FORT WAYNE — "I like where Im at right now. Things are working," stated Bellmont senior Brad Busse after accepting his first place award for a second straight 182-pound semistate wrestling title Saturday night.
For the third straight week, Busse turned back Adams Central standout Ben Pfister, scoring a second period fall, but both will go to the show next Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of a six-man county contingent, including three from Adams Central.
The Jets' Cody Walburn punched his second state ticket with a second place run at 126 pounds, and sophomore Kaine Luginbill took third place at 160 pounds for AC. South Adams' sophomore Sawyer Miller nipped Alan Mock of North Miami 4-3 in the consolation finals for third place at 113, and his teammate, LJ Moser, also earned third place at 120 for his first shot at state.
"Busse is putting it together now, and he's in a class that he can win. There isn't a stud there, but several good kids and he's one of them," said Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
"Busse is a tough kid and right now he's better than us, maybe a bit more physical, but Pfister wrestled great to get there," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz.
Busse tallied a 57-second fall in the opener, then won a 14-6 major over Kain Jenkins of Elkhart Memorial in the ticket round. He handled Myron Howard of Yorktown 9-2 in the semis. Pfister scored a 9-0 major, then needed a late scored to nip Corey Hinkle of Western 4-3 in the ticket round. he pinned Zach Telschow of NorthWood in 2:38 to claim his finals slot.
"I thought Pfister beat thee quality guys today. He looked good, and he attacked well today. And Cody has been going strong, he rolled all the way to the finals and wrestled a real tough Crume from Jimtown. And he did a good job on him for the first two minutes of that finals match," said the coach.
Walburn trailed just 4-0 in the third period against Crume, who then took charge and scored a 14-0 major decision for Walburn's second loss of the season.
Cody scored a 17-1 tech fall in the opener and needed just 21 seconds to claim his state berth with a fall of Snider's Bobby Humphrey. He pinned Brett Martz of Fairfield in 44 seconds to earn his shot at the No. 1 rated Nick Crume.
"It's a cool atmosphere down there Friday night. Going down there before helps. Hopefully, I'll be confident and do my best," said Adams Central's Walburn.
Luginbill cradled Logan Sarber of Taylor early in the opener, then held him off 12-9. The sophomore won in the ticket round by disqualification of Carroll's Spencer Malcolm, who grabbed one a foot during a takedown move and jerked Luginbill down. The AC wrestler hit his back hard, and was awarded a penalty point.
"Luginbill ... that's a unique situation,," said Schultz. "There's two minutes of recovery time and a trainer is involved and it's their call to make. His season is more important, his back was in a spasm. We're talking about a spinal injury. I mentioned, let's get him up and see how he feels, and the trainer said, 'He's not going anywhere until I'm done evaluating him.'
"Do you DQ yourself? Luginbill proved that he did the right thing by coming back and winning. It's a crappy way to win and it's a crappy way to lose. Do you disqualify yourself when it's that kid that did the illegal move," said Schultz.
"I'm proud of the way Luginbill wrestled. He wrestled a solid match in the semis and won his consolation match. We had three kids who wrestled well. We didn't get any fourths so we may have get some decent draws for next week and earn some medals."