INDIANAPOLIS — Penn put a school-record nine wrestlers in the IHSAA State Finals and the Kingsmen had high hopes this weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Senior Zack Davis (41-4 at 126) and junior Chase Osborn (40-2 at 170) both placed second and Penn sophomore Drew Hildebrandt (36-6 at 106) sixth, Penn senior Jeff Wiseman (38-9 at 182) seventh and Penn sophomore Kobe Woods (41-5 at 195) seventh to help the Kingsmen come in sixth in the team race, won by Indianapolis Cathedral.
"It was a little bittersweet for some kids," said Penn head coach Brad Harper Saturday, Feb. 22. "As a whole, we didn't come out and wrestle the way we wanted.
"This is a wake-up call for next year. We're striving to be the best. We're not there yet."
Davis, a 126-pound senior bound for the U.S. Naval Academy, was more than familiar with his finals foe — Hanover Central's Stevan Micic — having wrestled him at least once each year since the eighth grade.
"I tried to frustrate him, get him out of his gameplan and maybe take a bad shot," said Davis of Micic, who was on his way to a 10-5 victory and a third state championship. "He's definitely an experienced scrambler."
Osborn reflected on his whole state finals experience.
"I had some tough matches," said Osborn. "It feels good and I've got next year. Just being on the podium is cool.
"We had a great team with great leaders. Next year, we have to push to be on top."
Osborn said giving up the first takedown to Stevenson proved critical.
Until Saturday, the highest finish by a Fairfield Falcon wrestler had been third place by 140-pounder Rhys Cannaday in 2007.
Fairfield senior Forrest Glogouski placed second at 120, losing to flashy New Palestine Dragon Chad Red 6-2 in the finals.
"This tournament is the reason you wrestle," said Glogouski, who competed "under the lights" in front of 10,990 at state after finishing second at last week's Fort Wayne semistate. "I felt good."
Besides Glogouski (44-3), Davis (41-4) and Osborn (40-2), Concord senior DeLawrence Gayfield (37-5 at 120) placed fourth with Elkhart Memorial senior Tieshawn Johnson (41-1 at 195) fifth, Elkhart Central junior Eliseo Guerra (35-5 at 220) sixth, Penn sophomore Drew Hildebrandt (36-6 at 106) sixth, Penn senior Jeff Wiseman (38-9 at 182) seventh and Penn sophomore Kobe Woods (41-5 at 195) seventh.
In 2013, Gayfield placed sixth at 113 and Hildebrandt finished eighth at 106.
The Ward E. Brown Mental Attitude Award went to Franklin's Skyler Likins.
IHSAA State Finals
Top teams: Indianapolis Cathedral 73, Franklin 60, Yorktown 55, Perry Meridian 51.5, New Palestine 50, Penn 44. Also — 21. Fairfield 17.5; 32. Concord 9; 40. Elkhart Memorial 6; 46. Elkhart Central 4; 68. Goshen 0; 68. Northridge 0.
106 — Jeremiah Reitz (Griffith) dec. Paul Konrath (Mt. Vernon) 4-2 (ot). 113 — D.J. Smith (Franklin) dec. Garrett Pepple (East Noble) 5-3. 120 — Chad Red (New Palestine) dec. Forrest Glogouski (Fairfield) 6-2. 126 — Stevan Micic (Hanover Central) dec. Zack Davis (Penn) 10-5. 132 — Deondre Wilson (Warren Central) dec. Brandon James (Perry Meridian) 4-2. 138 — Tommy Cash (Lawrence North) dec. Jacob Covaciu (Merrillville) 5-3. 145 — Cody LeCount (Perry Meridian) dec. Tommy Forte (Mishawaka) 3-2.
152 — Brendon Kelley (Evansville Central) pinned Darden Schurg (Crown Point) 2:24. 160 — Rhett Hiestand (Yorktown) dec. Vinny Corsaro (Indianapolis Cathedral) 2-1 (ot). 170 — Jacob Stevenson (Franklin) dec. Chase Osborn (Penn) 7-3. 182 — Damien Chambers (Edgewood) dec. Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral) 9-8 (ot). 195 — Katrell Moss (Warren Central) dec. Brian Wagner (New Palestine) 3-2. 220 — Gelen Robinson (Lake Central) dec. Fletcher Miller (Kokomo) 9-3. Hwt — Wesley Bernard (Indianapolis Cathedral) dec. Norman Oglesby (Ben Davis) 5-2.
106 — Breyden Bailey (Indianapolis Cathedral) dec. Alec White (New Palestine) 2-1. 113 — Corneleli Elliott (Perry Meridian) dec. Austin Holmes (Hamilton Southeastern) 7-1. 120 — Connor Knapp (East Noble) maj. dec. DeLawrence Gayfield (Concord) 14-2. 126 — Nick Lee (Evansville Mater Dei) tech. fall Erique Early (Fort Wayne Snider) 24-9. 132 — Devin Broukal (Bloomington South) dec. Joshua Davis (Evansville Reitz) 4-2. 138 — Tyler Fleener (Center Grove) maj. dec. Ross Abram (Bloomington South) 12-4. 145 — Jake Sebahar (Lake Central) dec. Evan Loe (Peru) 8-4.
152 — Tristan Macri (Mishawaka) dec. Austin Bauer (Angola) 5-1. 160 — Gabe Koontz (Edgewood) dec. Jordan Partee (Madison) 5-4. 170 — Dillon Jackson (Yorktown) dec. Michael Bates (South Bend Washington) 5-3 (ot). 182 — Corey Hinkle (Western) dec. Myron-Howard Anderson (Yorktown) 5-0. 195 — Randy Scott (Mooresville) dec. Tyler Scott (Hanover Central) 7-6. 220 — Connor Tolley (Franklin) dec. Dylan Faulkenberg (Indianapolis Ritter) 2-1. Hwt — Shawn Streck (Merrillville) Eric Hemmelgarn (Jay County) 3-1.
106: 6th, Drew Hildebrandt (Penn) dec. Nate Weimer (East Noble) 5-1, dec. by Paul Konrath (Mt. Vernon) 4-2; dec. Hunter Langeloh (Columbia City) 4-2; dec. by Will Egli (Evansville Mater Dei) 7-5.
106: did not place, Jaron Katzer (Goshen) pinned by Jeremiah Reitz (Griffith) 1:25.
113: dnp, Austin Slates (Penn) maj. dec. by Tyler Ferguson (Evansville Reitz) 15-4.
120: 2nd, Forrest Glogouski (Fairfield) dec. Jacob Cottey (Perry Meridian) 10-8; tech. fall Brendan Black (Hobart) 16-0; dec. DeLawrence Gayfield (Concord) 6-1, dec. by Chad Red (New Palestine) 6-2.
120: 4th, DeLawrence Gayfield (Concord) dec. Matthew McKinney (Warren Central) 2-0; dec. Alex Johnson (Evansville Mater Dei) 7-2; dec. by Forrest Glogouski (Fairfield) 6-1; maj. dec. by Connor Knapp (East Noble) 14-2.
126: 2nd, Zack Davis (Penn) pinned Quinton Harris (Avon) 1:05, dec. Jack Chastain (Hamilton Southeastern) 5-4, dec. Erique Early (Fort Wayne Snider) 4-3; dec. by Stevan Micic (Hanover Central) 10-5.
126: dnp, Tony Vaughn (Elkhart Memorial) dec. by A.J. Belden (Westfield) 6-1.
145: did not compete, Ryan Baxter (Northridge) was pulled out of tournament.
152: dnp, Alex Rinehart (Penn) pinned by Brendon Kelley (Evansville Central) in 5:18.
160: dnp, Joey Mammolenti (Penn) pinned by Maximilan Dole (East Central) in 1:55.
170: 2nd, Chase Osborn (Penn) tech. fall Keair Ross (Kokomo) 15-0; dec. Colton Gonzalez (Connersville) 3-2; dec. Dillon Jackson (Yorktown) 12-6, dec. by Jacob Stevenson (Franklin) 7-3.
182: 7th, Jeff Wiseman (Penn) dec. Evan Elmore (Avon) 6-0, pinned by Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral) in 2:45, dec. by Timothy Schoonveld (Kankakee Valley) 7-5 (ot), pinned Andy Fischer (Southridge) 1:46.
182: dnp, Evan Smith (Goshen) pinned by Blake Rypel (Indianapolis Cathedral) in 1:24.
195: 5th, Tieshawn Johnson (Elkhart Memorial) pinned Noah Schrader (Indianapolis Chatard) 3:40, pinned by Randy Scott (Mooresville) in 2:51, dec. Kobe Woods (Penn) 5-4, dec. Kanez Omar (Fort Wayne Wayne) 6-5.
195: 7th, Kobe Woods (Penn) dec. Dakota Thacker (Bloomington South) 7-4, dec. by Brian Wagner (New Palestine) 9-3, dec. by Tieshawn Johnson (Elkhart Memorial) 5-4, pinned Mitchell Sandlin (Madison) 1:39.
220: 6th, Eliseo Guerra (Elkhart Central) pinned Gunnar Larson (Avon) 3:32, pinned by Gelen Robinson (Lake Central) in :33, dec. Brandon Joest (East Noble) 5-1, dec. by Seth Vaughn (Franklin Central) 8-3.
220: dnp, Clayton Stohler (Penn) dec. by Seth Vaughn (Franklin Central) 5-2.