With three top-seeded wrestlers, and a lofty No. 4 state ranking, North Montgomery leads a contingent of 10 Montgomery County wrestlers into the semi-state round of the state tournament, Saturday.
North Montgomery’s Parker Moseley, Seth Johnson, Tim Newlin, Jake and Josh Lowe, and Drew Webster join Southmont’s Dillan and Dimetrie Lauy, and Riley Woodall as semi-state representatives. Crawfordsville’s Doug Ramsey is the school’s only qualifier in his first opportunity to advance.
The wrestlers moved out of the North Montgomery Regional, last week, and will make their way to New Castle’s cavernous 9,000 seat arena for the last stop before pushing into the championships at Indianapolis.
It may be, as North Montgomery head coach Bryce McCoy reminds, not a simple as just showing up there.
“New Castle may be the toughest site in the state,” contends McCoy, in his first year at the helm of the Chargers. “Nothing that happens over there will be a surprise.”
It’s a sentiment that Crawfordsville head coach Chris Ervin supports. “When you get to this level, ALL the wrestlers are good.”
Four first time qualifiers dot an otherwise veteran cast of county competitors. Dimetrie Lauy and Woodall from Southmont, Newlin from North Montgomery, and Crawfordsville’s Ramsey will all have to deal with first time jitters, as well as their competition.
“I’m not worried about them. It won’t bother Dimetrie and Riley. They both are mentally tough kids,” said Jamie Welliever, Southmont’s head coach. “They’ve had a great week of practice. They are as ready as they can be.”
Ervin, too, is counting on Ramsey’s confidence coming out of his preparation to calm any nerves his wrestler might have. “I’m really pleased about Doug’s workouts this week. He’s sticking with his training. We are not talking a lot about the competition. He just keeps on working on the things that got him here.”
The fourth-seeded Newlin has the toughest road, according to his head coach, but McCoy isn’t counting him out. Nevertheless, North Montgomery’s best chances lie in their three No. 1 seeds — Johnson, Jake Lowe, and Webster, who all have semi-state experience. Second seeded Moseley, and third seed Josh Lowe have also been there before.
“The kids know what to expect. We did get some film on some guys, but we are pretty limited on what we can learn. We are concentrating on wrestling our own way, and not over-thinking it,” said McCoy.
“The main advantage of having experience is that they won’t get caught up in the excitement. They can concentrate on keeping each other motivated.”
Welliever is banking on Woodall’s strength training to pay off, and Dillan Lauy has the experience to win at this level. “Dillan is a successful athlete at everything he’s tried.”
As far as strategy, the coaches know that at some point, it falls totally up to the athlete.
“It’s not like we have a game plan,” said McCoy. “We can check on the opponent’s tendencies, but that’s about it. I think that’s important, but each wrestler has to wrestle their own way.”
“I learned that lesson a while back,” said Crawfordsville’s Ervin. “In the past, with only one wrestler, I kind of over-coached. I focused too much on the opponent. I think the better approach is to focus on ourselves. Then just go enjoy it. If you do that, and wrestle your best, then you never leave disappointed in your effort.”
Welliever added, “Everyone is so good. We try to create situations where we have an advantage. That’s about all you can do. Of course, the other guy is trying to do that, too. You can’t hang back, you have to be aggressive.”
With Montgomery County boasting one of the best regions in the state for elite-level wrestling, hopes are high that several wrestlers qualify for the state championships. However, no one is making that pladge, just yet.
“At this time of year,” said McCoy, sharing his final thoughts, “it’s about who wants it more. Encourage each other. Expect anything.”
“We are focusing on the things we do well,” added Welliever. “It’s time to get after it.”
All of the county wrestlers have one goal: to win at least two matches. That assures the wrestler at least a fourth place finish, and a trip to the state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. To achieve that success, the competitors have to be wrestling at their best, something coach Ervin isn’t at all worried about.
“We are totally ready.”

Montgomery County Wrestlers
Wt Name (School) Record Yr
120 Parker Moseley (NM) 31-4 12
132 Dillan Lauy (S) 26-7 10
Doug Ramsey (C) 31-8 12
Seth Johnson (NM) 29-2 12
138 Dimetrie Lauy (S) 28-4 12
145 Tim Newlin (NM) 18-15 12
160 Jake Lowe (NM) 34-2 12
170 Josh Lowe (NM) 35-1 12
182 Riley Woodall (S) 25-9 10
220 Drew Webster (NM) 35-1 11