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Three Bobcats Champions; Team Second
Blaine Mayer capped a 10-0 season by capturing his first League Title. The number one seed began his evening with a pin over Will Eades from Holy Redeemer. Blaine dominated St. Philip’s Scott Fitts in the semifinal, scoring an early takedown, a reversal in the second period and a dominating ride en route to a 4-0 win. The 97-pound final was tough, as Blaine wrestled a very smart match, beating Dakx Lannert of St. Joe, 3-0.
Blake Chandler also finished the year undefeated, beating Wyatt Happe for the 140-pound title, 9-1. This was the 8th-graders second League Championship.
Jacob Pierre shook off two early season losses to win his first League Title. The 71-pounder dominated, beating Conner Wiley of St. Joe, 10-0 in the first round, followed by a pin over St. Philips’ Gabe Guzman in the semifinal. Jacob won his title with a hard fought, 2-0 win over Corpus Christi’s Spencer Turner.
Jimmy Doepker, Max Johnson and Jacob Pierson finished second. Kaden Farmer, Joey Pierre, Andrew Vibbert, Cooper Hobbs and Zach Wagner were third, while CJ Bellew finished fourth.
1. St. Philip- 195
2. Westside Catholic- 183
3. Resurrection- 171.5
4. St. Joe- 138
5. Corpus Christi- 133.5
6. St. Wendel- 28
7. Holy Redeemer- 17
Photo: Blaine Mayer
League Championship Preview
A wide open tournament awaits MD Feeder League Wrestling fans on March 19.
If the seeds hold, irrespective of bonus points, here is how the team race will shape up:
1- St. Philip
2- Westside Catholic
4- Corpus Christi
5- St. Joe
6- St. Wendel
7- Holy Redeemer
50 Pounds- Kaden Farmer received the four seed and a first round bye. Kaden will likely face Corpus Christi’s one-seed, Nick Herrmann, in the semifinal. Look for Resurrection’s Travis Folz to emerge from the bottom of the bracket.
54 Pounds- Jimmy Doepker is the two seed, his only loss of the season to the bracket’s top seed, Reed Egli of St. Philip. The two will likely meet for the title.
58 Pounds- CJ Bellew is the four seed and faces St. Joe’s Ethan Messal in the first round. CJ beat Ethan 16-3 in the regular season. He will likely face the bracket’s one seed, Tyler Van Over in the semifinal. Evan Cates of St. Wendel and Isiah Schaefer of Corpus Christi will fight it out for the final title slot.
62 Pounds- Joey Pierre finished the season in a strong fashion, to capture the two seed. Joey will have a tough semifinal match against Corpus Christi’s Matt Herrmann. St. Wendel’s Blake Zirkelbach should come through the other side of the bracket.
66 Pounds- This weight is one of the deepest in the tournament, but St. Joe’s Alec Freeman is a prohibitive favorite. WCS’ Tanner Lamb has a tough match against St. Philip’s Wyatt Stratman. The winner earns a semifinal match with Alec. Brodie Baumann and Cameron Weinzapfel will have a very entertaining match on the other side of the bracket.
71 Pounds- Like his younger brother, Jacob Pierre finished the season strong to earn the top seed. Jacob should coast to the final where he will meet the winner of Dawson Schroeder and Spencer Turner.
77 Pounds- Six-time League Champ, Max Johnson, looks to win his seventh title. Max should get to the final where he will likely meet Corpus Christi’s Blake Boarman. As Boarman is a multi-time League Champion, this promises to be a marquee match-up.
83 Pounds- Noah Wilson has two seed, Cole Ross of Corpus Christi in the first round. The winner will probably advance to the final to meet recently-crowned State Champ, Kane Egli of St. Philip.
90 Pounds- 8th grader Andrew Vibbert is the three seed and gets a chance to avenge his loss to Corpus Christi’s Preston Turner. Resurrection’s Ike Rohleder will likely be the other finalist.
97 Pounds- Blaine Mayer boasts an undefeated record and is the one seed in this tough and deep bracket. Blaine will meet Scott Fitts of St. Philip for a finals bid. Jake McDurmon and Dakx Lannert will vie for the other spot.
104 Pounds- Cooper Hobbs is the three seed and will compete for a chance at the title against St. Philip’s Clay Egli. The winner will likely face St. Joe’s Nolan Weidner for the championship.
111 Pounds- Jake Pierson is the two seed. Look for Jake to avenge his regular season loss to St. Philip’s Macartney Parkinson for the title.
118 Pounds- Zach Wagner lost a barnburner to Corpus Christi’s Nick Brown in the dual meet. If Zach can change his fortune, he will wrestle John McGrew of St. Philip for the title.
128- WCS has no entry. Will Schuler is the hands-down favorite to win.
140- WCS’ Blake Chandler is a big favorite to win his second consecutive title. To do so, he will have to defeat Resurrection’s Wyatt Happe.
HWT- WCS has no entry. Michael Boots should finish the evening as the champion.
WCS Defeats Coyotes, Wins League Championship
In 46 years of league wrestling, Westside Catholic claimed its first outright championship with a wild, 42-27 win over Corpus Christi.
Jimmy Doepker tied the match at six with his pin at 54 pounds. The Coyotes of Corpus Christi won the 58 pound bout, but Joey Pierre tied the match at nine with a 7-4, nail-biting decision. Jacob Pierre won a thrilling 4-2 decision at 71 pounds, but it was sandwiched between two pins by the Coyotes and the Bobcats found themselves in a 21-12 deficit.
Max Johnson got the Bobcats back on track with a third period fall. Blaine Mayer won the last match for Westside Catholic, by fall.
Forfeits told the story as Westside Catholic won five individual matches compared to Corpus Christi’s six.
Westside Catholic had previously tied for four league championships.
Bobcats defeat St. Joe
St. Joe opened the meet with a 8-6 decision at 50 pounds before Jimmy Doepker scored a fall at 54 pounds to post the Bobcats a 6-3 win. A major decision by CJ Bellew followed by a Joey Pierre pin staked the boys in blue a 16-3 lead.
Jacob Pierre scored a forfeit, while Max Johnson offered a major decision victory.
Andrew Vibbert, Blaine Mayer, Cooper Hobbs, Jacob Pierson, Zach Wagner and Blake Chandler closed out St. Joe with six consecutive victories to lead the Bobcats to a 51-18 victory.
Photo: Zach Wagner
Bobcats Down Eagles
Westside Catholic continued its unbeaten campaign with a 68-6 victory over St. Wendel.
50-pound Kaden Farmer provided the match of the evening. Kaden scored a hard-fought takedown at the end of the first period and added a reversal in the second to jump out to a 4-0 lead. His opponent scored a reversal in the third and sunk a deep half, putting Kaden on his side. The referee started the count a number of times, but Kaden successfully defended a turn attempt and held on for a 4-2 win.
Jimmy Doepker won by technical fall while Tanner Lamb, Max Johnson and Noah Wilson won by pin.
The Bobcats wrap the regular season Thursday night in double header action against St. Joe and Corpus Christi.
Photo: Tanner Lamb
Feeder League Open Results- 7th and 8th Grade
Eighth-graders Andrew Vibbert and Blake Chandler wrestled well in their final Feeder League Opens. Andrew won his final match for third place, while Blake won his to capture first. It was Blake’s third Feeder League Open title.
Max Johnson was also the champion, it was Max’s ninth straight title.
Blaine Mayer won a title, his second, while Jacob Pierson and Noah Wilson finished second.
Photo: Max Johnson, Andrew Vibbert, Jake Pierson and Blaine Mayer
Feeder League Open Results- 5th and 6th Grade
Tanner Lamb finished second, while Jacob Pierre was third.
Photo: Jacob Pierre
Feeder League Open Results- 3rd and 4th Grade
CJ Bellew won his first feeder league title in style, defeating his opponent from St. Joe, 12-2. Joey Pierre was fourth.
Photo: CJ Bellew and Joey Pierre
Feeder League Open Results- 1st and 2nd Grade
Nate Lamb, Jimmy Doepker and Drew Stolz led the group with third place finishes. Owen Bullock was fourth, Kaden Farmer was fifth while Jakeb Stevens was sixth.
Photo: Drew Stolz and Jakeb Stevens
Feeder League Open Results- PK and K
Westside Catholic’s Pre-K and Kindergartners placed all entrants. Rudy Zenthoefer led the group with his third place finish. Jacob Wathen and Evan Stolz were seventh while Parker Lewis finished eighth.
Photo: Jacob Wathen, Rudy Zenthoefer and Parker Lewis
Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead! Westside Catholic Beats Resurrection!
For the first time since 1994, Westside Catholic has defeated Resurrection.
Jimmy Doepker got the first win for the Bobcats, scoring a pin at 54 pounds. CJ Bellew followed with a 12-1 major decision. Joey Pierre completed the hat trick with a pin.
The Roadrunners got back in the meet with two decision victories before Max Johnson offered a 12-1 win. Resurrection won a match and a forfeit, grabbing a 22-20 lead.
Andrew Vibbert scored a come-from-behind 7-4 victory to give Westside Catholic a 23-20 lead, the third lead change of the match. The Bobcats would not trail again.
Blaine Mayer followed with a pin. Blake Chandler was the last winner of the evening, counting an overtime victory over Wyatt Happe.
Final score: Westside Catholic- 44, Resurrection- 32.
The win boosted Westside Catholic's season tally to three, against no setbacks.
Photo: Joey Pierre
Bobcat Spotlight: Blake Chandler
Blake Chandler is in his tenth year of wrestling and has been a starter for the Bobcats for eight years. Additionally, he has been a member of the Junior Wildcats for three years.
Blake enjoys competing with the team and as an individual. A member of the honor roll, Blake also plays cub football, baseball and basketball.
In addition to wrestling, in his off-hours Blake likes to play guitar and hang out with his friends.
Blake has a League Championship and two, Feeder League Open titles to his credit.
Photo: Blake Chandler
Bobcats Edge Cougars, Kaden Farmer Wins Varsity Debut
The Bobcats were able to overcome two forfeits and deal a 44-37 loss to the St. Philip Cougars.
The upset was stunning as many had picked St. Philip to be the League Champions.
Kaden Farmer started the Bobcats up, delivering a crucial, 8-2 decision victory to Westside Catholic. Farmer’s movement and energy resulted in a first period takedown and lead he would not relinquish.
At 62 pounds, Tanner Lamb scored a 19-second pin to close Westside Catholic’s deficit to one. Lamb’s victory was followed by a 16-6 major decision by Joey Pierre. Pierre’s win gave the Bobcats a 13-10 lead—one they would retain the balance of the meet.
Big brother Jacob toed the line and posted a 59-second fall. Noah Wilson posted the fourth consecutive victory, an identical 59-pin over his foe.
After a loss at 83 pounds, Andrew Vibbert got the Bobcats back in the winners column with a 25-second fall. Blaine Mayer followed with a gritty, 2-0 win over Scott Fitts. Zach Wagner won with a first period pin. Blake Chandler closed the dual with a 18-7 major decision victory.
Westside Catholic puts its 2-0 record on the line on February 25 against Resurrection.
Photo: Kaden Farmer
Mater Dei Folkstyle Open
Saturday, March 1st , 2014
Mater Dei High School
1300 Harmony Way
Evansville IN 47720
Exit off Highway 41 onto South Highway 62 (Lloyd Expressway), Follow Lloyd to St. Joe Ave. Exit North
(Bristol Myers Intersection) St. Joe Ave. to Maryland St. (west) Go to Harmony Way, turn right,
Mater Dei HS is located 200 yards from the intersection.
$12.00 (online only)
PEE-WEE – SENIOR (No University)
ON-LINE Registration ONLY
No onsite registration or weigh-ins
Register @ trackwrestling.com
Declare weight at that time.
Registration closes Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (CST)
Challenge Weights at Tournament Director's Discretion
Wrestlers must check in between 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Doors open at 7:30 am -- Wrestling starts at 9:00 a.m.
Medals to 1st - 2nd - 3rd places
Ribbons to 4th - 5th - 6th
$3.00 per person—$8.00 family
*Concessions available at the tournament
*Out-of-State wrestles welcome!
*This tournament serves as a qualifier for the Ohio Tournament of Champions
CJ Bellew Wins Varsity Debut; Bobcats Crush Rockets
The Bobcats were impressive in their season premier, showing aggressiveness and pins in a 75-4 win over the Holy Redeemer Rockets.
Debuting for the Bobcats, CJ Bellew came up big, rolling up an 8-0 lead before scoring the second period fall, at 58 pounds.
After a forfeit at 54 pounds, Jimmy Doepker scored a major decision, followed by Bellew’s fall. Tanner Lamb and Joey Pierre also scored pins while Max Johnson recorded a technical fall over his Junior Wildcat teammate, Will Orth. Blaine Mayer, Zach Wagner and Jacob Pierson closed out the meet with falls.
