EVANSVILLE -- The Wabash Valley will be well represented in this weekend's IHSAA State Wrestling Finals, unfortunately the contingent won't include the Northview Knights.
Northview's Larry Shaffer claimed the lone win during Saturday's Evansville Reitz Semi-state, a first round 8-4 decision against Charlestown's Jacob Hall. However, he drew unbeaten Chad Welch of Castle in round two and lost by technical fall, 15-2 to end his day with a fifth-place finish.
All three Welch brothers went on to claim semi-state championships on Saturday as Chad improved to 47-0 with his championship at 160. Sophomore Luke Welch is now 46-1 overall and took the 119-pound title and Doug Welch is now 46-1 and won at 152 on Saturday.
Northview's Austin Bell lost his opener at 130 pounds to Max Mangold of Evansville Mater Dei, 8-2 to end his season with a 22-8 mark.
At 189 pounds, Brandon Pleake lost by fall to Evansville Memorial's Ryan Sandwith to finish at 22-7 this season.
Aaron See (35-7) drew perhaps the toughest opening match-up against unbeaten Trey Reese of Indian Creek and lost by a narrow 8-2 score. Reese went on to win the semi-state championship.
In the heavyweight division, Beau Judd got caught and lost by fall to Jesse Hohl of Evansville Central to finish at 31-12.
Bell, Shaffer and See all return for another run at the state finals next season.
Terre Haute South's P.J. Montgomery was able to defeat third-ranked Blake Rueger of Evansville Reitz in the championship match at 140 pounds. The 9-2 victory sends him to the state finals at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Braves' Tsali Lough also moves on with a third-place at 152 pounds.
Terre Haute North's David Knight also lost his first match of the season at 215 pounds, but the senior placed third to move on as well.
Cloverdale's Donald Helterbrand lost his first match of the season, but placed third at 145 pounds to advance.
Friday's first round of the state finals begins at 6 p.m. with Saturday's action beginning with the quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m.
103 -- Joseph Gilham (Sullivan) lost to Terrence Kennedy (Floyd Central) 11-4. 1. Jacob Boomsma (Bloomington South), 2. Damon Kuhn (Evansville Reitz), 3. Kennedy, 4. Skyler Lykins (Franklin).
112 -- Shawn Shipp (Cloverdale) pinned by Chris Whitley (Floyd Central) 5:12. 1. Alonzo Shepherd (Jeffersonville), 2. Luke Schroeder (Southwestern), 3. Blake Johns (Evansville Reitz), 4. Sam Goebel (Evansville Mater Dei).
119 -- Dakota Case (Terre Haute South) defeated Kyle Eckert (Jasper) 18-4; Jeremy Boldman (Cloverdale) pinned by Gideon Vanhook (Evansville Reitz) 3:58; Devin Broukal (Owen Valley) lost to Cody Kendle (Pike Central) 10-8; Case lost 3-1 to Luke Welch (Castle). 1. Welch, 2. Logan Wedding (Evansville Memorial), 3. Vanhook, 4. Josh Pierre (Evansville Mater Dei).
125 -- 1. Baron Rieker (Columbus East), 2. Trevor Moody (Evansville Reitz), 3. Alex Griesemer (Princeton), 4. Tim Dunkel (Gibson Southern).
130 -- Austin Bell (Northview) lost to Max Mangold (Evansville Mater Dei) 8-2. 1. Neal Molloy (Danville), 2. Michael Brown (Castle), 3. Jonathan Hoehn (Mount Vernon), 4. Tyler Hupp (Indian Creek).
135 -- 1. Ethan Raley (Indian Creek), 2. Derek Dowdy (Evansville Reitz), 3. Steven Rieker (Columbus East), 4. Byron Konrath (Mount Vernon).
140 -- P.J. Montgomery (Terre Haute South) pinned John Harrison (Martinsville) 3:06; Jedd Page (Terre Haute North) pinned by Will DeWees (Franklin) 4:56; Montgomery technical fall over Jordan Mann (Castle) 22-7; Montgomery defeated Jake Lannert (Evansville Mater Dei) 11-6; Montgomery defeated Blake Rueger (Evansville Reitz) 9-2. 1. Montgomery, 2. Rueger, 3. Spencer Boyd (Bloomington South), 4. Lannert.
145 -- Donald Helterbrand (Cloverdale) pinned Ryan Cowden 1:54; Helterbrand pinned Austin Chamberlain (Evansville Central) 4:16; Helterbrand pinned by Quincy Richey (Brown County) 5:59; Helterbrand defeated Roy Whetstine (Evansville Memorial) by injury default. 1. Renaldo Weekley (Jeffersonville), 2. Richey, 3. Helterbrand, 4. Whetstine.
152 -- Tsali Lough (Terre Haute South) technical fall over Cory Suddeth (Charlestown) 18-2; Lough defeated Joey Julian (Mooresville) 5-2; Lough lost to Matt Prasek (Evansville Memorial) 10-2; Lough defeated Austin Bowman (Franklin) 12-5. 1. Doug Welch (Castle), 2. Prasek, 3. Lough, 4. Bowman.
160 -- Larry Shaffer (Northview) defeated Jacob Hall (Charlestown) 8-4; Ryan Roach (West Vigo) lost to Brandon Marlin (Jeffersonville) 6-3; Matt Hall (Cloverdale) lost to Tyler Rickenbaugh (Heritage Hills) 14-5; Shaffer lost to Chad Welch (Castle) 15-2. 1. C.Welch, 2. Rickenbaugh, 3. John Sims (Evansville Mater Dei), 4. Gabe Holt (Columbus North).
171 -- 1. Drake Stein (Princeton), 2. Dustin Parrish (Plainfield), 3. Austin Warren (Castle), 4. Jacob Underwood (Martinsville).
189 -- Brandon Pleake (Northview) pinned by Ryan Sandwich (Evansville Memorial) 1:10. 1. Aaron Stevenson (Indian Creek), 2. Garret Goldman (Bloomington North), 3. Josh Boots (Evansville Mater Dei), 4. Sandwich.
215 -- David Knight (Terre Haute North) defeated Quincy Pirtle (Avon) 5-0; Aaron See (Northview) lost to Trey Reese (Indian Creek) 8-2; Jesse Vermillion (Greencastle) lost to Iyan Bass (Jennings County) 5-2, OT; Knight defeated Nathan Wright (Evansville Mater Dei) 3-0; Knight pinned by Reese 0:24; Knight pinned Bass 5:22. 1. Reese, 2. Jimmy Pratt (Jeffersonville), 3. Knight, 4. Bass.
285 -- Beau Judd (Northview) pinned by Jesse Hohl (Evansville Central) 0:54. 1. Kaden Suter (Martinsville), 2. Justin VanWinkle (Evansville Mater Dei), 3. Duell Ginter (Brownsburg), 4. Jake Stevenson (Indian Creek).