INDIANAPOLIS — After placing fifth at the state wrestling meet a year ago, North Montgomery Senior Drew Webster was back at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night as he looked to continue his undefeated season. Webster faced off against Mishawaka’s Jonathan Thomas. Thomas after the first round had a 2-1 lead over Webster, but the senior quickly turned things around and walked away with a second period pin to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
“I got down early because of mistakes that I was making,” Webster said. “It was a little sloppy there at the start and that was my fault for being the aggressor. I never felt though that I was falling behind in the match because it was so early.”
Quickly in the second period Webster tied the match at 2-2 before taking Thompson to the mat for a 4-2 lead which led to the eventual pin. Between when the event got underway at 6 p.m., and when Webster finally took to the mat, it had been a little over three hours of waiting for the senior. Coach Bryce McCoy talked about Webster’s performance and what he will have to do Saturday as the competition keeps getting tougher.
“He knew what he had to and he went out there and got the job done,” he said. “Friday is always a tough day because you’re sitting around a ton. You can’t really eat or drink much as you’re trying to maintain weight. I think that had a little bit of impact on him today, but he’ll be good and ready to go tomorrow morning.”
Webster added what he will have to do tomorrow to get to his ultimate goal of becoming a state champion.
“I just have to get my body ready tomorrow after weigh-in’s and just come in mentally prepared,” he said.
Webster (42-0) will take on Micah Dodson (40-2) of Martinsville in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning.