After 560 matches, the first day of the Kentucky State Wrestling Tournament in Lexington is in the books.
At 106, Hopkinsville’s Travon Thacker won his first two matches to move into the quarterfinals. He recorded a pin and a decision and will face Joey Scaggs of Dixie Heights today.
At 113, Trigg County’s Jeremiah Kline won his opening match with a pin but lost in the second round in a 6-5 decision to Chris Beeler of Madison Central. Kline will square off in the consolation round today. His season record is 6-3.
At 120, Christian County’s Caleb Austin advanced to the quarterfinals with a pin and 6-4 decision. Austin ran his season record to 28-4 with the wins. He will face Louisville Trinity’s Keegn Duncan today. Meanwhile, Hopkinsville’s Conner Jaschen won his opening round with a pin before falling in the second round. He was eliminated with a consolation loss to Paducah Tilghman’s Derek Miller.
At 126, Christian County’s Camerin Cole lost his two matches of the day. Meanwhile, the favorite to win the class, Union County’s Brock Ervin, needed just a minute and three seconds total to pin his two opponents and advance to the quarterfinals.
At 138, both Christian County’s Kevi Matlock and Fort Campbell’s David Sahms moved into the quarterfinals with a pair of wins. Matlock had two easy decisions, while Sahms recorded a pin in one of his two wins. If they both wins their matches today, Sahms and Matlock would meet in the semifinals. Matlock’s record is 29-4, while Sahms is 50-4 and this year.
At 145, Christian County’s Korey Polley won his two matches to advance to the quarterfinals, with his second win by pin. Polley improved to 24-2 with the wins. Trigg County’s Ryan Gallogly lost his opening round match to PRP’s Alvaro Aguilar and was later eliminated by Trinity’s Cody Webb. A season of injuries and sickness limited the Wildcat junior to just a 4-6 record.
At 152, Calloway County’s Kegan Agnew ran his record to 40-2 on the season with a pair of wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Christian County’s Kenneth Sells lost his first round match but rallied to win two in the consolation bracket to remain alive.
At 160, UHA’s Cameron Montgomery is now 32-2 after a pin and decision win in his first two matches. Meanwhile, Christian County’s Xavier Pate and Fort Campbell’s Jerry Haywood were both first round losers and were later eliminated in the consolation bracket.
At 170, Fort Campbell’s Ki Ryder won his first round match with a pin but lost in overtime in the second round. He stayed alive to wrestle another match with a win in the consolation round.
At 182, both Christian County’s Joseph Freeland and Hopkinsville’s Mario Miles dropped their first round matches. While Miles (28-20) lost his consolation round match and was eliminated, Freeland (31-14) rallied to pin two opponents in the consolation round to stay alive in the tournament.
At 195, Trigg County junior Aaron Stevens (7-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a pair of pins on the opening day. Stevens pinned Male’s Daniel Yun in 5:03 and later pinned Central’s Dominique Howard in 5:49 in the second round. Stevens will face Conner junior Trevor Thompson (36-5) today. Meanwhile, Christian County’s Stevie Mason won his opening round match with a pin but was pinned himself in 32 seconds in the second round. He then lost his consolation match.
At 220, both Tevin Toler of Christian County and Dustin Armendaz of Fort Campbell lost both their matches on the tournament’s first day.
At 285, Fort Campbell’s Jake Jorstad went 1-1 in the championship round and stayed alive with a pin in he consolation round.