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Panthers finish fifth in Old Capital Classic

Panthers finish fifth in Old Capital Classic
Panthers finish fifth in Old Capital Classic
Corydon Central’s Seth Johnson, wrestling at 285 pounds, picks up a win by fall in one of his matches Saturday. Photo by George Browning
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]

The Corydon Central wrestling team hosted the Richard Clipp Memorial Old Capital Wrestling Classic on Saturday and finished with a score of 279 points, good enough for fifth place.

Corydon Central’s Chase Straub fights for position in one of his matches in the 220-pound weight class in Saturday’s Richard Clipp Memorial Old Capital Wrestling Classic. Straub finished fifth for the day.

Panthers’ coach Regan Gusler said he was pleased overall with how his team performed.

“There were no real surprises,” he said. “We knew we were likely to have a lot of guys in contention. They wrestled well and were able to earn some victories over some good competition. They are a young group but, as we get to the end of the regular season, they are losing some of that inexperience and are developing some good instincts and mat sense. There has been a lot of improvement in the ninth- and 10th-grade wrestlers who were kind of thrown to the fire this year.”

Corydon Central’s top finisher was Joseph Gohl, who is 23-4 on the season. He finished second in the 170-pound weight class, losing in the championship round to Floyd Central’s Dayeen Khawaja. The match went three rounds before Khawaja won a by a 9-6 margin.

On his way to the championship match, Gohl opened the tournament with a win by fall over Meade County’s Lucas Allen.

A win by forfeit in the second round set Gohl up for a round four win by fall over Brebeuf Jesuit’s Dorian Lee.

In the fifth round, Gohl defeated Bedford North Lawrence’s Drake Huber by fall, which set up the title match against Khawaja.

“We were pleased with Joe’s tournament,” Gusler said. “He has been battling bruised ribs all week, and we weren’t even sure he would be able to wrestle. The kid that beat him has an extensive Greco background and allegedly his grandfather is an Olympic Champion from one of the Russian republics. We were in a good position but didn’t get near fall on a couple of our throws, but, all in all, it was a great match and good for Joe.”

While Gohl was the top finisher for the Panthers, there were a number of Corydon Central wrestlers who finished third in their respective classes.

Schreck, who is 23-4 on the season, was third at 106 pounds. He lost in round five to Milan’s Garret Condo by fall and then rebounded to win the third-place match by decision, 12-10, over Meade County’s Tyler Lattin. Schreck also defeated Destiny Garris of Evansville Central and won two more matches by forfeit.

At 113 pounds, Bryson Rowley, who is 22-5, also placed third. Rowley lost in the fifth round to Meade County’s David Griffith and then rebounded to beat Floyd Central’s Rollin Douglas by fall in the third-place match. On his way to that third-place match, Rowley picked up a win over Evansville’s Trevor Fisher by fall and two additional matches by forfeit.

Gusler said he was happy with all the kids who placed and. without them, the team’s fifth-place finish wouldn’t have been possible.

Additional Corydon Central results include Hunter Pitts, who is 17-10, finishing fifth at 120 pounds; Kaeden Owen, 14-5, placed fifth at 138 pounds; Bryce Gentry, 11-14, was fifth at 152 pounds; Chase Straub, who is 21-7, placed fifth at 220 pounds; Seth Johnson, 11-9, at 285 pounds, placed sixth; Owen Wilkins, 3-13, was seventh at 160 pounds; Dalton Jenkins, 8-20, at 182 pounds, placed seventh; Owen Stanley, 1-9, placed eighth at 145 pounds; Caleb Dreschel, who is 7-9, placed ninth at 126 pounds; and Luke Green, 0-5, was 10th in the 195-pound division.

Corydon Central will return to the mat today (Wednesday) for a triple dual with the Pioneers and New Washington. Then, the Panthers will head to an 18-team tournament Saturday in Hanover for the Southwestern Wrestling Classic.

The Mid-Southern Conference tournament will be Thursday, Jan. 23, at Scottsburg, and the wrestling sectional at Jeffersonville will be Saturday, Feb. 1.