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CN's Jones ousted in first round of IHSAA wrestling State Finals
February 26, 2014Columbus North High School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Columbus North senior Andrew Jones competed Friday evening (Feb. 21) in the first round of the IHSAA wrestling State Finals.
Jones was the only Bull Dog athlete in the 122-school event, dropping his opening match in the 152-pound weight class to Mishawaka senior Tristan Macri by fall at the 4:30 mark. Jones completed his season with a 34-10 record.
Macri defeated Kokomo senior Chad Gaddis 6-3 in the quarterfinals and eventually placed third in the division. Evansville Central senior Brandon Kelley beat Macri 4-2 in the semifinals, and Kelley took the 152-pound title with a pin over Crown Point junior Darden Schurg at 2:24 of the final.
Macri topped Angola senior Austin Bauer 5-1 in the third-place match.
Indianapolis Cathedral carried home its first state championship by capturing two individual state champions and two individual state runners-up, while Hanover Central senior Stevan Micic ended a memorable career with his individual crown.
Senior Wesley Bernard delivered the Cathedral title in the evening's last bout with his 5-2 decision over Ben Davis' Norman Oglesby in the 285-pound class. Bernard completed a perfect 49-0 season.
Cathedral senior Vinny Corsaro and sophomore teammate Blake Rypel also made championship-match appearances, but both came up short in their respective bids. Corsaro finished as a runner-up for the third straight season, falling to Yorktown's Rhett Hiestand in the 160-pound final, while Rypel lost 9-8 in the 182-pound class to Edgewood's Damian Chambers.
The Irish, coached by Sean McGinley, entered the weekend with seven qualifiers.
Cathedral outdistanced runner-up Franklin Community in the team standings by a 73-60 margin. It was Franklin Community's best finish in school history. Yorktown placed third with 55 points, three-time defending champ Perry Meridian ended fourth with 51.5 and New Palestine rounded out the top five with 50.
Columbus North placed in a 55-way for 68th place with no points.
For Hanover Central's Micic, he became the 34th wrestler in state history with three or more titles with his 10-5 decision over Penn's Zachary Davis at 126. Micic (42-0) had won at 106 in 2012 and 113 last year.
Franklin Community and Warren Central each celebrated with a pair of state champions.
D.J. Smith and Jacob Stevenson won the 113- and 170-pound divisions for the Grizzly Cubs, respectively. Deondre Wilson and Katrell Moss bested respective fields at 132 and 195 for the Warriors. It was Wilson's second consecutive title after he won the 120-pound championship a year ago.
Three others also added a second state championship to their collection.
Chad Red of New Palestine took home the 120-pound title after winning at 106 pounds in 2013. Lake Central's Gelen Robinson defended his 220-pound championship of a year ago in a rematch with Kokomo's Fletcher Miller. And Perry Meridian's Cody LeCount, last year's 132 champ, won the 145 final in a head-to-head match with Mishawaka's Tommy Forte, last year's winner at 138.
The two-day, three-session attendance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse was 29,807.
Franklin senior Skyler Lykins was named winner of the 2014 Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee.
Academically, Lykins ranks in the top 5 percent of his senior class with a grade-point average above 4.0. He is one of 10 students serving on the Principal’s Leadership Council, is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is also very involved in his church and the Boy Scouts, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Lykins finished sixth in the 138-pound weight class this weekend after qualifying for this third wrestling State Finals. He is on pace to earn 11 varsity letters in cross country, wrestling and track.
State Championship Match Results
106: Jeremaih Reitz (9) Griffith (45-1) def. Paul Konrath (9) Mt. Vernon (48-3), SV-1 4-2.
113: D.J. Smith (12) Franklin Community (39-1) def. Garrett Pepple (11) East Noble (41-2), Dec. 5-3.
120: Chad Red (10) New Palestine (44-0) def. Forrest Glogouski (12) Fairfield (44-3), Dec 6-2.
126: Stevan Micic (12) Hanover Central (42-0) def. Zachary Davis (12) Penn (41-4), Dec 10-5.
132: Deondre Wilson (12) Warren Central (39-0) def. Brandon James (11) Perry Meridian (41-4) Dec 4-2.
138: Tommy Cash (11) Lawrence North (47-1) def. Jacob Covaciu (10) Merrillville (45-5) Dec 5-3.
145: Cody LeCount (12) Perry Meridian (44-0) def. Tommy Forte (11) Mishawaka (26-2) Dec 3-2.
152: Brendon Kelley (12) Evansville Central (50-0) def. Darden Schurg (11) Crown Point (37-3) Fall 2:24.
160: Rhett Hiestand (12) Yorktown (47-2) def. Vinny Corsaro (12) Indianapolis Cathedral (48-1) UTB 2-1.
170: Jacob Stevenson (11) Franklin Community (40-1) def. Chase Osborn (11) Penn (40-2) Dec 7-3.
182: Damien Chambers (12) Edgewood (44-1) def. Blake Rypel (10) Indianapolis Cathedral (47-2) SV-1 9-8.
195: Katrell Moss (12) Warren Central (31-2) def. Brian Wagner (12) New Palestine (41-5) Dec 3-2.
220: Gelen Robinson (12) Lake Central (52-0) def. Fletcher Miller (12) Kokomo (56-2) Dec 9-3.
285: Wesley Bernard (12) Indianapolis Cathedral (49-0) def. Norman Oglesby (11) Ben Davis (43-2) Dec 5-2.