Kurz (160) champion at MSC
Corydon Central came away with one champion Saturday at the Mid-Southern Conference meet hosted by Charlestown.
One of four seniors hitting the blue mats, Panthers grappler Nate Kurz won both of his encounters by pin, taking the 160-pound weight class.
Kurz entered as the top seed and performed like one. In the semi-final of the five-wrestler class, Kurz took care of business, pinning Charlestown’s Alex Sedlacek in the second period.
Turning to the championship round, Kurz handled Eastern (Pekin) wrestler Jay Judson, also by pin. Hampered by an illness at midseason, Kurz has improved his record to 13-6.
Corydon Central had two additional wrestlers ” Ezra Paden (145) and David Brann (220) ‘ reach the final of their respective classes.
Paden competed in three matches, easily disposing of Eastern’s Noah Sleepe in the first round, then won by tech fall over Scottsburg’s Dakota Binkley. Paden gave up 12 escape points to Binkley but managed to take down the Warrior on 13 occasions.
In the championship round, Paden gave up a three-point near fall to Charlestown’s Bryant Haynes in the first period and never recovered. Haynes went on to win 10-3. Paden’s record moved to 24-6.
Brann kicked off his MSC campaign with a win by pin. Taking the match into the second period, Brann stuck Charlestown’s Jordan Combs in the semi-final round.
Moving on to the final, Scottsburg’s Logan Barger scored a win by pin. Brann (14-9) settled for runner-up.
Wrestling in the heavyweight division (285), Corydon Central’s Robbie Leuthart dropped to the consolation bracket after being pinned by Charlestown’s Brady Christman in the semi-final. Redeeming himself, Leuthart took third place by sticking Salem’s Devin Cauble.
Third-place honors also went to Corydon Central’s Drake Mattingly (182), who defeated Salem’s Louis Koch. Mattingly came back to win after losing to top-seeded Zach Higdon (Charlestown) in the semis.
Cameron Herthel (170) also took third place on the podium.
Fourth-place finishers for the Panthers were Matthew Applegate (132) and Nathan Dobson (195).
Scottsburg went on to win the overall team championship.
Attention for the Panthers grapplers goes toward the state tournament series. They will participate in the Jeffersonville Sectional on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.