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By JOSH CLAYWELL email@example.com
The first round of the eight-team Region 2 Duals may have a different feel this weekend at LaRue County High School.
Instead of having the first round determine the two teams which will compete at the KWCA State Duals on Jan. 31, the format was switched this season.
Now, the second round – which will be held Jan. 9-10 at Danville – will determine which two teams move on to the 16-team State Duals at Lexington Henry Clay.
“I think it’s going to be a good test for us. It’ll let us know where we stand in our own region.” LaRue County coach Gary Canter said.
The duals begin at 6 tonight with two of the seven rounds scheduled. Action resumes Saturday morning at 9 in LaRue County’s main gym.
Region 2 teams are Anderson County, Central Hardin, Danville, Fort Knox, John Hardin, LaRue County, Nelson County and North Hardin.
Like Canter, John Hardin coach Adam Lindsey and North Hardin coach Keith Smith said the change will be better for the region.
“It gives us more time to get our strongest wrestlers in there. By the second time around, we’ll have everyone in place,” Smith said.
John Hardin is the defending region duals and region tournament champion, having dethroned LaRue County for both titles.
The teams won’t have to wait long to renew the rivalry as the Bulldogs and Hawks face off in the second round tonight.
“There’s nothing like tuning up with the next best thing in town (Central Hardin) and then getting the top team,” said Lindsey, who has been ill with the flu. “That’s why I need to get over this thing as best as I can.”
LOUISVILLE SENECA DUALS. This time last year, the Meade County Green Wave were struggling through a rough December schedule.
This year is a different story as the Green Wave are 12-1 in duals matches entering Saturday’s Seneca Duals. Weigh-ins begin at 8 a.m., with wrestling slated to start around 10.
“Last year at this point we were horrible. We lost a lot last year in December, and now we’re winning a lot,” Meade County coach Bob Davis said. “I don’t want us to peak too soon. I don’t think we will because we’re all cutting weight after Christmas and that’ll help. That’s when you’ll see us at our strongest.”
Other teams in attendance include Louisville Central, North Oldham and Seneca. The full schedule was not available.
Meade County wrestled North Oldham last Saturday in the Nelson County Duals and lost by 11. But, Davis said, the Green Wave weren’t at full strength with two wrestlers out.
“They’ve got some tough kids. I thought we matched up well with them,” Davis said. “We had two kids out, but we still wrestled well against them.”
BEAST OF THE EAST. John Hardin junior Josh Johnson will miss the first round of the Region 2 Duals to compete in the prestigious tournament at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.
Johnson is seeded seventh at 135 pounds.
Josh Claywell can be reached at 505-1752