July 11th, 2017

Year in review: Wrestling

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer


Year in review: Wrestling
The Tigers with the second place trophy / photo by Conor Revell

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network chronicles the 2016-17 sports year in review. We will bring you every sport, every season, and every team’s season ending results in a capsule until we're finished. Today, we look back at wrestling.

DeSales – Jalen Polin (106 pound), Evan Allen (113 pound), Dylan Harkins (120 pounds), Nicholas Rudolph (126 pounds), Adam Nauert (182 pounds), Colby Stratman (195 pounds), and Dejuan Watkins (285 pounds) made the state tournament.

Harkins was the only Colt to make it past the first round  and lost in the second round.

Holy Cross – Aubrey Burke was the only Cougar to make the state tournament and fell in the first round of the 106 pound weight class.

St. Xavier It was a special season for the Tigers as they finished as the runner-up at the state meet this past February.

The Tigers came up short on winning their first state title since 2013 falling to Union County 227.5-191 and sent four wrestlers to the championship match despite losing all of them.

While the results are bittersweet, St. X made a tremendous jump as a team after finishing in seventh place last season.

“We put in a lot of hard work during the offseason,” Kraeszig said. “I think our young boys learned a lot and are a big reason why we’re here today. We’re already ready to start working towards winning a state title next year.”

Union County has won two straight state titles and three in the past four years.

Cook (38-6) was defeated by Walton Verona’s Ryan Moore (44-3) 7-0 in the 126-pound final. The senior made a huge jump after placing seventh at the state tournament a year ago.

“I spent a lot of time in Coach Knable’s wrestling room last summer,” Cook said. “I just wanted to get better, lifted weight, had a proper diet. I wanted to finish a lot higher than I did last year.”

Cook beat Truman Galusha (Scott County), Aaron Brossart (Ryle), Nick Dickerson (Calloway County), and Colton Lampe (Fern Creek) to advance to the finals.

“He was picked to finish seventh in this tournament,” Kraeszig said. “He beats guys that he wasn’t supposed to beat. For us, that’s how we look at things and how we look at success – beating people who you’re not supposed to beat.”

Konner Kraeszig (33-4) lost to Union County’s unbeaten Bryce Sheffer (55-0) in the 113-pound weight class final.

“I was going up against a lot stronger guys this year,” Konner Kraeszig said. “That was the biggest thing.”

The junior defeated Hayden Shepherd (Boyle County), Evion Thorton (North Hardin), Austin Nixon (Dixie Heights), and Justin Torgerson (Lafayette) to advance to the championship round.

“I would say Sheffer is one of the top five wrestlers to ever wrestle in the state of Kentucky in my opinion,” Jim Kraeszig said. “He’s a four-timer and is well respected. Konner, poor kid, just needs to get stronger. I’m a proud pop for sure.”

Woodford County’s Joey Robert (47-3) defeated Hanson (19-3) 12-3 in the 145-pound final. 

“This was my first time back at the state tournament since freshman year,” Hanson said. “It didn’t end up how I liked it but that’s life for you.

“It was just exciting and exhilarating to be back,” Hanson said. “Being back here filled my need to wrestle again.”

Hanson knocked off Logan Bertrand (Madison Central), Richard Risner (Montgomery County), Jacob Henley (Oldham County), and Ryle’s Noah Duke to advance to the title bout.

“He dislocated his shoulder and missed two seasons,” Kraeszig said. “It took a year and a half to recover. We decided to kind of nurse him along. That’s why I’m tearing up. I wanted to see him finish it off but his best years of wrestling are still ahead of him.”

The senior is hoping to attend the Naval Academy next season.

John Hardin’s Geordan Blanton (42-1) nudged past Ward (36-8) 7-4 in the 160-pound title match. The junior was unable to use some of the moves he wanted to use and fell just short.

“We’re going to have work every week during the offseason,” Ward said. “I plan on coming in as often as I can so that I can do whatever I can to stay in shape.”

Ty Ezel (Madison Central), Tyjerick Williams (Valley), Dalton Bell (LaRue County), and Dylan Gray (Caldwell County) were Ward’s victims before the championship round.

Trinity – The Shamrocks sent Landon Lenhart (113), Lukas Brown (126), Jaelyn Hamilton (132), Matthew Smith (145), Jon Gaudin (152), Noah Kulmer (160), Daniel Langford (170), Kadin Kulmer (195), and Adam Cash (285) to the state tournament.

Lenhart (second round), Noah Kulmer (second round), and Kadin Kulmer (second round) were the only Rocks to make it past the first round. 

 

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