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By JOSH CLAYWELL email@example.com
No one is underestimating the Meade County High School wrestling team now.
The Green Wave turned some heads by winning the North Hardin Trojan Invitational last season and will look to make it two in a row Saturday at Ron Bevars Gymnasium.
“It’ll be tougher. There are some tough schools in there,” third-year Meade County coach Bob Davis said. “I’m looking forward to giving it a shot, I know that. (Louisville schools) Trinity and Seneca are going to be tough. There’s going to be some good competition there. Repeating is not going to be easy. If it happens, I’ll be as happy as can be.”
The 16-man, double-elimination weight-class tournament begins at 10 a.m. following weigh-ins, which start at 8. Matches will take place on four mats in Ron Bevars Gymnasium and one mat in the auxiliary gym.
Admission is $7 for the entire day.
Meade County, which enters the 19-team event ranked 29th in the state by kentuckywrestling.com, won the team title over Christian County. Making the run even more special was the fact that the Green Wave were ranked 46th entering the event last season.
“They’re a good dual team and I think they’ll be a strong tournament team,” North Hardin coach and tournament director Keith Smith said. “I know Seneca is out to get them this year. Seneca had a team last year thinking they’d win it and Meade County came out of nowhere and whipped everybody.”
The tournament grew from 16 teams a year ago. Area teams attending are Central Hardin, Fort Knox, John Hardin B, Meade County, North Hardin A and North Hardin B. Also at the event will be Anderson County, Frankfort Western Hills, Franklin County, Harrison County, Hopkinsville University Heights, McCreary Central and Louisville schools Fairdale, Fern Creek, Iroquois, Moore, Pleasure Ridge Park, Seneca, Trinity and Valley.
“Very pleased. I’m pleased with the teams that will be attending because I think the quality of this tournament keeps going up every year,” Smith said. “There are going to be some tough weight classes.”
Finals are tentatively scheduled for 7 Saturday night, but Smith can’t put a timetable on when they’ll actually begin.
“It’s going to be a real good day,” Smith said. “It should go by pretty quickly. With the fifth mat and six officials, it should go by faster. But it is going to be a long day.”
SOUTH OLDHAM DRAGON INVITATIONAL. John Hardin’s A squad will compete in the double-elimination weight-class tournament in Crestwood.
At least 22 teams attended last year’s event, which had as many as 22 wrestlers in each bracket.
Josh Claywell can be reached at 505-1752