- Train. Wrestle. Win.
- Study Hard. Play Hard. Train Hard. Wrestle Hard.
- Wrestle Like a Champion Today.
- The Future of Wrestling is Now.
- How do I Make My Team Mate Better Today?
Leading the Wildcats, Alec Freeman dominated the Battle of the Brave in claiming gold. Freeman scored a first round pin over Union County's Blake Fuller, followed by another fall over Christian County's Houston George. Trayce Eckman of Union County fared no better in the semi-finals, succombing to a pin in 2:45. For the title, Freeman won a major decision over Isham Peace of Walton Verona.
Blake Boarman and John McGrew were second, while Brody Baumann, Max Johnson and Blaine Mayer were third.
Jacob Pierre and Macartney Parkinson were fifth. Cole Ross sixth.
Walton Verona JV
Union County JV
McCracken County JV
Christian County JV
Evansville Central JV
Alec Freeman Headlines at the Trojan Invitational
Alec Freeman was Mater Dei's lone titleist in the 27-team Trojan Open in Radcliff, Kentucky.
At the edge of Fort Knox, Freeman shredded the field, pinning Trever Gray of Taylor County in the round of 16, pinning Zeke Seltzer of the Outlaws in the quarterfinal and winning, by fall, over Jayssen Hanson of Hardin County in the semifinal. Isham Peace of Walton fared no better, giving up a pin to Freeman in the final.
Blake Boarman and Blaine Mayer finished third, while Jacob Pierre was fourth. Max Johnson finished sixth.
Mater Dei finished sixth in the 27-team event.
Baumann, Boarman & McGrew Tops in Hoptown
Brody Baumann was the first champion, beating Caldwell County's Braxton Hubbard by a major decision in the 75-pound final. Baumann also scored a technical fall and decision en route to the final.
Blake Boarman was the 92-pound champion, beating Union County's Mason Wilson in the final. Boarman scored a two falls on his way to the championship match.
John McGrew was the final champion, scoring a major decision in the championship round over Christian County's Percy Anderson.
Max Johnson, Cole Ross and Macartney Parkinson were second. Jacob Pierson was third, while Blaine Mayer finished fourth.
No team scores were tallied in the nine-club event.
Junior Wildcats 2014/15 Competition Schedule
November 8: University Heights Invitational- Hopkinsville Ky
16 teams in an individual bracketed tournament
November 15: Trojan Invitational- Radcliff, KY
26 teams in an individual bracketed tournament. Top competition, including Perry Meridian, Nashville Catholic and the Indiana Outlaws will be there.
December 20: Battle of the Brave- Sturgis, KY
30 teams, in an individual bracketed tournament, promise to make this a great tournament.
January 10: Mater Dei Super Six- Evansville, IN
Five duals against some of the best competition in the Midwest.
January 24: Franklin Super 10- Franklin, IN
Five dual meets against top, Indiana competition, including Bellmont, Bloomington, Perry Meridian and Mishawaka.
January 31: Granite City Invitational- Granite City, IL
16 teams in an individual bracketed tournament
Wildcat Profile: Robbie Helfrich
Robbie Helfrich has been wrestling since kindergarten and has wrestled for Junior Wildcats for 3 years, two of which he has been a starter.
Wildcat Profile: Blake Chandler
Blake Chandler is in his tenth year of wrestling and has been a starter for 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.
His favorite memory, as Junior Wildcat, came from his sixth-grade year. In a large deficit, he battled back to force overtime, and win, at the Bloomington Super 10.
Photo: Blake Chandler works for a fall.
Wildcat Profile: Nick Brown
2ndyear wrestler, Nick Brown, is in his first season as a Junior Wildcat.
When he isn’t wrestling, Nick enjoys being outdoors, hunting, fishing, racing dirt bikes and four wheelers, and hanging out with friends.
Nick likes the camaraderie of his teammates. He most enjoys the out of town tournaments from the time he arrives the night before until the very last match the day.
Along with wrestling, he plays cub football and baseball for MD. He is an Honor Student at Corpus Christi.
Nick’s favorite memory was from the Franklin Duals when he had a double overtime win over Perry Meridian.
Photo: Nick Brown gets a win at Granite City
Wildcat Profile: Roman Graves
Roman Graves, a wrestler since Kindergarten, is in his third season as a Junior Wildcat.
He is a member of St. Philip’s debate team, robotics and track teams and plays football for the Mater Dei cub team. Roman loves swimming, camping, hunting and fishing.
Roman enjoys being a part of Mater Dei Wrestling, being with his wrestling friends and coaches and being on the team.
Last year’s “Most Improved Wrestler”, Roman’s high point of this season was pinning the bracket at the “Battle of the Brave.”
Photo: Roman Graves goes for the fall.
'Cats Third at Franklin Super 12
Bad weather, forfeits and tough competition ruled the day at the Franklin Super 12.
An overnight snowstorm precluded Northern Indiana and Bloomington area teams from attending.
In the first round, Mater Dei squeaked past Center Grove, 48-45. Blaine Mayer thrilled the well-travelled Mater Dei fans with his triple overtime win over Eli Duke.
The ‘Cats could not overcome seven forfeits to Perry Meridian, in the second round, and dropped a 72-36 decision to the Falcons. At 120 pounds, Nick Brown scored a double overtime escape and won 3-2 over Jackson Belch. Two matches later, Will Schuler scored an overtime takedown to defeat Austin Rainbolt, 4-2.
The final match of pool play saw the ‘Cats hang a 74-42 decision on Franklin White. The ‘Cats hung seven pins on the Cubs.
Forfeits cost the Wildcats the dual in the placement round, as they lost to Franklin Blue, 64-51. Individually, the Wildcats were superior, winning 11 of 16 bouts.
In the final round, the Wildcats earned numerous bonus points and defeated Avon, 48-39, to capture third place.
Second Place at the North Oldham Duals
The ‘Cats opened, at the debut appearance at the North Oldham duals, with a 69-9 win over Louisville Trinity. Trinity won a single decision, coupled with a forfeit to account for their nine points.
The Wildcats faced a tough East Oldham squad and handed them a 68-8 loss. The score was lopsided, many of the matches were close. For the dual, the ‘Cats lost two decisions.
Mater Dei won its pool with a forfeit-decimated team from Louisville Male, 78-6.
In the championship round, the North Oldham hosts provided a stiff challenge, but the ‘Cats prevailed with a 46-25 victory. In contested match-ups, the Wildcats claimed a 7-5 advantage.
For the title, Mater Dei fell to River City (St. Xavier), 45-27. River City won nine matches, compared to Mater Dei’s total of five.
Michael Boots, Max Johnson, Alec Freeman and Blake Chandler were undefeated on the day.
Junior Wildcats Claim Title at the "Battle of the Brave"
Placing four in the final and crowning two champions, Mater Dei’s depth proved too much for the 25-team field at the “Battle of the Brave.”
Braving day-long driving rain and flash flood conditions, wrestlers and fans made the hour and a half trek to the Union County fairgrounds in Sturgis, Kentucky. Eight mats lay on the dirt surface of the John A. Logan building where the ‘Cats found very good competition.
Michael Boots received a first-round bye in his 190 pound, seven man bracket and pinned St. Xavier’s Tanner Moser at the 1:58 mark. Trinity’s Chance Lanham fared no better against Boots in the final, succumbing to a 54-second fall.
At 240 pounds, Roman Graves defeated Beech’s Joe Hunter, in the quarterfinal round, with a 3:33 pin and earned a ticket to the final, pinning Christian County’s Marcus Green in the second period. Graves dominated the final, pinning Taylor County’s Tate Morris in 37 seconds.
Max Johnson pinned Union County’s Trayce Eckman in the first period, then defeated Hawks Wrestling’s Jacob Grandstaff, 4-2, in the quarterfinal. Johnson beat Taylor County’s Hope Miracle 2-0 in the semifinal before bowing to Union County’s Gavin Brown, 7-0, in the championship match.
Will Schuler pinned Taylor County’s DJ Goodin in the second period and followed up with a 5-0 win over Central’s Tyler Tasa, in the quarterfinal? Schuler earned a ticket to the final by virtue of an 8-4 decision over Hopkinsville’s Thomas Welch. Beech’s Trevor Rippy pinned Schuler for the title.
Nolan Weidner, Macartney Parkinson, Alec Freeman and Blake Boarman, were third, while Isaac Rohleder finished fourth. Will Orth, Robbie Helfrich, John McGrew and Nick Brown were fifth and Blake Chandler added a sixth place finish.
8th-Place for the 'Cats at Walton-Verona
Wrestling against a top-flight field of competition, the Junior Wildcats mustered an 8th-place finish in a field of 20 teams.
Michael Boots was Mater Dei's lone finalist. Boots, the second seed, drew a first round bye, then pinned Ryle's Chandler Watkins. In the semifinal, Boots pinned Cincinnati Elder's Devaunte Alexander. Boots was stopped in the final by the number-one seed, Cory Heinrichs of the Indiana Outlaws.
Nolan Weidner pinned Twenhofel's Garrett Russell and followed up with a decision victory over Cincinnati LaSalle's Zach Dunn. Adam Bender of Bluegrass Wrestling Club stopped Weidner in the semifinal. Weidner proceeded to decision Cameron Baird of Harrison (Ohio) and decision Pinnacle's (Ohio) Dylan Waugh for third place.
Blake Chandler and Blake Boarman were fourth. Blake Chandler finished the day 3-2, while Boarman was 4-2.
Place Finish, Points, Team Name:
1 304.50 IN Outlaws
2 126.00 Golden Cross
3 120.00 Pinnacle
4 117.00 Walton-Verona
5 108.00 John Hardin
6 106.50 Moeller OH
7 97.00 Harrison OH
8 96.00 Mater Dei
9 94.00 Elder OH
10 90.00 Union Co
11 74.00 Twenhofel
12 51.00 Campbell Co
13 48.00 Shamrock WC
14 43.00 North Oldham
15 33.00 Ryle
33.00 Troy Christian OH
17 27.00 Bluegrass WC
18 25.00 Oak Hills OH
19 23.00 River City WC
20 22.00 North Hardin
Junior Wildcats Win University Heights Invitational
The Mater Dei Junior Wildcats opened their season with a dominant victory at the University Heights Invitational in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Placing ten in the final and claiming nine gold medals, the MDJW grabbed titles in nine of 14 weight classes.
Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Will Schuler, Blake Chandler and Robbie Helfrich pinned all of the opponents for their championships. Blake Boarman, Dakx Lannert and Michael Boots were also at the top of the podium.
Blaine Mayer posted the most exciting victory, beating Union County’s Billy Pride in double overtime for the gold.
