The outcome was the same as last season, a first round loss, ending his dream. He just couldn’t get a good shot during his match against Anthony Bill of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard High School. Both of Hamilton’s shots he did make resulted in takedowns by Bills and the last one resulted in a front headlock that eventually lead to the pin.
“I came out a little flat on my feet and I didn’t set my shots up too well,” explained a disappointed Hamilton.
“The 171-pound weight class was a real even class and the match up we had didn’t fit the way Jordan wrestles,” commented Coach Sam Riesen. “We faced Anthony Bill, a kid from Chatard that was good at countering Jordan’s shots. We are proud of him for getting down here but it was too bad to see him go out the way he did.”
It ended a dream that he has had since the day he started wrestling. With all reality that was the last match of Jordan’s outstanding career. A career that includes a record of 125 wins and only 20 losses in his high school days. He had 63 pins, was a four-time All-Conference wrestler and a two time Champion. Hamilton has won several Invitationals including three times at Woodlan and one time each at Westview and Rochester. He was a two time Sectional Champ, a two time Regional Champ and a two time Semi-State runner-up. Hamilton is the tenth wrestler from Churubusco to travel to the State tournament and he had the opportunity to revel in the spotlight a second time as the second Churubusco wrestler to make the trip twice.
The numbers on the day include 123 schools from the state who were represented here at Conseco Fieldhouse. A total of 8,280 spectators attended the opening night action, 8,134 were there for Saturday’s early rounds and 9,397 filed into Conseco for the Final matches. In all sessions there were 25,811 fans in attendance for the Indiana State Wrestling Finals. There were 224 wrestlers competing for 14 Championship titles. There were 16 undefeated wrestlers in the Championship matches. Five of them were against another undefeated wrestler. In the end eight of them finished with an undefeated record.
To be able to experience such an event as an athlete is alone a chance of a lifetime. On Friday night the Parade of Champions was in itself a spectacular event. Every wrestler filed into Conseco with their teams, made the lap around the floor and took their place on the mats as the Color Guards presented the colors. It was an Olympic moment for these fine young men who are all Champions in the hearts of their families and schools.
(Giving it his best shot, Jordan Hamilton goes for the takedown against Anthony Bill of Indianapolis Bishop Chatard. Hamilton came out on the short end getting pinned at the 1:31 mark in the first round.) photo by hiatt
(Jordan Hamilton fights to get out of a reverse headlock. Hamilton was able to escape this hold to put him down 2-1 at the one minute mark.) photo by hiatt