AVON — After a two-year sectional drought, the Avon High School wrestling team came away with a sectional crown on Saturday, and the Orioles did it in style. Avon finished the day with eight champions, sent 10 grapplers to the finals and advanced all 14 wrestlers to the Mooresville regional.
Avon (275.50) bested second-place Brownsburg (197.50) by an impressive 78 points. Danville, the two-time defending sectional champ, finished fifth; Cascade placed sixth; and Tri-West was ninth.
“I don’t think today could have went much better,” Avon coach Israel Blevins said with a smile. “We always want to win this thing.”
The momentum began to swing Avon’s way as the meet reached the heavier weights. The last three classes provided plenty of excitement, with all three grapplers winning their first sectional titles.
Shane Dillehay (195 pounds) took down previously-undefeated and No. 8-ranked South Putnam wrestler Rudy Harris with a 6-0 decision. Dillehay rode Harris out the entire third period.
“I knew he was good, a state-qualifier, and my main concern was to defend the cradle,” Dillehay said. “Once I took him down, I knew I had a good chance. It was about conditioning and I wore him down.”
Avon freshman Gunnar Larson (220) followed Dillehay’s performance with a 1-0 decision over South Putnam’s Jacob Williams.
Guy Henson (285) toppled former mat partner and previously undefeated No. 4-ranked Norman Oglesby of Ben Davis with a late takedown to secure a 3-1 decision.
“It’s pretty awesome to finally beat the kid that’s been beating me up for years. That dude’s just amazing,” Henson said. “This isn’t it, I’ve got him in the regional, semi-state and from then on.”
Before those three matches kicked off, Evan Elmore (182) and Brendon Helm (160) each secured their second consecutive sectional titles winning by decision (1-0) and major decision (15-2), respectively.
Avon’s Nick Etienne (132) also secured a second sectional crown, while teammates Brian Rassbach (113) and Marcus Miranda (138) each won their first.
Brownsburg finished with two champions after sending five to the finals. Nick Weaver (106) downed Avon’s Luke Kimery 8-0 in the final while C.J Damler bested Cascade’s Casey Fox in overtime to secure his title.
Brownsburg advanced 10 wrestlers to Saturday’s regional.
Danville’s Brock Hudkins (120) and Elliott Molloy (126), a pair of sophomores, each won their second consecutive sectional titles and the Warriors advanced five wrestlers to regionals.
Cascade’s Zach Batts won his third sectional with a 17-4 major decision over Tri-West’s Rick Perry, while the Cadets advanced four wresters.
Tri-West will take Perry and Justin Graham (113) to the Mooresville regional.
Plainfield finished eighth at the Mooresville sectional on Saturday, sending two wrestlers to the finals. Dayton Clements (160) and Bryce Biddle (285) finished as runners-up and the Quakers advanced three grapplers to the regional.
Regional action begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at Mooresville, with the finals slated to start in the early afternoon.