LEXINGTON, Ky. – Technically talking, North Oldham Excessive Faculty senior wrestler Sam Jenkins had no business carrying out what he did Saturday.
He entered the State Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Area ranked No. eight in the state in his weight class, doesn’t plan to wrestle in school and admits the sport isn’t his main focus.
“My summers do not embrace camp after camp after camp,” stated Jenkins, including that he almost give up wrestling two months ago. “They embrace me staying at residence, enjoying NBA2K, consuming Doritos, just whatever I need to do.”
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North Oldham’s Sam Jenkins celebrates his win on points over Trigg County’s Colin Stevens, four-three, within the 182 lb. class bout of the KHSAA state wrestling championships in Alltech Area in Lexington, Ky.
sixteen February 2019 (Photo11: David R. Lutman/Special to the Courier-Journal)
No matter works.
Jenkins capped his shocking weekend Saturday with a three-2 victory over Trigg County junior Colin Stevens to win the 182-pound state title. Of the 14 particular person state champions topped Saturday, Jenkins and Union County sophomore Dalton Russelburg (No. eight at 152 pounds) have been the only ones not ranked among the prime three in his class.
“Everyone seems to be stunned however us,” North Oldham coach Chris Reed stated. “We used it for gasoline. ‘No. 8 in the state. They only assume your eighth.’ … Technically, on paper, mathematics, no, he wasn’t the most effective. However he made youngsters break. Bodily, he dominated these guys.”
Jenkins was considered one of three Louisville-space wrestlers to win particular person titles Saturday, joining St. Xavier’s Nate Wheeler (one hundred forty five pounds) and Male’s Zane Brown (one hundred sixty).
The workforce race was no contest, as Union County produced three individual champions and gained its fourth straight staff championship with 227 points. It was the eleventh group championship for the Braves, two shy of Woodford County’s document thirteen.
Johnson Central was the runner-up with 146.5 points, followed by St. Xavier (135.5), Madison Central (117.5) and Scott (108.5). Moore finished 10th with 87.5 points.
Male’s Brown (17-0) was one of four champions to complete undefeated seasons, joining Scott senior Brenden Pye (113 pounds, 30-0), Apollo senior Preston Mattingly (120 pounds, 51-0) and Madison Central junior Thomas Deck (126 pounds, 47-0).
North Oldham’s Jenkins defeated three higher-ranked wrestlers – Johnson Central freshman Levid Rodriguez (No. 6) in the quarterfinals, Walton-Verona junior Daulton Mayer (No. 2) in the semifinals and No. 5 Stevens in the final – to win his title and finish a 34-1 season.
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