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Craft and Dean headed to wrestling semistate

Monday, February 13, 2006

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(Top) Chris Dean (in white) is a regional champion last weekend and will be competing today for a state finals berth.

(Bottom) Chris Craft advances to semistate competition with a 33-6 mark today. He will need two wins to earn a berth to the state finals next weekend.

Northview sends a pair of competitors to the Evansville Reitz Semistate for wrestling action today.

The Knights will have junior 145 pounder, Chris Dean in action today along with freshman 125 pound grappler, Chris Craft.

The top four place finishers at the semistate will receive a berth in the IHSAA State Finals at Conseco Fieldhouse beginning with preliminary rounds on Friday, Feb. 17.

Dean comes into the semistate as the Bloomington South Regional champion after his second victory over Terre Haute North's Michael Borgnini. Dean downed the Patriots' competitor by one point in both the sectional and regional.

Dean is 13-2 on the season and was the only regional champion in the Wabash Valley which, at the semistate level, gives him a leg up on advancing to the state finals.

As a regional winner, Dean receives a first round bye at the semistate and will need just one win to make the top four which will move on to the state finals. However, at this level, there are no 'easy' matches but with the bye, Dean has a slightly shorter path to making the state finals.

He will face the winner of the match between Jeffersonville's Martin Dorsey (30-16) and Nick Lynch (23-11) of Danville.

Dorsey, a senior, is the second place finisher from the Jeffersonville regional while Lynch, who is a sophomore, was third at Mooresville.

Craft, who is 33-6, was the runnerup at 125 pounds at the regional level, dropping a decision to Ethan Ott of Columbus North.

He will get a matchup against Danny Cooper (27-7) of Franklin who was third at Mooresville. Craft will need to win his first two matches to make it into the top four that go to Indianapolis.

One other competitor that has also made into the semistate is Wes Patrick of Plainfield who brings a 37-2 mark into Evansville. Both his losses, came from Craft, who might need to keep his notes from those wins handy in case he meets the Quakers' competitor once again.

Both competitors will have loaded classes to compete with in Evansville.

Top competitors at 125 include Lucas Robertson of Reitz who brings a 41-5 record into the match and Castle's Caleb Schmitt (38-1). Jeremiah Faulkenberg of Floyd Central also brings a solid record into the meet with a 22-4 mark.

At 145 pounds, Jeremy Kempf is 44-4 for Evansville Reitz and Cooper Samuels of Floyd Central is unbeaten with a 39-0 mark. Another unbeaten, Greencastle's Chris Pingleton (43-0) is another grappler to keep an eye out for along with Mater Dei's Chris Dewitt (33-5).

Competition begins this morning at 9:30 a.m. at Roberts Stadium at Evansville Reitz.

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