PREP WRESTLING: Hawks win fourth straight region title (02/10)

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Green Wave win first 3rd Region crown

By Josh Claywell

For the LaRue County Hawks and retiring coach Gary Canter, it’s a good thing region championships aren’t won in November.


Six Hawks won their weight class Saturday as the Hawks won their fourth straight 2nd Region Wrestling Tournament championship at John Hardin’s Dawg Pound.

Canter closes his career with 13 region titles.

“If you would have told me this team would win region at the start of the season, I would have said you were crazy,” he said. “I thought there was no way we were going to be able to compete for the region title this year. But they proved me wrong. This team’s just over-achieved all year long.

“It’s a little special,” Canter added. “You say the team score doesn’t matter, but when all the chips fall, you sure as heck want to be on top. This is more about individuals advancing themselves to the state tournament, and that’s what it should be about. But it’s like I tell the boys: if you take care of your job, the team score takes care of itself.”

LaRue County certainly took care of business in the finals. Spurred by seniors Caleb Canter, B.J. Carman and Jared Whitlock, junior Kyle Edlin, sophomore Raymundo Perez and freshman Dylan West, the Hawks scored 221 points to beat the Central Hardin Bruins, who had 200.

John Hardin was third with 147, while Anderson County (113) and North Hardin (109) rounded out the top five. Fort Knox placed 11th with 30 points.

Caleb Canter, who missed three weeks earlier this season with a knee injury, knew it was only a matter of time before his team hit its stride. The Hawks proved they were still the team to beat in the region.

“Looking at our team and how much we’ve grown, it doesn’t really surprise me that we won six titles,” he said. “We’re a solid team and we’ve got some solid kids. Not many programs can say they’ve won 13 region titles.”

106 POUNDS. North Hardin sophomore Jake Burroughs (45-0) pinned Central Hardin eighth-grader Grant Hall (21-11) in 25 seconds. Burroughs led 2-0 when he scored the pin.

113. Boyle County sophomore Lucas McCain (37-8) beat Danville sophomore Zach Phillips (38-15), 8-6. McCain scored the winning points on a stalling call and an escape.

120. Edlin (43-13) beat North Hardin senior Bradley Pokuta (39-8), 6-2. Edlin built a 6-0 lead on two takedowns and a reversal before Pokuta had a reversal in the third period.

126. North Hardin senior Trea Wills was a nervous wreck. His match against Danville junior Daniel Lannum (43-5) went down to the wire – and it didn’t come without controversy.

Wills scored on an escape 9 seconds into the third period and Lannum had a match-winning takedown waved off as time expired, giving Wills (35-1) a 3-2 win. Before the match was declared over, Wills ran to his corner and embraced North Hardin coach Joe Burroughs.

“He’s done a lot for me and he’s an amazing coach,” Wills said. “It’s a dream come true to win region. I can’t wait till State. I knew I had to keep my cool if I wanted to win. I kept my cool and did what I had to do to win.”

132. West (46-4) rolled to a 9-1 win over Central Hardin senior Wyatt Overman (36-7). After a scoreless first period, West scored a reversal and takedown to take a 4-1 lead going to the third. He had a takedown and a three-point near-fall in the third.

138. John Hardin senior Marques Fleet thought he had won the match. So did Perez, who thought he had scored two critical points on a takedown near the end of the second period.

But the match went into overtime after Perez tied the match on a stalling call in the third. Perez appeared to have scored on a takedown as the buzzer sounded in the extra period, but the officials had to confer. After a short discussion, Perez (46-5) was given the points.

“I thought I scored about six points and I felt like they didn’t want to give me the match,” said Perez, who was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. “Marques is a good wrestler and he pushed me. That was a heckuva match. I give him props for all his hard work.”

Fleet (28-6) thought he shouldn’t have been called for stalling in the third.

“In the rulebook it says you need to count 5 seconds in order for stalling to be called, so I was skeptical of that,” he said. “But it is what it is. It was a very intense match. I slipped up a couple of times, but I felt like I had control to an extent. It’s just little things that got me that I need to work on.”

Gary Canter said Perez kept his cool when things started getting crazy during the match.

“There were four or five calls that could have went either way, and I think we came up on the short end of all of them,” he said. “But Raymundo doesn’t get flustered. He will show a lot of facial expressions, but he never gets down on himself. He’s always been that way. He knows if he gets down that it’s not the end of the world.”

