Stevie Jones – first round of Regionals wrestled a kid from Mater Dei that beat him by more than 15 last time they met. Stevie came out with a first period takedown to take the lead, but had to take an injury timeout in the third period (most likely a broken toe) and ended up falling short. Stevie wrestled hard – he is a Junior semi-state qualifier and will be back. He wrestled hard – we are proud.
Joseph Deleon – one of our best success stories this year. He started the state tourney 3 weeks ago with a losing record and due to a tremendous amount of “never give up” he won Regionals, and his first round of semi-state over a ranked Bloomington South wrestler. In the match to go to state he was tied up in the third period and lost by 2 to his Avon opponent – we are so proud of JoJo! He did awesome. (SIDE STORY – the Avon kid was a great sport and great kid – sat with our team the rest of the day and we had a great time with him. He got home after semi-state to find his mom dead of a heart attack. I have already met with their coach to send support to this young man.)
OUR STATE QUALIFIER:
Gavan Jolley-Little: WOW – best he ever wrestled. Gavan won his first match 3-2 over Brownsburg. In round 2 – the match to go to state – he had the same kid as last year in the match to go – this kid was 47-1. Gavan won in triple overtime to qualify for state. Gavan won this match – first words off the mat were “My dad got me up off the mat”. Pretty powerful statement – (his dad died this spring).
In the semi-finals he was wrestling the #2 ranked kid in the state – the same kid that beat him last year this round and the same kid that is his only loss this year (by pin)….Gavan kept his composure and took this mat to triple overtime – losing by 1 with 5 seconds on the clock – he wrestled well!
in the match for third and fourth – again – a double overtime – he was wrestling the #4 ranked heavyweight from Bloomington South. Gavan had never once EVER held an opponent down the whole period. He had to do this in double overtime to win – he did it.
Gavan will wrestle a kid from Muncie Central first round of state finals this Friday night.
8 straight years of a state finalist – that is a longer streak than any school in the HHC, our sectional or our regionals
Kevin Cain was named Academic All-State Honorable Mention
Information provided by Danny Struck, Jeffersonville High School Wrestling Coach