On March 12-13, the MCHS Greenwave Wrestling team competed in the Region 2 Wrestling Tournament at Apollo in Owensboro. The Regional tournament is double elimination conducted over the two days. Normally the top four wrestlers in each weight class would advance to the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament, but this season, due to COVID restrictions, the top four will come back next weekend to wrestle in a State Semi-Final against other regional top fours. The top two placement from the State Semi Final will go on to wrestle in the KHSAA State Tournament. Meade had wrestlers compete in each weight class with a very good chance that most would qualify to come back next weekend for a chance at State. Meade also was looking to have many of their veteran wrestlers being crowned the Region 2 Champion in their respective weight class. Even though this tournament is for individuals to qualify for State, points are still awarded to each team based on individual matches. Those points are used to determine which team is crowned the Region 2 Championship trophy, and bragging rights for an entire year.
After the first round of competition, Meade had done very well and was looking strong, but in the second round wrestlers began to get knocked out of the championship bracket and moved to the consolation bracket. By the time the third round had ended, Meade only had five wrestlers vying for the Region 2 Championship.
“This is a tough region to wrestle in, but these boys did their best and that’s all we can ask from them. We had a horrible second round and it showed. Larue had a great second round,” Head Coach Bob Davis said of his team. “They are extremely competitive and have a great program over there. Both these teams line up very well, but Larue beat us when they needed to. We really needed to bump some of them out to finish on top, and we just didn’t do that this year.”
As the rounds began to take their toll on some of the wrestlers, the competition began to get even fiercer, as ranked wrestlers were now competing against one another. As the Championship matches got under way, they did not go Meade’s way as wrestlers had to settle for runner up until the last match of the tournament, when junior Che Smith. Smith, who has been rehabbing from a knee injury, said prior to the tournament that Region Champion was his goal and in the third period of the match Smith had achieved his goal by pinning his opponent to become the heavy weight Region 2 Champion.
“My knee felt good, I felt good, and my energy levels were great today. At the beginning, the match started a little slow, but as it went on the action picked up, so I am really happy about this win,” Smith said of the match. He also went on to talk about what the team needs to do in the next week to get ready for the Semi-State Tournament. “The team started out really fresh yesterday, but today I’m really not sure what happened. We started out today really good, but than we just started dying out, our energy just wasn’t there for some reason, but we’ll get it back this week in practice and be ready for next weekend.”
One of the Meade assistant coaches, Chris Lattin, also commented on the team’s second day performance. “Our boys just need to get fired up, that’s all there is to it. They went out there today like they were 10-points ahead, and their five points down. They just got to step it up. We need to be more aggressive; they need to go out there and decide what they want and find it in their hearts to go and get it. That’s something we can’t teach in a wrestling room, and they are going to have to find that on their own in the next week if they want to move on.”