Nathan Boston of Woodford County did himself and his dad proud by winning a state wrestling title at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena on Saturday night.
Boston, a 113-pound junior, was the most impressive participant in the 50th annual KHSAA State Tournament. He pinned all five of his opponents, including John Hernandez of Henry Clay in the finals.
"I planned on coming in and dominating. I wanted to get the most pins in the quickest time in the tournament, and I did," he said after capping a 53-0 season.
Boston won a state title in Indiana as a freshman when the family was living in Indianapolis. They moved to Kentucky last year, giving Nathan a chance to wrestle for Woodford County, just like his dad did. Rob Boston placed third in the state for the Yellowjackets and Coach Joe Carr Sr. almost 25 years ago.
"My dad told me a lot of stories, how it was great wrestling for Coach Carr, and stories about Joe-Joe (Carr Jr.) when he was little," Nathan said. "He was excited I'd get to wrestle for the same coach he did."
Joe Carr Sr. said Nathan "did an excellent job. He's a national caliber wrestler and we're fortunate to have him."
Boston was the only central Kentucky wrestler to win an individual state title.
Hernandez, a junior, was ranked sixth in the state but battled his way to the finals against Boston.
Woodford County brothers Trevor and Kyle Lawson, were runners-up. Trevor, a 106-pound seventh-grader, lost 3-1 to Jorge Vega of Fern Creek. Kyle, a 132-pound eighth-grader, lost 8-5 to unbeaten Sean Fausz of Campbell County.
Franklin County junior Tevon Clay took a 52-1 record into the 152 finals, but lost to St. Xavier's unbeaten Justin Lampe, who finished off a 51-0 season.
Lafayette's 6-foot-7, 240-pound freshman Landon Young made a big impression. Rated ninth in the state, he fought his way through the bracket and into the finals where he lost to No. 1 Bobby Bryant of Trinity 11-3.
"I surprised myself, but at the same time i knew hard work and dedication would eventually pay off. It paid off a little faster than I thought it would."
Henry Clay junior Mike Whalen, a state champ at 106 pounds last year, moved up two weight classes this season and placed third at 120.
St. X claimed its first state title since 2001 and third overall. The Tigers' crucial victory came at 160 pounds when Hunter French upset Campbell County's top-seeded Stephen Myers 4-3.
French's win secured the team title for the Tigers over defending champion Campbell County. French was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
St. Xavier 203.5; Campbell Co. 193; Union Co. 176; Woodford Co. 134.5; Simon Kenton 134; Trinity 120; Ryle 106; Oldham Co. 99.5; LaRue Co. 99; Henry Clay 85.
(Championship match listed first)
106 — 1. Jorge Vega (Fern Creek) def. Trevor Lawson (Woodford Co.) 3-1; 3. A.J. Bindner (St. X); 4. Joey Scaggs (Dixie); 5. David Hernandez (HClay); 6. Jake Burroughs (NHardin); 7. Bryce Sheffer (Union); 8. Travon Thacker (Hopkinsville).
113 — 1. Nathan Boston (Woodford) def. John Hernandez (HClay) pin 3:45; 3. Chris Beeler (Meade); 4. Brady Emerson (Oldham); 5. Robbie Dezember (Union); 6. Stephen Maggard (Campbell); 7. Jerimiah Kline (Trigg); 8. Lucas McCain (Boyle).
120 — 1. Trae Blackwell (Union) def. Caleb Austin (Christian) 10-4; 3. Mike Whalen (HClay); 4. Gus Adams (Ryle); 5. Bobby Poynter (Moore); 6. Elijah Owens (SKenton); 7. Keegan Duncan (Trinity); 8. Max Korfhage (St. X).
126 — 1. Brock Ervin (Union) def. Joey Parrott (SKenton) 19-7; 3. John Shirkey (Oldham); 4. Hudson Heidorf (Trinity); 5. Trea Willis (NHardin); 6. Angel Vasquez (Laf); 7. Brian Crawley (SOldham); 8. Nathan Haddad (St. X).
132 — 1. Sean Fausz (Campbell) def. Kyle Lawson (Woodford) 8-5; 3. Connor Wilkerson (Oldham); 4. Roderick Agyeman (Franklin Co.); 5. Wyatt Overman (CHardin); 6. Chris Gilkey (Caldwell); 7. Gabe Ervin (Union); 8. Dylan West (LaRue).
138 — 1. Paul Hamilton (Campbell) def. Jayce Carr (Union) 5-1; 3. Raymundo Perez (LaRue); 4. David Sahms (Ft. Campbell); 5. Ian Kahi (Trinity); 6. Jake Sander (Ryle); 7. Max Anderoni (Franklin Co.); 8. Pedro Ruiz (Wayne).145 — 1. Justin Lampe (St. X) def. Tevon Clay (Franklin Co.) 14-6; 3. Dakorian Polley (Christian Co.); 4. Austin Jackson (Dixie); 5. Alvaro Aguilar (PRP); 6. Corbin Woods (Campbell); 7. Jon Belk (Ryle); 8. Jacob Lee (CHardin).
152 — 1. Kevin Cooper (SKenton) def. Dominic Lampe (St. X) 10-0; 3. Logan Jones (WVerona); 4. Jordan Doyle (Woodford); 5. Nick McIntosh (Oldham); 6. Clayton Smith (Trinity); 7. Chad Gahafer (Union); 8. Kenneth Selis (Christian).
160 — 1. Hunter French (St. X) def. Stephen Myers (Campbell) 4-3; 3. Gabe McIlrath (Montgomery); 4. Wyatt Courtney (Woodford); 5. Cameron Montgomery (UHA); 6. Jimmy Preston (Johnson Central); 7. Mikey Smith (Moore); 8. Jared Whitlock (LaRue).
170 — 1. Lane Jones (W-Verona) def. Noah Bauer (St. X) 8-3; 3. Caleb Canter (LaRue); 4. Johnny Meiman (Ryle); 5. Dustin Turner (Campbell); 6. Sam Willibanks (Moore); 7. D.J. Parriman (McCreary); 8. Sean Barrett (Southern).
182 — 1. Hiero Chamblee (SKenton) def. Brandon Pledger (St. X) 2-0; 3. B.J. Carman (LaRue); 4. Eli Matthews (Campbell); 5. Devin Morrow (Wayne); 6. Sam Steele (Boone); 7. Michael Saunders (Bullitt Cent); 8. Evan Kenealy (Meade).
195 — 1. Thomas Noe (Southern) def. Konner Thompson (St. X) 12-9; 3. Wade Holtsclaw (JHardin); 4. Elijah Miller (Scott); 5. Trevon Thompson (Conner); 6. Sam Preston (Johnson Cent); 7. Justin McDaniel (Moore); 8. Jordan Willenborg (Lou. HCross).
220 — 1. Austin Meyers (Campbell) def. Cameron Mattingly (JHardin) 15-7; 3. Anthony Jennings (Fairdale); 4. Tucker Fair (MCentral); 5. Tanner Adams (Ashland); 6. Jason Maine (Ryle); 7. Tucker Mueller (SKenton); 8. Zack Cooper (HClay).
285 — 1. Bobby Bryant (Trinity) def. Landon Young (Laf) 11-3; 3. Paul Couch (MCentral); 4. Cody Miskell (Grant); 5. Zach Troxell (Wayne); 6. Alex Mielke (Meade); 7. Kristofe Humphrey (JHardin); 8. Brad Weber (Ryle).
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