News and Tribune

Local Sports

January 16, 2013

WRESTLING WEDNESDAY: FC’s Ottersbach succeeding on mat, in classroom

Senior posts 23-3 record



• Highlanders have eight individual champs at HHC: Floyd Central had eight champions and nine wrestlers reach the final in scoring 272 points and collecting its first HHC crown in five years last Saturday at Seymour.

Other Highlanders claiming individual conference titles besides Ottersbach were Terrence Kennedy (106 pounds), Chris Whitley (120), Tre Marler (132), Cory Troutman (138), George Emily (145), Chase Herron (160) and Jackson Randall (182). Teammate Ian Bagwell was the runner-up at 170.

Finishing third for Floyd Central were Sean Brown (113), John Meldrum (152) and Brennan Banet (195). The Highlanders’ Franklin Korte (285) was fifth and teammate Wylie King (126) ended up seventh.

“The guys continue to get better and are wrestling really well as a team,” said Sisson, who got his first tournament victory as Floyd Central’s head coach. “It was a nice win for this group of guys because they have taken their lumps over the past three years.”

Defending HHC champion Jeffersonville wound up fourth in the team standings with 180 points, just 9 1/2 points behind second-place Columbus East.

The Red Devils had two conference champions in senior Jasi Coureur (113) and junior Gavan Jolley-Little (285). Jeff had a pair of second-place finishers in senior Nick Stewart (138) and sophomore Stevie Jones (106).

The Red Devils’ Brandon Spangler (182) finished third, while teammates Oscar DeLeon (132), David Fridley (160) and Daniel Thompson (170) each placed fourth.

Also for Jeff, JoJo DeLeon (120), Xavier Weekley (126), Tyler Fridley (152), Aamil Haleem (195) and Gary Gaines (220) each finished fifth and Freddie Hudson (145) wound up seventh.

“We judge success by the end result, and our wrestlers are placing at or above where they are expected to place at tournaments, so we are pleased with their progress,” said Jeff coach Danny Struck, who mentioned it was the youngest team he had in the HHC meet in seven years.

New Albany ended up sixth as a team with 107 points. Bulldog senior Austin Jamison claimed the 126-pound HHC championship.

New Albany senior Nick Lynch (195) was runner-up, while teammates Ethan Lee (170) and Hunter Castleberry (145) each finished third. Also for the Bulldogs were Bryce Peavler (120) in fourth, Tre Lynch (132) in fifth, Landon Bradford (106) and Romero Bradford (138) in sixth and D Frederick (160), Jacob Clegg (182), Patrick Landrum (220) and Tyler Ward (285) in seventh.

• Pirates place second at SIWC: Charlestown placed second in the Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference meet last Saturday with 215 1/2 points.

Pirate sophomore Bryant Haynes captured his first SIWC title by winning his 120-pound final with a pin. Teammates Seth McCutchen (171) and Zach Higdon (160) each placed second, while Charlestown’s Luke Woods (106) and Zach Green (182) both were third.

The Pirates’ Artemio Gomez (132) was fourth, while three Charlestown grapplers finished fifth in Tanner Smith (113), Cameron Heil (152) and Esdras Hernandez (195). Also for the Pirates, Cameron Hopson (138), Austin Church (145) and Dakota Stevenson (285) each placed sixth and Jeffery Lopez finished eighth.

New Washington senior Brady Meenach took home the 132-pound title as the Mustangs finished fourth in the team standings with 142 points. Meenach became the first three-time SIWC champion in Mustangs’ history.

New Washington junior Jacob Franklin also had a huge SIWC meet, as he was named the conference’s most outstanding wrestler. Franklin won the 171-pound championship.

The Mustangs’ James Wise (126) ended up second, while teammates Jacob Blackwell (138) and Yancey Crase (145) each finished fourth. Also for New Wash, Dalton Bingham (152) and Gabe Nix (160) both placed sixth and Matt Mosley (106) was seventh.

Providence was 12th with 73 1/2 points. Sophomores Brett Kempf (145) and Matt Hayes (182) led the Pioneers by each finishing second. Providence’s Ethan Oakley (113) and Robbie Logsdon (220) both placed sixth.

Christian Academy finished 13th as a team with 51 1/2 points. Warrior junior Trey Sturdy (138) placed second and teammate Daniel Doty (126) was third.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports