Raiders nab title in debut tourney

From Herald Sports Reports

Coach Dave Schank emphasized this offseason the excitement he had for his Southridge wrestling team. In addition to a bevy of returning seniors, the Raiders had also added youth and talent to the light weights, an area where Southridge has had difficulty manufacturing points.

M. Mundy

After the Raiders’ opening weekend, that early excitement seems to be merited.

Southridge tore through the 10-team Vincennes Lincoln Invitational, capping the day by ripping the host Alices 52-25 in the championship match. Four Raider wrestlers finished undefeated on the day and six finished with just one loss.

Mitchell Mundy (145), Jake Mundy (160), Andy Fischer (182) and Ethan Schweoeppe (heavyweight) all finished a perfect 5-0. Three freshman started in the varsity lineup with Logan Meyerholtz (106) and Drew Dearing (113) both finishing 4-1 and 126-pounder Prestyn Balsmeyer ending the day with a 3-2 mark.

The Raiders cruised through their first four dual matches with wins against Washington (48-33), Evansville Memorial’s JV squad (54-18), Sullivan (48-21) and South Vermillion (42-29).

J. Mundy

In other wrestling:

Mount Vernon Turkey Classic: Heritage Hills finished with a 6-1 record at the annual two-day tournament with the lone loss coming to sectional rival Evansville Central (42-27). Twelve of 13 Patriot wrestlers executed winning records with Jake Rickenbaugh (170) and Gabe Konerding finishing undefeated in seven matches.

Levi Schulz (138), Davis Jochim (145), Cordell Miller (152) and Knowah Rodgers (160) all racked up at least four wins with just one loss for Heritage Hills.

The Patriots’ six wins came against Pike Central (40-33), Daviess County (Ky.) (66-15), South Spencer (74-6), Princeton (66-10), Evansville North (44-19) and Evansville Harrison (60-21).

Forest Park also made the trip, and with only nine varsity wrestlers, managed to finish with a 3-4 record.

At 138 pounds, Winston Glenn finished a perfect 7-0 on the weekend and senior Cody Flamion (126) and sophomore Zachary Brosmer (106/113) racked up records of 6-1 and 4-1, respectively. Seniors Leighton Fleck (152) and Conner Bolte (160) were both 5-2.

The Rangers’ three wins were over Daviess County (39-30), a 41-40 squeaker against Evansville Harrison and a 40-36 victory against South Spencer.

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