The Harpeth High School wrestling team hosted their 13th Annual Invitational Tournament this past Saturday. Some of the top wrestling programs from around the area were present including Ravenwood, Beech, and Brentwood Academy. Christian County High School out of Kentucky came down to see action in the tournament as well. There were a mix of state champions, state medalists, and state qualifiers throughout each of the fourteen weight categories. Several match-ups during the tournament will have an impact on state rankings in the near future. Ravenwood High School captured the 2012 Harpeth Invitational Team Title with 171.5 team points. Beech High School and Brentwood Academy tied for runner-up with each team scoring 156.5 points. Sycamore High School placed third with 138.5 points. Harpeth placed sixth overall with 73 total team points.
Harpeth advanced two wrestlers into the championship finals. Senior, Camron Cox won the 120lbs championship against Caleb Austin from Christian County, KY. Caleb was a returning state medalist from KY. Cox defeated Austin 3-1 in double overtime in one of the most exciting matches in a very long time. Sophomore, James Sokol received runner-up honors. Sokol lost a tough battle in the championship finals to senior, Justin Tippy from Northwest High School. Tippy and Sokol are both returning state qualifiers. Harpeth had a line-up of young talent that made an impact at the tournament. Sophomores Cory Blackmore, Jason Sutton, and Dakota Clark are came within one match of placing at the tournament. First year junior, Noah Boyd also won several matches to help Harpeth’s team score during the day. Harpeth coach, Ricky Woods says he was pleased with his wrestlers’ performances. “Of course you want all of your guys in the championships. But you have to be realistic too. Based on where our skill level is with our young guys and first year wrestlers, we did an outstanding job.” Woods also said that he knows where his team should be when it really matters. “We are working and preparing match to match. I think once January rolls around, and we get our two pound growth allowance, everybody will settle into their right weight class and our team will be competing with the best in the state. I don’t know of many teams that are conditioning and working out as much as we are right now.”
Currently, Harpeth’s team is made up of three freshmen, seven sophomores, three juniors, and two seniors. Harpeth will wrestle Rossview High School on December 4, 2012, Westcreek and Creek Wood High Schools on December 6, 2012, and will participate in a junior varsity tournament at Wilson Central High School on December 8, 2012