2002 IHSAA TEAM WRESTLING STATE FINALS

February 23, 2002

Center Grove High School, Greenwood

 

 

 

Eighth Straight For Evansville Mater Dei

 

Evansville Mater Dei’s stranglehold on the wrestling state title continued as the Wildcats downed Perry Meridian, 49-12, in the championship match of the Seventh Annual IHSAA Team Wrestling State Finals at Center Grove High School in Greenwood.

 

Mater Dei’s remarkable run of wrestling state titles reached eight (nine overall including 1986) as the Wildcats won 11 of the 14 matches in the championship round. Mater Dei won its first crown of the current streak in 1995 when the title was decided on points at the individual state finals. Mike Goebel, who led the team to a 21-0 finish this season, has been the Mater Dei coach all along.

 

It is the third longest state championship streak in IHSAA sports history and the second longest active run. Carmel’s girls swimming and diving team won its 16th consecutive crown on Feb. 9. Gary Roosevelt won nine straight boys track and field titles from 1981-89.

 

Two-time state champion Blake Maurer, who won the 145 pound state title last week, won all three of his matches on the day including an 8-2 decision over Jason Dibbern of Perry Meridian in the finals. Maurer finished his sophomore year at 47-1.

 

Six of the final round matches resulted in pins, five by Wildcat wrestlers -- Brian Bittner (103); Craig Macke (112); Matt Coughlin (119); Sam Wildeman (160) and; Dustin Beal (171). Perry Meridian’s Zach Pierson also registered a fall at 275 pounds.

 

Mater Dei advanced to the state title match by defeating New Castle, 66-3, in the quarterfinals and Bellmont, 44-15, in the semifinals.

 

Perry Meridian senior Nathan Moore, the two-time state champion at 189, won all three of his matches, including the first two of the day after moving up to the 215 pound level. He scored the Falcons’ first victory of the championship round (103 was contested last) at his normal class of 189, a 5-0 decision over Scott Lewis of Mater Dei.

 

Perry Meridian, coached by Jim Tonte, was making its second appearance in the state finals in three years as a team and its first journey to the championship round. The Falcons defeated Portage, 40-15, in the quarterfinals and Mishawaka, 35-21, in the semifinals for their berth in the final match. It was the first loss of the year for Perry Meridian, which finished 28-1.

 

 

Team Wrestling State Finals Photographs and Team Posters

Visit the website of 20-20 Photographic, the IHSAA’s official photographer for its state championship events. The company will display action photographs from this year’s Team Wrestling State Finals during the week following the state finals that you may purchase. Also for sale will be team posters commemorating your school’s path to the state finals.

 

 

State Finals Programs Available

Couldn’t be there for the team wrestling state finals? You can still purchase a copy of the official state finals program while supplies last! Extra copies are usually available for a period of one year following the event. Programs are $2.00 if you purchase in person at the IHSAA Office (9150 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis) or $3.50 by mail (postage included). To order, send a check for $3.50 made payable to the IHSAA, a note with your return address and brief description of your request and mail to: IHSAA Programs, PO Box 40650, Indianapolis, IN 46240-0650. Sorry, no credit cards. To further inquire, e-mail Assistant Sports Information Director Jason Wille at jwille@ihsaa.org.

 

 

 

Quarterfinal Results

 

Evansville Mater Dei 66, New Castle 3

103 – Brian Bittner, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jeremy Allison, New Castle, technical fall, 4:20.

112 – Craig Macke, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jason Sayre, New Castle, decision, 17-1.

119 – Matt Coughlin, Evansville Mater Dei def. Matt Jaggers, New Castle, fall, 3:51.

125 – Aaron Scott, Evansville Mater Dei def. Daniel Sutton, New Castle, decision, 14-4.

130 – Craig Weinzapfel, Evansville Mater Dei def. Chris Shaw, New Castle, technical fall, 2:32.

135 – Dustin Nosko, Evansville Mater Dei def. Cory Garrard, New Castle, fall, :33.

140 – Terrell Coatie, New Castle def. Matt Conkling, Evansville Mater Dei, decision, 4-2 (OT).

145 – Blake Maurer, Evansville Mater Dei def. Johnny Hughes, New Castle, technical fall, 3:31.

152 – Logan Riggs, Evansville Mater Dei def. Chris Owens, New Castle, technical fall, 5:06.

160 – Sam Wildeman, Evansville Mater Dei def. Keith Garrard, New Castle, decision, 9-1.

171 – Dustin Beal, Evansville Mater Dei def. Dustin Carter, New Castle, decision, 5-2.

189 – Scott Lewis, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jared Wiser, New Castle, fall, 3:20.

215 – Bobby Schmitt, Evansville Mater Dei def. Chad Ayinde, New Castle, fall, 3:37.

