Schank clinches second straight state finals berth

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Southridge’s Tucker Schank won three matches at Saturday’s semistate wrestling meet in Evansville to advance to the IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis for the second consecutive season.

From Herald Staff Reports

For the third consecutive year, the Southridge wrestling team will be sending at least one of their members to the IHSAA State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Junior Tucker Schank qualified for his second straight state finals berth in the 160-pound weight class after finishing third in the IHSAA Semistate meet at Evansville on Saturday.

In round one, Schank pinned Lane Coles of Hanover Southwestern in 45 seconds to advance to the ticket round where he defeated Sam Osho of Avon 9-1 to punch his ticket to the state finals.

The semifinal round saw Schank matched up with Nick South of Columbus East. South had defeated Schank 13-3 earlier this year — Schank’s only loss during the regular season.

Schank jumped out to a 4-1 lead but South rallied to go up 7-5 to make the finals.

In the third place match, Schank jumped on Bloomington South’s Wade Presson from the get go and won the match 5-1 to improve to 43-2 on the season.

Brad Springer (152) won his first round match by pinning Seymour’s Jake Kriete in 4:44 but was defeated by Robert Deters of Castle for the second time this season, 3-1 in the ticket round.

Wyatt Kramer (285) nearly joined Schank at the state finals after a narrow loss in the ticket round.

Kramer pinned Gabe Ramirez of Seymour in the third period in the opening round and then squared off against Jalen Comer of Mooresville in the second round. The match was tight until late and once Comer took a slight lead, he didn’t look back holding on to defeat Kramer 11-7.

Senior Mitchell Carter (220) ended his Southridge wrestling campaign after a first round loss to Brownsburg’s Lawson Aiken. Carter ended his senior season with a 21-8 record.

Sophomore Cole Calvert (182) was defeated in the first round by Martinsville’s Micah Dodson on a late takedown as Calvert wrapped up his impressive varsity season debut.

The Jasper representative at the semistate meet was Zach Flynn in the 170-pound weight class. Flynn was defeated in the first round by Danville’s Trizton Carson in a 3-2 decision.

Heritage Hills sent four wrestlers to semistate with one of them making it to the ticket round before being defeated.

Sam Scott (106) defeated Bloomington North’s Cade Meier in an 8-6 decision in the first round to move on to the ticket round against Brownsburg’s Kysen Montgomery. Montgomery defeated Scott in a 9-7 decision.

Heritage Hills’ other wrestlers were all defeated in the first round — Beau Heeke (120) fell to Bloomington North’s Justice Cash by pin, Mason Ayer (145) was defeated by Center Grove’s Peyton Pruett by pin and Wyatt Keller (220) was defeated by Columbus East’s Jacob Bolte by pin.

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