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The Anderson County Middle School wrestling team recorded its strongest finish ever when it captured third place in the school division of the Kentucky state middle school wrestling tournament, held Saturday at Montgomery County Arena in Mt. Sterling.
Eleven wrestlers competed for Anderson with four placing in the top five.
Anderson was third with 67 points, behind Campbell County (77) and Johnson County (69). East Oldham and Twenhoffel, from Kenton County, rounded out the top five.
Crockett Cosby led the Mustangs, finishing a perfect season by pinning his opponent from Johnson County in the heavyweight division finals.
Cosby finished the season unbeaten in 45 bouts. Along the way, he defeated wrestlers from Christian County and Walton-Verona before earning a decision over his teammate and friend, Jarrod Cubert, in the semifinals.
In the championship bout, Cosby earned the victory with a pin over a previously unbeaten wrestler.
Cubert placed third in the heavyweight division, beating a wrestler from Caldwell County in the opener and prevailing against Ashland in triple overtime. After falling to Cosby, Cubert rallied to defeat wrestlers from Central Hardin, then from Ashland, for the second time, to take third.
Nathan Cox also took third in the 131-pound class, beating the same wrestler from East Oldham that had beaten him in the regional tournament. “The victory was extra sweet,” said Anderson coach Travis York. Cox defeated wrestlers from Central Hardin and Elkhorn before losing to Cooper. He recovered to beat a wrestler from Hopkinsville before scoring the pin over East Oldham.
Huston Page was Anderson's other medalist, scoring wins over Larue and Woodford counties before losing to the eventual champion from Madison County in the third round. He rebounded to beat a wrestler from Campbell County for fifth.
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