Seven Mat Cats qualify for state

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By The Staff

Seven Anderson County High School wrestlers qualified for this week's state tournament by finishing in the top 4 of the Region Two meet at North Hardin High School.

Anderson's total number of qualifiers is up from last year when the Bearcats took five to the state.

Freshman Zach Cotton had the highest placing of any of the Bearcats, advancing to the 285-poundfinals before being pinned by Fort Knox's Anthony Bailey in 46 seconds.

Cotton will be making his first trip to the state as a qualifier.

Every other Andeson qualifier came in fourth place Saturday. The top four wrestlers in each region advance to the state.

Hunter Lilly (112 pounds), Ben Joseph (119), Devin Jett (135), Sammy Isaacs (152), Marcus White (171) and Jonathan Haddix (215) all made the state.

As a team, Anderson finished fourth with 90 points, one ahead of Fort Knox. John Hardin took its first regional championship, breaking LaRue County's 9-year strangle-hold on the region. LaRue was second with Central Hardin third.

Four Anderson wrestlers finished fifth at the region and will be alternates for the state meet if one of the top four from Region Two is not able to compete at the state.

They are Patrick Dozier (103), Corey Vincent (125), Ricky Kaelin (130) and Tom McNaughton (160).

The state meet will be held Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Frankfort Civic Center.