The state wrestling tournament may not have ended the way Brandon Schreiner wanted, but the Franklin County senior finished in the top eight of the 125-pound class.
Schreiner won three matches Friday, putting him in the final eight of the 125 class, then lost twice on Saturday to finish eighth.
Teammate Brandon Bailey, also a senior, won two matches Friday before losing to No. 2 Greg Minwell of South Oldham Friday night. FCHS junior Jon Neville dropped a 5-3 decision to East Carter's Tim Sparks Friday afternoon to finish 1-2 in the tournament.
"Alan (Smith) and I talked, and we're both real pleased," FCHS coach Chris Tracy said. "We went from bringing three last year, four with an alternate, to seven this year, including two alternates.
"We improved," he added, "and if we do that next year we can have seven wrestlers. That's a good number, and we could improve each year."
Schreiner reached the final eight the hard way, losing his opening match and then winning four straight, all by pins.
After going 1-1 on Thursday, the tournament's opening day, he came back Friday and pinned Simon Kenton's Steve Johnson 36 seconds into the first period, Josh Coble of Paducah Tilghman 1:36 into the match, and Dunbar's John Hinds with just 31 seconds off the clock in the first period.
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