• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS third at Raider Rumble

Eight Mat Jackets place in the tournament; four win their weight classes

It was a good day for the Woodford County High School wrestling team on Saturday, Dec. 10, as the Mat Jackets brought home a third-place finish from the Raider Rumble at Ryle High School. In addition, four Mat Jackets – Max Andreoni, Adam Bender, Andrew Varble and Chase Yost – won their weight classes on the day, while Wyatt Andreoni placed second and Joey Roberts finished third. “The team finished in third place behind number one ranked Union County and a very tough team from Ohio-Cincinnati, Elder,” said Woodford head coach Rusty Parks Jr. “We had four champions and five in the finals. Eight out of our 12 guys placed in the top eight. All four of our champions looked very impressive and dominated throughout the entire tournament.” Overall, in the team competition, Elder won the 20-team tournament with 325.5 points, Union County was second with 236 points and Woodford was third with 207.5 points, despite not having wrestlers in two weight classes (120-pound and 220-pound). Rounding out the field, Saint Xavier was fourth with 198.5 points, Scott was fifth with 147.0 points, Moeller was sixth with 120.5 points, John Hardin was seventh with 113.0 points, Campbell County was eighth with 111.5 points, Louisville Male was ninth with 109.5 points, Walton Verona was 10th with 104.0 points, Moore was 11th with 85.5 points, Ryle was 12th with 78.5 points, Princeton was 13th with 72.0 points, Trinity was 14th with 58.0 points, Colerain was 15th with 54.0 points, South Oldham was 16th with 38.0 points, Jeffersontown was 17th with 32.0 points, Henry Clay was 18th with 29.0 points, Lafayette was 19th with 22.5 points an Conner was 20th with 14.0 points. Here are the individual results for the Mat Jackets. Adam Bender Wt. 113 lbs. Record: 3-0, 1 bye Finish: Champion Adam Bender had a bye in the first round of his pool, then pinned his next two opponents – Conner’s Dylan Berney and Elder’s Jackson Geiser. With those wins, he advanced to the semifinals where he scored a 16-0 technical fall over Union County’s Gabe Adam to reach the championship match where he won a 4-0 decision over Ryle’s Shay Horton to win his title. “Adam Bender looked very solid,” said Parks. “He continues to improve and impress me everyday. He has a great work ethic.” Chase Yost Wt: 126 lbs. Record: 3-0, 1 bye Finish: Champion Chase Yost opened his day with a 10-5 decision over South Oldham’s Ben Lundy. Yost then had a bye in the next round and before winning an 8-3 decision over Union County’s Trevor Pouge in his final pool match. In the semifinals, Yost defeated Princeton’s Jovan Fuqua 11-6 in overtime to advance to the championship match, where he won a 5-3 decision over Campbell County’s Tanner Yenter to win his weight class. “Chase Yost pulled out some very big wins,” said Parks. “A double-overtime win in the semis over an Ohio kid and a 5-3 win in the finals over last year’s state champion at 113 pounds from Campbell County.” Max Andreoni Wt: 182 lbs. Record: 3-0, 1 bye Finish: Champion Max Andreoni had animpressive day at Ryle, as he won all of his matches by pins. Following a first round bye in his pool, Andreoni defeated Walton Verona’s Colton Maines and Moore’s Luis Ceron to advance to the semifinals. Those two wins put him into the semifinals, where he defeated Elder’s Charles Sanders to get to the championship match, where he pinned Union County’s Avery Buckman to win his weight class and earn the most outstanding wrester award in the tournament. “Max Andreoni was very dominant all day long and that is why he gained the most outstanding wrestler award,” said Parks. “This is two years in a row he has received this award at this tournament.” Andrew Varble Wt. 195 lbs. Record: 3-0, 1 bye Finish: Champion Andrew Varble continued his early season success by winning his weight class at the Raider Rumble. Following a first round bye in his pool, he pinned his next two opponents – Lafayette’s William Marshall and Moore’s Allen Anderson. With those two wins, he advanced to the semifinals where he won a 4-2 decision over