Sean Barrett was ranked No. 1 in the state at 182 pounds before losing to Wade Holtsclaw of John Hardin 14-9 in his weight class final at the KOBG. He has helped Southern win the KOBG team title three of the past four years, including last weekend, and the regional crown the past four years. He was the regional champion at 182 last February after pinning Matt Lessler of Fairdale in 5:36. Barrett and his Southern teammates will compete in the Moore Invitational meet on Saturday.
The Courier-Journal: How and when did you start wrestling?
Barrett: I was in the seventh grade and my brother, Christopher Jr., was wrestling for Southern. He told me I should come to practice and train with the team. I did and I grew to love the sport.
What was your record as a junior and did you have many pins?
I was 45-7 last year and had 33 pins. I’ve had seven pins this season. I try my best to go for a pin in every match, but sometimes it doesn’t happen.
You went 3-2 at State last season but had to default your last match. What happened?
I fractured my right ankle against Zach Fisher of Christian County. I had pinned him before State, so it was very disappointing because he came back and beat me. At the start of the third period, I went to switch from a referee’s position and he sat on my ankle.
Is there a lot of pressure being ranked No. 1?
There’s always pressure when you’re ranked No. 1. It gets to you a little, but you still have to get on the mat and wrestle your hardest. I may be moved down a couple of spots, but that doesn’t matter at the end. You can still become a state champion.
Justin McDaniel of Moore is ranked No. 2 at 182. How have you fared against him?
I wrestled him three times last year and I pinned him all three times.
Will you wrestle in college?
I was planning to, but I’ll probably go to JCTC (Jefferson Community and Technical College) and take graphic design. This summer, I’m going to work for UPS.
You say you’re trying to get down to 170 and compete in that class. Will that be hard?
No. I’m drinking water and eating healthy foods — fruits and stuff I know won’t kill my body, like at fast-food restaurants. I think I have a better chance (to win) at 170.
What do you do for fun?
I love to fish and hunt. I go fishing every chance I get at Taylorsville Lake, McNeely Lake or Rough River. The biggest fish I ever caught was a 20-inch smallmouth on a little bluegill pole. My friend said we ought to keep that one and eat it. We did. It was good. Lately, my dad and I have been hunting for rabbits and squirrels. Later on, we’ll hunt for deer.
SEAN BARRETT UP CLOSE
Student-athlete: Sean carries a 2.8 GPA with College Algebra and English his favorite classes. “I love to write about life,” he said. He has wrestled on the Southern varsity four years, advancing to the State Tournament as a sophomore and junior and getting within one match of placing in the top eight of his weight class both times.
Family: Sean lives with his parents, Tammy and Christopher Barrett Sr. Sean has four brothers, one stepbrother, two sisters and two step-sisters. His brother, Caleb, 14, is a sophomore and wrestles for the Trojans in the 145 weight class. Both Sean and Caleb have 8-2 records this season.
Coach: Chris Redmon: What makes Sean a good wrestler is that he has good wrestling partners every day in practice. He wrestles Thomas Noe, our 195-pounder who beat the state’s No. 3-ranked wrestler (Darrius Parrott of North Hardin) in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament last weekend. Sean has a passion for the sport. He leads by example, and he wants that example to be a good one. He has a shot winning State at either the 170 or 182 weight classes.
— Bob White