Three local wrestlers advance to state

Sam Scott

From Herald Staff Reports

EVANSVILLE — Phoenix Rodgers, Sam Scott and Sam Schroeder are on their way to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The trio of senior wrestlers were among the locals to compete Saturday at semistate at the Evansville Ford Center. Rodgers and Scott will be representing Heritage Hills. Schroeder will represent Southridge.

Rodgers (44-2) is heading to Indianapolis as a semistate champion in the 195-pound class. He won four matches on Saturday, including the ticket round against Jasper sophomore Ashton Schuetter (30-7), but he wasn't done there. He prevailed against Brownsburg sophomore Isaiah Street and Evansville Central senior McKinley Kemper in the championship match to stand atop the podium in his class.

He will face Chesterton sophomore Gage DeMarco Feb. 21 in the first round at state.

Scott (44-3) took down Brownsburg sophomore Gavin Garcia and Charlestown junior Colin Knox to clinch a berth at state in the 120-pound class. He fell in the semifinals to Bloomington South freshman Delaney Ruhlman, but rebounded against Evansville Central sophomore Aydan Amento in the third place match.

His first match at state is against fellow senior Carson Eldred of Westfield.

Fellow Heritage Hills senior Beau Heeke (38-8) lost his opening match the 132-pound class against West Vigo senior Seth Rohrbach.

Southridge freshman Xavier Horton (34-9) also competed in the 120, scoring a win in the first round against Jeffersonville junior Devin McDaniel, but lost the second round to Evansville Mater Dei junior Alec Freeman.

Schroeder (39-5) dropped his latter two matches Saturday against Brownsburg senior Peyton Asbury and Columbus East junior Sam Morrill, but his trip to state was already secured. Schroeder took down Cascade sophomore Kadeo Lewis and Seymour senior Jake Rotert to ensure his position on the podium.

His first match is against Indianapolis Cathedral senior Elliott Rodgers.

Jasper saw its season come to an end. Schuetter lost to Phoenix Rodgers, and freshman Jeb Prechtel (22-5) advanced to the 126-pound quarterfinals after besting Madison Consolidated senior Jacob McRoberts, but a loss to Avon senior Raymond Rioux, the eventual champion, ended his seaosn.

Junior Jainier Milanes (27-5) lost his opening match to North Posey sophomore Blake Zirkelbach in the 106-pound class. Freshman Xavi Lopez (16-21) fell to fellow freshman Cheaney Schoeff of Avon in the 113-pound class. Sophomore Ian Giesler (31-9) dropped his opening match in the 145-pound class against North Posey senior Tristan Martin, and senior Sam Bies (17-9) lost to the eventual champion, the undefeated Danville senior Logan Boe, in the opening round of the 152-pound class.


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