The Hatchets also had three wrestlers make weight class final rounds.
Levi Graber placed second at 120 pounds, dropping a 6-3 decision to Jasper’s Nathan Schitter. Richard Osha lost a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to Jasper’s Grant Brescher who scored a point with one second left at 145, and Edrwin Revolorio who lost to Jasper’s Moises Valenciano, 3-2, at 195 pounds.
The top four wrestlers advance to Bloomington, and the Hatchets also had three wrestlers finish either third of fourth.
Isaac Drew decisioned Southridge’s Blaize Meyerholtz, 8-0, at 138 for third. Jake Owens was defeated by Devin Cobb of Mitchell with a pin at 1:43 for third at 160, and Cameron Meade placed fourth at 182 pounds after losing a 4-1 decision to Andrew Roberts of Bedford North Lawrence.
“We would like to think our people in the finals have a really good chance to get through the championship at the regional, but it’s going to be a different creature with us going to Bloomington.” Thompson said. “Bloomington South is the third ranked team in the state and there will be a lot of bigger schools there. It’s going to be tough, but I think we can step up to that challenge.”
Dakota Butler placed fifth at 126 pounds and will serve as the first alternate in the class in case one of the wrestlers who advanced can not compete at Bloomington.
“It was a great day of wrestling for us with six kids in the finals - three who won their weight class. That’s the most we’ve won since we started coming to the Southridge Sectional,” Thompson said. “It was a tough day, but we had quite a few kids place and I’m really happy with it.”
Championship and third match results
Top four advance to Bloomington Regional
Participating teams: Bedford North Lawrence (B), Crawford County (CC), Forest Park (FP), Jasper (J), Mitchell (M), Paoli (P), Salem (Sa), Southridge (S), Washington (W).