by Tracy Brothers
Special to BSW
Three members of the Nashville Christian School’s wrestling team earned a spot in the TSSAA State Wrestling Tournament this week. Though they came up short of winning a state title, they represented their school with great pride and enthusiasm
The three Eagle wrestlers are:
132 lbs- Michael Coley: Michael had two very tough matches on Friday in what is widely considered the toughest weight class in the state. Michael fought hard in both matches, but came up short. Never the less, Michael earned his way to state with hard work and emotional leadership. I am very proud of his season that he is had.
195 lbs- Greg Williams: After receiving a bye in the first round of the tournament, Greg received a forfeit his first match this evening and did not take to the mat this evening until almost 9:30. The extra rest helped Greg defeat his division rival from Fairview 1-0. Greg will wrestle in the consolation semi-finals.
285 lbs- Daniel Bituli: In his first consolation match, Daniel beat his opponent from Cheatham County. This was somewhat of a revenge match, since Daniel lost to this guy in his first match last week in the Regional Tournament.
Daniel won the first match by a pin in the 2nd period. In Daniel’s second match he wrestled another Regional opponent from White House, who placed 2nd in the Region tournament last week.
Daniel won that match by pin in the 2nd round. Daniel will also wrestle in the consolation semi-finals.
NCS finished up the TSSAA State Wrestling tournament on Saturday. Greg and Daniel finished the tournament on high notes with wins earning them each a 5th Place finish.
Placing in the state tournament is a huge honor and our guys fought hard. Be sure to high five them if you see them in hallways.
As a team NCS finished up at 17th place overall (out of 42 teams!) on the strength of our three wrestlers. This year was huge step forward for our program.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to support our young men this weekend and thanks to everyone for you continued support this season!
NCS Wrestlers Make a Great Showing at States
With 17 team members, many of whom are freshman and first-year participants, the Nashville Christian School’s wrestling team has more than doubled its number from last year’s team.
With practices described as “loud, intense, and lots of fun,” the family-like atmosphere has been key to their success.
“My favorite moment was walking in our first week of practice and seeing our veteran guys helping and teaching the new guys. They encourage each other, they teach each other and they look out for one another. It’s really great,” said assistant coach, Jerry Morrison.
Nashville Christian currently sports an 11-6 dual match record and is led by junior captains Michael Coley and Greg Williams. The team was invited to the district qualifier on Thursday, January 22nd at East High School, and for the first time in Nashville Christian School history, took second place!
This year’s wrestling team is coached by Alan Clark and Jerry Morrison. Coach Clark was born into a wrestling community with a record 14 state 6A championships. He competed on three of those state championship teams, and over the last 25 years has provided private coaching for some of the area’s best wrestlers.
“My goal is that NCS be a target school for young wrestlers, and that kids in youth programs will consider NCS the place to be to compete at the highest level,” said Clark.
This is Jerry Morrison’s first year of coaching, but he brings a lot of experience and a great love for the sport.
“I started wrestling in the 7th grade when the coach stopped me in the hallway and told me I should be a wrestler. I was small, about 68 lbs., but I was able to wrestle guys my size and had some success.
Wrestling was my refuge. I came from a broken home, and my home life was pretty rough. Wrestling taught me a lot about discipline, hard work and self-reliance.
It also boosted my confidence and self-esteem. I tore my ACL my 11th grade year, and that pretty much ended my wrestling career, but the values I learned from wrestling stick with me to this day,” said Morrison.
Coach Morrison also hopes to build some interest in the middle school wrestling program as well by having some youth camps for Bellevue area kids to learn about wrestling.
Wrestling Program Thrives at NCS
The Nashville Christian School’s boys and girls basketball teams earned victories again Lead and Clarkesville Academies this week.
The boys beat Lead 73-70 in a thrilling double-overtime battle.
Zell Walker was outstanding with 28 points, Brant Lawless added 9.
On Friday, the Eagles beat Clarkesville 72-53. It was Walker again with 25 points to lead the way.
Mia Curtis scored 18 points on Tuesday to lead the girls over Lead 52-35 Tueday.
Morgan Forte scored 12 points Friday to lead the Eagles to a 37-21 victory over Clarkesville.
Brittan Jarrell added 7 points.
Eagles Soar, Win Two Big Games