EVANSVILLE -- Northview's Aaron See will get a chance to wrestle under the bright lights of Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday night at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals. The Knights' senior placed third at the Evansville Mater Dei Semi-state on Saturday to punch his ticket to the biggest stage in Indiana high school wrestling.
See (41-5) began the day in solid fashion as he took on Evan Collins (26-10), a Mater Dei wrestler competing on his home mat and in front of a large contingent of fans. However, See shut Collins down in a 9-0 victory to advance to round two with a ticket to the finals at stake.
Paoli's CJ Andrey, a 23-2 wrestler that came in as a regional champion, had pinned Greencastle's Ben Hesler in the opening round to take on See. The battle was a close one throughout, but See came out on top with a 6-3 decision and a trip to Indianapolis.
On the other side of the 220-pound bracket, See's nemesis this season, unbeaten Iyan Bass of Jennings County had cruised through the class and knocked off once-beaten Jared Broehm of Heritage Hills in the semifinals. Broehm had earlier pinned Terre Haute North's Ethan Edington in the first round.
See came out on the short end of his semifinal match against unbeaten Keith Knura (31-0) by a 6-2 score, but had a shot at a wrestle back for third-place.
Broehm came into the match with a 52-2 overall mark, but See took him down seven seconds into the match and never trailed in posting a 7-3 victory that helps him avoid a state finals match against a semi-state champion in his first match Friday night.
See will meet up with Greenfield-Central's Austin Gearlds (34-5) the runner-up at the New Castle Semi-state.
Fellow Northview senior Brody Girton was at the top of his game Saturday afternoon and finished his career in style by upsetting a No. 1 seeded wrestler via pin in his opening match against Forest Park's Casey Abell. The fourth-seeded Girton advanced into the quarterfinals, but faced Center Grove senior Brock Warner where he fell by a 15-0 score.
Warner advanced to the semifinal match where he took on Terre Haute South's Tsali Lough and the Brave took him down by a 3-2 score. Lough would go on to take on unbeaten Swade Oser of Heritage Hills (54-0) in the title match and put him on his back with a front headlock to a roll that earned him a pin in just 62 seconds.
Northview's Caleb Nicosin competed at 106 pounds and ran into a difficult opening match with Mater Dei's Wyatt Seng, who overcame an opening takedown from Nicosin to earn a 6-2 victory over the Knights' senior. Nicosin capped a stellar career that included four conference championships, with a 34-9 mark.
The 74th Annual IHSAA Individual Wrestling State Finals begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with first round matches.