By Jake Thompson
AVON — After switching sectionals this season, the Ben Davis Giants wrestling team looked to send more wrestlers deeper into the postseason. The Giants traveled to Avon on Saturday, taking on a bulk of Hendricks County teams and faired pretty well.
As a team, the Giants took third behind sectional winner Danville and second-place Avon. More importantly, Ben Davis sent 10 wrestlers to the Mooresville regional this weekend and finished with two individual champions.
“We had some guys wrestle really well and do really well,” Ben Davis coach Aaron Moss said. “Norman (Oglesby) and Levi (Moss), along with (Cesar) Guttierrez, wrestled well. Dylan (Lydy) wrestled fairly well against one of the best kids in the nation. We were like ‘Wow, maybe we can at least hang.’ For that we did good.”
After battling perennial powerhouse Perry Meridian the past few seasons, the change of sectional venue was a welcome one for Moss and the Giants for more than one reason.
“It’s nice and I’m not going to lie, it’s nice to get away from Perry,” Moss said. “We’re in a different direction and it’s good to try something new. The New Castle semistate is just stacked deep and there’s great wrestling in any semistate, but it’s just so deep there. There can be six or seven state placers and two or three don’t get to go to state.”
Moss (132) and Oglesby (285) each brought home championships for the Giants. For Moss, it was his third sectional title and a first for Oglesby.
“It feels fantastic,” Levi Moss said. “I’m on a roll and I’m going to keep rolling. I feel great. Everything is going in my direction right now. I’m not doing anything wrong and everything is working, so I’m going to keep it the same.”
Oglesby, a sophomore, has several years to improve his grappling skills and, according to coach Moss, the sky’s the limit for a wrestler that exhibits so much raw potential.
“He’s been under the radar a lot and hasn’t been ranked for a long time,” Aaron Moss said. “We kind of wanted it that way. He’s wrestled the No. 4-ranked kid to two overtime matches. He’s just young and strong. He’s the second strongest kid in Ben Davis High School as a sophomore. We expect a lot from Norman. He’s a great kid to work with and we’re excited for the future for him.”
Ben Davis sent four wrestlers to the finals with a split result. Daniel McCarty (106) and Lydy (145) each came away as runners-up.
Also advancing to the Mooresville regional for the Giants are Jacob Wyncoop (113), Jaylen Roth (126), Gage Norris (152), Marcus Meridy (170), Gutierrez (195), and Dakota Williams (220).