Western’s Jacob Allen attempts to get free from Lewis Cass’ Cole Carden
Western’s Jacob Allen attempts to get free from Lewis Cass’ Cole Carden
At Western High School, the West Lafayette Red Devils captured the Hoosier Conference wrestling crown, outdistancing Lewis Cass 240.5 to 227. Western was third with 223.5 points. Hamilton Heights was fourth with 155 points, followed by Northwestern (139), Twin Lakes (113), Lafayette Central Catholic (108), Rensselaer Central (99.5), Tipton (95) and Benton Central (86).

The host Panthers advanced to seven final matches, only to come up as conference runners-up each time: Peyton Lechner at 106 pounds, Chandler Ciscell (113), Hunter Cottingham (126), Dylan Goudy (132), Matt Scott (182), Luke Lushin (220) and Lane Eubank (285).

Keven Lenahan (fourth at 160), Jacob Allen (fourth at 170), Braxton Erb (fifth at 195), Tyler Lechner (sixth at 138), Austin Hunter (sixth at 145) and Donovan Shepherd (sixth at 152).

Northwestern captured a pair of individual championships as Evan Cardwell (170) and Max Clark (220) won their weight classes. Other Tiger finishes included: Colten Pipenger (third at 285), Tanner Pipenger (fourth at 126), Brady Henry (fourth at 138), Patrick Harris (fourth at 195) and Kevin Badgley (fifth at 120).

“Really pleased with how our young men wrestled today,” said Tigers head coach Steve Swinson. “I told the guys all week that we want to make some noise during the tourney this year and I believe they did just that; excited to place two conference champions. Our team goal was to place in the upper half of the 10 conference teams and we accomplished that finishing fifth.”

Both teams are now preparing for the IHSAA Oak Hill Wrestling Sectional which will take place on Jan. 28.