Caldwell County’s two competitors at the Kentucky High School State Wrestling Championship captured fourth place finishes in their respective weight classes at Winchester’s George Rogers Clark High School Saturday.
Union County won the team title, topping Ryle and Johnson Central. From this region, Paducah Tilghman took fifth place and Christian County, eighth. Caldwell finished 18th in the state out of 30 schools in the tournament.
In the 120-pound weight class, freshman Timmy Nichols lost by pin in 3:39 in the opening round to Ryle junior Joey Sander. However, Nichols fought back in the consolation bracket, earning a 13-5 decision over Max Speaker of Louisville St. Xavier, then posting a 10-2 decision over McCreary Central’s Elijah Baird.
In the consolation final for third place, Nichols was paired against Sander again, but had a much better performance in the rematch. The score was deadlocked at 0-0 after two periods when Sander chose the down position to start the period, but Nichols managed to not give up an escape. Nichols, however, couldn’t escape Sander in the third period, forcing the scoreless match into overtime. Sander was able to score a takedown in the extra period to take third.
In the 170-pound bracket, Tiger junior Dylan Walls advanced through the opening round of the eight-man bracket with a 16-11 decision over Trinity freshman Lane Kiser. However, in the next round Walls was decisioned by Union County’s Dalton Russelburg, who finished runner-up in that class. In the consolation round, Walls advanced with a pin over South Oldham’s Jack McCubbin in 4:41, setting up a rematch against Kiser in the battle for third pace.
Like the Nichols’ match, it was a down-to-the-wire finish. The match was tied 8-8 going when Walls opted to allow an escape to start the third period. At the 1:01 mark the final period, Kiser managed to get a takedown. It appeared that Walls might have scored a reversal as time expired, but despite a Caldwell objection, the 10-8 score stood, giving Kiser the third place finish.
Also, two former Caldwell wrestlers had sons medal at the state tournament.
Union’s Hunter Jenkins, an eighth grader and son of Melvin Jenkins, finished third in the 113-pound class.
St. X’s Kashiku Hutcheson, son of John Mark Hutcheson, took seventh place in the 170-pound class. He was able to compete in the regional and semi-state after sitting out since the first week of the season with a knee injury.