None of the seven area wrestlers from Logansport, Lewis Cass and Winamac were able to advance past the Merrillville Semistate on Saturday. A top four finish in each weight class was needed to advance to the state finals.
Logansport’s Justin Porter (113 pound weight class) won his opening match against Hanover Central’s Chris Ruiz by 18-3 tech fall. Porter was then defeated by Munster’s Jason Crary by 11-2 major decision in the ticket round. Porter finished his sophomore season with a 30-2 record.
Cass junior Jarrett Carden (120) was defeated by Hobart’s Brendan Black by fall in 2:31. Carden finishes 35-7.
Logan junior Ryan Schrock (138) won his opening match over Calumet’s Doriante Bryant by 13-2 major decision. Schrock was then defeated by Lowell’s Drew Hughes by fall in 1:13 in the ticket round. Schrock finishes 28-4.
Cass senior Gabe Welch (152) won his opening match against Griffith’s Anwar Issa by fall in 4:15. Welch was then defeated by Penn’s Alex Rinehart by fall in 5:46 in the ticket round. Welch finishes 39-3.
Cass senior Brendan McGehee (160) was defeated by John Glenn’s Adam Dodson by a 13-6 decision. McGehee finishes 33-9.
Winamac junior Gage Garpow (170) won his opening match against South Bend Riley’s James Malone by a 10-6 decision. Garpow was defeated by New Prairie’s Wade Young by a 7-4 decision in the ticket round. Garpow finishes 33-4.
Cass junior Blaine Elliott (220) was defeated by Rochester’s Jordan Shafer by fall in 3:01. Elliott finishes 33-9.
Many of the wrestlers will have another shot at state next year. Cass coach Nate Burrous talked about the Kings’ day.
“I was proud of the four young men that wrestled at semistate today,” Burrous said. “Jarrett Carden at 120 made his third trip to semi state and lost a hard fought match first round. He will be back next year and I’m confident he will take that next step to the state finals. Gabe Welch at 152 pinned his first opponent and then lost to good wrestler from Penn High School. Brendan McGehee at 160 lost 13-6. He had the other guy on his back first period and almost pinned him. Blaine Elliott at 220 was tied 5-5, started to put his opponent on his back and got rolled through and pinned. All four guys wrestled hard and should be proud of their accomplishments this year. They are all good young men and I will certainly miss Welch and McGehee next year, as well as the rest of our seniors.”