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#2 Perry Meridian vs. #4 Mater Dei

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Does it get much bigger than this?  #2 Perry Meridian vs. #4 Mater Dei.  Believe or not, this December 21 dual is the lowest stakes match ever contested between the ‘Cats and the Falcons.  Here’s your proof:

PM and MD first met at the 2000 IHSAA Team State, followed by a 2003 date at the same event.  The 2006 meeting was a hootenanny.  The IHSAA’s unbroken streak of boneheaded decisions to diminish wrestling was laid bare in the first round of the 2006 Team Event as the #1 Wildcats met the #2 Falcons—in the first round!  As we all know, it is impossible and unfair to seed a high-stakes event.  You may not like the IHSAA.  You may find them self-serving and stupid.  BUT, at least they are consistent.

In a see-saw affair, Chico Adams and Jimmy Schoettle grabbed victories for Jim Tonte’s team in bouts 12 and 13, earning PM a 23-22 lead.  For all the marbles, MD’s Sean Herron claimed a 7-2 victory, resulting in a 25-23 win for the Wildcats.  This boosted MD’s record to 3-0 versus the Falcons.

However, in 2012, the Falcons turned the tables on the Wildcats beating them in the last ISHAA-sponsored Team State event.  The Wildcats were overwhelmed against Tonte’s loaded line-up, and bowed 40-19 in the semi-final.  The Falcons cruised to a second, consecutive Team State title

For Jim Tonte, it was relief and elation.  “I have the utmost respect for Mater Dei, because they have been beating us like a drum forever.  They bleed team, so we feel really good about beating them.”

On the Red & Gold side of the house, it was agony.  Many of the boys on the team attended Team State as a toddler.  They grew up watching Mater Dei Wrestling and making the annual trek to Center Grove High School.  Most, if not all, had first-hand memories of the great MD teams that delivered so many great victories.  This year the trophy would go the Falcons.  The dream of a championship was over. 

In 2014, the IHSWCA got it right, when #1 Mater Dei met #2 Perry Meridian for the Team Title in Muncie.

Both line-ups were dotted with star power as Mater Dei brought eight ranked wrestlers to the party while Perry countered with six.  Nationally-ranked wrestlers, Nick Lee and Brandon James of Perry Meridian, underscored the gravitas of the rosters.

Ashton Forzley opened with an 8-3 win over Garrett Milner.  Perry Meridian's Jordan Marion did not read the scouting report on Nick Buedel and paid the price.  A few seconds into the match, Marion charged Buedel and was thrown to his back.  Ultimately, Buedel prevailed, 19-9.  Sam Bassemier, diminished by a flu bug, gutted out a gritty, 8-5 win over Rilee Miller to spot the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.  The Falcons got on the scoreboard with a pin at 195 pounds.  220-pound sophomore Kurtis Wilderman scored a hard-fought first period takedown and made it hold up for a crucial, 4-2 victory.  Perry scored another fall at 285 pounds to narrow Mater Dei's advantage to a single point. 

Nolan Weidner found himself in a deep hole against Sunny Nier until he put Nier on his back during a third period scramble.  The Red & Gold roared as Weidner cranked on Nier's head, desperately working for the fall.  The clock was the enemy as time ran out and Weidner found himself on the wrong side of a 9-7 decision, giving Perry Meridian its first lead of the evening.  Sweet Luigs faced unheralded Jack Servies and found a ready and willing opponent.  Luigs finally took control of the match and cut Servies late in the third for a major decision attempt.  Luigs quickly popped Servies with a headlock, and took him straight to his back.  The bench sprang to its feet as the Mater Dei fans roared.  With seven ticks remaining on the clock, the referee slapped the mat with gusto.  A normally-stoic Luigs allowed a smile and pointed to the bench as his teammates subsequently mobbed him.

Seventh-ranked Will Egli took the mat against top-ranked Cornelius Elliot.  Like Egli, Elliot was a wide-open wrestler.  The duo, pummeled, faked and shot before Elliot scored a second period takedown.  Trailing 3-2 in the third period, Egli took Elliot from his feet to his back.  The referee started a count and reversed himself, awarding Egli no points.  Elliot played defense the balance of the stanza and emerged a 3-2 winner. 

