NEW CASTLE – Seventh-ranked Warren Central and No. 15 Cathedral each won three individual weight classes at the New Castle Wrestling Semistate on Saturday. That’s what made the finish of Cathedral’s 220-pound Ryan Guhl so important.
Guhl won a major decision in the third-place match of his weight class, giving the Irish the necessary points to edge the Warriors 103½-102 for the team title. Cathedral won its second straight semistate crown and will take six wrestlers to the state meet on Friday.
“I thought it was going to be a dogfight all the way,” Irish coach Sean McGinley said. “I thought there were three or four teams that could win it. Warren (Central) did a great job in the consolations getting some bonus points, but our kids came through when they needed to. And Ryan Guhl came up big in his match.”
Cathedral’s top-ranked Breyden Bailey (43-0) won this third tight match of the year against Perry Meridian’s third-ranked Cornelious Elliott II, getting a takedown 8 seconds into overtime to prevail 8-6 in the 120-pound final. Elliott’s only losses have come to Bailey.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw him again (next week) in the finals match,”” Bailey said of Elliott. “Every match with him is a battle.”
At 170 pounds, Cathedral’s third-ranked Ben Harvey (42-1) was impressive in a 9-1 win against No. 6 Cameron Jones of Lawrence North. And top-ranked Blake Rypel (195 pounds) gave Cathedral its third title with a 16-0 technical fall win against Perry Meridian’s fourth-ranked Tristen Tonte. Rypel pinned his first three opponents in a combined 112 seconds to improve to 43-0.
Warren Central advanced a semistate-best seven wrestlers to the state meet. The Warriors’ sixth-ranked Trent Pruitt capped an impressive day – three pins and a major decision – with a second-period pin of Fishers’ Mason Gaines in the 145-pound final. Teammate Dezmen Goddard (160 pounds) followed with a second-period pin of Ritter’s Ethan Briggeman, giving the unranked Warrior two wins against top-14 foes Saturday.
The Warriors’ Courvoisier Morrow gave his team its third title with a 3-2 win against Lebanon’s Erik Hart in the 220-pound final. Warrior Jasion Brogan, ranked eighth, dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision to Richmond’s third-ranked Nate Trawick in the 285-pound final.
At 113 pounds, Hamilton Southeastern’s Austin Holmes (42-3) got a takedown as time expired to tie the match and followed with a takedown and near-fall 39 seconds into overtime to knock off Cathedral’s sixth-ranked Skylour Turner 8-4.
Hamilton Southeastern wrestler Jack Chastain celebrates his win over Warren Central’s Matthew McKinney, not pictured, in the 132 lb. class at the IHSAA Semi-State Wrestling Tournament at New Castle High School, Saturday, February 14, 2015.
New Palestine’s top-ranked Chad Red continued to roll, pinning all four opponents – including Perry Meridian’s sixth-ranked Ngun Uk – to capture the 126-pound title. Red, now 43-0 this season and 135-0 for his career, will try for his third state title next weekend.
Perry Meridian’s top-ranked Brandon James moved to 41-0 overall and 2-0 against No. 2 Tommy Cash (41-2) of Lawrence North, winning the 138-pound final 5-0. James gave up just two points in four matches.
Franklin Central’s 18th-ranked Jordan Vaughn, who finished third in the regional, bounced back to win the 132-pound crown. Vaughn (40-5) beat two wrestlers ranked higher than him, including Roncalli’s No. 7 Nick Ellis 3-2 in the final.
“This really boosts (my confidence),” Vaughn said. “It shows I can beat the top kids in the state.”
Lebanon’s Kellen VanCamp was dominant in winning the 152-pound title. VanCamp, 42-1 and ranked sixth, pinned his first three opponents before shutting out Hamilton Southeastern’s Corbin Gregg 13-0 in the final.
Hamilton Southeastern’s Klayton Anderson (106) and Western Boone’s Jonathan Morales (182) both lost in the finals.
Team scores: Cathedral 103.5, Warren Central 102, Hamilton Southeastern 78, Perry Meridian 67, Lebanon 54.5, New Palestine 46, Lawrence North 43, Roncalli 28, South Dearborn 21, Southmont 21, Lawrenceburg 20, Richmond 20, Franklin Central 19.5, Beech Grove 18.5, Western Boone 18, Cardinal Ritter 16, Fishers 15, Zionsville 14, Carmel 11, North Montgomery 9, Centerville 8, New Castle 8, Southport 6, Westfield 6
First-place matches, third/fourth-place finishers
106 – (1) Cainan Schaefer (SD) pin Klayton Anderson (HSE), 4:45; (3) Keyaun Murphy (WC); (4) Cameron Diep (NP); 113 – (1) Austin Holmes (HSE) def. Skylour Turner (C), 8-4 OT; (3) Alec White (NP); (4) Ethan Smiley (BG); 120 – (1) Breyden Bailey (C) def. Cornelious Elliott II, 8-6 OT; (3) Caleb Bocock (Leb.); (4) Dameion Rutledge (S’port);126 – (1) Chad Red (NP) pin Ngun Uk (PM), 4:27; (3) Zach Melloh (C); (4) Joel McGhee (WC); 132 – (1) Jordan Vaughn (FC) def. Nick Ellis (R), 3-2; (3) Jack Chastain (HSE); (4) Evan Eldred (West.); 138 – (1) Brandon James (PM) def. Tommy Cash (LN), 5-0; (3) Keegan Stansberry (HSE); (4) Connor Moore (S’mont); 145 – (1) Trent Pruitt (WC) pin Mason Gaines (F), 3:49; (3) Evan Smiley (BG); (4) Alston Bane (Rich.); 152 – (1) Kellen VanCamp (Leb.) def. Corbin Gregg (HSE), 13-0; (3) Dominic Herrick (WC); (4) Isaiah Michaels (Center.); 160 – (1) Dezmen Goddard (WC) pin Ethan Briggeman (CR), 2:38; (3) Jesse Archer (NM); (4) Evan Stambaugh (Leb.); 170 – (1) Ben Harvey (C) def. Cameron Jones (LN), 9-1; (3) Zach Worm (S’mont); (4) Spencer Irick (HSE); 182 – (1) Mason Parris (L’burg) def. Jonathan Morales (WB), 7-3; (3) Conner James (R); (4) Caleb Hoots (NC); 195 – (1) Blake Rypel (C) technical fall Tristen Tonte (PM), 16-0; (3) Sam Hipple (Car.); (4) Fuller (Z); 220 – (1) Courvoisier Morrow (WC) def. Erik Hart (Leb.), 3-2; (3) Ryan Guhl (C); (4) Noah Grable (NP); 285 – (1) Nate Trawick (Rich.) def. Jasion Brogan (WC), 2-1 2OT; (3) Robert Samuels (LN); (4) Drew Hobrick (Z).