Photo: CJ Bellew
Blake Chandler and Max Johnson are Top Award Winners
Blake Chandler was chosen by the coaches as Westside Catholic's "Most Valuable" wrestler. Blake won his first Mater Dei League Championship this year and compiled an overall record of 11-5. The seventh-grader finished second in the Feeder League Open. Blake was a full-time starter for the Junior Wildcats this season and was singled out for his strong work ethic and commitment to the team.
Max Johnson was the team's "Most Outstanding" wrestler. This year, Max won his sixth consecutive League Championship and his eighth consecutive Feeder League open title. The sixth grader was a starter for the Junior Wildcats and compiled a 12-0 record for the Bobcats. Max led the Bobcats in team points and pins.
Photo: Max Johnson and Blake Chandler
Award Winners- Varsity Team
Andrew Vibbert was selected as Westside Catholic's "Best Team Mate". Andrew was noticed by his coaching staff as the wrestler with a great attitude always willing to do best and give his all to the team.
Blaine Mayer was awarded the "Most Improved" trophy. An accomplished wrestler with many years starting for the Bobcats, Blaine showed real improvement this season in his work ethic which translated to success on the mat. Blaine was second in the MD League Championships and the Feeder League Open.
Jim Doepker was the Bobcats' "Rookie of the Year". Jimmy compiled an 8-2 record on the year and finished second in the League Championships.
Peter Doepker and Joe Pierre were honored for having the most pins. Each tallied five.
Josh Wilson was selected as "Honorary Captain". Josh, an 8th grader, was a starter for several years for the Bobcats and was noted for his outstanding attitude. Josh finished third in the League Championships.
Photo: Front Row- Peter Doepker, Jimmy Doepker. Back Row- Blaine Mayer, Josh Wilson and Andrew Vibbert
Award Winners- Exhibition Team
Drew Stolz was chosed as the exhibition team's "Most Improved" wrestler. The Kindergartner showed marked improvement this year rolling up an 11-4 record and placing third in the Feeder League Open.
Luke Mayer was tapped as the "Top Rookie". The first-year wrestler was also a member of the Mater Dei Kids Club. The first grader placed third in the Mater Dei Feeder League Open and posted an impressive 10-2 record; Luke had the best winning percentage on the wrestling team.
Logan Claspell won the "Most Pins" award for accumulating nine falls.
Tanner Lamb was selected for the "Mental Attitude" trophy. Tanner rolled up an 11-3 record and accumulated some Varsity matches.
Photo: Drew Stolz, Luke Mayer and Logan Claspell
Max Johnson Earns Sixth at Folkstyle State
Fighting a stomach bug, Max Johnson managed a sixth-place finish at the Indiana State Championships held at Warren Central.
Max opened the tournament with a 5-0 loss to the eventual runner-up, Avon's Trey Lane.
Max rebounded in the next round with a 1:00 pin of Lebanon's Ryan McClaine. Max then earned a tough, 4-2 decision over Lawrenceburg's Grant Stapleton.
Max could not continue and injury defaulted his last two matches and settled for sixth place.
Photo: Max Johnson
Bobcats at the East-West
Six Westside Catholic boys earned membership to the East-West team.
In the championship divison, Jimmy Doepker dropped a tough, 8-3 decision to Memorial's Keegan Williams. Max Johnson picked things up with a 15-0 tech fall over Josh Bell. Blake Chandler scored a takedown, in overtime, to win his match, 4-2.
The Championship team won, 60-7.
Joe Pierre defeated Alec Sloan, in the consolation division, 12-2. Big brother Jacob immediately followed him with a pin of Daniel Jacobs.
The last wrestler representing the Bobcats was Blaine Mayer. He defeated Cameron Dollison, 12-2.
The Consolation team won, 64-11.
Front Row: Jacob Pierre, Blaine Mayer, Joe Pierre, Jim Doepker. Middle: Max Johnson. Back: Bobby Schmitt, Bart Schaefer, Blake Chandler, John Johnson
Blake Chandler and Max Johnson Win League Championships
Max Johnson and Blake Chandler were Westside Catholic’s lone champions at the Future Wildcat Championships.
Max began his run with an 11-1 decision over his Holy Redeemer opponent. Max advanced to the final with a 13-0 semifinal win over Resurrection. Max claimed the title with a 2:31 pin over St. Joe.
This was Max’s sixth League Title. He won previous titles at 45, 50, 55, 62 and 66 pounds.
Blake Chandler took his place at the podium for the first time. The seventh-grader overcame an elbow injury to defeat Resurrection’s Spencer Wagner in the final, 6-0.
First-year varsity member, Jim Doepker, advanced to the final by virtue of a 4-1 first round win and a tech fall in the semifinal. Jim was stopped by Tyler Van Over of St. Philip in the final, a 5-0 thriller.
Blaine Mayer drew a first round bye, and then defeated his Resurrection foe with a tech fall in the semifinal. Blaine dropped an 11-3 decision to Clay Egli of St. Philip in the final.
Pete Doepker, Joe Pierre, Josh Wilson, Zach Wagner and Jordan Wible were all third. Jacob Pierre was fourth.
1. St. Philip
3. Westside Catholic
4. St. Joe
5. Corpus Christi
6. St. Wendel
7. Holy Redeemer
Future Wildcat Championships Preview
Believe it or not, even with no entries in four weight classes, the Bobcats are in the hunt for the team tournament title. This year’s team title promises to be a horse race. If all of the seeds hold and all of the matches are scored evenly, here will be the order of finish:
1. St. Philip
3. Westside Catholic
4. St. Joe
5. St. Wendel
6. Corpus Christi and Holy Redeemer
Resurrection has a couple of weight classes where they could suffer upsets. St. Philip and Westside Catholic have solid draws.
50 pounds: First-year varsity wrestler, Jimmy Doepker, is the second seed. He faces Corpus Christi’s Jacob Sammitt in the first round. Jimmy should face Holy Redeemer’s Logan Wible in the semifinal. Jimmy beat him in the dual by a very close decision. Look for St. Philips’ Tyler Van Over to come through the other side of the bracket. Tyler finished fourth at Folkstyle State.
54 pounds: Reed Egli is fresh off a third place finish at State and received the top seed. Peter Doepker is our four seed and faces Resurrection’s Nathan Schneider in the first round. Pete pinned him in the dual. Should Pete win, he will face Reed in the semis. Evan Cates and Eli Minar should meet in the semis on the other side of the bracket; it should be a very good match.
58 pounds: St. Wendel’s Blake Zirkelbach is the top seed. WCS’s Joey Pierre is the two seed and will likely face Corpus Christi’s Matt Herrman in the semifinals. Joey beat Matt in a thriller in the dual meet. This match up will be one of the best in the semis.
62 pounds: Jacob Pierre is the four seed and will face St. Wendel’s Dawson Rodgers in the first round. Should Jacob win, he will face St. Joe’s number one seed, Alec Freeman. Brodie Baumann and Dawson Schroeder round out this very deep bracket.
66 pounds: Noah Wilson is the four seed and faces St. Joe’s Evan Lyke in the first round. Noah beat him 13-5 in the regular season. Should he win, Noah will face the top seeded Will Orth of Holy Redeemer. 3x league champion, Blake Boarman, is on the other side of the bracket.
71 pounds: WCS’s top seed, Max Johnson, is the favorite to win his sixth league championship. Max faces Holy Redeemer’s Cameron Clausheide in the first round. Should he win, he will square off with Resurrection’s Eli Rohleder, a 2x league runner-up in the semis. Look for Corpus Christi’s Preston Turner to come through the other side of the bracket. Max and Preston wrestled for the league title last year.
77 pounds: WCS’s only 8th grader, Josh Wilson, is the three seed. Josh will wrestle St. Wendel’s Aydn Collins in the first round. He will likely hook up with Kane Egli of St. Philip in the semis. Look for Resurrection’s Isaac Rohleder to emerge from the other side of the bracket.
83 pounds: WCS’s Blaine Mayer is the second seed and received a first round bye. He will toe the line against Holy Redeemer’s Clinton Wolf in the semis. Top seeded Clay Egli should prevail in the other side of the bracket. Blaine was in the finals two years ago and is anxious to return.
90 pounds: No entry
97 pounds: Zach Wagner is WCS’s two seed. He should meet St. Philips’ John McGrew in the semis. Zach beat him in a very tough 4-0 match, earlier in the year. St. Joe’s Dawson Matherly is the top seed and a prohibitive favorite to make the finals.
104 pounds: WCS’s Andrew Vibbert is the four seed and has a key first round match against Holy Redeemer’s Leo Ziemer. Should Andrew win, he will wrestle St. Wendel’s top seeded Kyle Luigs for a spot in the finals. Resurrection’s Chase Rheinlander should be the other finalist.
111 pounds: No entry
118 pounds: No entry
128 pounds: Blake Chandler, WCS’s top seed, is looking not only for his first finals appearance, but also a league title. Blake will meet Danny Luigs of Holy Redeemer in the semifinal. Blake beat him in the regular season. Spencer Wagner and Cam Montgomery will compete for the other finals slot in what should be an exciting match.
140 pounds: WCS’s Jordan Wible is the two seed and will square off with Robbie Helfrich of St. Philip in the semifinal. Jordan beat Robbie, 7-0, last week. Cole Lannert and Wyatt Happe will compete for the other finals slot. It should be a very good match.
HWT: No entry
Joey Pierre Medals at State
Westside Catholic’s Joey Pierre finished third place at ISWA Folkstyle State Championships held at Ben Davis on March 9.
Joe opened the tournament with a pin and a major decision before he was stopped in the semifinal by Christian Vanvolkenburgh of Southport.
Joey won his consolation match by fall, and defeated Southridge’s Xavier Horton, 8-4, to capture third place.
Blaine Mayer and Jacob Pierre each won two matches, but did not place.
Photo: Joey Pierre
Bobcats at Mater Dei
Six Westside Catholic alumnae were prominent members of this year’s high school team.
Second-year starter, sophomore Alex Johnson, compiled a 29-9 record. Alex was undefeated at the Mt. Vernon 5-way and the St. Louis “Gateway to the Best” Duals. He finished fourth at the Mater Dei Holiday Classic, second in the SIAC and second in the Regional. Alex won his first Sectional champion this year. Alex is a two-year starter. Alex’s brother, Max, wrestles for Westside Catholic. He is the son of John and Stephanie Johnson.
Two-time state qualifier, Junior Josh Pierre, was 25-11 and was the runner-up at the Mater Dei Holiday Classic, SIAC and the Regional. Josh won his first sectional championship this year. He was also undefeated at the Mt. Vernon 5-way. Josh is a three-year starter for the Wildcats. His brothers, Joey and Jacob, wrestle for Westside Catholic. Josh is the son of Jim and Lori Pierre.
Freshman Blake Jourdan started for Mater Dei at 126 pounds. Blake was undefeated at the Mt. Vernon 5-way and was fourth at the Holiday Classic. Blake placed second at the SIAC, was sectional champion and second in the regional. Blake is the son of Jamie Morehead and BJ Jourdan.
Freshman Kyle Embry was the starter for the Wildcats at 106 pounds. Kyle was undefeated at the Mt. Vernon 5-way and placed fifth at the Mater Dei Holiday Classic. Kyle’s tremendous freshman season was cut short by injury before the conference championships. Kyle is the son of David and Jennifer Embry.
Freshman Kyle Dennis found his way into the starting line-up in the 220 pound division. Kyle suffered an early season injury that sidelined him for nearly two months. His first high school match was memorable: He overcame a third period deficit to defeat his opponent in a dual with Reitz. He was a regional qualifier and finished fourth in the sectional. Kyle is the son of Randy and Ginger Dennis.
Freshman Greg Hardin was the junior varsity starter at 113 pounds. He was runner-up at the Mater Dei Junior Varsity Championships. Greg is the son of Robert and Sharon Townsend.
2010 Photo taken after a Westside Catholic practice. Left to Right: Alex Johnson, Josh Pierre, Kyle Embry and Blake Jourdan.
Bobcats down Eagles, 52-19
Only six weight classes were contested as each team claimed three. Winning for the Bobcats were Tanner Lamb, Logan Claspell and Noah Wilson.
Photo: Pete Doepker
Cougars Nip Bobcats
A see-saw affair that saw numerous lead changes tipped St. Philips' way and the Cougars defeated Westside Catholic, 35-21.
The match was evenly wrestled with each team winning six match-ups. Bonus points claimed by St. Philip, coupled with two forfeits accounted for the difference.
Jim Doepker faced Tyler VanOver at 50 pounds in a battle of unbeatens. Tyler got a first period takedown and tacked on a reverse to win a tight, 4-0 decision.
WCS dropped a decision at 54, and got on the board at 58 with Joey Pierre winning a tough 3-0 decision. Big brother Jacob followed with a 2-0 win to close the team score to 7-6.
Noah Wilson won a 12-0 major decision at 66, followed by a :34 pin served up by Max Johnson. The two wins put the Bobcats on top, 16-7.
St. Philip won the next three matches and claimed a forfeit to snatch a 25-16 lead.
They never trailed again.
Zach Wagner required overtime to win a 5-3 overtime at 104 pounds. Jordan Wible was the final winner for the Bobcats, controlling the match in a 7-0 win.
