Greenbrier wrestling finishes fourth in Class A/AA state duals

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Cole McCartney took an interesting approach with his opponent.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier‘s wrestling team gets ready for competition at the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Noah Walton competes in the state wrestling championship for Greenbrier High School.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier parents, coaches, and students wished the team well in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Noel Quilt fights for the pin.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Coaches Chris Hall and Josh Reynolds watch the action.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Caleb Shelton competes in the state wrestling championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Collins competes in the state championships for Greenbrier High School.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier senior wrestlers pose for a photo at the championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier wrestler Gavin Ledbetter goes for the pin.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee A fan records part of the action at the state wrestling championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Downing goes for the win while a referee looks on.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee The Greenbrier Police Department gave the Bobcat wrestling team an escort.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Fans support their teams at the state championships last weekend.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier High School finished fourth at the state championships, held this past weekend in Franklin, Tenn.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole Matherly competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 113 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole Matherly competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole Matherly competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Collins competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 180 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Gavin Ledbetter competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 160 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Gavin Ledbetter competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Coaches and teammates react during the competition.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 220 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch goes for the pin versus Alcoa.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Toby Lynch competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Anthony Downing competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 170 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Caleb Shelton competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 126 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier coaches Chris Hall and Josh Reynolds take in the action.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Tucker Tatum competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 152 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Zack Schlessman pins Hixon High School‘s number two wrestler in the state heavyweight championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Zack Schlessman competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 285 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Jesse Gervasio competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 138 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Jesse Gervasio competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 106 pounds.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Cole McCartney competes in the state championships.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Greenbrier coaches Chris Hall and Josh Reynolds take in the action.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Noah Walton competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 132 pounds.  Picasa Noah Walton competes in the state championships.  Picasa Nathan Miller competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 285 pounds.  Picasa Nathan Ford competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 120 pounds.  Picasa Nathan Ford competes in the state championships.  Picasa Nathan Ford competes in the state championships.  Picasa Noel Quilt competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 145 pounds.  Picasa Noel Quilt competes in the state championships.  Picasa Tanner Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 195 pounds.  Picasa Tanner Lynch competes in the state championships. He weighed in at 195 pounds.  Picasa Coaches and teammates react during the competition.  Ken Herndon/For the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

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Greenbrier‘s Caleb Shelton competes during the TSSAA‘s Class A/AA state duals.(Photo: Ken Herndon / For USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee)

FRANKLIN — Greenbrier broke through with its first wins in the TSSAA Class A/AA state duals to finish fourth Saturday at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.

After losing the opener to Alcoa 44-33 on Friday, the Bobcats won back-to-back matches before losing 37-36 to Page in the third-place match on Saturday.

Greenbrier, which had gone 0-4 the previous two years at the state duals, beat Hixson 41-24 and Notre Dame 38-35 in the losers bracket to reach the third-place match.

Page jumped out to a 37-12 lead through the first 10 weight classes. The Patriots forfeited the final four weight classes as it had already clinched the match.

Greenbrier‘s Nathan Ford and Noah Walton each won their matches against Page. Ford pinned Ian Daffron in 2:47 at 120 pounds. Walton pinned Vincent Ha at 132 pounds in 5:08.

Tanner Lynch (195), Toby Lynch (220), Zachary Schlessman (285) and Matthew McCartney (106) all picked up forfeit wins to wrap up the match.

Greenbrier held a 33-21 lead against Alcoa on Friday in the opening round of the Class A/AA tournament before Alcoa won the final four weight classes.

Assistant coach Josh Reynolds acknowledged his team‘s disappointment following the loss to Alcoa.

“It was definitely frustrating,” Reynolds said. “We had at least two matches go the opposite way of what I thought was going to happen. We got pinned too much.

“Some of those matches we were up on the scores, and they got a reversal and we got stuck.”

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