Many of the best wrestlers in the area converged on the Berry Bowl Saturday for the Logansport Regional hoping to punch their ticket for a trip to the Merrillville Semistate next week. At the end of the day when the competition had concluded some had their ticket in hand while others will have to wait for another chance next year.
After last week’s sectional Lewis Cass led the way with 10 wrestlers entered in the regional. Logansport came in with six while Winamac had two and Pioneer one. When action resumes next weekend at the semistate level the Kings will be sending four while the Berries will have two making the trip. Winamac will be sending a lone representative.
Still alive for the Kings with hopes of a trip to the state finals are Jarrett Carden, Gabe Welch, Brendan McGehee and Blaine Elliott. Making the trip for Logansport are Justin Porter and Ryan Schrock. Winamac will be sending Gage Garpow.
Porter was the first from the area to punch his ticket when he finished 3-0 on the day to win the 113-pound weight class.
“Today was awesome. I just love wrestling,” said Porter after the sophomore moved to 29-1 on the season. “This will be my first trip to semistate and I’m really looking forward to it. Last year I got fifth in the regional and was an alternate but everyone made weight so I didn’t get to wrestle. Obviously I’m looking to make it to state but I’m just looking at it as one match at a time and we’ll see what happens.”
The Berries nearly had two champions when Schrock at 138 pounds entered the championship match at 2-0. Unfortunately for Schrock, he was on the losing end of a hard fought match that went into overtime before Cody Denton of West Central pulled out the win, 9-7 in the final. Schrock dropped to 27-3 on the season.