Simon Kenton and Ryle Wrestlers Win 2023 KHSAA State Titles
Simon Kenton and Ryle wrestlers from Northern Kentucky win the 2023 KHSAA state wrestling championships.
Ten Northern Kentucky schools traveled to George Rogers Clark High School for the season-ending competitions after Ryle High School held the opening round of the state tournament.
In all 14 weight classes, a total of 32 people competed in the hopes of bringing medals home.
Braydan Blevins of Simon Kenton became the first state champion from Northern Kentucky.
He won the 106-pound title by defeating George Dennis of Harrison County.
"It kind of benefitted me knowing that I came here as an underdog. But I still knew I could win it," Blevins said.
In the end, Blevins defeated Dennis 7-4 after coming back with escapes and reversals to build a commanding 6-2 lead.
After the victory, Blevins' season record improved to 59-10.
Landen Evans of Ryle made it 2-0 by winning convincingly at 113 pounds to follow Blevins.
As Birk completed his second season at 33-5, the Raider sophomore has a final record of 45-4.