Gibbs wrestling leans on coach to win state title

Corryton, Tenn. -  When you pull up to Gibbs high school, it's hard not to see what they've accomplished. 

"If I could write a story, there couldn't be a better story," said head wrestling coach Tim Pittman.

The signs read, "State Champions," but they leave out a big piece of that story. They don't say it was their first title ever.

"I feel honored honestly knowing what we did was a big deal," said senior 145lb State Champion Mathew Maxwell. 

But, it's even bigger than that. 

"The first Knox County school to win a state wrestling title," said Pittman. "We were there, we were close a few times, but just were never able to get over that hump and to get over that hump just credit it to our kids."

The kids credit him. 

"I credit him a lot because he was there to build me up a lot and keep me there for mental support. I owe him a lot," said Maxwell. 

They event went as far as creating a hashtag for their coach: #WinForPitt

"The team moms when they were posting about state and wrestlers they just hashtaged "Win for Pitt," said senior 132lb State Champion Landon Adzima.

The extra bit of motivation proved effective. 

"Just being a state champion, I think everybody is happy because everybody has put in the work," said junior 170lb State Champion Isaiah Brooks.

First, they felt the thrill of victory, then that championship feeling.

"You can finally sit back and breathe, these years and years of training you get to see what it paid off to be," said Maxwell.

"A sigh of relive, you can sit back in your chair and and sip that sweet tea. The culmination of everything that you've done it's like here's your reward," said Pittman. 

After 28 years of coaching, he's finally a champion.

"I don't know how many teams he's probably coached, but I think it meant a lot to him," said Leyva. 

It meant a lot.

"I cherished every moment of it. and I really really do and watching them wrestle and watching their dreams come true, I loved it," said Pittman.

But, there was one more thing left to change.



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