July 9th, 2012

LCS.com Year In Review: Wrestling

Paul Najjar

CSN Staff Writer

LCS.com Year In Review: Wrestling
file photo by Chris Jung

Rocks' Fahy finishes varsity career undefeated in Kentucky

LouisvilleCatholicSports.com chronicles the 2011-2012 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s results in a capsule each weekday until we're finished. From Cross-Country to Softball and all sports in between, here’s what happened in 2011-2012 on the Louisville Catholic sports scene.

While the state wrestling meet was dotted with superior performances, Trinity’s John Fahy (138 lb class) became just the sixth wrestler in the 49 years of the state wrestling tournament to record four state championship titles. For his unblemished record in the state meet and his four individual state championships, Fahy was named the Orville Williams Outstanding Wrestler Award. The Shamrocks finished in 3rd place overall and the St. Xavier Tigers took home 7th place honors.

Here’s a review of the 2011-2012 wrestling season:

DeSales – 41st overall in state with 19 points

Trevor Ford, DeSales entry in the 285lb weight class, went 2-2 in the state tournament to garner the most points for the Colts. Five of Ford’s teammates, freshman Nathan Thompson (106 lbs), junior Austin Miller (120 lbs), sophomore Colton Elkins (126 lbs), junior Ricky Standafer (132 lbs) and junior Rowland Walsh (220 lbs) all finished the state meet earning one victory each and losing twice.

St. Xavier – 7th overall in state with 107 points

The 14 members of the St. X team that participated in the state tournament combined for a 36-27 match record for the two day event propelling the Tigers to a 7th place finish in the state. Though no team member took top honors at the state tournament, sophomore Justin Lampke finished 2nd in his weight class (132 lbs) coming out on the short end of a 6-4 decision to Union County’s Jayce Carr in the championship bout.

Other notable finishes for St. X included senior Will Tompkins’ 3rd place finish in the 182 lb class; senior Matt May’s 6th place in the 195 lb division; senior Shayne Smith’s 7th place finish in the 285 lb class; junior Brandon Pledger’s 7th place finish in the 160 lb class; and freshman Dominic Lampke’s 7th place finish in the 138 lb class.

Tigers head coach Jim Kraezig was named the Region Four Coach of the Year. St. X placed a close second to Trinity in the Regional tournament, coming in just 4.5 points behind Trinity by a score of 234 to 229.5.

Trinity – 3rd overall in state with 153.5 points

While the Shamrocks placed just five wrestlers on the medal stands during the state championship tournament, three of those wrestlers finished the season as champion of their weight class.

Led by senior John Fahy, the recipient of the Orville Williams Outstanding Wrestler Award, the Rocks took titles in the 138 lb class (Fahy), the 160 lb class (Brent Hitchings) and the 195 lb class (Bobby Bryant). Fahy finished his four year career with an undefeated record against Kentucky competition. Fahy has earned a full scholarship to wrestle at the University of Illinois.

The senior Hitchings and Bryant, a junior, both went 5-0 along with Fahy to win their weight class.

Senior Brendan Dorrow sported a 5-2 record in the state tournament which was good enough for a 4th place in the 220 lb class and sophomore Ian Kahl had a 4-2 record in the 126 lb class which was good enough for a 7th place finish.

The Shamrocks finished in third place overall with 153.5 total points, behind state champions Campbell County’s 196 points and state runners-up Union County’s 176 points.

Trinity outscored St. Xavier 234 to 229.5 in the Region Four tournament as Fahy, Clayton Smith (145 lbs), Pledger, Bryant and Darrow all won their weight classes. Second place finishers at the Region Four tournament were earned by freshman Danten Rice (106 lbs), freshman Steven Matheny (113 lbs), Kahl (126 lbs), and senior Ricky Caicedo (152 lbs).


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