Four local athletes selected for TSWA All-State wrestling teams

The Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association’s All-State wrestling teams have been selected,  and there are four local wrestlers who made the cut.

For the boys’ 170-pound class, Creek Wood senior Matthew Trotter qualified for the All-State team.

At the state tournament, Trotter notched runner-up for his classification. He’s also a two-time region champion.

“Matthew is a kid that came in as a freshman, and he’s worked hard,” said Creek Wood wrestling coach Jimmy Murphy. 

There are also three girls’ wrestling All-State selections: two from Creek Wood, and one from Dickson County.

Red Hawk junior Shelby Zacharias made All-State for Creek Wood’s girls in the 170-pound weight class, while senior Ariyanna Anderson made All-State in the 190-pound class for Creek Wood.

“Shelby’s the hardest worker in the room,” said Murphy. “She works hard every day at practice.

“Ari is real athletic. She played football (in middle school), and so she’s used to playing with stronger people. It just seems to be easier to her.

Putting those two together in practice pushes each other.”

Zacharias and Anderson took home state titles in their respective classes and made the first team in All-State selections.

For Dickson County, junior Rontaysia Payne made All-State in the 132-pound class, qualifying on the second team. 

Cougar wrestling coach John Patterson could not be reached for comment. Still, Murphy raves about the accolade.

“I think it’s an honor to have three girls from one area,” Murphy said. “It’s an honor for the county.”

In Creek Wood’s case, Murphy reiterated the impact of the success, as the program has only existed for four years.

“We took over the program, there wasn’t but two kids on the team. (The kids) are working hard and having fun.

We’ve got some good pieces coming back next year. We were able to host the region this year at Creek Wood, and that’s a big accomplishment. 

I just think we’re building a program now.” 

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