Feeler, Rowley top wrestling sectional
Brian Smith, Contributing Writer
Across three mats Saturday, the action at the Jeffersonville Sectional determined who would advance to the next round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament. Several area grapplers punched tickets while the top podium glory at sectional was had by Corydon Central’s Bryson Rowley (113) and Crawford County’s Donnie Feeler (106).
By the end of the day, Rowley improved his overall record to 32-2. As the top seed in a light field of wrestlers, Rowley advanced by forfeit to the semi-final. There, Providence’s Henry Lovan was no match as Rowley rolled to a 12-0 majority decision.
In the championship, Rowley faced off against Jeffersonville’s Collin Cain. Just beyond the opening minute, Rowley found his way to top position then recorded near-fall points to lead 5-0.
Cain didn’t go quietly, as he was able to get a reversal then near-fall points to get within a few points on the scoreboard. In the third, it was a chaotic finish, but Rowley was able to maintain the advantage. A series of scrambles eventually led to Rowley slipping in another near fall, holding off Cain.
The anticipation at 106 was the meeting between ranked wrestlers (No. 17) Zane Schreck (Corydon Central) and (No. 19) Feeler.
Both reached the championship with ease, but once the whistle commenced the match, Feeler took control with a take-down. Feeler earned near-fall points in the second period and rode out the remainder of the match for a 10-3 win.
To get to the final, Schreck (34-2) pinned Providence’s Eli Theobald at the 2:10 mark in the semis. Feeler (20-1), meanwhile, stuck Charlestown’s Kamm Vangilder at the 4-minute mark.
The top four finishers in each weight class earned spots at regional, with a host of Panthers making the bid.
Corydon Central’s Seth Johnson earned his way to the championship round at 285 as the No. 2 seed. In the semi-final, Johnson threw Charlestown’s Austin Ramirez-Wilkers for points. By the close of the first period, Johnson had his first near fall, eventually pinning his opponent at the 4:23 mark.
In the final, Johnson had a tough task, facing No. 7-ranked Matthew Munoz of Jeffersonville. Munoz lived up to the ranking, pinning Johnson late in the opening period to remain unbeaten in 28 bouts.
To reach the final, Schreck and Feeler won their semi-final bouts by pin. Schreck stuck Providence’s Eli Theobald at 2:10 while Feeler put the shoulders of Kamm Vangilder (Charlestown) to the mat at the 4-minute mark.
Additional spots at regional were earned by Corydon Central’s Layne Owen (120), Ben Bowman (132), Bryce Gentry (160) and Chase Straub (220).
In a light 120 field, Owen picked up a forfeit win for third place. The freshman saw live mat action once, in a semi-final bout versus Charlestown’s Gavin Salisbury. In a tight match, Salisbury won by a 3-0 decision.
Gentry earned a tight 8-6 decision over Providence’s Craig Bratcher at 160 to take third place. Earlier in the day, Gentry earned a tech-fall win over Silver Creek’s Ross Scully then later pinned North Harrison’s Gavin Brunner in his first consolation-round bout.
North Harrison saw freshman Noah Kendall move his record to 14-2 with a third-place finish at 182 to earn a bid to regional. In his final bout, for position, Kendall pinned Eastern’s Gunner Pickerill in the third period. Pickerill notched a quarterfinal win over Providence’s Zach Druen with a pin in just under a minute. Kendall, however, was pinned by Jeffersonville’s Evan Clayton in the semis. To reach the third-place bout, Kendall earned a victory by fall over Crawford County’s Owen Wilkins.
Straub earned third place on the podium with a first-period pin of North Harrison’s Seth Kendall at 220. The senior improved his record to 21-5, with addition wins by fall on the day over Salem’s Nate Pierce and Eastern’s Miles Shepherd. In the semi-final, Straub’s lone loss came by pin against Charlestown’s Lucas Gagnon.
At 132, Corydon Central freshman Ben Bowman took fourth place in the weight class. To reach the semi-final round, Bowman won 3-0 over Salem’s Zayne Paulley before losing by majority decision to eventual top finisher Jeremiah Cain (Jeffersonville). In the placement round, Silver Creek’s Cole Bagshaw was able to pin Bowman.
Crawford County advanced a second competitor to regional as junior Gustyn Wright was fourth at 152. In his placement match, Wright was pinned at the 3:44 mark by Salem’s Danny Bowling.
The Jeffersonville Regional will take place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Advancing competitors from the Jennings County Sectional square up against the Jeffersonville Sectional survivors to determine who advances to semi-state. The top four place winners in each weight class will earn a trip to semi-state the following weekend.
Team scores: 1. Charlestown 273, 2. Jeffersonville 268.5, 3. Corydon Central 130.5, 4. Salem 105, 5. Eastern (Pekin) 104.5, 6. Silver Creek 80.5, 7. North Harrison 79, 8. Providence 61, 9. Borden 44, 10. Crawford County 35, 11. Rock Creek Community Academy 28, 12. New Washington 24.
Individual results: 106 – Donnie Feeler (Craw) dec. Zane Schreck (Cory), 10-3; 113 – Bryson Rowley (Cory) dec. Collin Cain (Jeff), 10-4; 120 – Robert Cline (Jeff) pinned Gavin Salisbury (Char), 2:39; 126 – Devin McDaniel (Jeff) maj. dec. Alex Sheehan (Char), 13-4; 132 – Jeremiah Cain (Jeff) pinned Jakob Lewellen (Char), 1:14; 138 – Colin Knox (Char) pinned Jalen Stephens (Salem), 3:18; 145 – Connor Gilles (Jeff) dec. Lody Cheatham (Bor), 7-5; 152 – Ben Phillips (Char) def. Marcus Martin (EP), forfeit; 160 – Hayden Bartle (Jeff) maj. dec. Micah Keltner (Char), 10-1; 170 – Austin Taylor (NW) pinned Nathan Eihusen (Jeff), 4:35; 182 – Deke Brown (Char) dec. Evan Clayton (Jeff), 5-3; 195 – Manuel Ordorica (Char) dec. Greg Shingleton (Jeff), 6-5; 220 – Lucas Gagnon (Char) dec. Jaybreon Litsey (Jeff), 2-1; 285 – Matthew Munoz (Jeff) pinned Seth Johnson (Cory), 1:53.