Frankfort — Louisville Trinity, which has a habit of winning state football championships in bunches, has won back-to-back wrestling titles for the first time.
The Shamrocks repeated as mat champs with an impressive showing at the Frankfort Convention Center Saturday night before 4,566 fans, the second largest crowd in state tournament history.
Last year Trinity was rated No. 1 and favored to take the crown. This year it was No. 2 behind Ryle coming into the state, but it out-pointed the Raiders 232 to 204.
"We knew we had a battle coming in here," Trinity Coach Richard Brown said.
The Rocks met the challenge. They had four individual winners: John Fahy (112 pounds), Myron Bradbury (119), Grant Ohlman (145) and Brad Hitchings (171). They had two runners-up: Eric McCauley (160) and Brendan Darrow (215).
"The kids wrestled above their ranking, they beat kids they weren't supposed to beat," Brown said. "It's surreal right now. I'm just blessed to be a part of it."
Franklin County was the only team from the Lexington metro-area to have anybody in the finals. Josh Lopez (125) and Jeremy Gardner (171) were both runners-up.
Harrison County's Brandon Barnett (189) won a thriller, breaking a 6-6 tie with a pin of Sheldon Clark's Brad Stafford with 34 seconds left.
It was a rare quiet weekend for 13-time state titlist Woodford County. The Yellowjackets did not have an individual winner for only the second time in the last 20 years.
Robert Bracco (119) and Travis Krauziewicz (135) both placed third to give Woodford County its highest finishers.
Pat Milford of Paul Laurence Dunbar came up short in his quest for an undefeated state title.
After winning his first 47 matches this season, the 103-pound senior lost to Garth Yenter of Campbell County 16-3 in the quarterfinals. Milford came back in the consolation bracket to take third place.
Lafayette junior Shamon Brown was defeated in the 215 quarterfinals, but also battled back to finish third.
Lafayette had three other wrestlers who placed — Will Bryant (119) took fifth, Jimmy Lacy (125) sixth and Luke Rearic (103) seventh.
Tates Creek's Andrew Wright (152) finished fifth, Stephen Kimbrell (145) sixth and Joe Davis (125) seventh.
Henry Clay's Joe Whalen (145) also took seventh.
Ryle's Michael Osborne, who won the 125 title, was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. He also had the most pins (5) in the least amount of time (8:53).
Two wrestlers wrapped up undefeated seasons — Union County's Caleb Ervin (140), who finished 56-0, and LaRue County's Drew Newberry (215), who went 43-0.