By KEVIN HARRIS
EVANSVILLE – Floyd Central junior Tristan Sellmer won the 138-pound championship at Saturday’s Evansville Reitz Semistate at the Ford Center. The title earned him a spot in the IHSAA State Finals next weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Top four finishers in each weight class qualified for state.
Sellmer earned the title by winning a 3-2 decision over Columbus East sophomore Jake Schoenegge in the 138 final. Sellmer’s record is now 38-2.
Two other wrestlers from the Clark-Floyd area punched their tickets to state. Highlander senior Bradley Philpot (35-4) will join his teammate at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as he finished fourth at 195. New Washington senior Noah Franklin (40-4) placed fourth at 132 in collecting his state finals spot.
Jeffersonville and New Albany had no wrestlers earn state berths. Each team had four wrestlers reach the quarterfinals or ticket round, but none of those grapplers won during that round. Wrestlers who came out on top in their ticket-round match advanced to state.
The Red Devils’ four grapplers who did not make it out of the ticket round were Josh Cooper (152), Kameron Fuller (170), Josh McCorkle (220) and Nathan Long (285). The Bulldogs’ Dayton Hunter (106), Aaron Mosley (170), Jaden Sonner (182) and Deion Cooper (195) each lost during the ticket round.