The Madison Central wrestling team was back in action this past week at the Fern Creek Gladiator Duals and Individual Tournament in Louisville.

The Indians finished runner-up in the team dual tournament on Friday.

On Saturday, the Indians had another strong showing on the mat, competing against 22 other teams for individual titles.

The Indians dominated their pool duals with wins over Moore, 60-12, Bullet East, 36-27, Jeffersonville (Ind.), 54-28, and South Oldham, 40-36, to advance to the championship.

Madison Central finished runner up after falling to Evansville Reitz, 42-27

In the championship dual, the Indians racked up pins from Robert Nardelli, Jeffrey Kinley, Thomas Deck and Zac Cowan, but were not enough to pull off the victory.

Five Madison Central wrestlers were undefeated on the day -- Jonathan Gilbert (113 pounds), Nardelli (120), Kinley (126), Thomas Deck (132) and Cowan (138) were all 5-0 in dual competition.

Lacey Gilbert (106), Joey Stuart (152 pounds), Daniel Baker (160 pounds) and Zade Hawkins (160 pounds) all finished with 4-1 records.

Ryan McManus had a big win over Alex Rivera from Moore, who is currently ranked at 145 pounds.

Madison Central grapplers were back in action Saturday for the individual tournament at Fern Creek.

The Indians earned 308 team points, finishing fifth. Evansville Reitz finsihed first (342.5 points), followed by Fairdale (342.5), and Jeffersonville (308.5).

Competing with only a partial line-up, the Indians had a strong showing. Six of the eight Madison Central wrestlers that competed placed in the top three of their weight class.

Jonathan Gilbert (113), Jeffrey Kinley (126), Thomas Deck (132) and Zac Cowan (138) each won individual titles in their respective weight divisions. Freshmen Robert Nardelli (120) finished runner-up. Seventh-grader Lacey Gilbert battled her way to a third-place finish in the 106 pound weight class. The lightweights recorded a combined 19 falls, two tech falls, two major decisions and a decision.

Central is set to return to action Saturday at the Anderson County Bearcat Invitational in Lawrenceburg.

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