• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS wrestling team takes 2nd at Mustang Classic


MAX ANDREONI, shown at the State Duals, was one of three Woodford County High School wrestlers who won titles at the Mustang Classic at North Oldham on Saturday, Feb.6. Chase Yost and Tylan Tucker were the other two Mat Jackets to win titles at the tournament. (Photo by Rick Capone)

There was good news and bad news for the Woodford County High School wrestling team, which finished in second place with 184 points at the Mustang Classic at North Oldham High School on Saturday, Feb. 6. The good news is that after losing to Oldham County in the Sectional Duals and State Duals, the Mat Jackets finally finished ahead of them in this tournament, as the Colonels finished in third place with 179 points. The bad news is that Woodford finished behind North Oldham High School this time, as the Mustangs won the tournament with 195.5 points, just 11.5 ahead of the Mat Jackets, who had 184 points. However, it should be noted that Woodford was also without the services of three of its wrestlers – Gage Thompson, Michael Eldridge, and Emir Bernabe – who were being rested in preparation for the regional tournament. However, Thompson is now out for the rest of the season. If those three had wrestled, the Mat Jackets might just have won the tournament. Rounding out the top 5 in the 19-team tournament are Trinity (Louisville) in fourth with 143.5 points, and Fern Creek in fifth with 132.5 points. Individually, Woodford had three wrestlers win titles in the tournament – Chase Yost, Tylan Tucker and Max Andreoni; three others finished in second place – Tucker Hurst, Joey Roberts and Andrew Varble; and one – Matthew Fallon – finished third. Other placers were Marik Black, who finished sixth, Jack Hill, who finished sixth, and Dermot Cunningham, who won the Consolation Championship. Here’s a recap of Woodford’s day in the tournament. Champions Chase Yost got things started for Woodford by bringing home first place in the 106-pound weight class. Yost opened his day with a bye, then defeated Spencer County’s Tallas Crossfield by a pin in his first contested match. He followed that with another win by a pin in the semifinals over Boone County’s Cordell Vaske. That win advanced Yost to the championship match where he won by a pin over Oldham County’s Tristan Ballinger to bring home the title. Tylan Tucker also finished in first place in his weight class. Wrestling in the 113-pound division, Tucker opened the day with a pin over Spencer County’s Austin Emspiker, then followed that with a pin over Western Hills’s Ezavion Peyton and a pin over Valley’s Maktub Amir. That win advanced Tucker to the championship match where he defeated Fern Creek’s Colton Lampe by a 5-3 decision which gave him the title. Max Andreoni bounced back from a tough performance the week before in the State Duals and brought home another title in the 160-pound weight class. He opened the tournament with a bye, then pinned North Hardin’s Isacc Nichols in this first contested match of the day. He followed that match with a pin over Oldham County’s Lucas Carrillo in the semifinals, which advanced him to the final where he defeated Dixie Heights’s Matthew Munoz by a 17-1 technical fall to win his title. 2nd Place Tucker Hurst brought home a second-place finish in the 120-pound weight class in the tournament. After getting a first-round bye, Hurst pinned North Oldham’s Jacob Samo in his first contested match of the day, then followed that with a 7-3 decision over Trinity’s Zachary Taylor to advance to the final. In the final, Hurst lost an 11-5 decision to North Oldham’s Dallas Ochsenbein to finish in second place. Joey Roberts wrestled in the 132-pound weight class and finished in second place. He started the day with a pin over Boone County’s Hayden Brothers, then followed that with a pin over North Hardin’s Evion Thornton and a 12-4 major decision over Dixie Heights’s Austin Nixon in the semifinals. In the championship match, Roberts lost a 10-6 decision to Trinity’s Keegan Duncan to finish in second place. Also finishing in second place for Woodford was Andrew Varble, who wrestled in the 182-pound weight class. Varble opened his day with a pin over Spencer County’s Matt Foust, then followed that with a 5-3 decision over South Oldham’s Evan Rademaker and a 3-1 decision over North Oldham’s Collin Waples in the semifinals. In the championship match, Varble lost by a pin to Oldham County’s Max Emerson to finish in second place. 3rd Place Matthew Fallon brought home a third-place finish in the 145-pound weight class. After a first-round bye, Fallon defeated Trinity’s Darius Maldonado in his first contested match of the day, but then lost to Fern Creek’s Jared Branch by a pin. Fallon bounced back and won a 4-1 decision over North Oldham’s Harry Jenkins to reach the third/fourth place match, where he scored a 13-1 major decision over South Oldham’s Shane Wilson to finish in third for the day. 6th Place Marik Black had a good tournament on the day, as he finished in sixth place in the 126-pound weight class. He opened the day with a bye, then defeated Boone County’s Chris Vaske by an 8-7 decision. However, in his next match, he lost to Fern Creek’s Connor Cambron by a pin in the semifinals. Black followed that with a loss by a 7-1 decision to Valley’s William Albin, which sent him into the fifth/sixth place match, where he lost to North Oldham’s Marshall Royce to finish in sixth place on the day. Jack Hill wrestled in the 220-pound weight and also ended the day with a sixth-place finish. He opened the day with a bye, then lost his first contested match to North Oldham’s Collin Portman by a pin. He then bounced back to defeat Fern Creek’s Gage Gray by a 3-1 decision, but then lost by a pin to Dixie Heights’s Kairus Washington, which placed him into the fifth/sixth place match. There, he lost to South Oldham’s Tyler Kassinger by a 12-9 decision, which gave him a sixth place in the tournament. Consolation Bracket Dermot Cunningham wrestled in the 138-pound division and brought home the Consolation Championship title with a determined performance. After losing in his first match by a 21-3 technical fall to University Heights’s Chance Collins, Cunningham bounced back strong. Following a bye, he pinned Covington Catholic’s Luke Rolfsen to advance to the Consolation Championship match, where he defeated Trinity’s Matthew Kostecki by a 2-1 decision for a big win. Also wrestling in the tournament for Woodford was Helio Reyes, who wrestled in the heavyweight division but did not place. Next up, Woodford wrestles in the Region 5 tournament at Anderson County on Saturday, Feb. 12. Start time is approximately 9 a.m. Junior Varsity While the Mat Jackets were at the Mustang Classic, the junior varsity participated in the Junior Varsity State Tournament, which was also held Saturday, but at Moore Traditional High School. In the tournament, the team finished in third place out of the 30 teams participating. Individually, Woodford had two wrestlers win state titles, Wyatt Andreoni in the 120-pound weight class and Ronan Wyatt in the 132-pound weight class. Scoring a second-place finish was Hunter Selby in the 138-pound weight class, while two others came home with third-place finishes, CJ Cardwell in the 113-pound weight class and Juan Chavez in the 160-pound weight class. In addition, Kyle Hamlin finished fourth in the heavyweight division, while Jordan Upton and Isreal Angeles finished in fifth place in their weight classes; Upton in the 106-pound division and Angeles in the 152-pound division.

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