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Another great video by NCS parent Patrick Sheehan! See the strides made by our middle school wrestling team this year. Seventh grader Peyton Woodard and eigth grader Lucas Kline became the first HVAC wrestling champions in Nashville Christian School history! These guys exemplify what it means to be COMMITTED!
The NCS High School Wrestling team wrapped up a successful first regular season in DII this past weekend in Memphis. The Eagles wrestlers competed against the top 8 teams in the DII West region for a shot to go to the State Duals Tournament in Williamson County. The team fell just short, losing by one match to a tough BGA team. The team finished out their inaugural DII regular season with a 7-2 record against regional opponents.
Highlights of the season include:
- Junior Joseph Curley setting the school record for takedowns in a season with 80 (and counting!)
- Junior Adam Young being ranked in 1st in the state in his weight class.
- The team showing well in the Charlie Bruce Duals in Alabama, placing 3rd in their pool and 5th overall, beating Tate HS out of Florida.
- The team had medalists in all 3 individual tournaments they competed in this season, including Joseph Dyer getting a 7th place finish at the Father Ryan Invitational, widely regarded as the toughest tournament in the area.
- Several 8th graders moved up and contributed to the varsity team this season, with several scoring match-winning pins and being named wrestlers of the week.
The team now focuses its attention on the DII West Region Individual Tournament which will be held at Christian Brothers HS in Memphis next Friday and Saturday (Feb 9th and 10th). The top 4 wrestlers from each weight class will advance on to the State Tournament to be held Feb 15th - 17th at the Williamson County Ag Center.
The Eagles Wrestling program kicked of their 2016-2017 season this past October. The Middle School got things started with a record turnout of 15 kids, including many 6th and 7th graders who were new to the sport. The young Eagles squad also moved into a new conference this season, wrestling in the HVAC against other area private schools. With their numbers up, NCS was able to field a wrestler at just about every weight class, making them extremely competitive in their inaugural HVAC season. The Eagles defeated DCA, Grace Christian, FRA and Ensworth. NCS wrestlers wrapped up their season with an excellent showing at the HVAC tournament. Three wrestlers, Ian Rogers, Joshua Cottrell and Richmond Flowers, brought home hardware.
The High School Eagles wrestling team has had several wrestlers place in the State Tournament over the last two seasons and look to build on that success this year. The team most recently traveled to the Charlie Bruce Duals Tournament in Fultondale, Alabama to compete with teams from all over Alabama and Florida. The team won 70 percent of its head to matches with dominant performances from several wrestlers. Adam Young, Joseph Curley, Joseph Dyer, Aaron Gray and Cade Thompson all finished the weekend undefeated. 8th grader Ian Rogers went 4-1 over the weekend.
The High School team will be working Christmas break in preparation for four tough regional matches at the beginning of January. NCS will host Hume-Fogg and MLK on January 5th and East Lit and Stratford on January 10th. These matches will be pivotal in the Eagles’ goal of a regional championship and earning a trip to the State Duals Tournament. Also in February, the team will take part in the Region 3 Individual Tournament at Page High School. This tournament will determine who will wrestle in the State Tournament in mid February.
The Nashville Christian wrestling team enjoyed another year of success, finishing out the season with 14 dual match wins. The team also had success in individual tournaments with Michael Coley, Gregory Williams, Sid Morris and Adam Young all collecting hardware along the way this season. Participation is also higher than it has ever been in previous years, almost tripling numbers from several years ago. "I have to give credit to our current seniors," said Assistant Coach Jerry Morrison. "Last year as juniors, they really hit the hallways and talked guys into coming out for the team. Our team wouldn't have been nearly as competitive as we were had they not stepped up. I told those guys at the beginning of the season that their legacy at NCS was helping build and shape our wrestling program for years to come."
Seniors Gregory Williams, Michael Coley, Parker Goodson, Joey Hendricks and Sam Palmer all formed the core of an otherwise young team. "Our team is 75% freshman and sophomores," said Head Coach Alan Clark. "The successes our seniors have had this year and last year really set the tone for our younger guys. They were great examples of leadership for our team. It was not uncommon to see our upperclassmen stepping in to help mentor and teach the younger guys during practice."
Leading the way this year were seniors and team captains Michael Coley and Greg Williams. Between the two of them, they have put together quite the wrestling portfolio. Michael had a record of 30-7 this year and is undefeated at the 132 lb. weight class since dropping there in January. He won the Creek Wood Invitational Tournament and was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Gregory suffered a knee injury during football season and couldn't compete until January. Since returning, he is undefeated with a record 18-0. Gregory and Michael were also named to the Mid-State A/AA Dream Team, which recognizes the top wrestlers in the Mid-State.
The team competed this past weekend at the Region 3 Individual tournament to qualify for state. Michael and Greg were both tournament champions in their weight classes, securing high seeding for the State Tournament, which begins this weekend at the Williamson County Ag Center. Wrestling for A/AA starts Friday Feb 19th at 10am.