• Rick Capone, Sports Edito

WCMS wrestling 4th at Region; 8 Tigers going to state

THE WOODFORD COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL wrestling team hosted the regional tournament on Saturday Jan. 21, where they finished in fourth place. In addition, eight wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, which will be held at Broadbent Arena in Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. The state qualifiers are, from left, Conner Dutton (82 lbs.), Gavin Andreoni (94 lbs.), Ashley Courtney (100 lbs.), Jackson Geilear (115 lbs.), Jonathan Pittman (123 lbs.), Tony Ornelas (154 lbs.), and Will Smithers (154 lbs.). Not pictured: Chase Yost (100 lbs.). (Photo submitted):

The Woodford County Middle School hosted the regional tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21, where Woodford finished in fourth place and advanced eight wrestlers to the state tournament in six different weight classes. The wrestlers going to state are Conner Dutton, Gavin Andreoni, Ashley Courtney, Jackson Geilear, Jonathan Pittman, Will Smithers, Tony Ornelas and Chase Yost. Coached by Chris Goss and Brent Courtney, the team had two other wrestlers – Andrew Kartner and Grant Garrison – advance to state as alternates. Here are the results from the tournament. Johnson County won the tournament with 218.5 points, while Carr Wrestling Academy was second with 179.5 points, Anderson County was third with 129.5 points, Woodford was fourth with 122 points and Wayne County was fifth with 118 points. After that, it was McCreary County sixth with 70 points, followed by Scott County seventh with 66 points, Madison County eighth with 60 points, Ashland Middle School ninth with 50 points and Bondurant Middle School 10th with 41.5 points. At 82 pounds, Conner Dutton started his day out with a win by decision over Johnson County’s Logan Castle. However, in his next match he lost by decision to Madison County’s Chris Begley. In his next match he pinned Johnson County’s Carter Auxier to move on to the third place match where he met up with Castle again and defeated him by a pin to take third place. Dutton is 18-14 on the season. At 94 pounds, Gavin Andrioni started his day by pinning Wayne County’s Dakota Karr. He followed that up with a major decision over Wayne County’s Ryan Jankue. From there he went into the final against Johnson County’s Jacob Cain and lost by a pin to finish second. Andrioni is 24-11 on the season and gong to state. At 100 pounds, Ashley Courtney started her day with a pin in her first match over Harrison County’s Bryce Zumwalt, but in her next match she lost by a pin to Carr Wrestling Academy’s Gus Roberts. In her next match she pinned Johnson County’s Matt Crumb to advance to the third-place match where she pinned Wayne County’s William Beckley to finish in third place. Courtney is now 23-15 on the season and going to state. Also at 100 pounds, Reece Goss started his day with a pin over Ashland Middle School’s Cameron Theilke, and then won his next match over Bourbon County’s Josh French by injury default to advance to the final. In the final he won a decision over Carr Wrestling Academy’s Gus Roberts to win his weight class. Goss is now 18-2 on the season and going to state. At 115 pounds, Jackson Geilear started his day out by pinning Harrison County’s Michael Watts, but then lost his next match by a pin to Johnson County’s Brayden Sexton. He bounced back in his next match and won a decision over Logan Dingus to move into the third place match. There he faced Bondurant’s Bryson Armstrong and defeated him in a decision to take third place and advance to state. Geilear is now 31-14 on the season. At 123 pounds, Jonathan Pittman opened by pinning Wayne County’s Justin Vaughn, and then followed that with a decision over Anderson County’s Courtney Pittman. With those wins he advanced to the final where he lost by a decision to Scott County’s Caleb Wittry to finish second in the tournament and advance to state. Pittman is now 37-6 this season. At 154 pounds, Will Smithers started his day off by pinning Wayne County’s Dylan Coomer, but lost his next match by decision to Johnson County’s Levid Rodriguez. That moved him into the third place match where he pinned Martin County’s Alex Bowen to lock in third place. Smithers is now 25-11 on the season and going to state. At 154 pounds, Tony Ornelas started his day with a pin over McNabb’s Matt Hall. He followed that up by winning a decision over Martin County’s Alex Bowen. That win put him into the final where he faced Johnson County’s Levid Rodriguez, where he lost by major decision to finish in second place. Ornelas is now 18-12 on the season and going to state. At 170 pounds, Andrew Kartner lost his first match by a pin to McCreary County’s Christian Rose. He followed that with a pin over his teammate Israel Ortiz, but then lost his next match to Johnson County’s Jesse McCoy. With that loss he moved into the fifth-place match, where he was pinned by McCreary’s Rose to finish in sixth place. Kartner is now 16-16 on the season and is going to state as an alternate. At 192 pounds, Grant Garrison opened the day with a loss by decision to Devin Johnson. He also lost his next match by a pin to Anderson County’s Dyllan Davis. With those two losses, he moved into the fifth-place match where he pinned Floyd County’s Jackson Butcher. Garrison is now 21-10 on the season and going to state as an alternate. Other Woodford wrestlers that participated at state, but did not place were Camden Bohanan (132 lbs.) and Isreal Ortiz (170 lbs.) Next up, Woodford is at the state tournament at Broadbent Arena in Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 4. Start time is 10 a.m.

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