• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCMS wrestling 4th at Wildcat Classic

WILL SMITHERS, left, and JONATHAN PITTMAN won their weight classes for the Woodford County Middle School wrestling team in the Woodland Wildcat Classic tournament in Taylor Mill on Saturday, Dec. 3. Smithers won the 152-pound weight class, while Pittman won the 121-pound weight class. (Photos submitted)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team travelled to Taylor Mill on Saturday, Dec. 3, and, while they were missing wrestlers in five weight classes, came home with a fourth-place finish out of the 20 participating teams in the Woodland Wildcat Classic. Individually, two wrestlers, Jonathan Pittman and Will Smithers, won their weight classes. Also, in a previous tournament, the Pittman Dual Meet, which was held on Saturday, Dec. 3, Woodford finished in sixth place. Winning that tournament were the Indiana Outlaws (Gold), with Walton Verona second, Indiana Outlaws (Silver) third, Twenhofel fourth and River City fifth. In the team competition at the Woodland Wildcat Classic, 20 teams participated, which included 17 from Kentucky, two teams from Indiana and one team from Ohio. Winning the tournament was River City with 184.5 points. Finishing second was the Carr Wrestling Academy with 143 points, followed by Campbell County in third with 136.5 points and Woodford in fourth with 120.5 points. Rounding out the top-10 finishes were Twenhofel in fifth with 117 points, followed by Anderson County sixth with 109 points, Fern Creek seventh with 91.5 points, Fairdale eight with 89.5 points, Madison Central ninth with 84.5 points and Woodland Middle School 10th with 79 points. Pittman won the 121-pound weight class with a win over Oldham County’s Matthew Bruner in the championship match. Smithers won the 152-pound weight class with a win over Twenhofel’s Andrew Clifford. Other Woodford placers at the tournament were: • Conner Dutton, who placed fourth in the 80-pound weight division. He lost the third/fourth place match to Fairdale’s Jude Powell. • Ashley Courtney finished in second place in the 98-pound weight class. She lost in the final to River City’s Hal Holbrook to take the runner-up spot. • Grant Garrison finished in fourth place in the 190-pound weight class. He lost the third/fourth place match to Rapid Run’s Coby Stoy. Other Woodford wrestlers who participated in the tournament, but did not place, were Gavin Andreoni (92 lbs.), Jackson Geilear (113 lbs.), Jose Trejo (130 lbs), Kandam Bohanan (130 lbs.), Jonathan Sturgeon (140 lbs.), Joseph Rivera (152 lbs), and Andrew Kartner (168 lbs.) and Isreal Ortiz (168 lbs.) Next up, Woodford travels to Taylor County for a dual meet on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

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