There were many exciting matches on Saturday and early on there was an upset to remind everyone that it is time to put up or go home. No matter where you are seeded, or what your record is, that all goes out the window in the State tournament.
Eagle wrestler Jordan Hamilton (31-1) has earned a return trip to the Semi-State. He was the 160-pound Regional Champion last year and Semi-State runner-up. He hopes to take the title in the 171-pound class this season. Hamilton won his first match over Woodlan’s Jeremy Salmon by a tech fall 18-1. In the second round he beat Logan Raypole of Carroll by decision 9-5. Austin Striggle of Whitko was his opponent in the Championship match whom he had beaten in the Sectional by decision 6-3. Hamilton took control of the match from the beginning and won by a major decision 9-0 to claim the 171-pound Regional title.
Braxton Siddons advances in the 189-pound weight class with his third place finish. Siddons defeated Nolan Wilson from Harding by a major decision 10-0 in the first round. He then lost to Taylor Scott of Heritage by a pin in the second round. In the consolation match Siddons defeated Redrecus McCurrie of Wayne 8-6 on a takedown with two seconds remaining in their match.
Churubusco’s 152-pound wrestler Jordan Nicodemus pinned South Side’s Logan Thatcher in his first round match. He then lost to Champion Garrett Weber of Leo by a pin. Nicodemus lost a hard fought consolation match to Jon Timmerman of Carroll by a 3-2 decision.
The season ended for three Eagle wrestlers, Freshman Jason Nicodemus (19-19), Sophomore Adam Boggess (28-12) and Senior A.J. Herron (21-8). Nicodemus was defeated by decision 8-1 to fourth place finisher Tony Elkins from Snider. Boggess lost to eventual Champion Tucker Smith of Homestead by a pin. Herron was pinned by third place finisher New Haven’s Nate Bloomfield.
“We came into the day looking to get all six of our wrestlers on to Semi-State, but we lost three tough matches,” explained Coach Sam Riesen. “Nicodemus came up with a big win getting the pin in the third period. Braxton finished third today and this is his first year wrestling at the varsity level and for him to make it to Semi-State says something about his hard work. Hamilton went out there and showed that he is the best wrestler in this region and he really dominated today.”
Saturday the wrestling starts at 9:00 a.m. in the War Memorial Coliseum. Come on out and see some exciting wrestling and cheer our young men on to State.
(Braxton Siddons gets the takedown with seconds remaining in his third place match. Siddons won the match 8-6 to advance to the Semi-State at the Coliseum this Saturday.) photo by hiatt
(Jordan Nicodemus works to pin his first round opponent. Nicodemus finished the day in fourth place to advance to the Semi-State.) photo by hiatt