Vikings senior Dillon Pendley was named the Region 1-AAA wrestler of the year after posting a 47-2 record so far at the 138-pound weight class. Tennessee High’s Tim Marshall was honored as the Region 1-AAA coach of the year.
Pendley is a three-time Region 1-AAA champion going into Saturday’s championships at Jefferson County. A two-time state medalist, he won first place at the Hammer Holiday Classic, the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall, the Ed Cressel Classic and the Panther Invitational.
106 — Braeden Ivy, Morristown West
The Trojans freshman is 49-1 on the season, winning first place in the Holiday Hammer Classic, the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall. the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl, the IMAC tournament and the Greeneville Invitational.
113 — Brennan Watkins, Dobyns-Bennett
Watkins, an Indians sophomore, is 35-6 one year after winning the Region 1-AAA championship at 106. He finished second in the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall.
120 — Reece Nelson, Tennessee High
Nelson, a Vikings sophomore, is 30-9 on the year. He was runner-up in Region 1-AAA last season and earned first-place honors at the Holiday Hammer Classic and the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall. He finished second at the Ed Cressel Classic.
126 — Braxton Mann, Science Hill
Mann, another sophomore, is 45-4 and the defending Region 1-AAA champion. He earned wins at the North Knight Invitational, the CH Necessary Invitational and the Battle for Independence. He finished second at the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl and the Smoky Mountain Grapple.
132 — Tyler Seeley, Science Hill
Seeley, a junior, is 47-7 against tough competition. He has made the finals of the Region 1-AAA tournament the last two seasons, winning a year ago.
He was fifth in the state at 106 his freshman season, and this year has victories at the CH Necessary Invitational, the Kingsley Classic and the Battle for Independence. He was second at the North Knight Invitational and third at the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl.
145 — Gavin Russell, David Crockett
A two-time state qualifier for the Pioneers, the senior is 48-5 this season. Russell was a state medalist last season, finishing sixth overall.
152 — Logan Ferguson, Tennessee High
The defending Region 1-AAA champion is 30-5 so far his senior season. He scored second place at the Ed Cressel Classic and the Panther Invitational.
160 — Dominic Fields, Tennessee High
After winning the state at 145 last season, the Vikings senior has gone 47-4 at the 160-pound weight class.
He is a two-time Region 1-AAA champion, a two-time Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall champion and a first-place finisher in the Ed Cressel Classic, the Holiday Hammer Invitational and the Panther Invitational.
170 — Chase Diehl, Science Hill
The senior is 56-0 so far this season after winning the state title at 160 a year ago. He finished third in the state the previous season and is a three-time defending Region 1-AAA champion.
His first-place finishes include the North Knight Invitational, the CH Necessary Invitational, the Kingsley Classic, the Smoky Mountain Grapple, the Battle for Independence and the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl.
182 — Camden Buckingham, Morristown West
The senior is 50-8, including a first-place finish in the IMAC tournament. He was second at the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall, the Fandetti-Richardson Brawl and the Greeneville Invitational. He finished third at the Holiday Hammer Classic.
195 — Gavin Hurley, Tennessee High
The senior has gone 31-9 over the season, including first at the Panther Invitational.
220 — Zane Gray, David Crockett
Gray has gone 16-6 one year after being a TSSAA qualifier.
285 — Brenton Salyers, Dobyns-Bennett
The heavyweight has posted an 18-2 record his senior season. A two-time Region 1-AAA champion, he was a state medalist last season, finishing in sixth place. He also placed second at the Bill Brimer Brawl in the Hall.