Wrestlers Finish Historic Year At State Finals

Posted on February 17, 2019 in Winter Sports, Wrestling

Stewart Mossholder

Senior Stewart Mossholder finishes 7th at State meet.

BY ERIC ANDREWS – eandrews@h-ponline.com
INDIANAPOLIS — Oak Hill’s trio of wrestlers qualifying for the State Finals wrapped up their seasons on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Sophomore Harper Dedman finished his season with an overall record of 40–7. In the 113-pound weight class opening round of the State Finals on Friday night, Dedman picked up an 8–1 victory by decision over New Palestine’s Christian White to advance to Saturday’s sessions.

In the Quarterfinals, Dedman lost by fall (1:15) to Jacob Moran of Portage, ending Dedman’s championship hopes. In the Consolations, Dedman lost by fall (0:50) to Warren Central’s David Pierson, sending Dedman to the seventh-place match.

Dedman claimed seventh place in the weight class by defeating Jacob Simone from Hamilton Southeastern by a 4–3 decision in his final match of the season.

Senior Bradley Rosman punched his ticket to Saturday by claiming a 3–2 decision over Jacob Combs from Hagerstown in the 182-pound weight class on Friday. Rosman then lost by a 9–3 decision in the Quarterfinals to Chesterton’s Evan Bates.

In the Consolations, Rosman lost by fall (0:45) to Jake Lone of Northwood. As a result, Rosman headed to the seventh-place match. Rosman lost the seventh-place bout to Jalen Morgan from Elwood Community by a 9–2 decision. Rosman finished his senior season with a record of 42–5.

Senior Stewart Mossholder snagged a spot in Saturday’s sessions by defeating Hebron’s Ewan Donovan in the 195-pound weight class on Friday night.

Mossholder then dropped his Quarterfinals match to Will Nunn of Castle by a 3–2 decision. Mossholder lost his first match of the Consolations by a 9–4 decision to Norwell’s Cale Gray. With the loss, Mossholder found himself in a seventh-place duel. Mossholder ended Oak Hill’s weekend on a high note, defeating Huntington North’s Charlie Agnew by fall (1:47) to claim seventh in the 195-pound weight class.

“(Going out with a win) definitely helps a lot,” Mossholder said. “Every year in the past three years of high school has always ended in a loss. Having an opportunity to end with a win, I found that out (that you can).”

The weekend wraps up arguably the best season of Golden Eagles wrestling in program history.

Having three wrestlers competing in the State Finals is a first for Oak Hill and with all three making it through to Saturday’s sessions, not much more could be asked for the Golden Eagles.

“The three men qualifying for state was terrific,” said head coach Andrew King. “(Having) three of them be able to win Friday night and come back Saturday is obviously a great accomplishment also. Stewart’s win at the end was icing on the cake. It was just a great weekend for all three of them.

“Just being able to qualify for state is a huge accomplishment for any wrestler in the state of Indiana because there’s no classes, so you’re down to your 16 kids in that weight class, so for these guys to all place in the top eight, I wouldn’t say it’s a fairy tale come true, but it’s the best our school has had, so the three of them made history.”

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