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The second season for Anderson County wrestling is about to begin.
The Mat Cats will be competing in the Region 2 meet, set for Central Hardin High School on Saturday, Feb. 12. The first bouts will get underway at 10 a.m.
Anderson has been impressive of late, winning the Capital City Classic in Frankfort in mid-January and finishing second in the Danville Admiral Duals the following week. Saturday, Anderson went 2-1 in a duals meet at Woodford County.
The Bearcats defeated Louisville Manual, but lost to Southern and the host team on its senior day.
Austin Dillow, at 135 pounds, was Anderson's only unbeaten wrestler on the day at Woodford.
T. W. Stockton placed second at 160 pounds, Derik Spencer came in second at 152, Chris Fitzpatrick placed second at 215 and Zach Cotton was second in the heavyweight class. Tyler Logsdon (119 pounds), Shea Sparrow (125), Erik Spencer (135), Crockett Cosby (215) and Travis Kaelin (HWT) all placed third in their respective classes.
Anderson coach Tom Castle believes the Bearcats have a good chance to make a strong showing. “I think we have 10 that can (make the state tournament),” he said Saturday.
The top four grapplers out of the 10-team tournament will advance to the state, scheduled for Feb. 18-20 at the Frankfort Civic Center.
LaRue County has long been the region's strongest program but North Hardin, John Hardin and Central Hardin are all very strong.
The rest of the region lineup includes Danville, Boyle County, Nelson County, Barren County and Fort Knox.
“We didn't get to wrestle against everyone in the region the first time,” Castle said of the Region Duals, held on Jan. 7 and 8. Anderson went to John Hardin High School on Jan. 7, but stayed home the following morning because of snow.
Several Anderson entries are strong picks to advance to the state
State qualifiers will be posted at www.theandersonnews.com as soon as possible following the regional meet.