JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – Senior Morgan Smith claimed the championship at 113 pounds and classmate Bradley Gutierrez placed third at 285 pounds on Saturday (Feb. 2), highlighting the efforts by the Columbus North wrestling team in the Jeffersonville Regional.
Smith went 3-0 for the day and moved to 26-5 for the season while advancing as a No. 1 seed to the Evansville Semi-State next Saturday (Feb. 9). He pinned North Harrison’s Jayden Skaggs in 32 seconds, posted a 6-2 decision over Brown County’s Brandon Leslie and beat Brandon Bryant of Eastern (Pekin) 7-2 in the title bout.
Gutierrez when 2-1 for the day to move to 17-7 for the season. He beat Tell City’s Chance Bolin 4-1 in the first round, fell 3-2 in a tiebreaker to Seymour’s Gabe Ramirez in the semifinals and then pinned Charlestown’s Sean Baker in 36 seconds in the third-place match.
The Bull Dogs had four other wrestlers in the regional, but they each were eliminated in the first round.
>> At 106 pounds, Crawford County’s Donnie Feeler posted a 13-1 major decision over CN freshman Joshua Nelson. Nelson finished at 12-7.
>> At 145 pounds, Tell City’s Corey Braunecker pinned Bull Dogs junior Keandre Watson at the 1:04 mark. Watson closed at 7-3.
>> At 160 pounds, Tell City’s Nigel Kaiser recorded a 10-0 major decision over CN freshman Jared Slocum. Slocum completed his season at 9-14.
>> At 170 pounds, Jeffersonville’s Tyler Hughes posted a 10-6 decision over Bull Dogs junior Nick Holt. Holt finished with a 13-13 record.
Columbus North totaled 31 points to place eighth of 20 teams in the regional. Columbus East won the event with 226.5 points. Jeffersonville was runner-up with 132.5 points followed by Tell City with 103.5, Seymour with 49 and Brown County with 42.
Team scores: Columbus East 226.5, Jeffersonville 132.5, Tell City 103.5, Seymour 49, Brown County 42, Eastern (Pekin) 38, Crawford County 32.5, Columbus North 31, New Washington 29, Southwestern (Hanover) 29, Charlestown 26.5, Jennings County 20, West Washington 13, Providence 11, Madison 8, Scottsburg 6, Corydon Central 0, North Harrison 0, Salem 0, Switzerland County 0. 20 teams.
Columbus North Results
106: Donnie Feeler (Crawford County) maj. dec. Joshua Nelson (CN) 13-1.
113: Morgan Smith (CN) pinned Jayden Skaggs (North Harrison), 0:32; Morgan Smith dec. Brandon Leslie (Brown County) 6-2; Morgan Smith (CN) dec. Brandon Bryant (Eastern Pekin) 7-2, championship.
145: Corey Braunecker (Tell City) pinned Keandre Watson (CN), 1:04
160: Nigel Kaiser (Tell City) maj. dec. Jared Slocum (CN) 10-0
170: Tyler Hughes (Jeffersonville) dec. Nick Holt (CN) 10-6
285: Bradley Gutierrez (CN) dec. Chance Bolin (Tell City) 4-1; Gabe Ramirez (Seymour) dec. Bradley Gutierrez (CN) 3-2 tie-breaker; Bradley Gutierrez (CN) pinned Sean Baker (Charlestown), 0:36, third place.