Graham, Stumbo, Smith and Riggs finish well at Region to qualify for State
Athens, TN — Rhea County Wrestling placed four wrestlers on to the State Tournament next weekend as Jay Graham(1st), Wyatt Sumbo(3rd), Tristan Riggs(4th) and Garrett Smith(4th) qualified at the Region Tournament held at McMinn County High School on Saturday, February 10th. The RCHS Wrestlers are led by head coach Taylor Ownbey and assistant coaches Murphy Ownbey and Jamie Messimer.
Rhea County finished 6th on the day as a team behind local powerhouses Cleveland, Bradley County, Soddy Daisy as well as Ooltewah and Walker Valley.
Last year, three Rhea County wrestlers qualified for state this year. Qualifying were junior AJ Velasco, sophomore Garrett Smith (second year state qualifier) and Jay Graham (second year state qualifier & 5th Place in state for 2017). Jay also finished 4th in 2016 at the State.
After the match, head coach Taylor Ownbey said, “What a great region tournament we had today. Every one of our guys that wrestled today gave everything they had! I sure am proud of them. Some of the guys that did not quite see their season end the way they wanted but showed me that good things are coming in the future if they continue to work hard in the off season. Noah Varner, Jacob Judkins, Kobie Thurman, and Dallas Messimer all showed promise. I really appreciate all their hard work this season.”
“For the guys that have one more week. They saw a lot of hard work pay off today. They battled and now four of them are getting to go to the state tournament. T hey should be really proud of what they have accomplished so far. But, it is not over with yet they still have some work to do.”
“The four I am talking about are Jay Graham 152lb 1st place, Wyatt Stumbo 132lb 3rd place, Tristan Riggs 170lb 4th place, and Garrett Smith 220lb 4th place. I am really excited for all of them and look forward to seeing how well they do at the State Tournament.”