A year ago, Tommy Cash was undefeated while wrestling for New Palestine – until a head injury in January knocked him out for the season. But fully recovered, and now wrestling for Lawrence North, Cash is rolling once again.
The 138-pound junior improved to 44-1 with a 24-second pin of Andrean’s Mike Krzyston in Friday’s opening round of the state wrestling meet at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Two years ago at the same venue, Cash placed fifth at 106 pounds.
“It sucked (missing the 2013 state tournament),” said Cash, whose family moved into Lawrence Township in October after he’d transferred before the school year. “It’s great to be back at Banker’s Life and be wrestling again. I feel really good about where I’m at right now.”
Cash, ranked third in the state, will take on Evansville Mater Dei’s 15th-ranked Wyatt Seng in today’s quarterfinals. “Anyone here can win the state title, but I feel like I have a pretty good draw,” Cash said. “If I go out and perform like I can, that can be me.”
Tenth-ranked Cathedral had a strong night, advancing five wrestlers – one behind No. 6 Merrillville and No. 7 Yorktown, and tied with No. 2 Evansville Mater Dei and No. 3 Penn. Three of Cathedral’s wrestlers – 106-pound Breyden Bailey, 160-pound Vinny Corsaro and 285-pound Wesley Bernard – kept their undefeated seasons intact while moving into the quarterfinals. Top-ranked Blake Rypel (45-1) also won impressively at 182 pounds.
“The guys we still have left are studs,” said Bernard, who improved to 46-0 with a second-period pin. “The key for us is getting three, possibly four, state championships. If we all go out and do our jobs, I like our chances.”
Top-ranked Franklin Community advanced four wrestlers. One of those, 220-pound Connor Tolley, moved to 38-0 with a second-period pin of Carroll’s eighth-ranked Bradley Sadilek. Top-ranked D.J. Smith (113 pounds) also won easily.
Three-time defending state champ Perry Meridian advanced three wrestlers. Two of those, top-ranked Cody LeCount (145 pounds) and No. 2 Brandon James (132) both won impressively against top-five opponents. LeCount – a winner of 81 straight matches – dominated No. 5 Josh Pierre of Evansville Mater Dei 9-0, while James pinned Mater Dei’s fifth-ranked Blake Jourdan in 71 seconds.
New Palestine’s Chad Red (120 pounds) made it 89 wins in a row with a pin, while Warren Central’s Deondre Wilson (132) picked up a technical fall for his 74th straight victory. Ritter’s Dylan Faulkenberg also stayed undefeated with a second-period pin at 220 pounds.In one of two impressive upsets of the night, Cascade’s 15th-ranked Zach Batts (45-3) got a takedown in the final seconds to knock off Cathedral’s No. 3 Ben Harvey 3-1 at 145 pounds. And at 195 pounds, Mooresville’s No. 13 Randy Scott edged No. 2 Morgan Kral of Crown Point 4-3.
State wrestling meet
106 – Kyle Hatch (Wars.) def. Lukas Long (Lakeland), 13-12; Jeremiah Reitz (Griffith) pin Jaron Katzer (Goshen), 1:25; Will Egli (Evansville MD) def, Ryan Hawkins (Perry Meridian), 10-4; Paul Konrath (Mt. Vernon) def. Karl Wilhelm (Carmel), 24-10; Drew Hildebrandt (Penn) def. Nathaniel Weimer (East Noble), 5-1; Breyden Bailey (Cathedral) def. Noah Franklin (New Washington), 6-2; Hunter Langeloh (Columbia City) pin Colton Cummings (Lowell), :59.
113 – D.J. Smith (Franklin) def. Austen Laughlin (SB Adams), 8-1; Skylour Turner (Cath.) def. Edward Loraine (Leo), 11-7; Jason Crary (Munster) def. James Pritchett (Ben Davis), 10-0; Austin Holmes (Hamilton SE) def. Jon Becker (Bellmont), 6-3; Cornelious Elliott (PM) def. Colton Dawes (Southwood), 5-3; Michael Garza (Merrill.) pin Jacob Skaggs (Greenwood), 5:18; Garrett Pepple (EN) pin Tyler Flood (Pendleton Hts), 3:10; Tyler Ferguson (Evans. Reitz) def. Austin Slates (Penn), 15-4.
