NEWS AND NOTES
• Pirates collect another MSC title: Last Saturday at Charlestown Sports Arena, Charlestown won the Mid-Southern Conference championship for the 10th time overall and the eighth consecutive season. The Pirates scored 240 1/2 points, 71 1/2 more than second-place Eastern.
Charlestown had 10 wrestlers reach the finals. Six Pirates earned conference titles in Luke Woods (106), Tanner Smith (113), Artemio Gomez (126), Cameron Stuart (138), Zach Higdon (160) and Zach Green (182). Finishing second for Charlestown were Bryant Haynes (120), Austin Church (145), Kameron Heil (152) and Dakota Stevenson (285).
Also placing for the Pirates were Cameron Hopson (132) and Trent Gilbert (220) each finishing third and Esdras Hernandez (195) ending up fourth.
“I was pretty impressed how we wrestled all day,” Charlestown coach Adam Doherty said. “Everybody wrestled above their seeds. We could tell they were wrestling with a little more passion this past weekend.”
• Bulldogs sweep New Albany Duals: New Albany won all four of its dual meets at last Saturday’s New Albany Duals.
The Bulldogs defeated Southwestern (75-6), Providence (75-6), Indian Creek (55-24) and Louisville Manual (73-4).
Eight New Albany grapplers each posted a 4-0 record during the tournament. Leading the way was senior Austin Jamison, who went 4-0 in the 126-pound division. He collected his 117th career victory, moving him up to sixth on the Bulldogs’ all-time wins list.
Also recording perfect marks at the NA Duals for the Bulldogs were Bryce Peavler (120), Tre Lynch (132), Hunter Langley (152), D Frederick (160), Ethan Lee (170), Nick Lynch (195) and James Searcy (285).
“Everyone wrestled extremely well and I am pleased with everyone’s performance,” New Albany coach Eric Burres said.
• Former NA coach passes away: Phil Thrasher, the man who started the New Albany High School wrestling program, recently passed away.
Thrasher began the Bulldogs’ wrestling team in 1955 and coached the program for 40 years until 1995. During his tenure, Thrasher guided New Albany to 14 sectional titles, six regional championships, three semi-state crowns and a state runner-up finish in the 1960-61 season. He also coached five individual IHSAA state champions.
Along with starting New Albany’s program, Thrasher helped start high school wrestling programs at Floyd Central, Providence and Corydon Central.
Thrasher was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1974.
Thrasher also earned induction into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2012. He taught at NAHS throughout his coaching tenure from 1955-1995.
• Mustang pair win titles at Milan: Last Saturday, New Washington’s Brady Meenach and Jacob Franklin each won individual titles at the Milan Invitational. Meenach claimed the 138-pound championship, while Franklin won the 170-pound crown.