Boys Varsity Wrestling
NORTH VERNON, Ind. – Junior Morgan Smith won the championship at 106 pounds Saturday (Jan. 27), leading the Columbus North wrestling team to a fifth-place finish in the Jennings County Sectional.
Senior Brigham Kleinhenz, junior Bradley Gutierrez and sophomore Keandre Watson earned respective runner-up finishes for the Bull Dogs, who totaled 117.5 points in the 10-school competition and will send four wrestlers to the Jeffersonville Regional next Saturday (Feb. 3).
The top four finishers in each weight class qualified for the regional.
Columbus East won the team title with 293.5 points and nine individual crowns in the 14 divisions. Jennings County was second with 184.5 points followed by Seymour with 177.5, Madison with 168.5 and Columbus North.
Smith headlined the Bull Dogs’ day by going 3-0 at 106 pounds and posting a 5-3 decision over Seymour’s Isaiah Pichardo for the division medal.
Kleinhenz, Gutierrez and Watson went 2-1, respectively, in the 170-, 220- and 126-pound divisions. Jennings County’s Zane Beineke pinned Kleinhenz (CN) at 3:15 of the 170-pound title match. Columbus East’s Jacob Bolte edged Gutierrez 3-2 in the 220-pound title match. The Olympians’ Cayden Rooks defeated Watson 11-3 in the 126-pound title match.
Three Columbus North athletes finished fifth in their respective divisions – freshman Tyler Williams at 113 pounds, junior Dallin Anderson at 138 pounds and freshman Royce Lofton at 145. Also, CN junior Tay Wells placed sixth at 195 pounds.
Going to the regional, Smith will carry a 27-10 mark to Jeffersonville. Also, Kleinhenz moves on at 36-4, Gutierrez is 17-10 and Watson is 22-7.
JENNINGS COUNTY SECTIONAL
Team scores: Columbus East 293.5, Jennings County 184.5, Seymour 177.5, Madison 168.5, Columbus North 117.5, Brown County 80, Southwestern (Hanover) 78, Scottsburg 70, West Washington 40, Switzerland County 17.
CN Match Results (and Championship Matches)
106: Morgan Smith (CN), first-round bye; Smith (CN) pinned Katlyn Butcher (Brown County) 0:38; Smith (CN) maj. dec. John Nathaniel (CE) 11-2; championship: Smith (CN) dec. Isaiah Pichardo (Seymour) 5-3.
113: Tyler Williams (CN), first-round bye; Owen Chandler (Seymour) pinned Williams (CN), 1:21; Williams (CN) pinned Austin Wolf (Switz Co), 1:09; David Tucker (Brown Co) pinned Williams (CN), 4:27; Williams (CN) pinned Jude Livers (West Wash), 2:40, fifth place; championship: Jeremy Clark (CE) dec. Camden Spears (Madison) 13-8.
120: Ashton Clark (CN) over Brown County, win by forfeit; Victor Antunez (Jennings Co) pinned Clark (CN), 0:23; Cameron Canada (S’western-Han) pinned Clark (CN), 4:09; championship: Antunez (Jennings Co) dec. Joey Gordon (CE) 4-2.
126: Keandre Watson (CN), first-round bye; Watson (CN) pinned Nick Baker (West Wash), 0:56; Watson (CN) pinned Xavier Barberis (Jennings Co), 2:42; championship: Cayden Rooks (CE) maj. dec. Watson (CN), 11-3.
132: no CN entry; championship: Graham Rooks (CE) pinned Dalton Craig (Jennings Co), 3:38.
138: Dallin Anderson (CN), first-round bye; Eli McGillian (Madion) dec. Anderson (CN) 11-4; Anderson (CN) tech fall Jacob Edwards (West Wash) 16-1; Joey Moran (Jennings Co) dec. Anderson (CN) 4-3; Anderson (CN) dec. Chandler Drummond (Seymour) 11-5, fifth place; championship: Dawson Combest (CE) pinned Adam Anderson (S’west-Han), 3:33.
145: Royce Lofton (CN) over West Washington, win by forfeit; Brandon Penegar (Seymour) pinned Lofton (CN), 1:13; Lofton (CN) pinned Hunter Salsman (Jennings Co), 4:15; Mitchell Cline (S’west-Han) pinned Lofton (CN), 3:17; Lofton (CN) pinned Joshua Parry (Brown Co), 3:44, fifth place; championship: Jake Schoenegge (CE) pinned Brandon Sexton (Scottsburg), 1:23.
152: Dylan England (CN) tech fall Ben Rygiel (Brown Co), 15-0; Jake Kriete (Seymour) pinned England (CN), 5:41; Andrew Foster (Scottsburg) over England (CN), DQ; championship: Corban Pollitt (CE) dec. Brooks Wathen (Jennings Co) 5-0.
160: Thomas Hancock (CN), first-round bye; Lane Coles (S’west-Han) maj. dec. Hancock (CN) 11-0; Sean Small (Scottsburg) pinned Hancock (CN), 2:04; championship: Nick South (CE) pinned Gabe Bennett (Madison), 3:24.
170: Brigham Kleinhenz (CN), first-round bye; Kleinhenz (CN) pinned Christian Fouts (Brown Co), 1:33; Kleinhenz (CN) pinned Mitchell Adcock (S’west-Han), 0:56; championship: Zane Beineke (Jennings Co) pinned Kleinhenz (CN), 3:15.
182: Matthew Hartman (CN) over Southwestern (Hanover), win by forfeit; Alejandro Sachinas (Seymour) pinned Hartman (CN), 1:05; Andrew Garland (Switz Co) pinned Hartman (CN), 1:56; championship: Sachinas (Seymour) maj. dec. Noah White (CE) 12-4.
195: Tay Wells (CN), first-round bye; Wells (CN) pinned Caleb Murphy (West Wash), 0:50; Eric Leach (Madison) pinned Wells (CN), 2:26; Jaylan Kirchner (Jennings Co) pinned Wells (CN), 2:05; Murphy (West Wash) pinned Wells (CN), 3:31, fifth place; championship: Kevin Corrales (Seymour) dec. Leach (Madison) 4-2.
220: Bradley Gutierrez (CN), first-round bye; Gutierrez (CN) pinned Josh Parks (Scottsburg), 0:33; Gutierrez (CN) pinned Griffin Packwood (West Wash), 0:24; championship: Jacob Bolte (CE) dec. Gutierrez (CN) 3-2.
285: Rashan Wells (CN), first-round bye; Otto Kling (Madison) pinned Wells (CN), 0:29; Noah Baker (West Wash) pinned Wells (CN), 0:53; championship: Dalton Anderson (CE) pinned Nathaniel McDonald (Jennings Co), 3:12.
CN Season Records (through Jan. 27)
>> 106: Morgan Smith, jr., 27-10 for season.
>> 113: Tyler Williams, fr., 21-19 for season.
>> 120: Ashton Clark, fr., 6-26 for season.
>> 126: Keandre Watson, so., 22-7 for season.
>> 132: no entry
>> 138: Dallin Anderson, jr., 11-29 for season.
>> 145: Royce Lofton, fr., 15-19 for season.
>> 152: Dylan England, jr., 9-24 for season.
>> 160: Thomas Hancock, sr., 5-20 for season.
>> 170: Brigham Kleinhenz, sr., 36-4 for season.
>> 182: Matthew Hartman, sr., 3-10 for season.
>> 195: Tay Wells, jr., 18-17 for season.
>> 220: Bradley Gutierrez, jr., 17-10 for season.
>> 285: Rashan Wells, so., 2-12 for season.
>> 285: Caleb Dooley, fr., 0-8 for season.