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I think the Tsirtsis brothers would rank ahead of the Maurer brothers as the most successful sibling duo in Indiana history.

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I think the Tsirtsis brothers would rank ahead of the Maurer brothers as the most successful sibling duo in Indiana history.

There was an older tshirts that had a few losses to his credit. In terms of winning percentage, Maurer boys have the edge.

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There was an older tshirts that had a few losses to his credit. In terms of winning percentage, Maurer boys have the edge.

But that would be a trio!

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great preview...even better when i read it my best waylon jennings "dukes of hazzard" balladeer voice.

 

"Well, the hen-house is empty. The fox is lickin' off chicken feathers and the Duke's goose is about to be cooked."

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great preview...even better when i read it my best waylon jennings "dukes of hazzard" balladeer voice.

 

"Well, the hen-house is empty. The fox is lickin' off chicken feathers and the Duke's goose is about to be cooked."

 

thank you?!?

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Regarded as one of the tougher sectionals in Hoosier land, the 2015 Central sectional will provide spectators with exciting match-ups, colorful coaches...and the inevitable upsets. Cobbling together pieces of five counties and four conferences, the Evansville Central sectional produces first-time match-ups and seeding anomalies.

 

Gibson Southern, fresh off another PAC team title while claiming six individual champions, looks to challenge Greg Schaefer's Mater Dei Wildcats for supremacy on the North side.

 

106- North Posey's first-year coach, Cody Moll, is charged with reviving the Viking program. In Poseyville, they are excited about their number-one seed, freshman Levi Miller (SS#7). On the other side of the bracket, Princeton's Kyler McKinney is riding high after a Big 8 title he earned last Saturday. Look for an exciting semifinal match between McKinney and Mater Dei's SIAC runner-up, Nolan Weidner. The winner should see Miller in the final.

 

113- 113 is loaded! Princeton's Luke Dunn wrestled a brutal schedule, won the Big 8 and did not receive a seed. Dunn's quarterfinal match with Central's Carson Willis should be fun to watch. Should Willis get by Dunn, he will likely meet Mater Dei's Kyle Luigs in the semifinal, their third meeting of the year. Excitement punctuated their SIAC title match; this one could be very good, as well. Gibson Southern's Logan Dilbeck will put his 33 wins against Pike Central's Dylan Jones, in the other semifinal.

 

120- Mater Dei's one-seed, Will Egli, is clear to the semis, where he should meet Tecumseh's Zach Graham. At the bottom half of the bracket, Gibson Southern's Christian Pellacer, the PAC champion, will face North's Dawson Matherly in a very competitive race. The winner will likely meet Egli for all the marbles on First Avenue.

 

126- Mater Dei senior Alex Johnson has a third sectional title in his sights. To do so, he will need a win in the semis against Central's Connor Willis or Gibson Southern's PAC champion, Michael Polen. Two-seed Nick Burke of North has put up 31 wins on the year and will battle Dalton Ashby of Wood Memorial for the other spot in the final.

 

132- Mater Dei's #1-ranked sophomore, Nick Lee, will continue to terrorize his opponents at the Central sectional. Gibson Southern's Hunter Baehl (#6SS) counts this sectional as his fourth; he should be in the medal mix. Princeton's Chase Wilson will meet the two-seed, North's Josh Elpers, in the other semifinal.

 

138- Third-ranked freshman, Joe Lee, should dance with fifth-ranked Kyle Todrank of Gibson Southern in the marquee match of the 2015 Central sectional. These two are very familiar with one another; if you like this match-up, you are in luck...you may see it three or four more times. You can guarantee that Greg Schaefer and Blake Maurer's respective brain trusts are working overtime on this one!

 

145- Mater Dei one-seed, junior Blake Jourdan, was upset in the championship match of the 2014 sectional. The remembrance of that loss will sharpen his focus for the week ahead. Central's two-seed, Hunter McCormick, will face PAC champ, Gibson Southern's Kaleb Greenwell, for the other slot in the final.

 

152- Central's Isaiah Kemper sent shockwaves throughout the Indiana wrestling community when he dropped to 152. Currently ranked second, Kemper anticipates a deep run in the state tournament. Following graduated senior's Brendon Kelly's state title, Central coach Mike Lapadat may be coaching under the lights again in February.

 

Graham Dougan, Princeton's freshly-crowned Big 8 champ, will square off with Pike Central's Colton O'Neal in the bottom of the bracket for a shot at the title. Mater Dei's Mitch Lehman and North's Logan Matherly will also contend for a high vantage point on the podium.

