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LEXINGTON – Anderson County wrestlers Alex Swartz and Crockett Cosby both advanced well into the KHSAA state high school wrestling tournament, held in Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park last weekend.
Swartz and Cosby both won two bouts, but saw their medal hopes end in the fourth round of the consolation bracket.
Louisville St. Xavier won the title with 203.5 points, outlasting the 2012 champ, Campbell County, which finished with 193 points. Anderson finished 38th out of more than 60 teams represented with 17 points.
Swartz, a three-seed at 160 pounds, was Anderson's only bright spot in the opening round, pinning East Ridge's Paul Kilgore with 1:17 to go in the second period. Swartz got a quick 2-0 lead with a takedown, then nearly pinned Kilgore as time ran out in the period.
Swartz was knocked out of the championship bracket in his next step when North Oldham's Mitch Rusch pinned Swartz late in the second period of their second-round match.
Swartz pinned Louisville Eastern's Josh Case, but was eliminated when Conner's Jacob Warwick pinned Swartz late in the first round.
Otherwise, it was a difficult first round for the Bearcats as the other three state qualifiers were knocked out of championship competition in their first bout. All came back to advance at least one round in the consolation bracket.
Another third-seed, Cody Dillow, absorbed a 17-3 major decision from Zack Thompson of Belfry in the 152-pound class. Dillow seemed to have a chance until Thompson scored a take down inside the last 20 seconds of the second period. Thompson then dominated the third frame.
Dillow advanced past Cameron Bryant, of Eastern but dropped a decision to Kyle Bunch, of Ohio County, to end his run.
At 182 pounds, fourth-seeded Gabe McMichael had the misfortune of drawing Devin Smith of perennial state power Union County in the first round. Smith scored a takedown inside the first 10 seconds, then dominated on the way to an 11-1 win. After decisioning North Oldham's Dalton Geoghegan, McMichael, a senior, saw his high school career end with a decision to Kohl Dodd of Fern Creek.
At 285, Johnson Central's Chase Blevins, also a top-seed, held off Crockett Cosby in a 9-6 decision. Cosby never was able to get any kind of momentum going in the bout between a pair of wrestlers ranked in the state's Top 15.
Cosby, a four-seed, regrouped in the consolation bracket, quickly pinning Moore's Trey Watts and Ashland's Luke Johnson, before bowing out when John Hardin's Kristopher Humphrey, a regional rival, pinned Cosby. Humphrey eventually finished seventh in the tournament.
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