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February 2, 2014

Champions crowned at wrestling sectional

Kings advance 10, Berries six to next week's Logansport Regional.

MONTICELLO — Despite the weather of late, area wrestlers were able to take to the mats again for the Twin Lakes Sectional. After a long day of stiff competition, next week’s regional at Logansport has been set.

The Lewis Cass Kings will be well represented as they have advanced 10 wrestlers, Logansport will send six, followed by Winamac with two and Pioneer with one.

The Berries had 13 wrestlers finish on the podium and will send six on to next week.

“Today wasn’t what we expected coming in but the kids wrestled well at times and then struggled at times,” Logan coach Frank Patacsil said. “We qualified six which is an improvement from last year, so we’re moving in the right direction. We’ll come in on Monday and do what we can to start preparing these guys to get out of regional.”

Logansport’s lone champion was at 113 pounds with Justin Porter.

Lewis Cass finished the day with 10 podium finishes and all 10 will move on. The Kings claimed three sectional champions this year — Jarrett Carden at 120, Gabe Welch at 152 and Blaine Elliott at 220.

“I was pleased with the way we wrestled,” Cass coach Nate Burrous said. “We finally got in some consistent days of practice and it showed. We were much better today than what we were just the other day for conference. We’ve got 10 going to regionals and the most ever from Lewis Cass.

“The thing that I’m most proud of with this team is the way the kids carried themselves with sportsmanship and dignity. They treated their opponents with respect whether they won or lost. To me that is so important. I think that’s the one thing that I’m the most proud about, the way they acted and carried themselves in representing their parents and Lewis Cass.”

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