Jasper senior Jeb Prechtel (top) works on fellow senior Alex Hardin during Monday’s practice. Prechtel, Hardin and the rest of the Wildcats are getting ready for Saturday’s scheduled sectional at Huntingburg Memorial Gym, and Prechtel, who’s currently 27-0, can get the 100th win of his career on Saturday.

JASPER — Jeb Prechtel knows what it’s like, time and again, to come close to victory, only to feel the agony of defeat. The Jasper senior twice has made it to the sectional championship in high school — only to fall as a runner-up both times, and he made his way to semistate his first three years, losing in the match to go to state by a single point both his sophomore and junior years.

This season, however, Prechtel’s taking no prisoners — heading into Saturday’s sectional at Southridge at 27-0, having won the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Championship Jan. 21 in the 160-pound class, and is ranked third in the state at 160, according to