Falardo, Paulley prime for sectional by winning at MSC
With a couple of its prime-time wrestlers sitting out either due to injury or not making weight, a short-handed wrestling team from Corydon Central did battle in the Mid-Southern Conference meet Saturday at Charlestown.
While Charlestown won the event going away (winning by 18.5 points over runner-up Scottsburg and by 121 points over third-place Corydon), individually, the Panthers had several bright spots, including two individual champs and several third-place finishes.
The first victory of the day came at 125, where sophomore Chris Falardo overcame a 2-1 deficit at the end of the first period to score an 8-7 win over Charlestown’s Eddie Duran.
Falardo actually trailed 3-1 before coming back with two reversals to triumph over his opponent.
The second title for Corydon came at 140.
Senior Cory Paulley dominated Chris Chasteen of Scottsburg, leading 6-0 at the first break and 8-1 at the end of two.
By the time the match was over, Corydon’s grappler had recorded a 14-4 win.
Earlier in the day, Paulley sent Salem’s Tyler Gilliatt to the loser’s bracket.
Eric ‘Big E’ Anderson lost to Salem’s Alan Spurgeon by a 4-3 margin in the championship round of the 285-lb. weight class.
The bout was tight in the first round, which ended with a scoreless tie. Anderson recorded an escape early in the second round to take a 1-0 lead, however Spurgeon was able to rack up three points to hold a 3-1 advantage heading into the final round.
The two ‘bears’ danced for most of the match, with Anderson rolling Spurgeon in the final seconds to pick up two points, one shy of forcing the an overtime.
To get to the final round, Anderson stuck Scottsburg’s Will Stone in the second period of the semi-final.
Every Panther who advanced to the consolation round picked up a win.
Jackson Fowler was third in 119, besting Scottsburg’s Tyler Lowry in a thrilling consolation match, 11-10.
Fowler, who lost to Salem’s Thomas Snider earlier, was in a tight tussle in his win, falling behind 7-5 and 9-7 before rallying to send the match into overtime, 10-10.
From there, Fowler scored one point to secure the victory.
At 135, freshman Steven Anderson, who lost earlier to Scottsburg’s David Engle, stuck Eastern’s John Frankhouser in 1:47 of the consolation final.
After suffering a heart-breaking 7-6 loss at the hands of Charlestown’s Mark Daugherty, junior Nick Falardo came through with an 18-15 victory over Salem’s Brandon Bowers at 145.
The consolation round was a score-fest, with Falardo nearly being stuck late in the first round
The Panther came through late, however to pick up the win.
Junior Han Hung Woo edged Eastern’s Jordan McBarron at 152, 11-10.
After falling behind, 6-3, Woo scored a takedown at the first-period buzzer. He suffered a couple of penalties in rounds two and three, but in the end came home a winner.
The final third-place winner was Anson Gleitz at 189.
The next time Corydon’s squad returns to the mat, it’ll be for all the marbles as the Panthers do battle in Saturday’s morning’s Jeffersonville Sectional as part of the 69th annual IHSAA state tournament.
The top four finishers in each weight class return to the Feb. 2 regional at Jeffersonville.
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