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Pirate Wrestlers are the 2019-20 Mid Southern Conference Champions

 

The Pirate wrestling team is on a hot streak having won the Southern Indiana Wrestling Championships (SIWC) last weekend at Southwestern then taking the Mid Southern Conference championship tournament by storm last night at Scottsburg.  With four wins, four second place finishes, two third place finishes, and a fourth place finish in the fourteen weight classes, the Pirates were able to secure a wholesome victory over the other six teams in the field. This is the wrestling program’s first Mid Southern Conference championship since 2012 and it’s the 11th overall since the tournament began in 2002. Team scores were:

 

Charlestown 200

Eastern (Pekin) 188

Corydon Central 184

Scottsburg 123

North Harrison 93.5

Silver Creek 72

Salem 69.5

 

Below are recaps for each of our Pirate wrestlers:

 

120–Collin Knox was the 2020 MSC Champion at 120 pounds with a pin in the finals.

126–Alex Sheehan was the only freshman that made it to the finals where he was winning until his opponent mounted a comeback.  He finished 2nd. Teammate Ben Phillips said, “I am super proud of Alex. He has really done well his freshman season and wrestled really well tonight.” 

132–Jakob Lewellen wrestled a close match against rival Mason Martin of Eastern in the finals and nearly scored a possible match winning takedown in the final minute before being taken down himself.  He finished 2nd. 

138–Declan Brading wrestled a close match in the finals but ended up losing by a pin fall. He finished 2nd. 

145–Brayden Moore pinned his opponent in the 3rd place match to help secure the team victory. 

152–Ben Phillips had a pin in the finals against Scottsburg to become the 152 pound champion. 

160–Chris Graham pinned his opponent in the final match to take 3rd place. 

170–Deke Brown may have had the biggest win of the night against a Corydon opponent who had previously beaten him three times.  He went the full match and won 9-7 to earn MSC Champion honors. 

182–Xuan Dong wrestled two tough matches and was winning before getting pinned. 

195–Manuel Ordorica secured a fall in finals to secure the team victory.  He is also a 2020 MSC Champion. 

220–Lucas Gagnon wrestled tough in the finals and came up just short of the win, still earning a 2nd place. 

HWT–Austyn Wilkerson placed 4th in the final match of the evening for the Pirates.

 

Coach Adam Doherty said, “It was a great win for us and a total team effort.  It was back and forth most of the night and our guys came up with win after win.  They have been working hard in practice all year, and I feel like we are putting it together and wrestling our best at the end of the year.  We gave up two forfeits so we had to make up for that with bonus points and beating kids we weren’t supposed to on paper. It’s great to see these kids who have stuck with it, not quit and put in the work, to improve enjoy the success we are having.  Ben Phillips, Colin Knox, Manuel Ordorica, and Deke Brown (each conference champs) have been great leaders and have helped build the confidence and work ethic in the team. Lucas Gagnon and Jacob Lewellen wrestled their best matches of the season, losing very close matches in the finals to two very good wrestlers.  Alex Sheehan 2nd, Declan Brading 2nd, Braden Moore 3rd, Chris Graham 3rd, and Austin Ramirez-Wilkerson 4th, all put in a great effort for the team as well.

 

Next up for the Pirates is the Jeffersonville sectional at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 1st. 

Article contributed by WPMQ staff writers, assisted by Ben Phillips.

PIRATE WRESTLERS DEFEAT MSC FOE SILVER CREEK

PIRATE WRESTLERS DEFEAT MSC FOE SILVER CREEK
by WPMQ staff reporter Eric Wigginton

 

Thursday night the Pirate wrestlers hosted one of its only two home duals this season against Mid Southern Conference foe Silver Creek. This is the first year that the Dragons have had a wrestling team and they were no match for the experienced Pirates. The Pirates took advantage of that lack of experience and used the match to work on their craft. Charlestown made quick work of the Dragons, pinning in every class they weighed in at, including some weight class forfeits, and a final score of 64-6 in less than an hour. Coach Adam Doherty had this to say about his wrestlers: “The kids wrestled hard for being off since Connersville [a two-day tournament after Christmas where the Pirates placed 12th out of 32 teams admidst stout competition from around the state]. They all wanted to get back out on the mat and get out of practice and bang around again. The end of the year is coming up and we are focused on the remainder of the season ahead and conference.” The Pirates have a match next Wednesday at Jeffersonville High School at 6:00 P.M.

