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Ty Boeck upends top-ranked Victor Bednarski in Trojans` shutout - 12/16/2016
The team outcome was all but predetermined, yet Soddy-Daisy wrestling fans jammed the home stands Thursday for their Trojans' match with District 5-AAA rival Ooltewah.

Soddy-Daisy won 74-0.

The fans were there to see an anticipated upper-weight battle between the Owls' Victor Bednarski, the state's top-ranked 220-pounder, and their own Ty Boeck, the versatile football player who manned positions at quarterback, running back, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker and punter this past fall.

This was a meeting of returning state medalists, the senior Bednarski third at 220 pounds and the junior Boeck a sixth-place finisher at 182. Boeck rallied three times and finally pulled out a 9-8 victory with a takedown in the final 20 seconds.

"It's an awesome feeling, beating the No. 1 wrestler in the state. I was nervous before the match. I felt like I could take him to the deep end of the pool and drain him," said Boeck, who now stands 18-0. "He's the strongest guy I've ever wrestled, without a doubt."

They were tied at 7 and Boeck elected to start in the neutral position, giving Bednarski a one-point advantage. He then went to an outside single, slipped behind the built-like-a-tank Bednarski and gained control for the win.

"That one got me fired up for sure. We have a great kid in Boeck and he was going against a great competitor," Trojans coach Jim Higgins said. "We have a lot of respect for Bednarski. He's such a huge, strong kid and a good wrestler that has had a lot of success. Ty is a tremendous worker and such a great student — the epitome of a student-athlete — we obviously were all pulling for a guy like that to do well, and it's awesome to see him come through."

Boeck's win nearly overshadowed the Trojans' team accomplishment. In posting their 12th match win they scored the first shutout of the Higgins era.

"I'm pleased across the board with the team effort," the coach said. "I did challenge the guys beforehand to do exactly what happened. We've come close to it two-three times this year but had yet to do it. I didn't believe they were ready to accomplish it.

"I didn't think they were listening and I told them they were the weirdest group of guys I'd ever been around, and I just walked away from them."

The Trojans scored bonus points in 12 of the 14 matchups, getting pins from Jacob Pratt (120), Landon Wheaton (126), Jacob Kilgore (132), Austin Crowe (145), Tony Wilson (152), Hayden Maynor (170), Caleb Addison (182) and Bryce Settles (195).

While it was a team goal, it wasn't an effort meant to embarrass the visitors.

"Ooltewah is in a rebuilding phase and they're rebounding from coaching changes," Higgins offered. "I'm sure the dust will settle eventually and they'll be back to prior form."

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765. Follow him at Twitter.com/wardgossett.
McCallie Invitational - 12/14/2016
Friday, Dec. 16

3:00 PM - Weigh-ins

5:00 PM - Round of 32 & Round of 16 (6 mats)

7:00 PM - Quarter-finals (4 mats) & Conso Rds 1 & 2 (2 mats to 6 mats)

Saturday, Dec. 17

8:00 AM - Weigh-ins

10:00 AM - Conso Rds 3 - 5

11:00 AM - Semi-finals (2 mats), Conso Rds (4 mats)

2:00 PM - Conso Semi-finals

3:30 PM - 1st, 3rd, & 5th Placement Matches (3 mats)
Cleveland Duals - 12/8/2016
Pool A
Bradley Central (Ranked #1)
McCallie (Ranked # 8)
Virginia High

Pool B
Soddy Daisy (Ranked # 6)
Science Hill (Ranked # 11)
Carrolton GA

Pool C
Cleveland (Ranked # 3)
Hewitt Trussville AL
Southeast Whitfield GA
Baylor (Ranked #4)

Pool D
Father Ryan (Ranked #2)
Cleveland B
Heritage GA
Walker Valley

SEMIS- Winner of Pool A vs B  and Winner of Pool C vs D

FINALS- Winner of A and B  vs Winner of C and D

SD wrestlers overcome youthful mistakes, beat William Blount - 12/2/2016
Soddy-Daisy started off strong, came through again with a pair of back-to-back middleweight pins and coupled those with three forfeit victories for a 51-24 wrestling victory over visiting William Blount on Thursday.

The Trojans' inexperience in a couple of weights cost them, and William Blount also came up with a pair of big wins as Calvin Martin edged Landon Wheaton 3-2 at 126 pounds and Josh Hughes rallied in overtime for a 4-3 victory over Slater Daniel at 138.

"At the beginning of the year you're going to see things you need to work on. This sport will tell on you. We have a lot to improve on," Soddy-Daisy coach Jim Higgins said following his team's third win three matches into the season.

The performance wasn't nearly as impressive to the coach as the pounding the Trojans put on Cookeville last week.

