February 19th, 2011

Fahy Repeats, But Shamrocks Finish Second

Robert Sampson

CSN Contributor

Fahy Repeats, But Shamrocks Finish Second
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Shamrocks fall to Union County at state wrestling tourney

Despite a combined 27 wrestlers entered into the 2011 state meet, Trinity and St. Xavier were unable to overcome an impressive showing by Union County for the championship Saturday night. Union County claimed its sixth state championship in program history at the Frankfort Convention Center in front of 4,270 patrons. 

Union County’s six titles trail only Woodford County in all-time titles.

Trinity, which entered the event ranked No. 1 in the state of Kentucky, settled for a second place finish with 175.50 points. Union County finished with 202.00, 30.00 points behind the mark posted by Trinity a year ago when they won their second consecutive championship and third in school history.

“We were ranked number one coming into the meet," Trinity coach Richard Brown pointed out, "but the neat thing about the state is the parity is getting better every year. The top four teams coming into the tournament could have won it. I said coming in, whoever won it will have earned it and Union County did.”

Nursing a 107.0 to 101.0 lead over Union County entering the final day, the Shamrocks opened the day with four wins in consolation rounds, meaning all four individuals would finish in the top eight in their weight class.

“You lose, you go home,” said Brown, who led Trinity to titles in 2009 and 2010. “(Winning those four consolation matches) brought our total of placers to nine. I am glad that those that placed will be up on our wall (of championship placers in the team’s practice facility). We still had a wonderful year. We want to win state every year, no question, but I consider this a great season.”

Brown completed his third year as the Trinity coach in 2011, leading the team to top two finishes in all three years. Brown was an individual state champions for the Shamrocks in 1991 and won a team title as a member of the 1989 squad.

Trinity junior John Fahy won his third consecutive state title and remained undefeated in the state of Kentucky for the season. He finished the year 39-3, the losses coming against opponents from New Jersey, Ohio and Delaware.

“He is one of the hardest working and best technicians to have probably ever come through Trinity,” said Brown. “He loves wrestling, he is committed to it and it shows on the mat.”

Fahy said following the match that he was nervous early, but nerves didn’t seem to be a problem as the junior jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two periods and cruised to a 13-3 decision.

Trinity junior Brent Hitchings reached the finals of the 135-pound weight class, but lost to Simon Kenton sophomore Kevin Cooper.

Fahy and Hitchings were among the nine Shamrocks who placed in the top eight of their class. Ian Kahl (seventh, 112), Matthey Fahy (eighth, 119), Brandon Birk (fourth, 130), Trenton Kulmer (seventh, 171), Robert Bryant (seventh, 189), Brendan Darrow (third, 215) and Will Flynn (third, 285) also placed to help the Shamrocks build enough points to finish second overall.

St. Xavier finished in fifth place with 126.00 points and had five place winners.

Senior John Lampe concluded an impressive career for the Tigers with a title in the 160-pound weight class. Lampe was the only Tiger to reach the finals while two others reached the third place match before falling.

  • DeSales finished the event with 20.00 points and were led by Trevor Ford who posted a 4-3 record in the 285 weight class.
  • Holy Cross finished the meet with 11.00 points. After finishing 0-2 in the 145 pound class a year ago, junior Robbie Valdez finished 2-2 and was the Cougars leading point earner.

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