Higher Calling Wins 2014 TNAAU STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Championship!!!

Higher Calling with 3 Middle School Individual State Champions wins the 2014 TNAAU Middle School State Championships. Huge day by our entire squad and bodes well for the future of Cleveland High Wrestling.

  1. Higher Calling 235.5
  2. Wave Wrestling Club 180.0
  3. Halls Wrestling 136.5
  4. Nashville Catholic 136.5

20140316-103140.jpg2014 State Champions
Garrett Bowers-Middle School 75
Bryce Pond-Middle School 80
Cody Matthews- Middle School 100
2014 State 2nd Place
Wesley Devaney Middle School 75
Logan Whiteside Middle School 95
Nyzaya Vincent Middle School 140
2014 State 4th Place
Emory Taylor Middle School 70 
Austin Sweeney Middle School 105 
Caleb Flickner Middle School 140
2014 State 5th Place
Cade Holloway Middle School 75
2014 State 6th Place
Barry Russell  Middle School 115
Jack Hicks Middle School 150

2014 TN AAU Middle School State and State Team Champions

On the outside of the Jones Wrestler Center at Cleveland High School is now hanging this picture; The 2014 Higher Calling Team that won the 2014 TN AAU Middle School State and Team State championships.


Higher Calling’s Bentley Ellison and Trae McDaniel earn Silver and Bronze at AAU Elementary Duals

At AAU Elementary National Championship Duals, wrestling for TeamTN Red, Bentley Ellison went 6-1, earned a Silver Medal going 7-1 during the 3 day event. Trae Mcdaniel went 6-2 and earned a Bronze Medal. Both Trae and Bentley were named All-Americans.


Higher Calling’s Nyzaya Vincent earns a bronze medal at AAU Middle School Dual National championship

Higher Calling’s Nyzaya Vincent went 5-3 and earned a Bronze Medal and was named AAU All American at AAU National Championship Middle School duals


2 Higher Calling boys named All-American and helped power TN Blue in AAU National Championship Duals

Higher Calling and Cleveland Middle School’s Logan Whiteside and Wesley Devaney were named All-American at AAU National Duals Championship for their performance with TeamTN Blue!!!


Powered by 3 Higher Calling Boys, TeamTN 6th Grade finishes in 3rd place at AAU National Championships

Powered by the performance of our boys, the 6th Grade TeamTN finished in third place at AAU National Championships…

All 3 of Higher Calling boys earned individual medals too.

Emory Taylor Silver medal
Garret Bowers bronze medal
Lawrence Madson Bronze medal

And Daniel Uhorchuk of Baylor kids club Sliver medal



Bosken’s boys representing at AAU Middle School National Championship Duals..

Higher Calling has 7 kids on the TeamTN Middle School teams; the most of any Program in the state.. In this picture, we have 2 more that joined the picture once they found out that we were taking a picture of all of Bosken’s Boys…



TWA weekend camp with Russ Cozart

Last fall the Tennessee Wrestling Federation launched a new Developmental program in efforts to provide preparation and direction for our kids to compete in regional and national events. There is no secret to what is going help our kids get to that next level, we have to get them training and competing together…iron sharpens iron. Our first training session was held in September and turned out to be a huge success!. There were 40 athletes who participated in the training session including four All-Americans and 12 National Team members! Everyone had a great weekend of training and we’re definitely looking forward to the April session!
To add to the upcoming training session, we have decided to incorporate a few big additions to the weekend. First off, we are bringing in coaching legend, Russ Cozart, of the Brandon, FL program to run the camp. Coach Cozart will help our state incorporate training and tactics to win at all levels and we are very excited to offer this opportunity to the athletes and coaches of Tennessee. We are also offering a USA Bronze Level Coaching Certification course. A Bronze Level Certification is required at all USAW Regional and National events and provides very useful information for coaches of all levels. Our new statewide athlete-officials program will also be introduced at that time. Potential National Team members will now be able to earn money towards their TWF sponsored trips by officiating at our events. This is going to be a great weekend for all athletes and coaches. Here is the information for the next action-packed training weekend:
Dates/Times: April 12-13, 2014 / Saturday – 10 am-noon, 2-4 pm and 5:30-7pm, Sunday 9-11 am
Bronze Clinic: All day on April 12, 2014
Location: Jones Wrestling Center, 850 Raider Dr. NW, Cleveland, TN 37312
Ages: Schoolboy through Junior Division
Cost (Prices include Trackwrestling registration fee): USAW All-Americans – Free
2013 Tennessee National Team members (Cadet and Junior Duals, Fargo) – $55
USA card holders – $80 (cards can be purchased at www.tennwrestling.com)
Insurance: All athletes must have a VALID USA card and will have to show it at registration!! No exceptions.
Bronze Class Info: Contact Todd Allen at (615) 689-0332 or tallen@cumberland.edu
Russ Cozart Bio:
Head Coach at Upland H.S. in Upland, CA 1976-1978
Head Coach at Chamberlain RS. in Tampa, FL 1978-1980
Head Coach at Brandon RS. in Brandon, FL 1980-Present
Twenty one (21) time State Champions
National Record Holders – Longest winning streak in the history of any high school sport -
459 consecutive wins 1974-2008
Dual Meet record at Brandon H.S. 484-5
2004 Team Ranked #3 in the Nation
Coached 73 State Champions and 156 State Placers
2005 Team Ranked #1 Public High School in the Nation by Intermat
Records set at Junior Nationals, Fargo, ND
Most finalists from one high school- 8 (5 in Greco, 3 in Freestyle)
Most Champions from one high school – 6 (3 in Greco, 3 in Freestyle)
Featured on the Regis and Kelly show 10/26/07
Head Coach of Brandon Wrestling club for 32 years
Coached 93 Athletes to Individual National Championships and 196 to All-American
Registration: Everyone must pre-register on Trackwrestling at the following link:


