FHS wrestling girl 3rd in boys region, McKeefery makes it 4

CROSSVILLE — Two Farragut Hgh School wrestlers made a little school history Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Region 3-AAA championships.

Senior Tyler McKeefery won his fourth region championship when he claimed the 120-pound title after pinning Maryville’s Zuriel Hampton-Coffin in 1 minute, 58 seconds; just before the end of the first period at Stone Memorial High School.

In the 106-pound class, Chelsea Judy, who missed the girls region championships due to injury, decided to compete in the boys tournament — and she came in third after pinning Bearden’s Skylar Terry in 1:31.

Farragut head coach Bobby Hampshire said he was pleased to be sending these two wrestlers, along with Zach Garabrand (who finished second in the 126-pound weight division), Mason Thurnauer (who took third in the 132-pound class) and Hailey Johnson, who will compete in the girls state championships this weekend in Franklin.

Action at the midstate opens today, Thursday, Feb. 14, and

concludes through Saturday,

Feb. 16.

“Tyler is a four-time region champion and I think that’s a first for us,” Hampshire said. “Chelsea had a concussion during the girls regional, so she decided to wrestle with the boys.

“She finished third and made it to the state, and that’s only the second time that I’ve seen a girl make to a state tournament for the boys,” he added.

“We’ve had a great season.”

McKeefery was one of six area wrestlers to earn region titles: Bearden’s Matheson Meade won the 145-pound championship, while teammate Samuel Hensley was champion in the 182 class.

Hardin Valley Academy won three titles as Josh Pietarlia (160 pounds), Keenan Sloan (220) and Dawson Hardesty (heavyweight) all took the gold.

Knoxville Catholic had a region champion in Kaden White (152).