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The Matjackets’ Journey to State

An overview of the Woodford County Wrestling Team's journey to the state competition.

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The Woodford County High School wrestling team is well-known across the state of Kentucky. With 13 team state titles, they hold the record for the most in the state. This season, the team faced a lot of adversity, especially with injuries. Even with the challenges thrown at them, the team still found a way to make ends meet and maintain their success within the state.

With the season coming to a close and the state tournament approaching, excitement is high and the determination these wrestlers possess is clear. The dedication shown by the team in recent weeks will boost them towards triumph at the end of the season, and their outstanding performance will be covered as the end of the season draws near.

 


Jan. 26th-  State Duals @ Lindsey Wilson College (Columbia, KY)

Dual tournaments are when two teams go head-to-head and the winning team advances. The top two teams from each section qualify for State Duals, where the top teams in the state compete for a state dual title.

The first round of state duals Woodford County vs. Meade County, resulting in a win for Woodford County with a score of 57 to 22.

The second round of state duals Woodford County vs. Simon Kenton, resulting in a win for Woodford with a score of 45 to 27.

The third round of state duals Woodford County vs. Moore, resulting in a win for Moore with a score of 43 to 30.

The outcome of the third round put Woodford in the run for third place, which they forfeited to Oldham County.

The result of State Duals:

1st – Johnson Central
2nd – Moore
3rd – Oldham County
4th – Woodford County
5th – Christian County
6th – McCracken County
7th – St. Xavier
8th – Meade County
9th – Ryle
10th – Madison Central
11th – Simon Kenton
12th – Fern Creek


Jan. 30th (Wed.)- JV Regionals @ Scott Co. HS (Georgetown, KY)

Woodford had 12 wrestlers compete and nine qualifiers for JV State on Saturday, February 2nd. Only the top two wrestlers from each weight class qualify for the JV State tournament.


Feb. 2nd- JV State Tournament @ Moore Traditional (Louisville, KY)

Woodford took nine wrestlers to JV State in Louisville for a chance to become a JV state champ.

Listed below are the wrestlers who competed:

113 Joey Miele
120 Conner Dutton
132 Camden Bohannon
138 Jonathan Pittman
145 Joseph Rivera
152 Andrew Kartner
160 Jackson Geilear
170 Deandrick Bernabe
220 Luke Hill

Two wrestlers obtained the title of a JV State Champ.

In the weight class 138 with a 16 man bracket, Jonathan Pittman came out on top. Pittman had a pin over William Pfister of St. Xavier advancing him to the second round where he got another pin over Jadavin Bradly of Valley. In his semi-final match, he attained another pin over Conley Combs of Dupont Manual. In the finals match, he achieved another pin over  Zach Schultz of St. Xavier

In the weight class 170 with a 16 man bracket Deandrick (DJ) Bernabe came out on top. Bernabe had a major decision over Blake Durham of St. Xavier advancing him to the second round where he got a pin over Hayden Hartlage of Desales.In his semi-final match, he attained a sudden victory over Jeremiah Harlan of Moore. In his finals match, he attained a pin over Connor Leslie of Frederick Douglass.  

 

The results of the 106 weight class is listed below:

1st Place- Joseph Sander of Ryle
2nd Place- Leone Couzin of St. Xavier
3rd Place- Drew Yingling of La Rue County
4th Place- Isaiah Gettelfinger of Anderson County
5th Place- Cullen Smith of Oldham County
6th Place- Maurice Murphy of Frederick Douglass

 

The results of the 113 weight class is listed below:

1st Place- Dylan Cobb of Ryle
2nd Place- Joey Miele of Woodford County
3rd Place-Eli Mattingly-Neal of St. Xavier
4th Place – Jakari Speaks of Moore
5th Place – Jacob Uwren of West Jessamine
6th Place – Larell Johnson of Central

 

The results of the 120 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Blake Spink of Trinity (Louisville)
2nd Place – Darian Wharton of Christian County
3rd Place – Conner Dutton of Woodford County
4th Place – Fernando Maggard of St. Xavier
5th Place – Devin Washington of Central
6th Place – Mark Hentz of Covington Catholic

 

The results of the 126 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Brennan Caron of Ashland Blazer
2nd Place – Grayson Segeleon of Trinity (Louisville)
3rd Place – Ronnie Dufour of Valley
4th Place – Zeke Slusher of East Jessamine
5th Place – Isaiah Bottom of Moore
6th Place – Emanuel Chenault of Frederick Douglass

 

