Feeler makes Crawford history
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer
Crawford County’s Donnie Feeler made school history Saturday at the Jeffersonville wrestling regional, becoming the first Wolfpack wrestler to win his division in a regional competition.
Feeler, a junior who wrestles in the 106-pound weight class and came into regional tournament with a record of 23-1, ran a three-match gaunlet to win his title.
Feeler’s first match came against Columbus North freshman Eddy Linn, who came into regional with a 9-12 record. Feeler made quick work of Linn, pinning the freshman in just 32 seconds of the round to advance to his next match.
Meanwhile, Madison Consolidated senior Kelsey Bilz had put away Charlestown freshman Kamm Vanglider with a pin that took just less than four minutes. That put Bilz and Feeler together in the semi-final round. Feeler made quick work again, this time winning with a pin in 1 minute, 9 seconds, advancing to the championship match
In the other bracket, Columbus East’s Liam Krueger pinned Providence’s Eli Theobald to advance into the semi-finals. Corydon Central sophomore Zach Schreck put away Jennings County freshman James Hatton with a pin in 1 minute, 25 seconds to meet Krueger. Schreck and Krueger went the distance, but it was Krueger who advanced on a 9-2 decision to meet Feeler in the final.
The championship round also went the distance with Feeler pulling out a 4-1 decision over the Columbus East sophomore.
In the consolidation round, Corydon Central’s Schreck also went the distance with Madison Consolidated’s Bilz. Shreck won that match on a 12-3 decision to finish third.
Feeler, Krueger, Schreck and Bilz, and three other Corydon Central grapplers, qualified for Saturday’s semi-state at Jasper. Matches are slated to begin at 10 a.m.