The Paper photo By Codey Emerson: Dawson McCloud celebrates his semi-final victory with Head Coach Bryce McCoy.
The Paper photo By Codey Emerson: Dawson McCloud celebrates his semi-final victory with Head Coach Bryce McCoy.

Chargers and Mounties move on to semi-state

NEW MARKET – After Crawfordsville hosted the wrestling sectional last weekend, it was North Montgomery’s turn to host the regional on Saturday afternoon.

The hosting Chargers had three wrestlers participating in the Regional tournament; Baydin Hall at 120 lbs., Dawson McCloud at 182, and Drew Webster at 220.

Hall was defeated by Carmel’s Luke Farling in the first round and therefore was eliminated from the tournament. McCloud (34-3) and Webster (37-0) both were able to take home the Regional title in their weight classes as both clinched a spot at semi-state next weekend.

In his semi-final match, McCloud was down on the scoreboard in the third period to Carmel’s Garrett Sharp, but managed to secure a pin victory. Then in the final match he met up against Southmont’s Riley Woodall once again. Woodall secured the win at the sectional over McCloud, but this time he got his revenge by defeating Woodall 6-4.

”Dawson started to find his groove as they day went on,” Head Coach Bryce McCoy said. “He’s a really good example to our younger guys that you just never stop wrestling no matter what. I’m really proud of him for what he was able to do today. He and Woodall have wrestled each other seven times over the last two season so they know each other very well. I know he was happy to get that one back since he dropped it last week.”

“Drew has been super aggressive this last two week by not letting his opponents get out of the first period. He’s really focused and determined to get back to Bankers Life for the state meet.”

Webster talked about his regional championships victory and what the preparation for the semi-state will be like this week.

“My mentality has always been to dominate my opponent and finish on top of the podium every weekend,” Webster said. “I just have to make sure that I don’t get too high on myself. I still have to come in and do what I’ve been doing all season.”

McCloud came into the Regional motivated as ever as he looked to capture his first Regional title. He knew that in order to do so, he’d probably have to go through Woodall got the better of him the week prior.

“Today was just about redemption,” he said. “It was about proving myself and getting my first Regional win. I knew that in the semi-final round that my opponent was a very good competitor and was very fundamentally sound. I knew that the only way I’d beat him is if I capitalized off his errors. I’m just hoping I can carry this momentum into semi-state.”

The Southmont Mounties came in with 11 of their guys vying for spot in the semi-state tournament next weekend. While nobody was able to take home a first place and regional crown, four Mounties did qualify for next weekend’s meet. Kion Cornelius placed fourth at 106, Dillan Lauy third at 126, Ty Welliever fourth at 170, and Woodall second at 182.

“Kion kind of pulled out a Cinderella story-like upset today over a tough kid from Hamilton Southeastern,” Head Coach Jamie Welliever said. “I think his performance motivated some of our other guys. Dillan has been here before and his experience showed throughout the day, then Ty and Riley both got the job done in the first round to advance. Riley quite couldn’t get it done, but it was still an exciting match. Next weekend we’re going to have to step it up one notch higher and compete on our feet, win the first period.”

The Crawfordsville Athenians had nine wrestlers at the regional meet, however they all fell in the first round as none advanced to next weekend.

The Semi-State competition will take place at New Castle High School on Saturday and will start at 9 a.m.