Fifth-ranked Alex Johnson took the mat against sixth-ranked Ngun Uk, as the 'Cats clung to a one point team advantage.  Uk grabbed an early 4-1 lead before Johnson tied the match at the end of the first period.  Uk took another lead before Johnson garnered a point for a locked hands call and another point for an escape to nab his first lead of the match.  Johnson scored a third period takedown and made it hold up for an emotional, 9-6 win.

Nick Lee jumped on the hapless Jordan Napier, executing a takedown clinic to claim a 28-13 technical fall.  Joe Lee faced off against senior Brandon James and his 11th-ranked national status.  Lee got busy early, scoring a quick takedown.  James righted his ship and eventually scored an 8-2 victory.

With a 27-21 advantage and two matches to go, another win would put the Falcons away.  Junior Blake Jourdan toed the line across from third-ranked Noah Warren.  Jourdan wasted no time, securing double under hooks, bear-hugging Warren and taking him to his back.  As Warren could not be held down, the match would be decided by takedowns.  Wrestling a heady match, Jourdan stayed under control and won the battle, eventually delivering a 14-5 decision.  A stone-faced Jourdan strolled to the bench to be surrounded, hugged and patted by his jubilant teammates as the Mater Dei faithful howled.

"I was a little nervous before the match," conceded Jourdan.  "But I knew what I had to do.  I just had to go out, wrestle my match and win."

Final Score:  Mater Dei- 31, Perry Meridian- 27.

Greg Schaefer, winning his first State Title as a coach and capturing Mater Dei's first since 2007, was at a loss for words.

"I'm just so proud of our guys," said Schaefer.  "We did what we had to do to win."

Perhaps no Wildcat had a bigger weekend than Sweet  Kyle Luigs.  In addition to his key pin against Perry Meridian and win over Erik Owens, Luigs also defeated New Palestine's third-ranked Alec White.  But for Luigs, none of these things mattered; redemption was on his mind.

"I lost Team State for us last year (Luigs was decisioned in the final bout against Franklin's State Champion, DJ Smith)," said Luigs.  "I had to do something so that we could win."

First year starter, senior Nick Buedel, relished the ride.  Throughout the day, Mater Dei fans were entertained by Buedel's exuberance and antics.

"Yeah, I'm having a great time," enthused Buedel.  "We're winning and it's awesome!  What's not to like?"

Senior Alex Johnson was a freshman on the team that was shellacked by Perry Meridian at the 2012 Team State—Mater Dei's first-ever loss to the Falcons.

"I wanted to meet Perry in the final and I wanted to beat Perry in the final," said Johnson.  "This is the best feeling ever."

The Falcons stormed back in 2016, hammering the Wildcats, 45-18.

2017 produced another epic battle.  In a see-saw affair that resulted in three lead changes, the Falcons faced dim prospects, late in the match.  Down 25-19, another loss to the Wildcats would likely spell doom for PM. 

The Falcons were up for the task.

Jack Servies, Aiden Warren and Brooks Davis delivered a hat trick of decisions, before Noah Warren iced the victory with a pin.

The series stands at four wins for Mater Dei and three for Perry Meridian.

Individual match-ups between the two schools go back to the late 70’s when PM and MD were in the same semi-state.  Perry Meridian’ Hall of Fame coach Phil Strader is still steaming over Steve Adams’ 1981 overtime loss to MD’s Jeff “Spiderman” Parkinson.

Look no further than the team benches—you will find that the coaches have squared off against one another. 

For 25 years, you will be hard pressed to find a state tournament that does not contain at least one match-up between PM and MD.

Here what to expect from meeting number eight:

·        Outside of the wrestling semi-state, this will be one of the biggest scholastic match-ups in this school year.  Our esteemed newspaper, The Evansville Courier and Depressed, will not be aware of this event.  It is highly unlikely there will be any pre or post-match coverage.

·        This will be the biggest dual in Evansville, since #1 (Kentucky) Union County wrestled #2 Mater Dei in 2013.  2000 rabid fans showed up for a barn burner.

