• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Goss wins State Championship; WCMS Tigers place third at State Championship

WCMS EIGHTH-GRADER REECE GOSS won the middle school state championship in the 121-pound weight class on Saturday, Feb 3 at Broadbent Arena in Louisville. Goss was undefeated for the season and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament. (Photo by Bill Caine)

WCMS EIGHTH GRADER JEREMIAH SHULZE battles with Walker Rigsby of Johnson County in the consolation round of the State Championship on Saturday, Feb 3 at Broadbent Arena in Louisville. Shulze finished his first year of wrestling with a record of 36-7. (Photo by Bill Caine)

The Woodford County Middle School wrestling team placed third in the school division at the 2018 State Middle School Championship held on Saturday Feb. 3 at Broadbent Arena in Louisville. The Tigers had four state placers including Reece Goss who won the state title in the 121-pound weight class.

“It's an emotional feeling,” said WCMS Coach Jarvis Livingston. “At the end of the day, no matter what we go through, we are all family. There has been a lot of adversity this year and especially health wise but we had kids who have battled through so much to be here today and that is what makes wrestling such a great sport. We teach kids many things in the wrestling room but most importantly you can learn many life lessons.”

Gavin Andreoni placed fifth in the 113-pound weight class. Andreoni finished off his season with a record of 19-4. In the first round, Andreoni won by major decision over Jacob Fulkerson (Central Hardin) and won by fall in the quarterfinals over Jaiden Haskins (Fern Creek). In the semifinal, Andreoni lost by major decision to Zach Straus (Ryle). Andreoni was defeated by sudden victory in the consolation semifinals by Austin Peace (Ryle), but he bounced back to win the fifth place match over Michael Conner (McCracken County) by decision.

Reece Goss capped off an undefeated season by pinning all four of his opponents in the tournament. In the first round, Goss won by fall over Andrew Eaker (Scott County) and pinned Gunner Pope (Twenhofel) in the quarterfinals. Goss won by fall over Michael Bowers (Campbell County) in the semifinals and pinned Carter Messerly (Ryle) in the state title match. Goss was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the event.

“I just knew I had to find my dad when it was over,” said Goss. “My dad's guidance has meant so much for me, and I would not be here today if he didn't believe in me and encourage me. I am so grateful to my coaches and my family for all of the support that they have given to me. This is a day that I will never forget.”

“It was special to see Reece's day unfold,” said Livingston. “To watch him become the best in his weight class and also may be the best wrestler pound for pound in the state is incredible.”

Jackson Geilear placed fourth in the 130-pound weight class. Geilear lost by decision in the first round to Collins Walls (Tigers Wrestling) but bounced back in the consolation opening round by pinning Josh Conley (Ryle). Geilear won his next match by decision over Matthew Raybine (North Oldham). In the third consolation round, Geilear won by decision over Matthew Bruner (Oldham County) and advanced to the third-place match by defeating Conner Giese (Meade County) by decision. In the third place match, Geilear lost by decision to Blue Fletcher (Carr Wrestling Academy). Geilear finished his season with a 43-5 record.

Andrew Kartner placed sixth in the 152-pound weight class. Kartner won his opening round match by fall over Nathan Ponder (Woodland). In the quarterfinals, Kartner won by decision over A.J. Harvey (Christian County). Kartner was pinned in the semifinals by Stephen Little (Union County) and lost by fall in the consolation semifinals to Jonathan Freeman (Walton Verona). In the fifth place match, Kartner was pinned by Tejuan Huff (Holmes). Kartner finished the season with a 38-7 record.

“When my season started, I never thought I would get to the state tournament so to come out of here with a medal feels great,” said Kartner. “I know I can be better but first I have to get back in the wrestling room and work harder.”

Grant Garrison did not place in the 168-pound weight class. In the opening round, Garrison won by decision over Mason Lewis (River City). In the quarterfinals, Cooper Elliston (Conner) won by fall over Garrison. In the second consolation round, Garrison withdrew from the tournament, and finished his season with a 31-8 record.

“I was happy to make it here today,” said Garrison. “I've been sick all week with the flu so I wasn't sure how today was going to go. I will take this and build on it for next season.”

Luke Hill did not place in the 190-pound weight class. In the opening round, Scott Monteleone (East Oldham) won by fall over Hill. In the opening consolation round, Hill was pinned by Spencer Redwine (McCracken County). Hill finished his season with a 4-6 record.

Jeremiah Shulze did not place in the 240-pound weight class. Shulze won his opening round match by fall over Jaden Kinman (Holmes), but was pinned by Dillon Wayne (Larue County) in the quarterfinal. In the second consolation round, Shulze won by fall over Walker Rigsby (Johnson County) and was pinned in the next round by Noah Shipley (Madison County). Shulze finished his season with a record of 36-7.

“I had a great time this year,” said Shulze. “This was my first year wrestling and I fell in love with the sport. I learned that no matter what happens to keep fighting hard and things can change in an instant.”

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