120 – Brendan Black (Hobart) def. Brock Hudkins (Danville), forf.; Forrest Glogouski (Fairfield) def. Jacob Cottey (PM), 10-8; Alex Johnson (EMD) pin Jake Sinkovics (Mish.), 5:49; DeLawrence Gayfield (Concord) def. Matt McKinney (Warren Central), 2-0; Connor Knapp (EN) def. Edrece Stansbury (HSE), 5-0; Griffin Schermer (Bloomington South) def. Tristan Dembowski (Valparaiso), 4-0; Chad Red (NP) pin Brad Laughlin (Yorktown) 3:33; Bailey LaHue (Corydon Central) def. Ruben Rodriguez (Hammond Morton), 3-1.
126 – Jack Chastain (HSE) def. Logan Aldrich (FW Northrop), 7-3; Zachary Davis (Penn) pin Quinton Harris (Avon), 1:05; Enrique Early (FW Snider) def. Rylan McCarty (NP), 12-5; Clarence Johnson (Merrill.) def. Elliott Molloy (Danville), 5-1; Stevan Micic (Hanover Central) def. Austin Bethel (MV), forf.; Cael McCormick (York.) def. Aidan Kenny (PM), 6-2; Nick Lee (EMD pin John Hunting (Rochester), 1:26; A.J. Belden (Westfield) def. Anthony Vaughn (Elkhart Memorial), 6-1.
132 – Logan Campbell (York.) pin Scott Warner (SB Riley), 4:00; Brandon James (PM) pin Blake Jourdan (EMD), 1:11; Seth Carithers (McCutcheon) def. Kegan Kern (Peru), 7-3; Joshua Davis (Evans. Reitz) def. Lance Syverson (Fishers), 13-3; Devin Broukal (BS) tech fall John Devine (Cath.), 15-0; Sam Lovejoy (Heritage) def. Devin Childers (Tippecanoe Valley), 7-6; Deondre Wilson (WC) tech fall Mitch Anderson (Mooresville), 19-4; Daniel Hesch (Mish.) def. Clayton Moore (Manchester), 9-6.
138 – Skyler Lykins (Franklin) def. Dominic Garrett (FW Dwenger), 10-1; Jacob Covaciu (Merrill.) pin Jake Ruberg Lawrenceburg), 3:52; Ross Abram (BS) def. Zachery Krumlauf (DeKalb), 5-3; Steven Lawrence pin Trent Pruitt (WC), 1:46; Drew Hughes (Lowell) tech fall Dillon Eldred (West.), 16-0; Tyler Fleener (Center Grove) pin Dustin Hinkle (Western), 3:09; Tommy Cash (Lawrence North) pin Mike Krzyston (Andrean), :24; Wyatt Seng (EMD) def. Derek Ellinger (Adams Central), 7-1.
145 – Tommy Forte (Mish.) pin Ryan Baxter (Northridge), 2:46; Zach Batts (Cascade) def. Ben Harvey (Cath.), 3-1; Evan Loe (Peru) def. Parker Fritz (West Central), 9-3; Jordan Lile (Fishers) pin Korbin Karges (Princeton), 3:35; Cody LeCount (PM) def. Josh Pierre (EMD), 9-0; Isaac Rentas (Merrill.) def. Logan Neher (Bell.), 7-4; Bailey Schober (Green.) def. Kellen VanCamp (Lebanon), 9-3; Jake Sebahar (Lake Central) def. Alexander Amey (Carroll), 12-6.
152 – Austin Bauer (Angola) def. Chance Brown (Southmont), 6-3; Willie Armstrong (Merrill.) pin Seth Ferguson (Martinsville), 4:48; Chandler Carroll (York.) def. Nathaniel Ryan (Alexandria), 13-2; Darden Schurg (Crown Point) def. C.J. Damler (Brownsburg), 11-1; Brandon Kelley (Evans. Central) pin Alex Rinehart (Penn), 5:18; Michael Steele (West.) def. Tylor Willms (Fremont), 4-3; Tristan Macri (Mish.) pin Andrew Jones (Columbus North), 4:30; Chad Gaddis (Kokomo) def. Eli Carlson (Carmel), 10-6.
