Cleveland, TN – Thanks to the commitment of Check Into Cash Founder Allan Jones, Cleveland High School has dominated wrestling in the past decade, fighting their way to the finals nine of the last 10 years. But special things happen at other levels of the sport every day.
“CHS is the only high school in Tennessee with two returning All-Americans and several State champs,” Jones said, “and this level of success starts with the kids’ program, Higher Calling. Higher Calling was created to build great wrestlers who are also gentlemen—and now, gentlewomen. My wife, Janie, and I are proud of the fact that Josh Bosken, Coach of Higher Calling, is so good that families are relocating to Cleveland just to be part of the program.”
One of those families is the Fowler family, who recently relocated with their seven children from Murfreesboro to Cleveland. Their mission? To allow twins Cy and Piper to take advantage of the best wrestling program in the south and continue their family tradition of wrestling.
“I met their father when we were in high school,” said McKenzie Fowler, mother to Cy and Piper. “I was the wrestling manager and he was on the team. We’ve been together ever since, and wrestling has too.”
Like CHS, Cleveland Middle School is the reigning State champ and has only lost one dual meet in the past six years. Finding a way to get on a team that good is no easy feat.
To make it happen, seventh graders Cy and Piper had to wrestle their way onto the powerful middle school squad. In the challenge matches, Piper pinned two eighth graders, both star football players.
But Piper isn’t just a phenomenal wrestler. She’s Cleveland Middle School’s first female wrestler.
Wrestling at 130 pounds, Piper has a record of 16-0 with CMS. She has pinned 90 percent of her opponents, and 100 percent of them have been males. Her lighter twin brother, Cy, is 15-1.
Both can be seen working out seven days a week at the Jones Wrestling Center, a state-of-the-art wrestling center donated by businessman Allan Jones. Jones, who many consider the largest contributor to wrestling in the United States of America, donated money for both CHS and Bradley Central High School’s wrestling buildings. Not surprisingly, these two high schools have the winningest wrestling programs in the history of the state of Tennessee.
Also not surprising is that Jones’ company, Check Into Cash, funds the two best kids’ clubs in the South—Cleveland’s Higher Calling Wrestling Club and Bradley’s Pride Wrestling Club.
And while he’s seen a lot of things in wrestling through the decades, Jones insists that Piper is unique.
“Piper has to be the only undefeated female wrestling boys at this level in the South,” Jones said. “She’s absolutely phenomenal.”
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Above: Piper Fowler pins her McCallie Middle School opponent to score 6 points for Cleveland Middle School. Piper is 16-0 with 90 percent pins.
Below: From left: Piper and Cy Fowler, Eli Lane of New Hope Middle School (Dalton, Georgia), and Walker Chouinard of McMinn County all come to Jones Wrestling Center on Sunday afternoons for wrestling training.