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It came down to the two of their final wrestlers but Oldham County managed to knock off No. 11 Trinity High School 35-34 Jan. 12 for their second win in as many meets.
After picking up an early lead on a 7-3 John Shirkey decision and a pin by Connor Wilkerson, the Colonels grappled with Trinity for the next eight weight classes, trading the lead multiple times. That set up a heroic final push from the Colonels as a pin from Alex Meyers in the 220-pound class put them in position to steal the meet with a pin by Brady Emerson.
And that’s exactly what he did, pinning Trinity’s Steven Matheny in the 113-pound class to seal the win.
“This was pretty big,” coach Aaron Riordan said. “They have some good wrestlers, top to bottom. So it wasn’t just a No. 11 ranked team against a No. 6 ranked team. It was just two solid programs going at it. We were fortunate enough to come out on top this time.”
Earlier in the week, the Colonels welcomed Spencer County to Buckner Jan. 9, and played the role of unkind host, dispatching the Bears 69-12 on a senior night that was as lopsided as the score suggests.
The Colonels recorded eight pins on the night and only saw one match, a 7-2 win by Zac Brooks in the 106-pound class, go the distance.
Nick Wise got things started for Oldham County in the 113-pound class, pinning Spencer County’s Josh Keefe to win.
In the 132-pound class, Connor Wilkerson was able to record a pin on Bradley Reynolds, winning 12-2, while Taylor Rankin made short work of his 138-pound matchup, pinning Dalton Dell early.
Sam Gnadinger was up next, winning the 145-pound class by way of pin at 8-1 and Will Jennings, Scott Blevins and Addison Deckard followed suit in their weight classes at 5-0, 2-0 and 8-0, respectively.
The most exiting pin of the night was reserved for senior Mikey Caudill, who delivered a hard slam after lifting opponent Zack Lewis over his head. Caudill went on to win the match 5-0.
Oldham County, the state’s No. 6 ranked team, returns to the mat Saturday as they head to Crestwood for a showdown with South and North Oldham in the Dragon Invitational.
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