Two county wrestlers in hunt for wrestling titles

Feb. 14, 2014 @ 10:02 PM

 A state wrestling championship is still proving to be an elusive goal.
Only two athletes from Sevier County remain in the title hunt after the second day of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s state championships. Pigeon Forge’s Gavin Hutchens and Natalia Lysczarczyk will both wrestle in state finals today at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Arena.
Hutchens reached the final match at 106 pounds in class A/AA with three pins. None of his preliminary matches lasted more than two minutes, 37 seconds. Lysczarczyk reached the final of the girls 112-pound bracket with pins over Macy DeBlois of Independence and Marissa Vincent of Hardin Valley. The girls championship finals are today at 1 p.m. EST while the boys finals begin at 6 p.m.
Jacob Ruiter (113), Gary Reagan (138), Xavier Bohanan (160) and Nicholas Hilley (220) all lost in championship semifinals for the Tigers. Nathan Breeden (182), Chris Poole (170), Joshua Croley (132) and Matthew Kieta (120) are still alive in the consolation brackets.
Seymour’s Chris Poore was the final Eagle in the championship bracket before being pinned by Bradley Central’s Ryan McElhaney in the class AAA 106-pound semifinals.  He will continue in the consolation brackets today.
Sevier County's duo of Zach Sauls and Eugene Hennigan both bowed out on the first day of AAA wrestling on Thursday.