Lawalin champion as TC third in sectional

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By Larry Goffinet

NEWBURGH—Jessie Lawalin won the 103-pound title and seven Tell Citians qualified for the regional as the Marksmen finished third in the nine-team Castle wrestling sectional Saturday.

A.J. Flynn (119-pound class) and Dylan Froehlich (215) placed second.

Andy Kast (130), Justin Kleemann (160) and Dustin Gould (189) placed third.

Matt Leistner (171) placed fourth to also qualify for the regional. But he will not compete in it due to a knee injury.

Lawalin won by forfeit in the first round, beat Luke Doud of Castle 2-0, and beat Tim Dunkel of Gibson Southern 5-2 for the title.

Lawalin will take a 26-9 record into the regional.

Froehlich has Tell City’s best record, 37-3 with a team-high 22 pins.

But he ran into undefeated Clay Robison of Castle in the finals and lost 6-2.

Two of Froehlich’s three losses have come to Robison, who is ranked 11th in the state.

Froehlich pinned Camp of Boonville in 1:14 and Nat Holzmeyer of Princeton in 3:23 to reach the finals.

Flynn pinned Schaefer of Wood Memorial in 1:21 and beat Kevin Baron of Heritage Hills 7-2 to reach the 119 finals.

He built an early 4-0 lead against Damon McElhinney of Princeton in the finals. But McElhinney scored five points on a reversal and three-point near-fall and went on to win 8-4.

Kast pinned Bri Blessing of Wood Memorial in 2:00 but then lost to Zeke Harmon of South Spencer 1-0, with the only point in the match scored on a penalty.

Kast came back to pin Robbie Merrill of Princeton in 3:10 for third place.

Kleemann pinned Hartig of Gibson Southern in 1:48 and Martin of Wood Memorial in 1:19 before losing to eventual champion Aaron Haire of Boonville 12-11.

Kleemann beat Jeff Koberstein of Princeton 10-3 and pinned Charles Pace of Tecumseh in 4:55 in the consolation round.

Gould beat Nick Pledger of Heritage Hills 9-1 but then lost to Christopher May of Tecumseh 6-5.

Gould beat Logan Knight of Gibson Southern 8-1 and pinned Nick Claise of South Spencer in the consolation bracket.

“Overall we did well,” said Tell City Coach Joe Litherland. “We were in fifth place going into the final round (of championship and consolation matches) and came back to get third.

“If we’d won some matches earlier that we were favored to win, we could’ve easily been in second place. But we finished ahead of Gibson Southern and Heritage Hills—two teams that beat us in the conference.”

The regional will also be held at Castle Saturday at 9 a.m.

Team scores: Castle 334, Princeton 195.5, Tell City 167.5, Heritage Hills 166, Gibson Southern 148, Boonville 87, South Spencer 86, Wood Memorial 76, Tecumseh 43