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The issue: Local grapplers compete at State
Our view: State champ, finalists perform admirably
Fifty-one times this past wrestling season, North Hardin High School junior Aaron House walked onto the wrestling mat for a match.
And 51 times, the heavyweight left with his arm raised in victory.
No victory was sweeter or may provide a lifetime memory like Saturday night’s championship win in the heavyweight division at the state tournament.
House capped off a rare perfect season in a sport that often flies under the radar by beating Campbell County’s Mason Franck in triple overtime.
In a sport where one slip up can cost you a win, House ruled the heavyweight division.
It is rare when any team or student-athlete can say they ended the season as a state champion, but North Hardin’s House can lay claim to reigning as the state’s best.
Even worse for opponents around the state is that he has one year left and will defend his crown.
House was not alone in representing the area at wrestling’s highest level. Two other wrestlers — Central Hardin’s Kyle Terry and LaRue County’s Shelby Floyd — reached the title matches in their weight classes.
The two seniors finished as runners up, but have plenty to be pleased about with the way their seasons led to the state final in Frankfort.
Terry dropped his first match of the season in the championship of the 130-pound weight class.
In the 145-pound championship bout, Floyd was beaten.
The area success was not only for individual wrestlers, but for teams as well.
LaRue County finished fourth in Kentucky, while Meade County was 11th and Central Hardin 15th. North Hardin, Fort Knox and John Hardin also sent wrestlers to the state meet.
In a difficult sport that requires hours of preparation and countless sacrifices with few accolades, these local athletes deserve the community’s recognition and praise.