• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCMS wrestling team second at KWOA Fall Classic

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL wrestling team celebrated their second-place finish at the LaRue County KWOA Fall Classic on Sunday, Nov. 13. (Photo submitted)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team is off to a good start in the 2016-17 season. After finishing third at the JH Veterans Memorial Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 5, they scored a second-place finish at the LaRue County KWOA Fall Classic on Sunday, Nov. 13. Winning the tournament was Walton Verona with 248 points, followed by Woodford in second with 196 points, LaRue County third with 186 points, Christian County fourth with 117 points, McCreary County fifth with 112 points and Hopkinsville sixth with 109 points. Individually, Woodford had three wrestlers finish first in their weight class. In the 113-pound weight class, Jackson Geilear defeated Central Hardin’s Eli Haycraft to win his division. At 121 pounds, Johnathan Pittman defeated Walton Verona’s Robert Streine to win his division; and at 190 pounds, Grant Garrison defeated Walton Verona’s Eathan Barnes to win his division. Woodford also had three wrestlers finish second in their weight class. In the 92-pound weight class, Gavin Andreoni defeated Walton Verona’s Samuel Grandstaff to finish second in his division. At 98 pounds, Reece Goss defeated Walton Verona’s Jacob Grandstaff to finish second in his division; and at 168 pounds, Tony Ornelas lost to Boyle County’s Ben Rush to finish in second place in his division. There were two third place finishers for Woodford. At 152 pounds, Will Smither defeated Christian County’s Chris Watkins and at 168, Andrew Kartner defeated his teammate Luke Hill to finish in third in his weight class. Hill finished fourth. Three other Woodford wrestlers competed in the tournament and placed. Taking fourth place were Connor Dutton at 80 pounds. He defeated LaRue County’s Gabe Fortier in overtime. Also, Ashley Courtney finished fourth in the 98-pound weight class. She lost to Christian County’s Gage Fowler in the third-place match. Then at 130 pounds, Camden Bohanan finished in sixth place after losing to LaRue County’s Conlee Crosson in the fifth/sixth place match. Other Woodford wrestlers on the 2016-17 team that competed, but did not place, are of J.T. Huff, Joseph Rivera, Israel Ortiz, William Embry, and Noah Floyd. Woodford is coached by Chris Goss, Brent Courtney, Jarvis Livingston, and Mike Andreoni. Next up, the WCMS wrestling team hosts a tournament at home in the WCMS gym on Saturday, Nov. 19. Start time is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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