Feb. 20—INDIANAPOLIS — Shane Bates has been in big moments throughout his high school athletics career, whether it be on the wrestling mat or football field.
So when he trailed late in the third period of his opening round match at the IHSAA State Finals against Eastern's Brodie Porter, there was no panic in the Zionsville 170-pound senior.
And that sense of calm paid off for Bates, as he got an escape late in the third period to tie the match at 4, then secured a takedown in overtime to advance to the state quarterfinals.
"That was a lot of guts and heart," Zionsville head coach Doug Welch said. "That was a hard-fought six minutes, back-and-forth battling and that kid was tough. When the going got tough, Shane got tougher."
Bates got a first-period takedown, and led 2-1 after a period.
He started down in the second period and got an escape to go up 3-1 heading to the third.
Porter escaped to start the third, then got a takedown to go up 4-3. Welch said he wasn't worried about how Bates would respond to adversity.
"Shane's experience pays off there," Welch said. "He competed at state last year, competed at the State Finals in football this year, and he is a gamer. He lives for being under the lights in this atmosphere."
Bates escaped with 23 seconds left in the third period to tie the match and force overtime.
In the OT, Bates wasted no time, getting a takedown 13 seconds into the frame to secure the win.
"That took a lot of heart," Welch said. "When things aren't going your way and it seems like momentum is going to the other guy — to dig deep and pull that out like Shane did — that says a lot about the type of person Shane is. He is a tough, he is a leader and I couldn't be more proud of him."
Bates became the third Eagle to advance to the quarterfinals on Friday. He will face Samuel Morill of Columbus East in the quarterfinals.
Earlier in the day, Hudson Harreld and Logan Wagner won their matches to advance.
Welch said that those three wrestlers deserve to be on the podium and have a chance to compete for the state title.
"It's real rewarding and they get to do it together, which is pretty cool," Welch said. "They started this journey together in middle school and they get to finish on the podium together. They are going to help each other out for these next three rounds tomorrow, and that's pretty cool."
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.