Accommodations: All athletes will stay in the wrestling facility. Please bring an air mattress or sleeping bag to sleep on. This training camp is not only designed to improve areas of wrestling, but also to promote camaraderie amongst our Tennessee athletes.
National Team Gear: This is a development program designed to bring the Tennessee Wrestling community together. The participants in this program will have access to the National Team gear from this past summer. The uniform package is $225 and will include two sublimated singlets, jacket, bag, shirt, and shorts. These items will also be available to purchase separately for the following prices: Singlet: $65, Jacket $50, Bag $40, Shirt $15, Shorts $15
If you have questions, please email Mike Hatcher at coachhatcher@gmail.com.


Higher Calling Freestyle and Greco

We will beginning our Freestyle and Greco Sunday March 30th. I would like to invite all K-5th wrestlers who have wrestling experience to join us. It is very evident that having an active Freestyle and Greco season allows each athlete to make huge gains in the off season. If interested please contact me at jbosken@clevelandschools.org.

Also, our Higher Calling Youth Wrestling Camp will be the second weekend in June (June 12-14th). Details are to come but just wanted to get everyone who was interested a date to mark on your calendar. Hope to see everyone there, last year was a blast.

Josh Bosken
Higher Calling Wrestling Club


Jones Wrestling Center Gets Funding for Additions


Cleveland Daily Banner:
Jones Wrestling Center Gets Funding for Additions

The Jones Wrestling Center at Cleveland High School is already regarded as one of the premiere wrestling facilities in the nation. Now, the center will undergo an addition, thanks to a donation by the Allan Jones Foundation.

Jake Yost, coach of the Blue Raiders wrestling team, recently announced the foundation had contributed funding to add an additional office to the inside of the weight room in the wrestling center.

Yost said the new space will give the coaches an ideal place to meet one-on-one with students for the purpose of mentoring and watching practice videos.

The funding also allows the addition of a bathroom and shower for the coaching staff.

“The Jones Wrestling Center is already one of the best facilities in the United States and this donation by the Allan Jones Foundation takes us to the next level,” Yost said. “We want people to know that we are not content just to have the best wrestling center in America. We want to keep improving and striving to be better.”

The foundation donated more than $1.5 million for the state-of-the-art center starting in 2001 and was the sole funder for the project. The center has digital scoreboards, padded walls, inflatable, overhead heating ducts and flat screen TVs. It is named after the late W.A. Jones, a prominent Cleveland businessman.

The foundation’s history of philanthropy runs deep. In 2006, it donated $50,000 to the city school system to hire the athletic recruiting firm Double Pump International so that a national search for a coaching staff could be hired to replace the retiring Al Miller.

New coaches were found for the high school, middle school and kids club, and the foundation implemented a six-year plan designed to guide the Cleveland wrestlers to a championship.

“In six years, these sixth-graders will be seniors and will have come through the new system installed by coach Heath Eslinger and staff, and will win the state championship,” Allan Jones was quoted as saying in 2006.

Prior to the implementation of the six-year plan, Bradley Central High School had served as a long-respected state powerhouse, and had beaten Cleveland in competition for 19 consecutive years. For the past three years, Cleveland wrestlers have defeated their crosstown rivals.

Jones was quick to point out that BCHS remains a state powerhouse, as is Walker Valley High School. The local philanthropist and CHS alumnus, and former high school wrestler, contributes to all three local programs which he supports financially and as a follower.

“If there is a state championship won in wrestling, we want it to be one of our three schools,” Jones said.

In the 2013 state tourney dual meet championships, Cleveland beat runner-up Wilson Central 78-4, a TSSAA record for the most lopsided margin of victory, most pins and quickest championship.

Since the 2006-07 season, Cleveland has finished as the Tennessee runner-up in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012, and won state championships in 2011, 2013 and 2014.


Higher Calling has 5 State Champions in the Afternoon Session!!

Massive Afternoon Session for Higher Calling with 5 State Champions!!

Cody Matthews-State Champion,
Tucker Smith-State Champion,
Garrett Bowers-State Champion,
Bentley Ellison-State Champion,
Bryce Pond-State Champion,
Nyzaya Vincent-2nd Place,
Logan Whiteside-2nd Place,
Wesley Devaney-2nd Place,
John Endorfer-2nd Place,
Caleb Flickner-4th Place,
Austin Sweeney-4th Place,
Emory Taylor-4th Place,
Luke Chouinard-5th Place,
Cade Holloway-5th Place
Barry Russell-6th Place,
Jack Hicks-6th Place,

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