 

160- Top-seeded Tristan McDaniel of Tecumseh has been a cornerstone of coach Aaron Chambers' line-up, which landed a 2015 Team State bid. Mater Dei senior Nick Buedel is 22-4 and should meet McDaniel in the final. Proceed with caution, as Julius Malone of Vincennes Lincoln was the Big 8 champ, while Pike Central's Jaylon Owens has 31 wins on the season. Malone and Owens would love to be spoilers.

 

170- Mater Dei's Ashton Forzley, a 2x state qualifier, has strung together another great season and earned the top-seed. In the bracket's lower half, North's Justin Naylor and Wood Memorial's Louis Hoover will compete in what should be an exciting semifinal. The winner will meet Forzley for bragging rights.

 

182- Outside the glare of the spotlight on Mater Dei's light and middle weights, underrated senior Sam Bassemier has compiled a 23-1 record and intends to garner his second sectional bracket board. Tecumseh's Jeremy McKinley has piled up 38 wins and won the PAC tourney last Saturday. He will match up with North's Ty Winchell for the right to wrestle Bassemier.

 

195- Who can beat Tecumseh's 11th-ranked Adam Lytle? So far, no one. However, do not be fooled by the ten losses on Central's Gabe Patterson's record. Patterson is tough and should give Lytle a tussle in the semifinal. Senior Chase Anslinger is riding high in his maiden varsity season at Mater Dei. He should meet Vincennes Lincoln's very solid Nic Dellion in the bottom bracket's semifinal.

 

220- Question: Who trains daily with the most successful sibling duo in Indiana history? Answer: Gibson Southern's sixth-ranked Cory Klem. With only three prep losses, four state titles and a third-place finish between Blake and Dane Maurer, you can wager that Klem has been stress-tested.

 

Second question: Name a quarterback that wrestles and competes in the 220-pound division.

 

Answer: The only one I know of is Mater Dei's Kurtis Wilderman. Wilderman has turned in a rock-solid season against tough competition and has won some big matches for the Wildcats. You will get your money's worth out of a Klem/Wilderman final. Look for Central's Caleb Hart to also find high ground on the podium.

 

285- Boasting a 34-1 record, Tecumseh's Colton Dossett gets the top-seed in the big boy division. Mater Dei's SIAC champ, Adrian Butler, will face the two-seed, Pike Central's Bryce Manning, for the right to tangle with Dossett in the final. Central's Jordan Libby will also figure into the medal race.

 

Best Quarterfinal Match- 126: Gibson Southern's Michael Polen vs. Central's Connor Willis. Both have significant skills and are looking to gather some momentum. Each views this as a big match.

 

Best Semifinal Matches- 132: Josh Elpers of North vs. Chase Wilson of Princeton. Wilson has a Bo Henry title and 35 wins next to his name. Elpers counters with a formidable offense that will be on display against Wilson. 145: Central's Hunter McCormick vs. Gibson Southern's Kaleb Greenwell. Both are 4-year starters and have center mat experience. This bout has regional and semi state implications; expect a superb effort. 195: Vincennes Lincoln's Nic Dellion vs. Mater Dei's Chase Anslinger. Dellion beat Anslinger on December 27. Anslinger returned the favor on December 28. Either would relish an opportunity to be the first to put a blemish on Lytle's record. In order to do so, one has to win the semifinal match.

 

Best Championship Matches- 113: No doubt exists that Mater Dei's Will Egli has warned his classmate, the fourth-ranked Kyle Luigs, about Gibson Southern's 12th-ranked junior, Logan Dilbeck. In 2014, Egli escaped with a hard-fought, 3-1, sectional victory over Dilbeck. Dilbeck and Luigs are athletic and flashy; this one should be a slobber knocker. 160: Tecumseh's Tristan McDaniel vs. Mater Dei's Nick Buedel. Buedel is very tall, strong and believes in scoring a lot of points. McDaniel is very tall, strong and believes in scoring a lot of points. See where this is going?

 

Team- Folks in Fort Branch are thrilled with coach Blake Maurer's elevation of the Gibson Southern program. The Titans qualified for Team State and, if things go well, will have a couple of grapplers on the podium at Banker's Life. However, Gibson Southern is compelled to share sectional mats with the Mater Dei Wildcats. Look for the 1300 Harmony Way crew to take home their 39th consecutive sectional championship. The 13-4 Central Bears also see opportunity. Properly motivated, the Bears have a shot at knocking Gibson Southern out of the bridesmaid position. The Tecumseh Braves and DG Asay's North Huskies have veteran teams; they will also look for a high finish.