Photo: Jim Doepker
Bobcat Spotlight: Josh Wilson
8th-grader Josh Wilson will soon be winding up his career at Westside Catholic. The 77-pounder is a three-year starter for the Bobcats.
Josh is a past "Mental Attitude" and "Promising Wrestler" award winner. He recently enjoyed a career highlight by winning his first Feeder League Open title.
Josh is an honor student at Westside Catholic. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, 4-wheeling and playing with his dog.
His older brother, Brandon, wrestled for Westside Catholic. His younger brother, Noah, is a member of the team.
Josh is the son of Donnie and Melissa Wilson.
Photo: Josh Wilson
MDFLO Results, Finals- 7th and 8th Grade
Josh Wilson finished his last Feeder League Open in style, winning first place. Blake Chandler was second, Andrew Vibbert was fifth.
Photo: Blake Chandler
MDFLO Results, Finals- 5th and 6th Grade
Max Johnson led the group with a championship, his eighth conconsecutive title.
2nd- Blaine Mayer, Zach Wagner and Noah Wilson
4th- Cooper Hobbs
Photo: Zach Wagner and Max Johnson
MDFLO Results, Finals- 3rd and 4th Grade
Jacob Pierre and Dylan Sutherland were fourth, Tanner Lamb was sixth.
Photo: Jacob Pierre
MDFLO Results, Finals- 1st and 2nd Grade
Joe Pierre and Logan Claspell led the group with championships. This one made it two in a row for Joe and four straight for Logan.
2nd- Jack Helfrich
3rd- Christian Smith, Jimmy Doepker and Luke Mayer
4th- Isaac Mayer
5th- CJ Bellew and Scott Kleitz
6th- Brady Bulla
7th- Owen Bullock and Ethan Keplinger
8th- Kent DeCoster
Photo: Ethan Keplinger and Owen Bullock
MDFLO Results, Finals- PreK and Kindergarten
All of WCS's Kindergarten wrestlers placed. Drew Stolz, Keden Farmer and Parker Warren were 3rd. Nate Lamb and Jakeb Stevens were 5th.
MDFLO Results, Day One- 5th and 6th Grade
The 5th and 6th grade swept, advancing Noah Wilson, Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, Cooper Hobbs and Zach Wagner to the semifinals.
Zach Wagner won a 4-2 nailbiter in overtime.
MDFLO Results, Day One- 3rd and 4th Grade
Pete Doepker and Jacob Pierre advanced to the semi finals. Dylan Sutherland and Tanner Lamb are in the consolation bracket.
Photo: Tanner Lamb
MDFLO Results, Day One- 1st and 2nd Grade
Joey Pierre and Logan Claspell won their opening round and semi final matches, both by fall, to advance to Sunday's final. Jack Helfrich also advanced to the final, he won by decision and major decision.
Luke Mayer, Jim Doepker, CJ Bellew, Owen Bullock, Scott Kleitz, Brady Bulla, Kent DeCoster Ehtan Keplinger had combinations of wins and losses and are in the consolation round.
Photo: Kent DeCoster
MDFLO Results, Day One- PreK and Kindergarten
A combination of wins and losses put Nate Lamb, Kaden Farmer, Drew Stolz, Jakeb Stevens and Parker Warren in the consolation round.
Photo: Nate Lamb
Westside Catholic Superior; Loses Dual to Resurrection
A match featuring four ties and a lead change at the end provided plenty of excitement, but the Bobcats ultimately came up short against the Roadrunners, losing 43-34.
Four forfeits proved to be Westside Catholic's undoing; the ‘Cats, heads-up, outscored the Roadrunners, 34-19, and won 7 of the 12 individual contests.
Again, Jim Doepker dominated at 50 pounds, scoring a technical fall early in the third period. Pete Doepker was equally dominant, scoring a pin 18 seconds into the second period.
WCS’ 58-pounder, Joey Pierre, remained undefeated on the year, hanging a 12-2 loss on his Resurrection foe. The Bobcats’ 71-pounder, Max Johnson, also remained undefeated, winning his match-up 13-1 and putting the ‘Cats ahead, 19-7.
Blaine Mayer followed, two weight classes later, win a pin and gave the Bobcats a 25-10 lead.
Two consecutive losses and a forfeit tied the team score at 25 all, before Zach Wagner pinned his opponent in the first period and put the Good Guys on top again.
Another forfeit knotted the score before Blake Chandler won his match 2-1. Westside Catholic forfeited the last two weight classes which accounted for the final differential.
Photo: Zach Wagner goes for the pin.
Ethan Keplinger Leads Exhibition Team; More Results
Leading the exhibition wrestling team, Ethan Keplinger won two tough decision matches by scores of 4-0 and 4-2. Tanner Lamb also won two matches, one by decision and one by fall.
In other action, CJ Bellew, Dylan Sutherland, Isaac Mayer, Jack Helfrich, Logan Claspell and Luke Mayer were winners.
Photo: Luke Mayer
Cats Bite Dogs
The Bobcats delivered big, handing a 44-17 loss to the Coyotes of Corpus Christi.
Jim Doepker started the party at 50 pounds putting an 11-3 major decision on his opponent and the ‘Cats on top, 4-0. Big brother Peter Doepker thrilled the WCS fans with a bulldog and :12 fall.
58 pounds found the match of the evening as Joey Pierre upset the runner-up from last year’s state championships 5-4. Joey got a first period takedown, nursed a 3-0 lead into the third and repelled a furious comeback and held on for a 5-4 win.
Max Johnson and Josh Wilson both turned in decision victories, directly followed by a pin from Blaine Mayer. Zach Wagner and Blake Chandler were the last two wrestlers up for the Bobcats; they both won by fall.
Photo: Blake Chandler
CJ Bellew Wins Thriller at Buzzer; More Exhibition Results
CJ Bellew had the match of the evening, scoring at the buzzer for a 12-11 win.
Tanner Lamb picked up three wins by fall while Dylan Sutherland got two wins by fall.
Also winning were: Drew Stolz, Ethan Keplinger, Isaac Mayer, Jakeb Stevens, Kaden Farmer, Luke Mayer and Nathaniel Lamb.
Photo: Dylan Sutherland
Josh Pierre Selected for Academic All-State
Junior Josh Pierre was recently chosen as academic all-state in the 132 pound weight division. The three-year varsity letter winner carries a 3.8 GPA.
Josh was was a highly successful wrestler for the Bobcats and carried his success on the mat and in the classroom with him to Mater Dei.
Josh is the son of Jim and Lori Pierre.
Photo: Josh Pierre
Bobcats Nip St. Joe
Featuring a night of pins and strategy, the undermanned Bobcats slipped by St. Joe, 45-34. Giving up four forfeits was offset by offensive pins and minimized losses.
WCS’ 50-pounder, Jim Doepker, started the evening with a wild match. Jimmy held a 6-2 lead, in a back and forth affair, into the third period. Jim was then able to turn a reversal into a fall for a 6-0 WCS lead.
Big brother Pete Doepker wasted no time taking down his opponent and getting a 14-second pin.
Joey Pierre kept momentum by building a 13-1 lead, then getting the fall in the second period for an 18-0 team score.
Noah Wilson turned in a 13-5 major decision victory at 66 pounds, followed by a first period fall by Max Johnson at 71 pounds. Josh Wilson added valuable team points with a 5-point move at the buzzer to win by technical fall.
Blake Chandler bumped up to 140 pounds and pinned St. Joe to account for the final score.
Photo: Josh Wilson
Cooper Hobbs Wins Overtime Thriller; More Exhibtion Results
Coming from behind in the third period to force an overtime, Cooper Hobbs was able to land a takedown to win in overtime.
Other winners were Drew Stolz, Dylan Sutherland, Ethan Keplinger, Isaac Mayer, Luke Mayer, Parker Warren, Jakeb Stevens, Jack Helfrich, Kaden Farmer and Logan Claspell.
Photo: Cooper Hobbs
Bobcats with the Junior Wildcats
Four Bobcats, Blake Chandler, Andrew Vibbert, Max Johnson and Blaine Mayer, recently completed their season with the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats (Cub Wrestling Team).
Max Johnson, a second-year starter, wrestled the 70 and 75 pound weight class for the Junior Wildcats. Max was undefeated at the Union County Duals, the Mater Dei Super Duals and the Franklin Super 8. Max was runner-up at the Granite City Invitational and the Bearcat Brawl. He finished the year at 14-2.
7th-grader Blake Chandler earned a regular starting role on the team en route to an 11-5 record. Blake was undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals and finished first at the University Heights Invitational.
Blaine Mayer rolled up a 7-1 record, finishing second at the University Heights Invitational and going undefeated at the Franklin Super 8.
Holy Rockets! Bobcats Win League Opener!
Firing on all cylinders, Westside Catholic overcame four forfeits and defeated the Holy Redeemer Rockets, 51-39.
Jim Doepker led the team off with an overtime victory.
Joey and Jacob Pierre added falls at the 58 and 62 pound weight classes. At 71 pounds, Max Johnson started the avalanche with a first-period pin.
The Bobcats then followed with falls in five of the next contested six weight classes (Josh Wilson, Blaine Mayer, Andrew Vibbert, Zach Wagner and Blake Chandler) to ice the victory.
Photo: Andrew Vibbert
Joe Pierre & Jim Doepker Win Varsity Debuts
Thrilling the Bobcat fans, 1st-grader Jim Doepker scored a takedown in overtime to win his first varsity match.
The match was a see-saw affair with a number of lead changes. Jimmy scored two points at the end of regulation to tie it. Jimmy held on for dear life after a failed shot that ended up out of bounds. On the reset, Jimmy scored on a succesful shot to win the match.
Not to be outdone, two matches later, third-grader Joey Pierre won his first varsity match by fall. What was lacking in drama was made up for by intensity; Joey got a quick takedown and built a 10-0 lead before getting a third-period fall.
Photo: Joey Pierre
Jack Helfrich and Jakeb Stevens Lead WCS Exhibition Wrestling
Jack Helfrich won a pair of decisions while Jakeb Stevens claimed two falls on the league's opening day.
Also claiming victories were Luke Mayer, Isaac Mayer, Drew Stolz, Kaden Farmer, Parker Warren, CJ Bellew, Logan Claspell and Brady Bulla.
Photo: Jack Helfrich
Kyle Embry and Max Johnson Honored by Junior Wildcats
Two Westside Catholic wrestlers were singled out for their contributions to the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats (cub team).
5th-grader Max Johnson was chosen as Top Rookie. Max compiled a 17-1 record with 16 pins. He was undefeated at the Campbell County Duals, Union County Duals, Mater Dei Super Duals and Bloomington Super 10.
Kyle Embry was the Most Valuable Wrestler for the Mater Dei Super Duals. Kyle was 3 year starter and was undefeated at the Campbell County Duals and Bloomington Super 10. He was also the champion at New Richmond.
Greg Hardin, Kyle Dennis and Blake Chandler were also members of the team.
Photo: Left- Max Johnson, Right- Kyle Embry
Kyle Embry is Most Valuable; Max Johnson is Most Outstanding
Headlining the varsity team, Kyle Embry was elected as Westside Catholic’s “Most Valuable Wrestler”. The 8th-grader has had an outstanding career wearing the Bobcat Blue & Gold. Kyle has been a tremendous contributor for the Bobcats, being an 8-year member of the varsity team. The former freestyle state champion has also been a 4-time Mater Dei league champion and 2-year team captain.
“Kyle has been a great role model, wrestler and leader for this team. He will be missed”, said Coach Curt Zenthoefer.
Max Johnson was selected as the team’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler”. Max turned in a 17-0 record for the Bobcats and also led the team in points scored and pins. The fifth-grader was a starter for the Junior Wildcats and compiled a 56-3 record for the year.
“Max won his fifth league championship and seventh Feeder League Open title this year. That is no small accomplishment”, said Coach Curt Zenthoefer.
Second-grader Peter Doepker was tapped for the “Top Rookie” award. Pete piled up 10 wins on the year en route to third place finishes in the Future Wildcat Championships and the Feeder League Open.
Kyle Dennis was selected as the “Top Newcomer”. The 8th-grader was undefeated in the league and won his first league title.
Jacob Pierson was honored as the “Most Improved”. Jacob found a spot in the varsity line-up and made his first finals appearance in the League Championships. Jacob is a fifth-grader.
6th-grader Andrew Vibbert was chosen as the “Mental Attitude” recipient. Andrew was noticed for his hard work and dedication to his team and team mates.
Photo: Jacob Pierson, Max Johnson, Peter Doepker and Kyle Embry
Exhibition Team Award Winners
Fourth-grader Cooper Hobbs was honored for collecting the most falls. Cooper’s very aggressive style led to a number of first and second period pins.
Kindergartener Jack Helfrich was chosen as the “Top Rookie”. Jack, in his first year, collected 9 wins on the year with a third-place finish at the Mater Dei Feeder League Open.
Josh Wilson was the “Mental Attitude” award winner. Josh was a reliable team member and hard worker at practice.
