The Hopkinsville High School wrestling team had a strong showing at the Steve Johnston Memorial Wrestling Invitational hosted by Paducah Tilghman, ultimately finishing in eighth place. Despite not taking home first place, the Tigers had several standout performances throughout the afternoon.
Leading the way for Hopkinsville was Senior Xavion Wallace, who finished as the runner-up in the 157-pound class. Wallace had a strong showing throughout the day, with his only losses coming against Paducah Tilghman’s Amari Williams, currently ranked as the 16th-best wrestler in the state for that weight class.
Jaylin Littleton also performed well, finishing in third place in the 150-pound class. He secured his spot on the podium with a decisive 16-0 victory over Grayson Sanders of Marion, Illinois. Juan Cannon also had a solid outing, earning fourth place in the 113-pound class. Cannon’s tournament was cut short after a close 7-4 loss to Fairdale’s Blake Luttrell, currently ranked as the sixth-best wrestler in the state.
Rounding out the team’s top performers were Mekhi Manning-Lewis, who finished in sixth place in the 132-pound class, and Tewon Thomas, who finished in eighth place in the 138-pound class. The Tigers’ solid performances helped them earn 61.5 points, placing them just 9.5 points behind seventh-place Calloway County.
The Hopkinsville High School wrestling team had a strong showing at the Steve Johnston Memorial Wrestling Invitational. The team demonstrated their skill and determination on the mat with several top-five finishes. The team will be looking to build off this performance as they continue their season.