Anderson is sectional runner-up at 285
Saturday’s Jeffersonville Wrestling Sectional was full of surprises.
For starters, Floyd Central had its string of 10 consecutive sectional championships snapped by the host Red Devils, 256-252.
The Highlanders were without the services of three wrestlers ‘ most notably 2006 125-lb. state finalist, Jeremiah Faulkenburg ‘ due to injury or illness.
But Floyd wasn’t the only team with athletes missing in action.
Corydon Central’s Brett Eads, who also qualified for last year’s state final, failed to make weight for the second week in a row.
Also, for the first time since 1999, Corydon’s wrestling team failed to place one of its members atop the podium at the Jeffersonville Sectional.
The day wasn’t a total loss, however, as three Panther grapplers advance to Saturday’s Jeffersonville Regional, where the top three finishers move on to the Evansville Reitz Semi-state at Roberts Stadium.
Of the trio of finishes for Corydon, the best was by Eric Anderson (17-7) in the 285-lb. weight class.
Anderson pinned Eastern’s Matt Marcum in the opening round, then, in a re-match of last week’s Mid-Southern Conference final, faced off against Salem’s Alan Spurgeon in the sectional semi-final.
While the Lions’ star had toppled Anderson four times this season, it was Anderson who came through in the clutch, marking a 9-4 victory.
‘Last week, he was able to shoot at me and get the points and this week he wasn’t able to do that,’ Anderson said. ‘I worked on some throws this week in practice, but I never really had a chance to use them. Today he tried to throw a headlock but I was able to brush that off and keep him from taking control like he did last week.
‘I really wanted to win last week, but this is almost as good.’
In the final of 285, Anderson took on Providence’s Eean Huffman (30-4).
The two had battled twice before (in last year’s sectional, and earlier this year), with Huffman coming away the winner in both via a pin.
The Pioneer made it three victories in a row by way of pinfall at the 3:54 mark.
Corydon’s Jared Applegate wound up beating Amani Norris of Jeffersonville twice in the 125-lb. weight class, eventually placing third overall to make his third consecutive trip to the regional round, and the first in his current weight class.
Applegate’s trip began with an 8-3 win over Norris, then he lost to eventual champ Nick Oxley of New Albany. Applegate knocked off Providence’s Kyle Merchant to advance to the consolation final, where he picked up a 12-5 victory over Norris, again.
Last year, Applegate was third in the 112-lb. class, improving from a fourth-place finish in the same division the prior year.
Kyle White also advanced for Corydon, placing third in the 160-lb. weight class.
White was pinned by New Albany’s Eric Peters in 5:24 in his opener, but Corydon’s senior bounced back with a second-period pin against Jacob Eve of Providence.
In the consolation round, White outlasted Richard Hayes of Jeffersonville, 4-2.
White was third last season at 160, and runner-up the year before. As a freshman, White was fourth in the 152-lb. weight class.
One of the shockers for Corydon was back-to-back losses by Cory Paulley at 140.
Paulley, who was the two-time defending sectional champion in the 140-lb. weight class, looked to be in prime form in his opening bout, sticking Steve Meyer of Providence in 1:58.
The first hiccup came in the next round as Paulley suffered a 4-2 loss to the eventual champion from Floyd Central, Branch Hollis.
After jumping ahead of New Washington’s Josh Sampson, 2-0 and 4-1, in the consolation semi-final, Paulley sputtered down the stretch and was knocked off by a 7-5 score in overtime.
In other action on the day, Jackson Fowler was stuck in the opening round by Jeffersonville’s Jennifer Jackson, then lost to Kirk Moore of New Albany at 119.
At 130, Chris Falardo was pinned by Akeem Norris of Providence, then fell to Tyler Newcomb of Charlestown.
Steven Anderson was felled, 17-4, by Matthew Forbis of New Albany, then suffered an 11-3 loss to Alex Ernstberger of Providence at 135.
Nick Falardo lost to Floyd’s Garrett Blackman in his opener at 145, Han Hung Woo was pinned by Drew Stephens of Providence at 160.
Anson Gleitz was pinned by both Shane Sparks of Providence, and Craig Brown of Charlestown.
Saturday’s regional at Jeffersonville begins at 9.
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