Logansport’s wrestling team had a tough go at it at its annual Early Bird Invitational Saturday, going 1-3 to start the season.
Logan’s lone win of the day was against Northwestern (51-27). The losses were to Twin Lakes (59-14), Maconaquah (40-39) and Winamac (45-36).
Logan coach Frank Patacsil said he has a young and inexperienced squad.
“Nine of the 14 kids graduated. We have quality kids, they all seem to be stuck in the same weight classes. We have a couple good kids trying to find a place to make the lineup,” he said.
“We have a lot of inexperience. At one point we had five kids who were first-year wrestlers wrestling and in the same match had three freshmen that were wrestling in middle school last year. About half the team is limited in experience.”
Twin Lakes went 4-0 on the day, and the Indians are still guided this season by Monticello mayor Ken Houston. The Indians were followed by Winamac (3-1), Mac (2-2), Logan (1-3) and Northwestern (0-4).
Logan’s run of winning three straight sectional titles is certainly in jeopardy this season with Twin Lakes and Class A No. 4-ranked Lewis Cass in the hunt.
“We still have it as a goal,” Patacsil said. “We need to improve every week. If we do that, I don’t know ... we’re not going to concede it in Week 1, that’s for sure. That tournament is won in January, not November.
“Twin Lakes looked pretty solid [Saturday]. They beat us pretty handily. Twin Lakes and Lewis Cass are the front-runners. Rensselaer has pretty good kids back. We’ve got our work cut out for us, that’s for sure.”
Jake Pomasl (152 pound weight class) and Zach Arnett (160) each went 2-0 on the day for the Berries. Josh Brandt (126) and Tyler Williams (145) each went 1-0. Jacob Graf (106), Ryan Schrock (132) and Ernesto Galvan (170 and 182) each went 3-1. Daniel Dominguez (126) went 2-1. Sheldon Corcoran (120) went 2-2. Zeke Alvarez (138), Gerald Silva (138) and Justin Brumett (152) each went 1-1.
Corcoran, a junior, is a returning state qualifier.
“He went 2-2. He gave up a defensive pin. He was putting a guy on his back and just got himself in a bad situation and they called a pin. Then he got beat by a pretty good kid from Maconaquah,” Patacsil said.
Patacsil mentioned Pomasl, Dominguez, Schrock, Arnett and Graf as other top grapplers this season.
The Berries return to action on Nov. 29 when they host Huntington North.
Winamac 53, Manchester 46
The Winamac Warriors remained undefeated at 4-0 with the win over Manchester.
After a 7-7 first quarter score, Winamac broke out with a 17-13 second quarter for a 24-20 lead at halftime. The Warriors then added to their lead with an 18-9 run in the third for a 42-29 lead at the quarter break. Winamac went on to win 53-46.
Jessica Schramm led Winamac with 18 points and five rebounds, followed by Stephanie Shorter (13, 5) and Bethany Brogdon (11. 7 assists).
Kayla Flack led Manchester (1-2) with 27 points.
Eastern 63, Cass 38
Eastern exploded for 32 points in the second quarter to build a commanding lead, and went on to beat Lewis Cass 63-38 in a Mid-Indiana Conference girls basketball game at Greentown.
Cass held a 12-11 lead after the opening quarter, but Eastern’s 32-point explosion gave the Comets a 43-20 halftime lead.
Caston 44, Covenant Ch. 11
Caston’ is off to its best start in years after a 44-11 win over visiting Covenant Christian Friday evening.
The Comets have started the season 3-1 for the first time in over 12 seasons. Their 33-point win over Covenant Christian was their largest margin of victory since beating North White by 41 points in 2005.
Ingrid Martinez scored 12 points and Marli Leazenby had 11 to lead the Comets. Anna Brown scored six and Mickayla Rans and Katie Henry added five apiece.
“We got off to a really good start. We pressured them in the first quarter and got out to a 16-4 lead, which set the tone for the night,” Caston coach Carl Davis said. “We backed off in the second quarter. The girls got comfortable and stopped taking care of the things they took care of in the first quarter. But after halftime they took care of things on both ends of the floor.”
Covenant Christian dropped to 0-2.
Caston competes in the Northfield Tournament next Saturday. The Comets square off against Northfield at 11 a.m. to open tourney play, followed by Maconaquah vs. Heritage. The consolation is at 5:45 p.m., followed by the championship at 7:15 p.m.
Winamac 42, Rensselaer 38
A heavy-hearted Stephanie Shorter scored 18 points to lead the Warriors to a win past visiting Rensselaer.
“Stephanie played very well as we knew she had a heavy heart from the loss of her grandmother [Thursday],” Winamac coach Jeff Wagner said. “We give the Shorter family our condolences due to their loss.”
Jessica Schramm added 13 points in the win for Winamac.
The Warriors trailed throughout but grabbed the lead in the final minute and held on. They trailed 17-5 after one quarter, 23-18 at halftime and 27-26 after three.
Laura Tonner led the Bombers (3-1) with 20 points. Aimee Mattocks and Emilie Ziese added six apiece.