By Steven Kochersperger
Ten Posey County wrestlers went into the Regional wrestling meet Saturday and four came out still alive in the state tournament. All ten represented their schools and the county well but when it was all said and done two North Posey wrestlers and two Mount Vernon wrestlers find themselves moving on to the semi state meet this Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville.
Among those wrestlers to do well Saturday was North Posey’s Austin Little. Little came into the Regional with an impressive 33-2 record and opened the meet beating Memorial’s Josh Small to move on. In the semi finals Little found himself in a battle with Harrison freshman Terrance Kyles but ended up pinning Kyles in the second period to move on to the 285 pound class championship. Pike Central’s Dalton Miller gave Little a great match but in the end Little found himself with enough points to win the Regional Championship in his weight class setting himself up nicely this week in the Semi State meet. Little was humbled by the win and dedicated the win to his grandfather. “It’s really special to win this,” Little said Saturday. “This is the farthest I have gone in the tournament and its a pretty big deal. I dedicated this all to my grandpa so its even more special for me.”
The other Posey County wrestler to compete for a championship in their weight class was Mount Vernon’s Michael Rynkiewich. Rynkiewich won the 160 pound class sectional crown last week and wrestled himself to the championship match on Saturday. Rynkiewich found himself facing off with North Posey’s Gary Martin in the semi finals in what turned out to be a great match. Rynkiewich ended up beating Martin 5-1 in the semis and moving on to the championship. In the championship match Rynkiewich couldn’t seem to get it going like he wanted and ended up losing the match 4-1 to Mater Dei’s Mahlon Parkinson. Rynkiewich’s second place showing makes him eligible to move on Saturday to wrestle in the semi state meet.
Mount Vernon’s Julian Suar ended up with an impressive third place showing Saturday qualifying him to continue in the state tournament as well. Suar opened his 120 pound class match by beating Central’s Hunter McCormick but was pinned in the next round by Mater Dei’s Alex Johnson. Suar rebounded by beating his Heritage Hills opponent Nick Myers 6-2 to finish third in the weight class.
The other Posey County Wrestler that found themselves moving on to the semi state meet was North Posey’s Gary Martin. Martin started his matches by beating Bosse’s Michael Merriweather before losing to Mount Vernon’s Michael Rynkiewich. Martin then lost a heart breaking matchup in overtime with Reitz’s Andy Wimpelberg 4-2, but was still able to place in fourth Saturday ensuring his place in the semi state matches.
Mount Vernon’s Dane Wilson, Noah Keller, and Payton Whoberry all had their season’s end Saturday in the regional meet. The same is true of North Posey wrestlers Seth Elderkin, Eric O’Risky, and Shane Martin.
All the Posey County wrestlers should be proud of their efforts as they represented their families, schools, and county well Saturday.
The Semi State meet will be held this Saturday in the Ford Center in Evansville. Good luck to all four Posey County Wrestlers.
By Steven Kochersperger
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