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Breds 4-5 in Region 7 Super Duals

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By Joey Lewis

Last weekend, the wrestling Breds posted a 4-5 mark in the Region 7 Super Duals at Dunbar High School. Out of the 11 teams in the region, Woodford County took first place with a 9-0 record and Dunbar finished second to qualify for the State Duals to take place on Jan. 26.

On Friday, Dec. 21, Harrison County competed in four rounds, beginning with an opening round match up with Woodford County. For only the second time this year, the Breds did not get a pin in the match and gave up four uncontested weight classes to their competition en route to the 54-22 loss.

Harrison County?s Andy Lenz, Cody Ward and Josh Ashbrook each won their matches with Woodford?s wrestlers by decision.

In the evening?s second match, a Montgomery County team, hard-pressed by sickness and absenteeism, fell to the Breds 55-21. The two teams only wrestled six weight classes in the match.

One of the evening?s most exciting match-ups came in this round, pitting Montgomery County?s Ross Carpenter against the Breds? Lenz. The two wrestlers took second and third places respectively in last year?s Region 7 Duals. This ?knock-down-drag-out? battle ended with a 15-12 decision for Carpenter.

In the Breds? third Friday match, they defeated Western Hills 60-18. Earlier in the season, Harrison County defeated the same team by a 77-24 margin.

In the fourth and final contest of the night, the Breds were disadvantaged by the necessity to forfeit five weight classes against Franklin County. The Flyers, who fell to the Breds earlier in the season in a 61-18 match, covered those open weight classes and came away with a 42-36 win.

?If we put our substitutes in some of these matches they?ll get slaughtered, but you have to give them credit for trying,? said Breds? Coach Russ Riegel. ?My choice is to either destroy the wrestler?s confidence in these situations or not over match him, so the wrestler comes first.?

The Breds actually won eight of the 10 matches that were wrestled against Franklin but could not overcome the forfeits for the win.

On Saturday, Dec. 22, Harrison County opened up its first of five rounds with a 43-30 win over a talented Lafayette team. Harrison?s Lenz, Caleb Berry, Coty Berry, Chris Brunker, Beau Sanders and Ashbrook won their respective classes for the Breds.

In the second match of the day, the Breds finally went head to head with Tates Creek. Although both teams participated in the Tates Creek, Johnson Central and Nelson County Duals, they had not faced each other.

Again, five forfeits put the Breds? backs against the wall and helped Tates Creek to a 46-30 win, overcoming six individual victories by Harrison County.

Harrison?s senior co-captain Sanders won the fast fall award in the match, defeating his opponent in 0:16. Sophomore Josh Moss was available for the first time this season after taking time off to recover from a football injury. He won his match with a Tates Creek wrestler by a fall in 1:34.

?There?s not much to say except that with a full team, we could have done really well,? said Riegel.

The third match of the second day was a lopsided 60-18 Harrison County victory over a new team from Bryan Station. Bryan Station is coached by former Bourbon County wrestling Coach John Townsend.

Moss scored the fastest fall in the match in a time of 0:39.

Henry Clay defeated the Breds in a close 36-31 match in the day?s fourth contest.

The Breds? Ward had a good match, winning by a decision 10-7. Bobby Barkley came alive in his weight class, winning by a fall in 1:06. Freshman Brandon Barnett won a 9-7 decision.

?Again, over and over, we should have and could have placed second in this tournament,? said Riegel. ?These forfeits are beating us before we even start in some of these matches.?

In their last match of the tournament, the Breds dropped another close one, this time to Dunbar 39-32.

Lenz, Ward, Coty Berry, Sanders, Ashbrook and Barkley all took wins for the Breds, but two forfeits in the final two matches sealed their fate.

Co-captains Ashbrook and Sanders were 9-0 and 5-0 respectively in the tournament, while Ward posted an 8-1 record. Both Lenz and Coty Berry were 7-2 for the weekend.

?Each one of our kids did a great job. I have no complaints and no excuses,? said Riegel. ?I must get them all in the line up at one time.?