·        Expect a big crowd for this one.  MD alums home for Christmas, students, hardcore fans and casual fans will show up in force.  Many in attendance will be from other, local programs.  While they will not be vocal, emotionally they will throw their support to the Falcons.

·        For our friends travelling from Indy, take a little time to get to know the territory.  After the meet, drop by the Hilltop Inn.  Not only is it the “Manliest Bar in America”, for 68 years it has been THE gathering place after MD wrestling matches.  Their fishbowls are not to be missed.

·        Expect HUGE match-ups:  Cottey/Freeman at 106 and Lee/Warren at 145.  Dickens and Fair at 152 could be the match of the night.

Hook’s keys to a win:

·        Emotion and a fast start; I expect the draw and/or upsets to come into play.  If Mater Dei gets a quick start, or an early upset, the roof will come off the place, creating momentum for the Cats that will be difficult to overcome.  If the early scales tip to the Falcons, it will be bad for MD.  Since 1976—42 years—Mater Dei has lost only one dual in its home gymnasium.

·        Bonus points will likely determine the winner of the dual.  Maximizing wins and minimizing losses is crucial.

·        Big guns will be big guns; both of the belligerents have plenty of them!  But what about the supporting cast?  At the end of the day, I believe the non-stars will determine the outcome.

 

what’s my prediction?  I ran the lineups, coaches, injuries and atmospheric conditions through Randy Helfrich’s super-computer...i’m sworn to secrecy.  Ask Randy.

Edited by hook and half

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Great write up! 

 

Do you have individual results of the aforementioned MD vs UC meet?

Who is MD's lone home dual meet loss to?

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Write up was solid and informative.  My only critique is your use of the adjective hootenanny which is normally used to describe a party or music festival.  This rivalry seems to be no festival or party.  I think the better term would be Rock Fight.

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1 hour ago, navy80 said:

Great write up! 

 

Do you have individual results of the aforementioned MD vs UC meet?

Who is MD's lone home dual meet loss to?

Navy80-

You are making me recall painful memories...

It was January 2010.  Had the fire marshal showed up, he would have shut it down.  The gym’s capacity is 2200.  With portable bleachers pulled in and the permanent bleachers jam packed, the rumored crowd size was 2800.  The mat was cordoned off by ropes.

reitz had a deep and experienced lineup, very good from their feet and tough on top.

reitz’s crowd nearly matched the size of MD’s.

the panthers flat put it on the wildcats.

with the dual’s outcome no longer in question, two reitz mothers began dancing on the floor.  Miserable was the Wildcat nation. 

For his part, castle graduate and Reitz coach Scott Ferguson, it was a watershed moment—as an athlete or coach, he had never beaten MD.

For Reitz, it was a special class.  The panthers sported very good lightweights.  The middle and upper weights were populated by grapplers/footballers.  In the 68 year history, they are one of only four classes to beat MD in football and wrestling in the same year.

 

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8 hours ago, hook and half said:

Navy80-

You are making me recall painful memories...

It was January 2010.  Had the fire marshal showed up, he would have shut it down.  The gym’s capacity is 2200.  With portable bleachers pulled in and the permanent bleachers jam packed, the rumored crowd size was 2800.  The mat was cordoned off by ropes.

reitz had a deep and experienced lineup, very good from their feet and tough on top.

reitz’s crowd nearly matched the size of MD’s.

the panthers flat put it on the wildcats.

with the dual’s outcome no longer in question, two reitz mothers began dancing on the floor.  Miserable was the Wildcat nation. 

For his part, castle graduate and Reitz coach Scott Ferguson, it was a watershed moment—as an athlete or coach, he had never beaten MD.

For Reitz, it was a special class.  The panthers sported very good lightweights.  The middle and upper weights were populated by grapplers/footballers.  In the 68 year history, they are one of only four classes to beat MD in football and wrestling in the same year.

 

For his part, castle graduate and Reitz coach Scott Ferguson, it was a watershed moment—as an athlete or coach, he had never beaten MD.  

 This part I believe is wrong. I believe he beat Rusty Head when Head was sophomore and Ferguson was a Senior.

