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Dogtown wrestler River Griffith failed to surrender a single point on his journey to a
tournament championship at last weekend’s Bristol Brawl.
Photo courtesy Dogtown Wrestling Club

Originally published: 2013-01-11 15:25:45
Last modified: 2013-01-11 15:25:45

Dogtown dominates at Bristol Brawl

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Dogtown Wrestling Club continued its strong season with a third-place team finish at the Bristol Brawl Border Championships this past weekend.

A number of athletes, including several first-time participants, took the mat for Dogtown during the event. Staley Griffith went 2-2 in his first-ever tournament. Ben Jordan was 1-2, including a 19-1 tech fall victory. 

Ethan Horney placed second in the tot 45-pound group, while Jackson Russ went 1-2 with a pin for his win. Kyle Taylor went a perfect 4-0 with 4 pins to win his first tournament, while teammate Buster Hartley was 2-2 in capturing a third-place finish.

Chandler Horney finished with a 2-3 mark and fourth-place finish, while Harrison Horney lost by decision to last year’s All-American from Kingsport, Tenn. and eventual tournament champ. Kyler Braswell scored a pin on his way to a 1-2 finish and Joe Jordan lost to the eventual tournament champion in his weight class in the first round, but rallied with two pins to earn a fourth-place finish. 

Levi Andrews finished 3-2, working hard in earning a bronze medal, while his brother Lucas earned a win en route to a fourth-place finish. 

Ben Oakes went 2-3 to earn second place, while Cody Daniels finished 2-2, wrestling opponents from West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee en route to a fourth-place finish. 

Braeden Riley-Deaton finished 2-2 in a tough weight class to place fourth, while Blake Williams went 1-2 with a 30-second pinfall, but was unable to reach the medal round. Ethan Shell went 3-1 with a pair of pins and a 12-0 major decision, losing by a score of 8-6 to earn third place. 

River Griffith finished with a perfect mark of 3-0. Griffith did not surrender a single point, winning by final match scores of 12-0, 12-0 and achieved a 29-second pin to bring home gold from Bristol Brawl Border Championships.

The team returns to its next event in Kingsport, Tenn. this Saturday, Jan. 12.