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FRANKFORT – The late season charge by the Oldham County wrestling team continued at the state meet as the Colonels finished 11th in the state meet this weekend. “We did pretty good,” OCHS coach Aaron Riordan said. “I felt like we would get better as the year went on because we were so young, but it seemed like a lot of things just clicked for the guys as we got later in the season.” The Colonels had their best finish in recent years with just one senior, Trey Morlatt, who won two matches at 130 pounds. OCHS was led by junior Ichiro Chiba who was third at 215 pounds and Jeremy Bollman who was eighth at 140 pounds. Chiba lost his second match to Jacob Ilg of Newport by pin after leading by nine points at one juncture in the match. “He made a mental mistake and then got a little overexcited,” Riordan said. “He really should have won the match and had the guy on his back twice.” Chiba rebounded from the loss to take third, including a pin over defending state champion Derek Nickel of Doss who had beat Chiba twice during the regular season. Bollman ventured into unfamiliar territory in the state meet at 140 after having wrestled at 135 through much of the season. His highlight win came with a pin over Ricky Wright of Seneca who many considered a state title contender. “That was a huge win for him,” Riordan said. Riordan said he was pleased that every OCHS wrestler but two won at least one match in the meet. “That got us a lot of points,” Riordan said. “We had a match here or there where they could easily gone the other way and we could have been in the top eight or better.”SOHS The Dragons scored 68 points led by Houchens’ second place finish. Houchens had just three losses on the year, two coming to Jones, In the state finals, Houchens and Jones battled on even terms through the regulation finishing tied at four all. In the overtime, Jones, who held the No. 1 ranking through much of the year, scored the winning points on a takedown. “Ryan wrestled well, he did everything he could to win,” SOHS coach Steve Fiser said. “He got Jones into overtime. He (Jones)shot and got the takedown and we didn’t. That was the difference in the match.” Houchens, a junior, will likely be the favorite heading into next season. “Ryan has a couple of things to work on to get to that state champion level,” Fiser said. “We are going to start addressing them immediately because now is the time to correct those things if you want that title.” SOHS senior Cody Lasseigne closed his career strong as he took fourth in the state at 171 pounds. Lasseigne fell in the consolation finals 4-3 to Aaron Newsome of John Hardin. The Dragons also got good performances from middleweights Hunter Badon at 152 and Spencer Warren at 160. Badon won a couple of matches and Warren won three. “Those two guys did a nice job for us and got a little farther than we expected them to,” Fiser said. “The bottom line for us this year is we didn’t get it done across the board.” SOHS loses just three seniors in Lasseinge, Andrew Mitchell at 140 and heavyweight Curt McKinney. “We have the core of the team back, we just have to see how much work they want to put in now to get better,” Fiser said.NOHS It was a tough weekend for the young Mustangs as they failed in their quest to have a wrestler earn a medal. “It was pretty disappointing,” NOHS coach Robert Fulk said. “We are still looking for that one guy to break through for us so that when we go down we won’t be a little bit in awe of where we are.” NOHS senior Andre Zeppa, ranked No. 3 at 125, suffered a tough 9-6 loss to Gabe Supe of Scott in the second round to see his state title hopes dashed. “That