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Anderson prevails in OT at 285

Anderson prevails in OT at 285
Anderson prevails in OT at 285
Corydon Central senior wrestler Eric Anderson's arm was raised by the referee after surviving three overtimes to win the 285-pound class at the Old Capitol Invitational Saturday. (Photo by Brian Smith)

The big guys had the stage to themselves Saturday in the final moments of the Old Capitol Classic. For Corydon Central senior Eric Anderson, the attention turned to him and his grapple with Castle’s Tyler Daugherty, which went to three overtimes in the 285-pound class.
Anderson survived the marathon with Daugherty, winning the match 3-2, giving the Panther his first tournament title of his high school career.
‘I haven’t won a tournament ever, so this feeling is really good to me,’ Anderson said. ‘I’m feeling good. We have two more weekends until sectional. This season, there were a lot of guys out there that I haven’t beaten before until this year, so things are looking pretty good.’
Both Anderson and Daugherty scored their lone points in regulation via escapes. Daugherty was able to free himself fairly quickly in the second period, but Anderson struggled to draw the match even during the third period. Finally, 1:25 into the final period, Anderson was able to break free from Daugherty’s grasps, eventually pushing the match into overtime.
In the first 30-second overtime, Anderson had no problems freeing himself for a point. In the second overtime and Daugherty on the mat, it took the Castle wrestler’s fourth try with one second left to free himself from Anderson’s hold. During the overtime, Anderson came close to pinning his opponent, but the two scooted outside the mat.
In the third overtime, with his strength escaping holds, Anderson had the advantage of being in the defensive position on the mat. Early in the final session, Anderson escaped and thus won the 285-pound title.
‘When it got late (in regulation), I was really nervous when I couldn’t break free,’ Anderson said. ‘I am normally really good at it. That part made me even more nervous going into overtime. I tried to stay up, but then I returned to stalling out to win the match. I kept looking at the clock saying ‘I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this,’ then dang, he got out.’
Fortunately for Anderson, a regional qualifier a year ago, he prevailed in the overtime to improve his record this season to 24-2.
‘He had three really close matches, including a 7-4 match and had to win a 1-0 match,’ Corydon Central coach Richard Clipp said. ‘So to go into overtime and win was pretty impressive.’
Castle went on to win the overall team title, its first Old Capitol title since 1995, finishing with 459 points and three first-place finishers. Defending champion Columbus North (439) finished second, followed by Floyd Central (324). Corydon Central finished eighth among the 10-team field.
The highly competitive Old Capitol Classic featured 13 ranked wrestlers, including No. 1 ranked and defending state champion Cooper Samuels from Floyd Central. Samuels went on to be named Most Valuable Wrestler at the event after he rolled through the 171-pound division.
Another highlight of the Old Capitol was a battle between undefeated competitors in the 145-pound finals. Columbus North’s Ethan Ott (32-0) defeated previously unbeaten Preston Richard (23-1) of Castle 4-2 in overtime.
For Corydon Central, Clipp said the team is coming along as the year progresses. Senior Nick Falardo had a solid showing, finishing fifth in the 145-pound class. His younger brother, Chris Falardo, placed sixth in the 130-pound division. Also taking a sixth-place finish was Anson Gleitz in 189.
Seventh-place finishers from Corydon Central included Brett Eads (125), Dylan Jacobs (112) and Matthew Seelye (160). Taking eighth-place finishes were Dustin Springer (135) and Logan Hodges (140).
‘The kids, through having more time on the mat, are learning to survive a little longer,’ Clipp said. ‘They are working real hard in practice. They show a lot of guts because our schedule is very difficult. But they keep their heads up and keep going.’
Up next for Corydon Central is a trip to Indianapolis for the Cathedral Six-Way Duals on Saturday. The Panthers return home on Jan. 15 for a dual against Meade County, Ky.
The Mid-Southern Conference Tournament will be hosted by Corydon Central on Jan. 19, followed by the sectional at Jeffersonville on Jan. 26.
Team results ‘ Castle 459, Columbus North 439, Floyd Central 324, Zionsville 245, Whiteland 225, Heritage Hills 219, Princeton 178, Corydon Central 135, Arsenal Technical 124, Mitchell 92.
Individual finals results ‘ 103: Colon (CN) def. Brown (Ca) 13-7; 112: Cosby (AT) pinned Dormeier (Ca); 119: Smith (P) def. Dickey (W) 2-1; 125: D. Welch (Ca) pinned Mantel (Z); 130: Seitz (Ca) def. Happel (FC) 9-0; 135: Wadell (CN) def. C. Welch (Ca) 5-2; 140: Millenbaugh (CN) def. Faulkenburg (FC) 4-3; 145: Ott (CN) def. Richard (Ca) 4-2; 152: Shallers (CN) def. Pettijohn (Ca) 2-1; 160: Weikel (Ca) def. Tobias (CN) 6-4; 171: Samuels (FC) def. Mann (Ca) 14-6; 189: McAndrew (FC) pinned Kleinhenz (CN); 215: Arp (CN) def. Lowder (Z) 3-1; 285: Anderson (CC) def. Daugherty (Ca) 3-2.
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