Raiders News · Spartan Classic

The Southern Wells wrestling team headed down to Connersville HS to participate in a 32 team two day wrestling tournament this holiday weekend and came home with some individual hardware! We had 5 wrestlers who advanced into Saturday morning. They were… William Fiechter at 145lbs. with a 2-0 record, Josh Beeks at 152lbs. with a 2-0 record, Jed Perry at 160lbs. with a 2-0 record and Jacob Duncan at 170lbs. with a 2-0 record and Cole Meeks at 195lbs. with a 3-1 record. The opening round Saturday morning had Fiechter winning by an 8-3 decison, Perry and Duncan both picking up pins. Cole wrestled a tough New Palestine wrestler and fell by a 14-2 major decison to be knocked out of the tournament. Josh Beeks was in total control of his match with a 13-4 lead with about 30secs. to go in the match when he had his knee get twisted up and was forced to injury default that match and out of the tournament. An unfortunate way for Josh to be eliminated from the tournament as we were all anticipating a great matchup with Josh and the #4 state ranked wrestler from Danville in the championship match. The semi-finals was a great round for SW as Fiechter picked up a quick fall in :38 seconds and Perry followed that up with a fall of his own in 3:05. Duncan was in a dog fight with Triton Central ‘s Seth Ortel until he was able to wear him down and pick up a 11-8 decision to put 3 SW wrestlers in the finals. Being the smallest school in the 32 team field it was a great accomplishment to put 3 guys into the championship round, but these guys weren’t done yet.
The 145lb. championship match was probably the most anticipated match with State ranked #7 William Fiechter vs State ranked #9 A.J. Poindexter for Lafayette Harrison set for battle. The match lived up to the hype with a lot of action and some good wrestling, but unfortunately Fiechter couldn’t hold on and fell in a close 8-7 decision.
The 160lb. championship was another match up of State ranked kids, Jed Perry #10 vs #2 Cooper Noehre from Greenfield Central. Perry made it a match only down 8-5 wrestling on their feet before desperation mode kicked in and gave up a meaningless 4 points at the end of the match falling 12-5 to the Purdue recruit.
At 170lbs. it was Senior vs Senior as Jacob Duncan was matched up against Danville’s Chandler Schubert. After giving up the first takedown Duncan made no doubt he was the best wrestler that day turning Schubert to his back and picking up the fall in 3:03. Jacob becomes the first and only Spartan Classic Champion in SW short history in the tournament these last 3 years. It was a long 22 hours spent in the gym this weekend but was all worth it in the end as these guys continue to represent SW wrestling week in and week out! Next up for the Raiders will be the last home match of the season against Monroe Central Jan. 7th at 6p.m. Come out and show this amazing group of Seniors the support they have earned and deserve.