was unfortunate for Andre,” Fulk said. “It was the classic case of having a bad match at the worst possible time.” There were bright spots for the Mustangs. Senior Chris Martorana won his first two matches at 145 while eighth-grader Chase Rusch won a pair of matches at 119. “Chase is the future of the team, he is a little stud,” Fulk said. “He is going to be a force to deal with in the state the next couple of years.” Like OCHS and SOHS, the Mustangs return most of the team intact including Taylor South who won three matches at 103 and Dan Thomson who won two at 135. “This year was fantastic over all for us and next year should be better with those guys back,” Fulk said.STATE WRESTLING TEAM RESULTS - Union County 202, Ryle 168, Woodford County 158, Trinity 157.5, Wayne County 149.5, Campbell County 130, John Hardin 123, Central 77, Sheldon Clark 76.5, Larue County 74.5, OCHS 71, Seneca 69.5, SOHS 68, Eastern 67, Harrison County 64, Bullitt Central 55, Central Hardin 53, North Hardin 52.5,Dunbar 52, Central 51, Lafayette 49.5, Fort Knox 47, Scott 44.5, Fern Creek 44, St. X 43.5. Henry Clay 41.5 County 40, NOHS 38, Simon Kenton 37.5, Pleasure Ridge Park 37, Tates Creek 36, Iroquois 33, McCreary Central 32, Meade County 32, Franklin County 30, Newport 29, Moore 26,38. Anderson County 24,Doss 23.5, Fort Campbell 23, Southern 22, Dixie Heights 20.5, DeSales 18,Montgomery County 18, Henderson County 16,Valley 16, Nelson County 15, Letcher County Central Conner 10.5, Hopkinsville 8.5, Ashland Blazer 7,Caldwell County 7, Kentucky Country Day 7, Calloway County 6, Fairdale 6, Lawrence County 5,Bourbon County 4, Danville 4, Daviess County 4, Apollo 3, Holy Cross 3, Whitley County 3, Ballard 2.5, DuPont Manual 2, Kentucky Blind School 2, Bryan Station 1, Holmes 1, Paducah Tilghman 1.NOHS RESULTS103 - Taylor South – dec. Joe Mims Henry Clay 9-7, lost Byron Hoskinson St. X 10-2, dec. Conner Johnstone Manual by pin 1:38, dec. Jayce Carr Johnson Central by pin 0:53,lost Luke Troxell Wayne County by pin 3:32,119 - Chase Rusch - dec. Nathaniel Bartram Ashland Blazer by 5:07, lost Aaron Carr Union County by pin 0:35, dec. Cyle Martinson Daviess County 13-10, lost Caleb Schneider Campbell County by pin 1:54.125 - Andre Zeppa - dec. Joe Young Caldwell County by pin 2:24, lost Gabe Supe Scott 9-6, dec. Dustin Thomas Christian County by pin 2:32, dec. Shawn Johnson Lafayette2-0, lost Stephen Norbury Simon Kenton 10-4 .130 - Davis Dudley - lost Caleb Ervin Union County 15-0, dec. Cameron Barrientos Fort Knox by forfeit, lost Daniel Miller St. Xavier by pin 2:26.135 - Dan Thomson - dec. Zack Roland Ryle 1-0, lost Matt Miller Larue County 4-1, dec. Mike Toth Oldham County 13-2, lost Bryce Alexander Henderson County 9-0.145 - Chris Martorana - dec. Casey DeLong Sheldon Clark by pin 1:49, dec. Antwan Fields Iroquois 9-6, lost Kyle Griffith Campbell County 5-3, lost Jordan Freeman Johnson Central 10-8.152 - Jeff Thomson - lost Ryan Dillon Conner by pin 1:04, dec. Adam Remines Trinity 13-3, lost Cody Mann Fern Creek by pin 1:58.160 - Chris Dudley - lost Mitch Ervin Union County by pin 4:43, lost Andrew Longo Central Hardin 3-1.171 - Kyle Forbes - lost Ty Wolfe North Hardin by pin 4:20, dec. Sam Preston Johnson Central by pin 2:00, lost Darrick Dilliard Hopkinsville 7-3.215 - Spencer Gooch - lost Drae Wesley Central by pin1:41, lost David Lieberum Boone County 6-5.285 - Greg Billows - lost Billy Fuller Campbell County by pin 0:36, lost Josh Conder Nelson County by pin 0:19.OCHS RESULTS103 - Brian Hall - lost Austin Palmer Ryle by pin 1:22, lost Anthony Boone Ohio County 18-4.112 - Aaron Watts - lost Travis Kraziewicz Woodford County by pin 3:33, lost Jared Smith Fort