Sonoraville’s Knight inks to continue wrestling career at Chattanooga

Sonoraville High senior Eli Knight (seated, center) signed a wrestling scholarship on Friday with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Knight said of the signing: “I’ve always wanted to go wrestle at a Division-I program since I was a little kid so this means a lot to me to sign today. I wanted to win four straight state titles in high school, but I wasn’t able to do that. I still was able to win three state titles and get to the finals all four years so I’m proud of that, and I also got to wrestle with my brothers all four years so that was really fun too. After doing all that and doing whatever I could to help the Sonoraville Wrestling Program the last few years, getting to sign with UTC is pretty cool. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me there. One of the biggest reasons I chose UTC was that it is Division I which is what I always wanted. With it being in Chattanooga, it’s not too far from home, but it’s not too close either. A lot of my buddies and guys I’ve wrestled with over the years are going there too so that makes it even better. The coaching staff, the community, the campus…everything was really great in my opinion so all that together made it an easy decision. Obviously you build a bond with all the people here (at Sonoraville) over the years and hope you left a little part of you with them and I will take a little part of them with me. I wish everyone the best here…the school and the wrestling program and all the people I’ve gotten to know. It’s sad to leave all that, but I’m eager to go to UTC and get ready for the next chapter.” Also attending the signing were: (seated, from left) brother John Knight, mother Jana Knight, father Jeff Knight, brother Jebb Knight, (standing, from left) Sonoraville High assistant principal Matt Fox, Sonoraville High principal Jennifer Hayes, Sonoraville High assistant wrestling coach Matthew Holmes, Sonoraville High assistant wrestling coach Brandon Hufstetler, brother Jaxx Knight, Sonoraville High head wrestling coach Randy Steward and Sonoraville High athletic director Brent Mashburn.