The Harrison County Thorobreds wrestling team got a late invite to compete in the North Hardin Trojan Invitational last Saturday and jumped at the opportunity.
“We had an open date and the tournament looked to be very competitive,” said HCHS Coach Russ Riegel. “They let us in at the last minute and we jumped at it.”
With only eight wrestlers competing, Harrison County fared well in the preliminary rounds, but faltered a bit in the medal round.
“It was too early in the morning to catch the bus and the trip was too long, but it was a tough tournament and our guys did a super job of wrestling until the medal rounds,” said Riegel.
Andy Lenz lost in the 119 pound finals to an opponent he defeated a week ago. In the Capital City Classic, Lenz defeated Josh Joseph of Anderson County, 13-3. On Saturday, Joseph turned the tables on Lenz and won by a major decision, 15-7.
“I was proud of Andy for gutting it out,” said Riegel. “He had a cut lip and bloody nose and refused to concede. It was really ugly to see Andy try a dozen different moves and miss them by just a hair. You must finish your moves or you’re just another wrestler…not the champion.”
Cody Ward lost a disputed match in the finals at 130.
Late in the first period, Ward was victimized by a take-down to Alex Henderson of Seneca. However, instead of being behind 2-0, the mat referee informed Riegel and Ward that he had deemed the take-down to be a pin.
“I went to the table and argued that the period ended long before there was a pin, but the referee said the pin was there in plenty of time, he just called it late, which is totally wrong,” said Riegel. “Cody did let up at the end of the period, but that was because the period was over.”
Seth Coy won four of five matches on the day and finished fourth overall at 160.
“Seth finally had his tournament,” said Riegel. “He would be the HCHS ‘wrestler of the week’ in my opinion.”
Coy won all four of his matches by falls, losing a close 7-6 decision to eventual champion Eddie Mason of Meade County in the second round. He had to settle for fourth place in the weight class, due to the five match rule that prevented him from wrestling for third place.
Also competing for Harrison County were Chris Brunker, Josh Moss, Kaleb Berry, Koty Berry and Brandon Barnett. Moss and Barnett had their days cut short by injuries. The Berry twins finished the day at 2-2 in their respective weight classes.
Last Wednesday, Harrison County traveled to Anderson County to take on the Bearcats in a dual match. The hosts edged the Thorobreds 39-38, as two Harrison County seniors failed to make weight and one senior had a medical problem that prevented all from competing.
In all, only eight matches were held, with both teams winning four.
Winning for Harrison County were Chris Brunker at 135, a 17-2 technical fall over Trevor Stockton, Josh Moss at 140 by a 14-11 decision over Chad Vincent, Kaleb Berry at 145 in a second period fall over Coty Kaelin, and Brandon Barnett at 189 with a second period fall over Justin haddix.
Seniors Andy Lenz and Cory Ward both failed to make weight and were sidelined. Fellow senior Trevor Maxwell was injured and couldn’t wrestle.