2/10/2013 2:38:00 PM Wrestlers shut out of state Four local boys reach second round of semistate
Kim Nguyen / C-T photo New Castle's Luke Decker battles in the semistate tournament.
By JEREMY HINES For The Courier-Times
Saturday turned out to be a disappointing day for area wrestlers.
No area wrestler advanced to this week's state tournament. The dozen local wrestlers competing in the New Castle semistate, were all eliminated in either the first or the second round of competition.
New Castle's Luke Decker, Shenandoah's Chandler Hale, Hagerstown's Christian Cox and Knightstown's Dean Thomas were each one win away from going to state.
Decker had the best local finish on the day, placing sixth at 152 pounds.
Decker dispatched of his first round opponent, Pendleton's Travis Gooding. That set the Trojan junior up for a showdown with No. 2-ranked, undefeated Josh Farrell of Greenfield. Farrell lived up to his ranking, eventually scoring a technical fall over Decker.
In the semistate format, the winner of the first two rounds qualifies for state.
Decker did bounce back after losing in the ticket round. He won his next match, but in the process injured his shoulder. He could not wrestle for fifth and sixth place. He had to injury default that match, giving him sixth place overall.
Hale advanced to the ticket round by beating Noblesville's Derek Noon (32-2) in the first round. Hale then went up against eighth ranked Robbie Ellsea of New Palestine. Ellsea had a 7-2 advantage on Hale in the final minute of the match. The Shenandoah junior scored a two-point reversal to make it 7-4, and then Ellsea was called for stalling to give Hale another point. That's how the match ended, with Ellsea winning 7-5.
Cox won his first round match by defeating Rockville's Jacob Thurman. In the second round Cox was defeated by 14th ranked Juwan Bartlett of Lawrence North 7-1.
Knightstown's Dean Thomas won his first round match 5-2 against Lawrence North's Tremayne Perryman. In the second round Thomas went up against No. 5-ranked Noah Perdue of Warren Central. Perdue won the match 9-4.
New Castle's Trenton Whitaker-Blakey, Tim Anderson, Brad Broyles and Spencer Sargent all lost in the first round. Shenandoah's Kyle Webster and C.J. Corbett as well as Knightstown's Adam Bundy and Dustin Messer also lost in the first round.