Cubs produce 3 HHC individual champions
Partee, Sandlin, Young win titles as Cubs place 4th
Monday, January 20, 2014 10:00 AM
Madison finished fourth in the Hoosier Hills Conference wrestling tournament Saturday at Bedford North Lawrence.
The Cubs scored 159 points. Jennings County won the championship with 205 points, 2.5 ahead of runner-up Floyd Central. Columbus East was third with 190.5.
Despite the upper-division finish, Madison coach Tyson Skinner couldn't help but believe his team could have done even better.
"On one hand it's our highest finish in quite some time in the HHC but on the other you realize we shot ourselves in the foot in several matches and let this tourney get away from us," Skinner said.
Madison walked away with three individual championships and one runner-up. Chayce Young (126 pounds), Jordan Partee (160) and Mitchell Sandlin (195) all earned crowns in their respective weight classes.
Young (38-2) opened the day with a 35-second pin and followed that with two more pins to win the title.
"Chayce put together a strong showing today," Skinner said. "If we can refocus him for a tourney run he will have a great tourney ahead of him."
Partee (42-0), ranked sixth in the state, opened the day with a fall and a pin before gutting out a 9-5 win in the finals.
"Jordan got a little sloppy in the finals but to be 42-0 at this point in the season is very impressive," Skinner said.
Sandlin (38-4), ranked 15th in the state, began the tourney with a win by fall, then scored pins in his next two matches.
"Sandlin was really focused today," Skinner said. "He walked through the field."
Madison also had one runner-up with Chris Tingle at 138. Tingle (32-10) lost a close match to a pin in the finals.
"Chris had a good game plan but in an effort to take a risk to score got caught on his back," Skinner said.
Other placers for the Cubs were: Trenton Dempler, third, 132; Tanner Young, fourth, 170; Marcus Schoonover, fourth, 220; Alex Moore, fifth, 182; Tanner Geer, fifth, 285; Hunter Stivers, sixth, 145; Brent Spradley, seventh, 120; and Cameron Napier, eighth, 152.
Madison had three wrestlers who were able to place higher than their seeded entering the tourney.
"Heading into tourneys, our goal is to always place higher than our seed unless you're the one seed," Skinner said. "That was the difference today we had three do that but had many that failed to achieve their seed."
Madison (22-11) will hit the mats tonight to honor its seniors as Salem will come to town with action to get under way at 6 p.m.