Area wrestlers prepare for semistate battles

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Jasper, Southridge and Heritage Hills will all have wrestlers competing at this Saturday’s wrestling semistate at the Ford Center in Evansville with a chance to compete at the state finals in Indianapolis.

The Wildcats advanced one wrestler to semistate — Zach Flynn, who will be wrestling in the 170-pound weight class.

Flynn placed third at the Bloomington South regional last Saturday after defeating Terre Haute South’s Dylan Case by pin (2:30) and Edgewood’s Matthew Archer by a 5-2 decision. His lone loss came to Floyd Central’s Devon Stikes, which he lost in a 5-3 overtime decision.

Flynn also placed third in the Big Eight conference meet this season.

The Southridge wrestling team will be sending five wrestlers to Evansville this Saturday headlined by junior Tucker Schank (160).

Schank won his second straight regional title last Saturday after defeating Noah Minor of Northview (8-4), Timmy Burton of Paoli (pin) and Wade Presson of Bloomington South (10-3).

Schank placed fourth at semistate last year which advanced him to the IHSAA State Finals where he was defeated by Warsaw senior Kyle Hatch, who had a 50-1 record, in the first round.

Sophomore Brad Springer (152) defeated Levi Mikulich of Bloomington North (7-1) and Josh Foster of Floyd Central (12-10) before falling to Derek Blubach of Bloomington South (pin) to advance to the state finals.

Junior Wyatt Kramer (285) placed second at regional by defeating Carmeron Elmore of Indian Creek (tie breaker, 3-2), Harley Hillenburg of Bloomington South (overtime, 4-3) and then was defeated by Silas Goff of Pike Central (overtime, 7-3) — the same wrestler that defeated him in the sectional.

Sophomore Cole Calvert (182) started the season on the junior varsity roster but now will be competing for a chance to compete at the state finals. He defeated Bryce Bault of Owen Valley (8-6) and Steven Denny of West Vigo (11-5) to advance. His loss came to Tyler Schlegel of Bloomington South (pin).

Senior Mitchell Carter (220) fluctuated between weight classes this season but will be heading to semistate as a member of the 220-pound group. He defeated Josh Howell of Terre Haute South (14-1) and Tanner Probst of New Albany (3-1) to advance with his lone loss coming to Kenton Williams of Sullivan (4-3).

Heritage Hills will be sending four wrestlers to semistate this weekend highlighted by sophomore Sam Scott who has been very impressive at the 106-pound weight class.

Scott defeated Isaiah Kiesel of Gibson Southern by pin (3:17), Braiden Fitts of North Posey by decision (7-1) before falling to Cole Ross of Evansville Mater Dei in the championship match (decision, 8-7).

Also advancing for the Patriots is sophomore Beau Heeke (120) who defeated Max Ziller of Gibson Southern (pin, 4:37), junior Mason Ayer (145) who defeated Colton McCrary of Vincennes Lincoln (pin, 2:17) and junior Wyatt Keller (220) who defeated Macray Robinson of Gibson Southern (decision, 4-3). All three placed fourth at the Evansville North regional.

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