Blackman Wrestling Club finished off the season this past weekend with the completion of the TNAAU State tournament. The tournament was held this year at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center in Franklin, TN. Let’s get on the record by saying that this is the best venue that TNAAU has ever had for the state tournament! There was plenty of room for 12 mats and all the spectators AND the facility is centrally located. It is a huge step above the Cookeville venue from the last few seasons. The dust factor alone (or lack thereof) sealed the deal for many.
Blackman had a great tournament this year and 15 of our wrestlers placed at state!! If you go by Track, there were 952 wrestlers signed up. That’s a huge number and placing is a big deal. The big surprise was Blackman taking 2nd in the Middle School team score. 82 teams competed at state and Blackman’s Middle School group were second only to Bradley County powerhouse Higher Calling. Blackman’s head coach John Heath showed off an impressive trophy to mark the accomplishment!!
Congrats especially to our two state champions – Brooks Sacharczyk and Justin Brown! Brooks had a solid day with a solid 1-0 win over a very tough Cade Young from Houston and a pin in the finals against Sobek from Knoxville Elite. Justin tore through his bracket with 3 pins and a tech fall in the finals over Bryson Lane from Pigeon Forge! Way to go Justin! We had some very great performances by many! Logan Fowler was defeated early in the tournament by Shires and rebounded all the way back to second place! Logan wrestled 8 matches and finished the day 7-1. Drew Workman went 6-1 in his 2nd place effort winning three of those by pin. And Lawson Lee battled back from a loss in the finals to claim second place with a great looking pin in the true second match!
Great efforts were made by everyone!! Congrats to the following wrestlers for placing at state:
|Brooks Sacharczyk||1st||Middle School 140|
|Justin Brown||1st||Junior 90|
|Andrew Workman||2nd||Bantam 50|
|Lawson Lee||2nd||Bantam 75|
|Logan Fowler||2nd||Junior 75|
|Anthony Gomez||3rd||Middle School 135|
|Jacob Wright||3rd||Middle School 110|
|Justin Bradford||3rd||Middle School 75|
|Harold Segar||4th||Tots 40|
|Piper Fowler||4th||Midget 85|
|Preston Allen||5th||Midget 75|
|Alex Rose||6th||Middle School 75|
|Blake Barrett||6th||Middle School 152|
|Josh Chew||6th||Junior 85|
|Miles Workman||6th||Junior 120|
The day was long and our coaches worked their tails off getting from mat to mat. It was a 14 ½ hour day for most of the coaches as they were there from 7am until 9:30pm. Now that’s dedication to our kids and sport!! Thanks to all of those guys for sure!!
There were many pictures taken as well! I hope that I got everyone. It’s a big place so if I missed your kid, I am sorry!!
Check out the pictures HERE.
For those who didn’t get to medal or didn’t accomplish what they hoped, you are learning one of the best and hardest lessons in life. You have to really work hard and stay focused if you want to accomplish doing something that is hard. Picking yourself up when you fall is a lesson that is best learned early in life. Work hard in the off-season to get stronger and look for opportunities to wrestle whenever you can.