Nick Brown was second while Alec Freeman, Eli Rohleder, Ike Rohleder, Macartney Parkinson, and John McGrew were third. Will Orth was fourth while Roman Graves was fifth.
Union County was a distant second in the 12-team competition.
Montgomery and Wilderman Top Award Winners
Capping brilliant 8th-grade campaigns, Kurtis Wilderman and Wyatt Montgomery were selected as the “Most Valuable Wrestlers” for the 2012-2013 Junior Wildcats.
Wyatt was undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals and Union County Duals while winning titles at the University Heights Invitational and the Granite City Invitational. Wyatt posted 22 wins against 2 set-backs.
Kurtis closed his career with the Junior Wildcats with 16 wins and 1 loss. Kurtis was undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals, Franklin Super Ten and Union County Duals. Kurtis also won titles and the University Heights Invitational and the Granite City Invitational.
Will Egli was the most valuable wrestler for the Granite City Invitational. In addition to his title at Granite City, Will was undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals and the Franklin Super Ten. Will was chosen, by the opposing coaches, as the “Most Outstanding Wrestler” at the Super Duals.
Kyle Luigs boasted an 18-4 record and was presented the most valuable wrestler for the Franklin Super Ten tournament. In addition to going 5-0 at Franklin, Kyle was the champion at the prestigious Granite City Invitational.
Joe Happe was the most valuable wrestler for the Union County Duals. Joe was also the champion at the University Heights Invitational.
Michael Boots was selected as most valuable for the Verona Bearcat Brawl. It was Michael’s outstanding event of the year, placing second.
Roman Graves was chosen as the team’s “Most Improved” wrestler. Roman piled up seven wins en route to his best season as a Junior Wildcat.
Will Egli Wins Folkstyle State Championship
In the most thrilling fashion, eighth-grader Will Egli won a Folkstyle State Title at Warren Central High School on Sunday.
Competing in the Cadet 106 pound weight class, Will disposed of Pymouth's Caleb Mikesell by way of a 20-5 technical fall. In the second round, Will won by an 11-0 major decision over Isaac Castro of Lawrence North.
The Quarterfinal match got very interesting as Will beat Austin Slates of Penn in the ultimate tie breaker. The gut wrenching matches continued into the Semifinal, when Will won in double overtime over Fairfield's Blake Glogouski.
For the championship round, Will was in for another dog fight, this time, against Jason Crary. The six minutes of regulation produced a 2-2 tie. The first overtime produced no score, as did the double overtime periods. It was Crary's choice for the ultimate tie breaker. As he had been riding very well, Crary chose the up position. Unexpectedly, Will hit a switch attempt that seemed to catch Crary off guard. The move created enough space to allow Will to spring to his feet to a neutral position....and the win.
Dawson Matherly placed fifth and Max Johnson was sixth.
Clay Egli, Kaleb Hinderliter and Wyatt Montgomery also competed.
Photo: Will Egli
Wildcats Win Team Title at Granite City; Five Individual Champions
For the second time this year, the third time proved to be the charm. Three weeks ago, after three tries, the Junior Wildcats captured their own Duals Championship. Today, the 'Cats, after three tries, won the very tough Granite City Invitational.
Riding a wave of eleven finalists, the Junior Wildcats cruised to victory. The finals started out rough for the ‘Cats as Alec Freeman, Max Johnson, Kane Egli, Nolan Weidner, Clay Egli and Kaleb Hinderliter dropped their championship matches in succession, settling for second place.
Dawson Matherly got the Wildcats untracked by pinning Brendan Wright (Mascoutah) at 1:56. In the Quarterfinal, Dawson pinned Brad Graham (Roxana) at the 2:11 mark. Dawson hung a 9-1 major decision on Jordan Stermer (Coolidge) in the semi-finals. For the1st Place Match, Dawson won by another major decision over Dalton Baugh (Lincoln).
At 101 pounds, Kyle Luigs started his day with a 2:10 pin over Jeric Longfellow (Mt Zion). In the Quarterfinal match, Kyle Luigs won by pin over Drew Stephenson (Mascoutah) at the 1:10 mark. Kyle continued the roll in the semifinal, winning by major decision over Brendan Davis (Coolidge), 9-0. Kyle capped his day in the 1st Place Match, pinning Caleb Carriel (O Fallon) in 56 seconds.
Will Egli’s 108 pound title began with a Quarterfinal pin over Kyle Ziegel (Millstadt) at 2:24. In the Semifinal - Will Egli, pinned Jon Renner (Mascoutah) at 1:36. For the final, Will Egli pinned Tyler Bennett (Mt Zion) at 2:42.
Wyatt Montgomery kept the winning rolling, pinning Aric Crehan (Triad) in :58. Wyatt followed up with a quarterfinal major decision over Christian Everage (Alton). In the Semifinal match, he squeaked by Rafael Roman (Coolidge) with a 4-0 decision. Wyatt turned in another thriller in championship round, winning a 9-8 decision over Jake Blaha (Collinsville).
Mater Dei’s 147-pounder, Kurtis Wilderman, was the last champion for the wildcats. In the Quarterfinal match-up, he won by pin over Cortez Jefferson (Alton) in 0:28. Kurtis prevailed in the Semifinal match by a pin over Bj Niesporek (Grigsby 1). Kurtis capped his day with a 7-4 championship decision over Cyress Ahart (Lincoln).
Michael Boots and Brody Baumann finished with thirds.
Photo: Nolan Weidner
|13.||East St Louis||79.0|
Wildcat Profile: Kaleb Hinderliter
Kaleb Hinderliter is a third-year wrestler for the Mater Dei Junior Wildcat. This is his seventh year of wrestling and his second year as a starter for the Junior Wildcats.
When not wrestling, Kaleb enjoys fishing, hunting and boating.
Kaleb loves riding in the Happe’s motor home to travel tournaments. He rates going unscored upon at the Franklin 8 as his favorite wrestling memory.
Photo: Kaleb Hinderliter
'Cats Place Fourth at the Franklin Invitational
Overcoming six forfeits proved to be an insurmountable task. Consequently, the Junior Wildcats lost their first dual meets of the year en route to a fourth place finish at the Franklin Super 10.
First up for the ‘Cats were the recently-crowned State Champion Perry Meridian Falcons.
Individually, the Wildcats were marginally superior, winning 7 of 13 contests. The forfeits, however, took a large toll and the ‘Cats lost, 73-33. At 90 pounds, Kaleb Hinderliter got an escape at the end of the second period and made it hold up for a 1-0 win over Brooks Davis.
In the second round, the Wildcats got untracked with a 59-30 win over Center Grove. Kaleb Hinderliter again provided drama in his match-up. After a scoreless regulation, Kaleb immediately went to work in overtime and picked up a 2-0 win.
MD rolled over Doe Creek and picked up a 72-33 win. Seventh-grader Robbie Helfrich got a big win against Grant Christy. Trailing 2-1 in the third period, Robbie got a takedown to nab a 3-2 lead. An escape tied it, and with a few seconds to go, Robbie secured another takedown for a 5-3 victory.
In the third place match, Mater Dei dropped a frustrating 61-51 decision to Franklin. Mater Dei was vastly superior, winning 11 of 15 contests.
Photo: Robbie Helfrich
Mater Dei Wins the Third Annual Mater Dei Super Duals
The third time proved to be the charm as Mater Dei won its own Super Duals for the first time.
The rival Reitz Panthers bowed in the first round to the ‘Cats 97-10. The match provided little drama, as the ‘Cats put 12 pins on their westside rivals.
Mater Dei proceeded to defeat Union County in the second round, 73-18. At 65 pounds, Blake Boarman found himself in a 7-0 second period deficit. In the third, down 9-4, Blake got a takedown and turned it into a 3:46 fall, to the delight of the home crowd. The 210-pound weight class also provided an entertaining match. Deadlocked in a scoreless tie with time running out, Roman Graves managed an escape and earned a 1-0 victory over Marquilo King.
Campbell County came out very sharp in the third round and pushed a flat Mater Dei team very hard. Although MD won 50-30, the dual featured many wins for CC and very close contests. Will Schuler was in a 0-0 match late in the third and turned a nearfall into a 3-0 win. Roman Graves had yet another thriller, holding off a late charge by Chris Plummer for a 6-4 win.
Mater Dei performed much better against St. Xavier, turning in a 76-18 win. Joe Happe made a second period escape hold up for a 1-0 win against St. X’s Ryan Gunther.
Two years of disappointment faded after MD’s handling of Francis Howell, 54-37. MD’s Max Johnson trailed the entire match, but managed to turn Cevion Severado, with 10 seconds to go for three points and a 6-4 win. Kane Egli followed up with another huge win in the following match, holding off a late charge by Dirk Godier for a 12-9 win. At 95 pounds, Dawson Matherly gutted out a brutal third period for a 7-4 win.
Here are the results, by round:
|Francis Howell||80||Union County||23|
|St. Xavier||30||Campbell County||30|
|St. Xavier||76||Union County||23|
|Mater Dei||50||Cambell County||30|
|Francis Howell||60||Campbell County||39|
|Mater Dei||76||St. Xavier||18|
|Francis Howell||82||St. Xavier||24|
|Mater Dei||73||Union County||18|
|Union County||30||Campbell County||63|
|Mater Dei||54||Francis Howell||37|
Photo: Will Schuler
Five Wildcats Undefeated at the Super Duals
Headlining its own tournament, Mater Dei had five wrestlers go undefeated for the day.
Blake Boarman, Wyatt Montgomery and Will Egli all went 5-0, while Kurtis Wilderman and Max Johnson were 4-0.
|65||Blake Boarman, Mater Dei|
|70||Max Johnson, Mater Dei|
|75||Tom Ketchen-Carter, Campbell County|
|80||Tanner Yenter, Campbell County|
|85||Cameron Spires, Francis Howell|
|90||Brady Wells, Campbell County|
|95||Ryan Moore, Campbell County|
|100||Kyran Hagan, Francis Howell|
|105||Alec Hagan, Francis Howell|
|110||Will Egli, Mater Dei|
|115||Blake Standridge, Francis Howell|
|120||Wyatt Montgomery, Mater Dei|
|125||Austin Towels, St. Xavier|
|130||Dallas Bell, St. Xavier|
|135||Dylan Komperda, Francis Howell|
|140||Brian Skinner, Campbell County|
|145||Kurtis Wilderman, Mater Dei|
|160||Heath Lutrell, Union County|
|180||Garrett Lawrence, St. Xavier|
|210||Nicholas Canaday, St. Xavier|
Photo: Max Johnson
Will Egli MOW at Super Duals
Capping another brilliant Super Duals, 8th-grader Will Egli was selected as the tournament’s “Most Outstanding Wrestler”.
