GHS grapplers send five to Mooresville
AVON -- Greencastle advanced five wrestlers out of the Indiana High School Athletic Association wrestling sectional at Avon Saturday afternoon.
Aaron Langdon and Carter Lewis led the charge for the Tiger Cubs with both finishing second on the day. They were joined in advancing to the Mooresville regional by third place finisher Nick Pingleton and fourth place finishers Riley Boswell and Riley Cook.
Langdon (160) defeated Isaac Whitten of Ben Davis in his opening match by decision before pinning Kyle Reeves of Danville to advance to the final.
In the final, Langdon was thrown by Avon's Brendon Helm before being pinned midway through the first period.
Lewis (170) pinned his first two opponents, South Putnam's Rhaine Cluggish and Danville's Asa Lynch, to meet Avon's Even Elmore in the final.
Each wrestler managed an escape in the second and third periods, sending the match to overtime. Neither wrestler gained an advantage in the first overtime and while Lewis missed a chance for an escape in the second overtime, Elmore escaped in the third overtime to win the match 2-1.
Pingleton lost to Isiah Scherrer of Danville in the semifinals but picked up wins over Saevon Canto of Brownsburg and Matt Svorinic of Avon to place third.
Cook lost to Brock Hudkins, ranked No. 8 at 106, in the semifinals, then defeated North Putnam's Trae Straziscar to advance to regionals before falling to Bailey Chatterton of Avon in the third place match.
Boswell fell to Ben Davis' Dylan Lydy, but beat South Putnam's Jake Wiggs to advance to the regional, losing to Tri-West's Rick Perry in the third place match.
Greencastle head coach Matt McComish, though disappointed with the two championship matches, said the squad needed to turn attention straightaway to the regional draw.
"Aaron's got to keep improving," McComish said. "He made mistakes in the finals but we get to look forward to regional, seeing who we draw and start preparing for those wrestlers.
"The same goes for Carter. Carter wrestled a really tough match in the final and if a few things go our way, we end up winning.
"Everyone will be looking to see what the draw is. We'll figure out a scouting report, develop a plan of attack and get ready to move these guys through to the semi state."
Greencastle returned wrestlers with experience in the postseason, and McComish said that can only help.
"Having guys returning to the regional prepares them for the pressure of the event," McComish added. "They have to show up and be ready to perform. They have to be at their best because there are no easy matches from this point on."