Photo: Cooper Hobbs, Joe Pierre and Jack Helfrich
Bobcats Tie for Team Title
Although only claiming two champions, the Bobcats picked up many pins and bonus points along the way, accounting for the victory.
The Bobcats sorely missed their team captain and second seed, Kyle Embry, to the flu. With Kyle in the lineup, the ‘Cats surely would have won the title outright.
At 66 pounds, Max Johnson received a first round bye, then proceeded to pin his St. Joe opponent in 49 seconds. Max wasted no time in the final, picking up a 17 second fall. This was Max’s fifth consecutive Mater Dei League Championship. He has also won at 45, 50, 55 and 62 pounds.
On the other end of the spectrum, 8th-grader Kyle Dennis claimed his first league title at heavyweight. Kyle also received a first round bye, then pinned his St. Philip opponent. Kyle defeated his Resurrection foe, securing a title for himself and a share of the championship for the team.
Jacob Pierson, Jordan Wible and Drayke Richardt, all advanced to the title match, but fell short in their quest. It was the first finals appearance for the trio.
Pete Doepker, Jacob Pierre, Noah Wilson, Blaine Mayer, Zach Wagner, Blake Chandler and Vincent Owens all placed third while Logan Claspell and Greg Hardin picked up 4th place medals.
1. (Tie) Westside Catholic and Resurrection
2. St. Philip
3. Corpus Christi
4. Holy Redeemer
5. St. Joe
6. St. Wendel
Photo: The Champs
Future Wildcat Championships Preview
This year’s team title promises to be a horse race. If all of the seeds hold and all of the matches are scored evenly, here will be the order of finish:
1. (Tie) Resurrection and Westside Catholic
2. St. Philip
3. Corpus Christi
4. Holy Redeemer
5. St. Joe
6. St. Wendel
However, this prediction does not include bonus points for pins, tech falls and major decision, nor does it count forfeits or the inevitable upsets. In order for Westside Catholic to win, it has to at least perform to all of its seeds and to score bonus points. Every match is crucial!
Here is a breakdown by weight class:
50 Pounds: Matthew Herrmann is fresh off of a second place finish at state and is the #1 seed. WCS’ Peter Doepker is 3-0 since coming off an injury and received a #4 seed. He can help our case by winning his first round match against his Resurrection opponent.
54 Pounds: Jacob Pierre is a #4 seed. He should win his first round match which will pit him against #1 Cole Ross from Corpus Christi. This weight class is open to upsets, with quality entries from St. Wendel and Resurrection.
58 Pounds: Our #5 seeded Logan Claspell will have the most interesting first round match of the evening against St. Philip’s Calvin Stratman. Both wrestlers are very scrappy; this match is a jump ball. Logan getting a win will go a long way toward a WCS championship. This class is extremely deep with three state medalists in it.
62 Pounds: Noah Wilson is the WCS #3 seed. He should win his first round match, setting up a rematch against Resurrection’s Eli McDurmon. Noah lost the first match by a narrow decision and will be looking for revenge.
66 Pounds: WCS' Max Johnson, is the #1 seed. Max is going for his fifth consecutive league championship. He will likely face Resurrection’s Eli Rohleder in the finals for the second straight year.
71 Pounds: State champion, Kane Egli from St. Philip, is the #1 seed. Blaine Mayer is the #3 seed and is looking for his second straight finals appearance. To accomplish that, Blaine will have to get by Resurrection’s Isaac Rohleder in the semi-finals. Isaac beat Blaine in the dual, while Blaine beat Isaac in triple overtime in the Feeder League Open. This promises to be the most contentious semifinal match of the tournament!
77 Pounds: 6th grader Andrew Vibbert is the #4 seed in this deeply talented bracket. Andrew will have a challenging first round match against Corpus Christi’s 8th grader, Bryce Kuhn. This bracket also features state medalists, Clay Egli, Nolan Weidner and Kaleb Hinderliter.
83 Pounds: Zach Wagner is our #3 seed in another tough bracket. He will have a semifinal match against St. Wendel’s Kyle Luigs. Zach lost a squeaker to him in the first week of the season. The winner will likely face the #1 seed, Dawson Matherly of St. Joe.
90 Pounds: Jake Pierson earned a #2 seed in returning to the varsity lineup this year. In the semis, he will face an up and coming John McGrew of St. Philip in what looks to be a very close match. The winner will likely meet up with Joe Happe of St. Joe in the finals.
97 Pounds: This one is a two-man race between our Kyle Embry and St. Philip’s Will Egli. The two have had a rivalry for the last several years resulting in back and forth outcomes. Should Kyle win, this will be his fifth league championship.
104 Pounds: #2 Jordan Wible is looking for his first finals appearance. He will have a tough semis match against Cameron Patton of Holy Redeemer. Should Jordan win, he will probably have Resurrection’s #1 seed, Mitch Lehman, in the finals.
111 Pounds: Greg Hardin is a #4 seed. His semis match will be against Cameron Montgomery of St. Joe. Wyatt Montgomery of Holy Redeemer is the #1 seed.
118 Pounds: 6th grader Blake Chandler is the #3 seed and is shooting for his first finals appearance. His semis match against Resurrection’s Spencer Wagner promises to be a good one. The winner of this match will help to decide the team title.
128 Pounds: 8th grader and #4 seed Vince Owens will meet middle school state champion Blake Jourdan in the semis. Wyatt Happe and Hunter Carr round out the bracket.
140 Pounds: Drayke Richardt is the #3 seed and will meet St. Wendel’s Kurtis Wilderman in the semis. Drayke lost by a narrow margin to him in week one and will look to even the score on Thursday. Seth Orth of Holy Redeemer is the #1 seed.
HWT: Kyle Dennis is the #1 seed and the odds-on favorite to win. Kyle will likely meet Rob Bow of Resurrection for the championship.
Photo: Jacob Pierson
Bobcats Beat Bobcats
This match produced little drama. Peter Doepker, Jacob Pierre and Noah Wilson picked up pins for the ‘Cats, while Max Johnson won by technical fall.
Photo: Peter Doepker
Bobcats Blow Up Moondoggies
Westside Catholic was never threatened, losing only two match-ups.
The match, however, was not without excitement. Andrew Vibbert wrestled a very tough match, scoring the opening takedown and hanging on for a 2-0 decision. 118 pounder, Blake Chandler, found himself in a second-period deficit before rallying and getting the fall in the third period.
Jacob Pierre, Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, and Kyle Embry all won by fall, while Zach Wagner won by technical fall. Logan Claspell won by major decision and Pete Doepker, Jacob Pierson, and Greg Hardin won by decision.
Photo: Logan Claspell
Bobcat Spotlight: Kyle Embry
8th grader Kyle Embry is winding up his brilliant career at Westside Catholic. Kyle has been a tremendous contributor for the Bobcats, being an 8-year member of the varsity team. The former freestyle state champion has also been a 4-time Mater Dei league champion.
The two-year team captain has long been a favorite of his team mates and coaches. He is unselfish and a very hard worker. His hallmark is his toughness; Kyle has had numerous injuries over the years, but has come back quickly to help his team.
Kyle was also a three-year starter for the Junior Wildcats. He is a member of Mater Dei's Cub football team and plays summer baseball.
Kyle is a 4-year member of the student council and is a spell bowl team member. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends.
Kyle has a younger sister and an older sister, Kassie, who was a Mater Dei MatCat.
Kyle is the son of David and Jennifer Embry.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Bobcats at Mater Dei
Two Westside Catholic alumnae were contributors to this year’s edition of Mater Dei High School’s wrestling team.
Sophomore Josh Pierre appeared in his second consecutive IHSAA state championships, both individually and as a starter for the Varsity.
Josh accumulated 30 wins on the year against 10 losses.
Josh finished 3rd at the Mater Dei Holiday Classic, was the champion at the Jeff Classic and finished 3rd at the SIAC conference championships. Josh was undefeated at the Mater Dei 5-Way.
In the post-season, Josh was third at the sectional and regional. He finished fourth at the semi-state.
Josh is the son of Jim and Lori Pierre. His brothers, Joe and Jacob, wrestle for Westside Catholic.
Freshman Alex Johnson was the 113-pound starter for the Mater Dei Wildcats.
Alex completed his freshman campaign with 33 wins against 12 losses.
Alex was fifth at the Mater Dei Holiday Classic, third at the Jeff Classic and third at the SIAC championships. Alex was undefeated at the Mater Dei 5-Way at the St. Louis Gateway Duals.
In the post-season, Alex was runner-up at the sectional, champion at the regional and fourth at semi-state, to qualify for state.
Alex is the son of John and Stephanie Johnson. His younger brother, Max, wrestles for Westside Catholic.
Max Johnson Earns Fifth at Folkstyle State
The 5th-grader received a first-round bye, the proceeded to pin Treyston Gadson of Tell City in :57. Max gave up a reversal at the end of the second period to Trey Lane and lost in the quarterfinals, 2-0. He bounced back with technical falls over Casey Burdette of Milan and Seth Johnson of Crawfordsville in the consolation round. In the consolation semi-finals, Max dropped a 8-2 decision to Lukasz Walendzak of Bloomington. Max ended his day with an injury default win over Trey Lane.
Also wrestling were Blaine Mayer, Zach Wagner and Jacob Pierson.
Photo: Max Johnson
Bobcat Spotlight: Kyle Dennis
Kyle Dennis is an 8th grader and a starter for the Bobcats at heavyweight. Kyle wrestled early in grade school and came back this year for Westside Catholic and saw some Junior Wildcats action.
Other than wrestling, Kyle has been a standout member of Mater Dei's cub football team and plays cub basketball and baseball.
Kyle is an honor student and is a member of Sacred Heart. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his friends and go to the movies.
Kyle is the son of Randy and Ginger Dennis.
Photo: Kyle Dennis
Bobcat Spotlight: Drayke Richardt
8th-grader Drayke Richardt is a first-year wrestler for the Bobcats and is the starter at 140 pounds.
Drayke is a member of Mater Dei’s cub football, basketball and baseball team. He is an honor student at Westside Catholic
Drayke’s brother, Dakota, attends Mater Dei. Drayke is the son of Missy and Roger Crane and Jeff Richardt.
Photo: Drayke Richardt
Bobcat Spotlight: Tristen Watts
8th-grader Tristen Watts is in his sixth year wrestling for the Bobcats.
Tristen is a member of Mater Dei’s cub football, basketball and baseball team. He is an honor student at Westside Catholic. Tristen is a member of St. Agnes church.
In his spare time, he loves to hunt and spend time with family and friends.
Tristen is the son of B.J. and Jamie Watts. His brother, Ty, attends Westside Catholic and is a member of the wrestling team.
Photo: Tristen Watts
Seven Bobcats Complete Season with Junior Wildcats
This year, 3-year starter Kyle Embry, produced a 19-4 record. Kyle was the champion at New Richmond, undefeated in the Campbell County Duals and third at Granite City.
First-year starter, Max Johnson, ended his campaign with a 17-1 record. Max was undefeated at the Union County Duals, Campbell County Duals, Mater Dei Super Duals and the Bloomington Super 10. Max finished third at Granite City. 16 of his 17 wins came by fall.
6-grader Blake Chandler started for the Junior Wildcats at the MD Super Duals and Bloomington Super 10 and produced 5 wins.
Blaine Mayer started for the ‘Cats in the Christmas Duals and at the Mater Dei Super Duals and also produced 5 wins.
First-year Junior Wildcat wrestlers, Andrew Vibbert, Kyle Dennis and Greg Hardin also saw action for the Wildcats.
Photo: Blake Chandler
Seven Bobcats Complete Season with Wildcat Kids Club
The Kids Club had about 70 wrestlers from the Mater Dei league competing and practicing as a team from November 1 to January 1.
Some of the boys wrestled up to 25 matches.
Max Johnson, Blake Chandler and Andrew Vibbert helped the team to victory at the Perry Meridian Invitational.
Photo: Jakeb Stevens
Bobcat Spotlight: Greg Hardin
After wrestling as a first and second grader, Greg resumed his wrestling career this year.
A member of Westside Catholic's speech team, Greg also intends to play football and wrestle at Mater Dei next year. Among his goals is to compete in a half-marathon this year.
Learning new wrestling skills and developing himself as a wrestler is Greg's favorite thing about wrestling.
Greg's biggest thrill was winning his first match at the Union County duals.
Greg is the son of Robert and Sharyn Townsend.
7th/8th Grade Results at FLO (Feeder League Open)
2nd- Kyle Embry and Josh Wilson
3rd- Tristan Watts and Vince Owens
5th- Greg Hardin
6th- Alex Drone
Photo: Greg Hardin, Kyle Embry and Alex Drone.
Three Champs Lead the 5th/6th Division at the FLO
Zach Wagner dominated his bracket en route to a 10-0 major decision win in the final. This was Zach’s first FLO championship.
Blake Chandler had a very tough final, but toughed it out for a win and his second straight FLO title.
Max Johnson did not surrender an offensive point on the campaign for his title. This was Max’s seventh FLO championship.
