Regional championships were on the line Saturday in 14 weight classes at Richmond. A regional championship puts wrestlers just one step from the dream of reaching the state finals.

The Pirates had two champions on the day—Michael Pittman at 145 and Bobby Scudder at 215.

Pittman opened his regional run with a 2:55 pin of Centerville’s Aaron Cook. He then knocked off South Dearborn’s Eric Hampton in the semifinal and Union County’s Mike Duckwork for the regional crown.

Scudder marched through the 215 pound class with a pin over Richmond’s Steve Durham in 1:44 in the first round then a 1:05 pin over Tri’s Michael Fleenor before taking the title by defeating Batesville’s Mark Kreuzman.

With the championship, Pittman and Scudder will have a first round by at the New Castle Semistate Saturday—needing just a win in the second round to clinch a spot at Conseco Fieldhouse for the state finals. The top three finishers from each weight class advance to the semistate.

Also reaching the final was Trygve Henrikson at 171. He defeated Cambridge City’s Tom Snowden and pinned East Central’s Matt Cole before falling to Rushville’s Robert Beeler in the final.

Henrikson will advance to the semistate to face a third place finisher from another regional. He will need two wins at the semistate to advance to the state finals.

At 103, Michael Hahn pinned Centerville’s Keifer Uphaus in 5:32, but then lost to New Castle’s Cody Fellers 15-6 and lost to Milan’s Jared Huff to finish fourth overall.

Greensburg’s Curtis Nieman was defeated 5-2 by Rushville’s Collin Hillen in the first round at 119.

Batesville’s Jack Flodder defeated Centerville’s Kenny Pipenger 7-2 before falling to South Dearborn’s Nate Bugni and Milan’s Josh Dickey.

At 130, Greensburg’s Matt Hahn was defeated by Centerville’s Ethan Uphaus in the first round.

Batesville’s Robert Waaser was pinned in his opening match by New Castle’s Justin Edmondson in the 152 pound class.

At 189, Greensburg’s Ethan Herbert won his first round match over Knightstown’s C.J. Rutledge, but was pinned by South Dearborn’s Alan Peterson and lost to Andy Dalton of East Central to finish fourth.

In the heavyweight division, Rushville’s Kaleb Plummer pinned Greensburg’s Kyle Menkedick in 2:54 in the first round match.

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