Oak Hill Wrestlers Advance Three To Final Rounds Of State Finals

Posted on February 16, 2019 in Winter Sports, Wrestling

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
Oak Hill went 3-for-3 at Friday evening’s IHSAA state wrestling finals with Harper Dedman, Bradley Rosman and Stewart Mossholder each winning first round matches.

The three Golden Eagles wrestlers move on to today’s quarterfinal round at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, and are guaranteed a top eight finish and medal.

Madison-Grant senior A.J. Jones was the lone Grant County representative to lose, falling by pin to Ben Davis’ Muhammad Sidibe at two minutes into their 285-pound match. Jones finished with a 34-4 record.

Since the inception of the wrestling program in the 1960s Oak Hill has had four wrestlers medal at the state meet. Tony Fuller in 2005 was the most recent medalist.

“Absolutely amazing! Amazing! Amazing!,” Oak Hill coach Andrew King said on his cellphone. “I’m so happy for all three, especially Rosman with what all he’s gone through for the past 1 1/2 to two years.”

Rosman, who lost his father in the past year, outlasted Hagerstown’s Jacob Combs for a 3-2 decision at 182 pounds. The senior was the second member of his family to compete at the state finals, following his brother Craig Rosman who made it in 2004-05.

Rosman had come into the match ranked 16th while Combs was unranked.

Dedman was in complete control of his 113-pound first-round match against New Palestine’s Christian White and finished with an 8-1 decision. The sophomore had been unranked in the indianamat.com state rankings but he overpowered No. 15-ranked White and improved to 39-5.

Eighth-ranked Mossholder completed the Oak Hill sweep when the senior pinned Hebron’s Ewan Donovan at 3:57 of his 195-pound match. Donovan had been indianamat.com’s second-ranked wrestler the weight class.

Dedman moves on to the second round and will have a daunting task with a match against Portage’s Jacob Moran, who last year was the 106-pound state champion. Moran is ranked No. 1 at 113 pounds and improved to 34-1 with a 13-6 decision over Evansville Mater Dei’s Cole Ross.

In the second round Rosman faces Chesterton’s Evan Bates (46-2) and Mossholder meets Castle’s unbeaten Will Nunn (42-0). Bates is rated fifth at 182 pounds and Nunn is fourth at 195.

The meet resumes at 9:30 a.m. today with the quarterfinals and the semifinals will follow. Consolations are at 5 p.m. with the finals under the spotlight at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8 per session.

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