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Campbell leads wrestling effort among elite at KCHS

Brandt Campbell took a high profile wrestling loss in stride.

After all, this Webb School of Knoxville senior was wrestling for the first time all season among some of the best wrestlers in both Tennessee and Georgia during the 2007 Knoxville Catholic Invitational Wrestling Tournament at KCHS Friday and Saturday Nov 30-Dec. 1.

Campbell coming off a standout season with the Spartan football team and, as a result, still not in top wrestling shape managed to finish second in the 171-pound class while winning three matches.

He lost to Ben Heacock of Franklin 13-4 in the tourney final Saturday.

Im happy with what happened with my results, considering this is my first tournament, said Campbell, ranked No. 1 in the state in Division II after finished third in the state last season at 171.

About Heacock, Campbell added, I might wrestle him later in the year, I think Ill give him a lot better match. Ill be in better shape.

Campbell got the best of KCHS rival Daniel Shurina in the semifinals.

Me and him have a nice little rivalry, Campbell said of Shurina, adding that career-wise against the Irish grappler, Im up two-to-one. Were going to wrestle a couple more times this year, probably.

Daniel Shurinas fourth-place finish matched Tate Naylor of Webb (215), who also finished fourth. Greg Shurina of Catholic was fifth at 285.

Christian Academy of Knoxville teammates David Morse (112) and Nelson Pinkstaff (152) each finished sixth, as did Matt Moore of Bearden at 160.

Chattanooga Baylor won the team title with 272.5 points.


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