Two Trigg County wrestlers have advanced to state after their performances during the Region 1 tournament. Trigg County hosted the tournament at Wildcat gym, a first for the program.
Senior Colin Stevens (39-2) finished second in the 170-pound division at the Region 1 tournament. Stevens had hoped to earn another regional championship but fell just short in a 5-4 finals double-overtime match against Union County’s Steven Little.
Stevens said he watched film Sunday and is already preparing for a possible rematch with Little in Lexington.
“All the work that I can put into it, I just got to put that forward and keep working,” he said. “To keep progressing and get higher on the podium, all it is hard work and mentality. You just got to have that mindset to keep going, keep pushing through the pain and hopefully if that hard work will get your technique and it’ll put you through.”
Stevens had pinned McCracken County’s Davin Perkins earlier in the day and followed that up with a 9-3 victory over Christian Couny’s JT Adams.
For Stevens, wrestling his final regional tournament at Trigg County was special.
“It felt amazing,” he said. “Finally got some fans out there supporting me from my grade and the school. Just felt great to be able to come out here and wear this Trigg County singlet one more time in this gym and put on a show. I hope they enjoyed it.”
Freshman Andrew Hendricks (17-2) finished fourth at 220 pounds. Hendricks pinned Caldwell County’s Preston Rogers in the opening round but lost to Union County’s Darius Moore 6-3 in the next round.
Hendricks kept his state dreams alive by pinning Henderson County’s Weston Melton. Hopkinsville’s Red Barnes handed Hendricks a 9-3 loss in the medal round.
Two more Trigg County wrestlers finished fifth to qualify as alternates in the state tournament. Thomas Bruce (24-10) went 3-2 in the 120-pound class. Ty Saez (7-11) finished 2-2 at 285 pounds.
Other Trigg County wrestlers’ results included Timmy Cannon, 2-2 at 113 pounds; Tyler Harris, 2-2 at 132; Domanik Lee, 0-2 at 138; DaiMicah Wilson, 1-2 at 145; Anthony Hall, 1-2 at 152; Jack Lingennfelter, 2-2 at 160; and Austin Proffitt, 1-3 at 195.
The Kentucky State High School Athletic Association will host state at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Friday and Saturday. Live video streaming of the entire tournament is available for purchase through trackwrestling.com.
Editor’s note: Tyler Dixon, Kentucky New Era, contributed to this report.