Wrestler’s Bring Home A Runner Up Finish In CIC Meet

Posted on January 23, 2012 in Winter Sports, Wrestling

by chuck landis clandis@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com


Without an individual champion, Oak Hill nearly pulled off its third Central Indiana Conference meet championship Saturday afternoon, but fell just short.

Frankton had five individual winners and defeated the Golden Eagles 234½ to 221½ at Elwood High School for its first CIC team title.

“It’s the first for Frankton and good for them and unfortunate for us,” Oak Hill coach Andrew King said. “On paper, they should have beaten us more, but we came close and fell basically one match short.”

Grant County had two individual champions in the meet. Mississinewa’s Jordan Byrd captured the 138-pound weight class, and Madison-Grant’s Josh Shipp won at 182 pounds.

Oak Hill had seven runner-up finishers: Nick Horsley (106); Cody Staggs (120); Breighton Mullinix (126); Jared Wallace (132); Riley Johnson (138); Thomas Linna (182), and Ethan Bowland (285).

In the North Central Conference meet, Marion finished in eighth place, although Seth Lloyd won his weight class for the second consecutive year. This time, Lloyd was champion at 106 pounds with a 3-0 record.

Marion forfeited three weight classes and collected no points in four others. The Giants had Gabe Flores (126), Tanner Williams (160) and Nate Duke (195) finish runners-up in their weight classes.

“We knew it would be a struggle, especially when we were giving up three weight classes,” Marion assistant coach Jim Umfleet said. “But with the wrestling we had, we were pleased with most of it.”

King was ecstatic with the Eagles’ overall performance and said there were few disappointments. Staggs was the only Eagles’ No. 1 seed, and he lost an 18-6 major decision to Frankton’s Jake Fix in the finals.

Byrd and Shipp each defeated Oak Hill wrestlers in the final round. The third-seeded Byrd pulled off an 11-4 decision over No. 2 Wallace at 132.

“(Byrd) wrestled the best he had all year and peaked at the right time,” Mississinewa coach Curt Funk said. “It was nice to see him win a conference championship.”

Top-seeded Shipp continued his outstanding season at 182 pounds and improved to 27-2 with his technical fall of Linna in the finals.

“Everything is coming together for Josh at the right time,” Madison-Grant coach John Callahan said. “We have been working on little things and his conditioning and aggressiveness, and he should be in full gear for the sectional.”

Staggs and Wallace both are 26-4 after their runner-up finishes.

Finishing third for the Eagles were Kaleb Martin (152), Jake Garza (160) and Jake Mullinix (170).

Mississinewa finished fourth (147) and improved three places over last year’s CIC showing. The Indians were missing two of their better wrestlers, Jacob Evans (138) and Andrew Smelser (152), who each sat out with injuries.

Wes Herrera was unseeded and came through with a second-place finish for the Indians at 220 pounds. Finishing third was Gaige Reidy at 182 pounds and Chris Osborne at 195.

“We wrestled better than I anticipated and I’m proud of the kids,” Funk said.

Eastbrook finished sixth and was led by Caleb Strand’s second-place finish at 152 pounds. The Panthers received thirds from Bo Cowgill (132) and Donovan Elliott (145) and fourths from Colton Staggs (182) and Derek Woolums (285).

Madison-Grant placed eighth and other top finishers were Jarek Jarvis (138) in third and Caleb Nieman (160) and Brian Yeagy (152) in fifth.

Marion’s Lloyd improved to 32-0 with his second straight NCC title. Umfleet said Flores also wrestled well in an 11-7 loss to New Castle’s Brendan Campbell, a state finals runner-up last year.

“Flores had Campbell on his back, and that was the first time he was on his back all year,” Umfleet said.

Marion also had fourths from Salvadore Puente (113) and Jordan Feuerstein (132).

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