Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A 'Tradition' 36 Years Strong 'Cats Edge Reitz to Take Sectional Title [Corrected 02/07/12]

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A 'Tradition' 36 Years Strong 'Cats Edge Reitz to Take Sectional Title [Corrected 02/07/12]

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Third-ranked Mater Dei took the drama out of the team chase early Saturday in the Central Sectional. Once the Wildcats set themselves up for a state record 36th consecutive IHSAA wrestling sectional win by putting all 14 wrestlers in the semifinals, the only real questions that remained were who would advance and where in the individual tourney.

It wouldn't matter that No. 10-ranked Reitz had more champions (six) than Mater Dei (five) or that Memorial almost caught the Panthers for second with the remaining three individual winners.

The final team scores revealed Mater Dei with 268.50, Reitz at 216, Memorial 209, North 106, Central 105.50, Mount Vernon 84, North Posey 81, Harrison 79 and Bosse 22. "We responded very well," said Mater Dei coach Greg Schaefer.

"We'll talk about the team draw on the bus on the way home and then we'll get to work on that Monday. Our immediate focus now is on Wednesday." That's when the Wildcats, who are undefeated in dual meets, will face the Jeffersonville Sectional winner at Memorial Gym in Huntingburg. At the same time in the other semifinal, Southridge winner Jasper will face Castle Sectional winner Heritage Hills, which ended a nine-year title run by the host Knights.

Then the winners will meet for a trip to state. Saturday at Central, Mater Dei's early success didn't carry over into the finals in the lower weights.

Reitz junior Damon Kuhn beat Wildcats sophomore Wyatt Seng by a 10-5 decision at 106 pounds before Reitz sophomore Josh Davis beat Mater Dei freshman Alex Johnson 5-0 for the title at 113.

Memorial senior Ben Johnson edged Mater Dei senior Sam Goebel, a defending champion, 5-3 in overtime.

Then at 126, second-seeded junior Logan Wedding of Memorial got a late takedown against top-seeded Reitz senior Gideon Vanhook for a 5-4 decision.

"Gideon's a really strong wrestler," Wedding said after his first sectional title. …

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