Season comes to an end for Corydon grapplers
All three wrestling regional qualifiers from Corydon Central were eliminated from state competition Saturday at the Jeffersonville Regional.
The first casualty was Joel Applegate in the 125-lb. weight class, as he took on Pike Central’s Dennis Creel.
Creel took a 4-1 lead in the first period, then ran the score up to a final score of 9-1 with a reversal and near fall on Applegate. Creel went on to place second in his weight class.
Kyle White, wrestling at 160, and Eric Anderson (285), won their respective opening round matches.
White trailed for most of his bout against Jasper’s Heath Messier.
Messier took a 4-2 lead at the end of the first on a late reversal. White had an escape to make it 4-3 in the second, then Messier had an escape to make it a two-point margin in the fourth. White was able to tie the match with a takedown with 30 seconds left in regulation.
White had a quick escape in overtime, then recorded a takedown. Though Messier scored a point in the extra stanza, it wasn’t enough as White posted the 8-6 victory.
White lost his next match against eventual champ Cooper Samuels of Floyd Central, then fell, 4-2, in the third-place battle against New Albany’s Eric Peters.
The final regional qualifier for the Panthers was Eric Anderson.
The 2007 Jeffersonville Sectional runner-up opened his day with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Cody Bobe of Vincennes Lincoln.
A scoreless first period gave way to a 1-0 score at the end of the second after Anderson escaped for a point. Bobe marked an escape in the next period to tie the match.
The otherwise dull battle got interesting in the final 27 seconds as Anderson took down his opponent (3-1), who marked a reversal (3-3) just a few ticks later.
Anderson escaped (4-3), then took Bobe down again to se the final score.
In the semi-final round, Anderson lost to Jasper’s Jeremy Steinhart. Then, in a tussle to decide who would advance to this weekend’s Evansville Semi-state, Anderson wound up being stuck by Jeffersonville’s John Clark in 4:35.