In the dictionary, the first meaning of “versatile” is “capable of doing many things competently.”
After earning The Herald Bulletin’s Male Cross Country Athlete of the Year award in the fall, Pendleton Heights sophomore Tyler Flood has proven his versatility by capturing the Wrestler of the Year award for 2013-14.
Flood followed up a successful freshman campaign with a trip to Bankers’ Life Fieldhouse and a berth in the wrestling state finals as a sophomore.
Flood finished the season with a 29-8 record that included a sectional title in the 113-pound weight class, a second-place showing in the regional and a fourth-place finish at the New Castle semistate to earn the right to advance to the state finals.
“This year was awesome,” said Flood. “It was definitely better than last year because I made it to the state finals.” Flood, who captured sectional and regional titles in the 106 lb. class as a freshman, did not advance beyond the semi-state that year. It gave him an immediate goal for his sophomore campaign: make it to the state finals.
While his Arabians teammates struggled to stay healthy during a difficult season, Flood avoided injuries and entered the sectionals as the top seed in the 113-pound class. Tyler made quick work of his early round opponents to advance to the final against Lapel’s Ian Lamb.
Flood defeated Lamb by fall to earn the sectional title and moved on to the regional round, which was held at Pendleton Heights. Flood won his first match of the day, guaranteeing him a spot in the semistate round at New Castle. Flood made it to the regional final, but Skylour Turner of Cathedral defeated Tyler for the title. Ironically, the two met again at New Castle in the third place match and Turner again got the better of Flood.