CN wins Old Capitol, again
Columbus North’s Bulldogs proved their bite was as tough as their bark in rolling to a second straight Old Capitol Classic title on Saturday afternoon here.
North, which had three individual champions and three more that were runners-up, was 15 points better than second-place Princeton, 153-138.
Finishing third was Castle (135), followed by Floyd Central (130), Evansville Reitz (120), Bloomington North (102), Heritage Hills (77) and host Corydon Central (64).
The Panthers had two grapplers in the finals and two more that won their third-place matches.
First up in the championship round for Corydon was Bryan Eads in a scrum against Castle’s Jeremy Flynn at 130 lbs.
Castle’s wrestler took a 2-0 lead after one period on a take-down, but Eads tied it with :47 left in the second on a reversal.
Unfortunately for Eads, Flynn (20-6) scored a reversal 13 seconds into the final frame and pulled off the 4-2 victory.
To get to the championship, Eads (17-4) defeated Evansville Reitz’s Tim Loehrlein, 8-0, and was an easy winner over Columbus North’s Clayton Ott in the opening round.
Corydon’s Tyler Williams (20-4) had a little rougher go of things as he faced off against the No. 8-ranked wrestlter in the 160-lb. weight class, Alex Blythe (30-1) of Reitz.
Williams fought the good fight but came up short in his upset, 4-2.
Chris Paulley, wrestling for the Panthers at 135, took an early loss to Jeremy Kempf of Reitz to fall into the consolation bracket.
Paulley tech-falled Castle’s Taylor Kessner and then knocked off against Nick Oakes for third place.
The last highlight for the Panthers came at the 152-lb. division, where Jason Ward recovered from a second-round loss to 6th-ranked Kyle Samuels (Floyd Central).
Earlier, Ward had defeated Heritage Hills’ Adam Tempell, 11-1, before falling to Samuels, 17-3.
In the lower bracket Ward edged Reitz’s Cory Offerman, 4-1, before defeating Columbus North’s Pat Cox for third place.
Corydon’s David Terhune earned a fourth-place finish on the day in the 189-lb. class.
After receiving a first-round forfeit, Terhune squared off against top-ranked Heath Vandeventer and was way-laid, 29-0.
Terhune didn’t give up, though. He scored a 7-2 win over Majeid Ali of Floyd Central before falling to Castle’s Mike Hawa in the third-place match.
One of the most observed matches of the day was the championship of 119, where Princeton’s Clay Leek ‘ wrestling down from 125, where he’s ranked third ‘ battled No. 1 ranked (119) Brad Spine of Floyd Central.
The contest was basically a bear-dance, with Spine scoring a take-down and an escape to win, 3-0.
In all, there were 15 state-ranked wrestlers at the highly-touted meet.
Corydon Central returns to action this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference tournament at Southwestern (Hanover) High School.
Corydon hosts the Mid-Southern Conference tourney on Jan. 24.