Campbell 8-5.119 - Daniel Breneman - lost John Hale Newport by pin 2:24, dec. Tyler Martin Hopkinsville by forfeit, lost Duncan Caddell Whitley County 15-4.130 - Trey Morlatt - dec. Jake Maupin Fairdale by pin 1:58, dec. Trevor Maxwell Harrison County 19-9, lost Lucas Carman Larue County 9-8, lost Daniel Miller St. Xavier 10-6.135 - Mike Toth - lost Matt Slone Sheldon Clark 16-1, dec. Chris Wallace John Hardin by pin 4:19, lost Dan Thomson North Oldham 13-2.140 - Jeremy Bollman - eighth place - lost Kenny Watkins Trinity 7-3, dec. Coty Berry Harrison County 11-1, dec. Justin Pitcher John Hardin by pin 4:34, dec. Alex Grubbs Woodford County by pin 1:50, dec. Ricky Wright Seneca by pin 2:04, lost Akeem Bennett Bullitt Central 10-4, lost Tyler Grim Johnson Central 5-2.145 - Jacob Miles - lost Jordan Freeman Johnson Central 15-5, dec. Michael Chaney Bullitt Central by pin 4:39, lost Kacy Kennedy Wayne County 18-4.171 - Taylor Menard - lost Sean Garcia-Chavez Fort Knox 19-10, dec. Matthew Fry Calloway County by pin 4:27, dec. Billy Floyd Wayne County by pin 2:56, dec.Jeremy Gardner Franklin County 14-13, lost Thomas Brownfield Campbell County by pin 2:36.189 - Jeff Smith - dec. Jesse Harrod Trinity by pin3:15, lost Ryan Kelly Sheldon Clark 7-3, dec. Mark Jones Holmes 17-5, dec. Jordan Blakemore Southern 8-6, lost Jordon Tennyson Central by pin 2:40.215 - Ichiro Chiba - third place - dec. Jake Falone Seneca by pin 0:19,lost Jacob Ilg Newport by pin 3:22, dec. Austin Jaggers Holy Cross by pin1:00, dec. Tyler Crowe Meade County by pin 0:58, dec. Derek Nickel Doss by pin 1:26, dec. Brock Messina Trinity by pin 0:38, dec. Tanen Roe McCreary Central 12-7, dec. Tyler Pace Wayne County 7-3.285 - Andrew Avery - lost Joe Gronefeld Dixie Heights by pin 0:56, dec. Jesse Childrey Bryan Station by pin 3:51, lost Anthony Cantrell Johnson Central T-Fall 23-4.SOHS RESULTS103 - Corey Edens - lost Mike Britton Dixie Heights by pin 1:43, lost Conner Johnstone Manual 11-1.125 - Brandon Whitehouse - lost Jake Wempe Union County 9-2, dec. Austin Pender Trinity 13-0, lost Jeff Weckbach Campbell County by pin 5:06.130 - Steve Vaughn - dec. Branden Wyatt Meade County 5-2, lost Talon Deinlein Campbell County 3-2, lost Josh Back Letcher County Central 15-5.140 - Andrew Mitchell - dec. Michael Bale St. Xavier Fall 5:52, lost Korey Shotwell Campbell County 6-3, dec. Ethan Medley Meade County by pin 2:29, dec. John Walton Henry Clay 12-7, lost Akeem Bennett Bullitt Central 10-6.152 - Hunter Badon - lost Conner Coyle Ryle 6-3, dec. Dewayne Brutscher Southern 9-4, dec. Steven Marcum Sheldon Clark by pin 3:49, lost Chad Scott Woodford County 14-3.160 - Spencer Warren - dec. Preston Adams Conner 8-1, lost Blake Sheehan Woodford County 6-1, dec. Howard Brim Ballard 3-2, dec. David George St. X 7-5, lost Alex Pickett Ryle 17-6.171 - Cody Lasseigne - fourth place - dec. Bobby Barkley Harrison County by pin 2:34, dec. Darrick Dilliard Hopkinsville 8-3, lost Mason Reid Ryle 10-7, dec. Josh Drake Paul Dunbar 7-1, dec. Jarrod Burke Union County by pin 2:35, dec. Ty Wolfe North Hardin 8-3, lost Aaron Newsome John Hardin 4-3.189 - Ryan Houchens - seconnd place - dec. Alex Stengel Seneca by pin 3:09, dec. Julian Dominguez Wayne County 8-5, dec. Dan Griggs Tates Creek by pin3:28, dec. Diante Wright Union County by pin 5:32, lost Mark Jones North Hardin 6-4.215 - Adam Brown - lost Evan Gooch St. X 5-1, lost Austin Jaggers Holy Cross by pin 0:25.285 - Curt McKinney - lost Anthony Cantrell Johnson Central by pin 3:40, dec. Zach Cotton Anderson County by pin 3:45, dec. Joe Gronefeld Dixie Heights 6-5, lost Mister Cobble Central by pin 2:08.
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