Knights take first, Pioneers take second at wrestling sectionals

Boonville junior Cordel Heuring works against Castle junior Jason Palamarchuk in the 220 weight class semifinal in the sectional hosted at Castle.

Warrick County wrestlers took big wins at the sectional hosted at Castle on Saturday.

Castle earned first as a team in the tournament with 232.5 points followed by Boonville in second with 221 points. Tecumseh came in seventh as a team with 81 points.

In the 106 weight class, Boonville freshman Gavin Whitsell took second place only falling in the final match against Memorial senior Kyler West. Whitsel took a first round bye followed by a forfeit in the quarterfinal round for a chance to take on Heritage Hills freshman Blake Duttinger in the semifinal.

Whitsell took the win over Duttinger with a 4-2 decision sending him on to the first place match against West. In the end, it would be West with a win over Whitsell with a fall at 0:32.

In the 113 weight class the final match for first came down to a battle between Castle senior Logan Sutton and Tecumseh freshman Tyler Beach.

Beach started the day with a bye and a forfeit in the quarterfinal. Boonville sophomore Connor Adams had a similar start leaving Beach and Adams to face off in the semifinal. Ultimately, it was Beach with the win on an 8-7 decision for a chance to fight for the top spot while Adams went on to the consolation bracket.

Adams took an initial win over Harrison sophomore Jayden Gahl, but fell in the third place match against Heritage Hills sophomore Braxton Hays to take fourth place.

Meanwhile, Sutton moved through the competition with a forfeit in both the first round and the quarterfinal round. Sutton took down Hays in the semifinal to advance to the final match.

In the end, it was Sutton in first with a fall at 1:03 leaving Beach in second.

In the 132 weight class, Boonville sophomore Lane Whitsell came out with second only falling to Heritage Hills senior Beau Heeke.

Whitsell took a bye in the first round followed by a forfeit in the quarterfinal leaving him to take on Castle freshman Michael Baughn in the semifinal. Baughn took a first round bye and knocked out Bosse sophomore Stiles Feltner in the quarterfinal with a technical fall at 2:56.

However, Whitsell knocked out Baughn in the semifinal with a sudden victory in overtime, 9-7, sending Baugn to the consolation bracket. Baughn took an initial win over Harrison freshman Gabe Hidenbrand and went on to take a win over Memorial sophomore Justin Scheberle with a 12-4 major decision to take third place.

Meanwhile, Whitsell went on to the final match against Heeke, but ultimately it was Heeke with the win with a fall at 2:18.

In the 138 weight class, Boonville junior Pat Mayes took the top slot knocking down all sectional opponents. Mayes started with a bye in the first round followed by a forfeit in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Mayes knocked out Heritage Hills freshman Brenden Chew with a fall at 1:06 for a chance to head to the sectional final against Memorial junior Max Ante.

Ultimately, it was Mayes with the win and the first place title with a 5-1 decision.

The 145 weight class again came down to a battle between Warrick County wrestlers with Castle junior Jason Schwindel and Tecumseh senior Braden Lett battling for the top spot.

Lett took a first round bye and knocked out South Spencer sophomore Ashton Tindle in the quarterfinal with a fall at 0:51 to head to the semifinal. Boonville sophomore Ethen Pierce took a first round bye and knocked down Memorial freshman Victor Diaz in the quarterfinal with an 11-2 major decision to take on Lett in the semifinal.

But it was Lett with the win in the semifinal with a Fall at 0:18 sending Pierce into the consolation bracket. Pierce took a win over Harrison freshman Cooper Vincent, but fell to Heritage Hills junior Cole Neighbors in the third place match with a 16-6 major decision for a fourth place finish.

Meanwhile, Schwindel started with a bye in the first round before knocking out Vincent in the quarterfinal with a fall at 0:51and Neighbors in the semifinal with a fall at 2:58. In the end, Schwindel carried momentum into the sectional final to take the win over Lett with a fall at 3:08.

The 152 weight class also came down to a Warrick County battle with Boonville junior Jordan Fulks and Castle sophomore Mason Ramsey.

Ramsey started with a first round bye and went on to take a win over Washington freshman Tanner Blevins in the quarterfinal after an injury. Tecumseh senior Dylan Smith took a first round bye followed by a win in the quarterfinal over memorial senior Camren Dollison with an 8-3 decision leaving Ramsey and Smith to face off in the semifinal.

Ultimately, Ramsey took the win over Smith with a fall at 2:47 sending Smith into the consolation bracket while Ramsey geared up for the final match. Smith ended up with a loss against South Spencer sophomore James Vaughn for a chance in the fifth place match, but fell to Harrison junior Ethan Heim for sixth.

Fulks started with a bye and followed with a win over Heritage Hills freshman Nathan Hedges with a fall at 2:34 in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Fulks knocked out Heim with a fall at 1:23 and went on to the final against Ramsey.

