BROOKVILLE – It was no secret who was walking out of the Franklin County High School gymnasium with the hardware Saturday (Feb. 1).
East Central, after an unbeaten regular season, scored 293 points to Milan’s 164.5 to easily capture the IHSAA wrestling sectional. The Trojans had six champions and sent all 14 wrestlers on to the regional round.
Batesville, though placing 9th out of 10 teams, was able to get three wrestlers through. Josh Mobley was runner-up to EC’s unbeaten Bryer Hall at 152 pounds and JT Linkel placed third at 145. Alex Murphy survived another weekend by placing fourth at 113.
Along with Hall, Trojan Kyle Krummen (195) stayed unbeaten on the year, as did teammate Blake Wolf at 113. Tyler Schneider (120), Ben Wolf (145) and Kole Viel (182) also won their divisions.
Milan pushed half its lineup onto the next weekend, adding a champ at 106 (Garret Condo). Host Franklin Co. is sending five on, including 138-lb. champ Adam Crouch.
Mobley pinned Milan’s Harold Smith before a 9-3 win over Lawrenceburg’s Dominic Tribbie. Hall pinned the sophomore in the finals. Linkel pinned FC’s Ben Maze but lost 6-1 to Wolf; he recovered to defeat Connersville’s Jared Barrett 5-0 and Rushville’s Lowell Joya 2-0.
Murphy pinned CHS’ Gavin McGuire but was pinned by Wolf. He’d then pin Union County’s Emma Sharpe before a 5-0 loss to Richard Condo of Milan in the consolation match.
Nick Nobbe and Axel Garcia ended their careers with one win each. Nobbe lost to UC’s Morgan Krom by major decision (9-0) before edging Rushville’s Alan Busche 5-4. Nobbe was pinned by Greensburg’s Eric Lowe later in the 160 bracket.
Garcia trimmed Lawrenceburg’s Zach Bill 1-0 prior to a 6-5 loss to Brady Rullman of EC and an 11-4 defeat to South Dearborn’s Cade McClanahan. He placed 6th at 170 after coming up injured in a rematch with Bill.
LHS had 2 champs in Corbin Walston (132) and Andrew Roth (160). SD also claimed 2 titles: Eli Otto at 126 and Jackson Goodall at 285. CHS boasted Evan Shafer at 220 while Rushville had Marcus Malson at 170.
Other Trojans advancing are Dylan Lengerich (106), Rider Searcy (126), Ethan Merk (132), Charlie Euson (138), Kasey Carr (160), Rullman, Austin Cox (220) and Logan Adams (285).
Milan’s other six are R. Condo, Ashton Myers (120), Shane Lonneman (132), Hunter Merida (182), Zach Hauser (195) and Brady Myers (285).
FC’s Wildcats add Andrew Merritt (120), Evan Seal (126), Austin Bohman (170) and Clayton Bolser (285) to the mix.
Five other BHS wrestlers competed, unable to come up with wins. Jonathan Lamping (126) was pinned by Searcy and Greensburg’s Sean Slagle. Jonathan Schrank (138) had the same fate against Euson and Milan’s Rusty Phillips.
Jy’lil Chappel (182) was pinned by Rushville’s Nick Lawler and lost 11-6 to LHS’ Marshall Kinnard. Christian Garcia (195) suffered pins to Hauser and Greensburg’s Luke Scheumann. Brandon Manning (220) lost by fall to both Shafer and Milan’s Keegan McKinsey.
The regional is Saturday in Richmond, starting 9 a.m.