Corydon’s Bailey LaHue came into the state wrestling meet ranked second at 120 pounds. He left Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday night a seventh-place finisher — and both a bit disappointed and a bit more motivated.
LaHue said he injured his knee during Friday’s win against Hammond Morton’s Ruben Rodriguez and didn’t know how bad it was until he tried to go in Saturday’s quarterfinals. After losing that match, he wound up taking an injury default in his consolation match before winning by injury default in the seventh-place match against Hobart’s Brendan Black.
“I can’t really put any pressure on my knee,” said LaHue, who finished the season 26-3. “I don’t know if I’m going to have to have surgery on it. It’s disappointing, but it sure makes me want to get ready for next year.”
In the quarterfinals, LaHue ran into someone who would later that night become a two-time state champ in New Palestine’s Chad Red, who owns a 92-0 career record. Red took down LaHue in the first period and stretched the lead to 4-0 with two near-fall points. Eighty-four seconds into the second period, Red turned LaHue over and picked up the pin.
“It was disappointing I couldn’t be 100 percent against (Red),” LaHue said. “I thought I could go and let adrenaline take over, but that didn’t happen.”
At 285 pounds, Jeffersonville’s Gavan Jolley-Little closed strong, earning a seventh-place finish with a 3-2 win against West Lafayette’s eighth-ranked John Duvall. Jolley-Little (46-4) built a 3-0 lead in the second period on an escape and takedown and then stayed on his feet the rest of the way to secure the win.
Jolley-Little, who was ranked seventh entering the postseason, dropped a 6-0 decision to No. 3 Shawn Streck of Merrillville in the quarterfinals and then fell 4-2 in two overtimes in the consolation match to Avon’s 15th-ranked Guy Henson.