The results of the 132 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Charles Cooper of St. Xavier
2nd Place – Brayden Minniard of South Oldham
3rd Place – Austin Peace of Ryle
4th Place – Johnathan Bennem of Atherton
5th Place – Alex Hall of South Oldham
6th Place – Chretien Nishimwe of St. Xavier

 

The results of the 138 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Jonathan Pittman of Woodford County
2nd Place – Zach Schultz of St. Xavier
3rd Place – Nick Hom of South Oldham
4th Place – William Pfister of St. Xavier
5th Place -Jadavin Bradly of Valley
6th Place – Conley Combs of Dupont Manual

 

The results of the 145 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Quinton Cox of Union County
2nd Place – Desmond Allison of Frederick Douglass
3rd Place – Jack Harris of Oldham County
4th Place – Carter Akers of Prestonsburg
5th Place – Donald Josue of Moore
6th Place – Kolton Koepp of McCracken County

 

The results of the 152 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Elijah Bergquist of Oldham County
2nd Place – Timmie Dunham of Christian County
3rd Place – Melvin Call of East Jessamine
4th Place – Andrew Kartner of Woodford County
5th Place –  Bryson Fields of Bryan Station
6th Place – John Vanetti of Trinity (Louisville)

 

The results of the 160 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Bryce Burks of Central
2nd Place – Zane Drury of Anderson County
3rd Place – Jackson Geilear of Woodford County
4th Place – Quintin Hughes of Ashland Blazer
5th Place – Ryan Oconnor of Oldham County
6th Place – Wes Oliver of Taylor County

 

The results of the 170 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Dj Bernabe of Woodford County
2nd Place – Connor Leslie of Frederick Douglass
3rd Place – Jeremiah Harlan of Moore
4th Place – Jack Latherow of Ashland Blazer
5th Place – Nate Conner – Ellison of Desales
6th Place – Anthony (A.J.) Harvey of Christian County

 

The results of the 182 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Matt Oliver of Taylor County
2nd Place – Caden Hoffman of Oldham County
3rd Place – Jacob Mann of Dupont Manual
4th Place – Zach Bell of St. Xavier
5th Place – Bradley Smith of Henderson County
6th Place – Caleb Stone of Madison Southern

 

The results of the 195  weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Damian Green of Holmes
2nd Place – Scott Clark of Oldham County
3rd Place – Mo Sissoko of Ryle
4th Place – Dion Willis of Christian County
5th Place – Brandon Cobb of Ryle
6th Place – Cylen Brown of Central

 

The results of the 220 weight class is listed below:

1st Place – Mekhi Lewis of Desales
2nd Place – John Hulette of Scott County
3rd Place – Luke Hill of Woodford County
4th Place – Drew Butcher of Prestonsburg
5th Place – Nkosi Commodore of Frederick Douglass
6th Place – Che Smith of Meade County

 

The results of the HWT weight class is listed below:

1st Place – John Stone of Ashland Blazer
2nd Place – Reagan Ray of Oldham County
3rd Place – Joseph Gatewood of Desales
4th Place – Alex Gates of Desales
5th Place –  Dillon Wayne of La Rue County
6th Place – Giovanni Watson of Bryan Station


Feb. 2nd- Girls State Tournament @ Tates Creek HS (Lexington, KY)

Woodford County had five girls compete at the first annual Girls State Championship in Lexington, KY.

Listed below are the wrestlers who competed:
106 Ashley Courtney
132 Kaylen Escaloni
132 MaKenzie Burdine
145 Tanyea Ramirez
170 Koral Tipton

Woodford County had four girls in the finals.

With only four-point scorers Woodford County took fourth at the Girls State Championships

The result of the Kentucky Girls State Championship:
1. Harrison County
2. Ft Campbell
3. Central
4. Woodford County
5. Madison Southern
6. Whitley County
7. Anderson County
8. Ryle
9. Taylor County
10. Calloway County
11. Perry County Central
12. Bourbon County
13. Simon Kenton
14. West Jessamine
15. Montgomery County
16. Cooper
17. Union County
18. Western
19. East Jessamine
20. Boone Co
21. Fairdale
22. John Hardin
23. Tates Creek
24. Bullitt East
25. Conner
26. Oldham County
27. Bullitt Centra
28. Bardstown
29. Danville
30. Male
31. Mccreary Central
32. Moore
33. Pike County Central


Feb, 9th- Region 5 Tournament @ North Oldham HS, Goshen, KY

The regional tournament determines whether or not the wrestler advances to the state tournament. Wrestlers must place in the top four to continue to state. Out of the fourteen varsity wrestlers, twelve Woodford County wrestlers placed in the top four and one placed fifth, sending them to the state tournament as alternates in the situation where one of the placers for their region is unable to compete. Throughout the tournament, Woodford County and Oldham County competed in a tight race for the regional championship. In the end, Woodford trailed Oldham by only half of a point.

