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Corydon third, North Harrison fifth at MSC wrestling meet

The Mid-Southern Conference wrestling tournament took place Thursday with Corydon Central and North Harrison finishing third and fifth, respectively. The winner was Charlestown with Eastern (Pekin) taking second place.

The Panthers finished four points out of second place and just 16 points behind the Pirates. Charlestown scored 200, Eastern had 188 and Corydon Central scored 184. North Harrison had 93.5 points.

The goal for the Panthers was to win the event; instead, they had to settle for some notable individual achievements.

“We left some points on the mat and, with a young team like we have, we are very happy with how they have wrestled in the MSC and down the stretch heading into sectional,” said Corydon Central coach Regan Gusler.

Two Panthers’ wrestlers — Zane Schreck and Chase Straub — won their weight classes.

Schreck, who won the championship in the 106-pound division, wrestled Eastern’s Gabe Pugh in the championship match and won by fall. Schreck received a bye in the first round and then defeated Silver Creek’s Faith Barett in the semi-final.

Wrestling at 220 pounds, Straub won by decision over Charleston’s Lucas Gagnon in the championship match. He defeated Scottsburg’s Brack Terry in the first round by fall and Salem’s Porter Howey in the semi-final match.

Bryson Rowley finished second at 113 pounds. He lost to Scottsburg’s Jayden Criswell in the first-place match.

At 130 pounds, Hunter Pitts was second. He lost in the championship match to Charlestown’s Collin Knox.

Joseph Gohl finished second in the 170-pound class. He lost to the Pirates’ Deke Brown in the championship match.

“Chase and Zane both had a great tournament, but so did our other finalists,” Gusler said. “Joe Gohl, Hunter Pitts and Bryson Rowley also had great showings. We had 11 of our 14 kids place, so we were pleased in general. Dalton Jenkins, at 182, had a great day. Dalton had a tough draw but wrestled back through the consolation bracket to get third place and was 3-1 on the day.”

Corydon Central also had a number of wrestlers who took home third-place finishes: Kaeden Owen (138 pounds), Bryce Gentry (152), Dalton Jenkins 182 and Seth Johnson (285).

Bryan Sharp (145) and Isaac Gerdon (195) finished fourth in their weight classes.

For North Harrison, Noah Phelps, wrestling at 182 pounds, was the only champion. He wrestled Salem’s Bryce Rhinehart in the championship match and won by fall. In the first round, Phelps defeated Jenkins of Corydon Central by fall and then, in the semifinals, he beat Eastern’s Miles Shepard also by fall.

Eli Edlin (120) finished third for the Cougars and Ashton McGinnis (113), Jack Lawson (126), Parker Rhodes (152) and Garrett Schroeder (160) were fourth.

The wrestling season now moves into the state tournament portion of the season. The wrestling sectional will be Saturday at Jeffersonville.