MCWC finishes season with a bang
The Marshall County Wrestling Club (MCWC) finished its season with overwhelming success, placing five wrestlers at the Tennessee State Amateur Athletic Union Championships at the Williamson County Ag Center in Franklin.
The MCWC sent 12 wrestlers to the state tournament with defending state champion Landon Desselle leading the way by claiming his second title in two years.
Concluding a wonderful MCWC career and very successful season was Nick McClendon, who captured second place in a very hotly contested 160-pound middle school division.
Seth McCoy, who wrestled in the event with a broken thumb came in fourth place after surviving several tough matches. McCoy has placed in state every year he has wrestled with the MCWC.
The tournament rewards places down to sixth place and earning fifth place honors for the MCWC were Peter Wilson and Liam Bell, who both had a very successful regular and post season.
The Tennessee State AAU Tournament has changed since the club began competing in the tournament when it required a wrestler to achieve at least a fourth place finish in the region tournament to qualify for the state tournament.
The tournament is now considered an open championship and all a wrestler needs is to only weigh-in, but not wrestle in the region qualifier to enter the state tournament. The open format also allows for out of state wrestlers to compete.
Every MCWC wrestler competed at the region qualifier except Seth McCoy, who had broken his thumb just days earlier.
The club's position is that is needs to remain a Tennessee tournament with the region qualification method narrowing the field and increasing the level of seriousness of the path to the state tournament.
"We would like to see it be unique, with the focus on the athletes to create the one of a kind atmosphere of a true state level championship," MCWC founder Chris Posey said. "That being said, our wrestlers defeated several wrestlers from across the southeastern United States, making it more of a national affair."
In its fifth season, MCWC athletes have accumulated numerous individual tournament championships as well as a 4-1 team dual record.
Two wrestlers also achieved Top 100 recognition with Desselle achieving Grand Champion TN Top 100 by winning first place in each of the TN Top 100 events across the state.
McClendon achieved Top 100 honors as well, meeting top competitor standards. The club also expects that it will have wrestlers gain national recognition from other top level organizations as well, most of whom have not yet compiled their lists.
Years of success
This year the club graduates its second wrestler from its program as McClendon moves on after four successful years.
"Nick has been a model club member. He always shows up for practice ready to work and is attentive and very coachable," coach Austin Montgomery said.
"Nick has been a fine example for our younger wrestlers. The value of having a young man like him showing these other youngsters how to conduct yourself appropriately and earn what you achieve is invaluable. To say that these kids look up to Nick is an understatement," Posey stated.
"I have had a great season, it has been a very exciting year with a lot of accomplishments," McClendon said "An All-American and second in the state and several first place tournament wins is a great way to end my season with the Marshall County Wrestling Club. Thank you to my parents, coaches and supporters for giving me a great start to my wrestling career."
The club had much success this season, achieving a second place finish in The Battle of the Barrel, a new team dual event that had competitors from Marshall County, Lawrence County, Williamson County, Nolensville and Brentwood participating in the series.
Although Marshall County amassed more points than any other team, it narrowly lost head-to-head against Williamson County, who took home the first place trophy.
"With some tweaks to the format and maybe some additions to the players, the Battle for the Barrel looks to be an exciting addition to the MCWC competitive landscape," Posey said.
The MCWC would like to thank everyone who donated their time or money to help the club continue, exist and prosper. It is a community effort to operate our club and we could not do it without all of your help.