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December 12, 2012

WRESTLING WEDNESDAY: Jeff Classic used as measuring stick

Tough field expected to show where area teams are at this season



Floyd Central will host its own duals invitational on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. Other teams participating in the invitational are Corydon Central, Vincennes Lincoln, South Oldham (Ky.), Oldham County (Ky.) and Seymour.

Highlanders’ coach Brandon Sisson expects his team to persevere following a solid 4-1 performance at the Triacoff Invitational last weekend at Calumet High School in Northern Indiana.

“We should do really well,” Sisson said. “Oldham County is ranked in Kentucky and has been tough the last few years. We should go 5-0 coming off a really good weekend.”

Sisson’s main concern going into the Floyd Central Invitational is which weight class Corydon standout Bailey LaHue will compete in. If LaHue wrestles at 120 pounds, he will face the Highlanders’ Chris Whitley. Whitley defeated LaHue in the 113-pound final at the Jeff Sectional last year, but LaHue avenged the loss a week later in the 113-pound title bout at the Jeff Regional.

If the Panther star competes at 126, he will take on Floyd Central’s Austin Ward.


• Pirates win MSC Duals again: Charlestown won the Mid-Southern Conference Duals for the ninth year in a row last Saturday. The Pirates defeated conference foes Scottsburg, Corydon, Eastern and Salem along with nonconference participant New Albany.

Haynes, McCutchen, Heil, Green and Octavio Gomez each posted undefeated records for Charlestown. Stuart, Artemio Gomez and Zach Higdon each went 4-1.

The Bulldogs posted a 4-1 record with their lone loss coming against the Pirates. New Albany’s Tre Lynch (132) and Hunter Castleberry (138) each were 5-0, while Jamison (126) and Peavler both went 4-1.

• Pioneers end up ninth at Memorial: Providence placed ninth at the Evansville Memorial Tournament last Saturday.

Sophomore Brett Kempf was the Pioneers’ lone champion. He posted a 3-0 record to win the 152-pound division. Fellow Providence sophomores Jason Murner and Matthew Hayes each finished fifth, posting 2-2 records.

• Kennedy goes undefeated at Triacoff Invite: Senior Terrence Kennedy was the only Floyd Central wrestler to go 5-0 at last Saturday’s Triacoff Invitational.

Going 4-1 for the Highlanders were Whitley, Ward, Chase Herron and Jackson Randall. Teammates John Meldrum, Nick Ottersbach and Ian Bagwell each went 3-2, while Floyd Central’s Brennan Banet was 2-1.

The Highlanders’ dual victories were against Lawrence North, Mishawaka, Valparaiso and Indianapolis Cathedral. Mishawaka and Cathedral were ranked in the top 11 in the state entering the meet.

• Jeff posts 2-3 mark at Castle: Jeff went 2-3 at the Castle Invitational last Saturday. Struck reached a milestone in one of the two victories. The Red Devils’ coach recorded his 300th career win in a dual meet against Greencastle, which was where Struck started his coaching career.

Jolley-Little (285) was the only Jeff wrestler to post a 5-0 record. Coureur went 4-1 at 113.

• Struck to coach in Serbia: This weekend, Struck found out that he has been selected by USA Wrestling to be the Greco Roman coach for the Cadet World Championships in Series next August.

Struck was chosen from a nationwide pool of coaches. He will help prepare the team for a few weeks this coming summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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