MOORESVILLE — Ben Davis traveled to the Mooresville wrestling regional on Saturday with six grapplers and left with four advancing wrestlers headed to the Evansville Reitz semi-state this weekend.
Ben Davis (65) placed fourth at the Mooresville regional, finishing behind winner Franklin (167.50), Avon (133) and Mooresville (70).
Ben Davis wrestlers Dylan Lydy (170 pounds) and Norman Oglesby (285) each advanced to the finals and both came away with individual championships.
Lydy (36-1) handed Franklin’s Jacob Stevenson (32-1) his first loss of the season by a 6-5 decision. The pair had wrestled earlier in the year, giving Lydy his one loss.
“I’ve wrestled him before and lost by 6, it was an eye-opener for me,” Lydy said. “I just knew I had to wrestle my match and I did. It feels pretty good.”
Oglesby avenged a sectional final loss to former Giant grappler Guy Henson, now wrestling for Avon, with a 7-6 decision in overtime.
“I’d die on that mat before I lose and I put my mind to it,” Oglesby said. “I thought ‘I beat him out of his varsity spot when he was here last year at Ben Davis.’ If I beat him out of his varsity spot, I can do it again.”
Both secured coveted No. 1 seeds heading into the Evansville Reitz semi-state, assuring a No. 4-seed to begin wrestling action on Saturday. Wrestlers will need to win two consecutive matches to finish in the top four and advance to the state finals.
“That’s definitely big,” said Lydy of his positioning. “It’s my first time going to semi-state. It’s a big deal and it will be a nice feel my first match. In my opinion, this is one of the strongest regionals, so, I feel like I set myself up well.”
Also advancing for the Giants is James Pritchett (113), and Kasha Wilder (220).
Both Pritchett and Wilder won their opening matches before falling in the second round. Both finished the day in fourth place and will face No. 1 seeds at semi-state.
Ben Davis’ Brady Johnson (126) lost by fall and Nick Weddle (138) fell by a 3-2 decision in the opening round and did not advance.
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