wrestlers received favorable brackets, and which ones drew tough ones, may be open for debate.

The TSSAA state wrestling tournament tips off at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin. The tournament runs through Saturday when the finals begin at 5 p.m.

Twenty-nine wrestlers from Rutherford County qualified for the state tournament. Rutherford County has a wrestler in every category except 220 pounds.

"We had decent draws," said Blackman coach Ronnie Bray, whose team qualified for 10. "Nothing was terrible. Josh Feuerbacher has a tough one with Dickson County's Beau Badon. That's the coach's son."

Bray, who does his own state rankings in each class during the season, said he will map out his predictions for each weight class prior to the start of the state tournament.

Region champions that are former state medalists are seeded first in the bracket.

Riverdale senior Scottie Boykin, who won the Region 5 title at 195 pounds and was a state runner-up in 2012, is one of two medalists in the 195-pound bracket. Both he and Daniel Boone senior Trevor Shropshire, who finished fourth last year, are seeded on the opposite sides of the bracket.

Boykin faces CAK freshman John Zavracky in his first round match.

Siegel senior Deionte Ewing, who also is in the 195-pound bracket, faces Dickson County's Shawn Vincent in his opening bout.

Ewing has a chance to do well, Siegel coach Lee Ramsey said.

"We were kind of shocked when we looked at his bracket," Ramsey said. "It was better than we were expecting. We are hoping that he may be able to make some noise.

Eagleville senior Blake Solomon (160 pounds) faces a potential tough second-round match on Thursday.

Solomon, who placed sixth last year, finished region runner-up to Blackman's Tyler Sells. Solomon faces Germantown's Jeffrey Houston in the first round, but could get a second-round matchup with Cleveland's Aaron Lopez, who won the 140-pound state title in 2011, if both win their first-round matches.

Siegel's Kyle Coder (145) is perhaps the Stars' best chance at becoming the school's first state medalist. Coder, who was a region champion, faces Elizabethton's Dalton Callahan in the opening round.

"He's still going to have to be a lot of good kids," Ramsey said.




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