145. Central Hardin senior Andrew Lee (40-9) held off LaRue County senior Spencer Hines (15-1), 10-9. Lee took a 9-5 lead early in the third before Hines scored a reversal with 1:20 left. After scoring on a takedown, Hines was shooting in for another takedown when time expired.

152. Central Hardin sophomore Cole Overman (33-11) was leading Fort Knox junior Eugene Grace (18-15), 12-6 when he pinned Grace with 28 seconds left in the third.

160. Whitlock (41-7) beat Boyle County senior Dallin Tritapoe (24-8), 5-3.

170. Caleb Canter (48-0) led 5-0 before pinning Barren County senior Michael Hargrove (10-1) with 52.8 seconds left in the first period.

182. Carman (53-1) was in complete control against John Hardin junior Andre Farris (27-14), as he cruised to a 14-2 win.

195. John Hardin senior Wade Holtsclaw (30-1) built a 5-0 lead before pinning LaRue County junior Tony Couch (40-14) 28 seconds into the second period.

220. John Hardin junior Cameron Mattingly (29-2) scored on an escape in the third period to hold off Central Hardin senior Cody Reeser (21-5), 4-2.

285. Nelson County junior Zac Lawson (31-2) topped Central Hardin junior Matt Daugherty (31-5), 6-3.


In their final year in the 3rd Region, the Meade County Green Wave can finally say they’re best team in the region.

Four wrestlers won titles and Meade County scored 247 points, beating defending champion Louisville Southern by 2 1/2 points Saturday at Louisville Iroquois.

“I am very proud of them,” Meade County coach Bob Davis said. “They did what they needed to do to win. I feel that all of the hard work we have done this season has paid off.”

Sophomore Chris Beeler (113 pounds), junior Jonah Shacklette (160) and seniors Evan Kenealy (182) and Alec Mielke (285) each won their weight classes for Meade County, which qualified 11 wrestlers for the state tournament.

Josh Claywell can be reached at (270) 505-1752 or jclaywell@thenewsenterprise.com.




RADCLIFF — Results from the 2nd Region Wrestling Tournament at John Hardin:


