Grappling to success
Local wrestlers conquer sectional field and advance to regional competition
Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:49 PM
CONVERSE, Ind. – For the fourth consecutive year, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles captured its own IHSAA wrestling sectional, but this title did not come as easy as past years as the Golden Eagles clipped runners-up Western 231-226.5. Eastern wrestled well and took home third place with 212 points. The top four finishers in each weight class advance to the IHSAA Peru Regional on Feb. 4.
At the IHSAA Oak Hill Wrestling Sectional, Taylor’s Mason Cheek takes down Jackson Allstock of Eastbrook in a 138-pound weight class match. Howard County qualified 34 wrestlers for the regional round of the tournament, which will be held at Peru. See page B3 for more photo action. (Herald Photo/William Gibson)
“DaShaun Barbary lost a heartbreaker of a match in the finals,” said Kokomo head coach Ryan Wells. “He was up the entire match when his opponent scored a two-point reversal with just seconds left of the clock. He will still move on to the regional and get another crack at becoming champion this week.”
Final team scores for the Oak Hill Sectional: 1. Oak Hill 231, 2. Western 226.5, 3. Eastern 212, 4. Marion 173, 5. Kokomo 162.5, 6. Eastbrook 92, 7. Mississinewa 64, 8. Madison-Grant 35, 9. Taylor 16.
106-pounds: 1. J.C. Herring (31-1), Oak Hill; 2. Payton Lechner, Western; 3. Nigel Lenoir, Kokomo; 4. Daylen Johnson, Marion.
113-pounds: 1. Gerald Pearson (20-2), Eastern; 2. Bhupesh Chauhan, Oak Hill; 3. Chandler Ciscell, Western; 4. Troy Smith, Marion.
120-pounds: 1. Jabin Wright (30-1), Kokomo; 2. Courtland Smith, Mississinewa; 3. Macaiah White, Eastern; 4. Max Stefanatos, Oak Hill.
126-pounds: 1. Hunter Cottingham (36-1), Western; 2. Jaylon Gibson, Marion; 3. Ethan Stephenson, Mississinewa; 4. Seth Johnson, Kokomo.
132-pounds: 1. Tytus Morrisett (31-5), Eastern; 2. Dylan Goudy, Western; 3. Isaac Roush, Eastbrook; 4. Joel Barnes, Marion.
138-pounds: 1. Lorenzo Trevino (34-6), Marion; 2. Aren Turner, Eastern; 3. Keith Evans, Oak Hill; 4. Rafael Lopez, Kokomo.
145-pounds: 1. Carter Ciscell (14-5), Western; 2. Cole Ridgeway, Oak Hill; 3. Eli Elkins, Eastern; 4. Kyler Funk, Mississinewa.
152-pounds: 1. Christian Bratcher (35-0), Eastbrook; 2. Corbin Hetzner, Eastern; 3. Donavan Shepherd, Western; 4. Bradley Rosman, Oak Hill.
160-pounds: 1. Noah King (28-5), Oak Hill; 2. Kevin Lenahan, Western; 3. Ben Cole, Eastern; 4. Nate Kean, Madison-Grant.
170-pounds: 1. Brody Hardcastle (29-3), Oak Hill; 2. Garrett Hetzner, Eastern; 3. Jacob Allen, Western; 4. Trevon Carson, Marion.
182-pounds: 1. Blaney Harrison (30-1), Oak Hill; 2. DaShaun Barbary, Kokomo; 3. Matt Scott, Western; 4. Xaine Kirby, Eastbroook.
195-pounds: 1. Gavin Herrera (30-6), Kokomo; 2. Tony Fuller, Oak Hill; 3. Braxton Erb, Western; 4. Victor Lee, Marion.
220-pounds: 1. Nick Fox (31-5), Kokomo; 2. Jackson Bush, Eastrbook; 3. Josh Gadd, Marion; 4. Luke Lushin, Western.
285-pounds: 1. Evan Ellis (35-0), Eastern; 2. Own Perkins, Oak Hill; 3. Lane Eubank, Western; 4. Gabe Watkins, Marion.
Tigers are the Peru Sectional
PERU, Ind. – The Peru Bengal Tigers won the IHSAA Peru Wrestling Sectional for a fifth consecutive year with 268.5 points, easily outdistancing itself from second-place Maconaquah (182) and third-place Manchester (181.5). Northwestern was fifth (122).
Max Clark (220-pounds) repeated as a sectional champion for Northwestern.
Other Tigers to advance to the Peru Regional were Tanner Pipenger (second at 126), Mason Coen (fourth at 132), Evan Cardwell (third at 170), Patrick Harris (third at 195) and Colten Pipenger (third at 285).
“Pretty good day for us as we finished fifth as a team, qualifying six wrestlers for next week’s (Peru Regional), said Northwestern head coach Steve Swinson. “We were hoping for one or two more guys to advance but we are really happy with the total improvement our whole team has made this season.”
Complete sectional results are available online at www.ihsaa.org.