Eight county grapplers want moment on podium
"We've really been trying to focus on not being content just making it to state. All the kids want to medal, especially Todd (Batt) who has been there twice and come up short both times," said South Adams Coach Eric Myers, who will take three wrestlers to Banker's Life Fieldhouse tomorrow night for the 74th running of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
Batt will go at 132 and comes in as a top seed, while frosh Sawyer Miller is a No. 2 seed at 106 and junior Lane Moser is a No. 4 at 113 pounds.
"The kid believes in himself," said Adams Central coach Doug Schultz on his only entrant in the field, senior Chantz Luginbill at 160 pounds.
"Despite facing the No. 1 kid (Ben Harvey, Cathedral), Chantz is happy to be in the position he's in and he's optimistic. He's not intimidated at all, and that's the attitude you have to take," said Schultz of his grappler, whose great run through the tourney hit a couple of bumps late in the Snider Semistate as he took fourth.
"It's one match at a time now, so it's a lot like the ticket round at semistate. They've got to win Friday night to make the podium, get a medal and get their names on the wall," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, who will be taking four semistate champs into the fray for the 6 p.m. preliminary round tomorrow.
For the Braves, Brooks Faurote at 145, Ben Baker and 195 and Bobby Keuneke at 120 all return to state after Friday night losses in 2011. Brad Busse is in his first full year at 182 pounds and is on a high after a dominant performance last Saturday in Fort Wayne.