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Tennessee grappling success
Despite injuries, Farragut High School has three wrestlers ranked among top-five in the state

Though the injury bug flared up again with the Farragut High School wrestling team over the weekend, the Admirals currently have three grapplers ranked among the top-five statewide in Division I (public).

With an unblemished 9-0 record before an early December injury, Justin Knox is ranked second statewide in the 171-pound class.

Scott Dix (140), with an impressive 18-3 mark, is ranked fourth in the state.

Erick Abercrombie (112), another recent injury victim, ranks fifth statewide with a solid 17-3 record.

“Chad Turner (152) will probably be ranked when the next rankings come out,” FHS co-head coach Joe Knox said, “because he beat the kid that was ranked fifth (Ross of Brentwood).” Turner holds a 10-2 record.

At last weekend’s Bradley Central Invitational in Cleveland among 20 teams from Georgia and Alabama in addition to Tennessee, Dix finished third and Turner took fourth.

While Farragut did not finish high in team points, the injury bug may be the reason.

Knox (out with a toe injury) and Paul Mountain (125-pounder out with a knee injury) were joined on the injury list by Abercrombie, who hurt his knee at Bradley. “I think it’s just a sprain and he’ll be fine, that’s what we’re hoping for,” coach Knox said about Abercrombie.


Two other Admirals won praise from coach Knox after their Bradley tournament efforts.

“Ryan Farinella (145) and Chad Blankenship (160) were both one match away from placing (in the top six),” he said.

Despite the injuries, “our whole team looks really good,” coach Knox said. “Our 189, Benjamin Summers, has won several matches.

“And our heavyweight, Zach Brezina, has been doing really well.”

As for dual meets, Farragut holds a 9-4 record heading into the new year.

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