The 55th Annual Johnny Drennan '85 Memorial Wrestling Tournament will be held at Father Ryan from January 7-8, 2022.
About the Tournament:
Much like Manning is with Tennessee Volunteers football and DiMaggio with New York Yankees baseball, the Drennan name is simply synonymous with Father Ryan Wrestling and Middle Tennessee high school wrestling as a whole.
This association began with Joe Drennan ’57, who coached the Irish to State Titles in wrestling in 1969 and 1971. These titles, along with Yogi Walsh’s ’67 individual State Championship victory in 1967 put Father Ryan on the map as the dominant wrestling program in the region, and their reign of success has rarely wavered.
Drennan’s love, passion, and commitment to the sport of wrestling proved to be genetic, and his son Johnny Drennan ’85 culminated an amazing career at Father Ryan with a State Championship in his senior season.
In honor of Johnny’s courage and ability, Father Ryan changed the name of its annual wrestling tournament, the Father Ryan Invitational, to the Johnny Drennan ’85 Memorial Wrestling Tournament in 2014. The tournament, which dates back to 1968 and is one of the oldest in the state, now honors and preserves Johnny’s memory, as a champion both on and off the mats.
The Johnny Drennan '85 Memorial Wrestling Tournament is Proudly Sponsored by: