INDIANAPOLIS — He’d been beaten by Connersville’s Tom Gettinger two times before, but this time, at the state wrestling finals, Ben Harvey of New Palestine wasn’t going to let it happen again.
In the fourth tie-breaker period of the 126 pound division, Harvey, a sophomore at Cathedral High School, beat Gettinger to earn a third place finish this past weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“After losing to Gettinger twice, I just didn’t want to fall behind,” Harvey said.
“I kept telling myself ‘keep it close, keep it close’ and then before I knew it we were in overtime and I beat him.”
Harvey helped his team finish in fourth place at state, three spots ahead of New Palestine High School’s seventh place team finish.
Harvey and his older brother Brian Harvey, a high school state wresting champion last year, both left the Southern Hancock School District after eighth grade at Doe Creek Middle School to enroll at Cathedral. Still, Ben Harvey had plenty of support from New Palestine fans this past weekend.
“After the 3rd place match, I saw an entire section of red shirts from New Palestine cheering for me,” Ben Harvey said. “It was pretty cool to think I still have friends there and they aren’t mad at me because I left.”
Knowing he’d be leaving behind a bunch of his best friends when he enrolled at Cathedral, the younger Harvey admits it was a tough decision but, he wanted to follow his older brother, who is now a freshman at West Point.
The two have been joined at the hip since youth.
“My little brother and I got involved in wrestling when our youth minister saw that my brother and I constantly fought during church,” Brian Harvey said.
“We both loved it and have been wrestling ever since.”