Warrick County wrestlers advance to semi-state

Boonville junior Jordan Fulks works against Reitz sophomore Alex Cooper in the regional quarterfinal.

Several Warrick County wrestlers will take on semi-state after battling opponents in regionals.

Wrestlers from Castle and Boonville took strong wins at the regional hosted at North on Saturday. Castle finished in second place as a team with 69 points behind Mater Dei with a dominating 233 points. Boonville tied with Gibson Southern for sixth with 59 points.

The top four place finishers in each weight class will advance to semi-state.

Boonville junior Jordan Fulks dominated the competition taking first place along with his ticket to semi-state.

Fulks first knocked out Reitz sophomore Alex Cooper in the quarterfinal with a fall at 2:34 and went on to defeat Gibson Southern junior Owen Bryant in the semifinal with a fall at 1:19. Then in the final, Fulks took on Mater Dei junior Scott Fitts.

Fits knocked out South Spencer sophomore James Vaughn in the quarterfinal and defeated Mount Vernon sophomore Derek Hollinger in the semifinal with a fall at 1:29. But it was Fulks with the win in the final with a 3-2 decision.

Castle senior Robert Deters took the top spot in the 170 weight class and will advance to semi-state.

Deters took out North Posey junior Brady Reidford with a technical fall at 1:50 (20-5) in the quarterfinal and defeated Mount Vernon junior Dalton Smith in the semifinal with a fall at 1:20. Then in the final, Deters took on Mater Dei sophomore Gabe Sollars.

Sollars knocked out Bosse freshman Caleb Calhoun in the quarterfinal and defeated Boonville junior R.J. Mueller in the semifinal with a fall at 1:24. In the final, it was all Deters and the Castel senior took the win with a 9-1 major decision.

Mueller first took out North sophomore Mitchell Happe in the quarterfinal with a fall at 5:05. Despite falling to Sollars in the semifinal, Mueller will still advance to semi-state with fourth place after falling in the batter for third place to Mount Vernon junior Dalton Schmidt with a fall at 1:31.

Castle senior Logan Sutton bought himself a ticket to semi-state with second in the 113 weight class. Sutton took a quarterfinal win over North freshman Marco Anderson with a fall at 2:50.

In the semifinal, Sutton knocked out Reitz freshman Odin Fortune with an 11-4 decision for the opportunity to face Mater Dei junior Cole Ross. Ross knocked out Boonville sophomore Connor Adams in the quarterfinal with a fall at 0:43 and defeated North Posey sophomore Camden Lupfer in the semifinal with a fall at 1:20.

In the end, Ross had the win leaving Sutton in second with a 12-4 major decision.

Boonville junior Pat Mayes will advance to semi-state after taking second in the 138 weight class. Mayes knocked down North Posey freshman Levi Freeman with a 5-1 decision and defeated Heritage Hills freshman Brenden Chew in the semifinal with a 5-0 decision to move on to the final against Mater Dei junior Blake Boarman.

Boarman took out Tecumseh junior Kaden Riley in the quarterfinal with a fall at 3:21 and defeated Memorial junior Max Ante in the semifinal with a fall at 1:45 to take on Mayes in the final. It would be Boarman with the win in the final leaving Mayes with second after a 14-5 major decision.

Castle freshman John Purdy came out with third in the 160 weight class for the chance to advance to semi-state.

Purdy took out Mount Vernon sophomore Brady Hook in the quarterfinal with a technical fall at 4:26 (18-3), but fell to Vincennes Lincoln senior Cadon Deffendoll in the semifinal after a 9-2 decision. In the battle for third, Purdy took on Memorial sophomore Aiden Farmer and came out with the win with a fall at 1:25.

Castle sophomore Evan Reff came out with third and a chance to advance to semi-state in the 182 weight class.

Reff took out North Posey sophomore Wyatt Willman in the quarterfinal with a fall at 3:50, but fell to Gibson Southern senior Landon Hoover in the semifinal with an 8-3 decision. In the battle for third, Reff took on South Spencer senior Brenden Moore and finished with the win after a 4-1 decision.

Boonville senior Austin Fortune came out with third and a chance to advance to semi-state in the 285 weight class.

Fortune took down Gibson Southern senior Aaron Breivogal in the quarterfinal with an 8-6 decision, but fell to Reitz senior Hunter Wimpelberg in the quarterfinal after a 7-3 decision. Fortune took the win in the battle for third place with a tie breaker win, 3-2.

Castle junior Jackson Burrell finished with the chance to advance with fourth place in the 195 weight class.

Burrell defeated Mater Dei senior John McGrew in the quarterfinal with an 11-3 major decision, but fell to Central senior McKinley Kember in the semifinal with a 13-5 major decision. In the third place match, Burrell took on Mount Vernon junior Blake Ritzert, but fell in overtime with a sudden victory, 7-5, for fourth place.

Boonville junior Cordell Heuring took the opportunity to advance to semi-state with fourth place in the 220 weight class.

Heuring took out Mount Vernon senior Brent Ricketts in the quarterfinal with a 9-2 decision, but fell to North Posey senior Nathan Willman in the semifinal after a 2-1 decision. In the third place match, Heuring faced South Spencer senior Will Stewart and ultimately fell with a 3-2 decision for fourth place.

Now, the wrestlers will face opponents in semi-state competition on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Ford Center at 9 a.m.

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