  1. LaRue County          221 Points

  2. Central Hardin                   200

  3. John Hardin                      147

  4. Anderson County               113

  5. North Hardin                     109

  6. Boyle County                      97

  7. Danville                              76

  8. Barren County                     72

  9. Taylor County                   68.5

10. Nelson County                     42

11. Fort Knox                            30

12. Thomas Nelson                     8


106 Pounds


Jake Burroughs (North Hardin) received a bye

Zack Mesker (Barren County) def. Yousef Atiyani (John Hardin), 1:59

Grant Hall (Central Hardin) def. Lukas Hagan (Nelson County), 0:54

Dawson Bingham (LaRue County) def. Austin Nance (Thomas Nelson), 1:50

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Burroughs def. Mesker, 2:11

Hall def. Bingham, 9-8


Burroughs def. Hall, 0:25

Consolation Quarterfinals

Atiyani received a bye

Hagan def. Nance, 0:46

Consolation Semifinals

Bingham def. Atiyani, 4-1

Mesker def. Hagan, 0:36

Third Place

Mesker def. Bingham, 0:45

Fifth Place

Atiyani def. Hagan, 4:12



Lucas McCain (Boyle County) def. Guillermo Roque-Mathews (Fort Knox), 1:17

Brandon Leak (North Hardin) def. Henry Crowdus (John Hardin), 8-3

Cody Thomas (Central Hardin) def. Dalton Bell (LaRue County), 12-6

Zach Phillips (Danville) received a bye

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

McCain def. Leak, 7-5

Phillips def. Thomas, 11-3


McCain def. Phillips, 8-6

Consolation Quarterfinals

Crowdus def. Roque-Mathews, 0:11

Bell received a bye

Consolation Semifinals

Crowdus def. Thomas, 15-1

Leak def. Bell, 1:40

Third Place

Leak def. Crowdus, 8-6

Fifth Place

Thomas def. Bell, 16-4



Bradley Pokuta (North Hardin) def. Garrett Haggerty (TC), 1:50

Spencer York (Barren County) received a bye

Jared Coffell (Central Hardin) received a bye

Kyle Edlin (LaRue County) def. Michael Kuchenbrod (Danville), 1:34

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Pokuta def. York, 0:45

Edlin def. Coffell, 7-3


Edlin def. Pokuta, 6-2

Consolation Semifinals

Coffell def. Haggerty, 0:43

Kuchenbrod def. York, 4:50

Third Place

Coffell def. Kuchenbrod, forfeit

Fifth Place

Haggerty def. York, 0:12



Daniel Lannum (Danville) def. Shaun Davis (Central Hardin), 1:23

Jake Brown (Anderson County) def. Cory Faller (Barren County), 1:20

Tanner Mouser (LaRue County) def. Katilynn Phillips (Taylor County), 1:07

Trea Wills (North Hardin) def. Josh Robbins (Boyle County), 1:22

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Lannum def. Brown, 1:55

Wills def. Mouser, 11-2

Consolation Quarterfinals

Faller def. Davis, 9-8

Robbins def. Phillips, 1:47

Consolation Semifinals

Mouser def. Faller, 0:49

Robbins def. Brown, 5-4

Fifth Place

Brown def. Faller, 0:43

Third Place

Mouser def. Robbins, 0:41


Wills def. Lannum, 3-2


First Round

Dylan West (LaRue County) received a bye

Ty Foster (Boyle County) def. Sebastian Sarcos (Fort Knox), 2:38

Jonathon Little (North Hardin) received a bye

Carson Coulter (Danville) received a bye

Chris McDaniel (Anderson County) received a bye

Nance Bradley (Thomas Nelson) received a bye

Hunter Jackson (Barren County) received a bye

Wyatt Overman (Central Hardin) received a bye

Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals

West def. Foster, 0:47

Little def. Coulter, 11-9

McDaniel def. Bradley, 0:37

Overman def. Jackson, 1:00

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

West def. Little, 3:50

Overman def. McDaniel, 17-4


West def. Overman, 9-1

Consolation Bracket Second Round

Jackson def. Sarcos, 9-5

Bradley received a bye

Coulter received a bye

Foster received a bye

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Bradley def. Jackson, 1:42

Coulter def. Foster, 1:20

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Little def. Bradley, 11-8

Coulter def. McDaniel, 16-5

Third Place

Little def. Coulter, 6-5

Fifth Place

McDaniel def. Bradley, 12-0



Marques Fleet (John Hardin) def. Caio Lima (Danville), 0:46

Andrew Ackley (Nelson County) def. Austin Phillips (Anderson County), 9-5

Cody Mardis (Central Hardin) def. Robert Cooley (Fort Knox), 0:49

Raymundo Perez (LaRue County) def. Evan Daly (Boyle County), 0:49

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Fleet def. Ackley, 8-4

Perez def. Mardis, 2:31


Perez def. Fleet, 5-3 OT

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Phillips def. Lima, 0:12

Cooley def. Daly, 1:26

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Mardis def. Phillips, 4-1

Ackley def. Cooley, 0:30

Third Place

Ackley def. Mardis, forfeit

Fifth Place

Phillips def. Cooley, 3:55


First Round

Jonathan Franco (Barren County) def. Shawn Dangler (Nelson County), 3-2

Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals

Andrew Lee (Central Hardin) def. Franco, 0:36

Noah Conley (Boyle County) def. Taylor Logsdon (Anderson County), 6:30

Zack Richerson (Taylor County) def. Warren Tucker (John Hardin), 13-5

Spencer Hines (LaRue County) def. Jesus Fuentes (Fort Knox), 0:57

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Lee def. Conley, 17-8

Hines def. Richerson, 13-8


Lee def. Hines, 10-9

Consolation Bracket Second Round

Fuentes def. Dangler, 4-2

Consolation Bracket Third Round

Tucker def. Fuentes, 12-0

