Jeff Lester

Before wrestling started on Thursday, Tullahoma High School presented a plaque to longtime assistant coach Jeff Lester. This past summer, Lester was inducted into the Tennessee Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Presenting Lester (left) the plaque is THS Athletic Director John Olive and THS boys wrestling coach Al Morris. 

Even before wrestling got underway on Thursday, both Tullahoma High School wrestling teams were in celebratory moods.

Before starting their matches on Saturday, the Lady Wildcats and Wildcats honored the senior members of its teams and the senior mat girls. The school then honored assistant coach Jeff Lester with a plaque after he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this past August.

That celebration carried itself onto the mats, where both Tullahoma teams dominated. The Lady Wildcats controlled Sequatchie County on their way to a 51-6 win. The Wildcats defeated Sequatchie County 64-12, before ending the night with a 69-12 win over Coffee County.

Against Sequatchie County, the Tullahoma boys team won the first eight matchups, six of which came by pin (six points apiece), in order to take a 48-0 lead. The other two wins for the Wildcats in that opening stretch came by forfeit (six points) as Elijah Cowan and Tydrell Mitchell went unopposed in their matchups.

Landen Willette led off the night with a win for the Wildcats, after he pinned Ammon Edwards with 48 seconds remaining in the first round. Aaron Champion followed by pinning Kaleb Edwards with 29 seconds left in the first period.

Trint Partin then pinned Tavin Birdwell with four seconds remaining in the opening round. Hunter Parks added a second period win over Gavin Lee, picking up the win 50 seconds into the second round.

Christian Jordan followed by pinning Jeffery Pennick with 30 seconds remaining in the first period. Jacquez Elliott then pinned Tony Cisto with 44 seconds left in the second round.

Sequatchie got on the board after Jonathan Bloom pinned Baydin Partin with 48 seconds remaining in the second period, making the score 48-6.

Tullahoma answered by closing out the match with three wins in the final four matches. Hayden Malone led off that stretch by scoring an 11-2 major decision (four points) over Hunter Nolan.

Caleb Adkins went unopposed in his matchup, before Jerzy Hendrix scored a pin to close out the match. Hendrix pinned Orion Wilson 51 seconds into the second round, to make the final score 64-12.


Wildcats hammer Coffee County

Like their first matchup, the Wildcats seized control early, winning four straight matches to start the night. Three of those wins were by forfeit, as Cowan, Trint Partin and Jordan all went unopposed in their bouts.

Parks picked up the lone win against an opponent in that opening stretch for the Wildcats. Parks pinned Justin Ralph 52 seconds into the match, helping give his team a 24-0 advantage.

Coffee County got on the board by winning two out of the next three matchups, making the score 30-12. Christopher Speagle pinned Jacquez Elliott with 19 seconds left in the second round, while Jeremiah Wardell won by forfeit.

In between those two wins for Coffee County, Mitchell picked up a win for the Wildcats. Mitchell pinned Caridn Stump 50 seconds into the opening round.

After Coffee County won its last matchup, Tullahoma closed out the night with seven-straight wins to pick up the 69-12 victory. Braydin Partin and Champion won their matchups by forfeit during that stretch.

Malone pinned Dalron Long with eight seconds remaining in the first round. Adkins then followed with a win, pinning Gabriel Westbrook 57 seconds into the opening period.

Cole Morse then scored a 13-6 decision (three points) over Hunter Massey. Hendrix then pinned Caleb Boothe 27 seconds into the first round. Willette closed out the match by pinning Hunter Waring 49 seconds into the opening period.

Tullahoma will next close out the regular season with a trip to Warren County on Tuesday. Wrestling is slated to get underway at 6 p.m.


Lady Wildcats win big over Sequatchie Co.

Like the boys team, the Tullahoma girls took control early over Sequatchie County, as it won six-straight matchups to take a commanding 33-0 lead.

Destiny Shelton, Laken Potter, Divine Desilets, Olivia Hogan and Tayla Sheffield, all won their matchups by pins. Kaleigh Royal scored a 6-0 win over Lindsey Weaver.

Savannah Bowman scored a forfeit win for Sequatchie County’s only win of the matchup.

Tullahoma closed out the night with three-straight wins. Taylor Harris and Christina McGuire won their matchups by forfeit, while Haley Vivers scored a win by pin.

The Lady Wildcats were next scheduled to head to the Middle Tennessee Wrestling Officials Association Grand Championship on Saturday at McGavock High School. As of press time, the results from that matchup were unavailable.

Tullahoma will then travel to Warren County on Tuesday with matchups scheduled for 6 p.m. The Lady Wildcats will then take part in the Girls Individual Region Tournament, which opens on Friday and concludes on Saturday at Nolensville High School.

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