Arlington duo makes school wrestling history; CBHS' Bowers, Wooten win in D2

By Unknown Updated: February 16, 2019 10:06 PM CT | Published: February 16, 2019 9:00 PM CT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Arlington High waited 15 years to crown the school's first state wrestling champion. The Tigers needed a little more than an hour to get their second.

Reed Cannon and Austin Antcliffe won titles Saturday at the TSSAA championships at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center. Cannon took the AAA championship in the 120-pound class while Antcliffe followed later in the evening at 182. They are the first Shelby County public school wrestlers to win at state since Reginald Adams of Cordova in 2012.

For Cannon, who was runner-up as a junior in 2018, it was a sweet ending to a career that came full circle. He won by technical fall (15-0) over good friend Andrew Artiles of Collierville in a rare all-Shelby County final.

"He's the first guy I ever wrestled and he's the last guy I'll wrestle," Cannon said. "We're extremely close and when he went to Collierville we continued to work out together and practice together over the years.

"Our seniors came out and worked it and showed what our program is really all about."

Antcliffe, meanwhile, wrapped up a 39-1 senior season by posting a 6-1 decision over Blackman's Brooks Sacharczyk. He said it was a satisfying end to a wild season that began in July with the news that he had been diagnosed with Type-one diabetes.

"Just trying to figure things out," he said. "How much insulin do I need to take, how much food do I need. And cutting weight makes it super hard.

"Then three days ago--the night before the first day (of the tournament)--I spent the entire night throwing up. I threw up 15 times. Stomach flu. So I was laying on the floor thinking 'oh my God, I'm going to miss state.'"

But he was feeling good enough to joke about things after disposing of Sacharczyk.

"I wish we'd have started at 182 to so I could say I was the first (from Arlington) but Reed took that from me," he laughed. "We're both first. That's good enough." 

Arlington's strong showing also featured a runner-up finish from Luke Kerns, who dropped a hard-fought 6-4 decision to Christian Isbell of Clarksville in the 132-pound final. Dalton Cockman took sixth for the Tigers at 160 as Arlington ended up seventh in the team standings.

In addition to Artiles' runner-up, Collierville got a third from Jared Dawson in the heavyweight division. Bartlett had a pair of fifth-places in Steven Dindl (106) and Kolin Koss (113). Houston's Jake Manuel finished sixth at 138 while Dionte Coleman of Bolton was sixth in the heavyweight division.

In Division 2, CBHS had two champions as well as Garrett Bowers won at 138 after capturing the 132-pound title in 2018 and Al Wooten capped off his terrific season with a victory at 220.

Bowers needed just 1:48 to pin Father Ryan's Houston Crouch while winning for the 57th time this season. He won all three of his tournament matches with first-period pins.

"I was trying to see how quickly I could get off the mat each time so I was working on takedowns, wrestling chains," he said. "(Just) walking into every match the same. It may be tough sometimes because of the crowd or because of circumstances but if you walk into every match the same you should be fine."

Wooten defeated two-time state finalist Dominic Fisher of Montgomery Bell Academy, 9-4, to end the season with a 52-3 mark. It's the second straight year CBHS has had the 220-pound winner following Grayson Walthall's win in 2018 and put an emphatic ending on a season that saw Wooten set school records for most pins.

"It feels amazing," he said. "All that hard work I've put in the last three years … my strategy was really to attack and put my hands on his head which a lot of people really haven't seen me do this year. Just attack, get some shots in. That didn't really happen but I just wore him out in the second period." 

CBHS also had four second-place finishers Saturday – Aiden Bowers (120), Evan Anthony (126), Eli Hodge (160) and Montana Doty (195) – to place third in the team standings. 

The Brothers also picked up a third-place from Dayne Dalrymple (106), a fourth from Theo Sewell at 182 and fifths from Sam Lee (132) and Connor Billingsley (145).

MUS placed six wrestlers on the podium, led by Stephen Christenbury's third-place at 220. Christian Howard took fourth at 145 while Ian McGehee, Dorian Hopkins and Matthew Rhodes were fifth at 113, 195 and heavyweight respectively. 

Torrance Bostick placed sixth at 138 while St. George's also picked up a medalist as Josh Taube finished sixth at 195. Shelby County's only girls medalist was Cordova's Jayla Washington (third at 215).


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