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This is awesome! Being apart of the 2012 Perry Meridian team and knowing all the history between the two teams is awesome for wrestling in the state of Indiana! The atmosphere is going to be through the roof for this dual! Excited to see how it all unfolds!

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I was there for the Steve Adams OT loss  in 1980 which lead to a half point loss to MD for the semi state crown.  I will be there for the dual meet.  Looking forward to the brawl and a visit to the Hilltop. 

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We learned more about the wildcats and falcons today.  Let’s hear some predictions!

 

BTW- I have been browbeaten for the outcome generated by Randy helfrich’s computer.  While I cannot disclose those results, I can tell you that he ran the numbers again today.

 

nothing changed!

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I had some time this morning and looking at results for both Grappler Gold and Marion County, I don’t think this one is going to be pretty. Unfortunately this year, these two teams match up terribly outside of 145-170. The bigs in this one will decide everything. Mater Dei does not match up well with Perry in my opinion. I thought Perry was exposed in the Marion County tourney yesterday. I think they are about the 5th best dual team in Indiana currently unless they were missing wrestlers. 

103 - Freeman vs Cottey (Major PM) 4-0

113 Ross or Baughman vs. Haggerty (Fall EMD) 4-6

120 Boarman vs Venegas (Tech EMD 4-11)

126 K. Egli vs Anhony (Major EMD 4-15)

132 C. Egli vs Cavaero (Fall EMD 21-4)

138 B. Mayer vs Smith (Dec PM 21-7)

145 Lee vs Warren (Major EMD 25-7)

152 Dickens vs Fair (Dec PM 25-10)

160 Sollars vs Baker (Dec PM 25-13)

170 Parkinson vs Davis - Toss-up (Dec EMD 28-13)

182 - Pierson vs Clayton (Dec PM 28- 19)

195 McGrew vs Goodall (Dec EMD 32-19)

220 - Crowe vs Lane (Fall PM 32- 25)

Heavy - 5 wins total between these 2?? An ugly toss up that could determine the outcome? Yikes. (Dec PM 32- 28) 

I hope for the hype it is a good dual, but I can see a bunch of blowouts due to mismatches. I can see EMD bumping everyone from 113. If not against Perry, I can see it certainly in the IHSWCA Duals. My 3rd Shift Logic state dual rankings: 

1. Cathedral

2. EMD

3. Warren

4. Brownsburg

5. Perry

6. Roncalli

7. Carmel

8. Merrillville/Portage 

Edited by IndianaWrestlingGuy

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I think the team rankings look good. I will be interested to see where Carmel falls. They lost to roncalli at Westfield but now have some football players back and are down a weight 195-170. That should be a interesting dual. 

EMD is solid 106-170 no holes. Plus they have the ability to bump with arguably the best back ups in the state with Baumann and fitts. 

It looked like Perry had a couple guys out of the line up. 120 for sure not that result changes. I think it will be a interesting dual 

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The problem MD has is that their upper weights are already kids that are "bumped up", aka light for their weight.  182-220 were wrestling a full class above their weights yesterday.  Not sure if that changes if Lannert goes at 182.  Should be a great dual and awesome atmosphere.

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6 hours ago, IndianaWrestlingGuy said:

I had some time this morning and looking at results for both Grappler Gold and Marion County, I don’t think this one is going to be pretty. Unfortunately this year, these two teams match up terribly outside of 145-170. The bigs in this one will decide everything. Mater Dei does not match up well with Perry in my opinion. I thought Perry was exposed in the Marion County tourney yesterday. I think they are about the 5th best dual team in Indiana currently unless they were missing wrestlers. 

