Madison County wrestlers traveled to Pikeville this past weekend to compete in the 2020 Kentucky Folkstyle Wrestling State Championship at Appalachian Wireless Arena.

The middle school division competed on Saturday, followed by the youth division on Sunday.

On the second day of competition, three local elementary school wrestlers won state championships.

Glenn Marshall fourth-grader Gavyn Kinley (Intermediate 10U), a five-time youth state place winner, earned his second Youth State Championship title in the 67A Weight Division. Kinley won each of his early-round bouts by fall. He had a tough battle in semifinals where he pulled out a 7-3 victory over Brady Elder of Union County to advance to the finals.

In the championship match, he won by a 6-2 decision over Elijah Maynard (Warhawks Wrestling Club).

Returning Champion Emory Dix (Carr Wrestling Academy) looked to defend his title. He received a first-round bye before moving on to pin Ethan Fannin in the quarterfinals. The Glenn Marshall fifth-grader continued his title run with a decision over Reymando Rodriquez of Pulaski County and Aidan Dance of Campbell County.

The final bout was a rematch of last year's championship where Dix pinned Aidan Zuniga of Taylor County. This year, Dix had a little more of a battle, winning by decision of 7-2 to be crowned champion in the Novice (12U) 70A division.

First-year wrestler Bryson Cody competed in the Novice 67B division.

The Waco Elementary fifth-grader opened his first state appearance with a win by a 4-2 decision over Maliyah Nation of Moore and a 10-6 decision over Sabertooth Wrestling Club's Brandon Jordan.

Cody earned his first state title with a 5-4 decision over Cayden Ferguson Cox of Cougar Wrestling Club in the title match.

Youth coaches Sam Ferguson and Jeff Kinley are proud of the hard work each of these wrestlers have put in throughout the season.

"It's great to see each of them come out and compete at the highest level in the state. And being able to be on the mat side to see their smiles on their face as their hand is being raised after a win is priceless," Kinley said.

The following wrestlers also earned places in their respective age and weight division: 5th place -- Grayson Smith (Novice 70B); 4th place -- Casyn Thomas (Bantam 56B), Charles Miserendino (Bantam 85), Alex Craven (Novice 78B), Christopher Hollingsworth (Novice 92B); Derek McElwee (Middle School 98B); 3rd place -- Caleb Bonham (Intermediate 71B) and Lincoln Baker (Intermediate 59B).

On Saturday, Lucas Hutchison, an eighth-grader at Madison Middle School, competed in the 130 pound weight class, while Kit Carson fourth-grader Carson Herbst wrestled in the 86 pound division.

Both delivered third-place performances.

Herbst is the first Madison County Elementary wrestler to finish third in the Middle School Division. Herbst lost to Logan Nance of Ryle by decision, 4-3. Herbst went on to win five-straight matches and was able to avenge his first-round loss as he faced Nance again in the consolation finals.

Herbst defeated Nance by a 4-3 decision.

"One of my goals this season was to finish better than I did last season at the Middle School state tournament this season," Herbst said.

Under the direction of fourth-year coach Jeremy Carter, four other local wrestlers qualified to compete in the state tournament this weekend.

B. Michael Caudill Middle School eighth-graders Diego Pelletier (190) and Derek McElwee (98), all took to the mat along with Madison Middle School eighth-grader Corey Hollingsworth (190) and Farristown Middle School seventh-grader Braedan Kelley (92).

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