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Clarksville High Wildcats win another district team dual wrestling title with 42-33 victory over West Creek Coyotes
Clarksville, TN – When Tommy Badon took over as coach of the Clarksville High School wrestling program he knew of the history and success the program has had in the past with district championship after district championship.
Well, he and his Wildcats squad continued that tradition, January 21st at the William Workman Gymnasium, as CHS won its 18th straight district team dual championship with a 42-33 result in the finals versus West Creek High School.“I’m happy that I was able to help continue the excellence and spirit of excellence that they’ve instilled over the years,” Badon said. “There is some pressure there and on the boys too, and they knew it, but they stepped to that challenge – they were tough – and I’m really proud of them.”
The championship match started in the 220-pound weight class and West Creek took and early 18-12 lead through the first five weight classes, with Jule Pace (220), Austin Woodward (113) and Kevin Knier (120) picking up pins.
But things started to turn at the 126-weight class with the Wildcats’ Nathaniel Alsbrooks picking up a tight 4-2 decision over Charles Rocha that started a run of six straight wins over the Coyotes – including pins by Dakarri Wiggins (132), Hunter Mabry (145), Tom Huddleston (152) and Danny James (160).
Dalton Halliday (106) and defending state champion at 285 Bruno Reagan also picked up pin victories for the Wildcats.
“We were paper thin tonight with a couple of guys missing weight today,” West Creek coach Zach Suggs said. “So we weren’t prepared to wrestle mentally today.
“That was the biggest difference today. Last week when we wrestled Clarksville in the regular season we came out and wrestled them real close and it came down to one match, this week it wasn’t quite as close.”
Badon also added that he thought his group showed some improvement from last week’s matchup versus the Coyotes.
“Dakarri (Wiggins) wrestled completely different than he did last week against them when he got beat,” he said. “This time (Dakarri) really took it to him and Dalton (Halliday) at 103 is really coming along.
Both Clarksville High and West Creek opened the day with semifinal victories to advance to the finals, with the Coyotes edging Rossview High School, 40-33, and the Wildcats taking the measure of Northwest High School, 66-9.
Both Clarksville High and West Creek advance to the Region 7 tournament, January 23rd, at Wilson Central High School – where the Wildcats face Beech High School and the Coyotes face Wilson Central.
A win at the region tournament earns a trip to the TSSAA State Dual Meet at the AgExpo Park in Franklin, TN on January 31st-February 1st.
Clarksville High 42, West Creek 33
Clarksville High 66, Northwest 9
West Creek 40, Rossview 33
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