Several area wrestlers advance to semistate meet

From Herald Staff Reports

Tons of local wrestlers set out to compete for a spot in next Saturday’s semistate at the Ford Center this past weekend at the regional meets in Bloomington and Evansville.

There were three local regional champions and plenty more semistate advancers from Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills.

Here’s a brief rundown of this weekend’s prep sports action.


Local wrestlers see success at regional: Wrestlers from Jasper, Southridge, Forest Park and Heritage Hills set out this weekend to try and advance to next Saturday’s semistate meet at the Ford Center in Evansville.

The Cats, Raiders and Rangers traveled to Bloomington North High School. Bloomington South was the overall champion with 174.5 points while the Raiders placed second with 92.5 points, Jasper was sixth with 74 points and Forest Park was 15th with nine points.


Two Wildcat wrestlers came away with regional championships at the meet — Jainier Milanes (106) and Ian Giesler (132), both underclassmen.

Milanes defeated Bloomington South’s Cade Bengtson by pin (3:00) for the title in the 106-pound weight class while Giesler topped Terre Haute South Vigo’s Gabriel Recknor by a 12-2 major decision.

Zach Flynn (182, 2nd), Ashton Schuetter (195,4th) and Will Collon (220, 4th) also all advanced to the semistate meet next weekend.

While Southridge didn’t have any individual regional champions, they did send seven wrestlers to next weekend’s semistate meet. Tanner Kane (120, 4th), Patrick Sander (132, 4th), Brad Springer (152, 2nd), Tucker Schank (160, 2nd), Sam Schroeder (170, 3rd), Chase Taylor (220, 2nd) and Wyatt Kramer (285, 2nd) all will represent the Raiders at the semistate.

Forest Park also advanced one individual to the semistate — Isaac Brosmer placed third in the 106-pound weight class.

At the Evansville North regional, Heritage Hills placed fifth overall with 55 points — Evansville Mater Dei won the regional title with 255.5 points.


The Patriots had one individual champion as Aidian Rea took home first place in the 285-pound weight class after defeating Gibson Southern’s Aaron Breivogel by a 2-1 decision.

Two other Patriots also qualified for next weekend’s semistate meet — Sam Scott (120, 2nd) and Phoenix Rodgers (182, 2nd).

Boys Basketball

Jeeps 52, Bluejackets 43: The Northeast Dubois boys basketball team has now won back-to-back games for the first time since early December after defeating Mitchell on Saturday afternoon.

The Jeeps trailed 26-22 at the halftime break but they used a huge 19-7 advantage in the fourth quarter to take control of the game and secure the victory.

It was a big day for point guard Ethan Ziegler — he finished with a career-high 19 points (12 points from the three-point line) while Reece Bauer added 16 points and Lane Knies scored 10 points. The Jeeps were very efficient from the charity stripe as they shot 17-of-22 from the free-throw line in the victory.

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