On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Harrison County wrestling team took second place out of 11 teams in the 2008 Region 7 wrestling tournament and will send 10 wrestlers to state competition in Frankfort.
Defending champions Woodford County took first place with 264 team points, five first-place winners, three second-place winners, four third-place winners, and one sixth-place winner.
The Breds scored 158 team points and had one first-place winner, three second-place winners, six fourth-place winners, and one sixth-place winner. Wrestlers claiming wins in the top four places will advance to state, which begins Thursday.
At the 152 lbs. weight class, senior co-captain Josh Ashbrook took the Breds lone first-place finish. Ashbrook was 3-0 on the day with a 7-2 decision over Chad Scott of Woodford County, a 0:20 fall over Morgan Bryant of Henry Clay, and a fall in 5:27 over Lafayettes Dair Shapirov.
Josh was fighting flu symptoms today and still won in good style, said Breds coach Russ Riegel. Im proud of him, and he has the heart of a really great champion.
Ashbrook has a season record of 50-1 and has been ranked number one by Kentucky coaches for most of the season.
Finishing in second place for the Breds were Andy Lenz in the 112 lbs. weight class, Trevor Maxwell in the 130 lbs. class, and Beau Sanders in the 145 lbs. division.
The junior Lenz was 2-1 on the day, falling to Montgomery Countys Ross Carpenter for the fifth time this season.
Maxwell, also a junior, finished the day 2-1 and lost to Coty Lewis of Woodford County by a fall in 2:44.
Senior co-captain Beau Sanders ran up against Woodford Countys Harrison Courtney in the finals and was pinned in 3:15. Courtney was named Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament by the coaches.
Beau wants the state title so bad he can taste it, said Riegel. Hes one of the most dedicated young men I have ever dealt with. I cant say enough about him and what he has meant to Harrison County High School. He should have one more chance at Harrison Courtney in the KHSAA finals and this time, God-willing, hell get the win.
Earning fourth-place finishes for Harrison County were Cody Ward in the 125 lbs. weight, Josh Moss at the 135 lbs. spot, Coty Berry in the 140 lbs. division, Mike Cordray in the 160 lbs. class, Bobby Barkley in the 171 lbs. class, and Brandon Barnett at the 189 lbs. weight.
Dan Kiskaden, wrestling in the 215 lbs. width class, was the sixth place winner for the Breds.
After struggling through several early season injuries and sickness, the Breds had all their pieces in place for the tournament and finished ahead of Dunbar, Franklin County, Tates Creek, and Henry Clay. Those four teams had defeated Harrison County in dual matches earlier in the season.
You have to feel good about a second place finish today, said Riegel. And we lose four seniors this year, but we will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
Those wrestlers advancing to state are Ashbrook, Sanders, Cordray, Barkley, Lenz, Maxwell, Ward, Moss, Berry and Barnett.