By Staff Reports
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County has three varsity wrestling teams, and it was a mix of the Panthers’ No. 2 and No. 3 squads that joined forces Thursday to pull away for a 44-23 victory against Seymour.
The hosts won nine of 13 weight class battles, including the opening two — 152 pounds and 160 pounds — in dominating action to take an 11-0 lead. The Owls found themselves trailing, 20-3, before pulling to within one point before Jennings County slammed the door shut by winning the last four of five matches.
“This is a mix of our wrestlers that was able to gain little more experience,” said Panthers coach Howard Jones.
Jennings County’s program depth is also relatively young, as several freshmen saw action versus the Owls. In fact, Jones has only four seniors on any roster this year.
Seymour is also in the middle of a youth movement, with coach Curt Schleibaum hoping to see improvement each meet, although not this one.
Colton Pifer got things rolling for Jennings County, pinning Seymour’s Keenan Bohall at the 3:50 mark at 152 pounds. Gabe Wilson then quickly followed for the Panthers at 160, racking up a 15-0 technical fall against Marcus Baurle just seconds into the second period.
Peyton Shepherd’s 3-1 decision over the Owls’ Richard Rohde at 170 pushed the lead to 14-0 before Tristan Sitterding finally put points on the board for the visitors with an exciting 4-3 decision over Jacob Montgomery at 182.
Seymour then fell further behind after 195-pounder Peyton Gerkin Shoulderd pinned Francisco Marcos at 5:15. Seymour then turned on its rally mode.
Tyler Loud registered a 1:51 pin for the Owls against Gerardo Castillo at 220, and then senior Adam Wolka dominated action in the 285-pound class, building a 7-1 lead over Jace Baldwin before sticking him at the 2:59 mark.
Following a double forfeit at 106, Seth Keith made things exciting for the Seymour fans after notching a 17-9 major decision over Jennings County’s Lyle Lewis. Keith built a 15-1 lead and was one point away from garnering a five-point tech fall tally before Lewis rallied late.
Instead of being tied, the Owls still trailed, 20-19, and were never able to get over the hump.
The Panthers reeled off four consecutive pins — Logan Applegate over Drake Spencer in 2:40 at 120, Lane Luhn over Levi Hill in 1:31 at 126, Ethan Herrin over Garrett Johnson in 3:05 at 132, and 138-pounder Anthony Engleking over Zefe Trejo in 2:45 — and 24 straight points to ease to a 44-19 advantage.
Seymour’s Matthew Ruddick closed out the evening at 145 with a 9-1 major decision against Wes Ferguson.
Columbus East victorious
BLOOMINGTON — East 152-pounder Kyle Stillinger pinned Gerritt Heitink in the opening match of the night to set the tone for the Olympians’ 54-16 victory.
East continued its assault with a 12-2 win by Maurice Dantzler over Hunter Dalton at 160 pounds, and then Olympians’ 170-pounder Jimmy Fisher won 17-2 over Seth Helton. East 182-pounder Coy Park dropped a 4-2 decision over Dominique Davis before 195-pounder Quade Greiwe won by fall over TJ Hayslip. East also picked up pins from 285-pounder Rob McKee, 113-pounder Jacob Martindale, 132-pounder Mitch Gilbert and 138-pounder Cody Reichenba.
Hauser loses to Morristown
MORRISTOWN — The Hauser girls varsity basketball team dropped a 58-36 decision to host Morristown on Thursday.
Abbey Ashbrook scored nine points for Hauser while Ellie Trotter had seven and Erin Shaw scored five points.
Columbus Christian falls
INDIANAPOLIS — Despite falling 38-14 to Greenwood Christian, the Columbus Christian girls varsity basketball team displayed a strong defensive effort against a team that previously beat the Crusaders by 41 points.
Tori Robinson led Columbus Christian with nine points.
Edinburgh dips to 4-12
Despite 25 points by Jennifer Stinson, the Edinburgh girls basketball team lost to host North Decatur 65-52.
Autumne Burton had 10 points for the Lancers, who are 4-12. North Decatur is 9-7.