• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

WCMS wrestling wins WCI

GRANT GARRISON is pushed off his feet in a 168-pound match at the Woodford County Invitational on Nov. 18. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team won the Woodford County Invitational in front of a packed house on Saturday, Nov. 18. The day was a marathon for these young athletes. Many of them wrestled early in the morning and waited a few hours before competing again. The youngsters from Woodford County showed no ill effects from the wait and delivered a championship.

Fourteen schools competed over in 15 different weight classes. When the dust settled , Woodford finished first with Scott County a close second and Johnson Central in third.

“I am very proud of my team,” said Coach Jarvis Livingston. “A big thank you to my volunteers for making WCI possible. Woodford County should enjoy this championship, but keep in mind that there’s still a lot of work to do in order to win the State Championship.”

On the mat, Gabe Burden finished fourth in the 86-pound weight class after being defeated in the third place match. Conner Dutton finished second in the 98-pound division. Dutton was defeated by Joshua Strayer of Anderson County in the championship match. Gavin Andreoni outlasted Skiler Baumgardner of John Hardin Middle School in the championship match of the 113-pound weight class.

“It felt great to win the WCI,” said Andreoni. “ We all work so hard for days like this, I'm really happy that it turned out how it did. Now we get back to work for the next one.”

Reece Goss won the 121-pound championship by defeating Michael Watts of Harrison County by a technical fall.

“The day started off pretty well and ended well,” said Goss. “My dad got me really pumped up for that last match and I went in there and got the tech fall. Overall it was a good day.”

Jackson Geilear was defeated by Jonathan Phillips of Shamrock wrestling club in the championship match of the 130-pound division. The match declared a major decision after a gritty performance by Geilear refusing to be pinned despite multiple attempts by Phillips.

“I think I worked as hard as I could today,” said Geilear. “I'm hoping we can keep working hard and bring home a state title as a team this season.”

Andrew Kartner finished runner up to Jared Kidd of McCreary County in the 152-pound weight class. Grant Garrison won a tough matchup against Blake Shipley of Harrison County to finish in third place of the 168-pound division. Jeremiah Shulze finished second in the 240-pound division after being defeated by Dane True of Harrison County.

“It was a long day,” said Garrison. “I started off slow but came back and wrestled hard. I didn't care about who was in my bracket. I just wanted to compete and have fun. This is a great group of guys on this team. We work hard but we always have a good time together.”

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