By Beau Wicker Pharos-Tribune
---- — Logansport’s wrestling team celebrated senior night by thumping rival Marion 62-15 Wednesday at the Berry Bowl.
“I was happy with the way we wrestled,” LHS coach Frank Patacsil said. “Actually we had probably three of our varsity kids out of the lineup, and the kids that we put in there stepped up. We bumped some things around to hopefully get some favorable matchups and they seemed to work out for us. It was a nice win for us, but we’ve got a lot of catching up to do from Christmas break.”
James Aho got things started for the Berries with a second-period pin in the 182-pound match. John Ward (195) and Lucas Howerton (220) followed with back-to-back pins to give Logan a quick 18-0 lead.
Justin Porter (113) recorded a pin in 1:55 to give Logan a 24-9 advantage. Jesse Dominguez (120) followed with a pin, and Josh Brandt (126) won a 16-0 tech fall. Jose Salas’ first-period pin at 132 pounds gave the Berries a 41-9 lead.
Ryan Schrock wrestled up a weight class from 138 to 145 and had the match of the night against Jordan Feuerstein. Each wrestler recorded an escape in regulation and it was tied 1-1 going into overtime. The wrestlers also each worked an escape in the extra session before Feuerstein was called for fleeing the mat as Schrock held on and picked up the winning point in a 3-2 overtime win.
“[Feuerstein] was a conference champ last year at maybe 138, maybe 145. He’s a quality kid,” Patacsil said. “We thought we could move Ryan up and get him a quality match. It was. It was a tough match. We need to score a takedown on that kid but we’ll work on that. We’re going back down so we probably won’t wrestle him again, but it’s good experience for him to have to have to go out there and battle in an overtime match to get a win.”
Gerald Silva followed up Schrock’s victory with a win by fall to give the Berries a 50-15 lead. Sandis Carter (160) and Djvon Moore (171) closed out the match with pins for the Berries, giving them a total of nine on the night.
The Berries had a down year last year but look to be much improved.
“We think we’re better than we were last year,” Patacsil said. “We’ve weathered the big Christmas break. We’ve got the same numbers leaving Christmas break as we entered, maybe we lost a couple kids. And everyone is willing to work hard right now. I know there are just a couple weeks left in the regular season, but we can make a lot of improvements between now and then. We’re excited about the end of the year.”
The Logan coach said of the starters that missed Wednesday’s match: “Some of them are injured, some of them have missed some practices because of injuries and some of them missed some practices over Christmas break. It’s just a variety of things.”
The Berries compete at the Woodlan Invite just east of Fort Wayne on Saturday.
“It’s a good tournament for us because it’s very similar to our conference,” Patacsil said. “There are a couple tough teams and the rest are average. We consider ourselves one of those average teams in there and we’ll see if we can compete and get into those upper two or three spots.”
The Berries travel to Class A No. 3 Lewis Cass on Tuesday. The North Central Conference meet is the following Saturday at Huntington North. The Twin Lakes Sectional is on Feb. 1.
“Tuesday we wrestle Cass which will be a tough match, but we’re going in there and trying to get the matchups and give them all they can handle,” Patacsil said. “That Saturday is conference and the conference is wide open.”
Mac 49, Pioneer 42
The Lady Braves picked up their first win of the season with a second-half comeback at Pioneer.
The Panthers (1-11) led by as much as nine points early in the third quarter before the Braves (1-12) caught fire from 3-point land.
The Braves hit three straight 3s to quickly tie the game. They hit two more in the fourth quarter in outscoring the Panthers 11-3 in the final frame.
Kaleigh Atchley hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points to lead Maconaquah. Lynnsie Arion knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 13 points. The Braves hit nine treys for the game.
Kayte Miller had four 3-pointers for 12 points to lead the Panthers. Abbie McKaig had 11 points, Kennedy Nies scored nine and Brooklyn Mehrley added six.
Free-throw shooting was also a key to the game. Pioneer made just 3 of 13 while Mac made 4 of 6.
Pioneer hosts Frontier Saturday night in the first game of a girls-boys doubleheader.