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Breds grapplers dominate Bourbon, Capital City Classic

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By Joey Lewis

Coming off good performances in major tournaments, the Harrison County Thorobred wrestlers took to the road to match up with the Bourbon County Colonels on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The Colonels are coached by former HCHS wrestler Eric Dingus, a runner-up in state competition as a high school wrestler.

The Breds took the varsity win on the road, 60-24, over a Colonels squad dealing with sickness, injury, and a few academic problems.

Bourbon County is the closest match to a rivalry we have, said Harrison County coach Russ Riegel. Usually both schools are pretty juiced up to compete against each other.

Harrison Countys Jackson Sanders, competing in the 103 lbs. weight class, started off the evening winning by a forfeit.

Andy Lenz, wrestling in the 112 lbs. class, pinned Bourbon Countys J. Soriano in 5:32, leading 8-4 at the time of the fall. After the match, Lenz wrestled in an exhibition match against the Colonels B. Lasciano. Lenz won that pairing by a major decision, 13-5.

Andy faced Bourbon Countys best two athletes and did a real good job, said Riegel.

Harrison Countys Cody Ward, Josh Moss, Caleb Berry, Coty Berry, Seth Coy and Eric Kiskaden each won by forfeits in their respective weight classes. Harrison County was only forced to forfeit in two weight classes, 119 lbs. and 285 lbs.

In the 152 lbs. weight class, Chris Brunker won his match by a fall in 5:27. Likewise, the 189 lbs. division was claimed by the Breds Brandon Barnett with a fall in 3:03.

The Colonels only two actual wins in the match came in the 125 lbs. division with B. Lasamino defeating Vince Whitt in 1:29 and in the 215 lbs. class J. Crowe won by a fall in 1:25 over Brett Williams.

On Saturday, the Breds took another big win in the 14th Annual Capital City Classic hosted by Franklin County High School, taking first place in the field of 18 schools with a team score of 175.

Rounding out the top five behind the Breds were: Franklin County, 148; Dixie Heights, 143; DeSales 92.5; and Dunbar, 92.5.

Harrison County came out of the event with four champions: Trevor Maxwell, 130 lbs; Josh Moss, 135 lbs; Josh Ashbrook, 152 lbs; and Beau Sanders, 160 lbs.

The Breds also placed four wrestlers in second place: Andy Lenz, 112 lbs; Cody Ward, 130 lbs; Coty Berry, 140 lbs; and Brandon Barnett, 189 lbs.

Bobby Barkley placed third for Harrison County in the 171 lbs. weight class and Brunker placed fourth in the 145 lbs. division.

Jackson Sanders, a seventh grade student wrestling at 103 lbs. for the Breds, gave Harrison County a big lift by filling in his weight class. He finished 1-2 on the day.

In the beginning, Jackson was there to keep other teams honest, said Riegel. But as the season has gone on, weve wrestled him more and more and well use him the rest of the season. He has a great career ahead of him.

Lenz, in his 112 lbs. division, met what is becoming a very familiar face in Montgomery Countys Ross Carpenter. Carpenter defeated Lenz for the fourth time this year, this time by a decision, 11-7. Lenz and Carpenter will do battle three more times this season in different matches before the Region 7 tournament.

Both boys are excellent wrestlers, said Riegel. This little rivalry should work in our favor because the more you wrestle a man, the better you know him for the next time meet him. With a positive, unbeatable attitude, Andy will prevail.

Maxwell, the 130 lbs. title winner for the Breds, was seeing his first wrestling action since Dec. 18 when he competed in the Johnson Central Duals. He was 3-0 on the day with two falls and a forfeit.

In the 135 lbs. weight class, Breds junior Caleb Berry was 2-2 on the day. He did not place, but won by a fall in 0:39 against Bryan Station and in 1:31 against Franklin County, scoring vital team points.

Coty Berry, capturing second place in the 140 lbs. division, finished the day 2-1 defeated wrestlers from Woodford County and Dixie Heights before falling to Mike OBryan from Conner.

Sophomore Brunker, competing in the 145 lbs. class, took fourth place by finishing 3-2 on the day.

The senior co-captain Ashbrook, taking the top spot in his 152 lbs. weight, was 3-0 on the day. Ashbrook defeated Ryan Dillon of Conner 7-4 and scored two first period falls in his other two matches. He is now 43-0 on the year.

The other senior co-captain Beau Sanders took the top spot in the 160 lbs. class, by posting a 3-0 mark. Sanders won his first two matches by major decisions, 14-2, against St. Xavier and 13-4 against Conner. His third match was a win by decision, 11-4 over Dunbar. He is now 43-1 on the season.

Barkley, scoring a lot of points for the team, captured third place in the 171 lbs. division posting a 4-1 mark on the day. All four of his wins were by falls: 0:27 against Conner, 0:49 against Danville, 3:46 against Boone County, and 2:19 against Trinity. Barkley was named a co-wrestler of the week.

Barnett, finishing 2-1 on the day, took second place in his 189 lbs. division. He won his first two matches by first period falls before falling to DeSales in his third match.

Barnett is getting better and better with each match. Hes an up and comer for the future of HCHS wrestling, said coach Riegel.

The Breds 215 lbs. entry was sophomore Brett Williams, who was filling in for fellow sophomore Shawn Lenz who was unable to participate due to an illness.

The Breds alternate wrestlers were Cody Ward in the 130 lbs. weight class, Josh Moss in the 135 lbs. class, Charles Ammerman in the 152 lbs. weight, and Seth Coy in the 160 lbs. division. Alternates are non-scoring participants.

Ward finished 2-0 on the day, meeting fellow Bred Maxwell in his final match and gave the forfeit to his teammate due to nagging injuries and the scoring of team points.

Moss, a sophomore, finished 4-0 on the day and took a spot as co-wrestler of the week. He won his first two matches by falls, in 5:00 against Trinity and in 2:55 against Dunbar. His last two matches were wins by decision, 12-8, against Harrison, and 16-8 over Dixie Heights.

Ammerman, a freshman in his first year of wrestling, finished the day 0-2.

The Breds Coy, who usually competes in the 152 lbs. division, moved up to allow his teammate to participate. The junior was a super-sub and earned his varsity letter year, unluckily backing-up 152 lbs. senior Ashbrook. He finished 3-2 on the day and is now 22-9 on the season.

Seth is dedicated to wrestling and I project that he will be a full-time starter next year, said Riegel.

This tournament was a great morale builder for the team, said the coach. It came at just the right time, too, half-way through the season. We have a goal, to be in the Top 10 at the KHSAA State Championships in February.

The Breds were scheduled to take to the mats again last night as they hosted Anderson County on the Hilltop. Seniors Ashbrook, Barkley, Cordray and Sanders were to be recognized in Senior Night celebrations. Look for more information on this match in next weeks paper.

The next action for Harrison County wrestling will come Saturday when they travel to compete in the Montgomery County Duals.