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Eight local wrestlers advance to New Castle semi-state

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Hagertown’s Jake Combs (right) grapples with East Central’s Kole Viel in the championship match at 182 pounds during Saturday’ wrestling regional at Richmond. Combs won a 4-3 decision over Viel for the title.
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New Castle’s Traye Owens (top) has the advantage over Franklin County’s Garrett Condo in their championship match at 120 pounds at Saturday’s Richmond regional. Owens pinned Condo in 3:31 for the title.

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

RICHMOND - If one looks at the final numbers, only eight of our local wrestlers advanced to this coming Saturday’s New Castle semi-state out of the 26 that advanced to the regional this past Saturday at Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center.

However, four of those eight won the championships of their weight classes at the Richmond regional, putting them in a more favorable position to star this coming Saturday;s semi-state in New Castle Fieldhouse.

The local area also had one second-place, one third-place, and two fourth-place finishes at the Richmond regional. The top four places in each weight class qualified to compete in this coming Saturday’s semi-state.

South Dearborn won the team championship of Saturday’s Richmond regional with 99.5 points, followed by East Central 89.0, Lawrenceburg 81.0, Milan 64.0, Centerville 58.0, Shenandoah 54.5, Cambridge City Lincoln 54.0, Northeastern 46.0. Franklin County 44.0, Connersville 40.5, Richmond 38.0. Rushville 31.0, Union County 31.0, New Caste 30.0, Hagerstown 20.0, Knightstown 16.0, Tri 11.0, and Greensburg 6.0. Batesville and Blue River Valley sent wrestlers to the regional. but did not score any points.

New Castle’s Traye Owens was champion in the 120-pound weight class. Owens pinned Rushville’s Adam Bousman in 1:54 in the opening round, won an 11-5 decision over South Dearborn’s Eli Otto in the semifinals, and pinned Franklin County’s Garrett Condo in 3:31 to win the championship.

One of Shenandoah’s individual champions was Hayden Lohrey, who finished first at 160 pounds. Lohrey pinned Rushville’s Austen Gerrian in 1:02 in the opening round, won a 17-6 major decision over Lawrenceburg’s Andrew Roth in the semifinals, and beat Milan’s Jacob Rohrig by technical fall in 4:33 to win the title.

The Raiders’ other individual champion was the undefeated Silas Allred at 195 pounds, who made quick work of his three opponents. Allred pinned Greensburg’s Alex Dance in a minute in the opening round, pinned Connersville’s Evan Shafer in 1:04 in the semifinals, and pinned Richmond’s Blaine Pierce in 1:11 to capture the championship.

The fourth individual championship from the local area came from Hagerstown’s Jake Combs, who won the championship at 182 pounds. Combs pinned South Decatur’s Sean Sohmer in 2:57 in the opening round, won a 9-3 decision against Rushville’s Marcus Vaughn in the semifinals, and edged East Central’s Kole Viel 4-3 to win the title.

Knightstown’s Nick Walsh finished second in the 138-pound class. Walsh pinned Lawrenceburg’s Jayce Bohan in 2:58 in the opening round, won a 3-2 decision against East Central’s Adam Negangard in the semifinals, and got pinned by Centerville’s undefeated Gabe Phillips in 4:28 in the finals.

Tri’s Robby Pandoli finished third at 220 pounds. Pandoli pinned Milan’s Zach Hauser in 1:45 in the opening round, got pinned by South Decatur’s Zach Dick in three minutes in the semifinals, but recovered to edge Shenandoah’s Corbin Badger on a 6-5 decision to capture third place.

Badger finished fourth at 220 pounds. He pinned Lawrenceburg’s Ethan Parris in 5:07 in the opening round and then got pinned by weight class champion Cullen Browning in 48 seconds in the semifinals before facing Pandoli.

New Castle’s Tytus Ragle was the other local grappler to qualify for the semi-state, finishing fourth at 152 pounds. Ragle pinned East Central’s Kasey Carr in 1:52 in the opening round, lost a 7-1 decision to Lawrenceburg’s Andrew Roberts in the semifinals, and then lost a 3-1 decision to Franklin County’s Grant Suding in the consolation match to finish fourth.

Qualifiers from the North Mongomery, Pendleton Heights, and Perry Meridian regionals will join those from the Richmond regional for Saturday’s New Castle semi-state, which begins at 9 a.m. in the Fieldhouse.