Will opening with a 1:38 fall over arch-rival Reitz’s Brian King.
At 110 pounds in the second round, Will only needed 23 seconds to dispatch Demetrius Griffin of Union County.
Campbell County’s Collin Barrett fared no better, dropping a17-0 technical fall in the third period.
Will maintained the domination against St. Xavier’s Cameron Ward with another first period pin.
Francis Howell’s Ty Purler gave Will the toughest test of his day, but he still prevailed with a 2-0 victory.
This was Will’s second MOW Super Duals award.
Photo: Will Egli
Wildcat Profile: Dawson Matherly
Dawson Matherly is a nine year wrestler, and three-year starter for the Junior Wildcats.
He also plays on Mater Dei's cub football and baseball team.
In his spare time, Dawson enjoys hunting, fishing and hanging out with his friends.
Dawson enjoys the comeraderie of his teammates. His favorite thing about the Junior Wildcats is the out of town trips. His best moment was going undefeated at the Bloomington Super 10 and helping his team win the championship.
Dawson is the son of Chad and Sherri Matherly.
Photo: Dawson Matherly goes for the stick.
Wildcat Profile: Kurtis Wilderman
8th-grader Kurtis Wilderman is a two-year starter for the Junior Wildcats and is in his ninth year of wrestling.
Kurtis is also a member of Mater Dei's cub football and baseball teams. He also plays basketball for his school. In addition to being an honor student, he is on the speech team, drama team and serves as an alter boy.
To relax, Kurtis enjoys rifle shooting and playing football and baseball with his brothers.
Kurtis especially enjoys learning new wrestling technique, travelling with the team and interacting with the coaches. His favorite memory is defeating Reitz at the MD Christmas duals and pinning Perry Meridian at the Bloomington Super 10.
Wayne and Melba Wilderman are Kurtis' parents. His older brother, Blake, wrestles for Mater Dei's High School team.
Photo: Kurtis goes for the fall.
'Cats Win Union County Christmas Duels
Capping a day of dominant wrestling, the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats won the title at the Union County Christmas Duels.
First up for the ‘Cats, the Calloway County Lakers, provided no match losing 72-6. The match was not without excitement, as Blaine Mayer won a hard-fought match in double overtime.
Mater Dei proceeded to defeat their hosts, 54-23. MD’s 70-pounder, Blake Boarman, turned in the most exciting match of the day. Down 9-7 late in the match, Blake hooked up a cradle for the fall.
Mater Dei ended the day defeating Reitz 63-12.
Photo: Blake Boarman and Coach Martin talk it over.
Wildcat Profile: Joe Happe
Joe Happe is an 8-grade Junior Wildcat and has been wrestling since fourth grade.He is a 2-year member of the Junior Wildcats and has started both years.
Joe also plays baseball and is on a summer travel team.
Joe is a member of the speech team, student council and is on the high honors academic list.
In his down time, Joe enjoys hanging out at the pool with friends and family, going to Barkley Lake and attending tractor pulls.
Joe’s favorite thing about the Junior Wildcats is improving his skills and being with the coaches and friends. His favorite memory is placing at the 2011 New Richmond Invitational.
Joe is the son of Mike and Eran Happe.
Photo: Joe Happe
3rd Place for the Wildcats at the Bearcat Brawl
The Junior Wildcats weighed in at 8:00 am, began wrestling at 10:00 and were not finished until 9:00pm in a gymnasium that required shorts during the day and a winter coat after the sun went down. The competition was equally brutal, but the Wildcats completed a successful day with five runners-up finishes and a fourth. The team finished third.
MD’s 70-pounder, Max Johnson, won his first three matches by fall until dropping a 3-1 decision , in the championship match, to Lucas Byrd of Cincinatti LaSalle.
At 113 pounds, 8-grader Will Egli won his first match by pin and the second by technical fall. Will won a 5-3 thriller in the semi-finals before bowing to Michael Sergent of Christian Troy in the finals, 5-3.
Wyatt Montgomery advanced to the finals in the 121 pound weight class by virtue of three falls. Wyatt lost the championship match to
Corey Shie of LaSalle 6-3.
A decision and fall were enough to advance Kurtis Wilderman to the finals, where he dropped a razor-thin 5-4 decision to Casey Cornett of Turkeyfoot for the title.
7th grader Michael Boots had an outstanding day, tallying three pins enroute to the finals. In the championship match, he dropped a 8-4 decision to Zach Phillips of North Oldham.
At 92 pounds, Kaleb Hinderliter finished fourth.
1. LaSalle 242
2. St. Paris Graham 210
3. Mater Dei 157
4. Campbell County 133
5. Nashville Catholic 132
6. Twenhofel 101
7. Walton 97
8. Turkeyfoot 91
9. North Oldham 78
10. New Richmond 66
11. Lebanon 57
12. North Hardin 56
13. Troy Christian 53
14. Conner 43
15. Oldham County 17
16. Bluegrass 16
17. University Heights 15
18. Caldwell County 12
19. Shamrock 8
Photo: Michael Boots
December 15: Union County Duals- Morganfield, KY
January 5: Mater Dei Super Duals- St. Philip, IN
January 19: Bloomington Super 10- Bloomington, IN
January 26: George Nemeth Invitational- Granite City, IL
Junior Wildcats Win University Heights Invitational
Kane Egli, Blake Chandler, Nolan Weidner, Will Egli, Wyatt Montgomery, Kaleb Hinderliter, Kurtis Wildeman, Joe Happe and Clay Egli were all champions for the ‘Cats.
2nd Place- Blaine Mayer, Blake Boarman, Dawson Matherly, Kyle Luigs and Will Schuler
4th Place- Michael Boots
5th Place- Roman Graves
Photo- Blake Chandler
Will Egli Tops Award Winners
Will Egli led all award winners with his most valuable selection. The 2nd year starter is a seventh-grader and posted a 28-1 record on the year. He led the team in team points scored and was undefeated at Campbell County Duals, Mater Dei Super Duals, Union County Duals and Bloomington Super 10. Additionally, Will was the champion at New Richmond and Granite City.
The Most Outstanding Wrestler was a tie between Hunter Carr and Blake Jourdan.
Hunter was a 2-year starter for the ‘Cats and posted an outstanding 23-1 record. He was undefeated at the Campbell County Duals and Bloomington Super 10. Hunter was also the champion at New Richmond and Granite City.
Blake Jourdan was a three-year starter for the Junior Wildcats and posted a 23-3 record on the season. He was undefeated at the Campbell County Duals and Mater Dei Super Duals. Blake was the champion at New Richmond and Granite City.
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.
The Most Improved wrestler award was a tie between Wyatt Montgomery and Kurt Wilderman.
Kurtis is a 1st year starter and put together a 17-7 record with 8 pins. He was undefeated at the Bloomington Super 10 and place 3rd at Granite City.
Wyatt is also a 1st year starter and went 22-5 with 9 pins. He was champion at New Richmond, and was undefeated at the Union County Duals and Bloomington Super 10.
Mitch Lehman was selected as the Most Valuable at the Union County Duals. Mitch was a two-year starter. He was undefeated at Union County Duals, Mater Dei Super Duals and Bloomington Super 10 and was the champion at New Richmond.
Kyle Luigs was Most Valuable for the Bloomington Super 10. The seventh-grader was a 1st year starter and led team in pins. He was undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals and Bloomington Super 10. He was crowned champion at Granite City.
Seth Orth was chosen as Most Valuable for the Granite City Invitational. Seth was a 3 year starter and was undefeated at the Union County Duals and Bloomington Super 10. Additionally, he was the champion at Granite City.
Joe Happe was the Most Valuable wrestler for New Richmond. The seventh grader enjoyed his first year as a starter for the ‘Cats. He placed 2nd at New Richmond and Granite City.
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, Logan Matherly and Jacob Stagg were awarded leadership trophies for the outstanding attitudes and contributions to the team.
Photo: Will Egli
Mater Dei Club Wrestlers Dominate at East-West
Led by a strong contingent from the Junior Wildcats and the Kids Club, Mater Dei came away with a 55-12 win in the Championship Division and a 65-15 win in the Consolation Division at the annual East-West tournament.
Championship Division Results:
Reed Egli, Alec Freeman and Max Johnson won by fall. Clay Egli and Will Egli won by major decision. Cole Ross, Blake Boarman, Kyle Luigs, Mitch Lehman, Wyatt Montgomery, Logan Matherly and Blake Jourdan won by decision.
Blake Zirkelbach, Will Orth, Eli McDurmon, Kaleb Hinderliter and Dawson Matherly won by fall. Isaac Rohleder won by major decision. Preston Turner won by decision. Jacob Stagg and Hunter Carr won by forfeit.
Will Egli Wins Folkstyle State Championship
Turning in a dominating day of wrestling, Will Egli won the 91 pound Schoolboy division of the Indiana Folkstyle Wrestling Championships on Sunday.
Will scored a 19-3 tech fall win over Bailey Thrasher of Center Gove, then followed up with three, first-round falls over Colten Foster of Oaktown, Adam Davis of Granger and Brayton Lee of Brownsburg. Will won a 15-1 major decision over Michael Polen of Haubstadt, then capped his day with a first-period pin of Ethan Smiley of Beech Grove in the gold medal match.
Kaleb Hinderliter placed second, Blake Jourdan was fourth and Dawson Matherly was eighth.
Logan Matherly, Jacob Stagg, Kyle Luigs, Wyatt Montgomery, Mitch Lehman and Kurtis Wilderman also competed.
Photo: Will Egli
Junior Wildcats Dominate Mater Dei Championships
Again, the Kids Club and Junior Wildcats dominated in the 2012 Mater Dei Feeder League Championships.
Here is the medal count (16 weight classes) by Mater Dei Club Wrestlers:
• First Place- 15 of 16
• Second Place- 10 of 16
• Third Place- 12 of 16
• Fourth Place 10 of 16
Good job, guys! You are the future of Mater Dei wrestling, keep up the good work!
Junior Wildcats Wrap Up Banner Season
Running up a dual meet record of 22 wins against 2 losses, the Mater Dei Junior Wildcats turned in a dominating season of wrestling.
One of the losses, to Union County, was avenged at the Christmas Duals where the Wildcats won by a score of 29-16.
The Wildcats were winners at the Campbell County Duals and the Bloomington Super 10. The last time the Wildcats won at Bloomington was in 2004. Mater Dei finished second at the Union County Duals and at the Mater Dei Super Duals.
The ‘Cats won at New Richmond for the second straight year and finished third at the Granite City Invitational.
