Three Caldwell Wrestlers Alive to Place At State Tourney

Caldwell County took five wrestlers to the KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in Lexington, and three of them still have a chance to reach the podium and place.

Dylan Walls advanced to the quarterfinals of the 120-pound class with a pin of Harrison County’s Bryce Zumwalt (1:15) and a 15-2 major decision over Trinity junior in the second round. He was dropped to the consolation round with a 13-3 loss to Taylor County’s Brad Miller in the quarters.

Riley Johnson won his opening match in the 106-pound class with an 11-1 major decision over Madison Southern’s Chris Begley. Johnson dropped his second match to Ryle’s Cole Thomas in a fall (1:26). Johnson rallied in the consolation round to stay alive with a 13-0 win over Wayne County’s Colin Tucker.

Seth Slayton won his opener in the 170-pound class with a pin of South Oldham’s Xavier Martindale (3:36). He was bumped to the consolation bracket with a loss to Conner’s Clayton Boyd by fall (0:51). Slayton rebounded with a win over Harrison County’s White by fall (2:31).

Two other Caldwell County wrestlers saw their tourney end on Friday.

At 145, Colin Walls dropped his opener to Franklin County’s Nathanie Lawrence by fall (2:34). The freshman won his first consolation match with a 12-8 decision over Whitley County’s Jayden Watson before being eliminated by Diontae Rone of Holmes by pin (0:39).

Ethan Newsome was eliminated in the 132-pound class with losses to Chase Yost by pin (0:52) and Dixie Heights’ Anthony Kopp by pin (1:59).

The KHSAA State Wrestling Tournament continues Saturday at Alltech Arena in Lexington.