NEWS AND NOTES
• Highlanders roll to FC Invitational title: Floyd Central continued its impressive season last Saturday by winning all five of its dual meets at the Floyd Central Invitational.
The toughest dual meet for the Highlanders came against Oldham County, which was ranked eighth in Kentucky entering the invitational. The Highlanders won that meet, 37-29.
Floyd Central held its four other opponents — Corydon Central, Vincennes Lincoln, South Oldham (Ky.) and Seymour — in single digits. The Highlanders outscored those four foes, 287-25.
Seven Highlanders went 5-0 in the invite. They were Terrence Kennedy (113 pounds), George Emily (145), John Meldrum (152), Chase Herron (160), Jackson Randall (182), Lance Youtsey (195) and Nick Ottersbach (220). Floyd Central senior Kolton Popp went 3-0, as he wrestled at both 132 and 138 pounds.
The Highlanders’ Austin Ward (126), Chris Whitley (120) and Ian Bagwell (170) each went 4-1. Also for Floyd Central, John Stroble (138) was 3-1, Tre Marler (132) ended up 2-1 and Tyler Crowl (106) went 3-2.
Ward picked up the most impressive victory for Floyd Central. He defeated Corydon Central star Bailey LaHue, who ranks fifth in the state at 126 pounds, by a 5-2 decision.
• Red Devils sixth, Bulldogs ninth at Jeff Classic: Jeffersonville wound up sixth at last weekend’s Jeff Classic at Johnson Arena, scoring 134 points. The highest-finishing wrestler for the Red Devils was Jasi Coureur, who wound up third at 113 pounds.
Three Jeff wrestlers — Oscar DeLeon (132), Tyler Fridley (152) and Gavan Jolley-Little (285) — each finished fourth. Other Jeff wrestlers who placed in the top eight spots and visited the awards podium were Stevie Jones (106), JoJo DeLeon (120), Xavier Weekley (126), Nick Stewart (138), David Fridley (160), Eddie Kaster (170) and Gary Gaines (220).
New Albany finished ninth in the team standings with 105 1/2 points. Senior Austin Jamison paced the Bulldogs by winning the 126-pound title. It was Jamison’s first Jeff Classic championship.
Teammate Bryce Peavler was fourth at 120. Placing in the top eight for New Albany were Damon Dillon (113), Tre Lynch (132), Hunter Castleberry (138) and Nick Lynch (195).
Haynes and McCutchen led Charlestown to an 11th-place showing with 86 points. The Pirates’ Octavio Gomez (113) and Zach Green (195) each finished in the top eight.
New Washington finished 13th with 77 1/2 points. The Mustangs’ Brady Meenach (138) and Yancey Crase (145) each placed third. Other New Washington grapplers finishing in the top eight were James Wise (126), Jacob Blackwell (132), Dalton Bingham (152) and Jacob Franklin (160).
Notes: Results from meets this weekend involving Providence and Christian Academy were not reported at press time.