• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports Editor

Mat Jackets have four State placers; finish 14th at State Tournament

The Woodford County High School wrestling team finished 14th at the KHSAA State Wrestling Championship Feb. 15-16 at Alltech Arena.

The Mat Jackets took 12 wrestlers to the state tournament and came away with four placers. The Jackets placed second last weekend in the regional tournament and looked to carry momentum into the first day of the state event, but fell short in placing in the top 10. WCHS senior CJ Cardwell and junior Triston Brooks suffered season-ending injuries earlier in the season. They were both ranked in the top 10 preseason rankings. "This was a tough state tournament and a very tough season," said WCHS Coach Rusty Parks. "We had a season with injuries and even had some disciplinary issues, but that won't keep us from working hard and coming back strong for next season. We will return three state placers and hopefully will continue to improve. We had a lot of first timers in the tournament this season and they learned lessons to carry them for next season. The bottom line is we have to get back to work and battle." Ashley Courtney did not place in the 106-pound weight class. Courtney lost by major decision to July Soe (Iroquois) in the first round, but bounced back with a win by fall over Allen Carter (Sheldon Clark) in the first consolation round. Courtney was eliminated in the second consolation round when Luke Oliveros pinned her. Courtney finished her sophomore season with an 18-13 record. Conner Dutton did not place in the 120-pound weight class. Dutton lost by fall to Nathan Ohlmann (St. Xavier) in the opening round and was eliminated when he lost a 6-5 decision to Matthew Moore (Union County) in the first consolation round. Dutton finished his freshman season with a 19-16 record. Gavin Andreoni placed fifth in the 126-pound weight class. Andreoni won a 9-7 decision over Leshawn Simmons (Holmes) in the first round, then won a 6-4 decision over Jayden Webb (Johnson Central) in the second round. Andreoni won by fall over Montrail Porter (Central) in the quarterfinals. Andreoni lost by fall to Thomas Deck (Madison Central) in the semifinals and lost a 4-2 decision to Migdoel Ocasio (Simon Kenton) in the consolation semifinals. Andreoni won a 2-0 decision over Ryan Bellucci (St. Xavier) in the fifth-place match. Andreoni finished his freshman season with an 11-2 record. Chase Yost placed sixth in the 132-pound weight class. Yost won by fall over Ethan Newsome (Caldwell County), then won by major decision over Logan Tuggle (Boyle County) in the second round. Yost won by fall over Ricky Garcia (John Hardin) in the quarterfinals. Yost lost a 6-4 decision in overtime to Jakerion Merritt (Christian County) in the semifinals and forfeited his final two matches due to injury. Yost finished his junior season with a 22-3 record. Dylan Preston placed sixth in the 138-pound weight class. Preston won a 4-0 decision over Justin Chavez (Lafayette) in the first round, but lost a 9-2 decision to Jake Insko (Apollo) in the second round. Preston pinned Jeffrey Littlebrant (Calloway County) in the second consolation round then won three straight decisions over Carter Messerly (Ryle), Zachary Pledger (St. Xavier) and Eric Green (Pikeville ). Preston lost a 5-3 decision in a rematch with Insko in the consolation round semifinals, then lost a 3-2 decision to Anthony Pierce (South Oldham) in the fifth-place match. Preston finished his sophomore season with a 32-6 record. Ronan Wyatt did not place in the 145-pound weight class. Wyatt lost a 2-0 decision to Neal Aldridge (Christian County) in the first round, but pinned Tyler Ritchie (Madison Central) in the first consolation round. Wyatt was eliminated when he lost a 2-0 decision to Alex Rivera (Moore) in the second consolation round. Wyatt finished his senior season with a 13-10 record. Wyatt Andreoni placed sixth in the 152-pound weight class. Andreoni pinned Steven Watson (Whitley County) in the first round, then won by technical fall over Cade Cunningham (Simon Kenton) in the second round. Andreoni won a 7-3 decision over Griffin Hall (Taylor County) in the quarterfinals, but lost an 8-5 decision to Brayden Giannone (Lafayette) in the semifinals. Andreoni forfeited his final two matches (coaches decision) and finished his senior season with a 31-6 record. Jackson Geilear did not place in the 170-pound weight class. Geilear lost a 7-4 decision to Arthur Yah (Fern Creek), but bounced back with a win by fall over Alex Chism-Hopper (Cooper) in the first consolation round. Geilear won an 11-6 decision over Brenden Wester (Male) in the second consolation round, but lost by fall to Jackson Deckard (Oldham County) in the third consolation round. Geilear finished his freshman season with a 29-15 record. DJ Bernabe did not place in the 182-pound weight class. Bernabe lost by major decision to Andrew Marchal (Atherton). Bernabe forfeited his second round match due to injury and was eliminated. Bernabe finished his senior season with a 25-14 record. Tony Ornelas did not place in the 195-pound weight class. Ornelas won a 9-4 decision over Dakota Brooksbank (Simon Kenton) in the first round but lost a 7-6 decision to Ben Bush (Central) in the second round. Ornelas then pinned Jordan Neal (Owensboro) in the second consolation round, but was eliminated when he lost by major decision to Brandon Vera (Bryan Station). Ornelas finished his sophomore season with a 29-6 record. Jeremiah Shulze did not place in the 220-pound weight class. Shulze lost by technical fall to Niko Bussell (Christian County) in the first round, but won a 5-1 decision over Cade Crume (Apollo) in the first consolation round. Shulze was eliminated when he lost by fall to Reginald Whyte (Central). Shulze finished his freshman season with a 20-15 record. Luke Hill did not place in the 285-pound weight class. Hill lost by fall to Dejuan Watkins (DeSales) in the first round, and was eliminated when was pinned by LaQuann Williams (Trinity (Louisville) in the first consolation round. Hill finished his freshman season with a 15-15 record.

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