Eads advances to semistate
Two of the three wrestlers from Corydon Central saw their seasons come to a close on Saturday afternoon at the Madison Regional while one, Bryan Eads, moves on to compete this weekend at the Evansville Reitz Semi-state.
Eads, a lanky (but crafty) 103-lb. sophomore, was pinned by undefeated Brad Spine (42-0) of Floyd Central in the regional final.
Corydon’s grappler, who owns a 33-8 mark this season, defeated Tyler Ott (22-16) of Columbus North, 10-2, and nearly blanked Jennings County’s Matt Buzali (24-15) to advance to the final round against Spine.
“(Eads) got a pretty good draw and that’s important for him to make it out,” Corydon coach Richard Clipp said before the days events began. “Ben Miller might make it out, but it’s going to be tough. Chris Paulley, as hard as it is to say it, probably won’t make it past his first opponent.”
Corydon’s coach should go into a 900-number psychic business as Miller, at 160-lbs., won his first battle with a pin on Nick Haddix (25-14) of Jennings County and fell in the semifinal round to Kevin Meyer of Columbus North, 14-1.
In the consolation round, Brent Smith of Seymour was a 9-1 victor over Miller to end the season for Corydon’s senior at 22-8.
Paulley drew Sean Schmaltz of Franklin, who is ranked seventh in the state in the 125-lb. division and was stuck with 1:30 left in the second period.
Eads advances to compete at Roberts Stadium in Evansville this Saturday morning. His opponent will be un-ranked Eric Zimmerman of Plainfield.