A complete list of wrestlers and results can be found below:

145 lb – Braden Moore (pin)
152 lb – Ben Phillips (pin)
160 lb – Chris Graham (FF)
170 lb – Deke Brown (pin)
182 lb – Xuan Dong (pin)
195 lb – Manuel Ordorica (pin)
220 lb – Lucas Gagnon (FF)
285 lb – Malachi Rios (FF)
126 lb – Colin Knox (pin)
132 lb – Jakob Lewellen (pin)
138 lb – Declan Brading (maj. dec)

Micah Keltner also got a pin for the Pirates in the night’s only JV match.

(Pictured below is junior Deke Brown working his opponent into a pin.)

Look for more weekly beats on all our sports from WPMQ sports broadcasting this year.

Three Pirate Wrestlers Advance to Semi-State

Three Pirates will represent Charlestown High School in this weekend’s Evansville Reitz semi-state.  Colin Knox placed 3rd and advanced in the 120 pound weight class while Ben Phillips (138) and Sean Baker (285) both placed 4th and advanced. The semi-state will be held at the Ford Center at 10:00 A.M. Best wishes to Colin, Ben, and Sean.

Pirate Wrestling Advances 9 to Regional

The Charlestown Pirates wrestled at the Jeffersonville Sectional this past weekend. Twelve wrestlers participated, eleven made the podium, and nine qualified for the regional next Saturday, also to be held at Jeffersonville. Complete results are as follows:

106: Micah Keltner (5th)

**113: Austin Cooper (2nd)

**120: Colin Knox (2nd)

**126: Jakob Lewellen (4th)

132: Jesse Wheeler (DNP)

**138: Ben Phillips (3rd)

145: Mark Sherrill (5th)

**152: Peyton Hamm (3rd)

**170: Deke Brown (4th)

**180: Manuel Ordorica (3rd)

**220:Lucas Gagnon(4th)

**285: Sean Baker (Champion)

**denotes a regional qualifier

Charlestown finished 4th as a team behind Eastern, Tell City and Jeffersonville. Good work guys! Pirate Strong! 💪🏼

Article contributed by WPMQ staff. Photos contributed by the wrestling program.

Pirate Wrestlers Claim 6 MSC Weight Class Championships, 2nd Place Overall

The Pirate wrestling team took runners up at last week’s Mid Southern Conference championships at Eastern High School. The Pirates won in six weight classes, placed second in two, and 4th in two out of a total 14 weight classes, 6 total schools. Freshman Ben Phillips; Sophomores Deke Brown, Colin Knox, and Manuel Ordorica; and Seniors Sean Baker and Peyton Hamm all won conference, while Freshman Jakob Lewellen; Sophomore Lucas Gagnon; and Seniors Austin Cooper and Mark Sherrill all placed as runners up; and Freshmen Carlos Lozano and Jesse Wheeler placed 4th for the Pirates. Team results are as seen below:

Special thanks to Dennis Gagnon for the photo submissions:

Article submission by WPMQ staff.

 

 

Pirate Grapplers Top Providence, 54-15

The Charlestown HS Pirate Wrestling team opened their regular season defeating Providence HS Thursday evening on the road to a 54-15 final.  Picking up pins for Charlestown were Darien Zies at 126, Mark Sherrill at 138, Logan Hurricane at 152, and Josh Rijos at 220 lbs.  Also winning for the Pirates  were Austin Cooper at 106, Ethanol Smith at 145, Blake Jones at 160, Sean Baker at 285, Charles Dickens at 170 and Jacob VanMeter at 182.  “We wrestled very well for our first match of the season”, commented Pirate Coaches on the win.

Snowy Saturday Charlestown Athletic Schedule Updates

The Mid-Southern Conference Wrestling meet, originally scheduled for the morning of January 23rd has been moved to Saturday evening (January 23rd).  The meet will start in the CHS Sports Arena (Auxiliary section) at 6:00 pm with weigh-ins beginning at 5:00 pm.

The Lady Pirate Basketball game will be played as scheduled in the CHS Sports Arena, Saturday night with the JV game tipping at 6:00 pm and Varsity at approximately 7:30 pm.

The Pirate Basketball games scheduled for 6:00 pm (JV) and 7:30 pm (Varsity) at Corydon Saturday night has been POSTPONED TO February 20th.

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