The Harrison County Thorobreds wresting team placed third out of 17 teams competing in the Capital City Classic last Saturday at Franklin County High School.
Oldham County won the team title and Henry Clay was second.
Harrison County sophomore Brandon Barnett was the lone Thorobred champion on the day, winning the 171 pound class with a perfect 4-0 record, winning each match by a fall.
Barnett won his preliminary and semi-final matches with first period pins and his quarterfinal and final round match with second period pins.
“Brandon would be my choice for Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, but that award was given to Matt Zarth of Henry Clay,” said HCHS coach Russ Riegel.
Zarth won the 119 class, defeating Harrison County’s Andy Lenz in the finals, 14-6. Zarth won the state title at 112 last year.
Lenz, wrestling at 119 for the first time this year, won two matches, before falling to Zarth in the finals.
Harrison County had three grapplers take third place on the day.
Kaleb Berry was third at 140, Trevor Maxwell third at 145, and Seth Coy third at 160. A fourth wrestler, Cody Ward was awarded a tie for third as he had already wrestled five times on Saturday and rules prohibit wrestling more than that in one day.
Chris Brunker was fourth at 135.
Berry finished the day 3-1, defeating Tates Creek’s Steve Kimbell in the consolation finals with a fall at 3:58. Maxwell went 4-1 on the day, losing his first match of the tournament, but winning four straight to take third overall. Coy finished 4-1 as well, losing to his nemesis, Scott Bruning of Franklin County. Bruning has beaten Coy three times this season, each by close decisions.
Riegel was happy with how the day went for his troops.
“We had a good day on Saturday,” said Riegel. “Not so much for the team overall, but we had several good individual performances. If we can shore up a few weight classes, we’ll be fine. It was a good tournament. We have no excuses and I am proud of our team.”
On the Tuesday prior to the Capital City Classic, Harrison County finished 1-1 in a three team dual match at Campbell County.
The Breds smashed Boone County 69-4 and were upended by Campbell County 45-33.
In the Boone County match, Harrison County led 36-0 before the first match was contested on the mat, as Boone County, a second year wrestling school, had trouble filling weight classes.
The highlight of the match with Boone County was Brandon Barnett registering his 100th career win. Barnett pinned Clint Howers in 25 seconds to reach the milestone. He is now setting his sights on reaching 200 career wins and joining 2008 graduates Josh Ashbrook and Beau Sanders as the only members of that club.
In the loss to Campbell County, Harrison County won five and lost six on the mat, but was plagued by having to forfeit the other matches.
Harrison County had to battle out of an early deficit, trailing 21-0 after the first four matches. Wins by Ward, Brunker, Berry, Barnett and Shawn Lenz tied the score at 33-33, but Harrison County lost the last two matches of the day for the final margin of 45-33.
“The kids wrestled hard and gave themselves a chance to win,” said Riegel. “Campbell County is well respected and has been for many years. I think we did good, maybe very good, against them on Tuesday. It has taken 15 years to get wrestling at Harrison County more like being a power and being respected by parents, fans and peers.”