Franco def. Logsdon, forfeit

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Tucker def. Conley, 11-8

Richerson def. Franco, 0:59

Third Place

Richerson def. Tucker, 17-2

Fifth Place

Conley def. Franco, 6-1


First Round

Cole Overman (Central Hardin) def. Robert Rich (Barren County), 1:15

Griffin Dulak (LaRue County) def. Jesse Janes (Thomas Nelson), 0:46

Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals

Overman def. Jacob Aydelott (John Hardin), 3:30

Tinker Riedling (North Hardin) def. William Hall (Taylor County), 2:29

Eugene Grace (Fort Knox) def. Dulak, 1:11

Cody Dillow (Anderson County) def. Zach Gardner (Boyle County), 1:47

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Overman def. Riedling, 13-5

Grace def. Dillow, 12-9


Overman def. Grace, 5:52

Consolation Bracket Second Round

Gardner def. Rich, 1:43

Hall def. Janes, 1:40

Consolation Bracket Third Round

Dulak def. Gardner, 4:59

Hall def. Aydelott, 4:33

Consolation Semifinals

Riedling def. Dulak, 5-1

Dillow def. Hall, 2:15

Third Place

Dillow def. Riedling, 2:15

Fifth Place

Hall def. Dulak, 2-1



Jared Whitlock (LaRue County) def. Jeffrey Clark (Danville), 1:15

Patrick McDonald (John Hardin) def. Joey Pulliam (Central Hardin), 0:23

Alex Swartz (Anderson County) def. Dylan Bright (Taylor County), 0:36

Dallin Tritapoe (Boyle County) def. Zac Phillips (North Hardin), 1:00

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Whitlock def. McDonald, 2:31

Tritapoe def. Swartz, 8-7


Whitlock def. Tritapoe, 5-3

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Clark def. Pulliam, forfeit

Phillips def. Bright, 1:20

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Swartz def. Clark, 1:11

McDonald def. Phillips, 11-3

Third Place

Swartz def. McDonald, 2:50

Fifth Place

Clark def. Phillips, 1:12



Caleb Canter (LaRue County) def. Logan Perry (Taylor County), 1:10

Noah Buchert (John Hardin) def. Tucker Pridemore (Anderson County), 0:31

Michael Hargrove (Barren County) def. Nate Land (North Hardin), 2:43


Canter def. Buchert, 1:03

Hargrove def. Brett Rafn (Central Hardin), 2:29


Canter def. Hargrove, 1:08

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Pridemore def. Perry, 1:00

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Rafn def. Pridemore, 3:49

Buchert def. Land, 10-7

Third Place

Rafn def. Buchert, 5-1

Fifth Place

Pridemore def. Land, 7-5



Gabe McMicheal (Anderson County) def. Michael Kohler (Fort Knox), 0:54

Trey Jaco (Central Hardin) def. Seamus Sallee (Danville), 2:21

Andre Farris (John Hardin) def. Jason Reynolds (Taylor County), 3:03

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

B.J. Carman (LaRue County) def. McMicheal, 3:02

Farris def. Jaco, 14-12


Carman def. Farris, 14-2

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Reynolds def. Sallee, 1:55

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Jaco def. Kohler, 0:22

McMicheal def. Reynolds, 1:20

Third Place

Jaco def. McMicheal, 1:46

Fifth Place

Reynolds def. Kohler, 0:58



Wade Holtsclaw (John Hardin) def. Cole Parson (Taylor County), 0:17

Charles Saling (Central Hardin) def. Connor Darland (Boyle County), 1:03

Tony Couch (LaRue County) def. Le’Ander Beckley (Nelson County), 3:29

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Holtsclaw def. Matt Moses (Anderson County), 0:11

Couch def. Saling, 4:33


Holtsclaw def. Couch, 2:08

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Darland def. Beckley, 1:12

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Saling def. Parson, 0:56

Darland def. Moses, 4:16

Third Place

Saling def. Darland, 0:38

Fifth Place

Parson def. Moses, 1:33


First Round

Cody Strausser (LaRue County) def. William Edwards (Taylor County), 3-2

Austin Muntz (Boyle County) def. Joseph Alcorn (Danville), 0:52

Winner’s Bracket Quarterfinals

Cody Reeser (Central Hardin) def. Malik Casby (Fort Knox), 0:19

Wesley Kinslow (Barren County) def. Strausser, 0:45

Muntz def. Jacob Doster (Anderson County), 0:29

Cameron Mattingly (John Hardin) def. Lacory Roberson (North Hardin), 1:13

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Reeser def. Kinslow, 3:07

Mattingly def. Muntz, 2:47


Mattingly def. Reeser, 4-2

Consolation Bracket Second Round

Edwards def. Doster, forfeit

Strausser def. Alcorn, 1:31

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Edwards def. Roberson, 9-7

Strausser def. Casby, 1:55

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Kinslow def. Edwards, 0:47

Muntz def. Strausser, 7-3

Third Place

Muntz def. Kinslow, 0:45

Fifth Place

Edwards def. Strausser, 3-1



Zac Lawson (Nelson County) def. Tyler McPherson (North Hardin), 0:52

Elliott Porter (Danville) def. Crockett Cosby (Anderson County), 4-2

Nathan Bell (LaRue County) def. Kristofer Humphrey (John Hardin), 8-6

Matthew Daugherty (Central Hardin) def. Austin Mardis (Taylor County), 1:27

Winner’s Bracket Semifinals

Lawson def. Porter, 3:41

Daugherty def. Bell, 12-6


Lawson def. Daugherty, 6-3

Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals

Cosby def. McPherson, 0:30

Humphrey def. Mardis, 0:29

Consolation Bracket Semifinals

Cosby def. Bell, 0:55

Humphrey def. Porter, 4:53

Third Place

Humphrey def. Cosby, 10-7

Fifth Place

Porter def. Bell, 8-5


LOUISVILLE — Results from the 3rd Region Tournament at Iroquois:

