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Pioneer of the Week - Jan. 15-21
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The WCHS wrestling team had a good run in the RedHawk Rampage tourney Saturday. Medal winners included, front row, Aidan Lindsay (1st place). Back row, from left, PJ Truax (3rd), Seth Lindsay (1st) and Zerek Keel (2nd).

The Southern Standard wants to take the opportunity to highlight the standout Warren County athletes. Partnering with R3 Logistics and Mud Bums Family Sports Grill, we will be honoring a Pioneer of the Week throughout the 2022-23 school year. Our honoree from Jan. 15-21 is Pioneer wrestler Seth Lindsay.

Warren County has a long history of sending wrestlers to the state tournament. Seth Lindsay likely won’t be satisfied by just making it to the state tournament this season; He wants to get on the podium.

The Pioneer junior has steadily climbed the ranks of top wrestlers in the state this year, piling up win after win in the 152- and 160-pound weight classes. He had five more victories last week, including three Friday when Warren County took part in the Dawg Pound Duals.

Lindsay, now 38-3 this year, wrestled up most of the week, but it didn’t seem to affect the lean and mean Pioneer. He started a run of victories last week by defeating Blackman’s Gabriel Larkin by majority decision (12-2) in a 160-pound match, then pinned Shelbyville’s Garrett Doak at home Thursday.

He bounced back and forth in weight classes Friday on the road, beating both Cole Darnell (Eagleville) and Zakiy Turner (Smyrna) at 160 pounds and taking down Antioch’s David Milliken at 152 pounds. All three were by pinfall, with the matchup with Darnell going all the way to the wire before Lindsay got his opponent’s shoulders down just nine seconds before the final horn.

Lindsay is already the owner of multiple tournament victories this year, including a victory last Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Soggy Bottom Invitational at Franklin County. He’s also dominated at the Red Hawk Rampage earlier this month and took top honors at Ooltewah back in December.

Coach Matt Turner has been hugely excited by his team all year and for good reason: standouts like Seth Lindsay, Zerek Keel, Aidan Lindsay, PJ Truax and Jr Mares are all going to finish the year with 30 individual wins (the Lindsay brothers and Keel have already topped the 30-win mark). Best of all, the Pioneers – who challenged for a district title this year but likely will fall just short due to a narrow loss to Shelbyville Thursday – will bring everybody back next year.

Keep following the Standard for more coverage of the Pioneer wrestling team and Lindsay’s quest to make the state tournament.