December 8, 2008
Millers, Huskies, Eagles win wrestling tourneys
By Ted SchultzTed.Schultz@TheNoblesvilleLedger.com
The Noblesville wrestlers went 5-0 Saturday to capture the Hagerstown Invitational championship.
The Millers rolled over Tri 67-9, Shenandoah 55-19, Wapahani 72-9 and Richmond 48-21 before edging Southport 43-37 to close the day. Alex Bowers came up with a big pin in the finals against Southport to clinch the victory.
Luke Dzirbik went 5-0 with five pins at 152 pounds, Wayne Specht went 5-0 with four pins at 145 and Andy Fleenor went 5-0 at 171 and 189 to lead Noblesville. Eli Robertson (103) went 3-0, while Jordan Edwards (125), Patrick Mangan (130), Alex Bowers (140) and Wes Isaacs (189/215) all went 4-1 and Tyler Carlotto (103/112) went 3-1.
"Luke Dzirbik, Wayne Specht and Andy Fleenor were dominant," Noblesville coach Tom Knotts said. "Wes Isaacs and Jordan Edwards each lost close two-point decisions that kept them from undefeated days. We are a team of mostly sophomores and freshmen, and this 5-0 day will help our confidence and growth."
Hamilton Heights wins Western Super 6
The Huskies routed South Bend St. Joseph's 72-7, Taylor 66-13, Kokomo 76-3, Clinton Central 66-10 and Western 54-18 to claim the title.
"Having two conference teams there, it was kind of important to do well, and I think we did what we needed to do as far as getting ready for conference," Heights coach Rick Willoughby said.
Zach Powell (112), Jarrid Logan (125), Colin Bullock (135), Zach Bowers (140) and Josh Duncan (152) all went 5-0 and Tyler Elmore (103) went 4-1 to win their weight classes. Sam Marshall (119), Brayden Alley (130), A.J. Miller (145), Tyler Shook (171) Zac Garrity (189) and Jackson Kerfoot (285) also went 4-1, and Kyle Watkins (215) went 2-1.
"It was nice to see Zach Powell win his weight class, and Tyler Elmore going 4-1 was nice, being the only freshman in our lineup," Willoughby said. "Brayden Alley had a real good day."
Guerin Catholic wins Indiana Blind Invitational
The Golden Eagles racked up 157 points to claim the nine-team tournament. Howe finished second with 133, and Park Tudor was third with 76.
"This time, we wrestled better (than in winning last year's tournament)," Guerin coach Tom Vondersaar said. "It was a very good day."
Ben Vondersaar, who won the 189 weight class, was voted the tournament's outstanding wrestler. Robbie Painter (103), Diego Otero (112), Kevin Butler (140), Charlie Brankle (160), and Nick Vondersaar (285) also won their weight classes, while Carr O'Connor (152), Dave Smith (215) and Chris Weiper (285) finished second, and Zach Nielson (135) took third.
"I would say all the guys wrestled impressive and at a higher level than they have all year," Tom Vondersaar said.