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Cleveland wrestlers win state title

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) - Following on the heels of the Cleveland Blue Raiders winning a third consecutive state championship, the Higher Calling Kids Wrestling Club also dominated the Tennessee AAU State Championship tournament held recently in Cookeville.

The club, coached by Josh Bosken, accumulated a total of 635.5 tournament team points, which is up from 440.5 points scored a year ago.   

Higher Calling was the 2015 Tennessee AAU Middle State Champion and overall team champion for the second consecutive year.

“This was a huge day for the entire squad and bodes well for the future of Cleveland High School wrestling,” said Josh Bosken, head coach for Higher Calling, a competitive youth wrestling organization. “Our goal is to train and maintain the highest-quality athletes to help continue the finest wrestling program in the state.”

Higher Calling is a wrestling program that gives young wrestlers of all skill levels, grades K through 5, a chance to learn the essentials of practice and competition.

 “Our wrestlers finished in a commanding first place overall with a 338 lead over the second place team, Wave Wrestling, who had 315 tournament team points,” said Bosken. “Further, in the stand-alone divisions, Higher Calling took first place in the 3-4th grade division (midget), first place in the 5-6th grade division (juniors), and first place in the 7-8th grade division (middle-school).”

Bosken said the club had 55 kids from the state participate in the state tournament - up from 29 a year ago – and had a historical record of 33 state placers, 18 finalists, and 12 champs.

After the victory, Bosken offered a special thanks to Check Into Cash and its founder and CEO Allan Jones.

Along with purchasing a bus for Higher Calling, the Allan Jones Foundation and CIC act as the primary funders of the club, paying for whatever needs arise. This enables those who aren't financially able to wrestle to do so through a matching program. The company was the sole funder of the team's trip to the recent state tournament in Franklin to see the Blue Raiders win another state title.

Bosken said the Foundation matches every dollar the wrestlers raise.

For Jones, it is a gift that needs no explanation.

“Higher Calling is important because the wrestlers develop a love for the sport and build a strong work ethic that will carry them through life,” said Jones. “The club also strives to teach the young athletes moral character and good sportsmanship. Winning starts at this level, which is why Cleveland is a hotbed for champions.”

Dawn McDaniel, a Check Into Cash employee who manages the company's national Vehicle Appraisal Assistance Center, is the parent of Higher Calling's Trae McDaniel. She says the club is important because it provides an opportunity for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to compete.

“We have kids who can't afford the singlets, can't afford their uniforms, and can't afford to wrestle the tournaments,” McDaniel said. “Check Into Cash allows the young athletes in this community to have a chance that they would never have if it wasn't for their sponsorship. It means a lot.”

The Higher Calling State Champions are:
  • Joseph Uhorchuk, 50lb bantam state champion
  • Ethan Uhorchuk, 50lb midget state champion
  • Tucker Smith, 65lb midget state champion
  • Caleb Uhorchuk, 60lb junior state champ
  • Trae McDaniel, 75lb junior 2x state champion
  • Cody Chittum, 85lb junior state champion
  • Garrett Bowers, 85lb middle school state champion
  • Logan Whiteside, 110lb state champion
  • Austin Sweeney, 120lb state champion 
  • Russell Barry, 125lb state champion
  • Scott Jones, 160lb state champion
  • Caleb Flickner, 220lb state champion

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