“It was fantastic,” Ludwig said. “My goal was to get to last night and win and I got that goal. I just wanted to do as well as I could today and it was a great experience with all of the fans, the crowd and the atmosphere. It was great to get here my senior year.”
Avon’s Dylan Jones made it to semistate before being beaten and found himself up against Indiana’s No. 1-ranked wrestler Saturday morning in the 220-pound class. After taking just his second loss on the season, Jones reinjured his arm and could not continue. He injury defaulted that round and the next to secure eighth place.
Going out by way of injury certainly was disappointing, especially after placing sixth last season.
“Definitely not the way you want to go out your senior year,” Jones said fighting back tears. “I’ve been working so hard in the room and it just sucks. I know I can beat all of those kids out there and if I was healthy I know I would. It’s just tough that I really don’t have a chance to.”
The loss may have been almost equally as devastating for Avon coach Israel Blevins who, as his eyes welled up, was emotional while talking about Dylan.
“It’s definitely tough and he’s been battling that injury all season,” Blevins said. “He’s been going through the season with it and did well for what it is. For all the young kids we’ve had, he’s been a remarkable leader. It’s just upsetting to have to see one of your wrestlers have to finish his career that way.”