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Four wrestlers from Madison County - Madison Central's Zach Cowan (145) and Jeffrey Kinley (152) along with Madison Southern's Chris Begley (132) and Rocky Whitehead (195) - will compete for Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) state championships.

Cowan and Kinley both rolled to titles in their weight classes on Saturday at the State Sectional Meet, which was held at Martin County High School in Cadez. Begley and Whitehead both had second-place performances.

The top two finishers from from each weight class in all four sectionals advance to the state finals, which are set for next weekend at Clark County High School.

Cowan improved to 39-0 on the season with three more wins at the sectional. After earned two victories by fall, he defeated Reece Goss of Johnson Central, 7-4, in the title match.

Kinley moved to 33-1 on the season with three more victories, all by pin. He beat Blake Botts of McCreary Central in the championship.

Begley earned a 9-0 win in the first round, then defeated Madison Central's Robert Nardelli in the semifinals. He fell in the finals to Jacob Cain of Johnson Central, 8-3.

Whitehead picked up a win by fall in the first round, then earned a 5-3 decision in the semifinals. He fell to Levid Rodriquez of Johnson Central by fall in the championship.

Madison County had a total of 10 wrestlers advance to the state sectional (six from Central, four from Southern) - and each of them picked up at least one victory on Saturday.

Central's Lucas Hutchison lost in the first round of the 138-pound division, but battled back to earn three-straight wins and claimed third place.

Central's Marcus Hutchison won his first-round match, but fall in the semifinals and finished fourth in the 160-pound weight class.

Southern's Stephen Whitehead also claimed a win in his first match, but lost in the semifinals. He moved into the third-place match, where he lost to Jack Latherow of Ashland Blazer, 4-1.

Southern's Braeden Kelley (120 pounds) fell into the consolation round before earning a win over by pin. He moved into the fifth-place match, beating Keaton Shott of Dunbar.

Nardelli bounced back from his loss to Begley and beat Xavier Tello of Wayne County by fall in the fifth-place match.

Central's Landon Crafton lost his opening match at 126 pounds, but battled back to get into the fifth-place match, where he fell to Chase Bowlin of McCreary Central by fall.

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