160 – Maximilian Dole (East Central) pin Joseph Mammolenti (Penn), 1:55; Jordan Partee (Madison) def. Shaun Johnson (FW Wayne), 8-7; Vinny Corsaro (Cath.) tech fall Adam Dodson (Glenn), 18-2; Kyle Jolas (Huntingon North) def. Isaiah Kemper (Evans. Central), 4-3 OT; Gabe Koontz (Edgewood) pin Bryce Baumgartner (Bell.), 1:47; Kennith Hughes (Lowell) def. Luke Decker (New Castle), 9-3; Rhett Hiestand (York.) pin Ashton Forzley (EMD), 1:46; Nick Borta (North Montgomery) pin Edmond Hogan, Culver), 5:11.
170 – Jacob Stevenson (Franklin) pin Tristen Tonte (PM), 2:45; Tristan Wilson (Carroll) def. Hunter Mote (Delphi), 7-6; Bennet Kempf (EMD) def. Jeffery Scott (Clinton Central), 7-4; Michael Bates (SB Washington) def. Kaine Luginbill (Adams Central), 10-8 OT; Dillon Jackson (York.) tech fall Wade Young (New Prairie), 21-5; Jimmy Fisher (Columbus East) def. Greg Johson (Arsenal Tech), 12-1; Chase Osborn (Penn) tech fall Keair Ross (Kokomo), 15-0; Colton Gonzalez (Connersville) pin Jake Rickenbaugh (Heritage Hills), 3:06.
182 – Andy Fischer (Southridge) pin Ryan Jankowski (SB St. Joe), 1:24; Myron Howard-Anderson (York.) def. Nathan Warman (PM), 6-3; Damien Chambers (Edgewood) pin Daniel Wright (Harrison), 1:40; Jonathan Morales (Western Boone) def. Tristin Anglin (Columbia City), 19-8; Blake Rypel (Cath.) pin Evan Smith (Goshen), 1:24; Jeffrey Wiseman (Penn) def. Evan Elmore (Avon), 6-0; Corey Hinkle (Western) def. Ben Elliott (Noblesville), 7-0; Timothy Schoonveld (Kankakee Valley) def. Michael Petrole (Franklin), 4-2.
195 – Tieshawn Johnson (Elkhart Memorial) pin Noah Schrader (Chatard), 3:40; Randy Scott (Moores.) def. Morgan Kral (CP), 4-3; Brian Wagner (NP) pin Nick Cress (Peru), 1:59; Kobe Woods (Penn) def. Dakota Thacker (Bloomington North), 7-4; Mitchell Sandlin (Madison) def. Kevin Winkle (Twin Lakes), 9-7; Katrell Moss (WC) tech fall Bo Davis (Garrett), 15-0; Tyler Scott (HC) def. Blake Brown (Evans. Memorial), 6-3; Kanez Omar (FW Wayne) def. Jacob Aven (Zionsville), 5-3.
220 – Dylan Faulkenberg (Cardinal Ritter) pin Steven Potosky (CP), 2:40; Brandon Joest (EN) def. Ben Schoolcraft (Martins.), 9-8; Gelen Robinson (LC) pin George Brantley (HSE), 2:53; Eliseo Guerra (Elkhart Central) pin Gunnar Larson (Avon), 3:32; Fletcher Miller (Kokomo) def. Kasha Wilder (BD), 11-2; Seth Meyer (Harrison) pin Christian Warner (Z), 4:31; Connor Tolley (Franklin) pin Bradley Sadilek (Carroll), 3:58; Seth Vaughn (Franklin Central) def. Clayton Stohler (Penn), 5-2.
285 – Eric Hemmelgarn (Jay Co.) def. Guss Dajani (BS), 3-1 OT; John Duvall (West Lafayette) def. Nathon Trawick (Richmond), 3-2; Norman Oglesby (BD) pin Owen Perkins (Oak Hill), 4:06; Tyler Beeson (Greenfield-Central) pin Landon Blackburn (LaPorte), 2:31; Wesley Bernard (Cath.) pin Caleb Coffel (Bremen), 3:21; Guy Henson (Avon) def. Jacob Smith (Southwood), 3-1; Shawn Streck (Merrill.) pin Chet Maxey (HSE), 2:51; Gavin Jolley-Little (Jeffersonville) def. Darrius Connell (Muncie Central), 3-2 3OT.