• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Seven middle school wrestlers qualify for state tournament


WCMS WRESTLING EIGHTH-GRADERS were honored before the region four tournament on Jan. 20. Front row from left : Jackson Geilear, Gavin Andreoni, Connor Dutton and Mick Gullion. Back row from left: Jeremiah Shulze, Grant Garrison, Reece Goss, Andrew Kartner and Luke Hill. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team finished third in the Region 4 tournament on Saturday, Jan. 20. WCMS also honored the eighth-graders prior to the tournament beginning. Gavin Andreoni, Reece Goss, Jackson Geilear, Andrew Kartner, Grant Garrison, Luke Hill and Jeremiah Shulze all earned bids to compete at the state tournament on Feb. 3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Landon Wettlaufer placed sixth in the 72-pound division and scored 13 team points. Aiden Slugantz went 0-2 on the day in the 77-pound division and did not score team points. Gabe Burden placed sixth in the 88-pound division and scored 11 team points. In the 94-pound division, Delano Mullins placed sixth and scored 11 team points. Also in the 94-pound divison, Aiden Zaparanick-Brown did not place in the event and went 1-2 on the day.

Conner Dutton placed fourth after being disqualified in the third place match in the 107-pound weight class and scored 16 team points. Also in the 107-pound division, Javon Courtney did not place in the event but scored 4 team points.

In the 115-pound weight class, Gavin Andreoni placed second and scored 26 team points. Reece Goss won the 123-pound division and scored 30.5 team points. Goss had a pair of pins on the day as well as two dominant performances resulting in decisions. Harley Graham did not place in the 123-pound weight class.

Jackson Geilear placed third in the 132-pound weight class and scored 16 team points. Mick Gullion and Johnathan Sturgeon did not place in the 142-pound weight class. Andrew Kartner placed second in the 154-pound division and scored 22 team points. Both of Kartner's victories were by fall.

Grant Garrison placed fourth in the 170-pound division and scored 18 team points. Garrison had a pair of pins on the day. Luke Hill placed fourth in the 192-pound division and scored 18 team points. Hill had three pins on the day and was pinned once. Jeremiah Shulze placed second in the 242-pound divsion and scored 28 team points. Shulze pinned four opponents in the tournament before losing by fall in the final.

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