 

The result of the 106 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Devin Armstead of Oldham County
2nd place- Luke Oliveros of South Oldham
3rd place- Cory Joos of North Oldham
4th place- Ashley Courtney of Woodford County
5th place (alternate)- Braydon Kessinger of Spencer County

 

The result of the 113 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Isaac Thornton of Grant County
2nd place- Tyler Armstead of Oldham County
3rd place- Gage Hill of Western Hills
4th place- Emmanuel Smith of Franklin County
5th place (alternate)- Lucas Saunier of Scott County

 

The result of the 120 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Bryant Beane of South Oldham
2nd place- Gus Roberts of Scott County
3rd place- Justin Krebs of North Oldham
4th place- Conner Dutton of Woodford County
5th place (alternate)- Logan Chapman of Anderson County

 

The result of the 126 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Gavin Andreoni of Woodford County
2nd place- Truman Galusha of Scott County
3rd place- Gabe Bobay of North Oldham
4th place- Cohner Mullins of Oldham County
5th place (alternate)- Jordan Wells of South Oldham

 

The result of the 132 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Chase Yost of Woodford County
2nd place- Jalen Wideman of Franklin County
3rd place- Alex Hall of South Oldham
4th place- Michael Davis of North Oldham
5th place (alternate)- Nick Favorite of Oldham County

 

The result of the 138 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Anthony Pierce of South Oldham
2nd place- Dylan Preston of Woodford County
3rd place- Carson Deckard of Oldham County
4th place- John Lowe of Franklin County
5th place (alternate)- Cayden Graham of Scott County

 

The result of the 145 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Nathaniel Lawrence of Franklin County
2nd place- Ronan Wyatt of Woodford County
3rd place- Gabe Jacobs of Oldham County
4th place- Chase Fudold of South Oldham
5th place (alternate)- Marshall Royce of North Oldham

 

The result of the 152 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Wyatt Andreoni of Woodford County
2nd place- Bryce Moberly of North Oldham
3rd place- Jakob McClintic of Oldham County
4th place- Cole Nance of Anderson County
5th place (alternate)- Walker McCubbin of South Oldham

 

The result of the 160 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Damien Calderon of Oldham County
2nd place- Charlie Handcock of Franklin County
3rd place- Zane Drury of Anderson County
4th place- Richard Greenwell of Western Hills
5th place (alternate)- Andrew Kartner of Woodford County

 

The result of the 170 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Jackson Deckard of Oldham County
2nd place- Jackson Geilear of Woodford County
3rd place- Xavier Martindale of South Oldham
4th place- Kyle Nash of North Oldham
5th place (alternate)- Tem Hickerson of Franklin County

 

The result of the 182 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Sam Jenkins of North Oldham
2nd place- Mason Hall of South Oldham
3rd place- Cameron Bixler of Anderson County
4th place- DJ Bernabe of Woodford County
5th place (alternate)- Khalid Asad of Oldham County

 

The result of the 195 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Tony Ornelas of Woodford County
2nd place- Caleb Bergquist of Oldham County
3rd place- Sutton Waldridge of Spencer County
4th place- Dee Stone of Anderson County
5th place (alternate)- Jacob Fields of Western Hills

 

The result of the 220 weight class is listed below:

1st place- Marc Varella of Oldham County
2nd place- John Hulette of Scott County
3rd place- Jeremiah Schulze of Woodford County
4th place- Cameron Purvis of Western Hills
5th place (alternate)- Brayden Henson of Grant County

 

The result of HWT is listed below:

1st place- Jalin Benson of Franklin County
2nd place- Blake Young of Oldham County
3rd place- Samuel Tomah of Spencer County
4th place- Luke Hill of Woodford County
5th place (alternate)- Clay Cobulius of Scott County

The top 10 teams are…

1. Oldham County
2. Woodford County
3. South Oldham
4. North Oldham
5. Franklin County
6. Scott County
7. Anderson County
8. Spencer County
9. Grant County/Western Hills


On Friday, February 15, and Saturday, February 16, 12 Woodford County wrestlers will compete in the KHSAA State Tournament. Come out to support the team on their mission for the 14th state title!

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