"It's not so much about wins and losses this early in the year, but we looked great versus Cookeville. We were good on our feet, working and faking in and out and using what we've been working on in practice. We didn't do that so much tonight," the coach said.

Ty Boeck, moving up to 220 pounds for the 2016-17 season, gave Soddy-Daisy the early lead with a first-period pin, but the Governors immediately countered as Christian Lovell evened the score with a heavyweight pin.

However, Soddy-Daisy regained the lead on 106-pound Jacob Allen's 27-second pin and built the margin to 24-6 on consecutive forfeits at 113 and 120.

With a relatively comfortable lead at 27-12, the Trojans put the match out of William Blount's reach with a 27-second pin from Emery Holcomb at 145 and another first-period stop from Tony Wilson at 152.

"Emery and Tony were outstanding, as were Bryce Settles and Ty," Higgins said.

Settles (195) nailed the Trojans' fifth pin, this one coming in 3:07.

William Blount is struggling with weight-management issues as well as illness and left at least two probable starters at home. But the Governors expect every wrestler to drop in weight class post-Christmas.

"Our heavyweight is getting over the stomach bug and our 160-pounder has it right now," Governors coach Tim Satterfield said. "We have guys dropping, but we'll get there. We're looking at the toughest schedule we've had in my time (at William Blount)."

A longtime fixture at the pre-Christmas Bradley Central Invitational, William Blount is headed another direction this year. The Governors will be at the McCallie Invitational instead, Satterfield said.

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765.
The Steve Henry Athletic Facility (part 1) - 1/25/2016
Steve Henry is finally being honored and recognized for a lifetime of service to Soddy Daisy High School.

Henry, the personable 60-year-old coach. teacher and administrator, spent 29 years as the head coach for the wrestling Trojans where he compiled an impressive record of 515 wins, 170 defeats and three ties. During that time, his teams also won seven state championships, including three traditional titles and four duals titles.

And now, some three years after giving up his title of head coach and being promoted to athletic director and assistant principal, the Hamilton County Board of Education recently made a positive move by renaming the Soddy Daisy Wrestling Arena as the Steve Henry Athletic Facility.

If you've followed prep wrestling in the Chattanooga area at all, you have probably been to the old Soddy Daisy High School, located on Highway 27. When the school was moved to its current location on Sequoyah Access Road back in the mid 80s, Henry was just starting his program and seized the opportunity of using an old gymnasium that was probably destined to be demolished.

Spending literally hundreds of hours since that time, what had been a dilapidated old building is now one of the finest wrestling facilities around.

"It's hard to find someone at the same school as long as Steve has been at Soddy Daisy, but he's the only person at the new school who worked at the old one," said Danny Gilbert, the current principal at Soddy Daisy and one of Henry's best friends.

"Without Steve's effort, that building would have been torn down a long time ago, but a lot of folks use that wrestling building and the soccer fields down below. It's amazing the kids who have come through those doors, but Steve was never satisfied and was always looking for ways to make it better.

"Steve Henry is a wrestling legend across the state of Tennessee and that's not why we're renaming that building in his honor. It's because of the love and the sweat and the hundreds of hours he's spent making it what it is today. It's a total credit to him and his parents," Gilbert praised his buddy.

Henry just celebrated his 60th birthday on Oct. 5. He's a 1974 graduate of Red Bank High School where he lettered in football, wrestling and track. He then attended MTSU where he earned his degree in 1979 while running track for the Blue Raiders for two years.

His teaching career began with a three-month stint at Central before spending a year at both East Ridge High and Soddy Daisy Junior. He then moved to Soddy Daisy High School in 1983 and that's where he's been ever since.
The Steve Henry Athletic Facility`` (part 2) - 1/25/2016
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He married his wife Jeannie in the early 90s they are the proud parents of twin daughters Kelsey and Kaley, who were born in 1997. They are and have been three of his biggest cheerleaders.

In those 29 years as the head man for the Trojans, Henry built a tough program built on hard work and doing things the right way. He proudly admits that he learned a lot from the late Luke Worsham, who coached at Baylor for many years, and that he also paid special attention when he was around other notable coaches like Gordon Connell and Jim Morgan.

Henry hesitates to say how many individual state champions he's coached in that time, but he's made a huge impact on thousands of young men, including current head coach Jim Higgins.

"This is something we've been wanting to do for a long time and it's long overdue to say the least," Higgins said early Friday morning.

"As much as Steve Henry has done and as much as he's contributed to the success of our wrestling program, this is for sure the right thing to do. Steve always liked being the leader and he believed in what he was doing. That's been his life work. He's always there to help out when I need his guidance and he still likes to come workout with us when time allows.

"But Steve has always tried to create something people can be proud of. He has succeeded in doing that and he changed my life. I used to be real shy and introverted, but he urged me to be the best I could be and my life has never been the same," Higgins added.

