Wilson Central joined by Friendship in TSSAA state duals

Jan. 31—Wilson Central will make its 12th straight appearance in the TSSAA State Dual Wrestling Championships this coming weekend.

The Wildcats will be joined by a first-timer at the Williamson County Expo Center in Franklin — Friendship Christian.

Central, which has never won state in five trips to the finals, will take another crack during the one-day event Saturday, beginning with a 9 a.m. match against undefeated Dobyns Bennett.

The winner will take on either Brentwood or Bradley Central in the 1 p.m. semifinals. The finals will be at 7 with five-time defending champion Cleveland, Rossview, Maryville and Summit in the other bracket.

Consolation matches will begin at 11 a.m. and will culminate with the third-place match (where the Wildcats finished last year) at 5 p.m.

Friendship, which has had wrestlers qualify for the individual state in the past but never the team tournament, is in the Division II-A-AA final four. The Commanders will take Lakeway Christian at 11 a.m. with the winner returning at 7 p.m. to take on Boyd Buchanan or Battle Ground Academy. The losers will wrestle for third place at 1 p.m.