Trinity had the most individual champions, but defending state titlist St. Xavier’s depth proved too much for the Shamrocks, and the Tigers repeated as Region Four wrestling champs by compiling 280½ points to 219 for their arch rivals Saturday night at Central.
Two of St. X’s winners were the Lampe brothers, Justin, ranked No. 1 in the state at 152 pounds, and Dominic, No. 1 at 160 pounds.
“They are like the sun rising every day,” St. X coach James Kraeszig said. “They are great leaders. It was good that A.J. Bindner won at 113; he’s a sophomore. He was up six (points), but instead of being conservative he kept at it and scored more points for his team.”
Binder, who defeated Jason Hall of Moore 12-6, said, “He was seeded No. 3 in the state. I wrestled him twice in middle school. I’ve beaten him twice now, and he’s beaten me once.”
The top four in each weight class advance to the state tournament, which is Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Bindner, ranked No. 5, is happy he’s going back to State.
“I finished third at 106 last year and lost by one point in the semifinals,” Bindner said. “I wrestled exceptionally well. (Hall is) a tough wrestler, but I had no pressure on me.”
St. X’s other winner was Austin Cook (106), and the Tigers qualified all 14 of their wrestlers for the state meet.
Trinity won three straight weight classes with Keegan Duncan (126), Hudson Heidorf (132) and Benjamin Barton (138), then saw Lucas Miozza (170) and Tyler Frankrone (182) win in later matches. Ian Kahl, No. 3 at 145, will wrestle his final against St. X’s Nick Smart today at Male.
“Landon Corolla saw his winning streak end at 26 matches, but we qualified 10 of our 12 wrestlers for State so I’m very pleased,” Trinity coach Eddie Rudolph said.
Mizzoa was tied 4-4 with St. X’s Caleb Ray before finishing strong for a 7-4 win.
“I threw him down late for two points and that sealed the win for me,” Mozzoa said.
Male sophomore Garrett Chandler, who beat Corolla 12-10 for the 220 crown, was voted by coaches as the region’s Wrestler of the Year, and Male coach Chris McCoy was voted Coach of the Year.
Manual junior Hayden Vinegar, a starting center on the Crimsons’ football team, won the 285 title by pinning St. X’s Daniel Sheridan in 47 seconds. Vinegar is from a wrestling family. One uncle, Bobby Vinegar, wrestled for Doss, and another, Phillip Vinegar, wrestled for Stuart High. Hayden Vinegar 49-7 with 33 pins this season.
“I’ve been waiting all day to wrestle,” Vingear said. “I stayed focus by eating and sleeping.”
Moore had two winners in juniors Bobby Poynter (120) and Marco Ruiz (195).
Poynter beat St. X’s Michael Beets for the third time this season, 9-2.
“He knew what I’m going to do so I stayed calm and changed my moves,” Poynter said.
Ruiz won 5-2 over Trinity’s Tate Smith.
“He was a lot stronger than I was, but he got tired quicker than I did and his technique wasn’t as good as mine,” Ruiz said.