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Cocke County's Myers headed to state

Cocke County wrestler Devin Myers, shown during a match from earlier this year, advanced to the TSSAA State Championships on Thursday with his appearance in Saturday’s Region 1-AAA final.
Published: 3:37 PM, 02/11/2014 Last updated: 3:38 PM, 02/11/2014

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

JOHNSON CITY—Cocke County High School wrestler Devin Myers is headed to the TSSAA State Wrestling championship this weekend.

Myers was one of six CCHS wrestlers who hit the mat in the TSSAA Region 1-AAA tournament this past Saturday at Science Hill High School. Myers, who wrestled in the 120-pound weight class, advanced to the finals of the bracket, where he fell to Dillinger Messer of David Crockett High School in 4:58.

The top four individuals in each weight classification move on to the State Championship, which begins on Thursday at the Williamson County Expo Arena.

Myers, a junior at Cocke County, advanced to the finals by getting past a pair of wrestlers in the classification’s quarterfinals and semifinal round. In the quarterfinals, Myers earned a pinfall victory over Dobyns-Bennett’s Cole Rushing in 49 seconds. In the semifinals, Myers took a 14-12 decision over Science Hill’s Eric Yother to guarantee himself a state tournament berth by advancing to the finals.

CCHS junior Phillip Morgan fell just shy of qualifying for the State Tournament, after advancing to the semifinals of the 126-pound weight class bracket. Wolfgang Ford and Aaron Bailey also were just shy of qualifying for the state championships.

Morgan received an opening round bye and then scored a pinfall win over Morristown East’s Brandon Talley in the quarterfinals to make his way to the semifinal. Morgan earned the win over Talley in 5:38.

In the semifinals, Morgan was pitted against Tennessee High’s Corbin Hurley. Hurley eventually got past Morgan with a pinfall in 5:08.

After being dispatched in the semifinal round, Morgan needed to win one match in the consolation
bracket to qualify for the state championship, but fell to Daniel Boone’s Caleb Cutshall by a 15-10 decision.

Hurley was the eventually winner of the 126-pound classification, scoring a win over Jefferson County’s Bryson Hux.

In the 132-pound classification, Wolfgang Ford of CCHS also came up just one match shy of making the state tournament. Ford was pinned by Jacob Cutshall from Daniel Boone in the quarterfinals, but worked his way through the consolation bracket.

Ford earned an 11-4 decision over Morristown West’s Cruz Ramos and then was placed against Morristown East’s Landon Porter in the consolation bracket semifinals. Porter earned a pinfall win in 2:04 to earn his way into the state championship bracket.

In the 152-pound classification, Aaron Bailey also found himself a match shy of qualifying for the state championships. Bailey fell to Science Hill’s Ben Rolston in the quarterfinals in 2:34, but he found himself in the consolation bracket semifinals, where he was pinned by Jefferson County’s
Mitchell Webb in 2:55.

Dakota Dockery advanced to the consolation quarterfinals before his run in the tournament was ended. Dockery was defeated in his opening round matchup by Dobyns-Bennett’s Jonathan Ruth, but Dockery earned a pinfall win over Daniel Boone’s Daniel Bishop in 1:51 to make his way to the quarterfinals. Tennessee High’s Austin Hagerman however ended Dockery’s run with a pinfall in 1:51.
In the 160-pound division, Alex Parton fell in his two matches of the tournament.

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