Boys Varsity Wrestling
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Columbus North wrestling went 4-for-4 Saturday (Feb. 3) in advancing wrestlers from the Jeffersonville Regional.
Junior Morgan Smith and sophomore Keandre Watson claimed runner-up honors in the 106- and 126-pound divisions, respectively, in leading the Bull Dogs to a sixth-place team finish with 56 points. In addition, senior Brigham Kleinhenz and junior Bradley Gutierrez captured respective third-place spots in the 170- and 220-pound divisions.
The top four athletes in each class qualified for the Evansville Semi-State, which is set for 9 a.m. CST next Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Ford Center in Evansville.
All four CN athletes went 2-1 in the regional. Smith and Watson each won their first two matches before falling in the final. Kleinhenz and Gutierrez each won their opener, lost in the semifinals and then prevailed in the third-place match.
Smith will take a 29-11 record to the semi-state, Watson is 24-8, Kleinhenz is 38-5 and Gutierrez is 19-11. There will be 16 wrestlers in each division in the semi-state, so a wrestler must win in the first two rounds to guarantee a top-four finish and a berth in the IHSAA State Finals on Feb. 16-17.
Columbus East had nine athletes claim individual regional titles en route to the team crown with 250 points. Jeffersonville and Seymour tied for second with 96 points followed by Jennings County with 90, Madison with 66.5 and Columbus North in the 20-school competition.
Team scores: Columbus East 250, Jeffersonville 96, Seymour 96, Jennings County 90, Madison 66.5, Columbus North 56, Scottsburg 25, Southwestern (Hanover) 22, Tell City 21, Brown County 19, North Harrison 19, Providence 18, Crawford County 16, West Washington 8, Charlestown 0, Corydon Central 0, Eastern (Pekin) 0, New Washington 0, Salem 0, Switzerland County 0.
CN Match Results (and Championship Matches)
106: Morgan Smith (CN) pinned Jayden Skaggs (North Harrison), 0:50; Smith (CN) dec. Nathaniel John (Columbus East) 3-1; championship, Isaiah Pichardo (Seymour) dec. Smith (CN) 9-8.
113: championship, Jeremy Clark (Columbus East) maj. dec. Camden Spears (Madison) 13-3.
120: championship, Victor Antunez (Jennings County) dec. Joey Gordon (Columbus East) 6-3.
126: Keandre Watson (CN) pinned Dylan Johnson (Jeffersonville), 0:55; Watson (CN) pinned Fisher Richart (Scottsburg), 0:16; championship, Cayden Rooks (Columbus East) maj. dec. Watson (CN) 15-7.
132: championship, Graham Rooks (Columbus East) pinned Dalton Craig (Jennings County), 3:51.
138: championship, Dawson Combest (Columbus East) pinned Trent Brown (Jeffersonville), 4:41.
145: championship, Jake Schoenegge (Columbus East) pinned Brandon Sexton (Scottsburg), 1:49.
152: championship, Corban Pollitt (Columbus East) dec. Brooks Wathen (Jennings County) 1-0.
160: championship, Nick South (Columbus East) tech fall Gabe Bennett (Madison) 16-0.
170: Brigham Kleinhenz (CN) pinned Nick Riddell (Crawford County), 1:39; Kameron Fuller (Jeffersonville) dec. Kleinhenz (CN) 10-3; Kleinhenz (CN) dec. Andy Davidson (Columbus East) 5-2, third-place; championship, Fuller (Jeffersonville) dec. Zane Beineke (Jennings County) 10-6.
182: championship, Kohanna Wilks (North Harrison) dec. Alejandro Sachinas (Seymour) 3-2.
195: championship, Luke Smith (Jeffersonville) dec. Kevin Corrales (Seymour) 8-3.
220: Bradley Gutierrez (CN) dec. Dalton Pinaire (Eastern-Pekin) 7-3; Humberto Pulido (Jeffersonville) dec. Gutierrez (CN) 4-4, tiebreaker; Gutierrez (CN) pinned Griffin Packwood (West Washington), 0:58, third place; championship, Jacob Bolte (Columbus East) pinned Pulido (Jeffersonville), 4:39.
285: championship, Dalton Anderson (Columbus East) pinned Sam Hudlin (Providence), 2:50.