Wrestling Team State

Mounties take 10th at team state

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FRANKLIN — Southmont wrestling went 1-2 on Saturday at the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association 1A State Duals to place 10th.

The Mounties fell in the opening round to No. 8 seed Prairie Heights 52-30, before beating No. 5 West Central 48-24, and falling to No. 6 Cowan 48-30.

Southmont was unseeded in the dual form tournament, but the seedings didn’t seem to matter in the Class A bracket. No. 4 Tell City upset No. 1 Rochester in the semifinals, before claiming its third-straight title with a 49-27 win over No. 3 Adams Central in the finals. Adams Central upset No. 2 Cascade in the semifinals. Rochester beat Cascade to place third. Both West Central and Cowan lost to unseeded teams in the first round to fall into the losers bracket.

“It’s a process,” longtime and hall of fame Southmont coach Jamie Welliever said. “Proud to be here, and top-10 in the state is not bad. The number of single A teams this year is tough, and there’s several that didn’t even get to come here that are really good. But it’s really good competition out of small schools. You want to come out of here with some hardware, but also just love seeing the competition here today and hopefully that’s something we can take back home and see what we can do.”

Southmont jumped out to a 24-0 lead on Prairie Heights behind pins from Wyatt Woodall (195), Waylon Gomez (220), Ayden Dickerson (285) and Brier Riggle (106), before Prairie Heights rattled off nine wins in the final 10 matches.

“The whole draw weight class thing makes it interesting,” Welliever said. “You never know what weight class you’re going to start at and obviously we feel confident starting at 195 if we are going to get a lead and kind of get going. And then momentum really shifted there in the middle. But that was a really hard-nosed team.”

The Mounties responded in the victory over West Central by winning nine of the 14 matches. Southmont got wins by fall from Maddox Cade (126), Marlin Williams (138), Kaden Newgent (152), Micah Kiger (170), Woodall (195), and Dickerson (285). Riggle (106) and Tyler Davis (182) each won by decision.

“A little bit more of aggression and an edge,” Welliever said of the Mounties’ effort in their second match. “We were trying to pour everything into that first one, because the last two years we’ve not been able to win that first match. But I was proud of them bouncing back in that second match there, and even here in the last match, I thought we had guys wrestle their best match of the day.”

Woodall and Dickerson each went 3-0 on the day, picking up wins in the third match. Newgent picked up a second fall in the loss to Cowan, while Williams and Gomez also both won by fall.

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