Wrestlers prepare for regional tournament: Eight Clinton County grapplers must win first match Saturday to advance
Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:00 pm
BY JIMMY GILLISPIE email@example.com
Eight Clinton County wrestlers have a shot at advancing their season another week, but six of those are underdogs with their seeding at Saturday’s IHSAA regional tournaments, which begin at 9 a.m.
Five of the county wrestlers still competing this season enter the regional tournament as a No. 4 seed from their respective sectional. They will face the No. 1 seed from the other sectional. One county wrestler was a No. 3 seed, while the other two are No. 2 seeds
Clinton Central and Frankfort will be at North Montgomery on Saturday, while Rossville will travel to Logansport. Knowing what’s on the line and having much fewer wrestlers, all three coaches have altered their practices this week, at least when winter weather hasn’t affected them.
“Unfortunately, we had one that was out with an injury on Monday,” Frankfort head coach Richard Sallee said. “He recovered and we had a good practice on Tuesday. Then we weren’t allowed to have practice today. It’s little bit of a struggle.”
Rossville head coach Tom Devaney said he has focused his practices to much more individual work this week in preparation for Saturday.
“It’s been totally different,” Devaney said. “We’ve been using some of the other wrestlers to work with the three kids on some of the weak points that we’ve seen in the sectional when we were on bottom and when they would shoot in on us. So we’ve been working those things really hard this week.
“We took videos earlier in the year so we can use that in preparing because we saw some of those kids earlier in the year,” he added. “We’ll go over those in practice to see what else we can work on.”
Saturday’s first-round, quarterfinal match is the all-important one for every wrestler at the regional tournaments. A loss ends their season, while a win advances them to the semi-state tournament the following weekend. The winners will wrestle out the bracket to decide the top four places.
“They know it,” Devaney said. “I told them I could care less about the rest of the day Saturday. We have to go out there for six minutes, because that’s all that counts. Those first six minutes on the mat.”
Sallee is also emphasizing the importance of the first match.
“We’re trying to refine what they’re good at and building on those types of things,” Sallee said. “Then we’re also trying to figure out what moves will work on their opponent because our biggest concern is the next match. If you win the next match, you move on and if you lose, you’re done. Both boys drew North Mont kids and we know what kind of wrestlers they are.”
Here is a quick breakdown of each county wrestlers first-round match.
106 – Ty Fadness, Rossville
Fadness, a freshman at Rossville, will compete against West Central freshman Kirkland Bushong, who is the No. 1 seed from the Twin Lakes sectional. Fadness enters the match 35-6, while Bushong is 26-8 on the season. Bushong defeated Fadness in a match earlier this season.
126 – Skyler Collins, Frankfort
Collins finished third at the Zionsville sectional and will wrestle the No. 2 seed from the Crawfordsville sectional. The sophomore Collins (12-12) will compete against senior Jamie May (15-6) from North Montgomery.
126 – Caleb Archibald, Clinton Central
CC sophomore Archibald faces the No. 1 seed from the Crawfordsville sectional, Southmont senior Chandler Moore. Archibald is 14-9 on the season, while Moore is 25-2.
145 – Adam Easterday, Rossville
After finishing fourth at the Lafayette Jefferson sectional, Rossville junior Easterday will take on the No. 1 seed from the Twin Lakes sectional. Easterday (23-6) will wrestle West Central junior Parker Fritz (35-4). Easterday qualified for the regional tournament a year ago. He also lost a close match to Fritz earlier this season.
“He knows what to expect so this week in practice, he’s the one working the hardest,” Devaney said of Easterday. “I really appreciate that. He knows that first match is everything.”
160 – Alex Ragains, Frankfort
Ragains, a sophomore at Frankfort, enters his first-ever regional tournament with a 25-8 record. He will face the No. 1 seed, North Montgomery senior Nick Borta, who is 30-0 on the season.
“We have two sophomores wrestling two seniors,” Sallee said. “We’re looking for any opportunity to score points on them.”
170 – Jeff Scott, Clinton Central
Scott, a senior at CC, is hoping to return to semi-state with a win Saturday over North Montgomery junior Kobi Wray. Scott is 24-3, while Wray is 18-14 this season.
182 – Adam Miller, Clinton Central
Miller, a senior at CC, suffered his second loss of the year at last week’s finals. He takes his 27-2 record into his match with South Vermillion’s Aeron Goodman (23-6).
182 – Joecy Martin, Rossville
Martin, a Rossville junior, takes his 31-10 record into his regional match with Twin Lakes senior Alex Wade (35-6). Wade was the Twin Lakes sectional winner.