• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Mat Jackets capture 2015 WCI Title

2015 WCI Champions. The Woodford County High School wrestling team hosted 23 teams on Tuesday, Dec. 29, in The Hive at its annual Woodford County Invitational wrestling tournament and finished in first place. In addition, the team had six champions and 11 overall placers. (Photo by Steve Blake/multiexposures.com)
Senior Celebration. During the WCI, the team took a few moments to honor its senior wrestlers. The seniors, along with members of the coaching staff, are, from left, Corey Cardwell (assistant coach), Rusty Parks Jr. (Head Coach), Tucker Hurst, Helio Reyes, Kyle Hamlin, Matthew Fallon, Michael Eldridge, Dermot Cunningham, Emir Bernabe, Ethan Miller (assistant coach) and Robert Tucker (assistant coach). (Photo by Rick Capone)

Team champion. Six individual champions. Eleven total placers. And the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament. To say the Woodford County High School wrestling team had a good day in its own tournament, the Woodford County Invitational, in The Hive on Tuesday, Dec. 29, would be an understatement. Hosting 23 teams, the Mat Jackets ruled the day, as they captured the team title with 252.5 points. Finishing second was North Oldham with 175.5 points, with Madison Central third with 148 points, Henry Clay fourth with 138 points and Harrison County fifth with 116 points. Individually, Woodford had six wrestlers win their weight divisions. Chase Yost wrestled in the 106-pound class and finished undefeated on the day. He scored a 10-4 decision over Lexington Catholic’s Adam Bender to win the title. Tylan Tucker wrestled in the 113-pound weight class and finished the day undefeated. He pinned Coahulla Creek’s Levi Kinsy for his title. Tucker Hurst, Woodford’s lone state champion still on the roster, wrestled in the 120-pound weight class and finished undefeated in the tournament. He defeated North Oldham’s Dallas Ochsenbein by an 11-2 decision to win the title. Joey Roberts wrestled in the 132-pound weight class and also went undefeated in the tournament. Roberts won his title by forfeit over Justin Torgerson of Lafayette, who was injured. Max Andreoni wrestled in the 160-pound weight class and not only finished the day undefeated, but was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament. Andreoni defeated Henry Clay’s Evan Cannon by a 22-7 technical fall to win the title. Emir Bernabe wrestled in the 195-pound weight class and came from behind in both the semifinals and finals to finish undefeated and champion of his weight class. In the final, Bernabe defeated Ray Karl Irving of Henry Clay by a 4-2 decision. In addition to those six champions, Woodford had four varsity placers. Matthew Fallon wrestled in the 145-pound weight class and defeated Henry Clay’s Christian Shelby by a 7-6 decision to finish in third place. Michael Eldridge wrestled in the 170-pound weight class and defeated Harrison County’s Colin Coy by a 3-1 decision to finish in third place. Dermot Cunningham wrestled in the 138-pound weight class and defeated Mitchell High School’s Josh McGee by a 14-7 decision to finish in fifth place. Andrew Varble wrestled in the 182-pound weight class and took home fifth-place by forfeit over South Oldham’s Evan Rademaker. Wyatt Andreoni, who wrestled in the 120-pound weight class as part of the Woodford County Gold Team (junior varsity), finished the day in fourth place with a loss to South Oldham’s Lundy by a 13-5 major decision. Andreoni lost his opening match, then won three straight matches to reach the 3rd/4th-place match. Other Woodford wrestlers who were in the tournament but did not place were Marik Black (126 pounds), Gage Thompson (152 pounds), Jack Hill (220 pounds) and Helio Reyes (285 pounds). Next up, Woodford participates in the Tates Creek Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 2. Start time is approximately at 10 a.m.

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