CC’s Feeler advances to state
By Wade Bell, Sports Writer
Crawford County junior Donnie Feeler wrestled his way into the Indiana state wrestling finals Saturday at the Jasper semi-state with a third-place finish in the 106-pound class. The top four of each weight class advanced to state.
Feeler, who has lost only two matches this season, began his morning against Evansville North’s Joseph Anderson and won by a pin 2 minutes and 38 seconds into the match. That moved him into the quarter-finals against Avon’s Luke Rioux. In that match, the Crawford County junior made even quicker work of Rioux with a pin 1:35 into the match to advance to the semi-finals.
Things didn’t go as well for Feeler in the semi-finals, where he went up against Evansville Mater Dei’s Evan Seng. The two went the distance, but Seng emerged the victor by a 3-1 decision to advance to the final.
In the consolation round, Feeler met Columbus East’s Liam Krueger, who Feeler had defeated in the finals of the Jeffersonville regional. Feeler came out the winner again in the rematch with a 4-1 decision. Seng went on to win the semi-state championship in the class, putting away North Posey’s Blake Zirkelbach on a 3-2 decision.
Also in the 106-pound weight class, Corydon Central sophomore Zane Schreck lost to Zirkelbach in the opening round on an 11-3 decision. Floyd Central’s Rollin Douglas, a sophomore, won his opening match against Monrovia’s Ryder Goodman on a 21-7 decision but lost to Seng in the quarter-finals by a 12-2 score. Forest Park’s Cody Brames suffered a defeat in his opening match against Center Grove’s Charlie LaRocca on a pin 58 seconds into the match.
The Floyd Central Highlanders finished fourth overall in the team standings with a total score of 87 points and put five wrestlers into this weekend’s state finals.
In the 138-pound weight class, Floyd Central senior Gavin Alstott lost to Evansville Mater Dei’s Blake Bosman by a 3-2 decision to finish second.
In the 145-pound weight class, freshman Hunter May advanced, finishing third by shutting out Jeffersonville’s Conner Gilles 9-0.
In the 152-pound weight class, Floyd Central junior J Conway won his championship match over Avon’s Tyler Conway by a 5-3 decision to finish first. Freshman Bray Emerine had to settle for fourth in the 160-pound weight class, losing to Columbus East’s Kade Law by a 7-0 decision but still advanced. Floyd Central junior Cody Khawaja finished third over Franklin Community’s Tyler Fuqua, who suffered an injury and had to withdraw.
The state finals will be Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Spectators will be limited depending on local health guidelines but will be televised on Fox News Indiana and on IHSAATV.org for those outside the Fox News Indiana viewing area.