On Saturday, March 13, the Jr. High wrestling team won the Sagamore Conference team title. This is the first time in the program’s history that the Jr. High team has won the Sagamore Conference. The team scored bonus points in 82% of their victories, with 71% of their wins coming by pin. Western Boone had a final team score of 279 followed by Northridge (2nd) with 236.5 and Lebanon (3rd) with 227.5.
Nearly all the wrestlers either matched their seeding in placement or bettered their seeding by at least one place or more.
Isaac Moore (100) and Brawn Puckett (113) both got 5th place.
Zach Sprong (85), Isaiah Garland (90), Trey Fuston (126), Chris Hall (152), and Cole Houghton (175) all earned 4th place honors.
Jaden Latham (80), Chase Smith (120), and Eryc Schnoor (145) lost only one match for the day and finished in 3rd place.
Kahne Reid (75), Jacob Anderson (95), Darnell Jones (160), and Wyatt Dickey made it to the finals, but came up just short and won 2nd place.
At 132lbs, Kameron Mikesell pinned Lebanon’s Logan Bolender and then defeated Danville’s Nick Tuttle by major decision to win the championship.
Tabor Nance (138) finished his season with a perfect (8-0) record. He defeated Danville’s Luke Woolsey by major decision in the semi-final round. In the finals, Nance fought hard and squeaked out a close win (8-7) over Lebanon’s Taig Williamson for the championship.
In the heavyweight division, Josh Dickey needed just 11 seconds to defeat Frankfort’s Jimy Valdez to advance to the finals. Dickey faced Tri-West’s Keon Burtner in the finals for their third match-up this season. Though the match only lasted 92 seconds, there was plenty of action with each wrestler fighting off their back before Dickey was able to secure a fall and the championship.
With the end of the season, it is important to recognize an aspect of the team that often goes unmentioned, but is an essential part to a successful season, the student managers. Phoebe Truitt, Isabel Adams, Ashtyn Wagner, Mallory Hayden, and Cami Baird contributed many hours to the team keeping important statistics, videoing matches, sterilizing wrestling mats, and organizing gear. Their hard work and devotion is truly appreciated.