FRANKLIN, Tenn.–In his first state tournament appearance, Sequatchie County’s Logan Silvers went 0-for-2 in one of the more stacked brackets in the A-AA tournament.
Silvers was the only Indian in the mix Friday at Franklin after several teammates–including two 2016 qualifiers–fell a game short of of the big dance.
“This just makes me want it more,” Silvers explained. “Doing this, it just makes me want to get after it. I’m just ready to start back up again right now.”
After falling to the 2nd-seeded Caleb York in the first round, Silvers matched up with Red Bank’s Caden Cline who pinned the Mat India in 1:37. Silvers finished as a four-seed in Region 2-A/AA last week.
Still, the state of the Sequatchie County program looks promising with several wrestlers still recuperating from losses in the latter parts of the Regional Tourney.
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Logan Silvers’ Match vs. Red Bank’s Caden Cline (Cline Pins in 1:37)
“To get a wrestler here is a huge accomplishment,” Indians head coach Chris Weaver said. “Logan has done a tremendous job this season. He’s grown. He’s learning. He’s getting better. We have a lot of guys that are young and coming up to their senior year like Logan, so we’re really looking to change our routine in the offseason.”
Even though Silvers came out as a 15-seed, a wrestler from the Chattanooga area is highly favored a good part of the time. Region 2-A/AA gave, even Silvers, confidence to compete among the State’s best.
“I feel like the region we were in this year is one of the toughest regions,” Silvers said. “Hopefully, it will be easier to place next year. I think it’ll be great competition.”
Many wrestlers tango with the idea of wrestling in different weight classes in the offseason, but Silvers and the Indians will be looking to a new region with a mix of Nashville and Chattanooga-based teams with no middle ground in between.
Silvers finished his Junior season with a 21-10 record, but he still has another year to develop and potentially medal in Franklin with four seniors graduating from his bracket graduating.