Sandlin, Spray wrestle to sectional titles
Monday, January 28, 2013 10:00 AM
Madison's Mitchell Sandlin and Southwestern's Austin Spray both claimed sectional wrestling championships and six other Cubs earned regional berths on strong performances at the IHSAA Sectional at Jennings County on Saturday.
Sandlin, now 39-3 on the season, won his title at 195 pounds. The junior earned a bye and a forfeit before beating Columbus North's Luis Cambron 6-3 in the semifinals. Sandlin took the championship when Brown County's Brett Cline injury defaulted.
"Mitchell won a close match against the North kid. It's good to learn to win those types of matches in the tourney," Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. "His championship has made his path to semistate that much easier."
Spray (41-4) ended the Cinderella run of Madison's Chris Tingle with an 11-4 major decision in the finals. Tingle was seeded sixth but scored a pair of upsets before falling to Spray.
"It wasn't pretty but it was enough to get the job done," Southwestern coach Brandon Brawner said. "I would like to congratulate Austin on his first sectional title, hopefully he can add a regional crown next weekend. Spray is one win away from qualifying for the semistate in Evansville."
Madison had four other wrestlers reach sectional finals, the most the Cubs have had in more than five years. Along with Tingle (22-23), Trenton Dempler (24-9) at 120 pounds, Jordan Partee (42-2) at 152, and Tanner Young (30-16) at 160 each finished as sectional runners-up.
Partee's loss to Columbus East's Kyle Stillinger in the finals - he fell behind early and couldn't make up the difference - was just the Madison star's second setback of the season.
"Jordan has a long road ahead of him and can't let this bump in the road derail him," Skinner said. "These two will continue to face off and we just need to be better prepared."
Two other Cubs finished in the top four to earn trips to the regional next week. Chayce Young (36-9) was third at 126 pounds and Hunter Sego (28-16) was fourth at 170.
"Chayce had a tough weight but gave it all he had. He is going to have to work his tail off this week," Skinner said. "Hunter improved on his seed and wrestled well. We need to work on his cardio to get him to that next level."
Spray was the only Southwestern Rebel to finish in the top four - the cut for regional. Cody Holman (23-20) was fifth at 106 pounds and Alex Marion (18-21) took fifth at 132.
"Alex and Cody both wrestled well but just missed qualifying," Brawner said. "We told them before their last match to go out on top and finish their season with a win and that's what they did."
Switzerland County had two wrestlers place in the top six. Tylor Thomas (23-11) finished fifth at 220 pounds while Justin Kasson (14-13) was sixth at 160.
Columbus East had six individual champions and scored 240 points to win the team sectional title. Jennings County was second with 211. The rest of the team scores were: Columbus North, 177; Madison, 131; Greensburg, 125; Brown Co., 98; Seymour, 91; Scottsburg, 60; Southwestern, 37; and Switzerland Co., 13.