Photo: Max Johnson
Wildcats Sweep Jasper and Boonville
Starting with six wins and building a 34-0 lead, the ‘Cats were able to overcome 18 points in forfeits and defeat Jasper 49-45.
Kaleb Hinderliter, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Kyle Embry, Kurtis Wildeman and Blake Jourdan all won by fall. Will Egli and Hunter Carr won by technical fall, while Mitch Lehman won by major decision.
The ‘Cats jumped on Boonville early, winning the first seven matches and a 46-0 lead before the Pioneers could get on the boards. Boonville was able to capture 18 forfeit points, but the Wildcats prevailed, 60-36.
Kaleb Hinderliter, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, and Blake Jourdan all won by fall. Kurtis Wildeman, Wyatt Montgomery and Hunter Carr won by won by major decision.
Wildcat Profile: Logan Matherly
In his spare time, Logan enjoys hanging out with friends, hunting and fishing.
Logan enjoys the comraderie of his team mates and improving his skills with the Junior Wildcats.
His favorite moment from the Junior Wildcats came from this year’s Bloomington Super 10. Logan was down by five points and came back with a pin for the victory.
Logan has a younger sister and a brother, Dawson, who is also a member of the Junior Wildcats.
Logan is the son of Chad and Sherri Matherly.
Photo: Logan Matherly
Junior Wildcats go 2-0 in Double Dual
Against the Squires of Castle South, the Red and Gold only gave up match points in the form of a forfeit, otherwise running the table and winning 78-6. Winning by fall for the 'Cats were: Kyle Luigs, Will Egli, Mitch Lehman, Kurtis Wilderman, Seth Orth, Rob Bow, Austin Fleck and Kyle Dennis. Dawson Matherly won by a technical fall while Kaleb Hinderliter, Wyatt Montgomery, Hunter Carr and Blake Jourdan all won by major decision. Joe Happe, Jacob Stagg, Logan Matherly and Roman Graves won by decision.
Against the like-monikered Wildcats of Mt. Vernon, Kaleb Hinderliter started MD off with a pin and Kyle Luigs followed up with a decision to build a 9-0 lead the 'Cats would never relinquish en route to a 63-27 victory.
Will Egli, Wyatt Montgomery, Jacob Stagg, Logan Matherly, Blake Jourdan, Hunter Carr, Seth Orth and Kyle Dennis also won by pin. Curtis Wildeman, and Mitch Lehman won by decision.
Photo: Dawson Matherly
Wildcats Win Middle School State Championship; Three Individuals Crowned
Joe Lee dominated the competition, leading up to the finals, with falls over Mason Mendez of Bellmont Middle School, Pete Soderstrom of Carmel and Cameron Diep of Doe Creek Middle School. Only Cameron Diep was good enough to last until the second period. Joe won his championship match with an injury default win over Boone Welliever of Southmont.
Big Brother Nick Lee was no less dominant, racking up pins over Nathan Flowers of New Castle Middle School, Chance Sprunger of The Gold Club and Hunter Baehl of Gibson Southern. Nick defeated Johnny Loos of Franklin County Middle School with a 25-9 technical fall in the semis, then handed Jacob Gray of Delta Middle School a 23-7 technical fall loss in the gold medal match.
This was the second straight Middle School Championship for Nick.
Mater Dei's 125-pounder, Blake Jourdan, was on a tear all of his own. Blake hung pins on Keaton Shearin of Danville, R.J. Londo of Terre Haute Northside and Phillip Palmer of Brown County. In the quarterfinal match, Blake won by decision over Austin Ramsey of Castle Wrestling Club 4-0. In the semifinal match, Jacob Krause of Lowell fared no better dropping a 13-1 decision to Blake. There was to be no drama in the final, with Blake putting a second period pin on Ethan Runyan.
Will Egli, at 95 pounds, also had a tremendous day, going 5-1 and earning third place. Kyle Luigs was in a marathon going 6-2 on the day and was awarded fifth place. Kyle Embry was the last place winner, going 4-2 and getting sixth place.
Mitch Lehman, Jacob Stagg, Wyatt Montgomery, Kurtis Wildeman, Hunter Carr and Seth Orth also won matches for the 'Cats, adding valuable team points.
Photo: Seth Orth
Wildcat Profile: Kyle Embry
Kyle is also a three-year starter for the Junior Wildcats. He is also 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.
Improving his wrestling skills and spending time with his friends/teammates are Kyle's favorite thing about the Junior Wildcats.
Kyle's favorite memory from the Junior Wildcats is from 2011 when he beat his opponent from Frances Howell in overtime at the Mater Dei Super Duals. Kyle enjoys Mater Dei's ardent fan support!
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.
Wildcat Profile: 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 the Junior Wildcats.
Greg's biggest thrill was winning his first match at the Union County duals.
Greg is the son of Robert and Sharyn Townsend.
Wildcat Profile: Jacob Stagg
8th-grader Jacob Stagg is currently in his eighth season of wrestling.
In addition to wrestling, Jacob also participates in track, tennis and powerlifting.
Jacob is a high honors student at Resurrection, and a member of the Math Bowl and Geography Bowl teams. Jacob was the spelling bee champion at Resurrection and was selected as "Speaker of the Year" for the speech team.
Video games and hanging out with friends are Jacob's past times.
Jacob is the son of Michael Stagg and Michell Lovelady-Smith.
Jacob's older brother, Andrews, is a member of the high school wrestling team.
Third for the 'Cats in Granite City
At 66 pounds, Kane Egli cruised in the first two rounds, winning by pin and tech fall before hanging a 15-8 decision on Collin Davidson of Litchfield in the finals.
Kyle Luigs was dominant at 79 pounds, pinning in his first match in 39 seconds and 1:47 in the second. JD Higdon of Collinsville fared no better against Kyle in the finals, succumbing to a 32 second pin.
Will Egli cruised in the initial rounds, collecting a pin and a tech fall, before running into a buzzsaw in the form of Jarrid Braunagel of O’Fallon. Will came out on top of a back and forth affair with a 14-12 decision.
Blake Jourdan was dominant in his bracket collecting two pins before a 14-3 major decision over Chris Prosser of Liberty in the finals.
Hunter Carr kept the championships on track with a pin over Zach Parent of Lincoln in the finals. Earlier, Hunter had a win by decision and a win by tech fall.
Seth Orth was the last Mater Dei champion, winning by fall over Nick Zambito of Grigsby. Opie had two other pins on the day.
Joe Happe was second, while Max Johnson, Dawson Matherly, Kyle Embry, Wyatt Montgomery, Mitch Lehman and Kurtis Wildeman were third. Nolan Weidner finished fifth.
1. Liberty 313.0
2. Lincoln 306.0
3. Mater Dei 279.5
4. Grigsby 176.5
5. O`fallon 173.0
6. Millstadt 164.0
7. Coolidge 153.0
8. Triad 122.0
9. Collinsville 112.0
10. Bethalto 83.0
11. Litchfield 70.5
12. Jacksonville 66.0
13. Mt. Zion 55.5
Photo: Joe Happe
Wildcat Profile: Blake Jourdan
Blake Jourdan is in his 9th year of wrestling and is a three year starter for the Junior Wildcats.
The Holy Redeemer 8th-grader is a member of the safety patrol. Blake is also a member of Mater Dei's cub football and baseball teams. In his spare time, Blake enjoys playing sports and hanging out with his friends.
Blake loves travelling to tournaments with his Junior Wildcat teammates. His favorite memory is of winning the Granite City championship in 2011.
Blake's sister, Taylor, is a junior at Mater Dei and is a member of the MatCats. His younger sister, Emma, is a big fan of the Junior Wildcats and believes that "Bubby is the best and can beat anybody".
Blake is the son of Jamie and Drew Kramer; BJ and Trish Jourdan.
Junior Wildcats Victorious in Bloomington
Riding the backs of eleven undefeated wrestlers, the Junior Wildcats brought an “A” game performance and won the Bloomington Super 10 for the first time in eight years.
Facing the Bellmont Braves in the first round, the ‘Cats jumped out to a 55-0 lead before the Braves could post a single victory. At 115, pounds Blake Chandler found himself with a 11-3 deficit with time winding down. Blake managed to get a reversal and the fall with 12 seconds remaining.
Ultimately, the Wildcats prevailed, 71-37.
The Red and Gold heated up in the second round, running up a 90-0 score before an eventual 93-24 decision. Posting wins for the Wildcats were Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Joe Happe, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Wyatt Montgomery, Blake Chandler, Kurtis Wildeman, Logan Matherly, Hunter Carr, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth and Kyle Dennis.
Next up, in the final pool match, were the Cubs of Franklin Community. The Wildcats got out to yet another fast start, building a 19-0 lead before losing a match. The Wildcats won 13 of 17 matches and cruised to a 60-36 win. Although the match was lopsided, the match had plenty of drama. At 85 pounds, Dawson Matherly made an early takedown stand up for a 2-0 win over Corbin Pritt. Hunter Carr was able to unknot the score late in the third period with a reversal and 7-5 win over Burk Van Horn.
By winning the pool, the stage was set for the finals match against MD’s arch-rival, the Perry Meridian Falcons.
The Wildcats came out red-hot, getting first-period pins from Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner and Kyle Luigs. Dawson Matherly and Joe Happe won by decision, while Will Egli turned in a major decision, en route to building a 28-0 lead. Mitch Lehman and Wyatt Montgomery won a pair of decisions, before the most exciting match of the dual, at 115 pounds. 6th-grader Blake Chandler fell behind in the 9-4 before getting two sets of back points in the 3rd period to send it to overtime. In overtime, Blake immediately went after his opponent, scoring a takedown and the win, sending his team mates and fans into hysterics.
Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth and Kyle Dennis followed up with pins, locking up the 68-42 victory.
Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Will Egli, Mitch Lehman, Wyatt Montgomery, Hunter Carr, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth, Kurtis Wildeman and Dawson Matherly were all undefeated on the Day.
Photo: Blake Chandler
Second-Place for the 'Cats at the Super Duals
First up were the Union County Braves. The ‘Cats were on their game, rolling up a 21-0 lead, and closed on a 61-17 win. The Wildcats were on the right side of the close matches, winning all of them. Kyle Luigs got two reversals to overcome a 2-0 first period deficit. Kyle Embry earned a quality 4-2 win over Chance Oxford, while Hunter Carr hung on for a 6-5 decision.
Against St. Xavier, Blaine Mayer provided a thrilling match, getting a 3 point near fall at the buzzer to tie the it. The first overtime periods did not yield a winner. In triple overtime, Blaine was not able to escape and dropped a 5-4 decision to Isaac Pledger.
