Panthers finish 4th at Old Capitol
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]
While the past week’s weather led to format changes and a school dropping out, Corydon Central ventured onward with the 38th annual Richard Clipp Memorial Old Capitol Tournament on Saturday morning.
Originally a 12-team tournament that also included Floyd Central, the tournament proceeded with just 11 teams, making for interesting bracket alignments for all weight classes.
Courtesy of championship wins by senior Bryson Rowley and junior Zane Schreck, alongside a runner-up finish from freshman Jayden Owsley, the Panthers finished fourth.
Rowley had one of the easiest trips to the championship round at 113, needing only 42 seconds to pin Gibson Southern’s Noah Kiesel followed by pinning Heritage Hills’ Sean Windell in just over three minutes. His toughest match of the day came in the championship against Marco Anderson of eventual team champion Evansville North. In a low-scoring affair, Rowley squeaked by with a victory via a 7-0 decision.
Schreck’s path to the championship round at 120 was similarly effortless as he advanced to the semifinals via forfeit before pinning Greencastle’s Cooper Robinson in just under two minutes. In the championship, he needed just over three minutes to defeat Heritage Hills’ Garrett Forler via pinfall. Upon defeating Forler, Schreck achieved a career milestone as he became just the 10th grappler in program history to record 100 career victories.
Looking to follow his teammates’ examples, Jayden Owsley began his day at 126 by pinning Gibson Southern’s Grant Stinson in 39 seconds. In the semifinals, he fought his way to a victory via a 14-5 major decision against Evansville North’s Dayton Burnett. Owsley’s day ended on a sour note in the championship round when he was pinned by Meade County’s (Ky.) Tyler Lattin in the third period, causing the former to settle for a runner-up finish.
Sophomore Darrius Megnin needed 1:42 to pin Evansville North’s Eric Jorgensen before being pinned by Milan’s Kaleb Wilburn just as quickly. Megnin salvaged his day by needing only 34 seconds to pin Heritage Hills’ Eli Wilson to take home a third-place finish at 138.
The Panthers had a trio of grapplers finish fourth in their respective weight classes, starting with junior Bryce Gentry at 170 beating Greencastle’s Trentan Campbell with a 6-2 decision before falling to Meade County’s Caden Rodriguez 8-5. Gentry got another win by pinning Evansville North’s Luke Grayson before another tight decision went against him in the third-place match when he fell to Heritage Hills’ Quintin Tempel 5-2.
After advancing via forfeit to begin his day at 182, sophomore Caleb Carroll was pinned by Heritage Hills’ Braxton Schaefer at 2:27. He advanced to the third-place match via forfeit before getting pinned by Greencastle’s Lamar Moore in 4:05.
Senior heavyweight Seth Johnson had an easy beginning to his day at 285 when he advanced via forfeit before being pinned in an arduous semi-final match against Evansville North’s Jacob Kyle. Johnson notched another win via forfeit to get into the third-place match, only to be pinned by Heritage Hills’ Hunter Kolley to finish his day.
The Panthers’ only fifth-place finisher came courtesy of senior Kaeden Owen at 160. Owen began his day with a forfeit before getting pinned by Evansville Central’s Luke Kemper in 2:16. After dropping a tight 3-2 decision to Heritage Hills’ Kort Schaefer, Owen came through in the fifth-place match when he pinned Greencastle’s Chris Olsen in 3:23.
Rounding out the Panthers’ tournament performance were a pair of sixth-place finishes. One of those came from freshman Nick Williams, who was pinned by Borden’s Lody Cheatham to begin his day at 145. Despite advancing in the loser’s bracket via forfeit, Williams quickly fell to Meade County’s Levi Stull in just 22 seconds. His day ended in the fifth-place contest, where he was pinned by Evansville North’s Austin Bell in just under three minutes.
The other sixth-place finish came from junior Caleb Kelley at 195. Starting out in the pigtail portion of the uneven bracket, Kelley fought hard before ultimately falling to Evansville Central’s Parker Payne in 5:04. He followed his efforts by coming out victorious against Meade County’s Adam Sanders with a 9-4 decision. His plans to get into the third-place match were thwarted by the hands of Borden’s Brady Weatherford, who advanced by pinfall at 1:42. That set up a rematch with Payne in the fifth-place match, once again losing via pinfall in 5:53.
Both Rowley and Schreck continue their stellar campaigns as a result of their 3-0 tournament showings, moving their undefeated records to 29-0 on the season.
As the postseason draws closer, the Panthers will continue their play-off tuneup tomorrow when they host Mitchell at 6 p.m. Prior to the dual, the Panthers will honor their trio of seniors — Rowley, Johnson and Owen — at 5:45.