Micic earns 3rd state title for Hanover Central

INDIANAPOLIS — Tyler Beeson earned the second of what could be three all-state finishes in his athletic career Saturday.

After winning his opening-round wrestling State Finals match Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Greenfield-Central heavyweight lost in the Saturday morning quarterfinal by fall to Norman Oglesby of Ben Davis. Beeson, a senior, bounced back to finish sixth overall with a victory by fall over John Duvall of West Lafayette and a loss to Guy Henson of Avon, also by fall, in the fifth-place/sixth-place match.

During his sophomore track and field season, Beeson earned a medal with a ninth-place finish in the shot put at the State Finals in Bloomington, where the top nine finishers in each event earned team points. Last spring as a junior, Beeson landed outside of all-state recognition with a 17th-place shot put finish. He’ll begin his final track and field season next month.

Indianapolis Cathedral’s Wesley Bernard (49-0) beat Oglesby (43-2) by 5-2 decision for the heavyweight title Saturday night.

Beeson completed his final wrestling season at 40-4; he is G-C’s all-time and single-season pins leader. His other two losses this year were to Bernard, including in the semistate championship at New Castle on Feb. 15.

Quick pin

Lawrence North junior Tommy Cash (47-1), a transfer from New Palestine, won the 138 state title Saturday, beating Merrillville’s Jacob Covaciu, 5-3, in the championship match.

In the opening round Friday, Cash set a 138 State Finals record with a 24-second pin of Andrean’s Mike Kryzton. It was the quickest ever pin at 138 pounds at the state meet, breaking the previous mark of 28 seconds set by Jason Bowman of Martinsville in 1993.

Cash finished fifth in the State Finals for the Dragons as a freshman at 106, but was out with injury last season.

Mat notes

Hanover Central’s Stevan Micic became the 26th three-time state champ in the 76-year history of the IHSAA State Finals. Micic (42-0), a senior, won the 126 crown Saturday after taking titles at 113 last season and 106 as a sophomore. ... New Palestine’s Chad Red (120), Warren Central’s Deondre Wilson (132), Perry Meridian’s Cody LeCount (145) and Lake Central’s Gelen Robinson (220) won their second state championships Saturday.  … Robinson, a Purdue football recruit and son of former Boiler Glenn Robinson, beat future Indiana Hoosier wrestler Fletcher Miller of Kokomo in the 220 final. Glenn Robinson attended the Milwaukee Bucks’ home game against the Indiana Pacers Saturday night, according to the Associated Press. ... ... Total attendance for the weekend’s three sessions (Session I, Friday; and the final two sessions, Saturday) was 29,807. … Franklin’s Skyler Lykins (sixth at 138) was named Mental Attitude Award winner. ... Cathedral senior Vinny Corsaro finished runner-up for a third straight year, this time at 160. Greenfield-Central’s Josh Farrell beat Corsaro in the 152 title bout last year, and Corsaro finished second at 145 in 2012. ... Garrett Pepple, an East Noble junior, finished runner-up to Red last year at 106 and finished second Saturday to D.J. Smith of Franklin at 113. ... Seventeen wrestlers entered the two-day State Finals undefeated and seven wrestlers finished unbeaten: Red (44-0), Micic (42-0), Wilson (39-0), LeCount (44-0), Evansville Central’s Brendon Kelley (50-0), Robinson (52-0) and Bernard (49-0).

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