LEXINGTON — Of the 18 local wrestlers that made it to the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament, 16 will hit the mat today for the final day of the tourney inside Alltech Arena in Lexington.

The Christian County Colonels were 11/11 in getting wrestlers to the next day but the Cols only have three in today’s semifinals.

Gage Folwer (113 pounds), Cameron Coleman (182 pounds) and Niko Bussell (220 pounds) will represent CCHS in the final four as each vie for their first state title.

County senior Jakerion Merritt was the top seed at 145 pounds but Merritt was upset in the quarterfinals by Trinity’s Ty Lehman.

Colonel coach Robert Burnham said while having all 11 wrestle today is good, he wishes there were more in the semifinals.

“It’s just disappointing to see people who work as hard as they do and then not have that level of success we’re hoping for,” he said. “It’s not over. Like last year after the blood round, I told you I felt like the worst coach around and no ones out. Our goal is still to finish and our guys are strong enough, young enough, wise enough, whatever you want to call it, to know how to finish.”

Burnham said it’s now time for the wrestlers that aren’t satisfied to reset and set new goals.

“I can’t be unhappy for the three that are guaranteed to place now because a couple others did get where they hoped to get,” he said. “We’ve talked about this a lot this year. Yes, it’s an individual sport but I guarantee this is more of a team than any other program I’ve even been involved with. They bleed with each other, they cry with each other, they celebrate each other. Just as upset as some of them are that they didn’t achieve their goal, they’re just as happy that the others have gotten there. Our goal now is to reset, come back tomorrow and finish strong. All 11 are still alive so the other eights job is to come back and finish third.”

The only other local wrestler to make it to a semifinal is Trigg County’s Colin Stevens. Stevens will take on North Oldham’s Bryce Moberly in today’s semis.

Stevens said he didn’t wrestle his best Friday as he wasn’t as aggressive on offense as he could have been.

“It’s a mental block,” he said. “I’ve had great matches out here against great people. I just haven’t mentally clicked yet and turned it on.”

Hopkinsville’s Zlatko Skuljan fell in the semifinals but he’s still wrestling today as are Kevonni Young and Denarius Barnes for the Tigers.

Fort Campbell’s Jesus Avila also wrestles today at 195 pounds.

Action starts at 9 a.m. local time at Alltech Arena. Wrestlers that lost in the semifinals will have to wait and see who they will face in the next consolation round but 11 local athletes already know who they’ll face in their first match.

Today’s first matches

106: JaRi Campbell (CCHS) v Cole Harrod (Anderson County)

113: Gage Fowler (CCHS) v Jonathan Gilbert (Madison Central)

152: Kevonni Young (HHS) v Bryson Fields (Bryan Station)

160: Neal Aldridge (CCHS) v Elijah McCune (Meade County)

170: JT Adams (CCHS) v Caden Hoffman (Oldham County)

170: Colin Stevens (TCHS) v Bryce Moberly (North Oldham)

182: Cameron Coleman (CCHS) v Benjamin Rush (Boyle County)

195: Jesus Avila (FCHS) v Kyler Lee (Central Hardin)

220: Niko Bussell (CCHS) v Casey Rauch (Campbell County)

220: Denarius Barnes (HHS) v Sam Floyd (Bardstown)

285: TyDarius Kelly (CCHS) v Dashaun Stevenson (Holmes)

Friday’s results (agate type)

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

106

JaRi Campbell (28-11)

Champ. Round 1 — JaRi Campbell (Christian County) 28-11 won by major decision over Troy Gardner (Ashland Blazer) 32-16 (MD 15-3)

Champ. Round 2 — Colin Tucker (Wayne County) 50-1 won by fall over JaRi Campbell (Christian County) 28-11 (Fall 2:38)

Cons. Round 2 — JaRi Campbell (Christian County) 28-11 won by tech fall over Brody McKune (Moore) 16-11 (TF-1.5 3:44 (16-1))

113

Gage Fowler (32-3)

Champ. Round 1 — Gage Fowler (Christian County) 32-3 won by fall over Field Johnson (DeSales) 33-17 (Fall 2:44)

Champ. Round 2 — Gage Fowler (Christian County) 32-3 won by major decision over Yahir Menchacha (Harrison County) 33-3 (MD 10-0)

Quarterfinal — Gage Fowler (Christian County) 32-3 won by decision over CeJay Vaske (Boone County) 13-9 (Dec 6-4)

