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Clarksville Lady Cat wrestling continues to build a stronger team

Clarksville Lady Cat wrestling continues to build a stronger team
Team picture of the girls placing runner up for the State Team Duals. (Courtesy: Colleen Powers) 

Cheree Federico - BVM Sports User Submission

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — With an original roster of thirteen girls, Clarksville High School’s Girls Wrestling had its first season in 2019. That year, two seniors qualified for the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic  Association (TSSAA) State Individual tournament with Taylor Howell placing 2nd and Kaevon Burney placing 3rd. Both girls were later awarded college wrestling scholarships.

Courtesy: Colleen Powers

The second season, during the 2020-2021 school year, saw the Lady Cats winning the TSSAA State Dual Invitational tournament, as the team beat neighboring Rossview High School. Three girls qualified during the Individual Regional tournament to compete at State, with Brielle Bissonett placing 1st, Ella-Lina Gonzalez placing 1st, and Claire Matthews placing 5th. The team as a whole won TSSAA Runner-Up for the Individual tournament.

Recently, at the end of the current 2021-2022 season, the Lady Cats won TSSAA Dual Runner Up. After placing 2nd in the Regional Individual tournament, Clarksville High School advanced to the TSSA State Individual tournament. The Lady Cats won their first TSSAA State Individual Championship. Ella-Lina Gonzales won her second state championship, while Sha‘Niayha Wysinger won her first state championship. Other qualifiers at state were Emma Stewart (3rd place), Grace Morrison (3rd  place), Lille Cobb (5th place) and Alexia Esconbedo (6th place). Additionally, Cailal Weatherspoon, Madelin Allen, and Kayla Powers each won matches that contributed to the team score.

Courtesy: Colleen Powers

The Lady Cats have set goals for the upcoming season to continue to build a strong team and, of course, to WIN! Their pre-game ritual is one of gathering in a circle and repeating after the captains:

I believe in myself
and in my abilities
and this will carry me through
and this will carry us through.
Work hard in silence
and let success be our noise.
L A D Y C A T S!

The league is led by Head Coach, Sharrock Cobb and Assistant Coaches, Brad Warren and Will Matthews.

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