Blaine Mayer added much excitement to the tournament with his 3rd place finish. Blaine got the opening takedown and proceeded to give up a reversal in the second for a 2-2 tie. The first and second overtimes produced no points. Blaine won the ride out in the third overtime for the victory.
Photo: Jordan Wible, Max Johnson, Zach Wagner, Noah Wilson and Jacob Pierson.
FLO Results- 3rd and 4th Grade
2nd- Jacob Pierre
3rd- Cooper Hobbs
5th- Luke Golike
6th- Dylan Sutherland
7th- Ty Watts
Photo: Luke Golike, Ty Watts and Cooper Hobbs
Logan Claspell and Joe Pierre are FLO Champions
1st grader Joe Pierre won a 9-2 decision to win his first FLO title, while 2nd grader Logan Claspell hung on for a tough 5-4 victory in his championship match. It was Logan’s third straight title.
2nd grader Peter Doepker put together a great tournament, winning his 3rd place match with a convincing pin.
Photo: Logan Claspell and Peter Doepker
FLO Results- Kindergarten and Pre-K
2nd- Christian Smith
3rd- Mason Hinman and Jack Helfrich
5th- Drew Stolz and Jim Doepker
6th- Kaden Farmer, Jakob Stevens and Ethan Keplinger
7th- Owen Bullock
8th- Gunner Kirsch
Resurrection Tops Westside Catholic, 38-30
Pete Doepker started the Bobcats off right, dominating en route to a major decision. After losing at 54 pounds, Logan Claspell treated the fans to a wild 10-8 overtime victory.
Max Johnson added a second period pin to put the Bobcats on top by seven. Resurrection won the next three matches before fifth-grader Jacob Pierson hung on for a 12-11 win. Kyle Embry turned in a dominating 21-6 tech fall at 97 pounds.
The Bobcats forfeited at 105 pounds and proceeded to lose the next three matches, sealing the victory for Resurrection.
Drayke Richardt and Kyle Dennis added a decision victory and pin, respectively, to close the evening for the Bobcats.
Photo: Andrew Vibbert
Bobcats Roll, Drop Corpus Christi 70-14
The Bobcats turned in an inspired performance Tuesday, losing only three individual matchups to Corpus Christi on Valentine's Day.
After dropping a major decision at 50, Jacob Pierre got the Bobcats on the board with a 6-4 victory at 54 pounds. After losing the next two matches,the Bobcats went on a tear, getting consecutive pins from Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer and Andrew Vibbert.
Zach Wagner added a major decision victory, while Jake Pierson won by fall and Kyle Dennis won by decision.
The Bobcats are now 3-0, heading into the bye week.
Photo: Noah Wilson
Bobcats Claw Cougars, 55-29
After dropping a tough major decision at 50 pounds, Jacob Pierre got the Bobcats on track with a pin and 6-4 match lead. Following another loss, Noah Wilson won a major decision and Max Johnson turned in a second-period pin to propel the Bobcats to a 16-9 lead.
The Cougars won the next two matches before a forfeit put the Bobcats on top for good, with a 22-17 lead.
At 90 pounds, Jacob Pierson fell behind 4-0, before rallying to a 8-4 win.
Jordan Wible, Blake Chandler, Drayke Richardt and Kyle Dennis followed up with pins to close out the match for the 2-0 Bobcats.
Photo: Zach Wagner
Bobcats ground Eagles on Super Sunday
Against a forfeit-decimated team, Westside Catholic has several exiciting match-ups that led to a 69-12 win over St. Wendel on Opening Day.
In his varsity debut, Pete Doepker came up just short against Blake Zirkelbach, dropping a 8-4 decision.
Noah Wilson won by fall, while Vincent Owens picked up a 7-2 victory.
Photo: Jacob Pierre
Exhibition Matches, Opening Day
Joe Kuhr, Tanner Lamb, Dylan Sutherland, Kaden Farmer, Max Johnson, Alex Drone, Jacob Pierson, Joe Pierre, Luke Golike, Tristan Watts, Alex Weinzapfel, Greg Hardin, Jordan Wible, Ty Watts, Andrew Vibbert all won one of more matches exhibition matches.
Photo: Ty Watts
Westside Catholic Invitational Results
St. Ben's, Good Shepherd and Holy Spirit represented Memorial's league. Evansville Christian and Nashville (Tennessee) Catholic rounded out the field.
Kyle Embry, Max Johnson, Kaden Farmer, Jakob Stevens and Jack Elfrich all posted perfect records on the day. Joe Pierre and Blaine Mayer posted 4-1 records, while numerous bobcats posted many wins on the day.
Alex Johnson and Blake Jourdan Honored by Junior Wildcats
Blake Jourdan and Alex Johnson were recognized for their success with Mater Dei's Junior Wildcats at the annual picnic.
Alex Johnson, along with team mate Sam Bassemier, was selected as the team's Most Valuable Wrestler.
Alex was a 3-year member of the Junior Wildcats and started all three years. On this campaign, he recorded a 26-0 record with 23 pins. He was the champion at New Richmond and Granite City. Alex was also undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals, Bloomington Super 10 and Westside Catholic Invitational. At the Mater Dei Super Duals, he was selected as the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Alex was 48-0 with the Junior Wildcats over the past two seasons and was the team's Co-Captain.
Blake Jourdan compiled a 16-3 record, including 13 pins, with the Junior Wildcats. He was third on the team in winning percentage. Blake was the champion at New Richmond and Granite City. The 7th grader has started for the Junior Wildcats for the past two season. For his effort, Blake was awarded the Granite City team trophy.
Photo: Left- Alex Johnson, Right- Blake Jourdan
Alex Johnson is Most Valuable; Other Major Award Winners
Coach Curt Zenthoefer: "Mater Dei is no chump league. With a record like Alex's, you are making a statement. He was a great team captain and a leader this team will miss".
Kyle Embry and Alex Johnson were also honored as Team Captains.
"These guys were both true leaders. Every night at practice, they are setting the example by working hard. Guys like Kyle and Alex are the most important thing to a wrestling team", said Coach Zenthoefer.
Blake Jourdan and Kyle Embry were selected as co-Most Outstanding Wrestlers.
Kyle is a 4x MD league champ and a starter for the Junior Wildcats. He won a league championship this year and was 14-2 for the Bobcats.
"Kyle is a wrestler you can count on since he was a first-grader. He is extremely tough, and even this year's traumatic injury did not keep him out", said Coach Zenthoefer.
Blake Jourdan won the FLO and his third League Championship this year. Blake was a starter for the Junior Wildcats and had the fourth most wins on the team. Blake was 13-2 for the Bobcats this year.
"Blake comes to practice ready to work. He is focused on winning and getting better", commented Coach Zenthoefer.
Max Johnson was chosen as the Bobcats' Most Dominating Wrestler. Max is a 5x FLO champion and 4x Mater Dei League champ. He was 22-0 with Westside Catholic and led the team in team points scored.
Coach Zenthoefer: "Winning that many FLO and League Championships is a very hard thing to do. Max worked very hard this year and nobody came close to him".
Photo- Front Row: Max Johnson & Kyle Embry. Back Row: Alex Johnson and Blake Jourdan.
Varsity Award Winners
Blake Chandler was recognized as Most Improved. Blake is a five-year varsity member and won his first FLO title this year. Blake also finished third in the league.
Keenan McDaniel was elected as Top Newcomer. Keenan is a first-year wrestler and finished second in the league. Keenan was a great leader for the team. He also wrestled for the Junior Wildcats.
Logan Claspell was named as the Top Rookie. Logan won his second FLO and finished third in the league. Logan also wrestled for the WKC and was the only first-grader in the starting line-up.
Cooper Hobbs was presented the Most Pins awards for his 11 falls. Cooper wrestled varsity for the first time this year and finished second in the league.
The Mental Attitude recipient was Zach Wagner. Zach was a newcomer to the team and proved to be an excellent teammate and a very hard worker. Zach was also a member of the WKC.
Jacob Pierre came up big for the Bobcats on its biggest night of the season, the finale against St. Philip and Resurrection. In both matches, Jacob rallied in the third period to force overtime, and then won them both with takedowns. For his effort, he was recognized for his Outstanding Night of Wrestling.
Photo- Front Row: Logan Claspell, Cooper Hobbs, Jacob Pierre & Blaine Mayer. Back Row: Blake Chandler, Jordan Wible, Tristan Watts & Keenan McDaniel.
Exhibition Wrestlers Recognized
Luke Golike was elected as the Most Valuable Wrestler. On this campaign Luke went 16-3 with 9 falls. The second-grader is in his third year of wrestling.
Dalton Folz, with a 10-5 record, was chosen as Most Outstanding. Dalton had 7 falls on the year and saw some varsity action.
Jim Doepker was selected as the Top Rookie on the exhibition team. Jim is in pre-k and is the smallest wrestler on the team. Jim wrestled for the Wilcat Kids Club (WKC) and was the Feeder League Open champion.
Peter Doepker was the Mental Attitude recipient. The first-grader is a second-year wrestler and a member of the WKC. Coach Zenthoefer: "Pete is mentally tough on the mat, a good kid off the mat, and never stops working".
The Most Pins award was a tie between Joe Pierre and Will Haller. Both wrestlers notched 9 falls.
Bottom Photo- Dalton Folz, Pete Doepker & Joe Pierre. Top Photo: Luke Golike, Will Haller & Jim Doepker.
Blake Jourdan Wins Bronze at Folkstyle State
7th-grade Bobcat Blake Jourdan turned in a terrific day of wrestling, earning a third-place finish at Schoolboy 112.
Blake won in the first round by tech fall over Jake Hensley of Beech Grove. Blake proceeded to decision Spencer Irick of Hamilton Southeastern, 8-1, and pin James Wallace of Indianapolis at 1:50.
Blake dropped his semifinal match to Blake Rypel of Warren Central 13-7.
In the consolation semi-finals, Blake stormed back with a fall over Spencer Irick at 2:23.
For the 3rd place match, Blake won by decision over Elijah Dunn of Hoosier Elite, 5-0.
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Bobcats Dominate at East-West
In the championship division, Max Johnson rolled up a 15-1 lead before pinning Christian Anderson of Holy Spirit in the third period.
Kyle Embry earned a physical, 11-1 major decision victory over Trevor Nugent of St. John at 83 pounds. Blake Jourdan majored Holden Abshier of Holy Spirit at 111 pounds, 9-1.
Alex Johnson turned a scramble into a 1:12, first round pin over Chance Williams of Holy Spirit at 128 pounds.
The Championship Team defeated Memorial, 74-6.
For the consolation team, Cooper Hobbs dropped a tough match to Keegan Lehman of Good Shepherd. Blaine Mayer turned in a decision victory over Luke Obermeier of St. John. Keenan McDaniel ended the evening for the Bobcats on the right note, rolling up a big lead then getting a third period pin over Sam Brockman of St. Bens.
The Consolation Team defeated Memorial, 69-15.
Photo: Bobcats on the East-West team with Coaches Kevin Muensterman & Curt Zenthoefer
Bobcat Spotlight: Alex Johnson
Coach Curt Zenthoefer: "Alex has been a great member of our team since he was very small. He has had what you would call a stellar career. Alex has been a leader for the younger guys on the team and has always stepped up for us when we had to have a big win. He is a big reason that this team is successful."
Here are a few of his achievements:
*8-Year Westside Catholic Varsity Wrestler
*5x MD League Champion- 60 pounds, 65 pounds, 77 pounds, 90 pounds & 118 pounds
*4x East-West Champion
*6x MD Feeder League Open Champion
*Westside Catholic career record- 121 wins and 9 losses
*71 match winning streak from 4th grade to present
*Career Westside Catholic Invitational record- 25 wins and 0 losses
*4x Team Captain
*3-year starter for the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats- 48 wins and 0 losses, the past two seasons
*4x State Folkstyle Placewinner
*3x State Freestyle and Greco Placewinner, including a runner-up finish
*1x AAU All-American
Alex is a member of Mater Dei's cub football team and Westside Catholic's cheerleading team. Alex recently received a promotion to brown belt in Judo. He is a 5x Indiana state champion and a 2x AAU national Judo champion.
Alex is the vice-president of the student council and was selected as "Speaker of the Year" for the speech team.
In his spare time, Alex enjoys shooting, snowboarding, water skiing, reading and listening to music.
Alex is the son of John and Stephanie Johnson. He has a sister, Whitney, and a brother, Max, who is also on the wrestling team.
Photo: Alex Johnson
Four Bobcats Win the Gold; Alex Johnson Claims Fifth Title
Max Johnson, the Bobcat’s 62-pound fourth-grader drew a first round bye, then proceeded to pin his St. Philip opponent in the third period. Max got a quick takedown in his championship match against his Resurrection foe and tacked on late back points to win 7-0.
This was Max’s fourth league title, he has also won championships at 45, 50 and 55 pounds.
Kyle Embry was the next champion, winning his title, and fourth career MD league championship, this year in the 83-pound division. The number one seed received a first-round bye, then hung a 10-0 major decision on Kyle Rexing of St. Wendel. In the finals, Kyle turned a reversal early in the third period into a 3-2 advantage over Joe Happe of St. Joe. The lead held up, and Kyle was victorious. Kyle's previous titles were at 50, 55 and 71 pounds.
