By Rick Sheek
The state wrestling tournament kicks off today in Franklin, and Elizabethton’s coach likes the odds in his team’s favor.
“The seedings are pretty good for us,” Jeff Nye said on Wednesday morning, as the Cyclones boarded up for the trip to the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Arena. “They’re in the middle. They don’t have to face the No. 1 or No. 2 seed, except for Aaron (Somers).
“Aaron has to face the No. 2 seed in the first round, so he’s got his work cut out for him. The rest of them, they’re looking pretty good.”
In the girls’ bracket, Clarissa Ceffalo is the two-time defending 185-pound champion.
“Clarissa, I expect her to win it,” Nye said. “She knows what she’s got to do. (Dalton) Callahan and (Logan) Buck are both going back, so they know what to expect.”
Ceffalo, a senior, drew a first-round bye and meets the winner of Pigeon Forge’s Alexis Griffin and Clarksville Northeast’s Teneia Aliki in the semifinals.
“I’m still nervous,” Ceffalo (11-0) said. “There’s always butterflies in my stomach. My first match is actually a bye, so I’ll be able to have the advantage of watching my opponents wrestle – see their styles.”
Another Region 1 champ is Buck on the boys’ side. The senior battles Westview junior Micah Langford at 160 pounds in the round of 32.