DeBlois going to State for the 3rd time

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:42 AM by Indy Eagle

Congratulations to Macy DeBlois for qualifying for the TSSAA State Tournament on Feb 19th and 20th.  Macy placed third at the region tournament this past week.  Macy finished 6th place at the state tournament last season and she currently competes at the 120 pound weight division.  Best of luck to Macy at the state tournament! 

Indy Wrestling wins Region 6 Duals, onto TSSAA State Duals!!!

posted Feb 2, 2016, 10:39 AM by Indy Eagle

The Independence wrestling team went 10-1 throughout the district and region competition this season and will be advancing to the TSSAA State Dual Tournament on Friday February 5th 2016.  Indy beat Overton 51-20 in the semifinal of the region tournament and then defeated Centennial for the 3rd time this season for the Region 6 Championship by the score of 38-33.  This will be the 6th trip to the TSSAA State Dual Tournament for the Eagles in the last 9 years. 

For more information regarding the state dual tournament please visit

Fall Wrestling Schedule

posted Sep 17, 2015, 12:48 PM by Indy Eagle   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 9:50 AM ]

Fall Schedule:

Mondays-Thursdays 2:45 to 3:30 after school weights/conditioning.  Tuesdays will be a mix of wrestling and weight conditioning.  Optional wrestling on Thursdays from 5-6 pm, live wrestling at Blackman HS wrestling room, located at the Blackman Middle School.  Leave at 4 pm, get back to school at 6:30


Needed to join the Wrestling:

  • Wrestling Shoes

  • Current Physical

  • $50 Athletic Fee paid to “IHS Athletics”.


    When does the Season Officially Start?

    1st Day of practice will be Tuesday October 20th.  The season kicks off across the state on Monday Nov 2nd but we are going to start 2 weeks before that. 


    Fall Vandy Games:

    Our main fundraiser for our team is working the Vanderbilt Football concession.  There are 6 home games this year.  Would like each wrestler/family to have a goal of working 8 spots.  Check website for dates and times.   If your parents can’t attend a game but you can, we can help find you a ride. 


    Grades and Behavior:

    In order to be a member of the wrestling team you must stay in good academic standing in ALL of your classes and stay out of trouble, both in the classroom and outside of school.    


    Things to Look Forward to:

  • Wrestling Team Tailgating Party for Homecoming Game Friday Sept 18th

  • Paintball in October 31st

  • Let it Shine Gym in November 7th

  • New Singlets (Guys and Girls)

UTC and Ohio State Camp

posted Jun 8, 2015, 2:26 PM by Indy Eagle

Summer Wrestling Camps

We have 2 things left for the summer, UTC Camp and Ohio State Camp.  I have attached the list of individuals that have confirmed for the camps.  If you still want to attend either UTC or OSU Camps you can, I just need to know ASAP.  Details for Chattanooga camp are below.  Ohio State Details coming soon (July 8th to 11th)


Chattanooga Camp:

We will be leaving Sunday Morning at 10 am.  Will need 1 or 2 parents to help drive the kids down on Sunday.  We will return on Wednesday around 1 or 2 pm and we might need 1 additional driver.  Items to bring to camp are attached.  Medicals Forms are attached as well.  If you need a hard copy of the forms please let me know and I can send home tomorrow with wrestlers at Youth camp.  Make sure to have forms and payment ready on Sunday when we leave.  Have bags and items packed that are on the list.  You will also need about $10-$20 of spending money for Lunch on Sunday and nightly snacks at the camp store.  Meals are provided at the cafeteria while at camp except for Lunch on the very first day.  Other questions, please let me know.   