Our 111-pounder, Blake Jourdan had a tremendous evening. Blake pinned Grant Nowling of Resurrection in the semi-finals and proceeded to pin Hunter Carr in the second period of their championship match.
This was Blake’s third league title. Blake's other championships were at 60 and 77 pounds.
The last championship of the evening came at 128 pounds with Westside Catholic’s only eighth-grader, Alex Johnson. Alex served up his title in dominating fashion, falling Luke Neitzke in the semi-finals at the 1:56 mark. In the finals, Alex faced Seth Orth of Holy Redeemer. Alex turned a scramble into a 5-point advantage and another scramble into a headlock and 1:59, first period fall.
Alex’s previous championships were at 60-pounds as a third-grader, 65 as a fourth-grader, 77 as a fifth-grader and 90 as a sixth-grader.
Our 58-pound third-grader, Cooper Hobbs advanced to the finals by virtue of a pin over his St. Joe opponent. Cooper was stopped in the finals by St. Philip’s Kane Egli.
At 66-pounds, fourth-grader Blaine Mayer got a first round pin and semi-final major decision before dropping a 6-0 decision in the final to Resurrection’s Kaleb Hinderliter.
Keenan McDaniel was one of Westside Catholic’s big surprises this year. The 118-pound seventh-grader had a brilliant year in his first year of wrestling, finishing runner-up to the veteran Andrew Folz of St. Philip.
First-grader Logan Claspell pinned his St. Wendel foe in the opening round. Logan scored four points in the third period to win his third-place match, 6-4.
Fifth-grader Blake Chandler ended his season on a very positive note winning his third-place match over Danny Luigs of Holy Redeemer at 97 pounds.
Tristan Watts also claimed a bronze medal, winning his third-place match over Roman Graves at 140 pounds.
Bobcats earning fourth-place finishes were: Josh Wilson, Jordan Wible and Max Hobbs.
Photo: Max Johnson, Blake Jourdan, Kyle Embry & Alex Johnson
Bobcats Runner-Up at Future Wildcat Championships
2. Westside Catholic
3. St. Joe
4. St. Philip
5. Holy Redeemer
6. Corpus Christi
7. St. Wendel
First through fourth place finishers:
50: Alec Freeman-SJ, Brody Baumann- CC, Blake Zirkelbach- SW, Reed Egli- SP
54: Blake Boarman- CC, Will Orth- HR, Logan Claspell- W, Eli McDurmon- R
58: Kane Egli- SP, Cooper Hobbs- W, Sam Lagunzad- SJ, J Angermeier- R
62: Max Johnson- W, Eli Rohleder- R, Blake Weidner- SJ, Dalton Walker- SP
66: Kaleb Hinderliter- R, Blaine Mayer- W, D Kuhn- CC, Chris Reising- HR
71: Kyle Luigs- SW, Nolan Weidner- SJ, Mark Hall- R, Josh Wilson- W
77: Will Egli- SP, Dawson Matherly- SJ, Chase Rheinlander- R, Nathan Seiler- SW
83: Kyle Embry- W, Joe Happe- SJ, Dalton Weinzapfel- R, Kyle Rexing- SW
90: Mitch Lehman- R, Wyatt Montgomery- HR, Cameron Montgomery- SJ, Jordan Wible- W
97: Josh Clem- SJ, Spencer Wagner- R, Blake Chandler- W, Danny Luigs- HR
104: Gabe Rohleder- R, Logan Matherly- SJ
111: Blake Jourdan- W, Hunter Carr- SP, Kurt Wilderman- SW, Grant Nowliing- R
118: Andrew Folz- SP, Keenan McDaniel- W, Hunter Happe- R
128: Alex Johnson-W, Seth Orth- HR, Luke Neitzke- R, Noah Renfroe- SP
140: Ashton Forzley- R, Chase Anslinger- CC, Tristan Watts- W, Roman Graves- SP
HWT: Sam Bassemier- SP, Roman Weinzapfel- R, Blake Weinzapfel- CC, Max Hobbs- W
W= Westside Catholic
SJ= St. Joe
SP= St. Philip
SW= St. Wendel
HR= Holy Redeemer
CC= Corpus Christi
Photo: The Bobcats
Bobcats Lead Kid's Club to Victory at Harrison
Four Bobcats were undefeated on the day: Max Johnson- 2 falls, 2 tech falls and a major. Blaine Mayer- 1 fall, 2 majors and 2 decisions. Jorrdan Wible- 4 falls. Blake Chandler- 2 falls, 1 major and a decision.
Tanner Lamb won 4 matches, Logan Claspell won 3 and Jacob Pierson also picked up a win.
In the final, the WKC faced arch-rival Reitz and handed them a 64-15 pasting. The Bobcats delivered big for the WKC getting wins from Tanner Lamb, Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, Jordan Wible and Blake Chandler. Tanner Lamb and Max Johnson beat Reitz Feeder League Champions with Tanner winning by fall and Max with 17-2 technical fall.
Photo: Tanner Lamb
Five Bobcats Receive #1 Seeds For Future Wildcat Championships
All fifteen wrestlers received a seeding.
Westside Catholic led all schools with five, number one seeds. St. Philip had four, St. Joe had three, Resurrection had two while Holy Redeemer and Corpus Christi had one each.
Receiving one seeds for the Bobcats were: Max Johnson, Kyle Embry, Blake Jourdan, Keenan McDaniel and Alex Johnson. Tristan Watts and Cooper Hobbs received two seeds, while Blaine Mayer got a three seed. Jacob Pierre, Logan Claspell, Josh Wilson, Jordan Wible, Blake Chandler and Max Hobbs were granted four seeds while Zach Wagner got a five seed.
Westside Catholic Fights Resurrection to a Draw; Regular Season Ends in Tie
Once more, Jacob Pierre provided heart-arresting action. Struggling and trailing the entire match, Jacob put some late points on the board to force overtime. Again, the second-grader delivered, scoring an overtime takedown to win.
Cooper Hobbs made short work of his opponent, winning with a first-round fall. Max Johnson followed up with a 19-5 major decision. Josh Wilson followed with a dominating decision of his own, while Kyle Embry notched a win with a decision over Dalton Weinzapfel.
The Bobcats proceeded to lose the next two matches and give up a forfeit to tip the match 19-24 in favor of Resurrection. Blake Jourdan had a pin waived off at the buzzer and was awarded a technical fall over Gabe Rohleder to knot the match at 24-24.
Keenan McDaniel was in a see-saw affair with Grant Nowling, but turned a high-lift takedown into a third-period pin, a 30-24 team lead and in the process, ignited the Bobcat faithful.
At 128 pounds, Alex Johnson was in a 2-2 match in the second period before he chased down Roadrunner Luke Neitzke with a bulldog. Alex worked him to the mat and settled in for the fall, sending the Westside Catholic fans into hysterics and propelling the team to a 36-24 lead.
An outright win was not meant to be as Resurrection came back with two pins of their own to end the match in a deadlock.
The match was extremely tight with WCS winning 8 of 15 contests and outscoring the Roadrunners in contested matches, 36-30.
Photo: Alex Johnson reacts to the pin
Bobcats Purr; Beat the Cougars 52-24
Jacob Pierre provided plenty of excitement in the first match of the evening. Trailing the entire match, Jacob scored a third-period reversal and garnered back points to tie the match and send it to overtime. Jacob wasted no time getting the overtime takedown and claiming the win.
The Bobcats won the next two matches, getting a pin from Logan Claspell and a 14-1 major decision from Max Johnson.
Josh Wilson added drama of his own. Trailing late in his match, Josh was able to replay his teammate's success and score a late reversal and back points. Josh scored a quick takedown in overtime for the "W".
Blake Jourdan kept the 'Cats rolling with a decision over Hunter Carr. Keenan McDaniel then followed up with a big win over previously undefeated Andrew Folz.
Alex Johnson capped the meet with a :57 fall over Nick Buedel.
Photo: Max Johnson
Four Bobcats Complete Succesful Season with Junior Wildcats
8th grader Alex Johnson was the 125 pound starter and co-captain of the team. Alex was a three-year starter for the Junior Wildcats and finished the campaign with a perfect 26-0 record collecting 23 pins along the way.
Alex won championships at New Richmond and Granite City. He was also undefeated at the Westside Catholic Invitational, Mater Dei Super Duals and the Bloomington Super 10. Additionally, he was selected as the "Most Outstanding Wrestler" at the Mater Dei Super Duals.
7th grader Blake Jourdan was the starter at 115 pounds in his second year as a starter. Blake was fifth in team points scored, compiling a record of 16 wins against 2 losses. Blake won championships at New Richmond and Granite City.
7th grader Kyle Embry's season was cut short by injury, but was still very successful. Also a second-year starter, Kyle notched 10 wins for the 'Cats and claimed a third-place finish at New Richmond.
Keenan McDaniel, a 7th grader, completed his first year as a Junior Wildcat. Keenan started for the team at the Bloomington Super 10 and certainly was one of the more exciting wrestlers on team, piling up 13 wins over the course of the season.
Photo: Front- Kyle Embry
Back- Blake Jourdan, Alex Johnson & Keenan McDaniel
Bobcats on the Wildcat Kids Club
Westside Catholic placed more wrestlers on the WKC than any other school.
In addition to quality practices, the WKC competed in exhibition matches against Harrison, Central and Castle. The WKC also competed in the Harrison Duals Invitational turning in a first-place performance and the Perry Meridian 16-team Invitational with a second-place finish.
The WKC is a fun way to make new friends and become a great wrestler.
Bobats on the 2010-2011 team were: Joe Pierre, Peter Doepker, Jim Doepker, Sam Doepker, Jacob Pierre, Jacob Pierson, Tanner Lamb, Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, Zach Wagner, Logan Claspell, Cooper Hobbs, Jordan Wible, Blake Chandler & Andrew Vibbert.
Bobcat Tops Coyote; Alex Johnson Wins in Return
After dropping the first three matches, Max Johnson rolled up a 9-0 lead before getting the fall at 1:46 to put the Bobcats on the board. Blaine Mayer was behind 0-1 late in the second and grabbed a 2-1 lead on a last second takedown. Blaine held on for a 6-4 win.
Jacob Pierson filled in at 83 pounds and brought tremendous energy to the mat, winning a decision. Keenan McDaniel followed up with a first period pin.
In his first match back, after being sidelined by injury for three weeks, Alex Johnson went after his opponent immediately, chalking up a quick takedown and back points. Alex rolled to a 17-3 decision.
Photo: Keenan McDaniel
Week Five Exhibition Results
Exhibition wrestlers had a terrific night, winning a large majority of their matches.
Won by decision- Kyle Embry, Blake Chandler (2), Luke Golike (2), Sam Doepker, Dylan Sutherland, Alex Weinzapfel, Ethan Stevens, Joe Kuhr, Christian Smith
Won by fall- Tristan Watts, Joe Pierre, Jim Doepker, Will Haller (2), Tanner Lamb (2), Zach Reising (2)
Photo: Will Haller
Two in a Row for Blake Jourdan
Kyle Embry- 2nd
Keenan McDaniel & Tristan Watts- 4th
Max Hobbs- 6th
Photo, Bottom- Keenan McDaniel, Kyle Embry & Tristan Watts. Top- Blake Jourdan.
Blake Chandler Earns FLO Championship
Josh Wilson- 3rd
Jordan Wible- 5th
Joe Kuhr & Dylan Page- 7th
Photo- Blake Chandler & Jordan Wible
Blaine Mayer & Max Johnson Win the Gold
This is Max's fifth Feeder League Open championship.
Zain Dillon & Dalton Folz- 2nd
Cooper Hobbs, Jacob Pierson & Riley McCormick- 3rd
Sam Doepker- 5th
Bryce Kuhr- 7th
Alex Weinzapfel & Noah Wilson- 8th
Photo: Blaine Mayer, Max Johnson & Jacob Pierson
Logan Claspell Wins FLO; 8 Place
Luke Golike & Jacob Pierre- 3rd
Pete Doepker- 4th
Ty Watts- 5th
Will Haller, Tanner Lamb & Dylan Sutherland- 7th
Zach Reising- 8th
Photo: Zach Reising & Dylan Sutherland
Jim Doepker Wins Feeder League Open
Jim Doepker led the charge for WCS's pre-K and Kindergarten contingent, winning the Mater Dei Feeder League Open title. Jim got the opening takedown and never looked back, getting a second-period pin.
Christian Smith- 2nd
Joe Pierre- 3rd
Ethan Stevens- 6th
Ethan Stolz & Duncan Baumgart- 8th
Photo: Duncan Baumgart
Feeder League Open, Round One- 7th/8th Grade Results
Tristan Watts and Kyle Embry won their opening round matches.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Feeder League Open, Round One- 5th/6th Grade Results
Josh Wilson won his first round match while Blake Chandler received a bye to the semi-finals.