From the point, the Wildcats built a 62-9 lead before winning the match, 62-30. Dawson Matherly and Kyle Embry turned in pins, while Kurtis Wildeman and Wyatt Montgomery won by decision. Blake Chandler, in his varsity debut, came out in style with an 18 second pin.
Max Johnson and Blaine Mayer started the ‘Cats off with pins against the Warriors of Granite City, Illinois. Down 2-0 in the second, Blake Chandler ignited the Mater Dei crowd with a reversal and pin at the 2:45 mark. Also, picking up pinfalls were Dawson Matherly and Kyle Embry. Kurtis Wildeman and Seth Orth won by decision.
After its Bonus Round, the ‘Cats met the defending champion Frances Howell Spartans. While the Wildcats wrestled well, they were no match for the Missouri powerhouse and dropped a 66-30 decision. Seth Orth picked up an impressive 4:00 fall over Jack Heese.
Photo: Kurtis Wildeman
Five 'Cats Undefeated at the Super Duals
Blake Jourdan rolled up a 9-1 lead over Kyle Thompson of Granite City before getting the fall at 2:10. Blake similarly dominated Josh Stillwell of Union County before beating Frances Howell’s Max Darrah with a 17-2 tech fall. Blake is 14-2 on the year with 11 pins.
Mitch Lehman pinned St. Xavier’s Harry Jenkins, then tech falled Raphael Roman of Granite City. Mitch finished his day with a pin over Frances Howell’s Jackson Berck. Mitch is currently 13-1 with 10 pins.
Kyle Luigs produced a breakout performance at the Super Duals. Kyle defeated Union County’s Saul Ervin 4-2 and pinned Tyler Moon of Granite City in the third period. Kyle inspired his teammates and fans by overcoming a hamstring pull to defeat Frances Howell’s Trevor Liggett, 11-2. Kyle is currently 15-3 with 12 pins.
Max Johnson also had a good day, starting the meet with a fall over Zeke Escalara of Union County and proceeded to pin Justin Giger of Granite City in the first period. Max added another pin with a victory over Gabe Adams of Union County in the Bonus Round. Max rolled up an 11-0 lead before pinning Cevion Severado of Frances Howell at the buzzer. Max is 13-0 with 12 pins.
Will Egli was also undefeated.
Photo: Kyle Luigs
Will Egli is Most Outstanding at Mater Dei Super Duals
Producing a 4-0 record against top-notch competition, Mater Dei’s Will Egli was chosen as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Will pinned Union County’s Rylan Ervin in the third period. Will then won an 11-3 major decision over St. Xavier’s highly-regarded AJ Binder. The roll continued with a 10-4 decision over a talented Brendan Davis of Granite City. Will wrapped the day with a 6-2 win over Blake Standridge of Frances Howell.
Will’s takedowns and top wrestling were spectacular.
This continues a tremendous season for Will, where he touts a 17-1 record with 11 pins. Will is also the leader in team points scored.
Ho-Ho-Ho, Two and Oh
First up was Union County. After dropping a dual to the Braves last weekend, tonight the ‘Cats were up to the task and prevailed 29-16. Getting wins for the Wildcats were: Max Johnson, Blaine Mayer, Kaleb Hinderliter, Kyle Luigs, Hunter Carr and Seth Orth.
The neighboring Reitz Panthers fared no better, dropping a 65-0 decision to Mater Dei. Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Joe Happe, Will Egli, Mitch Lehman, Jacob Stagg, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth and Roman Graves all picked up falls for the Wildcats, while Blaine Mayer picked up a gritty, 3-2 decision.
The match of the evening came at 120 pounds when Kurtis Wilderman gained a 1-0 victory over Tyler Kloenhammer of Reitz, avenging a 1-0 loss from the previous week.
Photo: Blaine Mayer
Second-Place at Union County
The Junior Wildcats earned a runner-up finish at the annual Union County Christmas Duals.
First up was Nashville Catholic (Father Ryan). The ‘Cats were dominant, winning a bulk of the matches en route to a 42-21 win. Wyatt Montgomery made an early takedown and reversal hold up for an exciting, 4-2 win.
Calloway County was overwhelmed by the ‘Cats, giving up 9 falls and dropped a 72-0 decision.
The Union County match-up was a see-saw affair with many lead changes. The ‘Cats scratched their way to a 34-34 tie, but forfeited the last two weight classes and lost, 46-34. Getting victories for the Wildcats were: Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Will Egli, Wyatt Montgomery and Seth Orth.
The last dual of the day pitted Mater Dei against its westside neighbor, Reitz. On this day, Mater Dei was superior, beginning the match with eight straight wins and posting a 62-12 win. Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth and Roman Graves all got wins for the ‘Cats.
Seth Orth, Max Johnson, Wyatt Montgomery and Will Egli all finished their days without a loss.
Photo: Roman Graves
Wildcat Profile: Mitch Lehman
Mitch is also a member of Mater Dei's cub football and baseball teams.
In his spare time, Mitch enjoys hunting and hanging out with his friends. He also enjoys travelling out of town with his Junior Wildcat team mates.
His goals for the year are to work hard and get better.
Photo: Mitch Lehman
Wilcat Profile: Hunter Carr
Hunter Carr is an 8th-grader at St. Philip school and is in his 9th year of wrestling. This is his third year as a Junior Wildcat.
He also plays Mater Dei cub football and baseball, and is a member of St. Philip's track team.
Hunter is an honor student and enjoys hunting in his spare time.
Challenging practices, improving his wrestling skills and travelling to tournaments are among the things that Hunter most enjoys about the Junior Wildcats.
Hunter is the son of Brian and Karen Carr. His older brother, Austin, is on the high school wrestling team.
Cats Win Big at New Richmond
Mater Dei sent eleven to the finals and won six individual championships to run away with the team title at New Richmond.
Will Egli started the run of four consecutive Wildcat champs, at 92 pounds, pinning Andrew Hewitt of New Richmond in :48. Will collected four pins on the day to run his season record to 8-0.
Kyle Embry followed suit, winning his finale with an 8-0 major decision over Calvin Owen of Lakota Plains. Kyle is 9-0 on this campaign.
Wyatt Montgomery dominated Markeese Shelton of Princeton with an 18-1 technical fall to claim the gold. Wyatt claimed two other victories on the day, one by fall and the other by major decision.
Mitch Lehman was the bookend of the string, handing Jetton Murph of Princeton a 7-2 loss in the final. Mitch was the victor, by fall, in the three matches leading to the final.
At 128 pounds, Hunter Carr picked up a championship with a fall over the like-monikered Hunter Collier of Blanchester in :48. This capped a perfect day for Hunter, finishing his day with only pins and running his season record to 8-0.
Blake Jourdan was the last ‘Cat to win a championship, pinning Jeffrey Botts of Bethel in 3:15.
Joe Happe, Nolan Weidner, Kurtis Wildeman, Keenan McDaniel and Seth Orth all made trips to the finals and finished second. Kyle Luigs and Jacob Stagg claimed third-place finishes.
1. Mater Dei 299.0
2. Lakota Plains 204.0
3. Campbell Co. 162.0
4. Nagel 156.0
5. Loveland 142.0
6. New Richmond 140.0
7. Batavia 119.0
8. Hillsboro 113.0
9. Blanchester 106.0
10. Princeton B 73.5
11. Bethel 61.0
12. Ryle 22.0
13. CNE 20.0
14. New Rich. B 13.0
15. Goshen 3.0
Photo: Wyatt Montgomery
Blake Jourdan Claims Second New Richmond Title
Besting the 16-team field, Blake Jourdan claimed his second consecutive gold medal at New Richmond.
Blake accomplished the feat in stunning style, defeating all four of his opponents by fall.
Blake is 8-0 on the year, with 6 falls.
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Wilcats go 5-0; Win at Campbell County
Mater Dei defeated a tough Walton team in the first round, 48-24. The Wildcats picked up victories from Max Johnson, Kyle Luigs, Will Egli, Kyle Embry and Seth Orth.
A fired up Wildcat overwhelmed Mason, Ohio, getting falls from Max Johnson, Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Wyatt Montgomery, Mitch Lehman, Hunter Carr, Blake Jourdan and Keenan McDaniel. Seth Orth posted a come-from-behind 7-2 decision, while the team won 69-6.
The host Camels of Campbell County had very scrappy wrestlers but ultimately fell to the ‘Cats, 81-25. Max Johnson, Will Egli, Hunter Carr and Blake Jourdan picked up falls, while Kyle Embry and Wyatt Montgomery won by decision.
Against Ryle, Max Johnson got the Wildcats started with a 14-0 win, followed by wins from Nolan Weidner, Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Kyle Embry, Wyatt Montgomery, Hunter Carr, Blake Jourdan and Keenan McDaniel. Nolan, Kyle, Dawson, Kyle, Wyatt and Keenan all won by pin.
Mater Dei ended the day dominating Mason’s “B” team 72-12. The ‘Cats picked up wins from Kyle Luigs, Dawson Matherly, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Wyatt Montgomery, Hunter Carr and Blake Jourdan.
Six Wildcats finished the day without a loss:
Kyle Embry- 3 pins, a decision and a major decision, Hunter Carr- 4 pins and a decision, Blake Jourdan- 3 falls and a decision, Keenan McDaniel- 3 falls, Max Johnson- 3 pins and a major decision, Will Egli- 3 pins and a major decision.
Photo: Nolan Weidner
Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier Most Valuable; Other Award Winners
Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier, were selected as the team's Most Valuable Wrestlers.
Sam was a 3-year member of the Junior Wildcats and started all three years. This year, he recorded a 26-1 record with 23 pins. He was the champion at New Richmond and Granite City. Sam ran the table at the Mater Dei Super Duals, Bloomington Super 10 and Westside Catholic Invitational.
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.
Sam and Alex also served as Team Captains.
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 seasons. For his effort, Blake was awarded the Granite City team trophy.
Will Egli was selected as Rookie of the Year. Will was third on the team in team points scored, produced by a record of 21-3. Will was the champion at Granite City. Will was also undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals, Bloomington Super 10 and Westside Catholic Invitational.
Seth Orth compiled a 17-3 record this year with 10 pins. Opie was the champion at New Richmond. Opie was also undefeated at the Mater Dei Super Duals and the Westside Catholic Invitational. For his success, Opie was awarded the Mater Dei Super Duals team trophy.
Ashton Forzley was selected as the team's Most Improved wrestler. Ashton was a three-year member of the Junior Wildcats and ended the season 15-3.
First-year Junior Wildcat Mitch Lehman was recognized for Outstanding Achievement. Mitch was 18-5 on the year with 9 falls.
