Southridge’s Andy Fischer (pictured) was the only local wrestler to score in the 2014 IHSAA Wrestling Semistate held Saturday at the Ford Center in Evansville finishing fourth overall at 185. His fourth place finish qualifies him for the state finals this Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Fischer, a senior, won his first-round bout by fall over Kyle Shaffer of South Putnam (4:45). He was also the only local wrestler to win a second-round bout when he beat Evansville Mater Dei’s Sam Bassemier (3-2) to advance to the semifinals.
Fischer came up short in the semifinal losing by decision to Michael Petrole of Franklin (11-4). Fischer then lost to Evan Elmore of Avon in the consolation (5-2).
With his fourth place finish at the semistate, Fischer’s first-round opponent at the state finals will be Ryan Jankowski of South Bend St. Joseph. Jankowski is the #1 seed in the 185 weight class. He has an overall record of 37-1.
Now five other local wrestlers did win their first-round semistate matches Saturday, including four of Jasper’s five wrestlers who made the trip to Evansville, but all five lost in the second-round.
Southridge’s Ethan Schwoeppe won his first-round match at 285 by major decision over Ryan Baker of Heritage Hills (10-1).
Schwoeppe missed out on a trip to the state finals when he was beaten by Gavin Jolley-Little of Jeffersonville (3-2) in a match that went to the ultimate tiebreaker (a sudden death fourth overtime).
Jasper’s Nathan Schitter, a state finalist a year ago at 120, won his first round match at 126 Saturday by fall (2:27) over Cody Speaker of Columbus North, but he then lost to Austin Bethel of Mt. Vernon in round two (11-7).
Also for Jasper, Ruger Kersteins (152) won his first-round first round match over Tre Lynch of New Albany (7-0) but lost to Brenden Kelley of Evansville Central (6-) in the second round.
Cole Kreilein (170) won by major decision (11-2) over Turner Lockyear of Castle but then lost to Jimmy Fisher of Columbus East (8-3).
Moises Velanciano (285) beat Mathew Cox of Mater Dei (7-5) before losing in round two to Guy Henson of Avon (3-1).