Feeder League Open, Round One- 3rd/4th Grade Results
Through the opening round, Cooper Hobbs, Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer and Jacob Pierson won their first-round matches.
Photo: Cooper Hobbs
Feeder League Open, Round One- 1st/2nd Grade Results
Logan Claspell led the group with two pins. Pete Doepker, Tanner Lamb Luke Golike and Ty Watts each won a match.
Photo: Logan Claspell
Feeder League Open, Round One- PK/K Results
Jim Doepker led all wrestlers with 2 falls. Joe Pierre and Ethan Stevens both one a match, while Christian SMith and Justin Thomas advanced to the semi-finals.
Photo: Joe Pierre
"Wrestle for Holly's House" is Big Success
A crowded house was treated to a spirited evening of wrestling inside, while a heavy rainstorm raged outside.
The Bobcats got a lot of good action, wrestling over 80 matches.
4 wins: Max Johnson & Blaine Mayer
3 wins: Alex Weinzapfel, Will Haller, Josh Wilson, Dylan Sutherland, Dalton Folz, Tanner Lamb, Noah Wilson & Kyle Embry
2 wins: Jacob Pierson, Luke Golike & Ty Watts
To learn more about Holly's House, go to www.hollyshouse.org
Photo: Noah Wilson
Bobcats Ground Eagles
Kyle Embry and Blake Chandler won by decision while Blaine Mayer picked up a fall.
Photo: Blaine Mayer
Bryce Kuhr Wins a Wild One
In exhibition wrestling, Jake Pierson paced all Bobcats, earning three victories.
Alex Weinzapfel, Luke Golike, Ty Watts, Noah Wilson and Max Johnson all got two wins. Pete Doepker, Jim Doepker, Sam Doepker, Zach Reising, Josh Wilson, Joe Pierre, Bryce Kuhr, Joe Kuhr, Cooper Hobbs and Blake Jourdan all earned a single victory.
Photo: Jake Pierson
Dalton Folz Wins in Double OT; More Week Three Action
None was bigger than third-grader Dalton Folz's match on mat one. In the third period, Dalton got a reversal near the end of regulation to tie the match. The first overtime period saw no score. In the first double overtime stanza, Dalton used a hook and a half for a 3-point near fall, Dalton then got an escape in the second overtime period for a 4 point victory.
In other action, Max Johnson, Kyle Embry, Zach Wagner, Jordan Wible, Cooper Hoobs, Jacob Pierre, Blake Chandler, Pete Doepker, Luke Golike, Joe Pierre, Jim Doepker, Sam Doepker, Ty Watts, Dylan Sutherland, Josh Wilson, Tyler Thomas and Justin Thomas all picked up wins.
Photo: Dalton Folz
Blake Jourdan Fifth at Middle School State Championships
Blake began his journey with a first round bye and a second-round victory, by fall, over Burk Vanhorn of Franklin. Blake then defeated Chan Lian of Perry Meridian by a 11-2 major decision and a 15-0 technical fall over Wyatt Nelson of Tippy Valley in the quarterfinals.
Blake was stopped in the semi-finals by Ben Harvey of Doe Creek, then again in the consolation semi-finals by Sawyer Miller of Berne.
Blake bounced back with a hard-fought 5-4 decision over Hunter Fox of Indianapolis for fifth place.
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Bobcats Claw St. Joe; Kyle Embry is Back!
After dropping the first match, first-time starter, Logan Claspell knotted the team score with a second-round pin. At 58, Cooper Hobbs went on the attack early and claimed a second-round pin of his own. Max Johnson drew a forfeit at 62, then Blaine Mayer put the match out of reach with a 9-1 major decision victory.
Kyle Embry provided a terrific spark, after only one practice following his injury, getting a last-second takedown for a major decision.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Exhibition Action: Week Two
Photo: Pete Doepker
Bobcats Blast Rockets; 69-18
Jacob Pierre started the festivities with a pin. The Bobcats dropped the next match then started a big run at 58 pounds with a fall by Noah Wilson. Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, Andrew Vibbert and Zach Wagner turned in four falls in succession, and the meet was decided.
Jordan Wible won a very tough 6-5 decision, while Blake Jourdan, Alex Johnson and Tristan Watts all won by pin.
The Bobcats are next on the mat February 9 against St. Joe.
Photo: Jordan Wible
Jacob Pierre and Zach Wagner Win Varsity Debuts
50-pounder Jacob wasted no time going after his Holy Redeemer opponent, getting a quick takedown and :16 fall.
Zach was similiarly successful, rolling up an 8-0 lead before gaining a second period fall.
Photo: Jacob Pierre
Fifth and Sixth Graders: Week One Exhibitions
Photo: Joe Kuhr
Third and Fourth-Graders: Week One Exhibitions
Photo: Zain Dillon
First and Second-Graders: Week One Exhibitions
Photo: Dylan Sutherland
Kindergarteners: Week One Exhibitions
Photo: Jim Doepker
Six Bobcats Undefeated at Invitational
Alex Johnson, Zach Wagner, Blaine Mayer, Max Johnson, Jordan Wible and Dalton Folz combined for 24 wins against 0 losses.
Newcomer Ethan Money led the Kindergartners with a 4-1 record.
This was a great day of mat time for the Bobcats, as they wrestled 169 matches.
The was the sixth annual event. This year's addition featured the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats, St. Ben's, Evansville Christian, Good Shepherd, St. Philip and Nashville Catholic.
Photo: Zach Wagner
Josh Pierre is Most Valuable; Alex Johnson is Most Outstanding
Josh is an 8th grader who has been a two-year starter for the Junior Wildcats and an 8-year varsity member of WCS' team. Josh went 12-1 this year for Westside Catholic, won his fourth league championship and his sixth Feeder League open championship. Josh finished the year with a 42-10 overall record. He placed 7th at middle school state and 5th at Folkstyle state. Josh is a 7x state Folkstyle placewinner and 3x Greco or Freestyle placewinner.
Alex is a 7th grader at Westside Catholic. He has started for the Junior Wildcats the past two seasons and for WCS for 7 seasons. Alex was 22-0 for the Junior Wildcats and 14-0 for Westside Catholic. His overall record for the year was 42-3 with 27 pins and 5 technical falls. Alex has won four league championships, six Feeder League Open titles and a 61-match win streak for WCS streching back to fourth grade. Alex finished 5th in the Folkstyle State Championships.
Josh and Alex were also named as Team Captains.
Head Coach Curt Zenthoefer: "Alex and Josh have been hard workers and great team members since they were little kids. They both are all business at practice and come ready to work hard. They are a good example of what the other boys on the team should try to be."
Photo- Alex Johnson and Josh Pierre
Curt Zenthoefer Completes 26th Year at the Helm
Varsity Stand-Outs Recognized at Awards Party
Max Johnson was honored for having the most pins. Coach Zenthoefer: "Max is a really good team member. He cut a couple of pounds to create another spot on our varsity. As you know, I like pins and Max is the 'Kingpin'." Max won his 5th straight Feeder League Open Championship this year and his third league championship. He recorded nine pins and 2 tech falls for WCS on his way to a 25-4 overall record. Max led the Bobcats in team points scored.
Blake Jourdan was the Mental Toughness winner. Coach Zenthoefer: "Blake is a guy you can move around in the line-up. He will wrestle anybody, and more times than not, will come out on top. He never says quit, never says die." Blake is a 2x league champ and finished 6th at the Indiana State Folkstyle Championships this year.
Josh Wilson and Cooper Hobbs were named as Westside Catholic's Most Promising Wrestlers. Josh and Cooper wrested some varsity matches and were contributors to the team. Coach Zenthoefer is looking for these guys to "step up next year, be regular varsity members and win a bunch of matches". Josh is a 5th grader and Cooper is a 2nd grader.
Kyle Embrey was selected as the Comeback Kid. Kyle finished the year with an 11-3 league record en route to winning his third league championship. Kyle wrestled in the toughest weight class in the league, competing against four other state placewinners. Curt Zenthoefer: "Last year didn't turn out for Kyle the way he wanted. This year he got off to a rough start losing a couple of matches and battling sickness for most of the year. Kyle never quit, wrestled his best night of the year at the league championships and then won at East-West."
Blaine Mayer was elected as the Varsity Rookie of Year. Coach Zenthoefer: "This was a break-out year for Blaine. He had tough competition to win his varsity spot. Blaine was in a situation a couple of times where he had to win for us, and he did it." Blaine was undefeated at WCS Invitational, placed 3rd in Feeder league open and 3rd at the Feeder League Open. He posted a 13-4 record with the Bobcats.
Vincent Owens was the Most Improved Wrestler for Westside Catholic. Vincent posted an 11-5 record. He upset the #2 seed at League Championships won his match at the East-West meet.
Photo: Front- Blaine Mayer, Max Johnson and Josh Wilson. Back- Cooper Hobbs, Andrew Vibbert, Blake Jourdan, Kyle Embry and Vincent Owens.
Tanner Lamb and Jordan Wible Honored for Exhibition Wrestling
Coach Zenthoefer called Tanner a "ferocious attacker" with a "relentless half-nelson".
Jordan Wible was selected as the Most Improved Wrestler. Jordan is a fourth-grader at Westside Catholic. Jordan was undefeated at the Westside Catholic Invitational and finished 2nd at the Feeder League Open. Coach Zenthoefer called Jordan a "hard worker who hates to lose".
Photo- Tanner Lamb and Jordan Wible
Pump Up the Jam! Bobcats Go 5-0 at East-West
For the championship team, 55-pounder Max Johnson turned a short scramble for a takedown into back points and eventually a :51 fall against Kason Riffert of St. Bens.
Kyle Embry was dominant in the 71-pound division, handing Carson Bitter of Holy Rosary a 7-1 defeat.
Josh Pierre steamrolled Leo Peyronnin of St. Bens in a first period pin off the takedown.
On the consolation mat, Westside Catholic's Vincent Owens gutted out a 4-0 win over St. Bens' Jacob Brockman while Blake Jourdan won a tough 6-0 decision over Holden Abshier of Holy Rosary.
Alex Johnson earned a spot on the team, but did not wrestle.
The championship team won 48-12, while the consolation team won 64-12.
Photo: Front- Max Johnson and Kyle Embry. Back- Josh Pierre, Blake Jourdan, Vincent Owens and Alex Johnson
Josh Pierre, Max Johnson and Kyle Embry Claim League Championships; Team Finishes Third
The Bobcats' 55-pound third-grader, Max Johnson, advanced to the finals by virtue of a first-round bye and semi-final fall over Preston Turner of Corpus Christi. This set up the final against Resurrection's Kaleb Hinderliter, a fifth-grader who had defeated Max 2-1 earlier in the season. Max came out very strong and wasted no time in getting the takedown and back points in the first period. Max never looked back in posting a 9-0 major decision. This was Max's third league championship.
71 pounds was, arguably, the toughest weight class in the league, boasting an ex-league champion and five state place winners. Kyle Embry dispatched Corpus Christi's Nick Brown in the opening round by fall. Kyle then defeated an always-tough Kyle Luigs of St. Wendel to advance to the finals. For the championship, Kyle squared off against Will Egli of St. Philip. Kyle hooked up a cradle off the takedown for five points. Kyle hung tough and posted a 7-2 victory for his third league title. Kyle is a sixth-grader.
Our eighth-grader, Josh Pierre, claimed his fourth consecutive league title with command. Josh received an opening round bye and defeated Roman Weinzapfel of Resurrection in the semi-finals by pin. Josh's domination continued into the finals where he got a quick takedown on St. Joe's Owen Fritch, and then put in the hooks for a first period fall.
Vincent Owens made his first appearance in the league finals. Vincent won his first-round match then defeated St. Philip's number 2 seed, Nick Beudel 6-2, avenging a loss from last week. Vincent lost in the finals, by decision, to St. Joe's Josh Clem.
At 97 pounds, Blake Jourdan advanced to the finals with a first-round bye and a hard fought 4-0 win over Resurrection's Gabe Rohleder. Blake dropped a gritty 11-4 decision to St. Philip's Wyatt Seng.
Alex Johnson was injured in his 10-2 semi-final victory over St. Wendel's Blake Wilderman and injury defaulted the final.
Blaine Mayer and Kelan Canada posted third place finishes while Noah Wilson finished fourth.
Westside Catholic won the third place team trophy.
Photo: Josh Pierre, Max Johnson and Kyle Embry
Trio of Bobcats Bring Home Hardware From State
Alex Johnson and Blake Jourdan competed in the second day of competition.
Alex started the day with a :23 fall over Devin Wathen of Brownsburg. Alex dropped a tough 9-7 decision to Blake Denton of Monticello in the second round. Alex got back on track with a 3:15 fall over Seth Orth of Mater Dei in the consolation bracket. Garrett Kelley of Sharpsville succumbed to a 3:29 tech-fall and Alex pinned Nicholas Brickens of New Palestine in 2:08. Alex lost another tough match to Blake Denton in the consolation semi-finals 9-6. In the fifth-place match, Alex turned in a dominating performance with a 4:00 technical fall over Randy Scott of Mooresville. Alex finished the day with five wins and two losses.
