Mat Jackets win Region 5 Championship
The Woodford County High School varsity wrestling team won the Region Five Championship on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Grant County High School. The region title was the first for Woodford in five years. The Mat Jackets qualified 12 wrestlers for the State Championship which begin on Feb.16 at All-Tech Arena in Lexington. WCHS Coach Rusty Parks was named Region 5 Coach of the Year at the post-tournament ceremony. The Woodford squad had nine regional finalists and six champions.
“We knew it would be a fight today but we came here to fight and we won,” said Parks. “This was a tremendous team effort today. I am so proud of these athletes because their hearts are so big and they showed it on the mat. Any time you can put nine in the finals and walk away with six champions, you feel like you have a good thing going heading into the state tournament. We'll have them ready to go on Friday-no doubt about it.”
Eighth-Grader Gavin Andreoni placed first and was dominant from start to finish. Andreoni pinned Noah Thomas (Grant Co.) in 12 seconds in the quarterfinals and won the semifinal by major decision over Tyler Armstead (Oldham Co.). In the finals, Andreoni pinned Gage Hill (Western Hills) in 90 seconds. Andreoni scored 25 team points.
“I'm happy to win a regional title in my eighth-grade season,” said Andreoni. “I've learned so much this season and I try to apply all of that when I am on the mat. I'm going to take it one match at a time at state but I am really excited about it.”
WCHS senior Adam Bender placed first in his final regional tournament for Woodford. Bender received a bye into the semi's where he won by technical fall, 15-0, over Gabe Bobay (North Oldham). In the finals, Bender won by another shutout technical fall, beating Brett Shea (North Oldham). The WCHS senior scored 23 team points.
WCHS freshman Dylan Preston placed second in the tournament. Preston received a bye into the semifinals where he won by technical fall over Cayden Graham (Scott Co.). In the finals, Preston lost a 10-5 decision to Carson Deckard (Oldham Co.). Preston scored 17.5 team points.
WCHS senior Tylan Tucker placed first and scored 25.5 team points. Tucker won by fall in the quarterfinals over Jordan Wells (South Oldham). He won by technical fall, in the semifinals over Jacob Brock (Franklin Co.). Tucker pinned Truman Galusha (Scott Co.) in the finals to win his fourth straight regional title. Tucker will take a 40-4 record into the state tournament.
“I wanted to be the aggressor today,” said Tucker. “That is the mentality you have to bring into an event like this. Try to win every period, because if you do that you win the match. Most of us know how intense state is and we will have to be ready to bring our best effort.”
WCHS junior CJ Cardwell placed first and was domineering in his three matches of the tournament. He received a bye in the first round and won by decision over Clayton Anderson (Oldham County) in the quarterfinal.
In the semifinal, Cardwell won by major decision over Thomas Gripshover (Grant Co.) and won by technical fall in the final over Bryce Moberly (North Oldham). Cardwell scored 24.5 team points.
WCHS sophomore Chase Yost placed first and scored 22 team points. Yost received a bye in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Yost controlled the match over Jacob Anderson (Oldham Co.) and won by major decision. In the finals, Yost won by major decision over Anthony Pierce (South Oldham).
“I felt like today went pretty well,” said Yost. “I only had two matches but I got the job done and I am ready for state. I'm looking forward to it and hope to have a great tournament.”
WCHS junior Ronan Wyatt placed third in the tournament. Wyatt received a bye in the first round and won by fall over Jeffery Parker (Western Hills) in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Wyatt lost a 4-2 decision to Jakob McClintic (Oldham Co.). In the consolation semifinal, Wyatt won by fall over Matthew Hullette (Scott Co.). Wyatt pinned Marshal Royce (North Oldham) in 45 seconds to win the third place match. Wyatt scored 20 team points.
WCHS junior Wyatt Andreoni placed first and scored 28 team points by pinning all three of his opponents. Andreoni received a bye in the first round and won by fall in the quarterfinals over Caine Boyer (South Oldham). In the semifinals, Andreoni won by fall over Luke Rollins (Scott Co.) and then pinned Chase Fink (Anderson Co.) in the finals.
WCHS junior Triston Brooks placed second and scored 20 team points. Brooks won his quarterfinal match by fall over Ashton Sullivan (Spencer Co.) and then pinned Luke Rollins (Scott Co.) in the semifinal. Brooks lost a 9-4 decision in the finals to Lucas Carrillo (Oldham Co).
WCHS freshman Tont Ornelas placed second and scored 19.5 team points. Ornelas won his quarterfinal match by fall over Joseph Taylor (Anderson Co.) and then won by fall in the semifinals over Tem Hickerson (Franklin Co). In the finals, Ornelas lost a 7-3 decision to Isaiah Hale (Oldham Co.).
WCHS junior Juan Chavez placed fourth and scored nine team points. Chavez lost his quarterfinal match by decision to Ethan Glenn (Spencer Co.). Chavez battled his way back into contention by beating Sean Joerendt (Scott Co.) by major decision. In the third place match, Chavez was pinned by Ethan Glenn (Spencer Co).
Eighth-Grader Luke Hill placed eighth and did not score team points. Hill was pinned in the quarterfinals by Sam Jenkins (North Oldham) and was pinned by Tyler Little (Scott Co.) in the consolation round.
WCHS senior Jack Hill placed third and scored 17.5 team points. Hill pinned John Hullette (Scott Co.) in the quarterfinals, but was pinned by Daniel Kimbell in the semifinal match. In the consolation round semifinal, Hill pinned Colton Kessinger (Spencer Co.) in 15 seconds. In the third place match, Hill won by technical fall, 19-4, over Tyler Kassinger (South Oldham).
WCHS sophomore Maquoia Bernabe placed fifth and scored five team points. Bernabe lost by decision in the quarterfinals to Samuel Tomah (Spencer Co.) and received a bye in the consolation round quarterfinals. Bernabe lost a 4-1 decision to Jacob Rhody (Western Hills) in the consolation round semifinals. Bernabe will be an alternate for the state championship.