Behind the Scenes
Model: William Allan Jones, III, blew in with the wind in '88.
Hometown: Cleveland, Tennessee
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Cleveland, Tennessee is the hotbed of high school wrestling in the state of Tennessee with three local high schools all being state contenders. Will’s alma mater Cleveland, most recently won the state title with Bradley finishing second.
Will, a 2006 graduate of Cleveland High School was an All-State wrestler winning the Region 3 championship in his senior year and seemingly on his way to a state title, only to be taken down not by an opponent, but with a 104.1 temperature and the flu.
Will got his start in wrestling as a young boy with hard fought matches against his older sister Abby, who sometimes would get the best of him, until Will would ‘wild up’ and then he usually prevailed
Voted Best Lips all four years at CHS. First time in history for a Cleveland student.
Also, an accomplished driver Will finished first in his class at five Skip Barber experiences – Skip Barber Driving School, High Performance School, Three Day Racing School and two 2 Day Advanced Racing Schools. He attended the Ferrari Driving Experience at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Canada and the Ferrari Advance Speciale at Homestead Miami Speedway. With this kind of driving experience, we might enter him in the next race at the fastest quarter mile dirt track in the south, the Cleveland Speedway, or he could be the chauffeur for the newly refurbished Hardwick Rolls-Royce.
Model Will, a 2006 graduate of Cleveland High School, was a wrestling standout. He won the 2006 Region 3 championship and the 2005 multi-state Bradley Invitational Wrestling Tournament, both at 140 pounds.
After flying through the initial brackets in the semi-finals was forced to withdraw from the 2006 State tournament with a 104.1 temperature brought on by the flu. Though he defaulted to sixth place, he was still named an All-State wrestler. Four years later, Will was matside, cheering and coaching his little brother, Bailey, as he won the State championship at 160 pounds.
For the last three years, Cleveland has been crowned State wrestling champion, with Bradley finishing second. Previously, the tables were turned, as Bradley won three State championships in a row with Cleveland finishing a close second. At the 2015 State tournament, Cleveland edged Bradley 205–198, and the third-place team was an overwhelming 84 points behind.
During his time at CHS, Will was voted Best Lips four years in a row. Will is also an accomplished driver. He was first in his class at five Skip Barber experiences—Skip Barber Driving School, High-Performance School, 3-Day Racking School, and two 2-Day Advance Racing Schools and attended Ferrari Driving Experience at Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Canada, and Ferrari Advance Speciale at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Equally at home with his feet on the ground, Will conquered the classic Alpine peak of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Being the youngest, at age 15, of the group of likeminded hikers, Will reached the peak at 8:31 AM on July 19, 2003. Six years later he spent a grueling month on the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Alaskan expedition. He shared 78 miles hiking on foot with grizzly bears and 172 miles kayaking through Prince William Sound with humpback whales. Will’s mother Janie didn’t necessarily share his adventurous spirit.
Today, he’s not quite the daredevil as he is the newly appointed Vice-President of Real Estate for Jones Management Services and is very active in supporting downtown Cleveland and the Historic Cleveland Neighborhood Association. He also finds time to do a little modeling. His skull and crossbones slippers are from Stubbs & Wootton of Palm Beach, Florida. Stylish, but probably not suitable to scale a mountain.