Blake Jourdan ended his day with three wins, three losses and a sixth-place finish. Blake picked up a pin over Ben Harmon of Beech Grove in 1:28 and a 7-4 decision over Jake Krause of Knox in the second round. Blake advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-2 win over Daniel Hesch of Mishiwaka. Blake dropped his next two matches and was placed in the fifth-place match against Chase Osborn of Penn. Blake built an early lead before giving up late points and dropping a heart-breaking 4-3 decision.
Photo: Alex Johnson, Blake Jourdan and Josh Pierre
Bobcats Finish 3rd in Mater Dei Feeder League
1st- Resurrection & Corpus Christi (tie)
3rd- Westside Catholic
4th- St. Philip
5th- St. Joe
6th- St. Wendel
7th- Holy Redeemer
8th- St. James
Bobcats Win Double-Dual; Fun is Doubled
Noah Wilson got the Bobcats out to an early lead with a second-round fall over his opponent. Once-defeated Max Johnson then beat the undefeated Kane Egli by a 7-0 decision.
After dropping the next two matches, a Bobcat with one loss, Kyle Embry, faced the undefeated Will Egli. Following a wild scramble, Kyle scored a first-period takedown, and never relinquished the lead in a thrilling and physical 4-1 win.
Blake Jourdan bumped up to 104 to wrestle Hunter Carr. Blake built a seven point lead late in the third, cut Carr, and landed a late takedown for a major decision and bonus team points, which proved to be crucial.
Josh Pierre defeated Andrew Folz 4-0 at 111 pounds, setting up this situation: A technical fall by Alex Johnson at 118 pounds would result in a tie score, which would give St. Philip the win on criteria. Only a pin would seal the deal for the Bobcats.
After giving up an early takedown, Alex quickly got the reversal and back points to take a 4-2 lead. The grapplers tumbled out of bounds and were reset in the center. Alex landed a facelift and the fall at 1:02 for the match-up and dual meet victory.
In the second match, St. James had too many fofeits to overcome and bowed to the Bobcats, 60-12.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Bobcat Spotlight: Josh Pierre
Josh would be considered as one of the all-time greats to wear the Bobcat Blue. Consider his achievements:
*8-Year Westside Catholic Varsity Wrestler
*4x MD League Champion
*4x East-West Champion
*5x State Folkstyle Placewinner
*1x Middle School State Placewinner
*6x MD Feeder League Open Champion
*2 Year Starter, Junior Wildcats
*3x State Freestyle and Greco Placewinner, including a Runner-Up Finish
*3 Year Westside Catholic Team Captain
Head Coach Curt Zenthoefer: “Josh is a team leader and a hard worker. His success is no accident. He has worked hard since he was a little guy and success has followed him everywhere. One of these days, we may get to see Josh ‘wrestle under the lights’ (Conseco Fieldhouse)”
Josh is an honor student, was the 2009 West Side Nut Club Fall Festival Youth of the Day, sings in the Youth Choir at St. Agnes and serves at Mass at St. Agnes. Josh has been on the Student Council, Math Bowl, Spell Bowl, Speech Team and volunteers his time at the St. Agnes Church Social working in the children's games. He spent a week with the National Young Scholars Program in Chicago in 2007. In addition to wrestling he plays football, baseball and basketball and was a member of the MD Basketball All-Star team for several years, before retiring to focus on wrestling. He plans to continue with Football, Wrestling and Baseball at Mater Dei.
Josh is the son of Jim and Lori Pierre and lives with his siblings Ashley, Joey and Jacob. Jacob and Joey are also on the wrestling team.
Photo: Josh Pierre applying his go-to move, "the hooks"
Four Bobcats Complete Successful Season with Junior Wildcats
The Bobcats' eighth-grader, Josh Pierre, started the entire season at 105 and 110 pounds. Josh was the champion at the New Richmond Invitational (Cincinnati, Ohio) and in the process defeated Ohio's runner-up at 105 pounds by a thrilling 4-3 decision. Josh was also the victor at the Campbell County Invitational and served as the team’s co-captain.
Seventh-grader Alex Johnson is a two-year starter for the ‘Cats and wrestled this year at 110 and 115 pounds. Alex was also the champion at New Richmond and Campbell County. Alex completed his season with a record of 22 wins against 0 losses, including 11 falls and 1 technical fall.
Blake Jourdan started for the ‘Cats at 95 pounds and earned a championship at Campbell County and a third-place finish at New Richmond. Blake is a sixth-grader.
Kyle Embry started for the Junior Wildcats at 75 pounds at the Union County Duals and Bloomington Super 10. Kyle is a sixth-grader.
Photo (L-R): Alex Johnson, Josh Pierre, Kyle Embry and Blake Jourdan
Bobcat Spotlight: Brandon Wilson
A second-year wrestler, Brandon has been a two-year starter for the Bobcats. Brandon is also an honor student, basketball player and has served as a co-captain on Westside Catholic’s wrestling team.
Head Coach Curt Zenthoefer said: “Brandon is a hard worker and always comes to practice with a good attitude. He has improved dramatically in the last two years.”
Brandon’s brothers, Noah and Josh, are also on the wrestling team. Brandon is the son of Donnie and Melissa Wilson.
Photo: Brandon Wilson
6 in a Row for Josh Pierre and Alex Johnson
Alex started the evening with a 9-3 decision over Nolan Goebel of Corpus Christi. A few minutes later, Josh claimed his own title with a 4-0 win over Andrew Folz of St. Philip.
Brandon Wilson finished 2nd.
Photo: Alex Johnson and Josh Pierre
Blake Jourdan Wins the Gold; 4 More Medal
2nd Place- Kyle Embry
3rd Place- Josh Wilson
4th Place- Max Hobbs
5th Place- Easton Bullock
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Max Johnson Champion at FLO; 13 3rd and 4th Graders Place
2nd Place- Jordan Wible, Kelan Canada and Noah Wilson
3rd Place- Riley McCormick, Blake Chandler, Blaine Mayer
4th Place- Alex Weinzapfel, Andrew Vibbert and Tyler Thomas
5th Place- Bryce Kuhr, Joe Kuhr
6th Place- Jacob Pierson
7th Place- Max Morrow
Photo: Noah Wilson and Max Johnson
Tanner Lamb Claims FLO Title; 7 First and Second Graders Medal
3rd Place- Cooper Hobbs
4th Place- Dalton Folz
5th Place- Jacob Pierre, Dylan Sutherland, Luke Gollike and Alex Money
Photo: Alex Money
Logan Claspell Leads Kindergarten Charge with Championship
2nd Place- Ashton Maxheimer
3rd Place- Joey Pierre
4th Place- Dylan "Pickle" Steinhart
6th Place- Zach Reising
Photo: Dylan "Pickle" Steinhart
Josh Pierre and Alex Johnson Advance to FLO Finals
Photo: Alex Johnson
Josh Wilson, Kyle Embry and Blake Jourdan Go 2-0 to Pace 5-6 Graders
Photo: Josh Wilson
Jordan Wible Leads 3rd and 4th Graders with Two Pins
Photo: Jordan Wible
First and Second Graders FLO Results
Photo: Cooper Hobbs
Kindergarteners Register Sweep in FLO Round One
Photo: Joey Pierre
Bobcats Break Bobcats' 11 Year Streak; Jourdan Wins Wild One in OT
The swing match of the night found Junior Wildcat teammates, Blake Jourdan of Westside Catholic against Josh Clem of St. Joe. Clem got a first period takedown and took a 2-0 lead into the second. Jourdan got a takedown in the second, but gave up an escape at the end of the period to trail 3-2. With three seconds to go, after an out of bounds restart, Blake landed a sit-out and was awarded an escape at the buzzer. In overtime, Blake shot before the whistle had stopped ringing, landed a takedown and scored a fall to the roar of the WCS crowd.
Blake Chandler and Max Johnson also recorded pins while Alex Johnson won by a 18-0 technical fall. Blaine Mayer, Kyle Embry and Josh Pierre all won by decision.
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Big Night for First and Second Graders on Mat #2; Tanner Lamb Puts on Aerial Show
Tanner Lamb was particularly impressive, winning both matches and stunning the coaching staff with his high-lift double leg takedowns.
Photo: Tanner Lamb
Max Johnson and Kyle Embry Win; 3 'Cats Place at Tell City
Kyle won successive first and second round matches to set up a championship finale. After building a 5-0 lead through two periods, Kyle fought off a furious third period comeback to claim a 5-4 victory.
Max won his three preliminary matches by fall to set up a final against Tristyn Conner of Boonville. Max got an early takedown and coasted to a 13-1 major decision.
Blake Jourdan finished second in the event, while Jacob Pierson and Blaine Mayer each placed fourth.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Bobcats Clip Eagles' Wings; Kyle Embry Celebrates Birthday
118 pounds found the marquee match-up of the night featuring last year's 90 pound champ, Alex Johnson against St. Wendel's runner-up last year at 104 pounds, Blake Wilderman. Both wrestlers were undefeated in league play. Alex came back after losing the takedown in a wild first period to grab a 4-3 lead. Alex got a reverse in the second and held on for a 6-3 win.
Another big match was at 71 pounds showcasing WCS' Kyle Embry against Kyle Luigs of St. Wendel. Embry came out very aggressive getting an early takedown and never looked back, posting a 9-3 victory over a very tough and scrappy Luigs.
Kyle and his family went to Hacienda after the match to celebrate his 12th birthday.
Also winning for the Bobcats were Brandon Wilson, Blake Chandler, Vincent Owens and Blake Jourdan.
The Bobcats improved to 2-2.
Photo: Alex Johnson
Jake Pierson Large in Overtime
Jake gave up the takedown in the first, but was able to get a reversal in the second to tie the match at 2-2. Jacob rode out his St. Joe opponent in the third to force an extra minute of wrestling. Jake went to work immediately in OT, getting the takedown and the win.
Also winning in exhibition action were Blaine Mayer, Max Johnson, Joe Kuhr, Riley McCormick, Bryce Kuhr and Jordan Wible.
Photo: Jacob Pierson
Coyotes Bite Bobcats
The Bobcats had three bright spots getting falls from Max Johnson, Kyle Embry and Vincent Owens.
Westside Catholic drops to 1-2, while Corpus Christi goes to 3-0.
The Bobcats take the mat again this Thursday night against St. Wendel in a snow make-up match.
Picture: Max Johnson
Kindergarteners Dominate Mat #1
Picking up victories were Logan Claspell, Jacob Pierre, Ashton Maxheimer, Dylan Steinhart and Zach Reising.
Picture: Bernie Mayer gets the Pierre boys ready to rumble.
Josh Pierre Wins Medal at Middle School State
Josh dropped a 6-1 decision to eventual runner-up Evan Loe in the second round, then proceded to reel off 4 consecutive wins in the repechage bracket for his medal.
Over the course of the day, Josh wrestled 7 matches in a 37-man bracket.
Josh is a multiple state-level medal winner and a three-time Mater Dei Feeder League champion.
Photo- Josh Pierre
Bobcats Ground Rockets
Josh Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Blake Chandler and Vincent Owens turned in wins by decision.
Photo- Blake Chandler
Andrew Vibbert Wins Overtime Thriller
In sudden victory overtime, Andrew set up a nice takedown shot and coverted it into two points for the win, capping off a great night of exhibition wrestling.
Also victorious on the third/fourth grade exhibition mat were: Max Johnson, Bryce Kuhr, Blaine Mayer and Jordan Wible.
Photo- Andrew Vibbert
Bobcats Drop 45-24 Decision to Resurrection
Individually, the Bobcats did well, winning 6 of 11 contests and outscoring the Roadrunners 24-21.
Winning for the Bobcats were: Noah Wilson, Blaine Mayer, Vince Owens, Blake Jourdan, Josh Pierre and Alex Johnson.
Bottom Photo- Vincent Owens
Noah Wilson & Blaine Mayer Come Up Big in Varsity Debut
At 50 pounds, Noah wrestled aggressively, got the takedown and never looked back, scoring a 6-3 victory.
In the 60 pound division, Blaine Mayer got an early takedown. Blaine clung to a 2-0 lead until giving up a reversal near the end of regulation. In overtime, Blaine fought off a headlock and turned it in to a takedown, igniting the Westside Catholic fans.
Top Photo- Noah Wilson. Bottom Photo- Blaine Mayer
Kuhr Brothers Give Mom the Perfect Birthday Present
Mom Joy said: "It was a great night. We went out to eat afterwards."
Photo- Joe Kuhr
10 Bobcats Undefeated at Westside Catholic Invitational
Finishing 5-0 for the Bocats were Jordan Wible, Alex Johnson and Luke Gollike. Josh Wilson, Blaine Mayer, Max Johnson, Jake Pierson and Andrew Vibbert were all 3-0. Blake Jourdan and Peter Doepker were 2-0 on the day.
Top Photo: Peter Doepker
Bottom Photo: Dalton Folz goes for the fall.
Bobcats on the Wildcat Kid's Club
Max finished the day 4-0, while Andrew and Blake were each 4-1.