275 – Thomas Unfried, Evansville Mater Dei def. Michael Zachary, New Castle, fall, 1:04.

 

 

Bellmont 41, Franklin 19

103 –  Chris Smith, Franklin def. Brandon Pickens, Bellmont, fall, 5:12.

112 – John Hillenburg, Franklin def. Tyler Cress, Bellmont, decision, 14-0.

119 – John Sheets, Bellmont def. Joe Hasseman, Franklin, fall, 4:00.

125 – Sean Schmaltz, Franklin def. Joel Koons, Bellmont, decision, 9-4.

130 – Adam Butcher, Bellmont def. Andy Pickett, Franklin, fall, 5:31.

135 – Matt Burkhalter, Bellmont def. Adam Hogue, Franklin, decision, 14-8.

140 – Jason Sauer, Bellmont def. Zach Stephens, Franklin, decision, 12-3.

145 – Tim Ortiz, Bellmont def. Nick Tanner, Franklin, decision, 5-3.

152 – Daniel Reinhart, Bellmont def. J.D. Strain, Franklin, fall, :57.

160 – Jesse Hasseman, Franklin def. Matt Cochran, Bellmont, 7-6.

171 – Randy Baker, Bellmont def. Kevin Buck, Franklin, decision, 14-2.

189 – Chris Hendershot, Franklin def. Aaron Mendez, Bellmont, decision, 12-6.

215 – Mitch Billington, Bellmont def. Jamie Higginbotham, decision, 6-1.

275 – Vince Milholland, Bellmont def. Mike Patton, Franklin, fall, 2:00.

 

 

Mishawaka 38, Harrison (West Lafayette) 28

103 – Ryan Miller, Harrison def. Kyle Bergin, Mishawaka, fall, 5:13.

112 – Jason Francis, Mishawaka def. Bryan Hedden, Harrison, fall, :32.

119 – John Wheeler, Harrison def. Adam Lechlitner, Mishawaka, decision, 15-6.

125 – Chris Herron, Mishawaka def. Justin Smith, Harrison, decision, 13-6.

130 – Brett Schutz, Mishawaka def. Matt Hayworth, Harrison, decision, 6-5 (OT).

135 – Brian Kilgour, Harrison def. Dylan Eberhart, Mishawaka, fall, 3:44.

140 – Mark Stewart, Mishawaka def. Tim Ulrey, Harrison, decision, 11-7.

145 – Benji Florian, Harrison def. Scott Gann, Mishawaka, fall, 1:38.

152 – James Schultz, Mishawaka def. Matt Kirleis, Harrison, fall, 3:41.

160 – Alex Dolly, Mishawaka def. Seth Parker, Harrison, decision, 20-5.

171 – Jeremy Sandefur, Mishawaka def. Adam Roth, Harrison, decision, 9-3.

189 – Zeke Lewis, Harrison, def. Jeff Lehner, Mishawaka, fall, 4:47.

215 – Nick Nicodemus, Mishawaka def. Abe Stine, Harrison, 10-5.

275 – Matt Overman, Mishawaka def. Jeff Burns, Harrison, fall, 2:47.

 

 

Perry Meridian 40, Portage 15

103 – Travis Banks, Perry Meridian def. Mike Leucuta, Portage, decision, 2-1.

112 – David Fields, Perry Meridian def. Mitch Diamond, Portage, fall, 5:28.

119 – David Persin, Portage def. Matt Haas, Perry Meridian, decision, 18-4.

125 – Jason Level, Perry Meridian def. Paul Reed, Portage, decision, 6-2.

130 – Dallas Hesseltine, Portage def. Mark Bunch, Perry Meridian, decision, 7-2.

135 – Nick Henninger, Perry Meridian def. Chris West, Portage, decision, 13-2.

140 – Jeremy Dibbern, Perry Meridian def. Josh Garza, Portage, decision, 4-3.

145 – Darren Elkins, Portage def. Jason Dibbern, Perry Meridian, decision, 25-8.

152 – Justin Dibbern, Perry Meridian def. Blake Riley, Portage, fall, 4:22.

160 – James Meyers, Perry Meridian def. Aaron McGuffey, Portage, decision, 5-3.

171 – Trent Bolin, Portage def. David Walpole, Perry Meridian, decision, 7-3.

189 – Tyler Harmon, Perry Meridian def. Tony Crist, Portage, decision, 3-1.

215 – Nathan Moore, Perry Meridian def. Scott Buhman, Portage, decision, 6-4.

275 – Zach Pierson, Perry Meridian def. Justin Powell, Portage, fall, 1:15.

 

 

Semifinal Results

Evansville Mater Dei 44, Bellmont 15

103 – Brian Bittner, Evansville Mater Dei def. Brandon Pickens, Bellmont, fall, 1:10.

