Miller rolls to title at Jeff Sectional
A trio of Panthers grapplers, including one sectional champion, will advance to this weekend’s Madison Wrestling Regional after their top finishes Saturday at the Jeffersonville Sectional.
The Panthers finished fifth in the seven-team field and Floyd Central took home the team trophy for the seventh straight year.
Corydon Central’s Ben Miller, a chiseled 160-lb. senior, came away a sectional winner after sticking Ryan Love of New Albany at the 3:07 mark.
Love had defeated Miller earlier this year.
“Miller could finish anywhere from first to nothing,” Corydon coach Richard Clipp said before the semifinal round. “From there I see it as a four-team battle, and we’re not one of them. We’ll probably have a rough go of it.”
As it turned out, Miller pinned Charlestown’s Julian Ponce to start the day and then did the same to Providence’s Josh Fleming in the semifinal bout. Even more impressive was that Miller was not scored on the entire tourney.
Two other advancers who came through the day nearly unscathed were sophomore Bryan Eads at 103 and freshman Chris Paulley at 125.
Despite illness, Eads, who pinned Derick Craig of New Albany to advance to the quarterfinal, knocked off Eastern’s Joe Robertson for the first time this season with a pin late in the second period and trailing, 10-4. After the win, Eads got sick and was forced to forfeit his final-round match against Floyd Central’s Brad Spine.
“He’d been battling sickness all week last week, and we thought he was over it,” Corydon assistant Regan Gusler said. “Hopefully, he’ll get well this week and get his strength back.”
Paulley was pinned in the second period of the championship by Michael Cook of New Albany after moving to the final round by pinning Charlestown’s Dennis Stoner with :49 left in the first period.
Several other Corydon wrestlers made it to the consolation final.
In the 112-lb. class, Phillip James of New Albany pinned David Bradstock at 2:02, and at 130-lbs., Dustin Graham was nipped by Floyd’s Matt Riley, 10-9.
Tyler Williams finished fourth on a 9-6 decision to Jeffersonville’s Jimmy Wright at 140-lbs., while at 171, Jeff’s Derek Sperzel was a winner by pin-fall over Eric Hoehn.
Regional action at Madison Saturday begins at 10 a.m.