Mat Cats Claim Holiday Classic wrestling title

MD head coach Greg Schaefer
MD head coach Greg Schaefer
MD wrestler Zeke Zenthoefer gets pin
MD wrestler Zeke Zenthoefer gets pin

By Chris Goodman - bio | email

Mater Dei has won it's annual Holiday Classic in come from behind fashion. The Mat Cats placed four champions on the second day of the tournament to win the overall title.

Zach Henderson(125), John Sims(140), Zeke Zenthoefer(145) and John Kercher(215) all claimed individual titles on Tuesday. Quinn Schroeder(119) also edged Union County's Keaton Thomas 5-4 in four overtimes to claim 3rd place.

Union County had 2 individual champs and Memorial placed one when Dan Borkowski won his match at Heavyweight over Mt. Carmel standout Tanner Crum 3-2. Mater Dei had 201 overall points to claim the title. Louisville Trinity placed second with 189. Franklin Community finished third with 170. Union County was fourth with 142 points. Memorial claimed 6th place with 123 points. Tell City was 9th, North Posey 10th, Mount Carmel 14th and Vincennes Lincoln finished 15th.


EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE)- Mater Dei trails in it's own Holiday Wrestling Classic after the first day of action. The Mat Cats are third overall trailing visiting Franklin.

It's the 25th year overall for the Mater Dei Holiday Classic. Wrestling teams from all over the region are in town to compete with one of Indiana's best.

"You don't really get to see them very often," says Mater Dei coach Greg Schaefer of the visiting teams. "They come in and everybody is ready to go. It's a fun atmosphere in a small gym and gets loud."

Schaefer says the tournament always serves as a good growing experience for his younger athletes. "It's a tremendous opportunity for the young guys who come in and don't have much experience. They get to wrestle in front of their home crowds and make a name for themselves."

Zeke Zenthoefer, who wrestles at 145 for the Mat Cats, picked up a pin in one late afternoon match. Zenthoefer says he likes "the tournament atmosphere and being able to wrestle individually."

But as many other Mater Dei wrestlers will tell you, you have to be ready for a high level of competition.

After one day, here is a look at the top ten in standings.

1. Franklin Community                     97.00

2. Trinity                                           88.00

3. Mater Dei                                      83.00

4. Union County                               71.50

5. Avon                                             62.00

6. Floyd Central & Memorial              43.00

8. St. Xavier                                       37.50

9. North Posey                                  36.00

10. Tell City                                      35.00