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Corydon’s Anderson headed to semi-state

Corydon Central’s Eric Anderson was able to defeat rival Alan Spurgeon in the third-place match of the 285-pound weight class at the Jeffersonville Regional with a convincing 5-1 decision to move on to the semi-state wrestling tournament on Saturday.
In the opening round match last Saturday, Anderson scored a quick pin 30 seconds into the match against an overpowered Brandon Chamberlain from Southridge to get the jitters out of the way.
In the semi-finals, Anderson was stuck in a tussle with top-seeded Blake Hopf from Forest Park. Neither competitor could gain an advantage to score a point in the first period. Hopf scored the lone point of the match in the second period when Anderson was penalized for fleeing the mat.
In the third period, Anderson was in the bottom position and needed just one point to force an overtime. The senior gave it two quick bursts in the final 15 seconds, trying to score an escape point, but Hopf was able to maintain offensive control, winning the match 1-0. The first of the two attempts, Hopf was saved by leaving the circle; in the second, he was saved by the bell.
Opposite of the Hopf-Anderson dual, Jeffersonville’s Jon Clark handily defeated Salem’s Spurgeon in the semi-final, setting up another match between Anderson and his Mid-Southern Conference rival for the last spot to semi-state. Only the top three at regionals advance. Anderson will make his first appearance at semi-state.
Also at regionals, Corydon Central’s Brett Eads defeated Southridge’s Logan Potts in his opening-round match in the 125-pound class. The senior was then pinned by New Albany’s Nick Oxley in his semi-final match-up.
Eads moved into the third-place match, where he was defeated by Floyd Central’s Eric Luckett in an 11-2 decision. Eads, a state qualifier in the 103-pound class his sophomore year, concluded his senior season with a 23-19 mark.
Corydon Central sophomore Jackson Fowler was eliminated in his first match at 119 pounds by Pike Central’s David Bates 9-2. Bates went on to finish second in the class to Charlestown’s Eddie Durran, 3-1, in overtime.
Twelve wrestlers from each weight class, coming from the Bloomington South, Castle, Jeffersonville and Mooresville regionals, advanced to the Evansville Semi-State which will take place at Roberts Stadium.
Among the competitors Anderson could face is Brad Niemeier (30-7) from Evansville Mater Dei, who, last weekend, knocked off Evansville Reitz’s Zach Campbell (36-1), who is ranked No. 4 in the state. Other sectional winners at 285 pounds include Joe Arthur (Bloomington North) and Neal Lane (Franklin).
Semi-state begins at 10 a.m. Admission is $6 for the final session only or $9 for a season ticket. The top-four place winners in each weight class advance to the state finals, which will take place Feb. 15 and 16 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Individual regionals ‘ (top 3 advance to Evansville Semi-State) ‘ 103: 1. Smith (Jeffersonville), 2. Chambers (Jasper), 3. Kendle (Pike Central), 4. Olinger (Forest Park); 112: 1. Hutchinson (Eastern), 2. Mooney (Providence), 3. Hagler (Floyd Central), 4. Byrer (North Knox); 119: 1. Durran (Charlestown), 2. Bates (PC), 3. Martin (New Albany), 4. Snyder (Salem); 125: 1. Oxley (NA), 2. Stotridge (Ch), 3. Luckett (FC), 4. Eads (Corydon Central); 130: 1. Salgero (Pr), 2. Moore (NA), 3. Varner (Ja), 4. Hatfield (Vincennes Lincoln); 135: 1. May (Ch), 2. Kramer (Southridge), 3. Smith (Jeff), 4. Boeglin (FP); 140: 1. Faulkenberg (FC), 2. Betz (Ja), 3. Bailey (Jeff), 4. Forbis (NA); 145: 1. Rodriguez (NA), 2. Blackman (FC), 3. Golembeski (Pr), 4. Horall (NK); 152: 1. Kaelin (NA), 2. Browner (Jeff), 3. Steckler (So), 4. Hessig (FP); 160: 1. Alvey (FC), 2. Stetter (So), 3. Davidson (Pr), 4. Rasche (Ja); 171: 1. Samuels (FC), 2. Jenkins (NA), 3. Mattingly (Pr), 4. Varner (Ja); 189: 1. Cook (Pr), 2. Tatgenhorst (Jeff), 3. McGowan (VL), 4. Rossi (NK); 215: 1. Steinhart (Ja), 2. Hayes (Jeff), 3. Schenck (Pr), 4. Scott (FC); 285: 1. Hopf (FP), 2. Clark (Jeff), 3. Anderson (CC), 4. Spurgeon (Salem).
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