Gabe Rohleder was presented the Bloomington Super 10 team trophy. The second-year starter had 9 falls on the year and turned in a breakout performance at Bloomington, going 5-0.
Josh Clem's 17-5 record earned him recognition for Outstanding Achievement.
Andrew Folz ended the year 16-5 and was the champion at New Richmond. For his performance, Andrew was awarded the team trophy.
Chase Anslinger, a first-year starter, was rewarded for his diligence with the Mental Attitude award.
Nick Buedel, Noah Renfroe and Grant Nowling were presented Team Leadership awards.
Photo: Left- Alex Johnson, Right- Sam Bassemier
Wyatt Montgomery Wins HYWA State Title
Wrestling five matches over the course of the day, sixth-grader Wyatt Montgomery came out on top at the Hoosier Youth Wrestling Association's state championships in Huntington, Indiana.
The fast-growing association had over 600 wrestlers entered in the competition.
Wyatt competed in the 11/12 year-old, 90-pound division.
Photo: Wyatt Montgomery
Seth Orth Runner-Up at Folkstyle State, 4 'Cats Medal
Will Egli and Blake Jourdan were third, Mitch Lehman was fifth, while Andrew Folz finished 7th.
Photo: Seth "Opie" Orth
Junior Wildcats & WKC Rule East-West
For the championship team, Alec Freeman, Max Johnson, Will Egli, Gabe Rohleder and Alex Johnson all won by fall. Kaleb Hinderliter, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Blake Jourdan and Andrew Folz won by major decision. Blake Boarman, Kane Egli, Josh Clem and Ashton Forzley won by decision.
At 45 pounds, Blake Zirkelbach turned in one of the most exciting performances of the meet, but just missed in a triple-overtime affair. Eli Rohleder scored late, but was on the short end of a 4-3 decision.
A great moment for the 'Cats came when our 140 pound heavyweight, Sam Bassemier, squared off against St. Ben's 200 pounder, Will Page. After a scrum, Sam was able to turn a takedown into a first-period pin, igniting the MD crowd.
The consolation team got pins from Dawson Matherly, Hunter Carr, Keenan McDaniel, Seth Orth and Chase Anslinger. Brody Baumann won by technical fall, while Reed Egli won by major decision. Will Orth, Blaine Mayer, Wyatt Montgomery and Logan Matherly won by decision.
Photo: East-West team
Wildcats Kids Club/ Junior Wildcats Dominate Championships
First Place- Alec Freeman, Blake Boarman, Kane Egli, Max Johnson, Kaleb Hinderliter, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder, Blake Jourdan, Andrew Folz, Alex Johnson, Ashton Forzley and Sam Bassemier
Second Place- Brody Baumann, Will Orth, Cooper Hobbs, Eli Rohleder, Blaine Mayer, Dawson Matherly, Wyatt Montgomery, Logan Matherly, Hunter Carr, Keenan, McDaniel, Seth Orth and Chase Anslinger.
Third Place- Kurtis Wilderman, Blake Zirkelbach, Logan Claspell and Blake Chandler.
Fourth Place- Reed Egli, Eli McDurmon, Jordan Wible, Grant Nowling, Noah Renfroe and Roman Graves.
Tell City Folkstyle Open
1st- Mitch Lehman & Kaleb Hinderliter
2nd- Wyatt Montgomery
3rd- Jacob Stagg
'Cats split with Mt. Vernon & Castle
Mitch Lehman, Chase Anslinger, Sam Bassemier, Keenan McDaniel and Hunter Carr all won by fall, while Gabe Rohleder, Josh Clem and Noah Renfroe claimed victory by decision.
In the second match, against Castle South, the Dragons were not up to the challenge and won only one individual match en route to a 67-21 pasting.
The dual provided plenty of excitement at 130 pounds featuring Mater Dei's Noah Renfroe against Castle's Justin Ellard. Noah was in a deep 5-0 hole until late in the second period when he earned an escape, got the takedown and a 3-point near fall in a matter of seconds to grab a 6-5 lead. Noah iced the match in the third with another takedown and a set of back points to win 10-7.
Mitch Lehman, Sam Bassemier, Chase Anslinger, Will Egli, Andrew Folz, Dawson Matherly, Nick Buedel and Keenan McDaniel all won by fall, while Jacob Stagg won by decision.
Photo: Noah Renfroe
Wildcat Profile: Sam Bassemier
Sam is a member of the Mater Dei Cub football and track teams. Last year, he was the league champion in 110m hurdles.
Sam is a member of the Speech team and is an honor student.
In his spare time, he enjoys scouting, lifting, X-box live, camping, hunting and fishing.
"Hanging with the team" and being with close friends are his two favorite things about the Junior Wildcats.
Sam has several favorite moments from the Junior Wildcats:
1. When Opie was frightened by his yellow shirt.
2. When he threw, Ninja-style, a hotel key at Blake Jourdan.
3. When John Johnson warned him about black ice only to by told by Ron Orth that the white ice is harmless.
Sam is the son of Mary and Joe Bassemier. His older brother, Alex, is a member of Mater Dei's high school wrestling team.
Photo: Sam Bassemier
Will Egli & Nick Lee Win State Championships; 3 Others Medal
Will started his day with a first-round pin over Caleb Bocock of Lebanon and then followed with a 16-2 major decision over Jeremiah Reitz of Portage. In the semifinals, Will Egli turned in a 12-1 major decision victory over Austen Laughlin of Penn. The finals was a very tough and gritty match that found Will prevailing with a 6-0 victory over Alec White of Doe Creek.
Nick opened the first round with a 13-3 major decision over Jake Kriech of Franklin, then followed with a :25 over Dylan Torbush of Muncie. Nick rolled up a big lead over Trent Balentine of Mishawaka before pinning him at the 3:10 mark. Nick defeated Chase Osborn of Penn in the semi-finals 10-5, surrending his only score of the tournament. In the finals, Tanner Shipley of Huntington proved to be no match and dropped a 19-3 tech fall.
140-pounder Sam Bassemier went on a terrific run of his own, claiming three pins and a major decision on his trip to the finals, where he met Isaiah Kemper. In a thrilling match, Sam built a lead but gave up a late takedown to drop the decision. An exhausted Sam then dropped a decision in the "true second" match for a third-place finish.
7th grader Blake Jourdan put together a tech fall, pin and a major before getting stopped in the semi-finals by eventual champion Ben Harvey of New Palestine. Blake wrestled back in the consolations and defeated Hunter Fox 5-4 for fith.
Seth Orth wrestled a long way back through the consolations before dropping a tough 2-1 decision for seventh place.
Photo: Will Egli
Wildcat Profile: Alex Johnson
Alex is also a member of Mater Dei's cub football team and recently was promoted to a brown belt in Judo.
Alex is Vice-President of the Student Council and was selected as "Speaker of the Year" for the Speech Team. He is an honor student. You can sometimes find him prowling the sidelines in Mater Dei's gym as "Bobby the Bobcat".
Alex enjoys shooting, snowboarding, water skiing, reading and listening to music.
Alex's all-time favorite moment from the Junior Wildcats came in 2008 in the Union County Duals when Nathan Wright pinned his opponent from Reitz. He also enjoys the challenging Junior Wildcat practices.
Alex is the son of John and Stephanie Johnson. His brother, Max, is a member of the Wildcat Kids Club.
Kurtis Wilderman Places at Southern Indiana Open
Kurtis went 2-1 on the day, with two pins.
Photo: Kurtis Wilderman
5 Undefeated 'Cats at Westside Catholic Invitational
Leading the way for the 'Cats were Will Egli, Dawson Matherly, Mitch Lehman, Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier who all completed their days without a single loss.
Photo: Dawson Matherly
5 Champs at Granite City
The MDJW's first champion was Max Johnson at 62 pounds. Max overcame a 4-0 first period deficit in the semi-final match and stormed back for a 11-5 win over Bryan Thompson of Chatham Glenwood. Max won a 9-0 major decision in the finals over Brendan Smith of Edwardsville Liberty.
Will Egli got first-round pins in his first two matches. In the 74-pound final, Will jumped on Charlie Bratten of Triad early and earned a very physical 16-4 victory.
Blake Jourdan was the champion at 115 pounds. Blake pinned Collin Carmean of Bethalto in the first round, Matt Burnett of Litchfield in the second and won an injury default over Luke Steiger of Mascoutah in the semi-final. In the finals, Blake dominated the number one seed, Chris Prosser of Edwardsville Liberty with a 9-1 major decision.
The Junior Wildcats' 122-pounder, Alex Johnson, pinned Ronnie Alensandrini of Bethalto in the first round. Alex then survived a 5-point headlock from Torrie Sergerson of Granite City Coolidge to win 22-9 in the quarterfinals. Logan Ross of Triad succombed to a second-period pin in the semi-finals. Alex proceeded to pin Gaige Belt of Edwardsville Liberty in the finals to claim first place.
MD's last champion came at 147 poumds with Sam Bassemier. In the quarterfinals Sam pinned Sonnny Ferguson of O'Fallon in the first period. Jason Mitchell of Granite City Coolidge met the same fate in the semi-finals. Sam got the tech fall at the 3:24 mark against Mitchell Pearson of Edwardville Lincoln to claim his first-place medal.
The Cats' 79 pounder, Dawson Matherly, put together a run of his own, picking up two pins and a tech fall before dropping a decision to Michael Fulton of Triad in the finals.
Josh Clem won a pair of decisions before losing to Chad Wysocki of Triad in the finals.
Gabe Rohleder advanced by decision wins in the preliminary rounds before dropping a tough 7-4 decision to Clayton Derousse of Edwardsville Liberty in the final round.
Seth Orth picked up two major wins and a fall on his way to the finals. Seth just missed first place, dropping a 6-0 decision to DJ Millet of Granite City Grigsby.
Clay Egli finished third, Kaleb Hinderliter, Mitch Lehman and Chase Anslinger were fourth, while Logan Matherly finished sixth.
Photo: Blake Jourdan
Team is Second at Granite City
1. Edwardsville Liberty 360.5
2. Mater Dei 291.0
3. Triad 212.0
4. Granite City Coolidge 189.5
5. Edwardsville Lincoln 168.5
6. Granite City Grigsby 163.5
7. O`Fallon 161.0
8. Jacksonville 134.0
9. Collinsville 97.0
10. Litchfield 96.0
11. Bethalto (Trimpe) 94.0
12. Millstadt 93.5
13. Mattoon 92.0
14. Auburn 65.0
15. Mascoutah 47.0
16. Chatham Glenwood 42.0
3rd Place for the Junior Wildcats in Bloomington
First up was Yorktown, the recent runner-up in the middle school dual state championships. After splitting the first six weight classes, the Cats went on a tear, winning the eight of last nine contests and winning the match, 46-36. Nick Buedel battled back to tie his match in regulation, then turned the takedown in overtime for the victory. Kaleb Hinderliter, Will Egli, Andrew Folz, Alex Johnson and Seth Orth won by decision, while Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder, Keenan McDaniel and Sam Bassemier picked up pinfalls.
