Coed Junior Varsity Wrestling, Coed Varsity Wrestling · Red Devils Perform well at HHC Duals

Jeffersonville HIgh School – Daniel Struck, Head Wrestling Coach

One year after posting an 1-4 record versus these same teams the red devils turn it around and win 4 duals and only lose one.  “I had mentally prepared myself for an 0-5 day.  As a coach you can sometimes predict an outcome even with the hardest of working kids.  The amazing thing on Saturday was the way the kids listened to what the score was and did what they needed to do in the next meet – weather it be win by pin, tech fall or major decision, or holding the other team from gaining bonus points – it was just an amazing day.”

ROUND 1 vs. New Albany – – To open up the day, the red devils took on New Albany with 5 freshman and 4 sophomores  in the lineup.  The match came down to sophomore Carson Somerville in his varsity dual meet debut, pressure was on  – he couldn’t get pinned.  He succeeded – and the red devils beat New Albany 35-32.

ROUND 2  vs. Jennings County – Second round the Red Devils faced Jennings County – the returning HHC champions and Coach Struck’s Alma Mater.  While the score looked lopsided at 49-12, we knew that we gave a fight.  The red devils lost 5 matches by 1 point.  Taking each of those back would turn the score into a 27-34 match. 

ROUND 3 vs. Columbus East – The red devils started off with 2 wins from 152lbs Donovan Smith and 160lbs freshman Blake Ellis each getting a major decision and a tech fall.  But the red devils soon found themselves at a 12 -34 point deficit and had to put the pressure on where we needed 4 pins in the last 4 matches to win.  Stevie Jones, Jack Ferraro, and Josh Sauer all came up up with wins – and on his 18th birthday we looked to senior Freddie Hudson for the win.  Down 30-34 – Freddie got the pin in the second period to take the Red Devils over the Olympians by a score of 34-32.

ROUND 4 vs. Madison- In round 4 – Jeffersonville was facing the returning regional champions – Madison.  Again we had to have the win in the last match.  Score was 40-39, whoever won this match , won the dual.  Pressure went to Junior Donovan smith in his first day of starting varsity in a dual meet.  Donovan was down 4 in the last minute of the match.  He collected 5 takedowns in that last minute, and in the OT to take the red devils to victory winning 43-39.

ROUND 5 vs. Floyd Central–  brings us to Jeff vs. Floyd Central.  In the last 8 years Jeff has won 5 sectional titles to Floyd Centrals 3 – but FC had won the last 2 sectional titles and beat the red devils in the last three head to head meetings.  Sophomore Ashton Smith was thrown in at the last minute to try and change up the lineup – he went in at 170 and got the over time win, where freshman Jolley Little had to bump up a weight class and wrestle 182 – he took the win with pin.  After 13 matches the score was tied 33-33, and left up to freshman Blake Ellis.  Blake took the win by the score of 5-4 to take Jeff over FC by a score of 36-33, and send everyone home with a 4-1 dual meet day.

Saturday was very exciting – not because of the winning – but because of the pulling together, and how kids stepped up and said “count on me” when needed.  We talk a lot about how if they can leave the program with one thing, being a person to be counted on, then that is what we want.  We use the example of a basketball player saying “coach, get me the ball” in that last 10 seconds.  Every round we had a kid saying “give me the ball.”   It will be a very exciting season and next 3-4 years seeing all these underclassman mature.



Jeff 35 – NA 32

JC 49 Jeff 12

Jeff 34 CE 32

Jeff 43 NA 39

Jeff 36 FC 33



C. Beasley 1-4

X Gatton 0-5

S. Jones 5-0

J. Ferraro 2-3

C. Somerville 1-4

J. Sauer 2-3

F. Hudson 2-3

D. Smith 2-3

B. Ellis 4-1

D. Jolley-Little 3-2

A. Smith 1-1

X. Lutz 0-3

C. Thompson 5-0

J. MCCorkle 2-3

E. Hickerson 3-2

JV at HHC Duals

J. Laughlin 1-1

C. Livers 0-2

H. Foreman 1-1

A. Paterson 2-1

S. Ernst 0-2

A. Smith 1-0

C. Carrol 0-2

D. Pulliam 1-1

B. Simpson 1-1

X. Lutz 1-0



Our JV went and competed in an all varsity tournament, placing 8th out of 16.  We lost a match by a score of 39-39, which to tie break it went all the way down to criteria H for the tie breaker – winning that would have put us in 4th place.


WE BEAT – #34 South Oldham , and Nelson County


LOST TO: #7 Simon Kenton (by criteria), #9 Woodford, and #30 John Hardin



Individual Records on the day:


Zach Day 2-2

Hunter Day 2-1

Vaughn Lloyd 3-2

N. Morrison 3-2

Kevin Morris 1-4

Josh Cooper 4-1

Kam Fuller 5-0

Josiah Freeman 2-3

Alex Keeney 2-3

Luke Smith 2-1

Hamburto Polido 1-4

Nathan Long 4-1

Zach Stites 1-0

Dylan Post 1-1