126

Ethan Wells (24-10)

Champ. Round 1 — Ethan Wells (Christian County) 24-10 won by fall over Luke Oliveros (South Oldham) 31-16 (Fall 3:58)

Champ. Round 2 — Ethan Wells (Christian County) 24-10 won by major decision over Jayden Webb (Johnson Central) 37-9 (MD 10-2)

Quarterfinal — Jeffrey Kinley (Madison Central) 44-2 won by decision over Ethan Wells (Christian County) 24-10 (Dec 6-4)

138

Austin Grant-Hall (37-8)

Champ. Round 1 — Austin Grant-Hall (Christian County) 37-8 won by major decision over Owen Stacey (Campbell County) 34-17 (MD 10-0)

Champ. Round 2 — Austin Grant-Hall (Christian County) 37-8 won by fall over Jadavin Bradley (Valley) 34-20 (Fall 4:46)

Quarterfinal — Chase Yost (Woodford County) 31-0 won by fall over Austin Grant-Hall (Christian County) 37-8 (Fall 3:50)

145

Jakerion Merritt (33-1)

Champ. Round 1 — Jakerion Merritt (Christian County) 33-1 won by fall over Caileb Hills (Meade County) 42-15 (Fall 1:40)

Champ. Round 2 — Jakerion Merritt (Christian County) 33-1 won by decision over Jacob Grandstaff (Conner) 36-7 (Dec 5-3)

Quarterfinal — Ty Lehman (Trinity (Louisville)) 42-6 won by decision over Jakerion Merritt (Christian County) 33-1 (Dec 3-1)

160

Neal Aldridge (26-6)

Champ. Round 1 — Neal Aldridge (Christian County) 26-6 won by fall over Hayden Hartlage (DeSales) 23-11 (Fall 0:48)

Champ. Round 2 — Landon Lenhart (Trinity (Louisville)) 36-13 won by decision over Neal Aldridge (Christian County) 26-6 (Dec 4-3)

Cons. Round 2 — Neal Aldridge (Christian County) 26-6 won by fall over John Paredes (Caldwell County) 33-14 (Fall 1:26)

170

Oscar (J.T.) Adams (24-7)

Champ. Round 1 — Everett Marret (St. Xavier) 28-10 won by decision over Oscar (J.T.) Adams (Christian County) 24-7 (Dec 7-5)

Cons. Round 1 — Oscar (J.T.) Adams (Christian County) 24-7 won by fall over Caleb Bloom-Doyle (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 12-7 (Fall 0:27)

Cons. Round 2 — Oscar (J.T.) Adams (Christian County) 24-7 won by fall over Desmond Washington (North Hardin) 18-5 (Fall 1:31)

182

Cameron Coleman (29-8) p

Champ. Round 1 — Cameron Coleman (Christian County) 29-8 won by tech fall over Austin Silva (John Hardin) 25-15 (TF-1.5 5:57 (17-1))

Champ. Round 2 — Cameron Coleman (Christian County) 29-8 won in sudden victory — 1 over Trenton Cantlon (DeSales) 52-5 (SV-1 9-7)

Quarterfinal — Cameron Coleman (Christian County) 29-8 won by fall over Jeremiah Harlan (Moore) 27-9 (Fall 4:14)

195

Anthony (A.J.) Harvey (31-11)

Champ. Round 1 — Anthony (A.J.) Harvey (Christian County) 31-11 won by fall over Ryan Martin (Trinity (Louisville)) 26-13 (Fall 5:59)

Champ. Round 2 — Anthony (A.J.) Harvey (Christian County) 31-11 won by fall over Brayden Jude (Martin County) 29-12 (Fall 2:39)

Quarterfinal — Daulton Mayer (Walton-Verona) 45-2 won by fall over Anthony (A.J.) Harvey (Christian County) 31-11 (Fall 1:10)

220

Niko Bussell (36-1)

Champ. Round 1 — Niko Bussell (Christian County) 36-1 won by fall over James Branscome (Anderson County) 21-17 (Fall 0:17)

Champ. Round 2 — Niko Bussell (Christian County) 36-1 won by fall over Devin Johnson (Johnson Central) 13-7 (Fall 4:24)

Quarterfinal — Niko Bussell (Christian County) 36-1 won by fall over Jaybereon Travis (Fairdale) 30-10 (Fall 0:47)