The Red and Gold jumped on the Doe Creek (New Palestine) Dragons, winning the first 8 contests en route to a 58-30 victory. This dual provided plenty of drama. First, Logan Matherly was down 5-1 late in the third until he turned a reversal into a near-fall and pin a few seconds before the buzzer. Ashton Fozley was down 4-1 in the second period before storming back to tie it, take the lead, and eventually turn a spladle into a fall. Not to be outdone, in the very next match, Chase Anslinger fell behind 4-0 and provided a comeback of his own with a reversal and pin. Kaleb Hinderliter, Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder, Keenan McDaniel and Seth Orth won by decision. Dawson Matherly, Nick Buedel, Andrew Folz, Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier gained victory by fall.
The Wildcats hit the wall against the Perry Meridian Falcons, bowing 64-29. Will Egli, Josh Clem and Gabe Rohleder won by decision. Kaleb Hinderliter, Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier all won with first-period falls.
Jackson Creek was overwhelmed by the 'Cats, dropping a 78-42 decision. Josh Clem, Logan Matherly, Gabe Rohleder, Nick Buedel, Chase Anslinger, Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier all won by fall.
Mater Dei ended the outing on a high note, defeating Avon in the third place match, 60-49. Dawson Matherly, Kyle Embry, Mitch Lehman, Nick Buedel, Alex Johnson and Sam Bassemier all picked up wins by pin while Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder and Seth Orth won by decision. Again, Ashton Forzley produced high drama. Down 2-1 with seconds to go, Ashton hit a switch and was awarded the two points at the buzzer, igniting the emotionally-exhausted Mater Dei fans.
As usual, the Mater Dei fans did not disappoint. The faithful crowd was the largest of any team and supported their 'Cats in the most vocal fashion.
Photo: Logan Matherly
6 'Cats Go Undefeated in Bloomington
The group was led by Sam Bassemier who went 5-0 with five pins. Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder and Alex Johnson also were 5-0. Josh and Gabe each had two falls to their credit while Alex claimed four.
Will Egli and Kaleb Hinderliter were each 3-0.
Photo: Will Egli
Wildcat Profile: Josh Clem
Josh is an honor student, member of the speech team and is on Mater Dei's cub Soccer, Baseball and Track teams.
When Josh is not perfecting his duck-under, he enjoys video games and deer hunting.
Josh enjoys traveling with the Junior Wildcats and bonding with his future high school teammates. He enjoys improving through competition and coaching. Josh most enjoys winning a big match and "hearing it from the crowd".
Josh is the son of Chris and Laura Clem.
Photo: Josh Clem
Trio Place at Domino's Pizza Open
2nd- Jacob Stagg and Grant Nowling
3rd- Wyatt Montgomery
Photo: Grant Nowling
Kaleb Hinderliter and Kyle Luigs Win at Princeton; 3 Others Place
Grant Nowling finshed third, Wyatt Montgomery was fourth while Jacob Stagg was fifth.
Photo: Kaleb Hinderliter
Gabe Rohleder and Kyle Luigs Win at Jasper
Photo: Jacob Stagg
Wildcat Profile: Chase Anslinger
In addition to wrestling, Chase is a member of Mater Dei's cub football and golf teams. Chase is also an honor student.
In his off time, Chase plays guitar in a band, snowboards, kayaks, fishes and enjoys hanging out with his black lab.
Chase is the son of Steve and Kerri Anslinger.
Photo: Chase Anslinger
Hosts are Runner-Up at Mater Dei Super Duals
The Host Wildcats faced their arch-rival Reitz Panthers in the first round. A forfeit by Reitz at 80 pounds put the 'Cats on top, and they never looked back, crusing to a 65-24 victory. Kaleb Hinderliter, Dawson Matherly, Mitch Lehman, Logan Matherly, Gabe Rohleder, Blake Jourdan, Alex Johnson, Seth Orth, Ashton Forzley, Chase Anslinger and Sam Bassemier picked up wins. Hunter Carr provided a spark for MD, getting a reversal in the second period and holding on for a 4-2 win over Reitz's David Reed.
The Union County Braves fell to the 'Cats in the second round, 62-37. Will Egli, Mitch Lehman, Josh Clem, Andrew Folz, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth Ashton Forzley and Sam Bassemier all were victorious. At 125 pounds, Alex Johnson gave up four, third-period points to trigger an overtime against Jackson Oxford. Alex scored a takedown at the end of overtime to win it, 8-6.
The like-monikered Wildats of Jasper were the third-round adversary and were defeated by the 'Cats, 77-21. Will Egli put on a takedown clinic and scored a second period fall over Jasper's Trevor Teague to initiate a landslide. Dawson Matherly, Kyle Embry, Josh Clem, Gabe Rohleder, Blake Jourdan, Mitch Lehman, Josh Clem, Andrew Folz, Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth, Alex Johnson, Ashton Forzley and Sam Bassemier all earned victories. At 100 pounds, Logan Matherly put four points on the board at the end of the second period and held on for a 4-2 nail-biting win over Reid Wigand.
The Wildcats ran into a buzzsaw in the form of the Francis Howell Spartans, a club team from St. Charles, Missouri. The 'Cats dropped the first three matches, but came back in thrilling fashion with Kyle Embry at 85 pounds. Kyle trailed 2-0 and turned a switch at the end of regulation to force overtime. In OT, a wild scramble ensued and Kyle turned a takedown that ignited the MD fans. Mitch Lehman followed with a gritty 6-1 win over Blake Standridge. Josh Clem trailed until midway through the second period, then notched 8 points to win, 9-6. Gabe Rohleder provided theatrics as well, also scoring a late reversal to force overtime. In overtime, a scramble clinch led to a penalty by Jackson Berck, giving Gabe the win. At 125 pounds, Alex Johnson turned a reversal into a third-period fall over Tate Bennett. Mater Dei's last victory was at 145 pounds, where Sam Bassemier pinned Brent Milners at the 2:45 mark.
Sam Bassemier dominated the competition, registering 6 pins on the day, while Mitch Lehman, Seth Orth and Alex Johnson were also undefeated.
Photo: Hunter Carr
Four Wildcats Undefeated at Super Duals
Mitch Lehman began his day with a :38 fall over Zach Rhodes of Reitz. Nick Day of Jasper fell behind 5-0 then was pinned at the :38 mark. Mitch registered another pin in the bonus round against Reitz's Jim McCarty. Mitch saved the best for last, winning 6-1 over Francis Howell's Blake Standridge.
Reitz's Landon Wood succombed to a :40 fall by Seth Orth. Opie had a tougher go in the second round, facing Union County's Christian Ricketson. Opie scraped to a 10-6 lead, then got the fall at the 3:00 mark. Opie got a quick takedown on Jasper's Scott Varner and turned it into a :21 pin. Opie ended his day with a tech fall win in the bonus round.
Alex Johnson was also undefeated.
Photo: Mitch Lehman
Alex Johnson Named MOW at MD Super Duals
Alex opened the tournament with a :30 fall of Logan Brown of Reitz. Alex overcame a third period comeback and won, in overtime, against Jackson Oxford of Union County. Alex pinned Ty Kuesch of Jasper in :47, then defeated Austin Young of Jasper in the Bonus Round with a fall at the 1:55 mark.
Alex capped his day with a 3:00 pin over Tate Bennett of Francis Howell.
Photo: Alex Johnson
Reserves Turn up the Heat at the MD Super Duals
Jacob Stagg, Grant Nowling, Kurt Wilderman, Keenan McDaniel and Noah Renfroe all won matches, while Nick Buedel and Wyatt Montgomery went undefeated.
Clay Egli and Andrew Vibbert were pulled up from the WKC to compete. Each won a pair of matches.
Photo: Wyatt Montgomery
Wildcat Profile: Nick Buedel
Nick is also a member of Mater Dei's cub football and baseball teams.
Besides wrestling, Nick enjoys fishing, camping, video games and reading.
Nick's favorite thing about the Junior Wildcats is learning new wrestling moves.
Nick is the son of Scott and Julie Buedel.
Photo: Nick Buedel
Junior Wildcats Roll Against Harrison and North
The Gold and Red were dominant, winning 43 of 45 matches. 32 of the wins were by fall.
The 'Cats will break until their next practice on January 2, followed by the Mater Dei Super Duals on January 8.
Photo: Keenan McDaniel
Wildcat Profile: Ashton Forzley
Ashton also plays football and baseball for Mater Dei's cub teams.
He is an honor student and a member of Teen Power and the Student Council.
He likes playing WallBall at the Junior Wildcat practices.
Ashton enjoys weightlifting, fishing and social events.
Ashton is the son of John and Lisa Forzley. His brother, Nolan, is a wrestler for the Wildcat Kids Club.
Photo: Ashton Forzley
Junior Wildcats Claw Bears, 72-31
The 'Cats got falls from Mitch Lehman, Seth Orth and Ashton Forzley. Josh Clem, Blake Jourdan and Hunter Carr won with major decisions while Will Egli and Andrew Folz won by decision.
In exhibition action, Noah Renfroe, Kyle Embry, Evan Karcher, Sam Bassemier, Wyatt Montgomery, Logan Matherly, Alex Johnson, Nick Buedel, Kurt Wilderman, Keenan McDaniel and Dawson Matherly all picked up wins.
Photo: Kyle Embry
Wildcat Profile: Andrew Folz
Andrew is also on Mater Dei's cub football and baseball teams. He also runs track.
Andrew is an honor student, member of the Speech Team and President of the Student Council. He was a Fall Festival king representative and is a server at St. Philip Church.
Racquetball, hunting and video games are but a few of his hobbies.
Learning new wrestling moves from former Mater Dei wrestlers and from his teammates are Andrew's favorite things about the Junior Wildcats.
His favorite moment was winning, as an individual and team, the 2010 New Richmond Invitational.
Andrew is the son of Larry and Theresa Folz.
