BY JAKE DONOVAN
Bella Campbell and Annalise Dodson continue to make history for Franklin High School’s wrestling program.
The latest entry in their trailblazing journey came in the form of the pair of sophomores each placing in their first tournament. The feat was accomplished on Saturday during the Ramsey Rumble Invitational at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro.
Dodson took 4th place in the 120-pound division, while Campbell came within one match of running the tables at 132 pounds in settling for a 2nd place finish.
Campbell went 3-1 on the day, scoring falls in all three matches and with her only tournament loss coming to eventual 1st place winner Iliana Pate of St. Andrew’s—Sewanee.
In her first match, Campbell dominated Sequatchie’s Mikinee Smith, running up a 13-2 lead before forcing a submission in the 3rd period. Campbell led 8-2 after one period, never allowing another point while scoring five takedowns over the course of the 5:43 match.
Barely one-third of that amount of time was needed in her combined two remaining wins. Campbell trounced Pate’s teammate and 3rd place finisher Charlie Barron in just 1:36, while needing just 0:29 to Candi Herrera, who took 5th place in the bracket.
Dodson’s lone win in three matches also produced the longest of the 120-pound bracket.
The sophomore was felled by tournament champion Jennie Praniuphung of Lavergne High School and Independence’s Majectic Voughchea in her first two rounds of action. However, Dodson ended the day on a high note, overcoming a 5-3 deficit to score a fall over Hazel Green High School’s Sydney Helton.
Campbell and Dodson broke new ground for Franklin High School last November, becoming the first-ever females to participate in the school’s wrestling program.
With their participation came a lot of attention, given their breaking new ground along with the school program’s rich history. It didn’t take long for the multi-talented sophomore student-athletes to write their own chapters, each scoring victories in their respective debuts last November in a home meet versus Lavergne High School.
Photo (Campbell, Dodson) courtesy of Franklin wrestling coach Tucker Cathey.