FROM STAFF REPORTS
Caston’s Bryan Powlen and Lewis Cass’ Brady Jones, both first-time qualifiers for the IHSAA Individual State Wrestling Finals, were defeated in their first-round matches Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
State finals action will continue today with second-round matches beginning at 9:30 a.m. But the two seniors, the only qualifiers from the area, will have to watch from the stands.
Wrestling in the 215-pound class, Powlen and Jones met three times in the postseason, at the Twin Lakes Sectional, Logansport Regional and Merrillville Semistate. Jones won the first battle and the sectional crown, but Powlen won the second two, including the regional championship match.
The two wrestlers were in opposite brackets for this one, however.
Jones (34-8), who was just the fourth Cass wrestler to ever qualify, lost to semistate champ Eddie Mobley (31-3) of Beech Grove by a 17-2 tech fall.
“The kid was really good,” Cass coach Scott Rouch said of Mobley. “Brady wrestled hard and did what he could do. That kid pretty much blocked anything we wanted to do and was able to score on the things he wanted to do. He was faster, stronger and a better wrestler at this level.
“It was a fun ride here. (Jones) had a good season.”
Powlen (39-4) was only the second Caston wrestler to ever qualify and is the first to qualify for state in two different sports. He also made it to the 2005 IHSAA State Track and Field Meet. But on Friday, he lost a 7-2 decision to Matt Whyde (39-2) of Mt. Vernon.
“The boy was very strong and was able to control the tempo of the match,” Caston coach Tom Skinner said of Whyde. “Bryan got off to a bad shot right off the bat and got down 2-0. (Whyde) didn’t make many mistakes so it was hard for Bryan to capitalize on anything. He missed maybe one or two opportunities, but for the most part, he lost to a guy who was very good.”
Mobley advances to face Jennings County’s James Edwards (48-3) while Whyde will take on Jasper’s Jonathan Seger (42-1).
Twin Lakes 78, Rensselaer 58
The Indians returned to .500 on the year at 10-10 while dealing the Bombers their third straight loss.
Rensselaer lost to Logansport 70-52 on Tuesday and fell to 9-10 with the loss to Twin Lakes.
It was the second-highest point total of the year for the Indians, who scored 79 points in a rout of North White two weeks ago.
J.D. McClintic had 10 field goals and led Twin Lakes with 21 points. Also for the Indians, Jay Snyder finished with 16 points, Tyler Elizalde had 13 and Austin Mann added 11.
McClintic and Elizalde also led a strong rebounding effort with seven and six boards, respectively. Twin Lakes beat Rensselaer on the glass 34-20.
The Indians also won the JV game 43-33.
Knox 66, West Central 60
Holding an 18-point lead late in the third quarter, West Central had a good grasp on a victory. Knox had other ideas, catching fire from behind the three-point arc en route to the comeback win.
Knox hit 10 of its 12 three-pointers in the second half and recovered from 15 points in the first half to post 51 in the second half.
“We played pretty good defense in the first half,” Trojans coach Bryan Heimlich said. “They had some open looks (in the second half) and some of them were pretty deep, too. We just could not slow them down.”
Corey Howat was the big reason West Central (11-8) led 36-15 at halftime. Howat scored a season-high 25 points in the game, 23 coming in the first half. He also netted six of his team’s eight triples.
But Knox (10-8) came back as Denver Combs and Keith Condon took over. Combs scored 23 points, hit seven three-pointers and grabbed six rebounds while Condon added 22 points.
Western 42, Lewis Cass 39 (JV)
Ethan Watkins scored 11 points to lead the Kings in the loss.
Also for Cass, Alex Robertson had eight points while Justin Kloski added seven.
FROM STAFF REPORTS