On Saturday, the Perry County Central wrestling team traveled to Ashland’s Paul Blazer High School for the region wrestling tournament. When the smoke had cleared, three advanced to the state tournament at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltel Center. Darien Bauer (170 pounds), Bradley Colwell (120 pounds) and Austin Haney (138 pounds) all advanced.
Bauer started strong, scoring a 49 second pin over Belfry’s Jacob Parsley in his first match. After a scoreless beginning, Bauer and Zach Roland of Montgomery were tied at three. Roland then broke a 3-all tie with seconds to go in the match to notch the 5-3 win over Bauer.
After several near-falls, Bauer was able to secure a place in the third place match with a 12-4 win over Ashland’s Jay Layne. In his final match, he hooked up with a familiar foe in Harrison County’s Brandon Williams. Bauer quickly took his opponent down for two and a near fall. Bauer then controlled the match for the 13-6 win.
Bradley Colwell had a first round bye, putting him in the semi-finals. Colwell fell in his first match with Montgomery County’s Alex Holt. He then rebounded with a win over Ashland’s Justin McDowell, scoring a first period pin.
The win secured a state berth for Colwell. He finished his day with Sheldon Clark’s Braden Mills, and came up short 12-8.
Austin Haney opened his day with Pike Central’s Charlie Cokely. Haney came up short 8-5 in the match, forcing him to buckle down to earn a state berth. In the consolation bracket, Haney easily outscored East Ridge’s Josh Tackett 8-3. After a disqualification by Harrison County’s Noah Mitchell, Haney advanced to the medal round.
Haney’s final round would be against Montgomery County’s Trey Woodley. Woodley outmaneuvered Haney into a second period pin, leaving Haney with a fourth place medal.
Donivan Lawson, Jaden Ritchie and Austin Combs finished sixth, just finishing outside the state tournament.
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