So now we come to wrestling, and in particular GIRLS wrestling, which you could make the argument that Montgomery County is the epicenter of the sport in the state.
In 2020, from a team standpoint, here are the facts that support that argument:
• Rossview won the state championship again in 2020. It was the third consecutive year that the Hawks took the crown.
• Rossview and Northwest first 1 and 2 for the second year in a row.
• Northwest finished in the top 10 for the fifth consecutive year, and in the top five for the fourth year.
• This year, five Montgomery County schools finished in the top 17 in the state.
And while wrestling is considered a team sport, it is the cumulative wins of individuals that give the team their total score. And because there were numerous individual state champions again this year, those girls are the candidates for wrestler of the year.
But first, we will recognize the honorable mention group from our coverage area–wrestlers who made the top six in their respective weight classes but did not win the state championship this year.
• 103 lbs. • Ella-lima Gonzalez, West Creek • 3rd
• 112 lbs • Savanah Barefiled, Rossview • 3rd
• 119 lbs • Roseanna Vaughn, Northwest • 5th
• 125 lbs • Taylor Howell, Clarksville High • 2nd
• 132 lbs • Lilly Pendleton, Cheatham County • 3rd
• 140 lbs • Genesis Gilmore, Montgomery Central • 2nd
• 150 lbs • Brette Spink, Northwest • 3rd
• 160 lbs • Brielle Bissontte, Rossview • 2nd
• 160 lbs • Taylor Rickley, Northwest • 3rd
• 160 lbs • Iman Burdine, Kenwood • 6th
• 170 lbs • Lilly Chandler, Northwest • 4th
• 190 lbs • Jamya Brewer, Rossview • 2nd
• 190 lbs • Kaevon Burney, Clarksville High • 3rd
And as amazing as that list is, here are the wrestlers who won individual state championships, and are our candidates for Girls Wrestler of the Year:
• 119 lb Champion: Annalynn Rakett, Clarksville Academy — This is the first girls wrestling state champion in school history, and maybe the only wrestling state champion ever for CA (maybe someone can clarify.) Rakett went 23-2 on the year, and won by decision over Tyesha Thomas (Elizabethon).
• 125 lb Champion: Robbin Yunis, Rossview — Yunis went a perfect 26-0 on the season in winning her third consecutive state championship in this weight class, but her fourth consecutive overall (won at 130 in 2017). This year she beat Taylor Howell (Clarksville High) with a pin at 3:14 in the match.
• 132 lb Champion: Emma Walker, Rossview –Walker was 36-0 this year, and defeated Rontaysia Payne (Dickson County) with a pin at 1:35 in the match. This was Walker’s third consecutive state championship in this weight class.
• 140 lb Champion: Saqara Buchanan, Rossview — Buchanan was 33-0 this year, finishing with a pin at 1:02 in her state championship match with Genesis Gilmore (Montgomery Central). Last year, Buchanan was the runner up, and two years ago she came in 7th.
• 150 lb Champion: Vivian Hurn, Montgomery Central — Hurn finished her year with a 34-0 record, and beat Elizabeth Champion (Tullahoma) with a pin at 3:24. Hurn was state champion in the 140 lb class in 2018 and last year (beating this year’s 140 champion Saqara Buchanan).
So the voting is now open for these outstanding wrestlers. This is the only round of voting. You can vote as often as you like, and the fan vote will count 50% of the total vote. We will consult our expert panel for the other 50% of the vote.