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IHSAA State Wrestling - Law & Morrill Win - Advance to Saturday's Quarter-Finals

Game Date
Feb 19, 2021

Two East wrestlers advance to medal round in wrestling state finals

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Columbus East’s Kade Law holds down Madison’s Luke McCarty in the 160-pound sectional championship match at Jennings County, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. Paige Grider for The Republic

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INDIANAPOLIS — Two Columbus East wrestlers have advanced to the medal round of the Wrestling State Finals after putting together first-round victories on Friday night.

Junior Kade Law and senior Sam Morrill each advanced with decisive victories at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. That guarantees them three matches today and a top-eight finish.

“One of the biggest things on the Friday night matches is overcoming nerves,” East coach Chris Cooper said. “This year, with the two (first-round) sessions and limited number of fans, it’s a different feel, but there’s still some nerves. We’ve always talked that whoever can get calmed down from that nervous feeling will have the advantage.”

Morrill (36-1), ranked No. 6 at 170, pinned McCutcheon senior Spencer Phillips (14-3), who is ranked No. 23, in 4:00. Morrill was close to earning a technical fall when he came through with the pin.

“Sam is just relaxed all the time,” Cooper said. “Him wrestling on a big stage at Bankers Life is not a great big deal to him. You’re going to get his best when he’s out there. Sam got in on a shot in the first 10 seconds and just rolled him out from there.”

Morrill will face Zionsville senior Shane Bates (27-6), who is ranked No. 12, in the quarterfinals. If Morrill wins, he would meet No. 2 Pate Eastin (31-0) of Penn or No. 9 Ulrik Urasky of Cathedral (25-3), who is the only wrestler to beat Morrill this season.

Law (34-3), ranked No. 4 at 160, beat Maconaquah sophomore Logan Farnell (40-4) in an 11-5 decision. Law led 11-2 after two periods.

“I think he did a pretty good job getting relaxed,” Cooper said. “The first part of the match, he got into his offense. The third period, he may have gotten concerned about winning the match and maybe didn’t finish as well, but he did a great job the first four minutes of putting himself in a position to win.”

Law will face Crown Point sophomore Orlando Cruz (29-2), who is ranked No. 5, in the quarterfinals. A win for Law likely would put him up against top-ranked Carmel senior Robert Major (38-0) in the semifinals.

A third state qualifier from East, sophomore Liam Krueger (25-9), ranked No. 9 at 106, lost a 7-0 decision to LaPorte sophomore Ashton Jackson (32-2), who is ranked No. 7, during the morning session.

“He had a fantastic season to make it to the state finals as a sophomore. He was just overmatched a little bit in his match. But he already signed up for another tournament on Sunday, so he’s ready to go.”

Today’s quarterfinals begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by semifinals and a consolation round. Third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches start at 5 p.m., and the championship matches begin at 7:30 p.m.

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