By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — If Logan Ferrell appears to be an unstoppable juggernaut, it’s likely because he may be one.
The Tippecanoe senior heavyweight continued to steamroll over his competition, pinning Uhrichsville Claymont’s Jaret Aubiel in a mere 29 seconds in his first-round match at the Division II state wrestling tournament Thursday at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus.
“He’s a freight train,” Tippecanoe coach Nick Petro said of Ferrell. “There’s no stopping him when he’s on his game.”
It’s become a regular occurrence for Ferrell, who won a sectional and district title along his track to state.
“It feels really great,” Ferrell said. “I just wanted to go out and keep my momentum rolling from district. I knew in my head that it’s best to go out, try to catch your guy off guard and pin him in the first 30 seconds. If not by then, the first minute. Or 1:30. Either way, I’m not going to let someone up once I get them down.”
“He pinned his way to the sectional title, he pinned his way to the district title — and he went out today and did it again,” Petro said. “He’s very hungry. He’s wanting to win it all, and he’s wanting to make a statement.”
“This is my first time here, so I’m working on not being nervous,” Ferrell said. “I want to win a state title — and this is my last chance. I know I need to give my best every time.”
For teammate Jack Peura (152), though, the day didn’t start off as well.
Peura, another senior, came into the tournament as a district runner-up and faced off against Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s Michael McIntire. He fell behind 3-0 after the first round but trailed only 3-2 late in the second — only to get caught in a five-point move in the final 10 seconds of the round.
“The kid was taller, a little funky and lanky, and he caught us with a hold that just doesn’t happen often in wrestling,” Petro said. “It’s the state tournament, and competition is tough. We came out, we felt we were prepared — and I still believe we were prepared.”
Carrying an 8-2 lead into the final period, McIntire was able to ride out a 12-3 major decision to send Peura into Thursday night’s consolation round.
In his consolation match, Peura was dominant, defeating New Philadelphia’s Logan Dusenberry by a 15-0 tech. fall to remain alive for Friday’s action.
“Jack’s a very tough young man, and with his mental fortitude, he’ll be able to come back and perform,” Petro said.
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