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Cubs crown 3 sectional champions, 8 qualify for region
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, February 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Pictured from left to right, Young, Partee and Sandlin
Madison's Chayce Young, Jordan Partee and Mitchell Sandlin each scored individual championships and eight Cub wrestlers advanced to the regional after a strong showing at the IHSAA Sectional at Jennings County on Saturday.
As a team, Madison placed third with 169.5 points, just 10 off sectional champion Greensburg. The Cubs had five finalists overall, the most of any team in the tournament.
Along with its three champions, Madison also sends Trenton Dempler, Chris Tingle, Tanner Young, Marcus Schoonover and Tanner Geer onto the next round.
Southwestern finished tied for eighth with 59 points. Austin Spray, who was the runner-up at 145 pounds, was the Rebels' lone regional qualifier.
Neither Shawe nor Switzerland County scored a point and did not have a wrestler place.
None of the three Cub champions were tested en route to their titles.
Chayce Young (43-2) dominated the 126-pound weight class with a major decision and a fall before picking up his school-record 32nd pin in the finals. Partee, ranked sixth in the state at 160 pounds, improved to 40-5 with a pin, a major decision and a 23-8 technical fall in the finals. Sandlin (41-4) wasted little time in scoring wins by pin in 1:05, 1:58 and 0:41 en route to the title.
"Chayce was a bit sloppy in the opening round but turned it on the next two matches and has set himself up nicely for regionals," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "Jordan was on point today. He was sharp and has his sights set on three more weeks of wrestling. Mitchell was a beast today. He needs to keep this mindset as we keep moving on."
Tingle (34-11) and Tanner Young (35-8) finished second in the 138 and 170 classes, respectively. Dempler (23-12) was third at 132, Schoonover (28-15) was third at 220 and Tanner Geer (20-22) was fourth at 285.
Other placers for Madison were: Cameron Napier (22-17), fifth, 145; Logan Long (3-3), sixth, 106; and Corbin Hughes (6-5), sixth, 182.
Spray, who missed much of the season with a hand injury, just missed a championship at 145 pounds. Spray (13-1) suffered his first loss of the season in the finals to 16th-ranked Matthew Ruddick of Seymour.
"Austin wrestled a great match but came up short," Southwestern coach Brandon Brawner said. "I was pleased with his effort, especially after missing half the season to hand surgery. We will have the opportunity to see Ruddick again and I believe if we cross our Ts and dot our Is the outcome can be different."
Southwestern had four wrestlers finish fifth and fall one place short of qualifying for regionals: Cody Holman (23-13), 113; Logan Williams (23-12), 120); Zach Abbott (15-18), 170; and Matt Hedges (20-12), 220.
Zach Liter (17-11) finished sixth at 285.
The regional will be held Saturday at Jeffersonville.
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