ARCADIA, Ind. —
“He is the Brett Favre of the wrestling mat,” Cloud said of McCool. “He likes to go for the gun, hit something big. A lot of times against the good guys, like Sammy, it comes back to bite him.”
Cloud said he sold the strategy to McCool with a baseball analogy.
“He’s a baseball player so we kept saying, ‘singles, play small ball, bunt, chip, walk, get on base, score that way’,” Cloud said. “No big throws, no big moves. We’re really happy for him.”
Other Arabians to advance include David Bryant (106), Wes Robinson (132), Chase Cochran (160), Matt Boyll (182) and Josh Stephens (220).
Frankton’s Garrett Allen won the 106-pound class, the first sectional title for Allen.
“It was nice to get Allen over the hump,” Frankton coach Courtney Duncan said. “He has not been out of the sectional yet.”
Allen did not wrestle as a freshman and did not advance to the regional as a sophomore or junior. Cance Carpenter also advanced to the regional with a third-place finish in the 120-pound division. He defeated Alexandria’s Leyton Peavler in the third-place match after losing to him earlier in the day.
The two matches followed Carpenter’s victory over Peavler Wednesday night in the Central Indiana Conference meet. The two could very well meet up again next week at Pendleton. The Eagles finished seventh on the day with 98 points, one behind sixth-place Tipton.
Elwood finished fifth and advanced six competitors, including 160-pound champion Derek Bryant. Mireles (170) and Sizelove (195) scored second-place finishes while Dakota Cole (126), Brady Hawes (138) and Tyler Hoal (145) finished third in their respective classes.
Lapel finished in eighth place and advanced Lamb in the 113-pound class along with Pierce Pickett at 132.
Alexandria wound up 10th and will be represented by three wrestlers — Peavler (120), Nathaniel Ryan (152) and Zach Harris (220).
Regional action is scheduled to begin at Pendleton Heights High School next Saturday at 9 a.m. It will include the top four finshers of each weight class from the Hamilton Heights and Lawrence Central sectionals.
Team scores 1. Noblesville 232.5 2. Anderson 163.5 3. Pendleton Heights 156.5 4. Hamilton Heights 155 5. Elwood 121 6. Tipton 99 7. Frankton 98 8. Lapel 52 9. Guerin Catholic 51.5 10. Alexandria 49 11. Tri-Central 37.5