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Friendship's Wolcott finishes second in state

Feb. 21—NASHVILLE — Tyson Wolcott's bid to become Friendship Christian's first state champion wrestler fell short last Saturday in an 11-3 major decision loss to Baylor's Titus Norman in the Division II 144-pound state final at Montgomery Bell Academy.

Two other Commanders also made it to the podium as a finalist — Dayton Burton, fifth place at 126, and Dylan Davenport, sixth place at 215.

Wolcott, who finished in the top five in each of the previous three state tournament, was dominated from the outset by Norman, who was third at 126 last year. But he did overcome being body slammed on his head late in the second period. Following a lengthy stoppage as trainers and coaches closely examined the senior, Wolcott returned to action and finished the match.

A look at Friendship's five state finishers by weight class:

126

Dayton Burton won his opening match in a 10-2 major decision to Christian Brothers' Hudson Salvaggio before being pinned by eventual champion Brody Gobbell of Father Ryan. Burton edged Memphis University School's Cort Jones 3-2 in the consolation bracket and pinned Boyd Buchanan's Harbor Bent before falling to the fifth-place match where he defeated Salvaggio again by a 6-1 score.

144

Wolcott, who picked up his 100th career win during regionals, racked up two more following a first-round bye. He pinned Ryan's Aron Tenpenny and Christian Brothers' Mason Butler to reach the final.

150

Briley Eastland, Friendship's first eighth-grader to qualify for state, lost by technical fall and was pinned in the consolation bracket.

165

Senior Channing Anthony win by 15-0 technical fall over Pope John Paul II's Caleb Hallock before going down by fall to Ryan's Sawyer Rutherford in the second round. Anthony won by pin in the consolation bracket before losing by fall to Lakeway's Aidan Dooley.

215

Davenport pinned Brentwood Academy's Andrew Hill to open the tournament before dropping a 4-1 decision to Christian Brothers' Jack Branson. In the consolation bracket, he won a 7-2 decision over Baylor's Balint Rendessy and 3-0 over Briarcrest's Aidan Hydrick. A pin dropped him to the fifth-place match where Branson beat him for the second time, this time by fall.

The Division I tournament will run Friday and Saturday at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin.