The Region 2 Wrestling Tournament took place in Whitesville Ky over a two-day period starting on Feb 7 and finishing up late in the afternoon on Feb 8. This Regional tournament consists of double elimination with the top four from each weight class advancing to the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament to be conducted on Feb 14-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. Meade showed up at the tournament feeling very confident that each wrestler in the 14 weight classes stood a very good chance of qualifying for State, and that many of the wrestlers had a good chance of reaching the championship mat for a chance to be crowned Region Champion in their respective weight class. This tournament is also the deciding factor for wrestlers if their wrestling season continues or ends. Even though this tournament is for individual placement, points are still awarded to each team to determine which team will take home the Region 2 Championship trophy, which Meade has had a hard time grabbing the last few years.
As competition got underway Friday evening Coach Bob Davis reminded his wrestlers of what their goal was, and what it was going to take for them to achieve it. Like in most tournaments, competitors are nervous, and everything they had been working on seems to exit their mind, but sometimes all it takes is a little jolt to get them back on track, and when Coach Bob screams instructions from the corner of the mat, it’s just the jolt his wrestlers need. A couple of the wrestlers that stood out during Friday evening’s competition came from the team’s senior wrestlers Hunter Butler, Eli McCune, and Hunter Lattin, who set the example for the rest of the team wining their matches with pins. When wrestling resumed early Saturday morning, the competition would start off with consolation matches with Meade showing up focused from the night before, and ready to hit the mats. When the consolations rounds were completed and the semifinal rounds got underway Meade County still had 12 of its 14 wrestlers vying for a top four seed, and two vying for a fifth-place finish that send them to State as an alternate. Meaning that for the first time in Meade’s history they could have all 14 wrestlers qualify to wrestle at the state level. The semifinals would prove to be a little tougher on the wrestlers with some wrestlers taking a loss, knocking them out for a chance at wrestling for the top two seeds, but would still finish in the top four.
Meade entered the championship round leading in the team points and had five wrestlers vying for a championship themselves. Once all the dust had settled and all the matches were complete, Meade would walk off the mat as Region 2 Champions, and five individual Regional Champions, and ALL 14 wrestlers who entered the tournament heading to state, 12 will compete in their respective weight class, and 2 will enter as alternates for their respective weight class.
“The boys came out here today and came together to do what they needed to do. They won when they needed to win and wrestled well,” Coach Bob said of his champion team, “This is the first time we have ever taken all 14 wrestlers to state. The first time we have ever had five regional champions, and it just goes on and on. They’re just a great bunch of boys. Our whole goal this season was to bring home some hardware from state, we have the boys in place to do it, and the rest are starting to peak. This is what we’ve been wanting, for them to be peaking at this moment. We still have a lot of hard work this week to get ready for state, but I am so proud of each and everyone of them.”
106 Tyler Lattin 3rd
113 David Griffith 3rd
120 Mason Stull 5th
126 Mason Raines 4th
132 Hunter Butler 3rd
138 Levi Stull 1st Region Champion
145 Caileb Hills 4th
152 Connor Geise 1st Region Champion
160 Eli McCune 1st Region Champion
170 Devin Rogers 3rd
182 Hunter Lattin 1st Region Champion
195 Zach Leonard 5th
220 Che Smith 1st Region Champion
285 Kamryn Robinson 4th