• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Mat Jackets finish third at Mustang Classic

The Woodford County High School wrestling team was on the road to North Oldham High School on Saturday, Jan. 4, and brought home a third-place finish from the Mustang Classic wrestling tournament. Despite not having wrestlers in four weight classes, (Reece Goss was at the middle school state championships, while Ronan Wyatt and Marik Black were out sick), Woodford won five weight classes and placed in two others to earn 190.5 points and third place, just one-half point shy of second-place finisher Simon Kenton, which earned 191 points. “We did really well for being shorthanded, only losing to the first place team by 8.5 points and 0.5 point behind the second place team,” said Woodford coach Rusty Parks Jr. “(We had) six out of 10 (wrestlers) in the finals; five champions, (which) was very impressive.” Oldham County won the 23-team tournament with 199 points, while Simon Kenton was second with 191 points. In fourth was Dixie Heights with 154 points, and in fifth was North Oldham with 90 points. Individually, Adam Bender, Chase Yost, Tylan Tucker, Joey Roberts and Max Andreoni won their divisions. In addition, Wyatt Andreoni finished second in his division, and Andrew Varble finished fourth in his division. Here are Woodford’s results from the tournament Adam Bender Wt.: 113 pounds Finish: 1st Adam Bender, who had a 42-1 record coming into the tournament, opened his day with a bye. Then in his first contested match, he pinned Simon Kenton’s David Hoover and then won an 18-3 technical fall over Boone County’s Cordell Vaske. With those two wins, Bender advanced to the championship match, where he won a 4-0 decision over Ryle’s Shay Horton to win his division. Chase Yost Wt.: 120 pounds Finish: 1st Chase Yost, who came into the tournament with a 47-2 record, won all of his matches by a pin. He opened the day with a pin over Ft. Knox’s Christop Wooten, then followed that with a pin over South Oldham’s Andrew Archibald, a pin over Oldham County’s Khalid Asad and a pin over Male’s Virgil Garcia. With those wins, Yost advanced to the championship match where he pinned Simon Kenton’s Jude Carpentier to win his weight class. Tylan Tucker Wt.: 126 pounds Finish: 1st Tylan Tucker, who was wrestling in his first varsity tournament of the season after recovering from an injury just before the state championships last year, wasted no time in getting back to his winning form. He opened the day with a pin over Jordan Wells, who was wrestling unattached. Tucker followed that with a pin over Valley’s Francisco Banales, and then a pin over Grant County’s Thomas Gripsover. With those wins, Tucker advanced to the championship match, where he won a 6-0 decision over Ryle’s Aaron Brossart to claim his first title of the season. Joey Roberts Wt.: 145 pounds Finish: 1st Joey Roberts, who came into the tournament with a 40-3 record, started the day with a first-round bye. Then in his first contested match, he pinned Fairdale’s Gage Morgeson, then scored an 18-2 technical fall over Simon Kenton’s Spencer Carpentier to advance to the championship match. In the championship match, Roberts defeated Oldham County’s Jacob Henley by a 13-5 major decision to claim his title. Max Andreoni Wt.: 182 pounds Finish: 1st Max Andreoni, who came into the tournament with a 48-0 record, remained true to form in winning his weight class. He opened his day with a pin over Central’s Junior Dablah, then followed that with a pin over North Oldham’s Steve Defontaine and a 23-8 technical fall over Oldham County’s Fernando Cruz. With those wins, Andreoni advanced to the championship round where he pinned Dixie Heights’ Roy Bowers to win his division. For his efforts, he earned Most Outstanding Wrestler for the third time this season. Wyatt Andreoni Wt.: 132 pounds Finish: 2nd Wyatt Andreoni, who came into the Mustang Classic with a 41-11 record, worked hard all day and reached the final of his division. He opened his tournament with an 11-2 major decision over Western Hills’ Jaydon Garr, then followed that with a 13-2 major decision over South Oldham’s Anthony Pierce and a 6-4 overtime win over Eastern’s Dewayne Johnson. Those wins put Andreoni into the championship match, where he lost a 13-4 major decision to Simon Kenton’s Dante Castellano to finish in second place in his weight class. Andrew Varble Wt.: 195 pounds Finish: 4th With a 42-8 record coming into the tournament, Andrew Varble was looking to score another tournament win. But while he wrestled hard all day long, he fell just short of his goal, but still placed high. He opened his tournament with a pin over Spencer County’s Sutton Waldridge, but then lost his next match to Dixie Height’s Keegan Cundiff by a 5-4 decision to move him into the consolation bracket. In that bracket, Varble pinned Fairdale’s Shawn Garbrough and then won a 2-1 decision over Oldham County’s Micah Kimble to advance to the third place. There he faced Cundiff once again, and in another close match, Cundiff got the better of Varble by just one point in a 3-2 decision, which gave Varble a fourth-place finish in his division. Jack Hill Wt.: 220 pounds Finish: 6th Jack Hill continues to improve this season. He came into the Mustang Classic with a 31-21 record. In his first match, he pinned North Oldham’s Ali Zarie, and followed that with a 4-3 decision over Oldham County’s Alex Roberts. However, he lost his next match by a pin to Dixie Heights’ Jacob Peters. With the loss, he moved to the consolation bracket where he lost to Valley’s Patrick Dumire to end his day with a sixth-place finish. Isreal Angeles Wt.: 160 pounds Finish: 7th It was a long day for Isreal Angeles, who came into the event with a 27-21 record. He opened the day with loss to North Hardin’s Isaac Nichols, which moved him into the consolation bracket. There he ran the table on the rest of his matches. In his first match, he scored a 13-5 major decision over Eastern’s Michael Almajedi, and then followed that by pinning Trinity’s Andrew Strack. With those wins, Angeles advanced to the seventh-place match where he pinned Simon Kenton’s Josh Geiser to place in the tournament for Woodford. One other Woodford wrestler, DJ Bernabe (170 pounds), participated in the tournament but did not place. Also, the Mat Jackets did not have any wresters for the 106-pound, 138-pound, 152-pound and 285-pound weight classes. Next up, the Mat Jackets will participate in the Region tournament, which will be held at Franklin County on Saturday, Feb. 11. Start time is 9:30 a.m. “We will have all 13 wrestlers for region and everyone is seeded in the top 4,” said Parks. “We have eight No. 1 seeds, two No. 2 seeds, one No. 3 seed and two No. 4 seeds. Woodford has a great chance to win the region title and send all 13 to state.”

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