Coach Luke Tucker’s Harrison County Thorobreds wrestling team are rounding into shape at just the right time.
The grapplers headed to Hazard last weekend and swept through an eight-team tournament with only six matches lost out of 43. Many of those were losses to teammates.
The region tournament is this week so it appears that the wrestling coaches have the team ready for another run at a region title and then some great performances at the state meet.
On Saturday nine of the Thorobreds breezed through the competition without losing a match. In three cases, the wins were all pins.
Noah Mitchell pinned one Whitley County opponent in 12 seconds. Nathan Lopez took down a Perry County Central wrestler in 16 seconds as the Thorobreds demonstrated their mastery.
The matches were not all that quick, but overall Harrison County was the class of the tournament.
Michael Mattox, Lopez, Colton Mott, Mitchell, Colin Coy, Mason Fryman, Sean Mullikin, Clay Arthur and Kellon Williams were all undefeated in their matches. Brandon Williams and Domonic Walker both were 3-1, Williams in the 170 lbs. class and Walker in the 285 lbs. group.
Harrison County won the meet with 115 points though some of the weight classes where the Thorobreds could have scored more were not counted due to the other teams not having enough participants.
The host, Perry County Central, was a distant second with 61 points followed by Pike Central, 38, Whitley County, 36, Letcher Central, 35, East Ridge, 21, Belfry, 14, and Phelps, 10.
Many of these teams are in the new region where the Thorobreds have been placed so the matches coming up this weekend show some real promise.