By Steven Kochersperger
Sometimes a change of scenery helps and sometimes it hurts. The Mount Vernon Wildcat Wrestlers didn’t seem to mind the change of sectional scenery as they headed into their new sectional host, Castle High School, and came out the other side better for it. The Castle sectional has been billed as one of the tougher sectionals in the area but when it was all said and done Saturday afternoon the Wildcats saw five of their wrestlers move on to Regionals to wrestle next week.
Senior Michael Rynkiewich had the best day of all the Mount Vernon wrestlers, going unbeaten and winning the 160 pound weight class sectional championship by beating a familiar foe. Rynkiewich defeated Reitz’s A. Wimpelberg, an opponent whom he had lost to at the Mater Dei Classic, to win the sectionals and head on to Regionals seeded highly in his weight class.
The other Wildcat to wrestle in for a sectional championship Saturday was Julian Suar. Suar had a stellar day in the 120 pound class but found himself facing a Reitz opponent, Josh Davis, who had pinned Suar earlier in the season. And while Suar lost a 16-1 technical fall in the championship Saturday, he finished the day in second place and also moves on to wrestle another day.
Senior Dane Wilson found himself wrestling for third place against his Boonville opponent, and when the 126 pound class match ended in overtime Wilson found himself in fourth place moving on to the Regionals as well.
Other wrestlers who qualified for the Regionals next week are Noah Keller in the 113 pound class and Payton Whoberry in the 145 pound class.
As a team the Wildcats ended up fifth in the sectional out of ten teams. Here are the final team standings: Reitz 192, Memorial 187.5, Castle 172.5, Heritage Hills 169, Mount Vernon 121, Boonville 87, South Spencer 80, Harrison 79, Tell City 51, Bosse 28.
The Regionals will be held this Saturday at Castle High School. The Regional is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
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