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Connersville’s Colton Massey, left, tries to turn Cambridge City Lincoln wrestler Britten West on his back, Saturday at the IHSAA regional wrestling meet at Richmond High School. Massey(32-8) defeated West by technical fall (21-6), andqualified to advance to the semistate meet with a fourth-place finish at 170 pounds. West ended his season at 11-6.
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Connersville senior Zack McQueen throws opponent Josh Berger from Northeastern in the semifinal round of the IHSAA regional wrestling meet, Saturday inside the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School. McQueen was defeated by Berger, but wound up finishing third at 285 pounds, earning himself a berth at the semistate meet this Saturday at New Castle.

By GRADY TATE - gtate@newsexaminer.com

RICHMOND — The first order of business at Saturday’s IHSAA regional wrestling meet inside the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School was clear for all involved.

Win your first match and get your ticket punched to the semistate meet.

A total of 13 grapplers from Connersville and the surrounding area did precisely that.

Four wrestlers from CHS, Blake Bushey, Colton Massey, Evan Shafer and Zack McQueen, made the jump to the semistate round, each of them finishing in the top four in their respective weight class.

Four competitors from Franklin County will join them at the New Castle meet this Saturday, as Evan Seal (3rd, 113), Garrett Condo (2nd, 120), Grant Suding (3rd, 132) and Adam Crouch (4th, 138) also advanced.

From Cambridge City Lincoln, three wrestlers — two of them regional champions — will battle in the semistate.

Winning championships for Lincoln was Hunter Brown at 132 pounds, and Ben Ahrens at 285. Josh Miles was a fourth-place finisher at 145 pounds.

Union County will send two to the meet, one of them also crowned champion at Richmond.

UC’s title winner was Tucker Coffman, the Patriot senior turning a pair of pins and a major decision into a showcase at 170 pounds. He will be joined by teammate Alex Fuller, who finished fourth among the 126-pounders.

For the Spartans, Bushey was the fourth-place finisher at 160 pounds. The CHS senior defeated Knightstown’s Ben Newby in the opening round, but was defeated in the semifinals by Milan’s Jacob Rohrig. In the fourth-place bout, Bushey fell to Lawrenceburg’s Andrew Roth.

At 170 pounds, Massey took a similar road to Bushey at the meet. Following a first-round win over Cambridge City Lincoln’s Britten West, Massey was pinned by Coffman. Just as it was for his teammate, Massey’s third-place match didn’t end in his favor, an 8-7 loss dropping him to fourth.

“I thought that Bushey fell a little flat,” Connersville head coach Mac Taylor said. “In all honesty, I truly believed that Blake could have won this thing, but it just didn’t happen today.

“I thought the same thing with Colton. Tucker Coffman is a really tough kid, but I really thought that Colton would have fared better against him.”

Also suffering semifinal losses were Shafer and McQueen, but both combatants rebounded for wins in their third-place tilts.

“Shafer ran into a really tough kid in Silas Allred from Shenandoah,” Taylor said of 195-pound semifinal. “He’s just one of those kids who is tough to overcome.

“In the (third-place) match against Krummen from East Central, a kid he’s had some trouble against this year, Shafer went out and wrestled his tail off, and did an amazing job. We are hoping he can go into the semistate next week and wrestle with that same aggressiveness.

“Zack was a little off his game today, but really pulled it all together in that (third-place) match. In that match, he did the senior thing and showed some leadership, going out on a high note.”

In addition to the four wrestlers that advanced, two others from Connersville stepped onto the mats, but were beaten in their opening round, ending their season.

“With the two guys that didn’t make it, Gavin (McGuire) and Jarred (Barrett), they’re both young wrestlers and this was their first time in the tournament. They ran into some tough kids, so I am not too disappointed with their effort.

“Both of them gained a lot of valuable experience in this, so this is definitely something they’re going to be able to build on going forward.

For now, however, the focus will be on the four wrestlers moving forward, Taylor says.

“We have our work cut out for us at semistate next week,” he said. “We’re going to regroup this week in practice and try to tackle what ever is put in front of us on Saturday.”



