(photo Red Caboose Photography)
RICHMOND – Six of the nine representatives for Franklin County at the Richmond wrestling regional Saturday have advanced to the state's penultimate event, the semistate at New Castle Fieldhouse taking place Saturday starting 9 a.m.
Half of those stood atop their respective podiums after a tough day of grappling – junior Colin Troyer at 126 pounds, junior Cole Freese at 120 and senior Breck Bohman at 190. Also, sophomore Bryce Bruns placed 3rd at 106 and brother Trevor Bruns (junior) 4th at 144; sophomore Kyle Bolser was 4th as well, suiting up at 132.
Troyer (38-2) posted a major decision over Richmond's Brendon Walker, then pinned South Dearborn's Liam Hubbartt. The title match was epic, with Troyer outlasting Eastern Hancock's Zane Badgley 7-6.
Freese (35-7) pinned Hagerstown's Robert Sullivan in the final tick of the first period to start his day. Then with a minute left in his match with Batesville's Adam Brewer, he pinned his Bulldog foe. In the final, Freese needed 3:18 to get East Central's Jaxon Carr on his back.
Bohman (38-2) barely worked up a sweat in his opener, pinning Tri's John Luke Hamilton in 10 seconds flat. He only took 32 seconds in pinning Northeastern's Caleb Cohee to reach the championship. He completed the trifecta of first-period pins by earning a fall over New Castle's Nathan Shafer.
B. Bruns (29-10) pinned Centerville's Cami Davis in the second period to ensure a trip to semistate. He took unbeaten Heather Crull of Northeastern to the third period, taking a pin loss. Bruns then pinned Greensburg's Cayden Beagle for third.
T. Bruns (28-10) pinned NC's Luke Sherrell in the final 30 seconds of action to earn another weekend of the postseason. EC's Nyden Euson won by fall over Bruns in the semifinals, getting the pin with 30 seconds left in the second period. Bruns fell 11-7 to Richmond's Gavin McFarland in the 3rd-4th place match.
Bolser (26-11) took care of Centerville's Nick Roberts by pin 1:27 into the match to guarantee a top-4 finish. Tylin Thrine of NC stayed undefeated by pinning Bolser in a half-minute. Bolser was pinned by EC's Brogan Rullman in his consolation bout.
Dakota Schwab at 150, senior Nathan Noble at 285 and senior Roger Zurborg at 113 fell in their opening-round matches, ending their seasons.
Schwab (22-11) fell 9-6 to Hagerstown's Zach Golliher. Noble's (25-11) career ended with a pin loss two minutes in to Northeastern's Michael Henderson, who later won the bracket. Zurborg (14-6) was pinned by Tri's Isaia Gardner late in the second period.
Wildcat wrestlers need to win their first two matches Saturday to advance to the state finals. EC won the regional with 161 points; FC was runner-up at 98.