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Grapplers ready for post-season, to participate in tournament Saturday

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By Lee Kendall

The Harrison County Thorobreds wrestling team will participate in the Region 7 Wrestling Tournament this Saturday at Montgomery County High School.

The tournament is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with the weight-class finals projected to begin at 7 p.m.

On the line for the Breds are qualifying spots in the state wrestling tournament next week at the Farnham-Dudgeon Center in Frankfort.

Full day tickets for the regional meet on Saturday will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. Finals tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The 7th Region includes host Montgomery County, Bourbon County, Harrison County, Woodford County and all the public schools in Fayette County.

Andy Lenz will enter the tournament as the top-seed in his weight class and Josh Moss will be a No. 2 seed in his class.

On Saturday, Harrison County concluded its regular season with a 2-2 record in four dual matches at the Conner Duals in Northern Kentucky.

The Breds defeated Conner, 63-10, and Scott High, 52-28, while losing to Ryle, 60-16, and Simon Kenton, 39-34.

“Injury and illness hurt us in the first match loss to Ryle, but not enough to make a difference in how the team score came out,” said HCHS coach Russ Riegel. “Most of our guys wrestled pretty well, we were just out-gunned.”

Andy Lenz, Cody Ward and Kaleb Berry notched the only wins for Harrison County in the match-up against Ryle.

In their second match win over host Conner, Harrison County took advantage of four forfeit wins, along with mat wins by Anthony Shirley, Jackson Sanders, Lenz, Seth Coy, Josh Howard and Corey Bailey.

“Conner has fallen on hard times,” said Riegel. “Half of their wrestlers are now at the new school up there (first-year school Cooper High School), but they will be back in the mix in two or three years.”

In their third match loss to Simon Kenton, Harrison County got wins from Lenz, Sanders, Berry, Moss and Coy.

“That match was a slight disappointment to me,” said Riegel. “I still feel like we have the better team, but excuses, excuses, excuses…”

The day ended on a positive note for the Thorobreds as they defeated Scott to wrap things up.

Lenz won his fourth match of the day, followed by wins for Ward and Chris Brunker. Harrison County won seven of the last eight weight classes by forfeit.

“I know the kids are looking forward to the regional meet,” said Riegel. “Hopefully, we’ll get several kids through this and on into the state meet.”