The Greensburg wrestling team returned to Decatur County Monday night with the biggest title it has achieved this season – EIAC team champion. The Pirate grapplers were victorious in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference tournament at South Dearborn. The championship also proved to be the biggest in three decades. According to head coach Matt Cochran, the championship is the first conference crown for the Pirates since 1986.
Winning individual championships for the Pirates were sophomore Brandon Butz, senior Blake Wood, and senior Drew Neisius. Junior Nathan Hayes was runner-up. Freshmen Dakota Ballard, Zack Bartosz, Damon Allen, and senior Colten Black finished third, while senior Joe Buening was fourth.
In the 106-pound weight class, freshman Dakota Ballard (23-5) third place pinned Rushville’s Randy Collyer in four minutes, 39 seconds
At 113 pounds, freshman Zack Bartosz (24-7) third place beat Rushville’s Zach Roszell in a 4-0 decision
Sophomore Brandon Butz (23-8) at 120 pounds beat East Central’s Andrew Negangard in a 10-3 decision.
Sophomore Travis Gauck (3-6) fell to East Central’s Nick Salatin in an 8-2 decision. Gauck fell to Rushville’s Gunner Yurack in 11-0 major decision in consolation.
At 132 pounds, junior Victor Ablaine (3-12) fell to Lawrenceburg’s Adam Oyler by pin in 3:59. Ablaine fell to East Central’s Shay Roepke in a 10-5 decision.
Junior Jordan Smiley (17-13) fell to East Central’s Ryan Mitts in a 10-0 major decision at 138 pounds.
Senior Blake Wood (24-7) beat East Central’s Tyler Gutapfel in a 13-2 major decision for the 145-pound championship. Wood pinned Batesville’s Xavier King in 3:03 in the first round and South Dearborn’s Daemon Lane in 2:38 in the semifinal.
Senior Joel Chase (19-6) at 152 pounds fell to Rushville’s Preston Bowling in a 17-2 technical fall and fell to East Central’s Jacob Wilgenbusch in a 9-4 decision in the consolation.
At 160, senior Joe Buening (25-8) pinned Franklin County’s Kyle Krause in 3:36 and fell to East Central’s Max Dole in a 4-0 decision. Buening pinned South Dearborn’s Austin Draper in 3:34 in the consolation, then fell to Batesville’s Neal Nobbe in a 7-4 decision in the third-place match.
Freshman Damon Allen (16-4) advanced by forfeit at 170, but fell to South Dearborn’s Kerry Raab in the second round. Allen beat East Central’s Aaron Mitts in the consolation, then pinned Rushville’s Jakob Lambert in 31 seconds for third place.
Senior Colten Black (25-7) advanced by forfeit at 182 pounds, then fell to Franklin County’s Josh Orschell by 6-5 decision. Black pinned Rushville’s Satchel Kuhn in the consolation in 47 seconds, then pinned South Dearborn’s Vince Bugni in 3:50 for third place.
At 195, freshman Dylan Cain (21-10) fell to Rushville’s Garrett Hittle by pin in 2:28 in the first round. Cain advanced by forfeit in the consolation, then fell to Batesville’s Jarrett Hooten by an 11-1 major decision.
At 220, Senior Drew Neisius (24-3) defeated East Central’s Tyler Moore by a 4-3 decision. In the first round, Neisius pinned Batesville’s Zach Strub in 3:54 and pinned Rushville’s Tristenn Miller in 1:57.
Junior Nathan Hayes (23-6) took runner-up at heavyweight. He beat East Central’s Roger McConnell by a 7-6 decision in the first round. Hayes pinned Rushville’s Nick Hornaday in 3:39 in the semifinal, but fell to Franklin County’s Tim Selm by a 2-1 decision for second place.
Team standings: 1. Greensburg 158; 2. Franklin County 154; 3. Connersville 135; 4. South Dearborn 132;
5. East Central 114.5; 6. Batesville 88; 7. Rushville 87; 8. Lawrenceburg 72.
Next up for the Pirates is the Sectional tournament Saturday at Jennings County. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.