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Webb grabs KIL crown


Going four-for-four during individual championship matches at the annual KIL Wrestling Tournament, Webb School loosened Farragut's long-time county stranglehold on team titles Saturday, Jan. 27. With only 11 wrestlers in the tourney, “a lot of kids had to get it done today, and we really did well,” said Spartan skipper Lucas Lechnir, whose 150-point first-place effort at Knoxville Catholic High School was led by champs Tate Naylor (189-pound class), Patrick Baird (160), Chad Manning (152) and Tre Waters (103). “We wrestled as well as we could wrestle. ... We finished extremely strong.”

Manning won despite still recovering from a broken ankle suffered during football season.


“I'm not a hundred percent but I'm getting there, I've got a lot of work to do before state. I'm probably about eighty-five (percent),” said Manning, whose record improved to 13-3 after beating Ethan Gunter of Halls 11-7. “I just got after it, I wanted it more.”

Naylor (17-12 record) beat Craig Carter of Grace Christian Academy 7-5 in the finals, while Baird (26-8 record) held off a late charge from Bearden's Nathan Bevelhimer to win 13-10. Bevelhimer fell to 28-6.

Freshman Waters (23-8 record) beat Farragut freshman Ethan Farinella 15-5.

Spartans Jonathan Anderson (215) and Brandt Campbell (171) each finished third, while Rick Nye (heavyweight) was fourth.

The Admirals took third (123 points) led by Division I state-ranked KIL champs A.J. Farinella (135) and Shane Reveiz (215).

Reveiz's record improved to 29-6 after defeating Kyle Stuff of Gibbs in the finals 12-2.

For extra practice, the senior standout said he's been wrestling two-time 215-pound state champ and UT Vol football freshman Nick Reveiz, his brother.

“My brother's probably the toughest person I've ever wrestled, I think he's better than Frankie (Morgan),” Shane Reveiz said with one eye on Morgan of Union County, his 215 nemesis and 2006 state champ at 189 who has handed Reveiz three of his six losses (0-3). “Every time I've wrestled [Morgan] I've gotten closer and closer. ... I'm ready for him at regionals.”

A. J. Farinella improved to 38-6 by beating a familiar foe in the finals, Bearden's Andrew Birdwell (20-8 record), by a 4-0 count. “The last two years I've taken second in this tournament, so it feels good to finally come through and win the championship,” he said.

FHS head coach Jason Moorman added about A.J., “That's two tournaments A-J hasn't had a point scored on him.”

Both A.J. Farinella and Reveiz finished third among a competitive field at the Soddy-Daisy Invitational Jan. 19-20.

Bearden sophomore Ian Little quickly turned the tables on Aaron Tackett of Gibbs in the 112 finals, rallying from a 2-0 first period deficit to pin Tackett at 2:35.

“I think what made the difference was staying composed and not getting worried that I was down two-0,” said Little, whose record improved to 25-7. “I finished second-place in the last three tournaments, so it's nice to get first-place finally.”

First-place efforts from Little and freshman Jacob Coffin at 130 helped the Bulldogs finish fifth (113.50 points).

Coffin dominated Karns' Jeremy Tisdale 9-2 in the finals. “Me and Jeremy have had this thing that whoever shows up is going to win,” said Coffin (33-4 record), about his rivalry with Tisdale including AAU and middle school matches.

“It's all because of the hard work they put in at practice,” BHS head coach Junior Hernandez said. “I've been busting their butts at practice all the time.”

Catholic's top man, 171 champ Daniel Shurina, pinned Halls' Cory Everett 55 seconds into the match. “I believe if you try as hard as you can you can do anything, including a state championship,” said Shurina, leading the Irish to a sixth-place finish (92 points) while improving his record to 28-8.

OTHER TOP FINISHERS

Clayton Ginn at 125 joined Ethan Farinella as Farragut runner-ups. Farinella's record was 29-10 while Ginn was 28-12 at tourney's end. “Ethan is getting better and better,” Moorman said. “Clayton has been working his tail off, and it paid off here making the finals.”

Admirals Kevin Mann (112) Allen Cameron (152) and freshman Greg Greico (160) all finished fourth. Cameron had to forfeit third-place because he had already wrestled the maximum five matches in one day.

“Kevin Mann wrestled real well,” Moorman said, adding that Greico has come a long way as a freshman.

Bearden's other top-four finisher was Matt Moore, who took third at 140. “He supports his family. I take my hat off to him, he comes in to practice whenever he can and shows a lot of effort at those practices,” Hernandez said. “At the meet, even though he's a couple of pounds under, he steps it up.”

Catholic picked up points from third-place finishers Jarod Julies (112) and Drew Moyers (125). Austin Hopps (103) took fourth.

Christian Academy of Knoxville finished ninth, led by David Morse's third-place effort at 103. Logan Candela (140), Jacob Smith (145), Steven Fortner (189) and Chris Jaeger (215) each took fourth.

 

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