Hutchinson bound for state finals
Corydon Central wrestler Ryan Hutchinson entered Roberts Stadium in Evansville Saturday as one of 16 wrestlers vying for four spots to the state finals. The senior succeeded, finishing fourth, advancing to his second consecutive appearance at state.
Last season, Hutchinson went as a member of the Eastern (Pekin) wrestling team and bowed out in the first round at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 112 pounds.
This time, he returns to Conseco in the 125-pound class. Saturday at the semi-state at Roberts Stadium, Hutchinson stayed the aggressor in his first- and second-round matches. He scored an early takedown against first-round foe Dakota Case from Terre Haute South. He carried that takedown, along with another in the final seconds of the second period to win by decision, 5-1.
In round two, the ticket round to Conseco, Hutchinson took on Matt Adams of Center Grove. Knowing a trip to state was on the line, Hutchinson picked his spot to make a move, scoring a takedown late in the first round to take a 2-0 lead. He showed strength and determination in the second period, keeping position on Adams, not allowing him to score. Hutchinson went on to win, 7-2.
‘His first two matches were the two best he wrestled all year,’ Corydon Central wrestling coach Richard Clipp said. ‘At semi-state, that is what you have to do to move on.’
In the semi-finals, Hutchinson squared off against New Albany’s Tim Martin. Hutchinson got the best of Martin at sectional and regional, but at semi-state, Martin got revenge. Martin went up early and went on to win, 7-3.
‘Against Tim, it is just hard to beat somebody good three times in three consecutive weeks,’ Clipp said. ‘He (Hutchinson) dictated all the other matches, scoring early and getting ahead. Saturday, in a flurry, Tim took us down, then we were fighting to get back in it.’
Martin went on to win the semi-state championship at 125 pounds.
In the consolation match, Hutchinson lost to Blake Rueger, 3-1, to finish fourth.
‘It’s Ryan’s second time going,’ Clipp said. ‘At semi-state, he wanted more, obviously.’
The draw at the state finals is set. Hutchinson (22-5) will face Tony Lovejoy from Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, who enters with a 39-1 record.
Also representing Corydon Central at semi-state were Matthew LaHue, Jackson Fowler and Chris Falardo. LaHue (31-7), a freshman 103-pounder, lost his opening-round match to Steven Reiker of Columbus East by pin in the third period.
Fowler (23-13) took on top-seed Caleb Purtlebaugh from Martinsville in the opener at 130 pounds. Fowler, a junior, held the match scoreless through two periods, but was eventually pinned midway through the third period.
Falardo, the Jeffersonville Sectional champion at 135 pounds, was pinned early in his match versus top-seed Mitchell Richey from Brown County. The senior finished his final season with a 22-6 record.
‘It’s good for these guys to see that experience down there one time,’ Clipp said. ‘When you walk through the tunnel into Roberts, you look up and see all the seats; it can be a lot. There will be even more at Conseco.’
State will begin Friday with early-round action and conclude Saturday with the semi-finals, consolations and finals.