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Grapplers compete at state
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Eastlan Green, Ridge Green and Anden Green

The Pioneer Pride wrestling team is making it a habit of winning state medals.

The group claimed five medals at Saturday’s event in Knoxville, part of a day where 10 locals were in action.

Braxton Wingate had the best finish of the group, taking second. Dean Wingate and Caitlynne Martin and Ella Ming each finished third, while Ridge Green took fourth in his weight class.

It was a banner day for the program, which saw Huck Damon, Rance Stafford, Drake Martin, Anden Green and Eastlan Green all compete as well.

“For most, this was their first state tournament and they really represented Warren County well,” said coach Dave Holcombe. “Though not all reached their goal of being a state medalist, they gained some very valuable experience. Myself and the rest of the coaching staff are pleased with the success we had this season and are looking forward to next season.”

The Pride was dominant at the Region 2 wrestling tournament, which was held at Soddy Daisy and qualified 12 individuals for state.

At the Soddy Daisy event, Braxton Wingate, Dean Wingate and Eastlan Green all won their weight classes. It was the first time any member of the Pioneer Pride had claimed a region championship.

The event also saw Ridge Green, Burgess Galligan and Grady Collier finish second, Huck Damon, Drake Martin and Caitlynne Martin take third, Anden Green and George Myers finish fourth and Trevion Mathis and Rance Stafford place fifth. 

Region 2 is one the most competitive in the state, with the programs feeding state powerhouses at Cleveland, Bradley Central, Baylor and McCallie. 

Staying with the state’s best was a proud moment for coach Holcombe.

“To be able to go and not only compete, but perform at that level shows how hard these kids worked all season. I’m beyond proud of each and every one of them.”