112 – Craig Macke, Evansville Mater Dei def. Tyler Cress, Bellmont, fall, 2:56.

119 – John Sheets, Bellmont def. Matt Coughlin, Evansville Mater Dei, decision, 5-3.

125 – Joel Koons, Bellmont def. Aaron Scott, Evansville Mater Dei, decision, 10-8.

130 – Craig Weinzapfel, Evansville Mater Dei def. Adam Butcher, Bellmont, decision, 7-2.

135 – Dustin Nosko, Evansville Mater Dei def. Matt Burkhalter, Bellmont, decision, 10-5.

140 – Tim Ortiz, Bellmont def. Matt Conkling, Evansville Mater Dei, decision, 5-3.

145 – Blake Maurer, Evansville Mater Dei def. Derek Loshe, Bellmont, decision, 7-3.

152 – Logan Riggs, Evansville Mater Dei def. Daniel Reinhart, Bellmont, decision, 7-5.

160 – Sam Wildeman, Evansville Mater Dei def. Sam Fennig, Bellmont, technical fall, 5:46.

171 – Randy Baker, Bellmont def. Dustin Beal, Evansville Mater Dei, fall, 1:06.

189 – Scott Lewis, Evansville Mater Dei def. Aaron Mendez, Bellmont, decision, 5-2.

215 – Bobby Schmitt, Evansville Mater Dei def. Mitch Billington, Bellmont, fall 2:46.

275 – Thomas Unfried, Evansville Mater Dei def. Ryan Miller, Bellmont, fall, 2:50.

 

 

Perry Meridian 35, Mishawaka 21

103 – Travis Banks, Perry Meridian def. Kyle Bergin, Mishawaka, decision, 10-1.

112 – Jason Francis, Mishawaka def. David Fields, Perry Meridian, fall, 2:24.

119 – Adam Lechlitner, Mishawaka def. Matt Haas, Perry Meridian, fall, 3:06.

125 – Jason Level, Perry Meridian def. Chris Herron, Mishawaka, fall, 4:52.

130 – Mark Bunch, Perry Meridian def. Brett Schultz, Mishawaka, decision, 7-4.

135 – Nick Henninger, Perry Meridian def. Dylan Eberhart, Mishawaka, decision, 16-5.

140 – Jeremy Dibbern, Perry Meridian def. Mark Stewart, Mishawaka, decision, 4-0.

145 – Jason Dibbern, Perry Meridian def. Scott Gann, Mishawaka, decision, 6-4.

152 – James Schultz, Mishawaka def. Justin Dibbern, Perry Meridian, decision, 9-8.

160 – Alex Dolly, Mishawaka def. James Meyers, Perry Meridian, decision, 7-3.

171 – Jeremy Sandefur, Mishawaka def. David Walpole, Perry Meridian, decision, 12-6.

189 – Tyler Harmon, Perry Meridian def. Jeff Lehner, Mishawaka, fall, 2:43.

215 – Nathan Moore, Perry Meridian def. Nick Nicodemus, Mishawaka, decision, 12-4.

275 – Zach Pierson, Perry Meridian def. Matt Overman, Mishawaka, fall, 3:40.

 

 

Championship Match

Evansville Mater Dei 49, Perry Meridian 12

103 – Brian Bittner, Evansville Mater Dei def. Travis Banks, Perry Meridian, fall, 2:05.

112 – Craig Macke, Evansville Mater Dei def. David Fields, Perry Meridian, fall, 2:37.

119 – Matt Coughlin, Evansville Mater Dei def. Matt Haas, Perry Meridian, fall, 2:57.

125 – Aaron Scott, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jason Level, Perry Meridian, decision, 6-4.

130 – Craig Weinzapfel, Evansville Mater Dei def. Mark Bunch, Perry Meridian, decision, 9-3.

135 – Dustin Nosko, Evansville Mater Dei def. Nick Henninger, Perry Meridian, decision, 15-6.

140 – Matt Conkling, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jeremy Dibbern, Perry Meridian, decision, 5-3.

145 – Blake Maurer, Evansville Mater Dei def. Jason Dibbern, Perry Meridian, decision, 8-2.

152 – Logan Riggs, Evansville Mater Dei def. Justin Dibbern, Perry Meridian, decision, 13-11.

160 – Sam Wildeman, Evansville Mater Dei def. James Meyers, Perry Meridian, fall, 3:58.

171 – Dustin Beal, Evansville Mater Dei def. David Walpole, Perry Meridian, fall, 1:44.

189 – Nathan Moore, Perry Meridian def. Scott Lewis, Evansville Mater Dei, decision, 5-0.

215 – Tyler Harmon, Perry Meridian def. Bobby Schmitt, decision, 3-2.

275 – Zach Pierson, Perry Meridian def. Thomas Unfried, Evansville Mater Dei, fall, 4:56.