When asked about his most memorable experience as a high school wrestling coach, Henry had a hard time answering the question.

"Our team winning a state championship the first time was certainly special, but there hasn't been just one defining moment for me. I've been blessed to have a bunch of young men who made our program successful through a ton of hard work," Henry related.

"We've had a lot of state champions and I'll never forget Campbell Lewis, who was our first four-time state champ. But we've also had a bunch of studs who never won a state title," the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame inductee added.

Gilbert was hoping to keep this latest honor a secret until Tuesday when the Trojans will host Bradley in a key dual meet for both teams. Unfortunately, the word got out much sooner.

"I really didn't know what was going on at the start. Ernie McCarson called me yesterday to congratulate me on the new building and I didn't have a clue what he was talking about," Henry explained.

Finally Gilbert had to explain what all the hoopla was about as word continued to spread about the latest good news.

"It's a strange feeling for sure and I don't feel like I deserve it. My top priority has always been the kids and helping them to be their best, but this is an awkward situation for me. It's overwhelming to say the least.

"When I first went to Soddy Daisy, we practiced in that old gym and it was perfect for what we needed. We moved to the new school and we just didn't have much area in which to work and somebody suggested we stay at the old place.

"The downstairs was all locked up, but we used the top floor. I reached the point where I started painting the place to help make it ours. We've spent countless hours working over there, but it's been a community effort and that is what makes it so special for me.

"A lot of different teams have used that facility through the years and there have been some great matches where the place was packed. But it's nice to see hard work pay off as it can be such a roller coaster ride at times. But for all of the great friends I've made that have been life-lasting, it's been a wonderful experience for me," Henry concluded.

(article by John Hunt, Chattanoogan)
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12/2/15 Free Press Article - 12/4/2015
Running off a nine-match streak, Soddy-Daisy rallied from a six-point deficit and strolled to a 52-18 wrestling victory over probable Region 2 power William Blount on Tuesday.

It was power from 106 pounds through 160 that provided the bulk of the points for the Trojans, who scored six pins and a major decision. Five of the pins came in first periods.

"It's the first match of the year. I think (the performance) is probably par for the course — shake a little rust off," Soddy-Daisy coach Jim Higgins said. "We've been wrestling each other in the room, but it is not the same as a live matches. Guys have to acclimate."

There were enough positives to keep him from a post-meet rant.

"I was fairly pleased," he said. "I thought the effort was there, the teamwork was there and the intensity was there."

William Blount bolted to a 12-6 lead, pinning in two of the first three matches. James Hartgroves and Kris Ramsey, with first-period pins, sandwiched a fall by the Trojans' Dakota Ables at 220.

Perhaps feeling a sense of urgency, the Trojans began turning the screws at 106 with Jacob Pratt's pin coming in 1:48. Landon Wheaton gave them their first lead with a 9-6 decision over state medalist Calvin Martin, and Chase Payne wheezed his way to a 14-5 major decision after leading 13-0.

"Those, we have to finish what we start," Higgins said.

That was one of several notes compiled by Higgins and assistant coach Brad Laxton.

"We found out a lot that we need to work on, which is the best thing," Higgins said. "We have to work on positioning and match awareness. We have a long way to go, but we have plenty of time because we're wrestling for February."

Soddy-Daisy's Slater Daniel pinned in 0:59 at 126, and Tony Wilson fought back for a 9-8 decision over Brandon Nanney in a pivotal match that could have swung momentum.

From there, though, the Trojans ended any debate with pins from Emery Holcomb, Conner Stiles, Hunter Rogers and Tucker Russo. By the time defending state champ Russo had pinned his man in 1:26, the score had rocketed to 52-12.

The Governors' other winners were Dawson Satterfield (171) and Nolan Kennedy (182).

William Blount, a state duals participant last season, has beefed up the schedule this year, seeking out the competition with the idea of improving its program.

"We didn't take this one lightly. We knew that a lot of their guys wrestled freestyle and Greco-Roman all summer," Higgins said.

"You don't want to get beat, but the heart of our kids showed tonight. We kept fighting," Governors coach Tim Satterfield said. "We're building, and if we have one match go the other way we could've been right in this thing. I knew they were going to bring it. I thought we gave it everything we had. We're still learning."

Several of the Trojans are up a weight class from where they may wind up for the postseason, and Higgins noted that several possible starters hadn't even been able to challenge yet because they're currently restricted because of weight descent rules.

Contact Ward Gossett at wgossett@timesfreepress.com or 423-886-4765. Follow him at Twitter.com/wardgossett.
12/5/2015 Dual tourney - 12/4/2015
Varsity Tournament
Saturday, December 5th
Tullahoma HS
Tullahoma High School / Cookeville HS/ Stewarts Creek High School
10:00 am CST

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