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‘Fab Four’ pointing to state
O’Hern’s 145-pound title leads Bearden wrestlers to fourth-place finish at Science Hill tournament

Bearden’s “Fab Four” shined during Science Hill High School’s Fandetti Brawl Wrestling Tournament in Johnson City on Saturday.

“We did great,” BHS head coach Robert Brown said about his team’s fourth-place finish among a 12-team field that also included teams from Virginia and North Carolina. “We’re just peaking at the right time. Every time we go out we’re improving.”

Central to that success was Brown’s so-called “Fab Four,” led on this weekend by Aaron O’Hern in the 145-pound class.

O’Hern was the most fabulous, winning the 145-pound championship. “He beat the (tournament’s) number one and number two seed,” Brown said. “The North Carolina kid was ranked number six in North Carolina and he beat him in the finals. He hasn’t lost to anyone that hasn’t placed in the state tournament.”

Bearden’s other three “Fab Four” members each took second place: David Townsend (152), Scott Wesselman (171) and Michael Lumpkin (215).

“I call them them the “Fab Four” because I can consistently count on them to give points to our team,” Brown said. “Those four guys, I don’t see how there’s any way that they don’t qualify for state. I even think a couple of them can be region champ, especially O’Hern because he hasn’t lost to anybody around here.

“The way he’s wrestling, if he ever gets ten percent better, I don’t see anybody in the region that beat him,” he added.

As for Townsend, “he is doing extremely well,” Brown said. “I’m really impressed with Townsend because he probably doesn’t have the athletic ability that most people have, but he has such a hard-work ethic. He’s so methodical and he doesn’t get tired, and that’s how he beats people that are bigger, stronger and faster than he is.”

As for Wesselman, “he placed fourth at the Virginia Christiansburg Tournament, he placed seventh at the GIT,” Brown said. “Michael Lumpkin, he placed third at Christiansburg and he placed third at the GIT. Aaron got sixth at Christiansburg and fifth at GIT.”

Three other ’Dawgs “medaled” Satruday, led by Mondlane Harrison-Conwill (140) who finished third, and Justin Watson (125) and Andrew Birdwell (103) who each finished fourth.

“Because of our depth, we’re not much of a dual (match) team, but because I have about seven really good wrestlers we’re a really good tournament team.”

As for the team goals, “we’ve got the Knox County Championships coming up (Jan. 31), and I really believe we have an excellent chance of being in the top two in that tournament,” Brown said. “There’s no doubt about that. We’ve already placed higher than Farragut at the GIT.”

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