By Rick Conrad For the Pharos-Tribune
---- — 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.”
Welch was a sectional champ at 145 a year ago as well.
“When it comes tournament time it’s all about staying alive,” Welch said. “You definitely have to finish as high as you can for seeding. I really wanted that one seed to have a good shot at winning regional.”
Gage Garpow (170) was the lone champion for the Warriors.
“We had some kids do some good things today,” Winamac coach Josh Burgess said. “Obviously Gage Garpow winning at 170 was big for us, had some kids that placed and we would have liked to have gotten more to regional. All in all we finished just about where I thought we would on the day.”
Pioneer had two individuals finish on the podium but just one regional qualifier. Travis Steffel claimed a fourth place finish and will represent the Panthers at the Logansport regional on Saturday.
The top four finishers in each weight class advanced to the regional.
In addition to the Berries’ 113-pound champion, others that finished on the podium were Anthony Torres (2nd, 106), Jesse Dominguez (5th, 120), Josh Brandt (3rd, 126), Daniel Dominguez (5th, 132), Ryan Schrock (2nd, 138), Gerald Silva (4th, 145), Kevin Gonzalez (6th, 152), Sandis Carter (5th, 160), James Aho (5th, 170), John Ward (5th, 182), Michael Leonard (5th, 195) and Braxton Young (4th, 285).
Podium finishers for the Kings were Drake Hall (3rd, 113), Zach Layer (2nd, 132), Kolbie Cox (3rd, 145), Brendon McGehee (2nd, 160), John Hartley (2nd, 182), Levi Glassburn (4th, 195), and Brock Reish (2nd, 285).
On the podium for the Warriors of Winamac were Bill Williamson (5th, 126), Josh Tankersley (5th, 138), Brandon Tankersley (6th, 145), Jordan Bitterling (4th, 152), Lane Button (6th, 160), Tanner Johnson (6th, 220) and Quest Fritz (5th, 285).
For the Pioneer Panthers it was Kevin Hines (6th, 285).
Twin Lakes repeated as the team champion. The Indians won with 220 points, followed by West Central (205), Lewis Cass (192), Logansport (155.5), North White, Winamac, Rensselaer (61), South Newton (58), North Newton (26) and (Pioneer 24).