Wrestlers Win Grant 4 Championship

Posted on December 22, 2015 in Winter Sports, Wrestling

Matt Wilson
The Oak Hill wrestling team continued its dominance of the Grant Four Tournament on Monday at Eastbrook High School.
The Eagles defeated Eastbrook, Madison-Grant and Mississinewa to win their seventh straight Grant Four championship. Oak Hill has won 21 of the last 22 and 41 of the last 43 county championships.
Oak Hill finished with a 3-0 record, while Eastbrook was 2-1, Madison-Grant was 1-2 and Mississinewa was 0-3.
“This is nice to be county champs again,” Oak Hill coach Andrew King. “Eastbrook came to wrestle and Mississinewa and Madison-Grant also had some individuals that wrestled well. We just wrestled better as a team today.”
Oak Hill beat Missisinewa 75-6 in the opening round, Eastbrook 45-29 in the second round and Madison-Grant 75-3 in the third round.
“This feels great to keep the county streak going,” Oak Hill heavyweight wrestler Owen Perkins said. “But we would not have been able to do this without all of the guys that came before us, so we have to thank them.”
Eastbrook beat Madison-Grant 60-18 in the opening round. The Panthers then beat Mississinewa 59-24 in the third round.
Madison-Grant took third place, beating Mississinewa 37-36 on a coin flip in the second round.
Oak Hill had seven champions.
JC Herring won at 106 pounds with a 3-0 record. Cole Ridgeway won at 120 pounds with a 3-0 record. Travis Davenport won at 126 pounds with a 3-0 record. Zach Gunter won at 132 pounds with a 3-0 record. Brody Hardcastle won at 152 pounds with a 3-0 record. Noah King won at 170 pounds with a 3-0 record. Perkins won at 285 pounds with a 3-0 record.
“I feel like the day went well,” Noah King said. We did a good job of not giving up pins in matches and we just wrestled the way we know we can.”
Eastbrook had six champions.
Matthew Oswalt won at 113 pounds with a 3-0 record. Christian Bratcher won at 145 pounds with a 3-0 record. Will Bratcher won at 160 pounds with a 3-0 record. Garrett Bradley won at 185 pounds. Luke Elliott won at 195 pounds with a 3-0 record. Jackson Bush won at 220 pounds with a 3-0 record.
“I feel like this was a good day for us,” Eastbrook coach Cody Younce said. “We had some guys step up today and we turned a corner.”
Bradley Smith from Misssinewa won with a 3-0 record at 138 pounds.
Gunter won for the fastest pin at 19 seconds.
In the Eastbrook and Oak Hill match, Eastbrook had a 19-9 lead after Bush won by a 12-4 major decision at 220 pounds. Oak Hill took a 21-19 lead after both Perkins and Herring received forfeits.
“They had some guys in weight classes where we didn’t, and that hurt us,” Younce said.
Eastbrook took a 25-21 lead after Oswalt won by pin at 113 pounds. Oak Hill, however, scored the next 24 points after winning four straight matches by pin. Ridgeway won at 120 pounds, Davenport won at 126 pounds, Gunter won at 132 pounds and Luke Buckler won at 138 pounds.
Bratcher won by a 12-3 major decision to make the final score 45-29.
While the Eagles came away victorious, Andrew King still sees room for improvement.
“We had some close matches that didn’t go our way,” Andrew King said. “There were able seven or eight close matches today, and only a couple of them went our way. We still have to find a way to win those close matches.”

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