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‘Out of shape’ Reveiz wins Halls Invitational
Defending state champ: ‘Everyone against me;’Farinella 2nd at 125, BHS duo each take 4th

Nick Reveiz said he was not in tip-top shape. He said everyone is against him.

No problem for the defending state champion in the Division I, 215-pound class at the Halls Invitational wrestling tournament.

The Farragut High School senior said he “came out a bit too cocky” in his tournament title match versus Pete Evans of William Blount Saturday evening, Jan. 14. As a result, Reveiz got “rolled” within the first few seconds of the match.

“I didn't really wrestle fundamentally at first," said Reveiz, who recovered well enough to pin Evans with 19 seconds left in the first period to claim the Halls title, improving his record to 10-0. "Then I got back to basics, I got a reality shock. I'm glad he rolled me, because it made me think, 'I've got to get into this.' ... I got pretty mad about it and came back just firing and pinned him."

Responding to how a big roar of excitement went off in the gym when Evans rolled Reveiz, "Everybody's against me," Reveiz said. "It doesn't bother me at all. People are always going to be against me, against Farragut, no one likes Farragut. ... If they don't root for me, that's fine, it doesn't matter to me.

"When you're defending state champion, there's a lot of pressure," Reveiz added. "I'm used to the pressure, I'm ready for it. When things like that happen, that just makes me tougher, I'm down and I've got to come back and win, that's the matches I need, that's the stuff I need. I'm glad it happened. I came away with a win, that's all that happens."

Reveiz said having his tonsils taken out following football season late last fall slowed his wrestling progress, "and it made me out of shape, too,” adding he’s "probably five hard practice days away" from being in peak wrestling shape.

Because he’s been making quick work of opponents, "I may get more work in practices than matches,” Reveiz said. “I'm not saying that to be cocky. [FHS head coach] Joe Knox, he's competed at the national level, he knows what it takes. ... He's my biggest competitor, he and I go at it at every day at practice, he helps me get better. Without him I wouldn't be where I am today."

Knox is a former 160-pound class state qualifier at FHS.

Saying he pushes everybody really hard in practice, Knox added “I wrestle with Nick every day,” listing his own weight at "about" 180.

At the Father Ryan Invitational in Nashville the weekend before, "That was a tough one, I went three periods twice and I felt like I was about to die," Reveiz said. "But Joe really poured it on this last week of practice."

Among a 17-team field, the Admirals as a team finished out of the top five at Halls for the first time in several years, yet had several individual performances which pleased Knox. That was led by A.J. Farinella’s second place finish at 125.

"A.J. wrestled a great tournament, he looked good all day, he pinned everybody up until the finals," Knox said. Farinella lost 10-7 to Tyler McCroskey of Seymour in the title match, which was voted the championship round's "Best Match" by the coaches.

Despite finishing fourth, Shane Reveiz showed improvement against Frankie Morgan of Union County in the semifinals despite a 3-2 loss. "He beat Shane pretty bad in the finals of the Bradley tournament," Knox said. "That'll be a big match at regionals."

Ironically, Reveiz lost in the consolation finals to Adam Cable of Maryville, 6-2. "Shane beat that kid in the regional finals last year," Knox said. "Shane just had a bad match."

In his first-ever tournament, Will Pearman took fifth-place at 171 for the Admirals. Spencer Grieco finished fifth at 140, as did heavyweight Brandon Lazarus.

Daniel Turner finished sixth at 119, as did Joe Perez at 112. Kevin Mann took seventh at 103.

Top finishers for Bearden were Nathan Bevelhimer and Andrew Birdwell, each finishing fourth.

"I expected to get into the championship round, McCroskey put up a pretty good fight, though," Birdwell said about his 2-0 semifinal loss to the eventual champ.

"I'm satisfied. My conditioning's improved a lot. I thought in two dual meets earlier my conditioning was terrible. I've been running a lot just to improve my conditioning just so I can give one-hundred-and-ten percent, you know, going all out the best I can."

Birdwell said he still needs work on his technique. "Technique overall, work on my takedowns, I'm a little bit rusty there."

Other top BHS finishers were Ian Little (112), who took fifth. Matt Moore finished eighth at 130, as did Sam Bevelhimer at 140 and heavyweight Marc Dosch.


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