In the end, it was Fulks in first and Ramsey in second after Fulks took the win with a fall at 1:34 in the final.

In the 160 weight class, Castle freshman John Purdy dominated the competition first knocking out Tecumseh freshman Anthony Black in the first round with a fall at 0:56 followed by a win over Bosse sophomore Jaryn Wallerstadt in the quarterfinal with a fall at 1:02. Then, in the semifinal, Purdy took a win over Washington sophomore Omar Mora with a fall at 0:54 to head to the final match.

In the end, Purdy took down memorial sophomore Aiden Farmer with a major decision, 9-0.

The 170 weight class was another Warrick County battle between Castle senior Robert Deters and Boonville junior R.J. Mueller.

Deters started with a first round bye before taking down Washington sophomore Devonte Davis in the quarterfinal with a fall at 0:49. Deters then took down memorial junior Sam Gerteisen in the semifinal with a fall at 1:20.

Mueller also started with a bye and took down Bosse freshman Caleb Calhoun in the quarterfinal with a fall at 0:51. Then he took out South Spencer senior Justice Stanton in the semifinal with a fall at 5:28 to face off against Deters in the final.

In the end it was Deters in first and Mueller with second after Deters took the win in the final with a fall at 1:10.

In 182, Castle sophomore Evan Reff took the top slot dominating all opponents all the way. Reff started out with a win on forfeit in the first round and the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, Reff took a win over Harrison senior Braxxton Murray-McFarlan with a fall at 2:23.

Then, Reff continued his streak with a win in the final over South Spencer senior Brenden Moore with a fall at 3:05.

In the 195 weight class, Castle junior Jackson Burrell took second only falling to Heritage Hills senior Phoenix Rodgers.

Burrell started with a bye and followed in the quarterfinal with a win over Bosse freshman Alex Mathie. Boonville junior Jackson Bell also started with a bye followed with a win over Harrison freshman Random Phillips with a fall at 0:27 and went on to face Burrell in the semifinal.

But, it was Burrell with the semifinal win with a 16-4 major decision sending Bell to the consolation bracket. Bell took a win over Memorial sophomore Will Rogers, but fell in the third place match to South Spencer junior Brandon Romero with a fall at 4:15 for a fourth place finish.

Meanwhile, Burrell went on to the final match against Rodgers, but it was Rodgers with the first place finish with a fall at 3:57.

In the 220 weight class, Boonville junior Cordell Heuring took second only falling to South Spencer senior Will Stewart.

Heuring started with a first round bye followed by a forfeit in the quarterfinal. Castle junior Jason Palamarchuck also took a first round bye and followed with a win over Bosse senior Shay McRath to face Heuring in the semifinal.

Heuring took the win over Palamarchuk with a 3-1 decision to head to the final while Palamarchuck went into the consolation bracket where he met Tecumseh freshman Mason Hines. Hines took a first round bye, but fell to memorial freshman Kelton Farmer in the quarterfinal.

However, Hines took a win over Heritage Hills sophomore Evan Bowling in the consolation bracket quarterfinal and knocked down Palamarchuk in the consolation semifinal with a sudden victory in overtime, 3-1, sending Palamarchuck to battle for fifth place while taking on the third place match.

Ultimately, Hines fell in the third place match to Farmer with a fall at 2:45 for a fourth place finish. Palamarchuck defeated McRath to take fifth place with a 2-1 decision.

In the battle for the top, Heuring ultimately fell to Stewart, with a 3-0 decision.

In 285, Boonville senior Austin Fortune came out with second only falling to Harrison senior Dawson Garrett.

Fortune started with a first round by and went on to face Castle sophomore Zac Inzerello in the quarterfinal after Inzerello started with a forfeit in the first round. Fortune took the quarterfinal win over Inzerello with a fall at 2:24 to head to the semifinal while Inzerello went on to the consolation bracket.

Inzerello took a consolation quarterfinal win over Bossee senior Elijah Harris with a fall at 2:37 followed by a consolation semifinal win over Washington junior Louk Gray with a fall at 4:02. Ultimately Inzerello took fourth after a loss in the third place match against Memorial senior Brock Combs with a 6-2 decision.

Meanwhile, Fortune went on for a semifinal battle against South Spencer junior Jared Light-Autry with a fall at 1:15 for a chance to face off in the final match. However, Fortune ended with a loss against Garrett with a 7-3 decision.

Also finishing in the top five for Castle were junior Logan Ellis in the 120 weight class with third and junior Drew Hettenback in the 138 weight class with fifth.

Also finishing in the top five for Boonville were freshman Brandon Sittig in the 120 weight class with fourth, junior Reese St. Clair in the 126 weight class with fifth and junior Hayden Wester in the 182 weight class with fifth.

Also finishing in the top five for Tecumseh were junior Kaden Riley in the 138 weight class with fourth and sophomore Jared McKinley in the 182 weight class with third.

Now, the top four finishers in each weight class will go on to take on opponents in regionals hosted at North on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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