Blaike Henry Signs To Wrestle At King College

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - by B.B. Branton

"Blaike Henry is the total package. He is a good wrestler, has great character and is an exceptional student.”
--   Derek Harrison, King College assistant coach

The Chattanooga-area to King College (Tenn.) wrestling pipeline continues to flow to the Bristol campus.

Three-time state medalist Blaike Henry of Soddy Daisy signed scholarship papers with King College (Tenn.) Tuesday.

Henry has been state runner-up the past two years and was fifth as an eighth grader while wrestling for McCallie and also led Soddy Daisy to the state traditional and duals championships in 2012.



“I am excited about signing with King College and can’t wait to get there,”  said Henry who carries a 3.86 grade point average, has been in the Advanced Placement (AP) program the past two years and plans to major in accounting in college.  “The coaches expressed a real interest in me being part of the team next year and I will work hard to start as a freshman.”

Freshmen from the Chattanooga area on the team this season include Georgia state runner-up and freestyle All-American (5th place) Madison Martin (Heritage High School, Ringgold, Ga.), Andy Bratton (Heritage HS) and former Soddy Daisy state champion Billy Swanson.  Sophomore Jeremy Miller (2007 state champ from Greenback HS) and freshman Cody Davis (two-time state champ from Pigeon Forge HS) are also on the team.

“Blaike is the total package. He is a good wrestler, has great character and is an exceptional student,” said King College assistant wrestling coach Derek Harrison who wrestled at Cleveland High School and King College.

“He is the type student-athlete we want in our program.”

Good College Wrestling in the Southeast: “With both Shorter Univ. (Rome, Ga.) and King competing at the NCAA D-II level and Cumberland University (Tenn.) and The University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) wrestling NAIA  plus UTC at D-I gives high school wrestlers so many options of where to wrestle close to home," said coach Harrison.

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