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Team Tornado Spring Session

Posted by Team Tornado at Mar 14, 2013 7:57AM PDT ( 0 Comments )


Folkstyle- Mondays,

Freestyle, Greco- Tuesdays and Thursdays


Derek Harrison- 2 Time Tennessee Wrestling Federation Coach of the Year, 2012 USA Wrestling Southeastern Developmental Coach of the Year, King College Assistant Coach

Cullen King- King College Wrestler, 3x Tennessee State Placer

and more King Colllege Wrestlers.


$150 for 3 Months of Training or $50 for only the Folkstyle practices

(Must Buy a USA Wrestling Card Prior to Practice for FS/GR or AAU for Folkstyle)

Shirt and Shorts will be optional ordered during first 2 weeks



Practice Location

The Rebel Wrestling Building on the Sullivan South High Campus

Practice Times

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 6:00 PM

(Practices will be an average of 2 hours long each day)

Practices Begin Monday March 17th at 6 PM

*For more information contact Derek Harrison at 423-593-8348 or

Or Bob Meade at 423-416-1923 or at

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Team Tornado Fall Folkstyle Session

Posted by Derek Harrison at Aug 29, 2012 3:40PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Team Tornado Wrestling Club will host a fall folk-style season this year in order to prep athletes for their upcoming seasons.

The season will run from September 6th through October 18th. Practices will be in the King College wrestling room in Bristol, TN from 6:30-8:15 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. USA Wrestling Cards are required (if you are a Team Tornado Freestyle wrestler the cards are good from the end of August for a full calendar year). Cost for this club session will be $85 (This does not include a USA Card). Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. Athletes of all ages K-12 are invited. Please contact me with any questions at or on my cell at 423-593-8348.

Derek Harrison
Tennessee Wrestling Federation Eastern Director & Treasurer
2x TWF Coach of the Year
USA Wrestling 2012 Developmental Coach of the Year
King College Wrestling Assistant
Tennessee Junior National Team Coach 2010, 2011, 2012

Damarcus Spencer
Junior College All-American
Indiana State Finalist
Fargo All-American
NHSCA All-American

And others from week to week.


Congratulations to Nate Croley, Cody Davis, David Kieta, Keagan Matlock, Jon Boatman, and TJ Satterfield for representing East TN at the Junior National Duals in Oklahoma. The Junior team finished 21st in the country.

Representing East TN on the Cadet Team in Florida was Chad Soloman, Storm Williams, Jole Payne, and Tyler Sheehan.

This experience will pay dividends for these athletes next year.

Pictured is the complete TN Junior Duals Team.


The team of:

106 Nick Crawford/Connor Gilsen
113 Jon Boatman
120 Madison Martin
126 Mario Haynes
132 Austin Baffaloe
138 Spencer Davis
145 Nate Croley
152 Keagan Matlock
160 JA Jones/Joey Ray
170 Michael Hooker
182 Jesse Masters/Bryson Begley
195 Cody Davis/Michael Moore
220 TJ Satterfield
HWT Josh Mackey

Recently competed at a tough Militia Duals and brought home the 3rd place trophy. Team Tornado lost by a point in the tournament semifinals to eventual champion Compound. Team Tornado then rolled through the rest of the tournament defeating NC Dream Team in the consi-semis and Palmetto A in the consilation finals for 3rd. Complete round by round results can be found on:

The athletes on this team had a lot of fun and saw some great competition at one of the toughest summer duals tournaments out there.


BRISTOL, Tenn. – King College Men’s Wrestling assistant coach Derek Harrison was named the Southeast Developmental Coach of the Year by his peers in USA Wrestling this past weekend. The honor is awarded to one coach per region each year that runs a successful national development wrestling club.

Derek Harrison was named Southeast Developmental Coach of the Year this past weekend for his work with the Tennessee Wrestling Federation. He is currently working with the Federation to help build it into a program that is gaining recognition in the southeast and on a national level. He is now in the running among five coaches nationwide for the National Development Coach of the Year Award.

“Just being considered for Developmental Coach of the Year is a huge honor,” said Harrison. “Coaching is something you do and don’t expect any recognition. You just keep working hard and try to reach as many different athletes as you can. In this case, others noticed and it’s a refreshing feeling.”

Harrison was one of nine coaches in the region nominated for the award. After a vote put to his peers he was named the Southeast Developmental Coach of the Year for his success and dedication. Currently, there are five regions designated by USA Wrestling with the Southeast Region comprising of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Harrison works primarily with the best of the area’s 11th and 12th graders helping them compete for a spot on the USA Junior National team as well as priming them for a career beyond high school. He also works with children as young as eight years old at the bantam level and all those in between. In 2010, Harrison led Team Tennessee to a top-20 finish at the Junior Nationals for the first time in the state’s wrestling history. He will lead his team to Junior Nationals in Oklahoma City, Okla. for the third straight year on June 26.

“Everybody I talk to that has been part of these clubs or Team Tennessee goes on and on about what a good man he is. Of course, I completely agree,” said King Men’s Wrestling head coach, Nate Moorman. “There is just no better compliment for a college coach than to see your graduates have such a positive impact on others.”

A veteran in the wrestling world despite being only 25 years old, Harrison has been on the fast track to becoming one of the up-and-coming coaches in the industry. For the last two years, the Tennessee Wrestling Federation has named him Coach of the Year in consecutive years (2010, 2011) and awaits the selection for the 2012 season.

In addition to serving as the Men’s Wrestling assistant coach and the head strength and conditioning coach at King College, Harrison also volunteers with a local club wrestling team. For the last three years he has served as the head coach of Team Tornado, a wrestling club for boys ages seven and up that focuses on teaching Freestyle, Greco, and Folkstyle wrestling to area youths.

“We are really trying to grow wrestling here in the area,” said Harrison. “It [wrestling] is really new in this area and it is growing. We are trying to build it into something and teach kids about the sport.”

Team Tornado won the Freestyle tournament portion of its recent home dual event that featured Compound (Ga.), East Tennessee Wrestling Academy, and Lion’s Pride (Nashville, Tenn.). Team Tornado won placed well and finished second in the Greco tournament that was also a part of the event.

“I don’t care where these kids go to college,” said Harrison. “I just want them to be good enough so they can succeed wherever they choose to go.”

As if Harrison did not have enough on his plate with his duties at King and coaching at the amateur level, he has also taken on duties with USA Wrestling to serve on the Tennessee Board of Directors and was recently voted to become the Treasurer for the Tennessee Wrestling Federation.

“I am insanely busy. The hardest thing of it all is balancing the family life,” said Harrison. “I go all year long from college to juniors to club wrestling.”

At the club level, Tennessee sports close to 50 clubs as it grows in size compared to the rest of the country. The entire organization of club wrestling hosts hundreds of teams in the region and thousands in the nation.

Harrison is dual graduate of King obtaining both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the College. He was a four-year starter for the Tornado varsity wrestling team and was a team captain during his career. Before graduating, Harrison qualified to wrestle at NAIA Nationals and competed overseas against the Turkish and Bulgarian national teams. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in marketing and minored in coaching. He returned to King for graduate school where he received a master’s in business administration in 2010 while serving as an assistant for the Tornado men’s wrestling team. He is now entering his fourth season as an assistant coach with King and has accumulated 12 years of experience within USA Wrestling.

Last year, Harrison helped the men’s wrestling team to a national ranking as high as 11th in the country and sent four the NCAA Division II National Championships where two were crowned All-Americans. He also served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Lady Tornado wrestling team that finished second overall at the WCWA National Championships and sent five to the 2012 Team USA Olympic Qualifier.