Culver Military Academy will be sending the largest contingent of wrestlers in program history to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the IHSAA State Finals Friday and Saturday. The group, including one semi-state champion, helped the Eagles finish fourth at the East Chicago semi-state.
Culver’s champion came at 106 pounds, with fourth classman Brennen Cernus (photo above at the sectional) beating Malik Hall, Merrillville, by a 7-3 decision. Cernus (34-2), of Pickerington, Ohio, will wrestle Aidan Sprague (30-9) of East Noble, in the first round on Friday.
Finishing as runners-up at the semi-state were Trey Finnearty ’20 (Circleville, Ohio) at 120, Braden Welch ’22 (Ashland, Ohio) at 160, and Andrew Donahue ’22 (Powell, Ohio) at 182. The top four from each semi-state advance to the state tournament.
Finnearty (27-2) will be facing Beau Humphrey (30-2), Fort Wayne Snider, in his first match. Welch (30-8) will wrestle Robert Deters (28-5) of Castle. Donahue (36-2) will face Zachary Flynn (31-6) from Jasper.
The first round on Friday begins at 6 p.m. Wrestlers advancing out of Friday’s matches are assured a spot on the podium.
Saturday’s quarterfinals will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the consolations at 5 p.m. and championship matches to follow at 7:30. Admission is $8 per session or $20 for both days. Children 24 months and younger are admitted free of charge.
Friday’s first round and Saturday’s quarterfinals, semifinals, and consolation matches may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee at TrackWrestling.com. The championship round will telecast live on Fox Sports Indiana. The matches will be streamed live on IHSAAtv.org for people living outside the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area. A delayed stream will be available for those in the FSI coverage area after the television broadcast.
Baumgartner sets two records
Culver Girls Academy swimmer Autumn Baumgartner ’21 (Argos, Ind.) broke the school records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the IHSAA Swimming State Finals, held at the Indiana University Natatorium last weekend. Baumgartner’s preliminary round time of 23.54 seconds in the 50 broke the school record of 23.96, set in 1993 by Beth Zeman Stohlmann ’94. Her preliminary round time of 51.77 in the 100 broke her old record of 51.91, which she set last year.
She finished ninth in the 50 preliminaries, missing a podium spot in the finals by just .09 of a second. She finished 10th in the consolation finals on Saturday, clocking a 23.77. Her consolation finals time in the 100 was 52.32, good for 13th spot overall.
The 400 freestyle relay team finished 25th in preliminaries on Friday, finishing in 3:42.52. Team members included Baumgartner, Kylie Dehner ’20 (Plymouth, Ind.), Avery Bolden ’19 (Chicago), and Amina Shafeek-Horton ’20 (Charlotte, N.C.). Mary Cate Wright ’19 (South Bend, Ind.) was the alternate.