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Southern Middle wrestling team finishes third at region

Feb. 2—The Southern Middle School wrestling team finished third overall at the Kentucky Middle School Region 3 Tournament, with this being their first year as a program, finishing only behind regional powerhouses McCreary County and Boyle County.

Gabe Pendery, in the 101lb Division, as well as Aiden Whitson, in the 165lb Division, brought home Southwestern's first-ever individual regional titles in program history. Alex Upchurch finished in second place in the 77lb Division, while Ryder Upchurch (70lb Division) and Tanner Jones (108lb Division) finished in third place in their respective divisions. Other finishers included Xavier Chitwood in fourth place in the 165lb Division, Ely Bonds in fifth place in the 122lb Division and Maddox Walters in sixth place in the 115lb Division. Southwestern finished with 23 pins in the tournament, just one short of McCreary and LaRue County's 24.