FRANKLIN - Juniors Trey Bates and Mason Smith of Beech High School are wearing new hardware after finishing first at the TSSAA individual state wrestling championships last weekend.
Bates defeated Jackson Bradford of Cleveland, 6-1 in the 120-pound finals to win his second state championship in three years.
"After I beat (Luke) Belcher on day two, I knew it was my tournament," Bates said. "In my mind, it was in the bag because the guy I was wrestling in the finals lost to Belcher."
Bates opened the tournament on Thursday with wins over Parker Sams and Tyler South by a combined score of 35-6.
It was safe to say the already state champion was there to leave his mark.
"I was trying to get prepared for my first match because I knew it was going to be tough," Bates said of his match with Luke Belcher.
Bates then beat Jackson Bradford of Cleveland 6-1 in the 120-pound finals to win the state championship.
"It felt good to be back on top because I didn't get to wrestle last year," Bates said. "I'm very thankful."
Bates ends his season at 44-2.
After not placing as a sophomore, Mason Smith won both matches on day one and two before winning his final match on Saturday.
Smith ends his season at 31-1 overall with wins over Ethan McWilliams, Anthony Lynn, Joseph Frye, and Amange Abdurrahman, and Levi Stone at the state tournament.
"It all comes back to your training and the hard work you put in," Smith said. "After my second match on Friday (Anthony Lynn), when I pinned him in under one minute, I was feeling good and could start to see the end of the road."
Wrestling Wilson Central's Levi Stone for a third time this season, Smith took down his fellow Region 6 foe in overtime for the 5-3 victory.
Going into the third period losing 3-0, Smith took down Stone to tie the match with 30 seconds remaining.
"Once we got to overtime, I saw that he was tired, so I just wanted to dig deep and go get him," Smith added.
Smith won the match just four seconds into the extra period for his first state title.
"I look up and see coach (Jeff) Roberts and Coach (Quantres) Bates and I say 'I'm a state champ!'," Smith added. "I'm thinking about my family and how good it feels. I'm thinking about God and Jesus blessing me. It's a great feeling, and I'm very thankful."
The two state championships brought home by the Bucs are the program's ninth in the last five years.
"That is because the kids buy into the program we put in place for them," Beech head coach Jeff Roberts said. "Each one of those state champions put in a tremendous amount of work in both the offseason and during the season. Whether it was lifting in the summer, camps, techniques conditioning they did what it took to get the job done. Having a youth program helps greatly."
Other Beech wrestlers Blake Palmer (106), Coen Myers (113), and Ben Scalera (195) won one match at state.
Palmer defeated Isaac Carpenter, 4-2, in round one before losing his next two matches.
Myers downed Anthony Berg of Clinton, 2-0 in round one before falling in his next two bouts.
Scalera lost his opening round match to Connor Milhorn of Siegel, 10-3, but bounced back to take down Jadin Weatherspoon, 7-0 in the consolation round. Doug Howe of Stone Memorial ended Scalera's season 2-1 in the consolation bracket.
Donavon Rich (170) lost his first bout, 13-10, but rebounded to beat Jacob Knight and James Robinson in the consolation bracket before falling to Zach Brezna of Cleveland.
Cordell Griggs (126) lost his first two bouts to end his season.
Mumaw, Sutton represent Hendersonville and JPII at state
Sumner County wrestlers Justin Mumaw and Parker Sutton represented Hendersonville and Pope John Paul II in Franklin last Thursday and Friday.
Justin Mumaw (145) defeated Gabriel Geiser in round one 11-2, then ost, 9-0 to eventual state champion Jackson Hurst from Dobyns Bennett in round two, won his third-round match versus Caleb O'Connor, 10-1, fand his fourth bout versus Imran Saypulaev, 8-2. His season ended, 5-2 against Eli Clemons.
"Except for the Clemons match he didn't lose to anyone he shouldn't have lost to," Hendersonville coach Ralph Gabriel said. "The Clemons match could have gone either way, but it was decided on a mistake with not a lot of time left. I think as long as he comes back stronger and continues to improve, he should have a good junior year."
Parker Sutton from JPII bowed out after his first two matches, falling to Dominick Coker and Rand Holtzclaw.
"Parker has come a long way in such a short amount of time," JPII assistant Jason Allman said. "Many of our wrestlers are new to the sport, and seeing his work coming to fruition so early in his career at JPII shows the team that success isn't that far off. He may have lost his first two matches, but he went three rounds against two of the best wrestlers in the state, and even scored points on them. As just a sophomore, he was one of two underclassmen to compete at state and we expect his next two seasons to only go up. Achieving third in a region that includes programs like Christian Brothers and Father Ryan is a big accomplishment."
Individual results - Individual records in parentheses
Trey Bates 120 (44-2)
Rd. 1 Def. Parker Sams, 15-1 - David Crockett
Rd. 2 Def. Tyler South, 20-5 - Stewarts Creek
Rd. 3 Def. Luke Belcher, 3-2 - Bradley Central
Rd. 4 Def. Steven Dindl, 6-1 - Bartlett
Rd. 5 Def. Jackson Bradford, 6-1 -Cleveland
Mason Smith 152 (31-1)
Rd.1 Def. Ethan McWilliams, 5-0 - Cookeville
Rd. 2 Def. Amthoney Lynn, 2-0 - Bradley Central
Rd. 3 Def. Joseph Frye, 4-2 - Science Hill
Rd. 4 Def. Amange Abdurrahman, 13-4 - John Overton
Rd. 5 Def. Levi Stone, 5-3 - Wilson Central
Ben Scalera 195 (21-11)
Rd. 1 Loss Connor Milhorn, 10-3 - Siegel
Rd. 2 Def. Jadin Weatherspoon, 7-0 - Knoxville Central
Rd. 3 Loss Doug Howe, 2-1 - Stone Memorial
Blake Palmer 106 (42-18)
Rd. 1 Def. Isaac Carpenter, 4-2 - Heritage
Rd. 2 Loss Keegan Schulz, 11-3 - Munford
Rd. 3 Loss Grant Myers, 10-3 - Blackman
Coen Myers 113 (14-11)
Rd. 1 Def. Anthony Berg, 2-0 - Clinton
Rd. 2 Loss Chris Calvin, 7-1 - McGavock
Rd. 3 Loss Brandon Levia, 2-0 - Smyrna
Donavon Rich 170 (no record found)
Rd. 1 Loss Jakob Oxford, 13-10 - Independence
Rd. 2 Def Jacob Knight, - Stewarts Creek
Rd. 3 Def James Robinson, 11-4 - Jefferson County
Rd. 4 Loss Zach Brezna, 7-0 - Cleveland
Cordell Griggs 126 (no record found)
Rd. 1: Loss Wemauwaumungu Montana, 8-2 - Munford
Rd. 2: Loss Austin Noll, 3-2 - Summit
Justin Mumaw 145 (51-14)
Rd. 1 Def Gabriel Geiser, 11-2 - White Station
Rd. 2 Loss Jackson Hurst, 9-0 - Dobyns Bennett
Rd. 3 Def Caleb O’Connor, 10-1 - Heritage
Rd. 4 Def Imran Saypulaev, 8-2 - William Blount
Rd. 5 Loss Eli Clemmons, 5-2 - Lebanon
Parker Sutton, So. 145 pounds (27-32)
Rd. 1 Loss Dominick Coker, 12-1 - Boyd Buchanan
Rd. 2 Loss Rand Holtzclaw, 4-0 - McCallie