(at Richmond High School)

Team results

1. South Dearborn 99.5; 2. East Central 89; 3. Lawrenceburg 81; 4. Milan 64; 5. Centerville 58; 6. Shenandoah 54.5; 7. Cambridge City Lincoln 54; 8. Northeastern 46; 9. Franklin County 44; 10. Connersville 40.5; 11. Richmond 38; 12. (tie) Rushville 31; 12. (tie) Union County 31; 14. New Castle 30; 15. Hagerstown 20; 16. Knightstown 16; 17. Tri High 11; 18. Greensburg 6; 19. (tie) Batesville 0; 19. (tie) Blue River Valley 0.

Results (local wrestlers)

106 — Gavin McGuire (Connersville) lost to Jake Necessary (Richmond), pin.

113 — Evan Seal (Franklin County) def. Kalen Carter (Knightstown), 8-6 dec.; lost to Spencer Gordon (Lawrenceburg), pin; def. Jackson Ramsey (Northeastern), pin — 3rd place.

120 — Garrett Condo (Franklin County) def. Jared Richardson (Knighstown), pin; def. Charlie Euson (East Central), 2-0 dec.; lost to Traye Owens (New Castle), pin — 2nd place.

126 — Alex Fuller (Union County) def. Gavin Sherwood (Cambridge City Lincoln), pin; lost to Shane Lonneman (Milan), 10-6 dec.; lost to Devin Frazier (Centerville), 16-6 major dec. — 4th place.

126 — Gavin Sherwood (Cambridge City Lincoln) lost to Alex Fuller (Union County), pin.

132 — Hunter Brown (Cambridge City Lincoln) def. Samuel Ringer (East Central), pin; def. Corbin Walston (Lawrenceburg), pin; def. Austin Boggs (South Dearborn), pin — Champion.

138 — Adam Crouch (Franklin County) def. Spencer Day (Northeastern), pin; lost to Gabe Phillips (Centerville), pin; lost to Adam Negangard (East Central) 3-0 dec. — 4th place.

138 — Jarred Barrett (Connersville) lost to Gabe Phillips (Centerville), pin.

145 — Josh Miles (Cambridge City Lincoln) def. Blake Bartley (Lawrenceburg). 9-5 dec.; lost to Ben Wolf (East Central), pin; lost to Zack Wilburn (Milan), 15-2 major dec. — 4th place.

152 — Grant Suding (Franklin County) def. Danny Clark (Centerville), 6-3 dec.; lost to Zach Otto (South Dearborn), 3-1 dec.; def. Tytus Ragle (New Castle), 3-1 dec. — 3rd place.

160 — Blake Bushey (Connersville) def. Ben Newby (Knightstown), 12-4 major dec.; lost to Jacob Rohrig (Milan), pin; lost to Andrew Roth (Lawrenceburg), pin — 4th place.

170 — Tucker Coffman (Union County) def. Julian Holguin (Richmond), pin; def. Colton Massey (Connersville), pin; def. Alfredo Calderon (Centerville), 10-2 major dec. — Champion.

170 — Colton Massey (Connersville) def. Britten West (Cambridge City Lincoln), 21-6 technical fall; lost to Tucker Coffman (Union County), pin; lost to Bennett Noble (East Central), 8-7 dec. — 4th place.

170 — Britten West (Cambridge City Lincoln) lost to Colton Massey (Connersville), 21-6 technical fall.

195 — Evan Shafer (Connersville) def. Aiden Orcutt (Knightstown), pin; lost to Silas Allred (Shenandoah), pin; def. Kyle Krummen (East Central), pin — 3rd place.

285 — Ben Ahrens (Cambridge City Lincoln) def. Michael Klein (Milan), pin; def. Logan Adams (East Central), pin; def. Josh Berger (Northeastern), pin — Champion.

285 — Zack McQueen (Connersville) def. Sebastian Collins (Centerville), pin; lost to Josh Berger (Northeastern), pin; def. Logan Adams (East Central), pin — 3rd place.