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).