Graves County High School’s heavyweight wrestler Shane Speed cruised through the first two rounds of the KHSAA 285-pound championship on Feb. 17, defeating Fairfield’s Anthony Spencer with a pin 50 seconds into the match, and then pinning Danville’s Elliott Porter at the 5:59 mark in the match. That set up the quarterfinal match with Campbell County’s Mason Franck, the state’s No. 2-ranked heavyweight, who had experienced little difficulty in his first two rounds. Though entering the match at 31-0, Speed had only garnered a No. 10 ranking going into the tournament because of his relative anonymity in the western part of the state. Yet, after the first day, most entered the day thinking this match pitted the top two heavyweights in the state. With both wrestlers facing off for the final 8 seconds, most observers still believed Speed had the match, but Franck – last year’s state runner-up – in desperation, found one last burst of energy and bull-rushed Speed, got him off balance, and took down the GCHS senior with 1 second remaining on the clock. The take-down earned Franck 2 points and a 3-2 win. Here, the two wrestlers are pictured with Speed getting the upper hand for the moment.
Graves' Speed third in state wrestling
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