Sullivan Middle School wrestlers place third at conference meet
The Sullivan Middle School wrestling program will be finishing up the 2019 season tonight with a dual meet at North Clay.
The Golden Arrows won four of its first nine matches and finished third at the Western Indiana Confernce match on March 2 at Edgewood High School.
“Edgewood was WIC champs and Indian Creek was second,” said Sullivan coach Montie Tomey. “Last year, we finished eighth.
“This year we were third and had to forfeit in four weight classes. We were only 10 points out of second place. Edgewood had no forfeits and Indian Creek had two. We gave up enough points or we could have finished as high as second.”
The Golden Arrow roster includes 15 wrestlers from grades 5-8. “We have mostly eighth-graders or fifth-graders,” said Tomey. “At this level, we just want to get the kids mat time.
“We are not worried so much about winning and losing. We want to teach the kids the fundamentals and get them ready for high school. It is about technique.”
Brylee Dyer is a fifth-grader who is competing in the 75-pound weight class.
“Brylee weighs about 58 pounds,” said Tomey. “It is hard when you are giving up that much weight.
“She got a couple of wins in the conference.”
Rachel Goodson has been competing for Sullivan at 80. She is in the fifth grade.
“Rachel weighs 69 pounds,” said Tomey. “That means she is giving up 11 pounds.
“She has been nervous, but she has been coming out of her shell.”
Ty Hamilton competed in the WIC at 85 pounds, finishing third.
“Ty’s only loss in the WIC was to the conference champion,” said Tomey. “He is a fifth-grader, but he has been wrestling in the (Sullivan County Wrestling) Club for a couple of years.”
Lloyd Hauger, a sixth-grader, has been competing at 90 for the Golden Arrows.
“Lloyd was fourth in the conference,” said Tomey. “He wrestles against Ty in practice.
“They both are competitive and make each other better.”
Colton McCrary is a fifth-grader, competing at 102.
“Colton has been with the wrestling club, but this is his first year with the middle school program,” said Tomey.
“He finished fifth and scored some points for us. If he does not place, we likely don't finish third as a team.”
Bryce Deckard is competing at 110.
“This is the first year of wrestling for Bryce,” said Tomey. “He did not place at the conference.
“He is grasping technique. He is a fighter who is improving every day.”
Josh Wence, an eighth-grader, has been wrestling at 117.
“Josh was second in the conference,” said Tomey. “He was third last year as a seventh-grader.
“He just has one loss on the season. He has a lot of potential. I am looking forward to seeing what he does in high school.”
Lane Gilbert, an eighth-grader, is a two-time middle school state champion. He also has won three consecutive WIC championships.
“Lane is finishing off a great middle school career,” said Tomey. “He has been really focused all season.
“We are looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish when he moves up to high school next year.”
Rowdy Adams, an eighth-grader, has been wrestling at 132.
“Rowdy's first loss came in the conference,” said Tomey. “This is his first season with the middle school team.
“He was second in the WIC. His only loss came to a three-time WIC champ.”
Aris Arthur competed at 140 pounds for SMS, earning a WIC championship.
“Aris has improved a lot. He has a lot of potential,” said Tomey. “He was second in the WIC last year and was first this year.
“He was still undefeated after the conference.”
Zander Bedwell wrestled at 150 for the Golden Arrows.
“Zander is an eighth-grader who was in his first season wrestling with the middle school,” said Tomey. “He had a good season and finished fourth in the WIC.
“It will be interesting to see how much he improves when he gets to high school.”
Dalton Dyer, a seventh-grader, competed for Sullivan Middle School for the first time.
“Dalton won two matches and lost two matches at the WIC,” said Tomey. “He did not place.
“But Dalton has shown a big improvement. He can be an asset to the team moving forward.”
Mason Drake competed for SMS at 195.
“Mason is an eighth-grader,” said Tomey. “He finished third at the WIC.
“He has improved by leaps and bounds. He has improved so much. He will have a chance to work with Kenton (Williams) at the high school next year.”
Lee May, an eighth-grader, competed for SMS for the second season.
“Lee wrestling at 220,” said Tomey. “He could be an asset on the high school team next year.
“He did not wrestle at the WIC.”
Tomey has been with Sullivan wrestling for 13 years and has helped the middle school team the past seven years.
“We have a good group of kids,” he said. “I enjoy working with them.
“I looking forward to watching them improve in the future and continuing to build the program.”
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: The 2019 Sullivan Middle School wrestling team is again coached by Montie Tomey with Roy Monroe serving as his assistant. The team roster includes, front, from left, Brylee Dyer, Rachel Goodson, Ty Hamilton, Lloyd Hauger, Colton McCrary and Bryce Deckard; and, back, Josh Wence, Lane Gilbert, Rowdy Adams, Zander Bedwell, Dalton Dyer, Mason Drake and Lee May. Not pictured are Jaelyn Schonloub and Aris Arthur.