Aaron Stevens (189 pounds) and Jerimiah Kline (103) each went 1-2 and Jayven Jones (152) went 0-2 Thursday through Saturday at the Frankfort Convention Center.
This was Trigg’s second consecutive season with a high school program after many years without one. The only other Trigg wrestler to qualify for state was current coach Ralph Stevens, who won the 155-pound division in 1982.
Work responsibilities prevented Stevens from attending this year’s meet, and he was complimentary of area coaches who helped Trigg’s wrestlers in his absence, including Daymon Bunch of Ohio County; David Miller, Ohio County’s head coach; Wesley Gray of Caldwell County; Scott Meredith of University Heights; and David Diaz of Hopkinsville High.
“It’s one of the things I love about wrestling,” said assistant coach Robin Stevens. “It’s like one, big family. Coaches help each other out. Kids compete against each other, and that competition is fierce, but off the mat, most of them are really good friends. You don’t see that in other sports.”
Sunday, three Trigg wrestlers medaled in the Kentucky Youth State Wrestling Tournament, also held at the Frankfort Convention Center.
Brayden Sperry, took second place in the 11-12-year-old, 117-pound division.; Colin Stevens was second at 9-10 89 pounds; and Jordan Walker was third in 9-10 70 pounds.
Trigg’s youth wrestling season begins with practice from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the elementary gym. It will continue every Tuesday and Thursday through the first weekend in April.
Youth wrestling is open to boys and girls ages four through 12. Tournaments are held on five consecutive Saturdays beginning in March in various local counties. Participation in tournaments is recommended but optional.
Registration is $15 per child ($10 for each additional sibling living in the same household).
Robin Stevens contributed to this story.