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Hawks wrestling captures district
HVA pins Karns with critical frosh efforts

A freshman with only one career victory helped spark Hardin Valley Academy's run to a District 3-AAA wrestling title.

Robby Goldshot's third-period pin of Karns' Kyle Calhoun began the Hawks' rally en route to a 54-29 dual meet win versus the archrival Beavers at HVA Thursday night, Jan. 14.

“It was the turning point of the match, from there it just took off,” HVA head coach Jeffrey Hash said of Goldshot's win in the 112-pound class. “He got his first win Tuesday night [Jan. 12] up in Kentucky when we went up there to wrestle three teams.

“You could see the confidence building inside of him after he got that first win up there Tuesday night,” Hash added.

Goldshot said he was “very nervous” prior to his battle versus Calhoun. “It feels great … I won last Tuesday [HVA match Jan. 12 in Kentucky], and that really set the momentum, I guess. That was my first win, and it gave me more confidence.”

As for the team's effort, Hash said, “All I can say is that our kids came out tonight with a lot of fire in their eyes, and they were ready to go out there and wrestle, and they knew what was at stake.

“We started off at 15[2] with Blake Bohanan with a pin that got us off on the right foot,” Hash added about a second-period pin of KHS's Cody Arlington.

Landyn Behn, another HVA freshman (125), pinned Karns' Treyler Keeler in the first period, giving HVA a 30-29 lead and beginning a string of five consecutive Hawks victories.

In a wild back-and-forth match, Hawk Daniel Frith held a 10-9 lead after two periods before pinning KHS's Jamirius Reed within the last two minutes of regulation.

Hash called Frith's win “clutch,” adding, “It's been the story of his season with a lot of adversity that he's faced throughout this wrestling season. It's the sign of a tough competitor.

“He sticks with it and knows what it's like to face adversity, and that's what he had tonight throughout that match.”

At 135, HVA junior Theo Smith needed just 40 seconds to pin Karns’ David Every.

“He was, like, taller than me, so it was an easier way to shoot on him,” said Smith, a fourth-place finisher during a tournament at Independence High School who said he’s lost just four times this season (wins not available).

About winning district, Smith said, “It feels good, we worked hard for it and really deserved it.”

Hash said Smith “put the icing on the cake, that finished it off right there as far as the team win.

“And Theo Smith's been another kid that's been impressive throughout the season,” Hash added. “He's had some tough losses throughout the season, but tonight, with him knowing what he had to do, went out there and finished it off for the team.”

David Vaigneur, an HVA sophomore at 140, improved his record to 11-3 with a second-period pin of Karns' William Brooks.

“We fought all year long, and we put a lot of work into it,” Vaigneur said. “It felt great that it paid off and that we'll get to be district champs this year.

“I've had a hard time keeping weight off ... getting that weight off was really hard, but this is the first time I've finally got to go down to my correct weight class,” he added. “It felt good.”

Hash also praised 2009 state qualifier Jackson Beggs, now a sophomore at 119. “He's having another successful season.”

Tim Vara, a sophomore at 145 who finished third in KIL last season, “is having a good season,” Hash said. “He's gone up a few weight classes. ... He's understanding the physical strength that he's actually going up against in the higher weight classes.”

TSSAA Region 2-AAA State Duals are Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Halls High School. If HVA wins its semifinal region match it automatically would qualify for the 16-team Division I Class AAA state tourney Feb. 5-6 in Franklin.


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