Photo by Lori PoteetBoone Welliever got a pin in the finals to win the 126 pound weight class at the North Montgomery regional.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Boone Welliever got a pin in the finals to win the 126 pound weight class at the North Montgomery regional.
LINDEN - Fifteen Montgomery County wrestlers still have hopes of qualifying for the state finals after Saturday's regional at North Montgomery. Southmont is sending the most county wrestlers to the New Castle Semistate on Saturday with six. North Montgomery advanced five and Crawfordsville sent four.

The Mounties also had the only two regional champions from Montgomery County. Boone Welliever pinned his opponent in the 126-pound championship and Zach Worm won in overtime at 170.

The finishes helped the Mounties to a third-place team finish, tied with Carmel at 93 points. Hamilton Southeastern was the top team, with 117 points to Lebanon's 115. North Montgomery finished sixth with 57 points and Crawfordsville was ninth with 27 points.

Alex Grino (106 pounds), Connor Moore (138), Wayne Highfield (145) and Caleb Martin are also heading to New Castle for Southmont.

"We got six to semistate and that's close to where I thought we would be," Southmont head coach Kevin Wilkinson. "I would be wrong to say I wasn't disappointed with some of the finishes of those six guys."

North Montgomery's closest to a regional champion was Zach McCoy. McCoy was awarded a take-down in the final seconds of his 120-pound bout. The two points gave him what he though was a win over Lebanon's Caleb Bocock. The officials reversed the decision, sending the match to overtime. McCoy again appeared to win with a take-down at the buzzer, but the points were again not rewarded. Bocock eventual won the marathon battle.

"I'm never one to complain about referees but I think Zach McCoy got a bad deal today. I didn't feel good about it. It wasn't done right today," North Montgomery head coach Maurice Swain said. "He's gotta get mentally ready. He'll have a tough draw.

"Every day of the week that's a take-down," Swain continued. "(The official) never gave me an explanation of why his call was changed. That was bad"

Kobi Wray finished second as well. He was runner up to Worm at 170. They are joined by Cole Slavens (195 pounds), Tanner Webster (145) and Jesse Archer (160) as Chargers heading to the semistate.

"I thought to myself that if we wrestled really poorly we could get three guys through and if we wrestled really well we could get everyone out," Swain said.

Crawfordsville sends Robert Manns (182), Nathan Bean (285), Skylar Crum (120) and Cameron Douglas (132) to semistate. They all finished fourth.

"We're really excited to have four going on. We have work to do with four fourth-place finishes, but we have another week," Crawfordsville head coach Chris Ervin said.

Manns entered as the sectional champion, but was upset in the semifinals and forfeited the championship in order to protect a shoulder injury.

The grapplers will open semistate action at New Castle at 9 a.m. Saturday.