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Patriots gear up for post season at Wayne County Classic

By Vivian Risch, Contributor

The Union County High School wrestling team put its best foot forward last weekend at the Wayne County Wrestling Classic hosted at Northeastern High School.

“I was very pleased with the Patriots,” UC coach Dan Kelich said. “We made the biggest stride of the season, with two big wins over New Castle and Northeastern and could have easily had two more against Winchester and Tri.”

UC hosted Centerville on Thursday, Jan. 10 and then they have a week to make final preparations for the Tri-Eastern Conference meet, and another week before entering the IHSAA Sectional.

For the first time this season, UC filled eight weight classes with good individual results. Here is Coach Kelich's summary of each member of the team as they head into the TEC meet and Sectional.

•Alex Fuller (5-3). Alex had some very good matches and a few that he lost he should avenge in the postseason. It should be fun to watch him close out his career at UC.

•Matt Hampton (2-6). Matt is our wild card. He knows a lot of wrestling and has a ton of experience and needs to put it together. He is capable of competing with anyone and winning against anyone he will face this postseason.

•Max Johnson (3-5). A first year wrestler with a ton of potential. He already has a solid feel for the mat and needs to be more aggressive and attack first.

•Morgan Krom (6-2). Morgan really battled and won some very tough matches against very good wrestlers. He works extremely hard and will always have a bigger gas tank than anyone he wrestles. He should make a deep run this year.

•Skyler Edwards (3-5). Skylar had the toughest weight class this weekend. He wrestled a couple of semi-state to state caliber kids. He is extremely coachable and has a great attitude. We are working on building his confidence and a solid finish in the postseason.

•Tucker Coffman (8-0). Tuck is Tuck. We are building each day and each match for Feb. 16 (second day of State). We continue to increase his already solid stamina and work on his chain wrestling and nonstop motion. It's going to be a fun, final ride with him this year.

•Kainin Klein (6-2). Kainin is working through an injury and I am slowly working him back into full practices. This was his first full meet in about a month. He wrestled very well. He knows a lot of technique and is solid with it. Right now it's about getting his conditioning up and blocking out the discomfort he experiences with his injury that is about as healed as it will be until the offseason.

•Melachi Wright (5-3). Melachi has been a great addition to the team. He is very coachable and works hard. We need to build up his gas tank some more and work on body positioning and finishes. He should make a solid run in the postseason.

•Emma Sharp has been sidelined with a broken nose. She will be back in action this week. She has done

Light practices but we've held her of competition to heal. I'm looking forward to her competing at 113 lbs. after wrestling at 120 earlier this year.

The Tri-Eastern Conference Meet is Saturday, Jan. 19, at Hagerstown and the IHSAA Sectional is Saturday, Jan. 26 at South Dearborn.

Union County results at Wayne County Wrestling Classic

UC 17, Monroe Central 42

170 – Coffman pinned Franklin 1:30

182 – Klein pinned K.Jacob 3:30

195 – Wright pinned by Hiatt 4:35

138 – Hampton pinned by Heskett :48

145 – Johnson pinned by Jones :26

152 – Krom decisioned J.Franklin 9-2

160 – Edwards pinned by McComb

Union County 33, Winchester 36

182 – Klein decisioned Gooden 5-2

195 – Wright pinned Keister 1:02

126 – Fuller pinned Bates 2:43

132 – Hampton pinned by D.Keister 4:30

138 – Johnson won by forfeit

145 – Krom pinned Rose 4:30

160 – Edwards lost to Duncan 2-0

170 – Coffman pinned Franklin 1:30

Union County 18, Jay County 48

195 – Wright pinned by Frasur 1:05

132 – Fuller injury def. to Blade

138 – Hampton pinned Wentz 1:21

145 – Johnson pinned by Richards 1:28

152 – Krom pinned Kelly 2:30

160 – Edwards pinned by Lawson 1:00

170 – Coffman pinned Snyder 1:00

182 – Klein pinned by Potlid 2:05

Union County 35, Tri High 42

126 – Fuller 3:45 tech fall Smith 15-0

132 – Hampton pinned by Carnes :55

145 – Johnson pinned by Harding :22

152 – Krom pinned Steele 5:49

160 – Edwards pinned Wright 3:26

170 – Coffman pinned Baker :06

182 – Klein won by forfeit

195 – Wright pinned Trosper 2:51

Union County 18, Franklin County

126 – Fuller pinned by Lee :54

132 – Hampton pinned by Ratz :42

138 – Johnson pinned by Crouch :42

145 – Krom defeated by Bohman 9-6

160 – Edwards pinned by Suding 1:59

170 – Coffman pinned Robertson 1:06

182 – Klein pinned Tucker :42

195 – Wright won by forfeit

Union County 27, New Castle 18

126 – Fuller pinned by Owens 3:22

132 – Hampton pinned White 3:42

138 – Johnson won by forfeit

145 – Krom decisioned Moore 11-9 ot

160 – Edwards pinned by Rale 2:32

170 – Coffman won by forfeit

182 – Klein won by forfeit

195 – Wright won by forfeit

Union County 21, Richmond 33

126 – Fuller pinned Guiley 3:25

138 – Hampton pinned by McFarland 2:40

145 – Johnson pinned by Moore 1:29

152 – Krom decicioned by Huber 5-4

160 – Edwards pinned Sparks 3:40

170 – Coffman pinned Perdomo 1:22

182 – Klein decisioned Burden 6-3

195 – Wright pinned by Pierce 1:00

Union County 42, Northeastern 30

126 – Fuller won by forfeit

132 – Hampton pinned by Gray :43

145 – Krom won by forfeit

160 – Edwards won by forfeit

170 – Coffman won by forfeit

182 – Klein pinned by Boomershinr

195 – Wright won by forfeit