Colonel Wrestlers Finish Seventh at State Tourney

Gage Fowler finished fourth in the 106-pound class, falling to No. 4 Cole Thomas by a 6-1 decision. Fowler advanced to the match by pinning Woodford County’s Gavin Andreoni in the consolation semifinal.

Jakerion Merritt, the fifth-ranked wrestler at 132, finished fourth after dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 3 Gentry Deck of Madison Central.

Niko Bussell, who came into the weekend ranked No. 3 in the 195-pound division, finished fifth for the Colonels. Bussell dropped a close 7-6 decision to No. 7 Kaden Kulmer of Trinity in the consolation semifinals. He then beat No. 17 Logan Deasel of McCracken County 3-1 for fifth place.

Neal Aldridge (145) and Cameron Coleman (160) each won third round consolation matches Saturday before bowing out in round four.

Christian County finished seventh as a team with 103.5 points. It was the first time since 1995 Christian County had topped 100 points at the state tournament, and their seventh place finish was their best since 1997.