HUNTINGBURG — Washington will send nine wrestlers to the Bloomington Regional Saturday, including three class champions.
But it was senior Aaron Cissell who set the standard for Washington at last Saturday’s sectional at Southridge.
Cissell won his third class championship and set a new mark in career wins while winning the 170-pound class for the Hatchets.
Cissell decisioned Jasper’s Dillon Wagner, 2-0. After splitting regular season matches, the wrestlers were locked in a 0-0 tie after two periods before Cissell scored in the third and then held the lead for the win.
“One thing I can say about Aaron is that if has a lead he can hang on and come through and finish,” Washington coach John Thompson said.
“I liked how he (Cissell) wrestled today. Three sectional titles is quite an accomplishment.”
Cissell’s third championship ties the Washington mark set by Brock Williams. He entered the sectional one win shy of the school mark held by Beau Parons, but now is the new career Hatchet leader at 123.
Cissell was the defending champion at 182, but worked his down to the lower weight class for his senior season.
“He had to cut down his weight gradually,” Thompson said.
“He is real disciplined, and after wrestling kids at the higher weights, he’s now a little bit stronger with a bit more conditioning. It paid off.”
Cissell was joined as a class winner by Ryan Koerner at 113 pounds. Koerner pinned Crawford County’s Austin Newton in 1:28, and Edgardo Meza who decisioned Mitchell’s Trevin Grissom, 6-3, at 132.
“That was a really tough wrestler - the number one seed that Ryan (Koerner) beat,” Thompson said. “Ryan has been that type of wrestler for us all season. He steps up in the big matches.
“Edgardo is a hard worker,” Thompson said. “A lot of time he doesn’t go late into matches because he gets pins, but he showed that he can manage a match. He got a nice win.”