Floyd Central will feature eight top seeds as it chases its first wrestling sectional championship since 2008 during the first stage of the Indiana High School Athletic Association state tournament on Saturday at Jeffersonville.
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the regional at Jeffersonville on Feb. 2.
The Highlanders will look to break Jeffersonville’s four-year title reign with top seeds Terrence Kennedy (30-0 at 106 pounds), Tre Marler (13-3 at 132), George Emily (20-6 at 145), John Meldrum (28-7 at 152), Chase Herron (26-5 at 160), Ian Bagwell (25-9 at 170), Jackson Randall (22-4 at 182) and Nick Ottersbach (30-3 at 220).
The Red Devils will have two weight-class favorites in Jasi Coureur (34-7 at 113) and Gavan Jolley-Little (38-4 at 285). New Albany will also have two top seeds with Austin Jamison (32-4 at 126) and Nicholas Lynch (21-10 at 195).
Corydon’s Bailey Lahue (28-2) is the top seed at 120, and New Washington’s Brady Meenach (36-3) is the favorite at 138.
The regional will include qualifiers from sectionals at Jeffersonville and Jennings County.
* Charlestown won the Mid-Southern Conference championship last week for the eighth straight year. Six Pirates earned titles: Luke Woods (106), Tanner Smith (113), Artemio Gomez (126), Cameron Stuart (138), Zach Higdon (160) and Zach Green (182).
Jeffersonville will feature seven top seeds as the Red Devils compete for the Hoosier Hills Conference title on Saturday at Bedford.
Tim Martin will be favored in the 50-yard freestyle (21.72) and 500 free (4:41.15), while teammates Karol Schmuck (48.24 in the 100 free) and Evan Shive (54.19 in the 100 backstroke) are the top seeds in their events.
The Red Devils, ranked No. 8 by the Indiana High School Swimming Coaches Association, are also seeded first in the 200 medley relay (1:40.99), 200 free relay (1:30.99) and 400 free relay (3:20.99) by wide margins.
Floyd Central’s Oscar Anderson is the top seed in the 200 individual medley (2:00.42) while teammate Dylan Nichols is the favorite in diving (348.10). New Albany’s Luke Lete is the top seed in the 100 butterfly (53.89).
Jeffersonville has won three straight HHC titles.
Games to watch
Class 4-A No. 13 Jeffersonville (12-2, 5-0) will seek to clinch a share of its second straight HHC boys’ basketball title when the Red Devils visit Bedford North Lawrence (6-8, 2-2) on Friday night.
Jeff’s Darryl Baker is averaging 26.3 points per game, and only Mike Flynn (28.6 in 1971, when he was named Mr. Basketball) has had a higher single-season average in school history. Baker needs 98 points to reach 1,000 for his career.
Other Friday games of note include Silver Creek (4-10 and fresh from its upset of Class 2-A No. 4 Providence on Tuesday) at Madison (7-6); Class A No. 5 Borden (11-2) at Orleans (8-6); and Paoli (9-3) at Class 3-A No. 16 Corydon (9-3). Corydon will also visit Class 3-A No. 5 Brownstown (12-1) in a key Mid-Southern Conference showdown on Saturday night.
Key girls’ games on Saturday will feature Evansville Bosse (13-6) at New Albany (9-8) and Silver Creek (12-6) at Scottsburg (12-6) in a battle of Mid-Southern Conference contenders. The 3-A No. 16 Warriorettes lead the league at 7-0.
* Katie Wampler recently became the ninth player in Scottsburg history to score 1,000 career points. Wampler is now eighth on the Scottsburg career list with 1,075 points and is the first Scottsburg player to reach the 1,000-point mark since Patti Hutchinson in 1994.