July 2nd, 2014

Year in Review: Wrestling

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Year in Review: Wrestling
Tyler Frankrone won an individual title despite being sick / file photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2013-14 sports year. We will bring you every sport, every season, every team’s results in a capsule until we're finished

A year after St. Xavier’s miraculous run to its first wrestling state championship in over a decade, the Tigers competed well but came in fourth, just behind Trinity’s third place finish.

DeSales: The Colts placed seventh in the Third Region meet.  However, Colton Eskins won the 132 pound weight class in the third region meet and Nathan Thomas won the 138 pound weight class in regionals as both competed at state.

Holy Cross: The Cougars didn’t send a wrestler to state and placed 12th at the Third Region meet.

St. Xavier: While the Tigers were unable to bring home their second straight state title, the Lampe brothers brought home individual state titles.

Justin Lampe pinned Lafayette’s Jon Green (33-7) to win the state title in the 152 pound class after winning the championship at 145 pounds last year.

“I expected him to fight,” Justin said after his state championship victory. “I didn’t expect to dominate like that. That was my goal, though; it’s my goal every time I go out there. It’s nice to go out that way.”

He defeated Scott’s Eli Sowder, Oldham County’s Sam Gnadinger, Hopkinsville’s Robert Bussell, and Ryle’s Jon Belk to get to the title round.

Justin racked up a 100-1 record during his final two seasons at St. X. As a junior he went 51-0, and he continued the dominance his senior season – posting a 49-1 mark.

“I don’t think there was any more pressure,” he said. “I think the main difference is that last year we won as a team. This year Campbell and Union pulled out ahead and we weren’t going to win.”

Dominic earned revenge after finishing as the runner-up at 152 pounds last year.  The junior defeated Simon Kenton’s Casey Cornett (53-7) in the 160 state final with a 10-4 decision.

“Last year I lost to a Simon Kenton kid, and this year I beat a Simon Kenton kid,” Dominic said after the title clinching match. “When my brother went out there, he set the pace for me by getting the pin. I knew what I had to do, and he gave me inspiration.”

To get to the final, Dominic defeated South Oldham’s Jean Paul Parragav, Montgomery County’s Colton Miller, Christian County’s Kenneth Sells and North Oldham’s Mitch Rusch. He wrestled right after his brother. 

“There was a little pressure,” Dominic said. “But I knew I wanted to do the same thing and not give up. Everybody was on my side, and I knew I could better.”

Trinity: First year head coach Eddie Rudolph was very happy with how his Shamrocks performed at the state meet.

“It’s hard to beat Union, but I couldn’t be more pleased with how our kids performed today,” said Rudolph, who is in his second stint at Trinity’s head coach, after the tournament. “They came out, got pressure on them and came all the way back and got third. There’s nothing else I could wish for. They performed and did better than what I thought they would.”

Lucas Miozza and a sick Tyler Frankrone were Trinity’s two wrestlers who advanced to the state championship round.

Frankrone wrapped a 30-3 year with a 12-1 decision over Campbell County’s Elisiah Matthews (40-11) to win the 182 pound class.

The sophomore posted victories over North Oldham’s Josh Hill, Newport’s Gage Jones, Fern Creek’s Kohl Dodd and Woodford County’s Wyatt Courtney to get to the championship round.

“I kept thinking about all the hard work I had put in this year,” Frankrone said. “I kept thinking how much it would hurt if I didn’t tough it out. It feels great to win, and now I feel like I can overcome anything and dominate next year.”

Frankrone became a state champ even though he was sick the two weeks prior to the state tournament and twisted an ankle the morning of the state championship.

“I have bronchitis and I have strep throat,” he said. “My ankle is messed up. I pushed through it.”

Miozza, completed a 41-6 season with a 3-1 overtime loss to Ryle’s Johnny Meiman (59-8) in the 170 pound class final. The junior defeated John Hardin’s Louis Hollings, Wayne County’s Casey Mink and Campbell County’s Dustin Turner to get to the title match.

“I really wanted to wrestle him; I had a great practice round,” Miozza said. “He won it. I got a lot better this year, and I was hoping for the best. It’s disappointing.”



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