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FHS, Bulldog wrestling counting on small nucleus in ’08-09 season

Small on numbers, big on results was the bottom line of Farragut’s wrestling effort during the 26-team, three-state Carpet Classic Invitational field in Dalton, Ga., Saturday, Dec. 6.

Of the six Ads who participated, “Four kids wrestled very well, that’s a very tough tournament,” FHS head coach Tim Brunson said of second-place finisher Ethan Farinella (junior, 130-pound class) and third-place finishers Clayton Ginn (senior,140), Greg Grieco (junior, 189) and Chris Berman (senior, 215).

“Clayton Ginn wrestled superbly, he is continuing to improve every single week.”

Meanwhile, Bearden’s team effort has been highlighted by its 36-30 dual meet win against Farragut earlier this season, and individually by 112 junior Ian McKinley (more on the Bulldogs later in this story).

Farragut’s fourth-place finish in the 12-team “Battle of Morristown” Dual Meet Tournament at Morristown West Nov. 29 had Brunson glowing.

“I cannot tell you how proud I am of these kids,” he said. “To be able to go to this type of tournament, dual meet, forfeiting six weight classes and wrestling in eight weight classes was absolutely awesome.”

The Admirals beat Sevier County 39-18 in first-round pool play with pins from Farinella, Mann, junior Kevin Gayler (152) Ginn, Berman and Grieco. Sophomore Luke Skeirik (171) won a decision.

Farragut edged Morristown East 33-30 with wins from Farinella, Mann and Gayler, Skeirik, Berman and Grieco.

The Admirals then lost to Jefferson County 58-19 and West Greene 36-30.

“We wrestled very well, all the kids continue to show great improvement, and we had two additional kids in the lineup,” Brunson said.

“A couple of the kids were in different weight classes for this meet due to the weight certification they are only allowed to lose a certain amount of weight each week.”

Sophomore Connor Johnson (145) has five wins so far this season.


With “a lot of young guys” on this season’s Bulldogs’ roster, BHS head coach Donnie Floyd said his team is “limited on experience, but they’ve shown me a lot in practice. We just need experience, that’s the biggest thing.”

Floyd said McKinley, 6-2 record entering the week, “is working on a hurt ankle right now.”

Among Floyd’s other top returnees is 103 sophomore Kyle Walter, 125 sophomore Jarin Kalderberg and 171 senior Corey Sanders, who is “coming out looking pretty strong.”

Along with McKinley, “I’m looking for those four to come through, be my base,” Floyd said.

Among his new wrestlers, Floyd said sophomore Theo Smith [135] “is doing really well to have never wrestled before. And the two Michaels [freshmen heavyweights Michael Avery and Michael Aliss].”

Other Bulldogs wrestlers are Tung Vu (152), Kevin McGuire (152), Jesse Verrier (119), Ethan Richardson (130), Jackson Piet (130), Ethan Glazier (140), Doug Grindstaff (145), Corbin Marschke (160), Peyton Landers (189) and Paulo Masul (215).


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