Western Hills wrestlers, from left, Richard Greenwell, Jeffery Parker, Colin O'Brien and Cameron Purvis, have qualified for the state wrestling tournament. Kelton Bailey, far right, is an alternate for the tournament. (Photo submitted)

Western Hills took 11 wrestlers to the Region 5 Tournament at Oldham County over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Wolverines qualified four wrestlers for the state tournament and have another who is an alternate.

Jeffery Parker (152) and Cameron Purvis (220) placed third in their weight classes, and Richard Greenwell (170) and Colin O’Brien (195) were fourth.

Greenwell and Purvis are returning to state while Parker and O’Brien will be making their first appearances.

The Wolverines’ Kelton Bailey, who was fifth in the 106-pound class, is an alternate.

A wrestler has to finish in the top four of their weight class to qualify for state.

“This is a tough region,” WHHS coach Sean Wilkins said. “We did well and held our own. We took 11 to region, and we finished seventh.”

Purvis, a senior, is making his second trip to state.

“I hurt my shoulder earlier this season, and I was a little nervous, but I had confidence I could get there,” he said. “I was just happy I’m going to state.”

A junior, Greenwell went to state last year at 160 pounds.

“There was definitely a lot more pressure than the first time,” he said. “I wanted to get back there.”

Parker is a junior who has been wrestling for four years.

“The first match was pretty tough,” he said about the region. “I was exhausted after that. The second one was pretty tough. The third one was to get to state, and I won, and I won the last one to finish third.

“Everyone’s nervous, but after the first match I felt pretty good.”

O’Brien, a sophomore, had high goals for the region.

“It went pretty good,” he said about the tournament. “I expected to do a bit better than I ended up doing.”

But Wilkins is happy with how his wrestlers have done to get to state.

“I told them no matter how you do at state, you’re one of the top 32 in the state of Kentucky in your weight class,” he said.

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