Spring/Summer Wrestling Opportunities

posted Mar 26, 2015, 9:12 AM by Indy Eagle   [ updated Mar 31, 2015, 10:42 AM ]

Our spring wrestling season schedule is attached.  Also we have three summer trips this season we plan to take:

Pigeon Forge - May 26th to 29th (estimated cost of around $60)

Jeff Jordan Camp - June 10th to 14th (estimated cost of around $400)

Ohio State Team Camp - July 8th to 11th (estimated cost of around $400)

Please go to the following website to sign up:

2014-2015 Season Recap

posted Feb 25, 2015, 7:39 AM by Indy Eagle

2014-2015 Season Recap


Coming into this season, things were pointed in the right direction for Independence Wrestling.  Indy wrestling was building off a very young team from 2013-2014.  The team graduated only 3 seniors, had two returning state qualifiers coming back, one of which won a State Championship!  As a team our freshmen class was our largest on the roster and to date was one of the best freshmen classes that Indy had produced.  As a dual team, Indy finished 1-5 in the district competition and failed to qualify for the Region 6 dual tournament.  With the addition of some rising 9th grader, plus the returning team members, things were look up for the 2014-2015 season.


As the school year started the wrestling team started looking quite a bit different than the team it ended the 2013-14 season with.  The team lost both returning state qualifiers.  The returning state champion moved out of state and the other state qualifier was sidelined for the season with a knee injury.  Along with that the team lost five other starters for various reason.  When it was all said and done the team had to replace 10 starters from 2013-2014 season.  Just when it seemed like the team was growing out of being a young team, it then became the youngest team since the school opened in 2004.  During the 1st half of the season the team went through the growing pains of having so many new wrestlers in the lineup and the team had to consistently try to overcome that inexperience.  The team grew as the season progressed and the main focus for the team was on January, when district/region competition began.   Going into the most important matches of the season, the team put together a starting lineup that consisted of 6 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 3 Juniors and 2 seniors, with both seniors being new to the Independence wrestling team.  With a team even younger than 2013-2014, the district schedule seemed to be an uphill battle again.


As the district dual matches started, the team came together and competing at a very high level.  The youth and inexperience was overcome with hard work!  The team over performed in almost every district match and the team finished the district dual season with a 5-1 record and won the District 11 Championships!  A complete turnaround from 2013-14 season when the team went 1-5 in district matches.   By winning the district, the team qualified for the Region 6 Dual Tournament and finished 1 match away from qualifying for the TSSAA state tournament. 


As the dual season ended, it was time to for the individuals to focus on Individual Region Tournament with hopes of qualifying for the TSSAA State Individual Tournament.  With zero returning state qualifiers in the lineup, it again seemed to be an uphill battle.  After it was all said and done, the team qualified 7 individuals for the TSSAA State Tournament, 4 males and 3 females! 


The 2014-2015 season seemed to have such a bright outlook coming into the school year and then everything imaginable happen to the team and the challenges that were presented seemed insurmountable.  Throughout the season the youth kept growing and growing.  The freshmen class became THE BEST freshmen class in Independence history with having 6 finalist at the Middle Tennessee Freshmen Grand Championships.  Looking at where the team started in November and finished in February, was quite the accomplishment.  Looking toward next season, the team will be returning 12 starters and many more JV wrestlers with experience.  Add in another strong incoming freshmen class and the 2015-2016 Indy wrestling team has VERY high expectations!


Go Eagles! 

Week of Nov 10th Annoucements:

posted Nov 10, 2014, 8:34 AM by Indy Eagle

Thank you so much to the families that have been helping with Vanderbilt thus far this season.  We only have 1 game left on Nov 29th but we don’t know the kickoff time yet.  If you know you can work please email me.  Attached you will find a spreadsheet to check your families totals for working.  Please let me know if there are any errors on it.  Thanks again for working! 


Schedule for this week:

Monday – Practice 3 to 5

Tuesday – Practice 3  to 5

Wednesday – Practice 3 to 5

Thursday – Scrimmage @ Centennial 4:30 Start time (this is a change, you can come watch, will need drivers for leaving at 3:30)

Friday – Gym set up and practice @ 5 pm, this is a change as well.  Should be done by 7:30 pm. 

Saturday – Preseason Tournament @ Indy.  Wrestlers should be here at 7:30 am, more information below.  Also Saturday night we will be having a team party, info below as well.    


