If I were still covering Posey County sports, here’s how I would have partially written about last weekend’s Evansville Sectional wrestling meet.
By STEVE JOOS
One has to wonder just how many Mater Dei wrestlers live in Posey County.
After all, the perennial powerhouse from the West Side of Evansville was the only team to do better than North Posey and Mount Vernon at Saturday’s Central Sectional.
With 296 and one-half points, Mater Dei did its thing (win the Sectional), but the Vikings were (156) and Mount Vernon (134) took second and third respectively, with three individual champions and nine qualifiers for this weekend’s Castle Regional meet.
The two county schools also had six second-place wrestlers between them, as well as three third-place finishers, all from North Posey. Another eight finished fifth or sixth as the Vikings and Mount Vernon had someone advance in each weight class contested at the Central gym.
Mount Vernon had two champs, as heavyweight Wade Ripple stayed undefeated, running his record to 38-0 and 31-1 Micah Keller claiming the 170-pound title. Keller moved up a weight class in order to wrestle and to survive some close matches en route to the title.
North Posey’s Levi Miller took home the 138-pound crown, beating Nolan Weidner of Mater Dei in their championship bout after the Westside Catholic supermen had taken the first five title matches.
Mater Dei rattled off another three before Keller won a disqualification.
Ripple polished off Princeton’s Dalton Beal to close things out at 285 pounds.
Each county school had three runners-up, with Kameron Kendall (106), Nathan Willman (112) and Cameron Fisher (126) taking home second place for the Vikings, while Harley Gorman finished second 145 for Mount Vernon, going 2-3 with North Posey’s Josh Wiggins. Austin Bethel (152) and Cam Meier (195) were Mount Vernon’s other second place finishers, and yes, everyone finished second to grapplers from Mater Dei.
Tristan Martin (120) and Zach Adkins (182) each took third in their respective weight classes to round out the North Posey and the county Regional qualifiers.
Another eight county grapplers wrestled in the consolation matches, four for each school. Nate Morgan (120), Jacob Crissup (126) and Luke McGennis (182) were fifth in their weight classes for Mount Vernon, while Kaleb McCaffry was sixth at 220. For North Posey, Colton Gamblin (160) and Cody Martin (195) were fifth, while Thomas Rapp (112) and heavyweight Chris Cross were each sixth.
Gibson Southern was fourth in the meet with 130 points, while Vincennes was fifth with 118. Central (109 and one-half) was sixth and had the only individual champion not from North Posey, Mount Vernon or those “other” Wildcats, 182-pounder Kaive Gueriner.
Pike Central (93) Princeton (73), North (50) and Wood Memorial (19) rounded out the field.
That’s about it, although I didn’t get match results or comments from the coaches or wrestlers. I think you should read this week’s paper for that. I didn’t realize the wrestling program at North Posey had fallen on such hard times before this season, though. Congratulations to coach Cody Moll and the Vikings for a great turnaround.