285

TyDarius Kelly (32-8)

Champ. Round 1 — TyDarius Kelly (Christian County) 32-8 won by fall over Kyran Jackson (Madison Central) 16-7 (Fall 1:49)

Champ. Round 2 — Tucker Shelton (LaRue County) 47-2 won by decision over TyDarius Kelly (Christian County) 32-8 (Dec 6-1)

Cons. Round 2 — TyDarius Kelly (Christian County) 32-8 won by fall over Say Moe (Daviess County) 34-9 (Fall 2:31)

HOPKINSVILLE

106

Trushaun Matt (34-16)

Champ. Round 1 — Trushaun Matt (Hopkinsville) 34-16 won by fall over Hayden Canady (Perry County Central) 33-9 (Fall 2:45)

Champ. Round 2 — Spencer Moore (Walton-Verona) 46-0 won by fall over Trushaun Matt (Hopkinsville) 34-16 (Fall 0:33)

Cons. Round 2 — Hunter Hawthorne (McCracken County) 16-7 won by fall over Trushaun Matt (Hopkinsville) 34-16 (Fall 3:56)

152

Kevonni Young

Champ. Round 1 — Matthew Hendricks (Bullitt East) 38-6 won by fall over Kevonni Young (Hopkinsville) 5-3 (Fall 0:41)

Cons. Round 1 — Kevonni Young (Hopkinsville) 5-3 won by decision over Bladen Sexton (Johnson Central) 33-13 (Dec 7-6)

Cons. Round 2 — Kevonni Young (Hopkinsville) 5-3 won by decision over Kashiku Hutcheson (St. Xavier) 20-11 (Dec 13-10)

160

Zlatko Skuljan

Champ. Round 1 — Zlatko Skuljan (Hopkinsville) 4-2 won by fall over Brandon Burchett (Fairdale) 15-9 (Fall 0:16)

Champ. Round 2 — Zlatko Skuljan (Hopkinsville) 4-2 won by fall over Randy Kinser (Martin County) 31-11 (Fall 2:48)

Quarterfinal — Nathaniel Lawrence (Franklin County) 25-2 won by fall over Zlatko Skuljan (Hopkinsville) 4-2 (Fall 2:31)

220

Denarius Barnes (14-6)

Champ. Round 1 — Blake Young (Oldham County) 25-8 won by fall over Denarius Barnes (Hopkinsville) 14-6 (Fall 0:45)

Cons. Round 1 — Denarius Barnes (Hopkinsville) 14-6 won by fall over Nate Rush (Boyle County) 12-11 (Fall 0:35)

Cons. Round 2 — Denarius Barnes (Hopkinsville) 14-6 won by decision over Joseph Fisher (Letcher County Central) 25-7 (Dec 12-8)

TRIGG COUNTY

170

Colin Stevens (42-2)

Champ. Round 1 — Colin Stevens (Trigg County) 42-2 won by fall over Abdul Adahamov (Fern Creek) 16-9 (Fall 2:42)

Champ. Round 2 — Colin Stevens (Trigg County) 42-2 won by fall over Nick Stapleton (Johnson Central) 39-8 (Fall 5:02)

Quarterfinal — Colin Stevens (Trigg County) 42-2 won by decision over Jacob Robbins (Boyle County) 50-7 (Dec 7-4)

220

Andrew Hendricks (18-4)

Champ. Round 1 — Casey Rauch (Campbell County) 42-8 won by fall over Andrew Hendricks (Trigg County) 18-4 (Fall 1:34)

Cons. Round 1 — Andrew Hendricks (Trigg County) 18-4 won by decision over Jordan Haskins (Waggener) 21-11 (Dec 3-2)

Cons. Round 2 — Reggie Whyte Jr. (Central) 37-5 won by decision over Andrew Hendricks (Trigg County) 18-4 (Dec 9-7)

FORT CAMPBELL

195

Jesus Avila (26-11)

Champ. Round 1 — Chandler Miller (DeSales) 51-0 won by decision over Jesus Avila (Fort Campbell) 26-11 (Dec 1-0)

Cons. Round 1 — Jesus Avila (Fort Campbell) 26-11 won by decision over Brayden Henson (Grant County) 35-10 (Dec 5-3)

Cons. Round 2 — Jesus Avila (Fort Campbell) 26-11 won by decision over Brayden Jude (Martin County) 29-12 (Dec 5-2)

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