Madison's Noah Burkhardt controls an opponent during the match. (Submitted photo)
Madison's Noah Burkhardt controls an opponent during the match. (Submitted photo)
Madison’s wrestling team won four of its five matches and placed second at its own Nick Shadday Memorial Invitational on Saturday at home.

The Cubs’ only loss came to a strong Evansville Reitz squad by a score of 54-24. Madison won each of the other matches easily, beating Seymour 76-6, Scottsburg 54-15, Purdue Polytechnic 47-24 and Switzerland County 71-12.

The wins pushed Madison’s dual meet record to 32-4 on the season, moving it ahead of the 2002-03 squad for best season record.

“The Shadday is always a special meet for this program. Nick was the embodiment of what it meant to be a Cub,” Madison coach Tyson Skinner said. “I loved the energy of this team, from our senior leadership to the freshman newcomers everyone supports one another. It was a great sendoff for our seniors. Jacob (McRoberts) and Tucker (Adams) have really been instrumental in the progress of this team this year.

“Evansville was a good test for us. A couple of matches I think we let slip away but it was just what we needed as our kids prepare for conference and then the State Series.”

Freshman Van Skinner went undefeated at 170 pounds to improve to 37-2 on the season and break the school record for wins by a freshman. Robby Taylor picked up 36 victories in the 2007-08 season.

Noah Burkhardt (120 pounds), McRoberts (126) and Emmett Willhite (138) each also went 5-0 on the day. Burkhardt improved to 34-5, McRoberts to 33-7 and Willhite to 27-8.

“Noah, Emmett and Van had a great day for us and picked up some big wins,” Tyson Skinner said.

Mason Long (152) and Dalton Berry (182) each went 4-1 on the day while Dylan Fulton (285) was 3-1. Bryce Turner (113), Luke McCarty (145), Trenton Stockdale (160), Colin Fulton (195) and Tucker Adams (220) were each 3-2, Brayden Richards (132) was 2-3 and Justin Stone (285) was 0-1.

Complete results for Switzerland County were not available, but against Madison, Wylden Washnock picked up a win at 106 pounds and Jacob Wolf won at 132.

Madison returns to action on Saturday when the Cubs host the Hoosier Hills Conference championships. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.

Bilz qualifies for girls state

Madison sophomore Kelsey Bilz pinned her way through the regional round at Edgewood High School to qualify for the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association Girls Wrestling State Finals.

Bilz opened the tournament with a pin of Pendleton Heights’ Lauren Gamache in 1:11 and followed that with a pin of Evansville’s Justyce Comer in 1:57. She then pinned Samera Henson of Hamilton Heights in 3:55 to reach the finals where she finished second.

The girls finals will begin on Friday at Kokomo.