Versailles Republican Sports

January 18, 2007

Milan Indian wrestlers claim second consecutive SIWC championship title
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Head Wrestling Coach Roy Adams orchestrated another Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference victory by his team on Saturday, January13, at Southwestern-Hanover. The team effort was, as it needed to be, strong enough to claim the title for the second straight year. Titles are hard to win, but to keep the throne is a horse of a different color, as those having held titles will attest. The Indians did just that with their SIWC victory.
The Indian team captured first place in the 12 team meet for the championship title with a score of 227. Teams finishing second through twelfth were: Southwestern Hanover @ 219, Providence @ 213.5, Forest Park @ 165.5, Charlestown @ 154, Mitchell @ 94.5, New Washington @ 84, Paoli @ 82.5, Anderson @ 63, Salem @ 41.5, Eastern (Pekin) @ 39, and Indianapolis Lutheran @ 23.
Other than Davey's individual weight class championship title win as described to the right, three other Indian wrestlers claimed championship titles during the SIWC meet. They were: Andrew Gress, who won the 135# class by defeating Patrick O'Neal of Southwestern Hanover, Jeremy Herbert, who won the 140# class with his defeat of Nick Golembeski of Providence, and Nick Yatsko, who claimed the 160# class over opponent Jacob Eve, also of Providence.
Indians finishing as runner-up in the event were: Tanner Roark @ 285# , who fell to Eean Huffman in the championship round, Josh Dickey @ 125# named runner-up by a referee's 3-2 decision to give a point to state ranked Mitch Atkins of Forest Park, and Jacob Huff @ 145#.
Indians acquiring third place awards were: Jerad Huff @ 103#, and Zak O'Neal @ 171#. Indians reaching All-Conference team status were: Andrew Gress @ 135, Jeremy Herbert @ 140#, Nick Yatsko @ 160#, and Brandon Davey @ 189#. Indians named to the second team All-Conference team were: Josh Dickey @ 135#, Jacob Huff @ 145#, and Tanner Roark @ 289#.

Feeling pride in a job done well
Milan Indian junior, Brandon Davey, is pleased to have the honor of carrying the day's winnings to the locker room as he well should be. Davey wrestled for the championship title in his weight class of 189# in the Saturday, January 13, SIWC (Southern Indiana Wrestling Conference) meet held at Southwestern-Hanover. Davey's victory by a pin over Mitchell's Dakota Burnett in the last 12 seconds of their match, clinched the team championship title for the Indians. Young Davey is a battler that doesn't just quit, if you win, you have to out wrestle him.

Burdette is living his dream
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Information gathered by Milton Teer of Milan attests to a fact of interest to racing enthusiast, and to those who just appreciate seeing a young person's dreams come to fruition. The young recipient of good news is Milan High School sophomore, Brett Burdette, the son of Joe and Tanya Burdette.
Burdette began racing in the 1200 mini sprints just 2 years ago at the Lawrenceburg Speedway. Burdette drove well enough in his first season to earn the Rookie of the Year title, and finished fourth in points overall.
In his second year of racing, 2006, he moved up to the 410 non-wing division and finished 10th in points overall. During the '06 season, Burdette traveled to Eastbay, Florida to compete in a three day event against some of the best drivers in the world. He there finished 54th of the 97 drivers participating.
Showing apparent natural ability, he was invited to attend the Gnassi Driver Development Clinic in North Carolina, at Gnassi Headquarters. Prestigious in itself, as only 60 drivers are invited annually.
Brett's racing schedule for 2007 puts him on an indoor track on January 20th & 21st at Dequin, Illinois. He will there be racing in the 1200 non-wing mini sprint.
Following that, Burdette will travel to Eastbay, Florida to compete in the major event. At this time, he will be competing in two divisions, both the 360 wing and the 410 non-wing races.
His racing schedule at that time includes January 24, 25, 26, 27, and continues on the 29, 30, and 31. He is also slated to race the first two days of February.
Any and all support is appreciated by this young man toward his ventures.
We wish him the best!!

_____________________________________________________________________________________ Yatsko pins opponent for 160# SIWC title

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Milan Indian wrestler Nick Yatsko claimed the 160# class championship title to help propel his team to their second consecutive SIWC Team championship title.