1. Meade County (247)

106: 3. Alex Lee                       3-1

Def. Matthew Quintanilla (Southern), 11-5

Lost to Ansar Kurbanov (Iroquois), 14-6

Def. Jonathan Rogers (Bullitt Central), 4:54

Def. Quintanilla, 11-7

113: 1. Chris Beeler                  2-0

Def. Dez Tinsley (Iroquois), 1:10

Def. Christian Bautista (Southern), 3:21

120: 3. Dakota Hoskins             3-1

Lost to Malik Baker (Pleasure Ridge Park), 5-4

Def. Matthew Brown (Bullitt East), 4:48

Def. Emrakh Askarov (Iroquois), 7-4

Def. Baker, 4:22

126: 3. Wade Beeler                 3-1

Def. Megail Perkins (Bullitt Central), 2:57

Lost to Nathan Thompson (DeSales), 16-0

Def. Chris Mudd (Fairdale), 3:53

Def. Deonte Rhodes (Doss), 1:24

132: 8. Austin Sell                    2-2

Def. Andre Watkins (Doss), 10-8

Lost to Austin Miller (DeSales), 1:06

Def. Dejaun Maffett (Iroquois), 2:36

Lost to Jeremy Bosier (Bullitt Central), 10-7

138: 6. Josh Broughton             3-3

Def. Brian Hardin (Doss), 10-9

Lost to Chad Edwards (Pleasure Ridge Park), 0:30

Def. Ethan Hornak (Bullitt Central), forfeit

Def. Stephen Waggerner (Shawnee), forfeit

Lost to Colton Elkins (DeSales), 2:59

Lost to Tevin Smith (Bullitt East), 6-3

145: 4. Jacob Maguire               4-2

Def. Calvin Shelby (Shawnee), forfeit

Lost to Trey Norton (Fairdale), 8-6

Def. Joseph Montgomery (Western), 3:52

Def. Taylor Hardesty (Bullitt East), 2:57

Def. Marcus Churn (Doss), 2:44

Lost to Trey Norton (Fairdale), 8-3

152: 5. Anthony Fairman            2-2

Def. Malik Saunders (Iroquois), 5-3

Lost to Josh Powell (Doss), 7-2

Lost to Josh Garner (DeSales), 3-2

Def. Immanuel Hill (Fairdale), 6-5

160: 1. Jonah Shacklett             3-0

Def. Tyler Erhard (DeSales), 0:29

Def. Everett Decker (Southern), 15-6

Def. Collin Taylor (Doss), 2:41

170: 4. Seth Pile                      3-2

Lost to Zackery Sparks (North Bullitt), 2:39

Def. Davide Dinubila (Bullitt East), 0:17

Def. Vachean Jones (Fairdale), 2:09

Def. Thomas Ray (Doss, 14-4

Lost to Sparks, 3:42

182: 1. Evan Kenealy                3-0

Def. Dustin Bielfeld (DeSales), 22-8

Def. Jordon Graham (Southern), 3:11

Def. Collie Taylor (Doss), 16-5

195: 3. Alex Hogan                   3-1

Def. Andre Williams (Doss), 0:53

Lost to Jordan Willenborg (Louisville Holy Cross), 9-4

Def. Austin Weird (Fairdale), 2:53

Def. Mark Saunders (Bullitt Central), 6-5

220: 4. Travis Jenkins               2-2

Lost to Tommy Naurert (DeSales), 13-7

Def. Eli Thacker (Bullitt Central), 1:25

Def. Spencer Warren (Bullitt East), 9-0

Lost to Aarron Webster (Iroquois), 4:30

285: 1. Alec Mielke                   3-0

Def. Quadry Johnson (Western), 0:09

Def. Daniel Williams (Fairdale), 5:39

Def. Chris Martin (Bullitt Central), 1:04