Simon Kenton head coach Steve Kaiser gives instructions to Elijah Miller (kneeling) during the KHSAA State wrestling semifinals March 11, at Alltech Arena in Lexington.
James Weber of Enquirer Media reports four of seven Northern Kentucky wrestlers who made it to Wednesday night’s final title matches won the state title in their weight classes in Lexington. There are 14 weight classes all told.
By weight class, they are:
106 – Tanner Yenter of Campbell County (Finished runner-up)
113 – Brady Wells of Campbell County (Finished runner-up)
126 – Logan Erdman of Ryle (First state title winner)
160 – Johnny Meiman of Ryle (Second state title winner)
195 – Elijah Miller of Simon Kenton (Finished runner-up)
220 – Austin Myers of Campbell County (Third state title winner)
285 – Branden Johnson of Dixie Heights (Fourth state title winner)
Related: Pair of Ryle wrestlers win state
9:15 p.m. Four of those seven won state championships: Erdman, Meiman, Myers and Johnson. A story for print deadline on NKY.com features the two Ryle champions. Further coverage on Myers and Johnson will follow on Thursday.
Johnson finished 16-0 and repeated as state champion, winning all five matches by pin this week. Myers is 60-0 and did not lose a match his entire four-year Kentucky career.
Northern Kentucky showed its overall depth in rarely-seen ways.
Almost half of the local wrestlers who started the meet – 26 out of 55 (one wrestler scratched and was replaced in the bracket by a non-local) – won a state medal for finishing in the top eight in their 32-man weight class. Besides the seven finalists, another 12 finished either third or fourth.
Ten of the 11 Region 6 teams that had a state qualifier had at least one medalist. Campbell County had six, Ryle five, Walton-Verona and Cooper three. District rivals Dixie Heights, Scott and Simon Kenton had two each. Boone County, Newport and Conner had one each.
For pictures from tonight’s finals with medalists on the awards stand, check out James Weber’s Twitter feed at @JWeberSports.
Boone County: Ahmad Hameidan (4th at 220), Campbell County: Tanner Yenter (2nd at 106), Brady Wells (2nd at 113), Dakota Lillie (4th at 120), Bryan Spahr (7th at 138), Eli Matthews (4th at 182), Austin Myers (State champion at 220), Conner: Tristin Badida (4th at 152), Cooper: Jordan Monroe (4th at 126), Kyle Steiner (6th at 132), Jordan Kidwell (7th at 152), Dixie Heights: Joey Scaggs (7th at 120), Branden Johnson (State champion at 285), Newport: Gage Jones (5th at 182), Ryle: Logan Erdman (State champion at 126), Jack Dorne (8th at 145), Jon Belk (3rd at 152), Johnny Meiman (State champion at 160), Ryan Woolf (3rd at 170), Scott: Dale Hensley (7th at 132), Tony Ashford (4th at 145), Simon Kenton: Casey Cornett (3rd at 182), Elijah Miller (2nd at 195), Walton-Verona: Blake Roth (8th at 106), Ryan Moore (3rd at 113), Mason Smith (3rd at 132).
Notes : Campbell County finished fourth in team standings. Fern Creek was team champion. Branden Johnson (5 pins, 6:16) won Most Pins in Least Total Time. Austin Myers was named Most Outstanding Wrestler.