Trinity’s Kaden Kulmer. That win moved him into the final where he pinned South Oldham’s Tyler Kassinger to win his title. “Andrew Varble had two huge wins and a big upset in the semifinals over the number six-ranked kid from Trinity,” said Parks. “This was Andrew’s first tournament win of his high school career (and) is a very big accomplishment for him. He has worked very hard to get to where he is at now.” Wyatt Andreoni 132 lbs. Record: 4-1 Finish: 2nd Wyatt Andreoni started his day strong by winning all three of his pool matches. He opened with a 21-8 major decision over Colerian’s Casey Cronin, and then followed that with a pin over Henry Clay’s Jaylin Harris and a two-overtime 8-5 decision over Ryle’s Aaron Brossart. That win moved him into the semifinals where he scored a 14-2 major decision over Scott’s Layne Seibert to advance to the championship match. There he lost to Union County’s Saul Ervin to finish in second place in his division. “Wyatt Andreoni taking second place at 132 was huge,” said Parks. “He wrestled great all day long and was beat in the finals by the number one ranked (Saul) Ervin from Union County.” Joey Roberts Wt. 145 lbs. Record: 4-1 Finish: 3rd Joey Roberts opened his day by pinning his first two opponents, Walton Verona’s Brandon Gibson and Moore’s Trenton Jackson. Then, in his final pool match, he won a 12-5 decision over Union County’s Chance Oxford to move into the semifinals. Roberts then suffered a tough loss on a 12-4 major decision to John Hardin’s Trent Johnson, which put him into the third/fourth place match. There he rebounded strong, scoring a 3-2 decision over St. Xavier’s Dallas Miles to take home third place in his division. “Joey Roberts taking third at 145 pounds was a great day for him because his only loss was to the number one-ranked kid from John Hardin,” said Parks. “He looks very impressive, but still has a little to work on, as do we all, but he is right where we want him to be.” Isreal Angeles Wt. 160 lbs. Record: 2-2, 1 bye Finish: 7th Following a first round bye, Isreal Angeles pinned Moore’s Anthony Rebogio in his first pool match, but then lost a 17-5 major decision to Union County’s Landon Moore. The loss sent Angeles into the consolation bracket where he lost to Coleman’s Tanner Reihle by a pin. With the loss, he moved into the seventh/eighth place match where he pinned Union County’s Carlos Perry to finish in 7th place in his division. “Isreal Angeles had a great day and placed seventh at 160 pounds,” said Parks. “He is getting better each day and gaining knowledge from all of his teammates and coaches.” Reece Goss Wt: 106 lbs. Record: 1-3, 1 bye Finish: 8th Reece Goss opened his pool matches with a pin over Conner’s Johnny Huynh. Then, following a second-round bye, he lost by a pin to Walton Verona’s Isiah Macaraniag, which moved him into the consolation bracket. There he lost an 8-6 decision to Moore’s Chris Dues and then by a pin to Princeton’s Josue Dawson to finish in eighth place. “Reece Goss placed eighth at 106 pounds,” said Parks. “For a seventh grader, he is tough. I was very impressed with him.” Other Woodford wrestlers who participated, but did not place were Ronan Wyatt (138 pounds), Juan Chavez (152 pounds), Brennan Clark (170 pounds) and Jack Hill (285 pounds). While they did not place, they got a lot of experience, which will pay dividends during the season. “Our boys are working very hard and competed very well on Saturday,” said Parks. “I was very impressed with a lot of their performances. With a few adjustments this week at practice we will have a little different look in our lineup this week when we go to West Virginia. I think we will be a lot stronger and tougher as a team. We are improving every day though and it is fun to watch them learn and grow. I honestly believe the sky’s the limit if they continue to work hard and push each other.” Next up, Woodford travels to Midland, W.Va., for the Castle Duals on Saturday, Dec. 17. There they look to defend a title they won last year. Then on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 22 and 23, Woodford hosts its annual WCI wrestling tournament.

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