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Farinella 3rd, Landers 6th in state wrestling

A four-time Division I state qualifier from Farragut and a relatively inexperienced junior wrestler from Bearden were the only two of 17 westside wrestlers earning All-state honors (top six finish) last weekend.

Ethan Farinella, FHS senior earning his fourth Division I state tourney appearance but first as Region II champ (53-4), took third-place in the 135-pound class during action Feb. 18-20 in Franklin.

Peyton Landers of Bearden, region champ at 189, finished sixth.

“Ethan wrestled a great tournament all the way through,” FHS head coach Tim Brunson said, adding that during his only loss — a 5-2 setback to eventual state champ Trevor Herron of Bradley Central in the semifinals — “Ethan beat him in the first and third period handily.”

Farinella defeated Kevin Brett of Independence 8-1, Trent O'Brien of Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett 16-0 and Quinton Carter of Rhea County 6-5 before losing to Herron.

Then came consolation wins versus Aaron Lopez of Cleveland, 4-2, and Hayden Jordan of Clarksville, 5-2. “[Jordan] had beaten him twice,” Brunson said of the pair’s history, but added Farinella “beat him solid” to earn third.

About Landers, BHS head coach Donnie Floyd said, "Being all-state in your second year of wrestling is pretty amazing. It really speaks to his true athletic ability and his work ethic of how he puts everything into his athletics.”

At state, “It's probably the best I've seen him wrestle all year,” Floyd added.

Landers defeated Brandon Worley of White Station, 10-1, pinned Colin Bradley of Jefferson County (3:42) and blanked Keontae Bush of Howard, 7-0.


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