It was state champion Brandon Barnett’s senior night on the Hilltop last Wednesday as the wrestling Thorobreds faced Anderson County and Scott County in a three-team tri match.
If only the Thorobreds could have matched their team captain and senior leader, the score would have been more favorable, but that wasn’t to be on this night.
Barnett pinned his two opponents on his special night in 28 and 42 seconds in the manner the Harrison County fans are growing to expect.
The senior night for the other senior Dwayne Moore will be Feb. 2 when the Breds face Bourbon County. Scheduling difficulties with the parents caused the two separate events.
Coach Russ Riegel commented, “I under estimated Anderson County badly. They are a very good team, which should be in the top 10 in Kentucky when the final ratings come out.”
Anderson County defeated the Breds by a 52-21 score with the problems for the Breds coming between the 125 pound and 171 pound weight classes. In these seven classes the Breds lost in a forfeit, three falls and three tech falls to fall behind by a big margin after Cody Doyle, Anthony Shirley, and Joey Faulconer had each won their matches in the lighter weight classes.
Barnett won his match, but in the end Anderson County won 10 of the 14 matches.
In the Scott County match, the Thorobreds won all of the bouts in which they participated and took a 66-18 victory. Scott County is in their first year of wrestling so it was really no contest.
The Cardinal wins came in the 140, 145 and 171 weight classes where the Thorobreds forfeited.
The Breds took 11 matches by falls as Shirley, Jeff Faulconer, Shawn Tobin, Justin Williams, Barnett, Eric Kiskaden and Dwayne Moore all pinned their opponents.
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Breds wrestlers third in
Capital City Classic Saturday
The Harrison County Thorobreds wrestlers were pitted against 22 competitors Saturday in the Capital City Classic at Franklin County High School.
The grapplers had competed against many of the foes whom they would see on this day and represented themselves very well winning a first place, a second, a third, two fifths, one sixth, one seventh and one eighth for the day.
Anderson County was the runaway winner finishing 43 1/2 points ahead of second place Franklin County who finished well ahead of the Breds. The Bearcats had 11 of their 14 wrestlers place in the meet while the Flyers had 10 and the Thorobreds eight.
While the Breds did not win, they defeated many quality teams some of which had defeated them in earlier meets.
The Thorobreds were hampered by their inability to use some of the middle school wrestlers that usually compete due to the middle school state regions going on at the same time in northern Kentucky. In these regionals, 125 lb Colton Mott and 140 lb Clay Arthur finished second and 119 lb Terrell Roberts finished third.
Youth was the opponent for 103 lb Cody Doyle as much as anything as his opposition used their experience to defeat the improving lightweight.
Doyle won one match and lost two for the day. 112 pound Anthony Shirley took a second, winning two matches and losing the final.
Coach Riegel said of Shirley, “He is more of a finesse type wrestler rather than a knock down drag out type. He has been a fast learner as what to do and what not to do.”
Joey Faulconer finished fifth in the very talented 119 pound class losing two matches and winning three. Faulconer lost for the third time to Dunbar’s Brad Milford who placed third.
The outstanding wrestler for the meet was from this weight class in Dixie Height’s Anthony Cateliano.
Noah Mitchell finished sixth in the 125 pound class as he was pinned while his shoulder was not on the mat which is hard to do.
Jeff Faulconer was in the largest weight class the 135 pound class and was unfortunate to lose his first match. He then roared back to win the next three, but could only finish seventh due to the size of the class.
Mason Fryman took eighth as he too lost his first match and came back to win one and lose another.
At 160 pound, Shawn Tobin had a good tournament winning four of his five matches all by falls. Tobin pinned his first two opponents, but fell by a fall in the third to his Madison Central foe. He then came back with two more falls to take third place.
Defending champion Brandon Barnett won four matches en route to his first place finish.
He took the first three by falls in 2:35, :38 and 1:10, but went the full six minutes to score a major decision over Lynch of Newport 17-8.
Fellow senior Dwayne Moore finished fifth in the heavyweight class winning three of his five matches.
Moore won the fifth place in the most unusual way as his opponent from Western Hills was disqualified for fighting.
Moore was also a victim of a questionable official’s decision as far as the Harrison County staff was concerned in his 4-2 loss to a Boone County wrestler.
The tournament was an extra long affair as it started two hours late due to a program glitch, which delayed the finals start to 8 p.m.
The next action for the Harrison County squad is Wednesday at Dunbar and then on Saturday at the Danville Duals.