Blake Burch captured the 165-pound middle school division championship after going 5-0 in the event. Burch was named the middle school division’s Most Outstanding Wrestler, and won the award for most falls in the least amount of time.
Jonathan Ragsdale took fourth place and also garnered All-American honors in the middle school’s 95-pound weight class.
Kory Allmond (130), Ethan West (140), and Jake Hovey (171) competed in the high school freshman division for Gordon Lee, while Clayton Reeves (160) represented the Trojans in the high school sophomore division.
Stephens wins Lions Pride Iron Man
Former LaFayette High School state champion and current Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College wrestler Ian Stephens claimed the 185-pound freestyle title at the Lions’ Pride Iron Man Open in Nashville this past weekend.
Stephens, who won the 184-pound National Collegiate Wrestling Association national title last March while at Tennessee Temple University, beat all his opponents in Nashville by technical fall, including a win over the 211-pound champion, a 2010 NAIA All-American.
He is also 3-0 as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, and will try to move to 4-0 in Tampa, Fla. on July 8 when he faces Charles Blanchard.
Stephens said Blanchard would be his toughest opponent to date. The Jacksonville, Fla. native is 9-2 as a pro over his five-year MMA career, with four wins by knockouts, three by submission, and two by decision. He has won his last two pro fights.
Blanchard was also a cast member on Season 11 of the Spike TV series “The Ultimate Fighter”.