Giant wrestlers are ready for state

Lydy, Oglesby and Wilder will wrestle for state at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

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Wrestlers Norman Oglesby (from left), Dylan Lydy and Kasha Wilder pose during Thursday’s state breakfast. The three will compete for a state title this weekend at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

This Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, three Ben Davis wrestlers will square off in their respective weight classes in the IHSAA 2015 state championship — Dylan Lydy, Norman Oglesby, and Kasha Wilder. How do they feel heading into possibly the biggest weekend of their career? Just ask Wilder.

“I feel great man. I’ve never felt so prepared before a match. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am and I will not fall short of my goal,” said the senior with a 25-6 record in the 220-pound class.

“Since I’ve been there before I have no worries and the lights and excitement doesn’t bother. I just wanna go out there and wrestle my match.”

Like Wilder, Oglesby also made an appearance at state last year — but falling in the final round. He uses that match as motivation to win the tournament this year.

“I’m too hungry. I want (to win) badly but I stay humble and try not to hype myself up too much. I’m gonna give it all I’ve got since this is my last chance,” Oglesby said.

Oglesby is undefeated so far on the year in the 285-pound class (32-0), along with his undefeated teammate Lydy, who has yet to lose in the 170-pound class (42-0). Lydy is the top seed at 170 poiunds while Oglesby is seeded second at heavyweight.

As a whole, the Ben Davis wrestling team pushed extremely hard this season and were rewarded with high finishes in postseason tournaments, including a t.

“The wrestling team did very well in individual tournaments, placing third at sectionals, regionals and semi-state,” Lydy said.

“I feel like as a team we wrestled great and had a great season,” Oglesby added.

But this weekend, the spotlight will be on the three senior wrestlers who all are vying for state championships. The brackets are already set, and leave interesting matchups come Friday and Saturday.

Lydy’s first match is against Ben Norton, a senior from LaVille with a 31-7 record. In the entire 170-pound bracket, there are two wrestlers that have one loss on the season, but Lydy is the only undefeated wrestler in the class.

Wilder’s road to the championship is no easy task. His first match is against Erik Hart, a senior from Lebanon with a 33-2 record. The rest of Wilder’s 220-pound bracket is full of equally strong wrestlers, but Wilder isn’t intimidated. He’s mentally prepared and believes he can go all the way.

“(Preparation has) been all mental for me and always has been. I’ve watched film and went over it with coaches and practiced hard for it but all that is no good if I don’t get my mind together first,” Wilder said.

“How far can I go? As far as I wanna go, most certainly, but in the end it’s up to God and I wanna thank him for all of my success thus far.”

Oglesby’s first match is against Drew Hobick, a senior from Zionsville with a 30-16 record. His path to final will also be difficult, possibly facing the 45-1 Richmond senior Nathon Trawick in the semifinal and 42-0 Merrillville junior Shawn Streck in the final.

“I feel like this year I did great, now I just have to finish,” Oglesby said.

Watch that finish starting at 6 p.m. on Friday night, where the first round of the state tournament takes place. The next day, quarterfinals and semifinals begin at 9:30 a.m., with consolation matches starting later at 5 p.m., and with finals subsequently starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per session or $20 for both days at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The tournament will be televised on Fox Sports Indiana and streamed on IHSAAtv.org.

It’s the final tournament of the year. Our wrestlers are ready. Are you?