• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCMS wrestling team had four place at state tourney

On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Woodford County Middle School wrestling team took eight wrestlers to the middle school state wrestling tournament at Broadbent Arena in Louisville and came home with four placers – Jonathan Pittman and Will Smithers placed fourth, Reece Goss placed fifth and Gavin Andreoni placed sixth. The Tigers are coached by Chris Goss and Brent Courtney, who have taught their athletes a lot about the great character building sport of wrestling. Here are the tournament results. At 80 pounds, Conner Dutton wrestled hard, but did not place and finished his year with a record of 19-16. Dutton started his day out with a loss by a 13-4 decision to River City’s Braedon Herron. Then in the next round, the seventh-grader pinned Twenhofel’s Frank Armstrong. However, in his next match, he lost a 7-3 decision to Carr Wrestling Academy’s Nolan Banfield to end his day. At 92 pounds, Gavin Andreoni finished in sixth place and ends his year with a 27-14 record. Andreoni started his day with a loss by a 6-4 decision to Twenhofel’s Isaac Thornton. The seventh-grader bounced back and pinned his next two opponents, McCracken County’s Israel Carr and Christian County’s DTarian Wharton. He followed that with a loss by a 4-0 decision to River City’s Devon Herron, which put him into the fifth place match where he lost by a 1-0 decision to Johnson County’s Jacob Cain to finish in sixth place. At 98 pounds, Ashley Courtney had a tough day on the mat and didn’t place. She finishes the season with a 25-17 record. Courtney started her day with a loss by a technical fall to Ryle’s Michael Dodge. In her next match, the eighth-grader pinned Fern Creek’s Jaden Hawkins and followed that with a win by a 4-3 decision to Central Hardin’s Polston Mason. She ended the day in her next match with a loss by pin to Carr Wrestling Academy’s Gus Roberts. Also wrestling at 98 pounds was Reece Goss, who finished in fifth place. He ends his year with a 21-4 record. Goss opened the day with a 9-4 decision over Twenhofel’s Eric Johnson, and then scored a 9-0 major decision Central Hardin’s Polston Mason. In his next match, the seventh-grader lost a 7-0 decision to Jacob Grandstaff, and then followed that with a tough, one-point loss by an 11-10 decision to Ryle’s Zach Straus. With that loss, he wrestled in the fifth-place match where he won a 6-1 decision over Carr Wrestling Academy’s Gus Roberts to take home fifth place. At 113 pounds, Jackson Gielear did not place and finished the year with a 32-16 record. Gielear opened his day with a loss by a 5-4 decision to Twenhofel’s Jake Richman. The seventh-grader followed that with a pin over Oldham County’s Tate Crowell, but he lost his next match to Shamrock’s Jonathan Phillips by a 16-5 major decision to end his day. At 121 pounds, Jonathan Pittman finished in fourth place and ended his season with a 41-8 record. Pittman opened his tournament with a pin over Christian County’s Waylon Fernandez, but the eighth- grader then lost by a pin to Campbell County’s Tom Ketchen-Carter. He came back strong and pinned Johnson County’s Matthew Spradlin, won a 6-3 decision over McCracken County’s Kolbee Koepp and won a 4-3 decision over Scott County’s Caleb Wittry. Those matches advanced him to the third-place match, where he lost in sudden-death overtime to Shamrock’s Elijah Plan to finish in fourth place. At 152 pounds, Will Smithers finished in fourth place and ended his season with a 27-13 record. He opened the day by pinning McCracken County’s David Wallace, and followed that with a 9-8 decision over Fern Creek’s Devon Stratton. In his next match, he was pinned by Ryle’s Noah Duke, but bounced back strong and won a 12-2 major decision over Wallace, who he also defeated earlier in the tournament. That win put him into the third-place match where he lost a 12-1 major decision to Johnson County’s Levid Rodriguez to finish the tournament in fourth place. At 152 pounds, Tony Ornelas did not place due to a medical condition that did not allow him to compete. The eighth-grader finished his season with an 18-12 record.

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