Center Groves Tyler Fleener pins Greenwoods Bailey Schober during their 126 pouns Sectional wrestling match Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Mooresville High School in Moorseville, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
Center Groves Anthony Schoettle pins Mooresvilles Brody Boles during their 120 pound Sectional wrestling match Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Mooresville High School in Moorseville, Indiana. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal
When Pat Dowty was in high school in the mid- and late-1990s, a wrestler from Johnson County didn’t make it to the state finals without excelling at the Seymour Semistate first.
It made perfect geographical sense, with Franklin, for instance, being only 43 miles away.
Then the IHSAA elected to move the south semistate to Evansville. Just like that, bus and car rides for local coaches, athletes and fans got a whole heck of a lot longer.
“That semistate had been at Seymour for a long time, but the IHSAA likes to throw Evansville a bone every now and then, and I think that’s what happened here,” said Center Grove coach Cale Hoover. “I know it’s a longer trip, but it doesn’t bother me. The kids like having an overnight trip. They look forward to it.”
The Evansville Semistate is hosted by Reitz High School and takes place Saturday at the 11,000-seat Ford Center, which opened November 2011. It had previously taken place at Roberts Stadium, which opened in 1956 and is currently in the process of being demolished.