Four Tullahoma High School wrestlers added to their list of accolades this past year by being named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) All-State Wrestling Team on Tuesday.
Jane Allen, Kayleigh Royal, Katy Champion and Meralay Baysin were all named to the all-state squad. Each of the four Lady Wildcats finished inside the top four of their respective weight class at the TSSAA Individual State Meet back in February.
Allen, a senior who graduated in May, led Tullahoma with a state title in the 170-pound class. Back in April, Allen signed with Life University and will continue her wrestling career there in Marietta, Georgia. She was a three-time state medalist.
“It’s awesome. She’s the first time three-time state medalist, our first state champion and now the first college signee,” THS Head Girls Wrestling Coach Jenna Morris said back in April. “She was the first to lead the way in what it takes in the offseason to get better and be an example for all of these girls who are now understanding. Now they all want to be like her.”
As a sophomore, Champion took third place in the 140-pound weight class at the state individual tournament. That effort came after taking fourth in the state her freshman year, officially making her now a two-time state medalist.
This offseason, Champion has continued to put in the work on the mat, including finishing first and becoming a national champion at the Adidas National Wrestling Championships in Independence, Missouri, back on April 6.
Both Royal and Baysin finished in fourth place during their respective state tournaments. As a junior, Royal placed in the 119-pound weight class, while Baysin, a sophomore, medaled in the 190-pound division.
As a sophomore, Royal medaled during the state tournament, placing fourth in the same weight class. After her performance this past February, Royal is now a two-time state medalist.
This past winter was Baysin’s first time competing in high school wrestling in Tennessee. While she is only a sophomore, she was also a foreign exchange student from Turkey and will not be rejoining the Lady Wildcats this coming season.
While those four wrestlers were named to the all-state team, in total, Tullahoma saw three others medal at the state meet, all of which came from the girls wrestling team. Destiny Shelton, Divine Desilets and Haley Roberts additionally all nabbed medals at this year’s state meet. With Shelton, Desilets and Roberts also placing, that means that all seven of the THS girls who qualified for state became state medalists.
Shelton claimed her first-ever state medal this past season, finishing fifth in the 103-pound weight class. During this offseason, Shelton has worked to get better on the mat, including taking first place in three tournaments. She took part in the Iron Man Folk, Free and Greco Style Tournament at Blackman on April 20, earning the top spot in all three events.
This weekend, Shelton will competing in the US Marine Corps Junior National Championships, which is taking place in Fargo, North Dakota. That tournament was scheduled to get underway on Saturday and last until July 19. As of press time, results from that tournament were unavailable.
Desilets and Roberts also earned their first state medals, each taking sixth place in their respective weight divisions. Desilets competed in the 112-pound weight class, while Roberts took part in the 150-pound division.