Danville's Booth, Mathis take first

December 12, 2004

LAWRENCEBURG - Matt Booth and Phillip Mathis of Danville took first place in their wrestling weight classes and Chris Pope was second in his debut Saturday at the Bearcat Classic.

Booth, a senior, earned his first tournament win with a decision over Bourbon County's Ben Rawlings in the finals of the 152-pound class, while Mathis, a junior, pinned Sam Lee of host Anderson County in the second period to win the 160-pound class.

"This is the second weekend in a row Matt has really wrestled well. As a senior, he's starting to realize what he can do," Danville coach Jeff Selby said. "And Phillip wrestled really well. He just controlled and dominated the four kids he wrestled."

Pope, a freshman, earned a second-place finish after just one day of practice since joining the team last week.

"He showed a lot of raw talent," Selby said.

Chris Booth (140 pounds) was third for Danville, while Jeremy Turner (112) and Derrick Lang (189) were fourth.


Danville was fourth in the nine-team competition, in which wrestlers competed in pools in hopes of advancing to championship or third-place matches. Six Danville wrestlers advanced beyond the pool matches.

Danville results

Team scores - 1. Anderson County (AC) 47; 2. Harrison County (HC) 43; 3. McCreary Central (MC) 25; 4. Danville (D) 24; 5. Bourbon County (BC) 23; 6. Franklin County (FC) 21; 7. (tie) Holmes (H) and Fort Knox (FK) 17; 9. Frankfort (F) 0.

112 - Jeremy Turner (D): lost to Arnold Burges (BC) 1:04; lost to Hank Whalen (HC) 1:36 in third-place match.

119 - Brandon Lannan (D): lost to Mike Cordray (HC) :57; lost to Ryan Tingle (FC) :38; lost to Kyle Delong (AC) 3:54.

125 - David Harland (D): lost to Josh Rivera (BC) 3:58; lost to Josh Ashbrook (HC) 1:48; lost to Michael Olmes (FK) 3:53.

140 - Chris Booth (D): lost to John Goldsby (H) 16-6; def. Brandon Ellet (AC) 3:02; def. Stephen Thompson (FC), injury default; def. Kevin White (AC) 3:49 in third-place match.

145 - Chris Pope (D): def. Austin Galbreath (HC) :56; def. Brian Rose (MC) 3:50; def. Mark Creay (AC) :34; lost to Chad Frye (FC) 1:13 in championship.

152 - Matt Booth (D): def. Josh Waggoner (AC) 12-7; def. Clay Nelson (D) :54; def. Kendrick Shaw (FK) :33; def. Ben Rawlings (BC) 13-4 in championship. Clay Nelson (D): lost to Shaw (FK) :28; lost to M. Booth (D) :54; lost to Waggoner (AC) 1:29. Eric Vaughn (D): def. Shaun Carter (FK) : 1:58; lost to Ben Rawlings (BC) :28; lost to Brian Riehle (FK) 1:37.

160 - Phillip Mathis (D): def. Ian Ferry (MC) 3:26; def. Matthew Johnson (FK) 5:27; def. Nathaniel Kidd (AC) 15-0, technical fall; def. Sam Lee (AC) 3:34 in championship.

171 - Jacob Bryant (D): lost to Randy Vanover (MC) 3:30; def. T.J. Young (FK) :56; lost to Mike Welch (HC) :36.

189 - Derrick Lang (D): def. Greg Calhoun (AC) 3:29; def. Dustin Wilson (H) :29; lost to Josh Smith (MC) 11-9; lost to Zack Burford (AC) 5:44 in third-place match.

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