 

Hook's Recommendations

· Get up early and have breakfast at the Pie Pan. After your omelet, have a piece of pumpkin or pecan pie...that's what it is there for!

· After wrestling is complete, head about a mile north for a protein download at Wolf's Bar-B-Q buffet. Los Bravos is a great choice for family Mexican fare. If you like sushi or hibachi, Fujiyama offers the best value for Japanese cuisine in the city. It is Mrs. Hook's favorite place to eat. Banzai!

· Watch out for parking lot scourges. Three years ago, someone backed into my HUV (Hook Utility Vehicle) and damaged it. No note!

· Founded in 1854, Evansville Central It is the oldest high school in continuous operation west of the Allegheny Mountains. Revel in the history!

 

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central did an outstanding job of organizing and running the sectional.  no empty mats.

 

observations:

 

  • a bigger crowd than usual, this year.  
  • tiny, 1a tecumseh was impressive.  their kids are in shape and wrestle hard.  they also had a number of fans that attended and were very loud.  in the semis, tecumseh won four in a row.  a couple of the matches were close.  their fans blew the roof off the place.
  • isaiah kemper dominated.  sophomore colton o'neal from pike central did not know that a wrestler with 10 losses should be able to compete with kemper.  kemper ended up winning with a tech, but o'neal stayed with it.  i look for him to be on the radar, next year.
  • two wrestlers are no longer unbeaten.  kyle todrank was defeated by md's joe lee.  md's chase anslinger handed tecumseh's adam lytle his first record blemish.
  • gibson southern's cory klem is very tough.
  • tecumseh's tristan mcdaniel also looked very good.

 

all and all, a great day of wrestling.  many exciting semifinal and final matches.

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Personal opinion, but it appeared to me that J. Lee was mostly in control of the Todrank match. I am a fan of Todrank, but I was disappointed he didn't take the podium after the match. Not sure what happened, but he missed the medal ceremony. I hope it was an accident.

 

I thought the Dibeck/Luigs match was one of the best of the day!

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Luigs should have been given 2 back points on his first take down.  Would have made it 4-0 and those two points would have been the difference.  I think they meet again next week and Luigs will reverse this result.

 

Todrank/J. Lee - Todrank basically throwing left/right combos to Lee's face (open hand) the whole match.  His only points were when Lee let him up.  I thought Todrank wrestled to not get majored.  Backed up, kept jabbing him in the forehead took a couple of half shots and that was it.  Did whatever he could to stay away from him.  Lee will major him if the meet next week.

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I would say it was marginal on Luigs losing...he probably should have gotten back points but who knows, he also could have been pinned too.

 

The Lee-Todrank match was officiated about as bad as you could officiate a match.   Not sure if the ref has much experience but for him to allow the constant backing up by Todrank without hitting him for stalling was a joke.   Then to top it off, how do you let a guy smack someone in the face over and over - right by the eyes and not call a violation?  If thats legal then I guess you are going to see a lot more kids try that tactic.

 

I'd be shocked if McDaniel doesn't place at state, the kid is the real deal.  

 

Should be some great matches next week at Castle.

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The Lee-Todrank match was officiated about as bad as you could officiate a match.   Not sure if the ref has much experience but for him to allow the constant backing up by Todrank without hitting him for stalling was a joke.   Then to top it off, how do you let a guy smack someone in the face over and over - right by the eyes and not call a violation?  If thats legal then I guess you are going to see a lot more kids try that tactic.

 

More kids are using it and the officials do not even want to call unnecessary roughness (coach was even screaming it was open hand so it is ok) - it needs to become an emphasis point

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The Lee-Todrank match was officiated about as bad as you could officiate a match.   Not sure if the ref has much experience but for him to allow the constant backing up by Todrank without hitting him for stalling was a joke.   Then to top it off, how do you let a guy smack someone in the face over and over - right by the eyes and not call a violation?  If thats legal then I guess you are going to see a lot more kids try that tactic.

 

More kids are using it and the officials do not even want to call unnecessary roughness (coach was even screaming it was open hand so it is ok) - it needs to become an emphasis point

 

http://www.courierpress.com/sports/high-school/joe-lee-headlines-14-mater-dei-wrestlers-to-advance-to-regionals_15922639?autoplay=true

 

the courier posted this on their website.  

 

so...are these flat palms on the forehead, or open hands with fingertips to the face?  moving forward or backing up?

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He was backing up 90% of the match.  He did take a few half shots, but was not close to getting a takedown.  I felt that Lee was chasing him around the mat for 6 minutes.


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