FRANKLIN — Four Wilson County wrestlers, including three from Wilson Central, reached the championship round of the TSSAA Championships last Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.
Wildcat junior Thomas Borders repeated his 2018 championship by pinning Blackman’s Justin Blackman in 5:47 of the 113-pound final to cap a dominating weekend.
WCHS teammates Alan Fort and Levi Stone lost in the 138 and 152 finals, respectively, as did Friendship Christian’s Ryan Jackson in the Division II 285 championship match.
CLASS AAA106 pounds
Wilson Central freshman Nicholas Mercante won his first match before falling into the loser’s bracket. There he won five matches before losing 3-2 to Munford’s Keegan Shulz in the third-place match to finish fourth. Lebanon freshman Kashis Redd lost his opening match before reeling off two wins in the consolation bracket.
Wilson Central junior Thomas Borders rolled to the finals for the third straight year, repeating his 2018 championship by pinning Blackman’s Justin Bradford in 5:47. Four of his victories were by pin with his semifinal win an 11-2 major decision.
Wilson Central senior Grant Fetters, who finished fourth at 106 two years ago, drew Cleveland’s Jackson Bradford right away and lost 17-1 in a technical fall in 6:00. He then reeled off six wins in the consolation bracket before losing a medical forfeit to Collierville’s Andrew Artiles in the third-place match to finish fourth.
Wilson Central junior Avery Warnock won his first match before falling into the consolation bracket where he picked up another victory.
Wilson Central freshman Riley Fort racked up three wins to reach the semifinals before dropping three straight losses to finish sixth.
Wilson Central junior Alan Fort (Riley’s brother) racked up four wins to reach the championship match where he was pinned in 3:42 by Clarksville’s Christian Isbell.
Wilson Central sophomore Steven Fisak, who finished fourth at 126 last year, won his first three matches to reach the semifinals before finishing fifth with a pin of Cleveland’s Garrett Stevenson in 29 seconds.
Wilson Central senior Levi Stone, who was fourth at 160 last year, rolled to the finals where he lost to Beech’s Mason Smith 5-3 in sudden victory. Mt. Juliet junior Tanner Higham won his first two matches before dropping two straight.
Mt. Juliet sophomore Aiden Smith followed a first-round loss by pinning Bradley Central’s Knox Watson to set up a match with Lebanon junior Ryan Wood, who ousted him in a 14-3 decision. Wilson Central sophomore Anthony Pyron won his first match before picking up a pair of consolation conquests.
Wilson Central freshman Anthony Glasgow, called up from junior varsity to fill in for an injury during regionals, went 0-2.
Wilson Central sophomore Matthew Hills won his first match before picking up two wins in consolation to go 3-2 for the tournament.
Mt. Juliet junior Dominic Love won his first three matches to reach the semifinals before falling into the consolations. He finished fifth via a medical forfeit.
285Wilson Central junior Jesse Richardson won his first two matches to reach the quarterfinals before picking up two more in consolations, finishing sixth with a 4-3 record in state. Mt. Juliet sophomore Wade Savage went 0-2 in the tournament.
Friendship Christian freshman Chase Eakes won his first match 8-1 over Brentwood Academy ninth-grader Jack Ward before rebounding in the consolations to finish fourth, going 2-2 for the tournament.
Friendship senior Ryan Jackson finished second for the second straight year and third time in the top four by winning his first two matches before being pinned by McCallie sophomore James Howard in 5:51 of the championship match.