Photo: Andrew Folz
Wildcats Win New Richmond Invitational
98-pounder Nick Lee got things going with a first-period pin of Frankie Jones of Nagel. Nick recorded three falls and a technical fall. At 110, Blake Jourdan led the way for four consecutive 'Cat champions, pinning Timmy McIntyre of Blancester in the first period. Blake notched four pins on the day. Andrew Folz beat a tough Aric Petersc of Bethel 5-1 to claim the title at 116 pounds. Alex Johnson, the Cats' 122-pounder, kept the rout going, falling Jacob Hopper of Amelia at the 1:06 mark. Alex claimed four, first-period pins on the day. Conan Niceley of Blanchester succombed to a second-period pin at the hands of Seth Orth. Seth registered three pins and a decision at the tournament. The Cats' 150 pounder Sam Bassemier capped a thrilling day, with a tough, 8-7 victory over Eli Matthews of Campbell County. Sam also finished the day 4-0, including an overtime victory in the initial round of competition.
Nick Lee, Blake Jourdan and Alex Johnson did not allow an offensive point during the tournament.
92-pounder Mitch Lehman scored three pins before losing a decision to Brandon Tucker of Loveland in the finals.
Will Egli, Kyle Embry, Gabe Rohleder and Ashton Forzley all won their consolation matches for third-place finishes, while Josh Clem finished his day with a fourth.
Chase Anslinger, Noah Renfroe, Keenan McDaniel, Grant Nowling, Hunter Carr and Jacob Stagg all won matches for the Wildcats to score team points.
1. Mater Dei 250.0
2. Loveland 154.0
3. Plains 143.0
4. Campbell Co. 138.0
5. Nagel 128.0
6. Blanchester 98.5
7. Hillsboro 88.0
8. Batavia 79.0
9. Turkey Foot 67.0
10. Goshen 63.0
11. Amelia 55.0
12. Bethel 34.0
13. CNE 24.0
14. New Richmond 23.5
15. Gray 9.0
16. Western Brown 4.0
The Junior Wildcats are next on the mat December 17 to face the Central Bears.
Photo: Seth Orth
Sam Bassemier is Runner-Up at Freestyle State
Noah Schweizer was 3-2 and finished fourth.
Photo: Sam Bassemier
Mater Dei Downs Memorial at East-West; Jr. Wildcats/Wildcats Kids Club Rolls
WKC/JW members getting pins in the championship division were: Max Johnson, Joe Lee, Nick Lee, Josh Pierre and Nolan Goebel. Winning by decisions were: Brody Bauman, Blake Boarman, Clay Egli, Kyle Embry, Noah Schweizer and Sam Bassemier.
WKC/JW members getting pins in the consolation division were: Will Egli, Kyle Rexing, Owen Fritch and Blake Wilderman. Winning by decisions were: Mitch Lehman and Blake Jourdan won by decision.
Mater Dei won the championship division 48-15, and the consolation division 64-12.
Photo: The quiet before the storm
Junior Wildcats and Wildcats Kids Club Smoke 'Em at Future Wildcat Championships
Congratulations to our Mater Dei Feeder League Champions: Blake Boarman, Max Johnson, Matt Lee, Clay Egli, Kyle Embry, Joe Lee, Nick Lee, Josh Clem, Wyatt Seng, Noah Schweizer, Josh Pierre, Nolan Goebel, Sam Bassemier and Logan Weinzapfel.
Equal plaudits to our runners-up who finished second to their Junior Wildcats/Kids Club team mates: Will Egli, Kyle Rexing, Mitch Lehman, Blake Jourdan, Owen Fritch, Alex Johnson and Blake Weinzapfel.
The financial cost is low, the payoff is extremely high. Your hard work and sweat has paid big dividends and has earned you the respect of the Mater Dei wrestling community.
We are proud of you!
Six Junior Wildcats Bring Home Hardware From State
Sam received a first round bye, then proceeded to pin Cory Troutman of New Albany and then defeat Mitchell Nisevich with a major decision of 13-0. Sam then pinned Jordan Partee of Madison at 2:17 in the semi-finals. Sam lost to Evan Smiley of Beech Grove in the finals.
Noah Schweizer finished the day with five wins against two losses. Noah’s day was punctuated with an overtime victory in the third-place match against Ben Harvey of Indianapolis Cathedral.
Alex Johnson, Wyatt Seng and Josh Pierre all earned 5th-place finishes. Josh and Wyatt each had four wins against two losses, while Alex had five wins against two losses.
Blake Jourdan ended up sixth and had three wins and three losses on the day.
Photo: Alex Johnson, Josh Pierre, Blake Jourdan, Sam Bassemier, Noah Schweizer and Wyatt Seng
'Cats Tie for First at Jasper; Weinzapfel and Johnson End Seasons Undefeated
The Cats ran the table in the first match, defeating Mt. Carmel 72-0.
Jasper gave the Cats a good run in the second match before falling 52-51. In the last contest of the match, Sam "Ninja" Bassemeier needed at least a technical fall to secure the victory, as the Cats would be giving up 36 points in forfeits. Sam came through with a second period pin, much to the delight of the Mater Dei fans.
Mater Dei could not overcome the forfeits in the second match, losing to Evansville Central, 55-54.
The Cats ended the day with romps over North Knox, 66-27 and Forest Park, 72-12.
Going undefeated on the day were: Kurtis Rexing, Kyle Rexing, Logan Matherly, Mitch Lehman, Wyatt Seng, Noah Schweizer, Owen Fritch, Alex Johnson and Blake Wilderman.
Logan Weinzapfel and Alex Johnson finished their seasons without a loss. Logan finished 17-0, while Alex was 22-0.
Top Photo: Noah "Hot Pants" Schweizer
Bottom Photo: Blake Wilderman goes for the pin
Mater Dei Wrestling Club Wins Tell City Open
1st Place- Mitch Lehman, Kyle Embry and Owen Fritch
2nd Place- Blake Jourdan, Seth Orth and Ashton Forzley
3rd Place- Blake Wilderman and Noah Schweizer
4th Place- Chase Anslinger and Gabe Rohleder
'Cats Split with Mt. Vernon & Castle
In the dual against Mt. Vernon, Kyle Rexing got the 'Cats off on the right foot winning a 3-1 overtime thriller over Noah Keller. Trailing 1-0, Kyle scored an escape with 8 seconds left on the clock to force the extra period. Kyle went to work immediately in overtime, quickly getting the takedown and the win.
Blake Jourdan, Wyatt Seng, Seth Orth, Logan Weinzapfel and Sam Bassemier scored pins for the 'Cats, while Noah Schweizer, Alex Johnson and Nolan Goebel won by decision.
Six fofeits were too much to overcome and the 'Cats dropped the match by a score of 45-44.
Kyle Rexing, Blake Jourdan, Wyatt Seng, Noah Schweizer, Alex Johnson, Logan Weinzapfel, Nolan Goebel and Sam Bassemeier all finished the evening 2-0.
In exhibition action, Ashton Forzley, Chase Hoehn, Andrew Folz, and Chase Anslinger picked up wins.
Four Junior Wildcats Medal at Middle School State Championships
Another Corpus Christi 8th-grader, Noah Schweizer, was also stopped in the semifinals. Noah lost his first repechage match, but rebounded with a major decision to capture 5th place.
Westside Catholic 8th-grader Josh Pierre had a very long day, wrestling 7 matches en route to his 8th-place finish in a 37-man bracket. Josh lost to the eventual runner-up in the second round and proceeded to win 4 straight matches in the repechage bracket in order to place.
Josh Clem, a 7th-grader from St Joe, rounded out the placewinners with an 8th-place finish of his own.
Blake Wilderman and Sam Bassemeier also competed.
4th Place for the 'Cats at the Bloomington Super 10
The 'Cats faced the newly-crowned middle school team state champions, Franklin, in the first round. Forfeiting 8 weight classes proved too large a defecit to overcome as the 'Cats dropped a 37-63 decision. Individually, the 'Cats performed well, winning 8 of 13 contests.
Avon had few answers for the 'Cats in the second round, winning only one match as Mater Dei rolled to a 76-33 victory.
The 'Cats kept it rolling in the third and fourth rounds defeating Jackson Creek (Bloomington) and Center Grove by scores of 84-18 and 68-42, respectively. Mater Dei ran the table in both duals, not losing a single contest.
Finishing 2nd in their pool set up a third-place match with Yorktown (Muncie). Again, 8 forfeits were too much to overcome and the 'Cats lost, 57-46. Head-to-head, Mater Dei was superior winning 9 of 13 contests and getting pins from Will Egli, Josh Pierre, Alex Johnnson, Owen Fritch, Nolan Goebel, Sam Bassemier and Logan Weinzapfel.
2. Perry Meridian
4. Mater Dei
5. Center Grove
6. New Palestine
7. Batchelor (Bloomington)
Reitz and Jackson Creek did not place.
Going undefeated for the 'Cats were Will Egli, Josh Pierre, Alex Johnnson, Nolan Goebel, Sam Bassemeier and Logan Weinzapfel.
Photo: Logan Weinzapfel
Cats win at Campbell County; Eight Crowned as Champs
1. Mater Dei
2. Campbell County
5. Fern Creek
6. North Hardin
8. Woodford County
9. Montgomery County
10. Mater Dei 2
11. Campbell County 2
Photo: Noah Schweizer
Cat Wrestling Club Results from the Jasper Open
3rd Place- Mitch Lehman, Andrew Folz, Ashton Forzley and Gabe Rohleder
4th Place- Chase Hoehn
'Cats Finish Third at Union County
First up was University Heights Academy of Hopkinsville, Ky. The Blazers proved to be no match for the Cats, bowing 63-21.
The second round was a different story as the Cats faced the Union County Braves. Although winning a majority of the matches, the Cats' 27-24 lead evaporated as Union County's last three grapplers won by forfeit and captured the win, 42-27.
The boys rebounded nicely against their westside rival Reitz Panthers, crushing them 51-10.
Mater Dei then defeated a very scrappy Nashville Catholic (Father Ryan) team 40-22.
The last round pitted the Cats against the Edwardsville Tigers. After building a 32-28 lead, again, the three forfeits led to a 46-32 loss.
Wyatt Seng, Alex Johnson, Nolan Goebel and Logan Weinzapfel were undefeated on the day.
PHOTO: Wyat Seng gets the fall
5 'Cats Win Championships; Team Finishes Third
Earning third place finishes were Blake Jourdan, Noah Schweizer and Alex Welcher. Seth Orth placed fourth.
The 'Cats will be on the mat again on December 19 at Union County.
1. Loveland 290.5
2. Gray 204.5
3. Mater Dei 199.0
4. Nagel 152.0
5. Campbell Co. 105.0
6. New Richmond 99.0
7. Amelia 89.0
8. Goshen 53.0
9. Turkey Foot 53.0
10. Blanchester 52.0
11. CNE 28.0
12. Williamsburg 28.0
13. Purcell Marian 26.0
14. Bethel 20.0
15. Batavia 13.0
16. Hamersville 10.0
Photo: Josh Pierre displays the winner's bracket board.