Trio of Corydon wrestlers bow out at Roberts
A trio of Corydon Central wrestlers made the journey to Roberts Stadium in Evansville Saturday for the IHSAA semi-state wrestling meet.
Two of the three, Dustin Springer and Ryan DeWitt, were making their first semi-state appearance. Matthew LaHue, on the other hand, was making his second appearance on the mat at Roberts.
More than 150 wrestlers, from 52 school throughout Southern Indiana, took to the circle. At semi-state, 16 wrestlers in each weight class vied for four spots at Conseco Fieldhouse for the state finals, which are set to begin Friday.
LaHue, the sectional and regional runner-up at 103 pounds, was the first Panther to square off. In the opening round, the sophomore drew Evansville Mater Dei’s Evan Vibbert, who entered with a 27-13 record. LaHue took a quick 2-0 lead when he scored a takedown. He maintained position on Vibbert through the first period and held the slim advantage.
Choosing the down position in the second quarter, LaHue doubled his score by reversing Vibbert, scoring two additional points. Vibbert scored one point for an escape yet fell behind LaHue, 4-1.
In the third period, LaHue held position until he found himself in trouble 40 seconds in. Vibbert scored a reversal and, in quick moment, LaHue was put on his back and nearly pinned. The move from Vibbert scored him five points, giving him a 6-4 lead. LaHue rallied late in the period to score points via escapes, the final coming with 39 seconds to go.
Neither grappler was able to score a takedown by the end of regulation. In the overtime, Vibbert scored two points by getting around LaHue to gain position, resulting in an 8-6 win for the Mater Dei wrestler.
The loss ended LaHue’s season with a 25-6 record.
Also going for the Panthers was Springer at 125 pounds. The senior burst on the scene this year after struggles in previous years wrestling up in weight classes. Springer, the Jeffersonville Sectional champion, found his home in the comfortable 125-pound class.
At semi-state, Springer squared off against Columbus East’s Zack Reiker. Springer had success in the first round, scoring a takedown to pull ahead 2-0 early on. Reiker, a junior, scored an escape and takedown just before the first period horn to go up 3-2. During the next two periods, Springer had trouble figuring out Reiker. The Columbus East wrestler ended up winning the match by a 16-3 decision, ending Springer’s season with a 25-5 record.
Corydon Central coach Richard Clipp said Springer and Reiker had different wrestling styles that didn’t seem to match up well for the Panthers.
DeWitt had a tall task in front of him at 215 pounds. The junior drew a tough opponent in Evan Wooding, from Mooresville High School, who entered with an unblemished record.
Wooding lived up to the billing, defeating DeWitt by a technical fall, 19-3. DeWitt was able to score several times with escapes but was unable to land a takedown. DeWitt closed the season with a 23-6 record.
Wooding went on to become the semi-state champion in the 215-pound weight class.