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Reveiz, Farinella, Bevelhimer, Webb ‘4’ place at state

Farragut’s Shane Reveiz shaved off more of Frankie Morgan’s advantage in their personal dual among Tennessee high school wrestling’s top performers in the 215-pound class.

But once again Morgan managed to win — by an eyelash, or whistle — for the ninth straight time in two seasons.

Union County’s 2006 state champ at 189, Morgan had to eek out a 3-2 triple overtime thriller versus Reveiz in the consolation finals of the TSSAA Division I state tourney Feb. 14-16 in Chattanooga.

“Shane really wrestled a great, great state tournament,” FHS head coach Jason Moorman said, adding the Admiral senior apparently escaped Morgan’s grasp in the final seconds of the third OT, which would have given Reveiz the win and third-place.

However, “the referee blows his whistle, with four seconds left on the clock, and said they were out of bounds,” Moorman added. Reveiz failed to escape and Morgan won.

Though finishing his career winless against Morgan, Reveiz took fourth and was top finisher among 10 westside Division I state qualifiers. With a 4-2 record at state, the FHS senior was 43-9 for the season.

In the Division II state tourney happening alongside Division I, Webb School had four state placers, led by third-place finishers Chad Manning (152) and Willard Campbell (171). Patrick Baird (160) and Donald Waters (103) took fourth.

Meanwhile, Division I saw a dramatic finish in the consolation quarterfinals at 160. Bearden Region 2 champ Nathan Bevelhimer placed sixth in the state by pulling off a head-swimming change of momentum in the last four seconds of the match after appearing to be beat against Brandon Vanderloop of Hillsboro.

“I was pleased,” BHS head coach Junior Hernandez said of Bevelhimer’s 4-3 win, as the senior finished with a 4-3 record at state, 37-9 overall for the season.

“The kid [Vanderloop] earned an escape with eleven seconds left” in the third and final period, leaving Bevelhimer behind 3-2.

However, the BHS senior “calmly got a takedown in the last four seconds of the match,” Hernandez added, “which was great.”

Farragut’s Ethan Farinella matched Bevelhimer’s success, as the freshman earned sixth-place at 103 with a 4-3 record during state competition after a Region 2 runnerp-up finish.


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