Three go on to regional round
A trio of Corydon Central wrestlers came away with fourth-place finishes Saturday at the Jeffersonville Sectional, securing spots in the regional.
The three grapplers ‘ Seth Simmerman, Keith Murray and Robby Leuthart ‘ earned the nods. Leuthart will be making his second appearance at the regional level.
‘It was a good day overall, especially for the season we’ve had,’ Corydon Central coach Eric Rowland said. ‘I’m proud of them.’
Simmerman scored a quick pin in the opening round of the eight-wrestler bracket at 160 pounds. The junior stuck New Washington’s Dylan Raney in 40 seconds.
In the semi-final, Simmerman lost to the top seed and eventual winner at 160 ‘ Jeffersonville’s Donovan Smith ‘ by fall.
Moving to the consolation bracket, Simmerman made quick work of Eastern (Pekin) freshman Jonah Donoho. He won by pin in the first period, assuring a spot at regional. In the battle for third place, New Albany’s Charles Dickens won by quick pin, pushing Simmerman to fourth place.
‘Seth hasn’t wrestled since seventh grade and came back as a junior,’ Rowland said. ‘Taking those four years off and to come back and be a regional qualifier is great.’
To earn his second shot at regional, Leuthart reached the semi-final by forfeit at 285 pounds. In the semis, Leuthart put up a battle against Jeffersonville’s Brennan Robinson. After scoring a single-point escape, Leuthart led 1-0 after two periods.
In the third, Robinson scored with a take down then took control of the match late. Robinson ended up sticking Leuthart with 39 seconds remaining in the period.
Moving to the consolation round, Leuthart went up 4-2 after one period against Charlestown’s Sean Baker. In the second, Leuthart slipped in a headlock take-down, prompting a pin of Baker. Leuthart later settled for fourth place when Floyd Central’s Josh Harvey won by pin.
‘Robbie, we were a little disappointed in his final match, but he wrestled well overall,’ Rowland said. ‘I’m glad he got out. He got out as a freshman; didn’t make it last year and gets to go again.’
Murray earned his bid by winning his first match over Charlestown’s Calvin McClelland. The only freshman competing at 195 pounds, Murray defeated the Pirates junior by fall late in the opening period.
A forfeit in the consolation put Murray in the match for third place. Jeffersonville’s Darion Newbolt, however, closed with the third-place spot with a 14-5 majority decision.
‘Keith has wrestled for three years, and we put him in a place where we thought he could win and advance,’ Rowland said.
Two Corydon Central wrestlers earned fifth-place finishes (top four move on to regional). Tyson Trumpower (145) pinned Charlestown’s Mark Sherrill, and Weston Goodman (152) also scored a win by pin, putting New Albany’s R.J. Johnson’s shoulders to the mat in 2:45.
Corydon Central’s Cameron Herthel (170) had one of the most exciting matches during the ticket round of consolations. Facing Providence’s Michael Hayes, Herthel led 1-0 after two periods. Taking the lead, Hayes scored a reversal in the third. With five ticks remaining, Herthel pulled away from the grip of Hayes to escape, evening the match at 2-all.
In the overtime, Hayes scored with a take-down to defeat Herthel, 4-2. Herthel went on to place sixth, losing to Eastern’s Sebastian Mull 9-4.
‘We got the three out we expected, but we had a couple of tough matches, too,’ Rowland said. ‘Cameron was close to getting out with an exciting match that went all the way to the end.’
Other sixth-place finishers for Corydon Central were John Ray (106) and Dylan Raisor (126). Ray pinned New Washington’s Tyler Whitt in the opening round to reach the semi-final. After a pair of losses, Whitt avenged his defeat by beating Ray 15-9 for fifth place. Raisor scored one win by forfeit in the consolation round.
The Panthers missed out prepping for sectional due to missing the Mid-Southern Conference meet when winter weather hit the area.
‘We needed to wrestle last weekend, but I am proud of how they came all the way back,’ Rowland said.
In the team battle, Floyd Central won its 27th sectional title, scoring 271.5 points. The Highlanders held off Jeffersonville (259) and New Albany (232.5). Corydon Central closed with 80 points for seventh place.
At the regional, all three Corydon Central advancers will see stiff competition. Simmerman (8-18) will face No. 14 ranked Cole Chandler (33-3) of Jennings County. Murray (18-12) will face off against No. 14 ranked Christian Redmond (29-5), also of Jennings County. At heavyweight, Leuthart drew Columbus East’s Sean Galligar (33-3), who is ranked No. 5 in his class.
The Jeffersonville Regional (feeder sectionals are Jeffersonville and Jennings County) is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. To advance to the semi-state, the top four place winners in each weight class move on. Admission is $7 per person.
Team scores ‘ 1. Floyd Central 271.5, 2. Jeffersonville 259, 3. New Albany 232.5, 4. Eastern (Pekin) 129, 5. Charlestown 106, 6. New Washington 90, 7. Corydon Central 80, 8. Providence 53.
Individual results ‘ 106: C. Beasley (Jeff) pinned A. Cooper (Chas) 2:34; 113: D. Hallsen (FC) pinned CJ Swoboda (NW) 5:49; 120: R. Stein (EP) dec. C. Santos (Jeff) 3-2; 126: N. Franklin (NW) pinned A. Gohl (NA) 1:09; 132: T. Sellmer (FC) dec. J. Ferraro (Jeff) 11-5; 138: T. Dowell (NA) dec. J. Foster (FC) 2-0; 145: T. Crowl (FC) dec. J. Cooper (Jeff) 8-7; 152: M. Hauser (FC) pinned K. Raymer (NW) 1:05; 160: D. Smith (Jeff) dec. D. Stikes (FC) 9-7; 170: K. Fuller (Jeff) dec. A. Mosley (NA) 7-4; 182: J. Sonner (NA) pinned L. Smith (Jeff) 1:39; 195: B. Philpot (FC) maj. dec. D. Craig (NA) 16-4; 220: T. Sorg (FC) dec. N. Long (Jeff) 9-8; 285: D. Griffin (NA) dec. Robinson (Jeff) 3-2 OT.