• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Mat Jackets win ‘Defender of the Mat’ tournament

The Woodford County High School wrestling team had a change of plans last week because of the snowstorm that swept across Kentucky. Scheduled to go to the Army National Guard tournament in Beckley, WVa., the winter storm forced the cancellation of that trip. So, instead, the Mat Jackets headed to Lexington, where they won the Defender of the Mat wrestling tournament at Bryan Station. In addition to winning as a team, Woodford had five wrestlers – Adam Bender, Chase Yost, CJ Cardwell, Joey Roberts and Max Andreoni – win their weight classes. In addition, two wrestlers – Wyatt Andreoni and Andrew Varble – finished second in their divisions, while two others – Reece Goss and Ronan Wyatt – finished third in their divisions, and one – Juan Chavez – finished fourth. All in all, it was a strong performance for the Mat Jackets. Here are the details of Woodford’s tournament. Team competition As mentioned, Woodford won the 20-team tournament with 257 points, while LaRue County finished in second with 243.5 points, North Hardin was third with 126.5 points, Bourbon County was fourth with 117 points and Scott County was fifth with 106 points. Rounding out the rest of the field, Anderson County was sixth with 94.5 points, followed by Sheldon Clark seventh with 94 points, Madison Southern eighth with 72 points, Central Hardin ninth wit 62 points, Ashland 10th with 61 points, Franklin County 11th with 55 points, Bryan Station 12th with 54 points, Woodford County Gold 13th with 52 points, Dunbar 14th with 41 points, Bardstown 15th with 36 points, Ohio County 16th with 33 points, Western Hills 17th with 32 points, Pikeville 18th with 31.5 points, East Jessamine 19th with 22 points and West Jessamine 20th with 17 points. Individual competition Adam Bender Wt.: 113 lbs. Finish: 1st Adam Bender bounced back from his second-place finish at the WCI tournament last week to win his weight class at Bryan Station in impressive fashion. Following a first-round bye, Bender pinned Central Hardin’s Dylan Crouch and then scored a 16-0 technical fall over Ohio County’s Jack Probus to advance to the championship match. In that match, Bender scored a 3-2 decision over Sheldon Clark’s Daylon Stafford to win his weight class. Chase Yost Wt.: 120 lbs. Finish: 1st Chase Yost scored another tournament win this season at Bryan Station. After having a bye in the first round, Yost pinned his next two opponents: Anderson County’s Mason Kareken and Western Hills’s Ezavion Peyton. With those wins he advanced to the championship match where he defeated Sheldon Clark’s Matt Mills on an 8-3 decision to win his title. CJ Cardwell Wt.: 126 lbs. Finish: 1st CJ Cardwell scored his second win of the season at Bryan Station. He opened his tournament with a 17-2 technical fall over Woodford County Gold’s Dylan Bourne, then followed that with a 10-2 major decision over East Jessamine’s Dylan Isaacs and a pin over Anderson County’s Caleb Gettelfinger. Those three wins advanced him into the championship match of his weight class where he scored a 12-6 decision over Sheldon Clark’s Truman Galusha to win his title. Joey Roberts Wt.: 145 lbs. Finish: 1st After finishing second at the WCI last week, Joey Roberts came back strong to win his weight class at Bryan Station. Following a first-round bye, Roberts pinned his next two opponents: Sheldon Clark’s Jase Rhodus and Ohio County’s Klemmer Nicodemus to advance to the final. In the final, Roberts scored an 11-7 decision over Franklin County’s Nathaniel Lawrence to win his division. Max Andreoni Wt.: 182 lbs. Finish: 1st Max Andreoni had another great tournament as he marched to his first-place finish by pinning all four of his opponents. He opened with a pin over Sheldon Clark’s Brayden Jude, then followed that with pins over Central Hardin’s Trent Williamson and Pike County’s Jacob Wilkinson. With those wins, Max Andreoni advanced to the final, where he pinned Bryan Station’s Brandon Fields to win his title. Wyatt Andreoni Wt.: 132 lbs. Finish: 2nd After getting his first win at the WCI last week, Wyatt Andreoni came very close to pulling off his second win of the season at Bryan Station, but fell just short of his goal. He opened his tournament with a 10-5 decision over Woodford County Gold’s Triston Brooks, then followed that with a pin over Dunbar’s Allan Friend and a pin over Franklin County’s Ryan Perkins. With those wins, Wyatt Andreoni advanced to the final and lost a 6-3 decision to Bourbon County’s Braden Wyatt to finish in second place. Andrew Varble Wt.: 195 lbs. Finish: 2nd Andrew Varble had another strong tournament but fell just short of winning his weight class. Varble started his day with a first-round bye. Then in his next match he pinned Sheldon Clark’s Berk Watts and followed that by pinning Bardstown’s Andrew Chambers to advance to the championship match. In that match he lost to LaRue County’s Matt Steven by a 17-2 technical fall to finish in second place. Reece Goss Wt.: 106 lbs. Finish: 3rd Reece Goss scored his third-place finish with some solid wins in the matches he got to wrestle. Things began for Goss with an injury-win over Western Hills’ Ethan Woolums. He followed that with a 13-3 major decision over Central Hardin’s Jacob Norwood, but then lost his next match to LaRue County’s Thomas Hopps by a pin. The loss put Goss into the consolation bracket where he pinned West Jessamine’s Patrick McMillion to advance to the third-place match, which he won by forfeit over Ashland’s Jarrett Sanders to claim third place in the tournament. Ronan Wyatt Wt.: 138 lbs. Finish: 3rd Ronan Wyatt continues to improve with every tournament he participates in this season. At Bryan Station, he opened with a pin over Central Hardin’s Pehrson Timmons, then followed that with a 14-10 decision over Pikeville’s Eric Green, but then lost a close 5-2 decision to LaRue County’s Noah Davis. The loss put Wyatt into the consolation bracket, where he pinned Woodford County Gold’s Marik Black to advance to the third-place match, where he pinned Anderson County’s Chase Fink to finish in third place. Juan Chavez Wt.: 152 lbs. Finish: 4th Juan Chavez had a good showing at Bryan Station. He opened with a pin over Scott County’s Luke Rollins, and then followed that with a pin over Woodford County Gold’s James Chavez. However, in the next round he was pinned by LaRue County’s Ethan Johnson, which moved him into the consolation bracket. There he met up once again with Rollins and defeated him on an 11-7 decision to advance to the third-place match where he was pinned by Bourbon County’s Will Baber to finish in fourth place. Isreal Angeles Wt.: 160 lbs. Finish: 5th OR 6th Isreal Angeles had a tough start to his tournament, as he lost in the first round to LaRue County’s Dalton Bell, which put him into the consolation bracket. In that bracket, he bounced back to win his next three matches by pins over Ashland’s Trey Caines, Central Hardin’s Levi Sanders and East Jessamine’s Presto Sagategui. However, in his next match he was pinned by Sheldon County’s Brent Burke to end his day. Jack Hill Wt.: 220 lbs. Finish: 5th OR 6th Jack Hill had a good start to his tournament, as he pinned his first two opponents, LaRue County’s Matt Underwood and Bryan Station’s Noel Martinez. However, in his next match, he lost a close 2-1 decision to Bourbon County’s Ben Fooks, which moved him into the consolation bracket. In the bracket, he met up with two of his earlier opponents. In his first match, he faced Underwood again, but this time lost to him in a close 3-2 decision to end his day. Also wrestling this weekend for Woodford was Mason Smith in the 170-pound weight class, but he did not place. Next up, Woodford travels to South Oldham, Saturday, Jan. 14, for the Sectional Duals at approximately 10 a.m.

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