Flyers take city title

Franklin County dominates Western Hills in final regular season wrestling meet

By Linda Younkin Published:

Now it’s time for the postseason.

Franklin County and Western Hills’ wrestling teams wrapped up the regular season Wednesday with the City Championships at FCHS.

The Flyers won the match 74-6, and next up is the Region 5 tournament, which will be Saturday at Western Hills.

“I feel great,” FCHS coach Zac Donnelly said about the regional tournament. “We have some good seeds, and we have the potential to break several school records.

“We just have to wrestle well. It’s like I told my team, it doesn’t matter if you’ve beaten someone three times, or he’s beaten you three times. It comes down to one day and who wrestles well.

“The better you finish at the regional tournament the better seeding you’ll have at the state tournament.”

The top four finishers in each weight class at the regional tournament advance to the state tournament, which will be Feb. 21-22 at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

In the first round of the state tournament regional winners wrestle those who finished fourth at their regional tournament.

FCHS has three wrestlers who are currently ranked in the state — Frederick Agyeman is ranked seventh at 160 pounds, Corey Jacobs is ranked 16th at 113 pounds, and Marcus Bucerzan is ranked 19th at 126 pounds.

“We’ve been moved from Region 7 to Region 5,” Donnelly said, “and I’m interested to see how everything plays out. Region 7 was always tough, and Region 5 looks to be the same way.”

Region 7 has the Lexington schools while Region 5 has the three Oldham schools — Oldham County, South Oldham and North Oldham. The other schools in the 10-team region are Anderson County, Woodford County, Scott County, Spencer County, Grant County, FCHS and WHHS.

Weigh-ins for the regional tournament will be at 8 a.m. with wrestling starting at 9:45. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Western Hills is young this year, with its six first-year wrestlers being in grades 7-9. The Wolverines’ win Wednesday came when Brandon Shingleton won by forfeit at 120 pounds.

FCHS had five wins by forfeit — Gaylen Jackson (285), Bailey Bixler (106), Ryan Perkins (113), Mick Marshall (152) and Denwan Hall (220).

The most competitive match of the night was at 132 pounds between FCHS’ Fernando Rebolledo and WHHS’ Davis Nesselrode. Rebolledo won 8-2.

Agyeman won with a technical fall, and the Flyers’ Bucerzan, Aaron Valentine (138), Dmitri Hubbard (145), Kyle Perkins (170), John Blythe (182) and Francisco Perez (195) all won by pins.

Wednesday was Senior Night for FCHS, and the Flyers honored their five seniors in a ceremony prior to the match. This year’s seniors are Agyeman, Hubbard, Marshall, Bucerzan and Kyle Perkins.

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