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Brothers, Knox lead Ad grapplers to state
Two freshmen among 8 going as FHS grabs Region 2 team title; BHS’s O’Hern repeats


Saturday’s Region 2 Wrestling Tournament was much more than a team title for Farragut, though the Admirals whipped pesky Karns by 13 points to claim the crown.

Individually, Justin Knox — the state’s top-ranked Division I wrestler in the 171-pound class with an unbeaten 36-0 record — earned “Most Outstanding Wrestler” honors and joined Reveiz brothers Nick (215) and Shane (189) as Region 2 champions at South-Doyle High School Feb. 12. Saturday’s Region 2 Wrestling Tournament was much more than a team title for Farragut, though the Admirals whipped pesky Karns by 13 points to claim the crown.

Individually, Justin Knox — the state’s top-ranked Division I wrestler in the 171-pound class with an unbeaten 36-0 record — earned “Most Outstanding Wrestler” honors and joined Reveiz brothers Nick (215) and Shane (189) as Region 2 champions at South-Doyle High School Feb. 12.


“I knew I was going to place (qualify for state), but I didn’t know I was going to come this far,” said Shane Reveiz, a relatively inexperienced sophomore, following his 9-6 region title victory against Adam Cable of Maryville. “I’ve just been working really hard this whole year.”

The Reveiz-Cable duel was voted “best match” of the tournament.

Also included from FHS are seniors Chuck Layton (140), who overcame two years of state qualifying roadblocks from Greenback wrestlers, and Paul Mountain (125) and Chad Blankenship (40-8 record at 152), making their second consecutive state tourney trips.

Layton spoke about being within one win of state qualification the previous two seasons. “The past two years have been frustrating ’cause the same thing (happened) to me in the finals of consolations my sophomore and junior year, I’d lost,” he said. “I finally feel like I’ve come over the hump and accomplished what I wanted to.”

Rounding out the FHS field are a pair of freshman: Region runner-up Daniel Turner (112) takes a 32-8 record to Chattanooga, while A.J. Farinella finished third at 119.

Though Bearden’s only state qualifier is Aaron O’Hern, the Bulldog senior continues to be regarded as one of the state’s best at 152 (28-2 record) after his second straight Region 2 crown — a 10-0 win against Blankenship in the finals.

More on O’Hern later in this story.

REVEIZ BROTHERS

Though both Reveiz brothers — known as lifelong football players — have less than two years of wrestling experience, they have made up for lost time quickly.

Junior Nick Reveiz, top-ranked in the state at 215 among Division I wrestlers with a 42-3 record, repeated as region champ with a second-period pin against Matt Miller of Gibbs in the finals. Meanwhile, younger brother Shane reached new heights Saturday.

Avenging a loss to Cable in the Halls Invitational, “We were both pretty gassed, but I felt in better shape than him,” Shane said about Saturday’s match.

Perhaps the brothers’ success has been handed down. The boys’ father, one-time NFL consecutive field-goal record holder and University of Tennessee placekicking standout Fuad Reveiz, was also a successful high school wrestler in Florida.

“When my dad comes into the room I like to beat up on ’em,” Nick said with a smile. “I beat ’em in a match last week.

“Me and my dad and Shane, we’re always goofing around, wrestling each other,” Nick added. “Even in the weight room we sometimes get in scuffles about, ‘yeah, this is my set,’ then we start wrestling about it. We all like to go at each other.”

Concerning his father and older brother, “they’re just really big supporters of me,” Shane said. “They help me when I’m, like, drilling with them, they show me, like, moves, what I should or (should) not do ... .

“It’s fun to be involved with a sport with your family,” Shane added. “It’s pretty much the same with football, my dad’ll give me comments about what I should’ve done at the linebacker position. The same with my brother.”

Serious training is mixed with fun.

“Every day we drill, we go live together ... get better off each other,” Nick said. “At home, at practice, we’re brothers, we fight. We get in wrestling scuffles, that’s how it is.”

“I’ve got some weight on him, but, you know, we work out in the wrestling room also,” Nick added. “We go before school every morning, we work out together, we do everything together.”

Both young men took up the sport beginning in the summer of 2003. Shane got the early jump on big brother. “He’s got a little bit more experience,” Nick said. “He started that summer (2003).”

After Nick took up wrestling in late 2003, “we went to freestyle camps together,” Nick said.

But unlike Shane — who is competing in his first year of varsity competition — Nick has two years of varsity plus last year’s state tournament experience.

“When I went to state last year, I saw the light, saw the people, wasn’t used to it,” Nick said. “I was out there by myself, no team, it’s not like football. I kind of went out there and got scared.

“But this year I feel like I’m prepared, I know what I’m doing,” Nick added. “I feel like I’m going to make a run at state.”

Despite the pressure of being No. 1, “I love the pressure,” Nick said. “Now that I’m, I guess I could say a veteran, I love everybody looking at me, everybody wrestling and trying to get up for me.”

Nick added that co-head coach Joe Knox always challenges him in practice. “(He) always tells me, ‘this guy’s working harder, what are you going to do about it?’ So I work harder.”

O’HERN TO STATE

Last season in Chattanooga, O’Hern learned a thing or two about how to best compete in a state tourney after winning the Region 2 title at 145.

“You’ve got to be more physical, and you can’t stall,” O’Hern said about his 2004 state experience, where he finished sixth. “Everybody knows it, but nobody does it except for the top guys.

“Everyone has good technique, you’ve just got to be meaner.”

O’Hern admitted he was a little intimidated by the state tournament atmosphere last year. “I think it was kinda scary,” he said. “But I’m used to it now, I won’t be nervous.”

 

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