Clark and Floyd county wrestlers will look to take the next step on the mat Saturday with the opportunity to advance to the Evansville Semistate.
Floyd Central and New Albany travel to the Bloomington South Regional, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Meanwhile Jeffersonville hosts a regional that includes all of the remaining Clark County grapplers. The host Red Devils will have a wrestler in all 14 weight classes after advancing out of their sectional last week. The Jeff Regional is slated to start at 10 a.m.
The top four finishers in each weight class at both regionals advance to Feb. 15's Evansville Reitz Semistate in the Ford Center.
The Red Devils have a good mix of youth and veteran wrestlers in action.
Freshman Collin Cain competes at 106 against Liam Krueger of Columbus East, the defending team regional champion.
At 113, Red Devils’ junior Robert Cline takes a 26-16 record into his match against Bryce Turner (31-8) of Madison. Borden senior Carlos Huerta (15-8) will take on Noah Lykins of Columbus East.
At 120, Jeff’s Devin McDaniel, the Hoosier Hills Conference champ with a 26-11 record, takes on Jayden Criswell (36-2) of Scottsburg. Charlestown’s Colin Knox (32-1) wrestle’s Cameron Canada of Southwestern in another first-round matchup.
At 126, Jeff senior Adonis Boyd (34-4) will take on Teagen Johnson (30-13) of Jennings County, with the winner to face the winner of Silver Creek’s Gavin Clark (10-4) and Seymour’s Sam Castetter (20-11).
At 132, Jakob Lewellen (26-8), a Charlestown sophomore, wrestles Nate Baniser of Seymour, with the winner to take on the winner of East’s Reece Fisher (20-19) and Providence senior Chase Aldridge (32-6). Jeff’s Jeramiah Cain (18-21) is in the opposite side of the bracket.
At 138, Jeff freshman Hayden Bartle (24-14) will take on Keandre Watson (16-1), a Columbus East senior. The winner will take on either New Washington’s Jason Profitt (36-4) or Jennings County’s Joey Moran (27-9).
Borden’s Lody Cheatham (18-7), a sophomore, takes on Columbus East junior Tyler Williams (19-9) in the first round.
Jeff’s Connor Gilles (33-8) takes on Jake Kriete (29-11) of Seymour in the bottom end of the bracket.
At 152, Charlestown’s Ben Phillips (33-2) looks to bounce back from a loss in the sectional finals against Gage Muse (27-11) of Scottsburg. Borden senior Noah Voyles (15-7) will take on one of the favorites, Columbus East’s Kade Law (27-1).
At 160, Jeff sophomore Austin Smith (29-13) battles senior Jake Rotert (33-6) of Seymour, while New Washington’s Austin Taylor (32-7) looks to advance against Hector De Dios of Columbus North. Charlestown freshman Chris Graham (18-12) also takes a winning record into the regional.
At 182, Borden’s Jacob Knollenberg (21-3) will face Jennings County senior Cameron Woodard (32-7) in the first round. Jeffersonville junior Greg Shingleton (24-17) will wrestle Madison junior Dalton Berry (36-11) in the first round.
Jeff senior Cody Matherly (35-6) looks to add a regional title to go with his sectional crown at 195. He takes on Alec Boggs of Switzerland County. Charlestown’s Manuel Ordorica (27-5) looks to get through the other side of the bracket.
Jeff’s Ethan Rogers (39-2) is the the man to beat at 220. He’ll take on Adam Behling (17-18) of Columbus North in the first round. Charlestown’s Lucas Gagnon (20-12) will battle Zane Ortlieb (19-7) of Jennings County.
Red Devils’ heavyweight Matt Munoz (24-3) is the favorite, but Brown County freshman Sam Allen (25-3) could pose a threat in the second round.
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH REGIONAL
Floyd Central’s Lou Knable (30-6) takes on Terre Haute South’s Austin Woolston (22-8) in his first-round match at 106.
New Albany’s Amari Dejesus (24-3), a freshman, takes on Logan Moore of Northview in his first-round match.
At 120, the Bulldogs’ sophomore Paul King (23-13) will wrestle senior Trent Watkins of Indian Creek.
At 126, Floyd Central’s Gavinn Alstott (34-1) draws a freshman, Alex Rose (23-8) of Terre Haute South, in the first round.
The Highlanders and Bulldogs have 132-pounders set to compete. Floyd’s Jake Happel (21-12) faces Aiden Reynolds of Bloomington South.
Highlanders’ sophomore J Conway (35-1) is the clear favorite at 138.
Floyd’s Codei Khawaja (26-5) seeks a semistate berth against Nicolas Sconce of Terre Haute North. New Albany’s Jaden Grant (19-10) takes on veteran Johnathan Otte (36-4) of West Vigo.
At 152, Jonathan Kervin, No. 2 in the state with a 34-1 record, draws Tuff Fender of Bloomington South in the first round.