Preseason Dual Tournament @ Indy on Saturday:

This Saturday we host our first competition of the year.  We will need help with the following three areas and if you can help please contact these three directly: 


Concession – Cathy Lynn

Table Workers – Kim Little

Hospitality Room – Patti Twaddle Sign up for Hospitality at this link:


Wrestling will start at 9 am (wrestlers show up at 7:30 am), should be finished wrestling by 2:30


Saturday Night Wrestling Party

After we clean up and finish with the tournament we will be have dinner at the school as a team, then go see the movie “Fox Catcher” then we will be going to Let It Shine Gymnastics gym from 10 to midnight.  We will need about 3 or 4 parent chaperones to help with driving to and from, plus helping to take them home afterwards.  I will be asking the wrestlers TOMORROW if they plan to attend and will be sending home 2 forms with them that will need to be returned by Thursday.  Cost will be $20 for the dinner, movie and gym time.  Should be a great time, I hope they don’t miss out on it. 

Friesner Wins TSSAA State Championship!!!

posted Feb 18, 2014, 6:51 AM by Indy Eagle

The 2013-2014 Season has come to a close and ended with a strong finish.  Going into the state tournament, Dillan Friesner was unranked 106 pounds going into the tournament but left his mark by winning 5 matches in a row and won the TSSAA State Championship!  Dillan won 3 matches by decision and 2 by major.  In the finals the match was tied 0-0 and headed to overtime.  In OT Dillan was whipped to his back but bridged back into his opponent from Bradley Central, putting him on his back.  Dillan won by a score of 5-0.  Dillan defeated the #1, #3 and #5 ranked wrestlers in the state on his way to capturing the state title.  Congrats to Dillan!  

Indy had 5 other wrestlers compete at the state tournament and all of them had strong showings.  Kinley Hasamear placed 2nd in the 155 girls division.  Senior Robbie Allen finished 3-2, freshman Brady Ingram finished 3-2, Kaitlin Kiser went 1-2 @ 125 and Macy DeBlois went 0-2 in the girls division @ 112.  

Congrats to the entire Independence Wrestling Team on a fantastic finish to the season! As team they went 11-4 in the boys division, our best record ever as a team at the tournament!  

Barnett, Newberg and Savage Repeat as Champions!

posted Feb 23, 2012, 10:17 AM by Indy Eagle

The 2011-2012 wrestling season has come to a close and it ended with Independence crowning three individual TSSAA State Champions!  Rachel Savage defended her state title by pinning all three of her opponents in the first period to capture the 112 pound weight class.  Nebraska signee, McCoy Newberg won his finals match over Blake Henry of Soddy Daisy by a score of 7-5 to capture the 170 pound championship.  His finals match was voted "Best Match" at the tournament.  And last but not least, Kendall Barnett has another gold medal as she too pinned her way through the tournament in route to the 130 pound championship.  Congrats to all three on a well deserved spot on top of the podium. 
Independence had 6 other wrestlers compete at the TSSAA State Tournament.  All 6 won matches at the tournament, with Glenn Rockholt and Zach Pelkey each coming 1 victory away from earning a state medal.  Other IHS wrestler were Robbie Allen, Caleb Little, Vito Scara and Zack McMillan.  Congrat to the entire Indy Wrestling Nation on a great season.  Although we are losing 6 very talented senior to graduation, Indy wrestling is looking forward to a lot of hard work in the off season that will make the 2012-2013 team even stronger! 

Indy goes 2-2 at TSSAA State Duals, finishes in the top 6

posted Feb 7, 2012, 10:25 AM by Indy Eagle   [ updated Feb 7, 2012, 10:29 AM ]

After a very successful first day of the TSSAA State Duals, Independence ran into tough competition.  After defeating Maryville and Cordova on Friday night to advance to the Semifinals, Indy ran into the eventual champions in Soddy Daisy High School.  Although Independence gave them a tough match, Independence fell short of winning the dual, dropping into the consolation semifinals, with Ravenwood waiting for a 3 meeting between the two teams.  With a back in forth match, extremely close matches everywhere, Ravenwood found a way again to defeat Independence and knock them out of this years tournament.  The team finished the season with a dual record of 22-9, with all 9 dual losses to teams in the top 3 of their respective states.  Congrats to the entire Independence wrestling team on their season! 

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