103 - Freeman vs Cottey (Major PM) 4-0

113 Ross or Baughman vs. Haggerty (Fall EMD) 4-6

120 Boarman vs Venegas (Tech EMD 4-11)

126 K. Egli vs Anhony (Major EMD 4-15)

132 C. Egli vs Cavaero (Fall EMD 21-4)

138 B. Mayer vs Smith (Dec PM 21-7)

145 Lee vs Warren (Major EMD 25-7)

152 Dickens vs Fair (Dec PM 25-10)

160 Sollars vs Baker (Dec PM 25-13)

170 Parkinson vs Davis - Toss-up (Dec EMD 28-13)

182 - Pierson vs Clayton (Dec PM 28- 19)

195 McGrew vs Goodall (Dec EMD 32-19)

220 - Crowe vs Lane (Fall PM 32- 25)

Heavy - 5 wins total between these 2?? An ugly toss up that could determine the outcome? Yikes. (Dec PM 32- 28) 

I hope for the hype it is a good dual, but I can see a bunch of blowouts due to mismatches. I can see EMD bumping everyone from 113. If not against Perry, I can see it certainly in the IHSWCA Duals. My 3rd Shift Logic state dual rankings: 

1. Cathedral

2. EMD

3. Warren

4. Brownsburg

5. Perry

6. Roncalli

7. Carmel

8. Merrillville/Portage 

A few standpoints here: 

Aiden Warren has beat the #1 ranked wrestler at both 138 & 145 (What significant wins does Lee have?) so I for sure disagree on 145.

 

Haggerty kept a fairly close match with DP two times. No way he’s getting pinned.

 

As for your team state ranks you threw out,  that is some funny stuff

PM has a minimum of 4 wrestlers that are missing in the lineup due to eligibility. Due to this, PM obviously isn’t going to compete at their best whenever they have holes waiting to be filled.

keep on sleeping zzzzz

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1 hour ago, Two said:

A few standpoints here: 

Aiden Warren has beat the #1 ranked wrestler at both 138 & 145 (What significant wins does Lee have?) so I for sure disagree on 145.

 

Haggerty kept a fairly close match with DP two times. No way he’s getting pinned.

 

As for your team state ranks you threw out,  that is some funny stuff

PM has a minimum of 4 wrestlers that are missing in the lineup due to eligibility. Due to this, PM obviously isn’t going to compete at their best whenever they have holes waiting to be filled.

keep on sleeping zzzzz

Lee teched and pinned everyone in a weight class that had 2 nationally ranked wrestlers yesterday. Warren will be lucky to avoid the same fate.  If he keeps it to only a major he’ll be very lucky. 

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4 minutes ago, IU89 said:

Lee teched and pinned everyone in a weight class that had 2 nationally ranked wrestlers yesterday. Warren will be lucky to avoid the same fate.  If he keeps it to only a major he’ll be very lucky. 

Did Lee wrestle any nationally ranked or even state ranked kids?

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1 hour ago, Two said:

A few standpoints:

 

As for your team state ranks you threw out,  that is some funny stuff

PM has a minimum of 4 wrestlers that are missing in the lineup due to eligibility. Due to this, PM obviously isn’t going to compete at their best whenever they have holes waiting to be filled.

If this is the case, PM might charge up. March dem out there. Like Brownsburg at the Mooresville last year where they rested everyone (or they had ring work/SAT/etc), you never know. I just don’t feel like they have the sauce waiting on Stop 11. If so, disprove me. 

Warren is actually #2 after my almost 3rd Shift Logic (Colts and Pacers) inspiration. 

That wasn’t personal, fellas. War Indiana Wrestling. 

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2 hours ago, IndianaWrestlingGuy said:

If this is the case, PM might charge up. March dem out there. Like Brownsburg at the Mooresville last year where they rested everyone (or they had ring work/SAT/etc), you never know. I just don’t feel like they have the sauce waiting on Stop 11. If so, disprove me. 

Warren is actually #2 after my almost 3rd Shift Logic (Colts and Pacers) inspiration. 

That wasn’t personal, fellas. War Indiana Wrestling. 

 

2 hours ago, IU89 said:

Lee teched and pinned everyone in a weight class that had 2 nationally ranked wrestlers yesterday. Warren will be lucky to avoid the same fate.  If he keeps it to only a major he’ll be very lucky. 

Warren probably should get teched or majored considering he is a all conference Football Player (Sophmore) and Lee wrestles year round. The good thing is he is shaking off that Football rust quite nicely. If he hasn't fully gotten into Wrestling shape by this Friday. I think he will be by the time we make to Cathedral! Also word on Stop 11 is he may be going down anyway. You heard it here first folks!

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