Evansville (NNDC) – Two Southridge Raider wrestlers earned themselves trips to this Saturday’s IHSAA Wrestling State Finals with outstanding performances Saturday at the Semi-State held yesterday at the Ford Center.
Senior Jack Michel earned his trip to the state finals with a second place performance in Evansville. Michel was defeated in the 195 pound final Saturday by undefeated Kyle Shaffer of South Putnam (MD 11-0). Shaffer was top-seeded wrestler in the 195 pound class at the semistate.
To get to the final, Michel pinned James Jump of Jennings County in the first round and followed it up with wins over Grant Goforth of Indian Creek (by pin 4:43) and Brady Philpot of Floyd Central (3-2).
Michel, now 52-4 overall will wrestle Liam Jagow (41-3) of Westfield in the first round of the state finals on Saturday.
Sophomore Tucker Shank also qualified for the state finals with a fourth place finish in the 152 pound class Saturday.
Shank (47-9) will wrestle undefeated Kyle Hatch (51-0) in the first round Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.
Shank won his first two matches in Evansville over Zach Newton of Seymour (TF 16-1) and Trace Thomas of Greencastle (3-2) before being pinned in the semifinals by Austin Bethel of Mt. Vernon (:46) and losing in the consolation to Jacob Clark of Avon (5-1).
Michel and Shank were the only two local wrestlers to advance past the first round Saturday. Southridge finished 10th in the team standings (29.5 pts.); Brownsburg won the team title (148.5).