The 5th-ranked Wrestling Rams had a goal to win the Cumberland Skull and Crossbones tournament on Saturday. They didn’t just win, the dominated, claiming the championship over the other 13 teams by 84 points.
Shelbyville racked up 247.5 points, leaving 2nd place Benton in the dust with 163 points and Cumberland in 3rd (132.5). Decatur Eisenhower crowded Cumberland in 4th (132.5), followed by 10 more also-rans.
The Rams boasted six individual champions out of 14 weight classes. They also had a 2nd place, three 3rds and a 5th. Eleven of the 13 Rams that wrestled placed.
Zack Stirrett (106), ranked 8th in the state, rolled to a championship by pinning his first two opponents (4:29, 3:44), then shutting out the #1 seed, Oliver Davis of Benton, 3-0.
First-year wrestler Lyle Jefson (113) placed 3rd. He won his first match by fall (2:20), then lost by fall. Jefson went to the 3rd place match and stuck Kenny Craig of Teldo in the 1st period (1:03).
Trevor Brown (120) placed 3rd. He opened with a major decision, dominating 15-1. After a loss in the semi, he shut out his 3rd place match foe, Preston Lindsay of Benton, 7-0.
Garrett Brachbill (126), ranked 8th in the state, rolled to a championship. He started with a pin (3:17), followed by a major decision (16-5). He won the championship match by a default injury over Lee Welch of Mount Olive.
Jarred Hicks, ranked 12th in the state, stumbled early, but wrestled back for 5th place. He got caught in the first match and pinned. He went to wrestlebacks and won three straight matches. He won, 13-6, then won by a pin (3:01). The 5th place match, he beat Tanner Leith, 8-3.
Jared Finley (138), ranked 4th in the state, won a championship. He won his first two matches by pin (1:26, 2:50). Blaine Yocum of Cumberland had been on a role knocking off a higher seeds. But in the title match, Finley ran up a major decision for the title, 13-5.