Partee
Partee
Madison's Jordan Partee wrestled his way into the state finals with a third-place finish at the IHSAA Semistate in Evansville on Saturday.

Ninth-ranked Partee (48-3) finished third at 152 pounds after surviving a grueling day on the mat at the Ford Center. Partee opened the tournament with a 3-2 triple overtime win over Bloomington South's Jeremy Williams.

After a scoreless first period, Williams (23-20) scored first on a escape to take a 1-0 lead. Partee then scored a reversal in the third period for a 2-1 lead but Williams was able to escape as regulation ended to tie the match 2-2 and force overtime.

Neither wrestler picked up a point in the two overtimes. Partee chose the down position to open the third OT and needed just a escape to win the match. After a couple of unsuccessful scrambles Partee was able to escape for the point and the win.

"He had a good game plan and the ref helped that game plan out as he hit us for stalling even though we had a clear advantage in attempts," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said.

Partee had a much easier time in the second round with an upset by pin of fifth-ranked Jacob Stevenson (38-5) of Franklin in 5:07. The win clinched a berth in the state finals for the junior.

"Jordan wrestled one heck of a match and to get the pin and really put the exclamation point on this run," Skinner said.

Partee lost his chance at a semistate championship with a 4-3 loss to Evansville Memorial's Kody Henshaw (38-7) in the semifinals. Partee secured the opening take down then, after surrendering a escape and takedown, Partee could only muster an escape in the third period to match Henshaw's escape in the second period.

"Jordan looked a little tight in that third match and just could not get in any good attacks against a solid wrestler," Skinner said.

Partee rebounded from just his third loss of the season to beat Evansville Mater Dei's Ashton Forzley (26-9) 7-2 in the consolation match.

"Jordan came out with goal to put some points on the board early and often and was very aggressive," Skinner said.

Two other Madison wrestlers lost their opening match to bow out of the tournament.

Junior Mitchell Sandlin (42-4) saw his stellar season end when he was pinned at the 6:00 mark by Northview's Jesse Miller (37-10) at 195 pounds. Sandlin found himself tied 2-2 heading into the third period where Miller scored the escape to take a 3-2 lead.

As time was expiring Sandlin went for a desperation takedown but was caught on his back and gave up the pin at the buzzer.

"Sandlin ran into someone whose whole goal was not to attack and play defense the whole match," Skinner said. "It worked in frustrating Mitchell and keeping him from scoring."

Chris Tingle (23-26) lost to 16th-ranked Branson Schroeder (29-9) of Evansville Mater Dei by an 8-2 major decision.

"Tingle had a great run this postseason and almost pulled off another shocker here today," Skinner said.

Southwestern's Austin Spray was scheduled to face Schroeder in the opening round but was forced to withdraw Thursday night due to illness. As a result, Tingle moved up a slot rather than facing Evansville Central's Isaiah Kemper. Kemper finished as the semistate runner-up.

Partee will open the state finals against DeKalb's Connor Brummett (33-3) on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Wrestling begins at 6 p.m.