Myers completes dominant career
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In past years, Austin Myers was at least a little disappointed when he didn’t pin his opponent.
As he got closer to history, winning was the only thing that mattered, and the Campbell County High School senior didn’t mind that his final high school match went the distance.
Myers beat Brandon Reed of Iroquois 15-4 in the KHSAA state championship match at 220 pounds March 11 at Alltech Arena. He finished 60-0 for the season, winning his fourth state title and finishing undefeated for his entire high-school career in Kentucky.
“I did my goal, four-time state champ,” he said. “It’s always what I wanted to do since I was a kid. Every kid wants to be a four-time state champ.”
Among his five wins in the tournament, Myers had two extremely quick wins of 12 and nine seconds. He pinned one opponent in the second period. His quarterfinal foe was ranked second in the state by KentuckyWrestling.com, and Myers shut him out for a 16-0 technical fall decision.
In the finals against Reed, his foe’s main priority seemed to be playing defense and preventing Myers from getting him on his back. All four of his points came when Myers let him free for a one-point escape, and Reed was unable to try any offensive moves on Myers.
“Most people who wrestle me, they just want to try to make it through the match,” Myers said. “He was stalling a little bit, but I’m used to it. He did a good job.”
Myers said he was enjoying himself during the tournament, and during the meet he seemed to smile more often than the more serious-minded competitors throughout the state.
“You have to have fun with it or you really won’t do it,” he said. “That’s why kids sign up for wrestling, to have fun. As long as you’re winning, you’re having fun. I knew I was getting closer to achieving my dream.”
Myers has a busy season coming up in the sport, with three separate out-of-state competitions coming up in the next month. Next school year, he will attend West Virginia University, part of a 12-member recruiting class that is ranked fifth in the nation, he said.
Myers will miss his time with the Camels.
“I’ll remember we won the team title my freshman year,” he said. “Every year has been a great year for our team. It’s a dream come true. I’ll always remember my teammates. We have a lot of fun.”
The Camels finished fourth in the team standings and had five other state placers.
Two Campbell County wrestlers started the night by falling in their state championship matches. Sophomore Tanner Yenter (51-10), ranked fourth going in, lost to top-ranked Saul Ervin of Union County (63-1) 5-2. Sophomore Brady Wells (44-6), also ranked fourth, fell 14-5 to top-ranked Jorge Vega of Fern Creek (54-1). Yenter knocked off foes ranked third and fifth earlier in the day, and Wells beat the third-ranked wrestler in his class, 5-0, in the semis.
Eli Matthews finished fourth at 182, falling in the semifinals in overtime. Bryan Spahr was seventh at 138, winning three consolation bouts after losing in the second round.
Dakota Lillie finished eighth at 120, winning four consolation matches after losing in the first round.
Tanner Yenter (106): 4-1, 2nd place, Brady Wells (113): 4-1, 2nd place, Dakota Lillie (120): 4-3, 8th place, Bryan Spahr (138): 5-2, 7th place, Jarrod Stadtmiller (160): 0-2, Elisiah Matthews (182): 4-2, 4th place, Brett Graziani (195): 2-2, Austin Myers (220): 5-0, State Champion, Jordan Mason (285): 2-2.