Wilks bows out at 182
North Harrison’s first season in wrestling came to a close on the mats at the center of the Ford Center in Evansville on Saturday afternoon. Having advanced to the Evansville Semi-state, North Harrison senior Kohana Wilks wasn’t able to advance to the state finals in the 182-pound weight class.
Wilks put together a solid 38-3 record in his first season donning the Cougars’ blue singlet. The lofty number of wins will be a target for future North Harrison wrestlers.
At semi-state, Wilks lost by pin to South Spencer sophomore Brenden Moore at the 4:48 mark. Wilks scored the first points of the match with a takedown in the opening period; however, he couldn’t hang on to the lead, eventually falling behind to Moore before the pin.
Wilks won the Mid-Southern Conference title during the regular season along with stepping to the top of the podium at the Jeffersonville Sectional and Regional competitions.
Moore went on to qualify for state, placing fourth at semi-state. In the placement round, Moore lost to New Albany’s Aaron Mosley by fall. Brownsburg’s Nathan Walton went on to remain perfect in 38 bouts this season, winning 182 with no problem. The senior was the third-place finisher at 182 at state a year ago.
Floyd Central freshman Gavinn Alstott, of Corydon, earned a spot at state at 106.
Alstott was the Hoosier Hills Conference and Southridge Sectional champion and later the runner up at Bloomington South Regional. Avenging his loss to Edgewood’s Noah Gardner from the regional, Alstott won in the third-place match at semi-state by a 5-2 decision.
The path to state at semi-state for Alstott included wins over Evansville Harrison’s Khaliq Boyd (fall, 2:52) and Franklin Community’s Jake Bechert (majority decision, 10-1). His one loss came in the semi-final, a narrow 1-0 decision against Brownsburg’s Kysen Montgomery. The Brownsburg wrestler went on to win semi-state.
Alstott, who sports a 37-3 record, will open the Indiana High School Athletic Association State Finals on Friday night squaring off against Perry Meridian’s Alexzander Cottey. The winner will advance to Saturday’s wrestling action. The entire state finals will take place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Team scores (top 10): 1. Brownsburg 150.5, 2. Columbus East 144.5, 3. Evansville Mater Dei 111.5, 4. Avon 104.5, 5. Bloomington South 61, 6. Center Grove 48.5, 7t. Castle 48, 7t. Whiteland 48, 9. New Albany 39, 10. Floyd Central 38.
Individual results (top four to state): 106 ‘ 1. Kysen Montgomery (Brownsburg), 2. Cole Ross (Ev. Mater Dei), 3. Gavinn Alstott (Floyd Central), 4. Noah Gardner (Edgewood); 113 ‘ 1. Devon Casebolt (Castle), 2. Blake Boarman (Ev. Mater Dei), 3. Tyler Conley (Avon), 4. Alex Petro (Center Grove); 120 ‘ 1. Logan Boe (Danville), 2. Drake Campbell (Brownsburg), 3. Raymond Rioux (Avon), 4. Tyler Faqua (Franklin); 126 ‘ 1. Cayden Rooks (Columbus East), 2. Asa Garcia (Avon), 3. Ty Mills (Brownsburg), 4. Brycen Denny (Monrovia); 132 ‘ 1. Graham Rooks (Columbus East), 2. Drew Kreitzer (Brownsburg), 3. LJ Burdon (Plainfield), 4. Eli Dickens (Ev. Mater Dei); 138 ‘ 1. Blake Mulkey (Brownsburg), 2. Dawson Combest (Columbus East), 3. Matt Lee (Ev. Mater Dei), 4. Noah Hunt (Bloomington South); 145 ‘ 1. Tristan Sellmer (Floyd Central), 2. Nathan Conley (Avon), 3. Jake Schoenegge (Columbus East), 4. Scott Fitts (Ev. Mater Dei); 152 ‘ 1. Brayton Lee (Brownsburg), 2. Derek Blubaugh (Bloomington South), 3. Robert Deters (Castle), 4. Corban Pollitt (Columbus East); 160 ‘ 1. Nick South (Columbus East), 2. Gleason Mappes (Center Grove), 3. Tucker Schank (Southridge), 4. Wade Presson (Bloomington South); 170 ‘ 1. Carson Brewer (Avon), 2. Kameron Fuller (Jeffersonville), 3. Andy Davidson (Columbus East), 4. Brigham Kleinhenz (Columbus North); 182 ‘ 1. Nathan Walton (Brownsburg), 2. Kiave Guerrier (Evansville Central), 3. Aason Mosley (New Albany), 4. Brenden Moore (South Spencer); 195 ‘ 1. Grant Goforth (Indian Creek), 2. Jaden Sonner (New Albany), 3. Luke Smith (Jeffersonville), 4. Shane Stits (Center Grove); 220 ‘ 1. Ryan Hammond (Whiteland), 2. Michael Boots (Ev. Mater Dei), 3. Jacob Bolte (Columbus East), 4. Jacob Sisk (Pike Central); 285 ‘ 1. Garrett Curtis (Whiteland), 2. Harley Hillenburg (Bloomington South), 3. Jalen Comer (Mooresville), 4. Riley McCubbins (Monrovia).