High School Sports

Woodford takes home 2nd straight region title

MOUNT STERLING — Woodford County went back-to-back Saturday night, winning its second consecutive Region 7 Wrestling Tournament at Montgomery County High School.

Harrison Courtney, the Yellowjackets' three-time defending state champion, trumped his own team with his sixth regional championship in a row.

"Sounds pretty good," Courtney said of his sixth title. "I felt good. It's my last regional tournament. I just figured 'do my best and finish on top.'"

Courtney, who stepped up to 160 pounds from 145 last season, blanked Franklin County's Josh Bruning 11-0 in Saturday's title match.

Courtney (33-0) now has 244 career wins (and 15 losses), surpassing the school record of 242 set by Joe Carr Jr., in 1992. Carr, who had the national record at the time, now assists Joe Carr Sr. in coaching the Jackets.

The national mark now belongs to another Kentuckian, Wayne County's Travis Sullivan, who finished his high school career last year.

Woodford County finished with 241 points and three individual champions. Travis Krauziewicz won at 125 pounds, Brian White at 145.

"An exceptional job," said Joe Carr Sr. "I thought this was going to be a big down year for us at the beginning of the year. They had us ranked 18; right now they've got us ranked about fourth or fifth, so it's been a big improvement over the course of the year."

Runner-up Henry Clay finished with 172 points and eight State qualifiers. The Blue Devils got first-place finishes from Matt Zarth (119), Jack Podgorski (135) and Cody Guiler (140).

"The guys did a fantastic job. Second in the region, that was our goal," said Andy Critchfield, who was named region Coach of the Year. "Next week? We've got several individuals who ought to (do well) at the State Tournament. If we can do that, I think we can still shock several people like we shocked a few teams today."

Zarth, the defending state champion, was named Outstanding Wrestler of the region meet. He took just 1:13 to pin Woodford junior Mack Logsdon.

"He's pretty good at getting in on the leg; I knew that," Zarth said. "He hit on my left leg. ... Just sat around, got the cradle, walked it around and got the pin."

Zarth, a senior, takes a 44-2 record and a bull's-eye on his back to the State meet.

"It definitely motivates me," Zarth said of his role as defending champ. "Just taking each match one at a time and going out there and trying to win each one."

Podgorski went to overtime to slip past Harrison County's Josh Moss. Podgorski needed only 18 seconds to score the winning takedown.

Moss forced OT by scoring a reversal with six seconds left in regulation.

Dunbar junior Pat Milford took the first title of the night, at 103 pounds, edging Woodford's Robert Bracco 5-3 in overtime.

Milford rallied from a 3-2 deficit when Bracco was called for stalling with 3.9 seconds left in regulation.

"It was real close," Milford said. "I just couldn't let anything get in the way."

The key in overtime?

"Commitment," Milford said.

"Me and Bracco have had real close matches before. It comes down to whether I worked real hard in practice ... and when I'm usually tired, I just keep going."

Lafayette had winners in Will Bryant at 112 pounds and Shamon Brown at 215.

Tates Creek also had a pair of firsts: Andrew Wright (152) and Daniel Griggs (189).

Other victors were Bryan Station heavyweight Jessie Childrey, Franklin County's Bryan Thompson (130) and Harrison County's Brandon Barnett (171).

7th Region wrestling results

Top four advance to state; match finals results, with next four places.

Teams: Woodford County (WC) 241; Henry Clay (HClay) 172; Franklin Co. (FC) 166; Tates Creek (TC) 157; Harrison Co. (HarC) 151; Paul Laurence Dunbar (PLD) 136; Lafayette (L) 99.5; (tie) Bourbon Co. (BC) and Bryan Station (BS) 57; Madison Central (MadC) 43; Montgomery Co. (MonC) 37; Western Hills (WH) 27.5.

103 pounds: Pat Milford (PLD) d. Robert Bracco (WC) 5-3 (OT). 3. Brandon Abney (TC); 4. Kyle Martson (FC); 5. Camden Hanley (L); 6. Jon Anderson (MonC). 112: Will Bryant (L) d. Tevon Clay (FC) 17-2. 3. Brad Milford (PLD); 4. Ibrahim Elgumati (TC); 5. Jerome Williams (MadC); 6. Dayne Lewis (WC). 119: Matt Zarth (HClay) pinned Mack Logsdon (WC) with 47 seconds left in the 1st period; 3. Jimmy Lacy (L); 4. Rex Stephens (MonC); 5. Joe Davis (TC); 6. Josh Lopez (FC).

125: Travis Krauziewicz (WC) pinned Kasey Hedges (TC) 0:15 of 3rd. 3. Andy Lenz (HarC); 4. John Stout (BC); 5. Brendan Tuggle (HClay); 6. Daniel Mauser (FC). 130: Bryan Thompson (FC) d. Corey McCall (WC) 5-3; 3. Cody Ward (HarC); 4. Joe Whalen (HClay); 5. David English (L); 6. Chris Kerr (TC). 135: Jack Podgorski (HClay) d. Josh Moss (HarC) 10-8 (OT); 3. Brandon Stockwell (TC); 4. Hasaamnj Hart (FC); 5. Hannah Stout (BC); 6. Patrick Blevins (WC).

140: Cody Guiler (HClay) d. Kaleb Berry (HarC) 5-3; 3. Alfredo Gonzalez (WC); 4. Stephen Kimbrell (TC); 5. Stephen Stringer (PLD); 6. Logan Cruze (MadC). 145: Brian White (WC) pinned John Walton (HClay) 0:12 of 3rd; 3. Chris Brunker (HarC); 4. Corey Pryor (MadC); 5. Grant Stringer (PLD); 6. Ronnie Sewell (FC). 152: Andrew Wright (TC) d. Logan Murrell (PLD) 3-1 (OT); 3. Ryan Duzk (HClay); 4. Coty Berry (HarC); 5. Curtis Graham (WC); 6. Patrick Cornett (BS).

160: Harrison Courtney (WC) d. Josh Bruning (FC) 11-0; 3. Najee Calderon (BS); 4. Chad Ott (PLD); 5. Dan Willard (BC); 6. Seth Coy (HarC). 171: Brandon Barnett (HarC) pinned Nick Leddy (PLD) at :06 of 1st; 3. Jeremy Gardner (FC); 4. Josh Bell (WH); 5. Nick Guagliardo (WC); 6. Dustin Thompson (L). 189: Daniel Griggs (TC) d. Derek Campbell (WC) by forfeit; 3. Tyler Hooker (HClay); 4. Tyler Wright (FC); 5. Sam Bryant (L); 6. Mark Davis (WH).

215: Shamon Brown (L) d. Bill Semones (WC) 3-2; 3. Jordan Shanks (MadC); 4. Keaton Hub (PLD); 5. Dodd Kinder (TC); Will Fawns (MonC). 285: Jessie Childrey (BS) pinned Jake Cooper (HC) 2:55; 3. Arron Mayes (FC); 4. Trey Gentry (WC); 5. Jordon Foley (BC); Nathan Gray (TC).