Culver Military wrestler Anthony McHugh ’13 (Lewis Center, Ohio) reached the awards podium at the IHSAA state tournament in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 16, but it wasn’t as high on the blocks as he wanted.
After pinning New Haven’s Reese Sieger in the opening round Friday, McHugh ran into a brick wall named Luke Blanton of Alexandria in the quarterfinals Saturday morning, dropping a 4-0 to the eventual state runner-up.
McHugh bounced back in the wrestlebacks, tripping Peru’s Evan Loe, 3-2, and then beating Juwan Bartlett of Lawrence North, 6-2, in the consolation match for fifth place.
“Losing to Blanton was tough, because I really wanted to get to the finals,” McHugh told The Plymouth Pilot-News. “I mean, I was feeling pretty good. I felt crushed after (the loss to Blanton), but I guess I wrestled OK the rest of the day.”
McHugh, who has committed to wrestle at the Air Force Academy next season, finished with a 46-5 record. Three of his five losses came to undefeated state champion Tommy Forte of Mishawaka (twice) and state runner-up Blanton. Blanton’s lone loss was to Forte in the state championship match.