February 18th, 2015

State wrestling tournament postponed

Staff Report

State wrestling tournament postponed
Trinity's Tyler Frankrone is a defending state champ / file photo by Conor Revell

The KHSAA announced Wednesday that this weekend’s state wrestling tournament has been pushed back to March 9-11. The tournament will start on Monday and wrap up on Wednesday night.

The tournament will still be held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s All-Tech Arena in Lexington.

“KHSAA state events are large-scale undertakings, and with the expansion of the state tournament several years ago, we are very limited in options for holding the event,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “We absolutely have to be able to put down at least eight mats to get the tournament completed in two days, and that in and of itself limits our options. We are thankful our hosting partners at the Alltech Arena on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park were able to work out new dates. We tried to work cooperatively with another event that is scheduled for Sunday and rearrange schedules, but that group was unwilling to move, leaving us very few options.”

A large snowstorm hit the state earlier this week and another winter storm could hit the area Friday into Saturday.

“We have been able in very short order to rebook the large block of rooms we use at the official headquarters, and reschedule vendors and secure the arena on the first available three-day period for that facility,” KHSAA Assistant Commissioner Michael Barren said. “It was critical in working with the Commissioner that we make this decision as early as possible in the interest of the safety and welfare of our competitors, coaches, workers and officials. We will allow a one pound growth allowance for each of the weight classes in an additional effort to accommodate this postponement.”

St. Xavier won the Fourth Region title and Trinity was the regional runners up. Both teams have qualified for the state tournament.

Konner Kraeszig (106 pounds), Austin Cook (113), Dallas Miles (138) and Nathan Haddad (160) won weight class region titles for St.X.

Michael Beets (120), Kaden Darbro (126), Chase Patton (132), Calieb Ray (153), Gage Cumella (170), Michael Calhoun (182), Chris Beets (195), Joseph Green (220), and David Sheridan (285) will join the winners at state.

Keegan Duncan 132), Hudson Heidorf (145), Ben Barton (152), Tyler Frankrone (182) and Lucas Miozza (195) won regional titles for the Shamrocks.

Zachary Taylor (106), Danten Rice (126), Andrew Pritchett (160), Brenton Ervin (220), and Ian Robert (285) will join the winners and represent the Rocks at state.

Said Tackett: “These championships are years in the making and scheduling, and it isn’t easy to simply move any of them. I know that Mike (Barren) and his tournament staff will work with the folks at Alltech Arena to get things moved in on March 9, and utilize the regular schedule for March 10 and 11, as we work to get this event completed and allow the students their well-earned opportunity to compete.

“I am sure from the micro-view of the many constituents, there will be second guessing and other alternatives suggested, but my job, and that of our office, is to weigh all of the factors and make the best decision we can for the entire state. The one pound growth allowance would have been a problem in the past, but with the emphasis on safe weight management, the wrestlers are required to be at or near their normal weight and should be able to maintain without issues. It will be difficult for our office to manage this event nearly simultaneously with the start of our girls’ basketball tournament, but we have successfully managed overlapping events before and will call on our legions of volunteers and workers to ensure that both events are first class for the students and all involved.”



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