• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

WCMS finishes 7th at Elkhorn Duals

JACKSON GEILEAR lifts his opponent off the mat at the Elkhorn Duals on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Franklin County High School. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team finished in seventh place out of 16 teams at the Elkhorn Duals on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Franklin County High School. The Tigers were shorthanded for the meet with a few starters not in attendance.

“From the guys who did compete, one thing that stood out to me was the inexperience we had in the dual meet environment,” said Coach Jarvis Livingston. “I think some kids were in shock with the intensity of the event.”

In the first round, the Tigers defeated Campbell County 55-42 winning some long hard fought matches. In the second round the Tigers were impressive beating Bondurant 60-28. The Tigers hit their first speed bump in round three by losing to Oldham County 45-37. Round four featured many long matches that were awarded by decision with East Oldham winning 42-37. In the fifth and final round the Tigers beat Anderson County 48-34 to claim the seventh place spot.

“The message that I gave my team after the meet was over was that in a dual meet, every single person must do their job and not give up six points (get pinned),” said Livingston. “Against East Oldham, we had three guys get pinned. If those guys went out and only gave up three points, then Woodford wins the dual against East Oldham and advances to a higher tournament placing. On the other hand, we must pin our opponents.”

The Tigers will travel to East Oldham County on Saturday, Dec. 2 for Duals.

“Next week, I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond from this past weekend,” said Livingston. “For the entire month of December, we have dual meet tournaments. I hope that we have familiarized ourselves with that kind of environment and we bring the energy that is required to compete.”

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