Led by second-grader Lizzy Sharpton, Tullahoma had five wrestlers place at the Tennessee State AAU Wrestling Tournament held in Franklin on Feb. 24.
In the first-ever girls AAU tournament, Sharpton dominated her opponents, taking first place in the Bantam class, which includes wrestlers who were born in 2011 and 2010. Listed at 55 pounds, Sharpton — who is a second-grader at Farrah —pummeled her first two opponents, winning both matchups by pin in a combined total of 31 seconds.
Tullahoma also had two wrestlers finish second in the state. Carson Avans finished second in the Junior Division, a class for those who were born in either 2006 or 2007. Carson headed into the tournament listed at 130 pounds.
Jerzy Hendrix also nabbed second, placing in the Middle School Division, competing in the 130-pound weight class.
Corbin Avans and Caleb Adkins each took sixth in the state tournament for Tullahoma. Corbin finished sixth in the Midget Division, a class for those who were born in either 2009 or 2008. Corbin entered the tournament weighing at 90 pounds.
Like Hendrix, Adkins competed in the middle school class where he finished sixth, competing in the 105-pound weight class.
The five local AAU wrestlers who were state medalists come on the heels of the Tullahoma High School wrestling team having five grapplers place at the state tournament on Feb. 17. The Wildcats were led by Luke Champion who took second in the state in the 285-pound weight class.
The THS girls team saw four of its wrestlers place, led by Jane Allen, who took third place in the 160-pound division. Kaleigh Royal finished fourth in the 119-pound class, while Promyse Bryson also finished fourth in the 125-pound division and Katy Champion nabbed fourth in the 132-pound class.