When it comes to Chattanooga area wrestling, the Sequatchie Valley hasn’t always been at the forefront, but Friday night in the Region 2-A/AA tourney, the Indians and Tigers proved their postseason worth among the Scenic City elite.
DAY ONE: BY THE NUMBERS
KEY TOURNEY STARTS
T.D. Argo (220-lb | 24-4| Whitwell): Argo pinned East Ridge’s Aaron Sand in 36 seconds before downing Chattanooga Central’s Donavyn Walker in 39 seconds. He’ll face Red Bank’s Devon Suddeth in the semifinals.
Jay Brock (126-lb | 27-6 | Sequatchie County): Brock pinned Signal Mountain’s Clay Gallant in 1:43 before falling in an extra period to Hixson’s Jordan Lewis, 14-12. He pinned Brainerd’s Mike Green in 2:12 to advance to the third round of consolations.
The Colossal Quartet (N/A | 83-21 | Whitwell): T.D Argo, Warner Ashworth, Will Carter, and Daniel Mikel make up the newly named Colossal Quartet with an astonishing combined record. On top of that, all four sit in the semifinals with a possible State Tourney Berth looming in the distance. And if things keep going this well, Whitwell could bring back whole lot of hardware from Franklin.
John King (132 lb | 9-11 | Whitwell): King may not have had the most impressive resume or tournament appearance, but he showed the one thing that can’t be measured on some stat sheet: heart. Battling an ankle injury, any onlooker could see the agony that he felt on the mat as he battled in his last match of the season against Sequatchie County’s Will Keener. It might have not been meant to be for the 132-pounder, but many others would have already been playing out next year’s scenarios in their head. Not John King though.
WHY WE LOVE THE GAME
Former Sequatchie County wrestler and State Qualifier Gavin Gardner passed away in 2016, so the Sequatchie County Wrestling team wore some special socks to honor the unique and widely-cherished wrestler. Gardner’s high school career ended in 2015 during the region tourney, which was also held at Signal Mountain.