Hendrich punches ticket to IHSAA State Wrestling Finals

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Jacob Hendrich (top) went 2-2 during Saturday's Evansville Semi-state and qualified for the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Friday.

Times Staff Report

EVANSVILLE — Northview senior Jacob Hendrich qualified for a return trip to the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals beginning on Friday evening at Bankers Life Field House after placing fourth in the Evansville Semi-state.

Hendrich won his first two matches of the day to qualify for the state finals before settling for fourth-place overall with a pair of losses to end the afternoon.

The Evansville Semi-state presents a tough battle in the 182-pound bracket with a gauntlet of highly ranked wrestlers on hand.

Hendrich made short work of his opening round opponent as he pinned Monrovia’s Camryn Smith in just 37 seconds to reach the quarterfinal “to-go” round.

Needing a victory to secure his advancement to the IHSAA State Finals, Hendrich matched up against unbeaten New Albany junior Jaden Sonner, ranked fifth at 182.

Hendrich took an early lead with a takedown and would eventually build a 4-1 lead as the match went to the third period. The Knights’ senior drew a stalling warning while leading by three points heading into the final minute of action. While Sonner would close the gap with a late penalty point and an escape, Hendrich finished out a 4-3 victory to punch his ticket to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

On the other side of the bracket, Dull won his first match with a pin in 1:23 and then got a major decision victory to reach the semifinals along with Hendrich. Both wrestlers would come up on the short end of decisions in the semifinals as Hendrich fell 8-2 to Franklin’s Jake Moore, who had upset the top-seed Jeremy McKinley in the quarterfinal. Dull drew up against top-ranked Nathan Walton of Brownsburg and lost his first match of the season, 4-0.

In the third-place match, Dull would earn the win over Hendrich via fall in the eighth match between the two over the last two seasons.