Rhea County Wrestling sends Four to State Tournament

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Left to right: back, back row, Garrett Smith and Tristan Riggs and Left to right front row, Jay Graham and Wyatt Stumbo all qualified for the State Tournament with their showing at the Region match at McMinn County High School on Saturday.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Graham, Stumbo, Smith and Riggs finish well at Region to qualify for State

February 2018

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.”

2017-18 Roster

FirstLastGrade
JAYGRAHAM12
TRISTANRIGGS12
AJVELASCO12
GARRETTSMITH11
WYATTSTUMBO11
COLTONEDWARDS11
JAGGERHICKMAN11
ALEXNEVILLE11
PAULPERKINS11
KOBIETHURMAN11
NOAHVARNER11
NICBROCK11
PEYTONDUGGER11
BOGARMANY11
ETHANMURPHY10
JAMESCRESPO10
JACOBSCRUGGS10
HUNTERRIGGS10
DUSTYSLUDER10
MAJORHICKMAN10
ANDREAPERKINS10
CALEBMARTIN10
CAMWARFIELD9
JACOBJUDKINS9
KEVINROTHWELL9
DALLASMESSIMER9
COOPERRUEHLING9

 

 

 

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