LaHue places 2nd at 113
The Old Capitol Wrestling Invitational historically has been one of the top in-season events in the southern portion of the state. It often attracts top schools as well as individuals who’ve gone on to great success in the postseason.
Coming into the 2012 version Saturday, multiple state-ranked wrestlers took to the four mats in the main gymnasium at Corydon Central. Among the highly ranked was Panther grappler Bailey LaHue, entering the tournament No. 4 in the 113-pound class with an unblemished record.
LaHue cruised through his opening matches, disposing of Jeffersonville’s Jo Jo DeLeon and Southport’s Casey Kauffman. He also picked up a forfeit win over Evansville Central, which didn’t fill the weight class.
Advancing to the championship round, LaHue, a freshman, took center stage against Deondre Wilson from Arsenal Technical.
Tied late in the third round at 6, Wilson scored two-points for a takedown with 30 seconds remaining. LaHue came close to knotting the match with a reversal but couldn’t finish the move before time expired.
For the season, LaHue’s record stands at 25-1 as the Panthers approach the final stretch before the postseason. Wilson, meanwhile, improved to 19-2.
LaHue held the lead at two different stages of the match, including a takedown one minute into the first period. Wilson fought back to take the lead late in the first period. During the second period, only LaHue scored points, taking a 6-5 lead on a reversal, setting up the third period.
LaHue’s older brother, senior Matthew LaHue, has been sidelined since early December with an injury and is doubtful to return. He was a semi-state qualifier the previous three years.
Also coming into the Old Cap undefeated was Floyd Central’s Terrance Kennedy, who was ranked No. 5 at 106 pounds. Kennedy lost to No. 14th-ranked Preston Mantel from Zionsville, 5-3, in the championship round. Mantel went on to be named the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler.
In team standings, Zionsville cruised to its second consecutive team title with 377 points. Floyd Central (327) narrowly edged Evansville Central (323) for the second-place trophy. Corydon Central placed eighth with 117 points.
Individually, LaHue was the lone Panther to compete for first place in the placement rounds. At 285, Corydon Central’s Gregory Carver reached the third-place match and came away with the win.
Carver scored two points early against Floyd Central’s Justin Koehler to take the lead. Carver continued to break down his opponent and later scored a victory by pin in the second round.
Also competing for Corydon Central were Brendon Walters (sixth place, 126), Austin Bray (sixth place, 138), Nate Kurz (eighth place, 145), Austin Smith (seventh place, 160), Nathan Dobson (fifth place, 170), Gabe Bush (eighth place, 182), Wyler Taylor (seventh place, 195) and Jacob Williams (fifth place, 220).
Up next for the Panthers wrestlers will be a trip to the South Dearborn Invitational on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. They return home on Jan. 21 to host the Mid-Southern Conference Tournament at 5 p.m. The sectional tournament will begin Jan. 28.
Team results ‘ 1. Zionsville 377, 2. Floyd Central 327, 3. Evansville Central 323, 4. Columbus North 245, 5. Arsenal Technical 198, 6. Jeffersonville 189, 7. Southport 183, 8. Corydon Central 117.
Championship-round results ‘ 106: P. Mantel (Z) dec. T. Kennedy (FC), 5-3; 113: D. Wilson (AT) dec. B. LaHue (CC), 8-6; 120: L. Turi (EC) dec. A. Simpson (Z), 7-2; 126: Z. Gomez (CN) maj. dec. J. Stobel (FC), 20-6; 132: T. Marler (FC) dec. R. Duncan (AT), 7-1; 138: B. Kelley (EC) tech. fall M. May (CN), 22-4; 145: I. Kemper (EC) dec. B. Boucher (S), 8-5; 152: A. Kern (Z) maj. dec. S. Smith (CN) 18-10; 160: C. Hawley (Z) dec. W. Mandel (EC), 3-2; 170: P. Centofnate (Z) pinned J. Randall (FC), 5:29; 182: M. Conner (Z) pinned M. Miller (S), 5:15; 195: N. Fenwick (S) pinned J. Einterz (Z), 1:19; 220: N. Ottersbach (FC) dec. D. Webb (J), 3-1, 3OT; 285: J. Hohl (EC) pinned A. Brewer (Z), 1:43.