EVANSVILLE — One Columbus East and one Columbus North wrestler are headed to the state finals after top-four performances in Saturday’s Evansville Reitz Semistate.
East senior Jimmy Fisher finished second at 170 pounds. Fisher won three matches by decision before falling to Franklin’s Jacob Stevenson 12-8 in the finals.
“I feel good about the way I wrestled today,” Fisher said. “I wrestled tough and got the wins I needed to get. I knew that making it to the finals was going to make a big difference in when I get to state who I draw.”
Fisher had lost to Stevenson 16-8 early in the season.
“I’m not satisfied just getting to the finals,” Fisher said. “Winning it would have been that much better. But it was a good day, all in all.”
“Jimmy had a great day,” East coach Chris Cooper said. “He beat three quality kids, and then the match in the finals was relatively close. It was a tough weight class, and there were probably three or four of the top kids in the state in that bracket, so to come out and finish second was a big accomplishment.”
North senior Andrew Jones took fourth at 152. Jones won his first two matches by pin before falling to Brownsburg’s CJ Damler by a 15-0 technical fall in the semifinals and to Martinsville’s Seth Ferguson by a 10-2 major decision in the third-place match.
“I was frustrated,” Jones said. “I wanted one of my teammates to make it there with me. But other than that, I’m pretty excited to go to state.”
“He wrestled well the first two rounds,” North coach Nick Skinner said. “The semifinals he, in my opinion, wrestled very poorly. It wasn’t a good representation of how he can wrestle. For some reason, he didn’t show up to wrestle that match.”
The other three North wrestlers to qualify for semistate lost in the first round. Luke Teague fell to Evansville Mater Dei’s Sam Bassemier 3-0 at 182, Kenny King lost to Ben Davis’ Norman Oglesby 7-3 at 275 and Cody Speaker was pinned by Jasper’s Nathan Schitter at 126.
East’s Quade Griewe fell to Mater Dei’s Seth Orth 5-1 in the opening round at 195.
Senior Dalton Noblitt, a state qualifier last year, had qualified for Saturday’s semistate, but injured a shoulder in last week’s regional and wasn’t cleared by doctor to compete Saturday.
Jennings County’s Gabe Wilson fell just short of qualifying for state, dropping a 1-0 decision in the second round at 160. Ethan Herrin also fell one win short, losing by pin in the semifinals at 138. Colton Castetter dropped a first-round decision at 220, and Clayton Capes lost a first-round technical fall at 132.
Brown County had three wrestlers at semistate, and all three fell one win short of state. Evan Bullock (106), Austin Ely (113) and Austin Walsh (120) lost in the second round.
Seymour’s Matthew Ruddick fell in the second round at 145.