Wrestlers Set Record For Season Wins With CIC Championship

Posted on January 15, 2019 in Winter Sports, Wrestling

BY SCOTT HUNT – shunt@chronicle-tribune.com
ELWOOD — Oak Hill continued its domination on the wrestling mats for the 2018-19 season Monday night and the Golden Eagles put a couple of check marks on their list of goals for the season.

Oak Hill ran its dual meet record to 26-0 with three convincing wins on day two of the Central Indiana Conference championship to set a school record for most wins in a season and also win the school’s sixth-straight CIC title.

The Golden Eagles went 4-0 on Friday and the 7-0 record in the tournament’s new format left little doubt as to who the class of the CIC is this season. Oak Hill had seven wrestlers crowned individual champions.

“It’s really exciting to win as a team because we work so hard,” said senior Bradley Rosman, champion at 182. “We were supposed to be rebuilding last year and then to go win and we just keep winning, it’s as exciting as ever.

“Our goal is to always to win everything and go undefeated,” he added. “It’s awesome that were able to do it as a team together working hard to achieve our goals.”

Oak Hill and Frankton entered Monday’s fifth round as the only two unbeatens left standing from Friday. The Golden Eagles , however, took down Frankton 63-10 before beating Alexandria, 64-12 and Blackford, 79-0 to finish off the evening.

Frankton (6-1) finished second followed by Mississinewa (5-2) and Madison-Grant (4-3) to round out the top half. Alexandria (3-4), Elwood (2-5), Blackford (1-6) and Eastbrook (0-7) filled out the bottom half.

Joining Rosman as class winners for Oak Hill were: seniors Bhupesh Chauhan (126), and Stewart Mossholder (195) along with sophomores Harper Dedman (113), Aiden Hardcastle (120), Tyler Miller (138) and Jett Thompson (160). The seven champions for Oak Hill, all who went 7-0, was one more than the Golden Eagles had last year.

But Oak Hill coach Andrew King already has other business on his mind for the season.

“Its nice to win the conference, undefeated through dual meet season, a couple goals that we set,” King said. “Its good to make those accomplishments and we’ll celebrate this tonight and maybe a little bit tomorrow then we’ll get to work because we’ve got sectional coming up in two weeks.”

Oak Hill’s strength this season is much the same as its been in successful season’s past, work ethic and leadership passed down from upperclassmen to newcomers to the program.

“They’ve got a good work ethic as freshman all the way to seniors. They seem to all get along, they compliment each other, there’s no feuding and fighting going on,” King said. “It’s just a good group of kids and that makes it fun and enjoyable.

“(The seven seniors) all do real well with teaching not just dominating,” he added. “The work ethic is good and they show that also. Its crucial that your seniors are also great leaders. This is a great group.”

Mississinewa had one conference champion crowned with Courtland Smith (145), but the Indians third-place finish came with a good bit of drama.

Ole Miss needed a win in its final match to sneak past Madison-Grant, 39-36, in the first round of the night. Ole Miss added wins over Blackford (54-24) and Eastbrook (54-18).

“I’m extremely pleased with our kids, our goal coming in was to finish top three,” said Ole Miss coach Curt Funk. “We knew we would have a really tough time, obviously, to win it with Oak Hill being so strong but our goal was top three finish and that’s what we did.

“I’m real proud of our kids, they’ve gotten so much better from the start of they year,” Funk added.

Argylls’ coach Christian Fox was overall pleased with the was his team performed and M-G took home a pair of individual titles with Dakota Cates (195) and AJ Jones (285).

Jones has put together an outstanding 25-1 record this season and added a CIC medal to his Grant Four and Madison County championships.

Still, losing a close match to the the county-rival Indians left Fox a little displeased, yet hopeful.

“I was hoping we’d do better against Mississinewa and we kind of dropped the ball,” he said. “We’re always right there with them. They’re good team and we didn’t come as prepared as we thought we were, but we’ll be ready for sectional.

“We keep making some of the same mistakes. Some of our guys are beating themselves,” Fox lamented. “They’re really good, we’ve just got some things we need to fix before we get to sectionals.”

Madison-Grant topped Eastbrook (57-18) and Elwood (48-33) on Monday.

It’s been a struggle all season for Eastbrook and coach Cody Younce. The Panthers had just four wrestlers in preseason, but those numbers increased. Younce also missed over a week because of illness.

Younce had his biggest roster yet for CIC and seniors Preston Hinkle, Gage Bradley along with freshman Ben Smothers all recorded 4-3 records in the meet.

“I’ve got 10 on team and had seven wrestling, that’s the most I’ve had wrestling at a meet so far,” Younce said. “Hopefully I can get one more out for sectional.

“I just keep encouraging them. We keep gaining knowledge and improving,” Younce added. “It’s hard to go from what we’ve been in the past to this younger group. … Not having the leadership I’ve had in the past that can help out teaching basic movements is the hard part.”

Oak Hill will host the sectional on Jan. 26.

Senior Bhupesh Chauhan

Senior Bhupesh Chauhan wrestles to a CIC championship.

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