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WCHS wrestling takes second
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The WCHS wrestling team placed second at Saturday's tournament in Franklin County. Pictured are, front row, from left, manager Alexis Verdel, Zerek Keel, PJ Truax, Aidan Lindsay, Julian Ramirez, Chaz Alivo and JR Mares. Back row, Xavier Simmons, Hayden Watts, Ethan Stanford, Daniel Wright, Seth Lindsay and Sebastian Smith.

It’s a good thing stair climbing is already a part of the Pioneer wrestling conditioning program. Warren County needed the practice so the team would look prepared stepping up on podiums all season.

The Pioneers continued to impress last weekend, taking second in the Soggy Bottom Invitational in Franklin County. Warren County also had several individual standouts, with Aidan Lindsay, Seth Lindsay, Zerek Keel, PJ Truax, Daniel Wright and JR Mares all winning their weight classes.

“They are a young, tough group that been a lot of fun to watch and coach,” said Matt Turner. “We’re getting to watch them grow and develop as a team every time they get on the mat. I’m excited to see what this group will achieve and it’s only the beginning. We’ll bring back a lot of our roster next year and will add even more from our strong middle school program.”

Xavier Simmons and Julian Ramirez finished second in their weight classes at the Soggy Bottom Invitational, while Sebastian Smith was also a medal winner by taking third in the 138-pound division. Only Boyd Buchanan, which piled up 243 points and had seven individual winners, was able to outscore Warren County (174 points) in the tourney.

Warren County’s army of 30-match winners were once again dominant in Winchester. Aidan Lindsay, who entered the tourney with 32 wins already this season, swept a pair of matches to claim the 106-pound title. His brother Seth, wrestling at 152 pounds, added to his 30-3 record this year with three pinfall wins Saturday.

Zerek Keel was just as impressive at 182 pounds, winning three straight matches to push his record to 34-2 this season. JR Mares, a freshman heavyweight, won two more matches to get ever closer to 30 wins this year as well (Mares is 29-6), while Truax added three wins at 195 pounds to improve to 26-10 this season.

Warren County also owned the 220-pound division, where Wright defeated his teammate, Simmons, in the finale.

Fans can see the Pioneer wrestle at home this Thursday against Shelbyville. Action starts at 6 p.m.