East Central rolled to the championship of the South Dearborn sectional as the IHSAA wrestling postseason began Saturday. The sectional is the first of four rounds of competition, including the state championships.
East Central had nine sectional champions: Carson Whitehead (113), Dylan Lengerich (120), Blake Wolf (126), Ben Wolf (152), David Nash (160), Bryer Hall (170), Samuel Ringer (182), Ryan Bovard (195), and Kole Viel (220). The Trojans advanced a wrestler to the regional round in every weight class but 106.
Blake Wolf, a state runner-up last year, only had to wrestle two matches and won both by first-period pin. He is 22-1 overall.
South Dearborn had one champion in senior Eli Otto, who had two pins in the tournament before edging Charlie Euson of East Central 1-0 in the final. Otto is 29-2 this season.
The host Knights sent seven wrestlers to the regional round.
Lawrenceburg had one sectional champion, junior Corbin Walston at 138. Walston, the No. 3 seed, beat top seed Rider Searcy of East Central in the final and is 25-3 overall.
The Tigers sent six to the regional round.
Team scores: 1. East Central 302, 2. South Dearborn 153.5, 3. Lawrenceburg 138, 4. Franklin County 103.5, 5. Union County 103, 6. Batesville 98.5, 7. Rushville 97, 8. Connersville 78, 9. Greensburg 75, 10. Milan 67.
106: Championship – Carson Whitley (Union County) d. Tuff Tackett (Rushville) 1-0 ultimate tiebreaker; Third place – Tristan Smith (Greensburg) d. Caleb Prozanski (Milan) 7-3.
113: Championship – Carson Whitehead (East Central) d. Jesus Aquino-Morales (Union County) 4-0; Third place – Tacoma Nicholas (Batesville) d. Javier Payne (Lawrenceburg) fall 3:46.
120: Championship – Dylan Lengerich (East Central) d. Trent Burdette (Milan) fall 2:53; Third place – Seth Merkel (Lawrenceburg) d. Coltin Vaught (Rushville) injury forfeit.
126: Championship – Blake Wolf (East Central) d. Isaiah Otto (South Dearborn) fall 1:20; Third place – Adam Bousman (Rushville) d. Gavin McGuire (Connersville) fall 0:48.
132: Championship – Evan Seal (Franklin County) d. Ashton Myers (Milan) 7-2; Third place – Tanner Busch (East Central) d. Tyler Schaeffer (Batesville) fall 0:53.
138: Championship – Corbin Walston (Lawrenceburg) d. Rider Searcy (East Central) fall 2:25; Third place – Adam Crouch (Franklin County) d. Preston Merritt (Greensburg) 16-1.
145: Championship – Eli Otto (South Dearborn) d. Charlie Euson (East Central) 1-0; Third place – Mason Neeley (Batesville) d. Breck Bohman (Franklin County) 12-8.
152: Championship – Ben Wolf (East Central) d. Josh Mobley (Batesville) 15-6; Third place – Dominic Tribbie (Lawrenceburg) d. Jordan Takara (Union County) 2-0.
160: Championship – David Nash (East Central) d. Blake Bartley (South Dearborn) fall 0:41; Third place – Morgan Krom (Union County) d. Jarred Barrett (Connersville) 4-0.
170: Championship – Bryer Hall (East Central) d. Cooper Barker (South Dearborn) fall 1:52; Third place – Hayden Newell (Franklin County) d. Matthew Komlanc (Rushville) 9-1.
182: Championship – Samuel Ringer (East Central) d. Jacob Weigel (Batesville) fall 1:33; Third place – Kenneth McGill (South Dearborn) d. Alex Dance (Greensburg) fall 0:43.
195: Championship – Ryan Bovard (East Central) d. Noah Rowlett (Lawrenceburg) 6-4; Third place – Chase Hamilton (Batesville) d. Luke Scheumann (Greensburg) fall 3:41.
220: Championship – Kole Viel (East Central) d. Chase Emmert (South Dearborn) fall 0:40; Third place – Micah Foster (Lawrenceburg) d. Ben Tom (Union County) 7-3.
285: Championship – Evan Shafer (Connersville) d. Alex Kemper (South Dearborn) fall 1:47; Third place – Austin Cox (East Central) d. Clayton Bolser (Franklin County) fall 1:29.