INDIANAPOLIS | When the sole aim is to wrestle under the spotlight on the center mat, it's not easy to retrieve the mojo for a consolation match.
Merrillville's Shawn Streck fought that empty feeling, but shook off the disappointment of a semifinal loss in the 285-pound weight class to top Jay County's Eric Hemmelgarn 3-1 in the third-place match Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
"I didn't warm up right. I was moping around when I shouldn't have been," Streck said. "I feel like I let myself down at the end of the tournament. It's a big part of the season, but it doesn't define my season."
Streck (44-2) was pinned by unbeaten senior Wesley Bernard of Indianapolis Cathedral at 1:17. Bernard hit Streck with a bull rush takedown that put him on his back and was unable to get up.
"I didn't know where I was with the out of bounds line," Streck said. "He caught me standing up straight. It's one of those things you have to be ready for at any moment, and I wasn't. He wrestled a better match. If I ever see him again, it would be a different match, but I probably won't."
Streck was the only freshman to medal at 285 last year, when he was seventh, and was the only sophomore to place this year.
Hughes responds: Lowell's Drew Hughes (37-2) was stunned in the morning quarterfinals at 138, where Center Grove's Tyler Fleener pinned him in 59 seconds. The 120 runner-up in 2013, he won his next matches to salvage fifth.
"I knew (the spladle) was coming. I felt it, but I couldn't stop it," Hughes said of his loss. "He just got me. It's real disappointing. It made me mad, a little more driven. A lot of guys, after they lose in the quarters, stop wrestling. They don't care. How Indiana is, the best you do is fifth. That's tough when your goal is to win it."
Hughes' brother Kenny took sixth at 160.
The 'other' Indian: Gelen Robinson wasn't the only Lake Central wrestler to have a big weekend. Jake Sebahar came in with 10 losses, but went 3-1 at 145 to claim third. Sebahar reached the semifinals with a 14-8 upset of Greenwood's Bailey Schober despite having a bandage wrapped around his head to try to contain a nose bleed.
"It was the only way I could keep going," Sebahar said. "To finish the season off with a win is definitely something I wanted to do and to get third place, it's pretty cool. It's one of the best tournaments I've ever wrestled and for it to come in my last one, that's something."
Great Scott: Hanover Central's Tyler Scott's season ended with a pair of losses, 10-3 in the 195 semifinals to Warren Central's Katrell Moss and 7-6 in the consolation match to Mooresville's Randy Scott (no relation), but the Hanover Central senior still took home the fourth-place medal.
"It's a big thing for the team," Scott said. "I could've done better, but it happens. High school's over with. I have to look at that and get ready for college. I hope I can help the younger kids in the Rick Larsen club. I wasn't very good when I was young, but I hope I can show that if you put the hard work and time in, you can really do something."
Pirate bounty: Among Merrillville's six medalists, Isaac Rentas (145) was fifth and Willie Armstrong (160), Clarence Johnson (126) and Mike Garza (113) were all seventh. The performance pushed Merrillville to a top-10 finish."
"The highlight was probably getting six guys through (the first round)," Streck said. "I'm happy for our team."
Hashtag irony: Hobart's Brendan Black, who made the field due to an injury and won a Friday match because of an opponent getting sick, defaulted his seventh-place bout at 120.
Medal count: Other region medalists were Munster's Jason Crary (sixth, 113), Portage's Steven Lawrence (seventh, 138), and Kankakee Valley's Tim Schoonveld (sixth, 182).