St. Xavier’s wrestling team repeated as Region Four champion even without its best wrestler in action Saturday at Manual, but runner-up Trinity shared the spotlight when five of its competitors won an individual weight-class for the second year in a row.
St. X, competing without the state’s 160-pound champion Dominic Lampe who was suspended from the team for violating team and school rules, scored strong in the wrestle backs to compile 267 points, to 218 for Trinity. Male, with Garrett Chandler victorious again at 220, edged Manual 180 to 179 for third place.
Konner Kraeszig, a freshman and son of St. X. coach Jim Kraeszig, got the Tigers off to a fast start by winning the 106-pound final.
“I’m real proud of him and I’m proud of all of our guys,” the coach said. “We qualified 13 out of (a possible) 14 guys for state and the one we didn’t get in wrestled his tail off.”
The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to the state tournament this Friday and Saturday at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
“It’s going to be a very close state tournament,” Coach Kraeszig predicted. “Union County is probably the favorite. It’ll between us (St. X.), Union County, Trinity and Fern Creek.”
Trinity coach Eddie Eddie Rudolph was happy to see that his five best wrestlers — Keegan Duncan 132), Hudson Heidorf (145), Ben Barton (152), Tyler Frankrone (182) and Lucas Miozza (195) — repeated as regional champions.
Rudolph also sees Union County as the team to beat.
“A lot will depend on the draw,” he said. “It’s a blind draw. We qualified 10. I was hoping for 11, but we have five really good wrestlers. Frankrone is a defending state champion. Miozza is the only senior of the five.”
St. X.’s other winners were Austin Cook (113), Dallas Miles (138) and Nathan Haddad (160). Konner Kraeszig beat Trinity’s Zachary Taylor 7-0 by wearing a stretched tape on his left elbow in the 106 final.
“I hyper-extended it while warming up,” he said. “It just hurt during the match.”
Is there pressure being a son of the coach?
“Yes, but that’s because I put it on myself” he said. “I beat Taylor twice by eight points earlier in the season. This time I won by seven.”
Zane Brown, an eighth-grader at Barrett representing Male, edged St. X’s Michael Beets 4-3 for the 113 crown to improve his record to 43-1.
Coaches voted Brown the most outstanding wrestler in classes 106-145 and Frankrone tops in classes 152-265, and chose Male’s Chris McCoy Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Frankrone improved his record to 34-1 by outlasting Moore’s Mikey Smith 3-1 in the 182 final. Smith’s record fell to 30-3. This battle pitted the 6-foot-4 Smith against the 5-6 Frankrone.
“He (Smith) did a good job keeping the match close and stopping my offense,” Frankrone said. “He had a good game plan.”
Trinity’s Heidorf stayed unbeaten at 28-0 by beating Male’s Leland Phelps 10-3.
“I put in a lot of work this summer,” Heidorf said. “We’ve been in three out-of-state tournaments this season so 14 of my wins have come from those.”
Male’s Chandler, who pinned Manual’s Noah Ewing in the first period earlier this season, went three rounds to beat Ewing 14-2 in the 220 title bout.
“He was more ready this time,” Chandler said about Ewing. “I jumped on him the first match, but he was in good position this time.”
Manual’s Hayden Vinegar (15-3) won at 285 again, even though he weighs 237. He beat Male’s Jeremy Fow by an injury default. Fow suffered a cut lip in the first 36 seconds of the match.
“I was hurt at the beginning of the season,” Vinegar said. “It was my knee, but I came back strong.”
Duncan has a 46-1 record after pinning eighth-grader, Jack Lucas , representing Male, in 1:42 of the 132. final. Central’s Aaron Duncan (36-3) won at 170 over Male’s Cameron Blankenship.
Team scores—St. Xavier 267, Trinity 218, Male 180, Manual 179, Moore 153.5, Central 113, Jeffersontown 90.5, Eastern 69.5, Atherton 47, Seneca 17.5, Shawnee 11, Waggener 10.
Individual weight classes
Top 4 in each class advances to State; 1st match listed is final; second match is for 3rd place.
105—Konner Kraeszig, St, X., d. Zachary Taylor (Trinity) 7-0; Allen Powers, Moore, d. Jake Steppe, Male, 6-1.
113—Austin Cook, St. X., d. Chancellor Caldwell, Manual, 13-4; James Arbaca, J’town, d. Raiden Anderson, Central, 1-0.
120—Zane Brown, Male, d. Michael Beets,, St. X., 4-3; Dewayne Johnson, Eastern, pinned Cole Zehnder, J’town, 2:22.
126—Bobby Poynter, Moore, d. Danten Rice, Trinity, 19-7; Brett Salings, Manual, d. Kaden Darbro St. X., 8-0.
132—Keegan Duncan, Trinity, pinned Jack Lucas, Male, 1:42; Ben Green, Manual, d. Chase Patton, St. X., 13-0.
138—Dallas Miles, St. X., d. Adam Rivera, Moore, 6-4; Savon Adams, Central, d. Seth Ritchie, Atherton, 9-8.
145—Hudson Heidorf, Trinity, d. Leland Phelps, Male, 10-3; Tim Poynter, Moore, d. Andrew Salings, Manual, 4-1.
153—Ben Barton, Trinity, d. Calieb Ray, St. X, 9-7; Riley Hawes, Eastern, d. Zach Harris, Manual, 12-2.
160—Nathan Haddad, St. X. , pinned Lee Johnson, Central, 3:31; Andrew Pritchett, Trinity, d. Jacob Bratcher, Manual, 3-2.
170—Aaron Duncan, Central, d. Cameron Blankenship, Male, 12-11; Gage Cumella, St. X., d. Manny Sudduth, Eastern, 9-1;
182—Tyler Frankrone, Trinity, d. Mikey Smith, Moore, 3-1; Michael Calhoun, St. X., d. Aric Hamblin, Central, 5-1.
195—Lucas Miozza, Trinity, d. Daylen Eichenberger, Manual, 13-4; Marco Ruiz, Moore, d. Chris Beets, St. X., 5-3.
220—Garrett Chandler, Male, d. Noah Ewing, Manual, 14-2; Joseph Green, St. X., pinned Brenton Ervin, Trinity, 2:34.
285—Hayden Vinegar, Manual, d. Jeremy Fow, Male, by injury default; David Sheridan, St. X., pinnedIan Robert, Trinity, 3:58.
Most Outstanding Wrestlers; Classes 106-145—Zane Brown, Male; 152-285—Tyler Frankrone, Trinity; Coach of the Year—Chris McCoy, Male.