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Ginn claims title at Halls, BHS sweeps ‘Senior Night,’ young HVA winning
FHS’s Ginn is Halls champ at 140 among eight qualifiers; Hawks having success as new program

Led by Clayton Ginn’s first-place finish in the 140-pound class, Farragut High School’s wrestling team placed eight among the top eight in their weight classes during the annual Halls Invitational Saturday, Jan. 17, at HVA. As a team, the Admirals were sixth.

Meanwhile, it’s been a successful first season at Hardin Valley Academy according to HVA head coach Jeff Hash. (More on the Hawks later in this story).

As for Ginn, “I expected him to win and he had a great tournament … I believe the only points Clayton gave up all day were the three in the finals.”” FHS head coach Tim Brunson said.

Junior Greg Grieco, who took second at 171, “Wrestled a great tournament … in his finals match he was head-butted and it split his eyelid open … most kids would have given up with a cut like this, but Greg finished his match,” Brunson said, adding the cut required five stitches.

Kevin Mann was third at 130. “I do expect him to qualify for state the way he is now wrestling.”

Ethan Farinella also was third at 125. “Ethan wrestled well except for the semi-finals.”

At 152, Josh Zink took fourth. “Josh Zink wrestled a very solid tournament,” Brunson said.

Other Ads in the top eight were Bo Cook, fifth at 103, while Luke Skierik (160) and Connor Johnson (135) each finished eighth.


With a 13-11 record in dual meets through mid-January, Hash said his team’s biggest wins have come against Bearden and Powell.

Individually, “Our most quality competitor” is freshman Tim Bara [140]. He has an outstanding overall record [22-6 through Jan. 16]. … Leads the team in pins as well as takedowns.” Bara’s top individual tournament finishes were second-place at Gibbs “and fourth at the William Blount tournament.”

At 103, freshman first-year wrestler Jackson Beggs “is doing very well” according to Hash (19-7 as of Jan. 17). Others who have shown “great improvement” include junior J.T. Barnes (215), sophomores Buck McDonald (125), Mickey McAdams (135) Scott Impellizeri (160) and Ben Vaigneur (189 and heavyweight) and freshmen David Vaigneur (130) and Blake Bohanan (145).


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