Wrestling: FCHS 2nd at Classic

Valentine, Hall win their weight classes

By Linda Younkin, Published:

It was a different date, a different format and fewer teams, but the Capital City Classic wrestling tournament finally took place Saturday at Franklin County High School.

The host Flyers finished as runners-up behind Montgomery County in the five-team field.

FCHS had two weight class winners — Aaron Valentine at 138 pounds and Denwan Hall at 220 pounds. Valentine was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the lower weight classes.

Madison Central’s Storm Savage, wrestling at 170, was voted the MVP of the higher weight classes.

The Capital City Classic was originally scheduled for Jan. 25 with a field of 22 teams but was postponed because of snow. Weather has wreaked havoc with scheduling this winter.

“We haven’t had a lot of mat time,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said. “We only got to practice twice this week. A lot of tournaments have been canceled.

“Usually at this point in the year kids have twice as many matches. They’ll have somewhere between 40 and 50 matches, and this year they’re only at 25.”

FCHS had just one of its seniors compete Saturday with the others sitting out to take the ACT or nurse injuries.

“To only wrestle one senior, we still did pretty well,” Donnelly said.

Besides Valentine and Hall, the other Flyers to medal were Fernando Rebolledo (132) and Gaylen Jackson (285), who finished second; Kyle Perkins (170), John Blythe (182) and Francisco Perez (195), who finished third; and Damien Duncan (145), who finished fourth.

The tournament format was basically a dual instead of a draw, but wrestlers were awarded places based on their overall record for the day.

“That helps give the guys some confidence going into the regional tournament,” Donnelly said. “A lot of teams take the week off before regionals, but we were able to get teams that wanted to wrestle because they’ve missed so much of the season.”

Franklin County and Western Hills will be competing in the Region 5 tournament Saturday at WHHS.

Wednesday the Flyers are hosting Western Hills in the City Championships. It will be FCHS’ senior night with senior night activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. and wrestling at 7.

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