BRISTOL, Tenn. – In his first season as head wrestling coach at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, King University men's wrestling alum Derek Harrison '09 ('10 MBA) led the Purple Wave to a state title. Last week, Harrison's squad won the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Duals state championship.
Harrison's squad won the region championship and opened the state championship with a 66-7 victory over Knoxville Grace 66-7 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Christian Brothers defeated McCallie School 37-30, setting up a match with Baylor School. In the championship match, the Purple Wave earned a 32-28 victory over Baylor to take the title.
"I am very blessed to have spent the last year with this team," Harrison said. "They are the hardest working group of men I have ever seen. Early morning workouts, traveling to find the best competition, and extremely tough practices never phased them and they continued to believe that if they put in the work, they would be the best."
The Purple Wave will have a chance to win another state title in the upcoming weeks as they host the individual regional tournament this weekend. The Individual State Championships are scheduled for February 15-17.
"We had to beat two of the best teams in the state to get the job done, Baylor and McCallie," continued Harrison. "I wish them the best of luck in moving forward. I would also like to note that the entire CBHS family played a critical role in this achievement."
Harrison was a four-year started for the Tornado men's wrestling team. He was a national qualifier for the Tornado and following graduation in 2009 he coached the Tornado for five seasons. He earned his MBA from King in 2010.