Three Tell City wrestlers qualify for semistate

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By Larry Goffinet

NEWBURGH—Tell City’s Dylan Froehlich, Andy Kast and A.J. Flynn qualified for the IHSAA wrestling semistate with their performances in the Castle regional Saturday.

Flynn will probably not be able to compete, though, due to a knee injury suffered in the regional.

Eight wrestlers competed in each weight class in the regional, with the top four qualifying for the semistate.

Flynn pinned John Hoehn of Mount Vernon in 1:51 in the first round to qualify for the semistate.

But with a minute left in his next match, against Alex Johns of Reitz, his knee popped out of place.

Flynn was trailing only 4-0 against Johns, who is ranked sixth in the state. But Flynn lost by injury default and had to forfeit his next match.

Froehlich placed second in the 215 weight class despite facing three state-ranked wrestlers.

He pinnedMount Vernon’s Zach Ruggeri, ranked 16th, in 1:09 and beat Mater Dei’s John Kercher, ranked 11th in the state, 3-1, avenging a controversial loss to Kercher in the MaterDei holiday tourney when Kercher scored all his points on penalties.

Castle’s Clay Robison, undefeated and ranked seventh in the state, then beat Froehlich 13-2 for the title.

Froehlich is 39-4, with three of his losses coming to Robison. They could meet again in the semistate finals.

Kast placed fourth in the 130 weight class.

He beat Zach Wolf of Harrison 8-4 but lost to Andrew Seitz of Castle 5-2 and to Zeke Harmon of Harrison 1-0 in four overtimes.

No other Tell City wrestler won a regional match, though Justin Kleemann (160) lost by only one point and Jessie Lawalin (103) was also in a close match most of the way.

“We very easily could’ve had five kids qualify,” said Tell City Coach Joe Litherland. “They wrestled well.”

The semistate will be held 9 a.m. Saturday at Roberts Stadium in Evansville. The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the state meet.

Litherland said Froehlich has a good draw in the semistate but Kast drew Bloomington South’s Brannigan Barlow, ranked fourth in the state, in the first round.