LEXINGTON -- A trio of Madison Central wrestlers are still in the hunt for championships after the opening day of the KHSAA State Tournament.

Jeffrey Kinley (126 pounds), Thomas Deck (132) and Jonathan Gilbert (113) each earned three wins on Friday at the All Tech Arena.

They all advance to the semifinals, which are set for today.

Two other Madison County wrestlers are still alive in consolation bracket of their weight classes -- Madison Southern's Rocky Whitehead (195) and Madison Central's Zac Cowan (138).

Deck has won two-straight state titles and has not lost a high school match in three years. The senior was pushed to three rounds before beating Trevor Vilums of Male, 15-0. He then picked up a win by fall before beating Jarrett Sanders of Paul Blazer, 7-0, in the quarters.

Kinley opened the tournament with a win by fall. then in the second round earned a tech fall. In the quarters, the sophomore beat Ethan Wells of Christian County, 6-4.

Gilbert picked up a quick pin in the opening round, then earned a hard-fought 10-7 decision over Riley Johnson of Christian County. In the quarterfinals, he defeated George Feree of Trinity, 18-2.

Cowan and Whitehead both won their first two matches before falling in the quarters. Cowan lost to Jake Insko of Union County and Whitehead was beaten by Levid Rodriguez of Johnson Central.

Six other wrestlers from Madison County competed at state, but suffered two losses on Friday and were eliminated.

Central's Noah Shipley beat Stefen Serra of Central Hardin by pin in the opening round. He lost his next two matches.

Southern's Amelia Foltz lost her opening round match in the 106 weight class, but bounced back with a win over Nathanie Goff of Bullitt East, 10-0, in the consolation bracket before being eliminated.

Southern's Chris Begley (126) fell in his opener, then defeated Zach Quick of DeSales by fall in the consolation bracket. He lost his next match.

Central's Marcus Hutchinson also fell in the first round, then beat Hayden Hartledge of DeSales before being knocked out of the tournament.

Southern's Stephen Whitehead lost a decision in the opening round, then beat Bryce Chenat 1-0 in the wrestlebacks. He fell in his next match.

Central's Kyran Jackson (285) lost in the opening round, then suffered a tough 4-3 loss in the consolation bracket.

Central's Tyler Ritchie qualified for state but was unable to compete because of illness.

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