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  1. Any predictions or surprises to watch for at the North East 8 Conference at Huntington North this Saturday? There should be some good matchups http://www.trackwres...namentId=199011 Teams are: Huntington North, Bellmont, Leo, New Haven, DeKalb, East Noble, Norwell, and Columbia City Some ranked kids in the Fort Wayne Semi-State are: By the Stats (# of kids ranked in Semi): Bellmont- 7 Kids East Noble- 2 DeKalb- 1 Leo- 1 New Haven- 2 Columbia City-1 106: #6 Jon-Matthew Spaw (East Noble) 120 #5 Trevor Boyce (DeKalb) 126 #1 Jon Becker (Bellmont) 138 #3 Grant Gutierrez (Bellmont) #5 Chase Hissong (Leo) 152 #2 Hunter Reed (Columbia City) 160 #3 Tony Busse (Bellmont) #4 Nate Weimer (East Noble) #5 Nick Potter (New Haven) 170 #2 Bryce Baumgartner (Bellmont) #8 Jonyvan Johnson (New Haven) 182 #8 Caden Friedt (Bellmont) 195 #3 Caleb Hankenson (Bellmont) 285 #5 Braiden Shaw (Bellmont)
  2. By Steve Krah When the mat sport attracts a child, it often brings whole family with it. Once that flame is lit, it’s next impossible to extinguish. An interest sparked into just such a passion for the Culps of Columbia City. Two topics come up at family meal time. “Wrestling and racing,” Pat Culp said. “That’s all we talk about at our house.” Blane Culp, son of Pat and David, loves the mat and dirt track racing and runs a website (http://www.maximumdirt.com/) dedicated to the latter. But it’s the love of takedowns, turns and technical falls that has gone on to have a major impact on not only Whitley County but the whole Indiana wrestling community and beyond. Introduced to competitive wrestling around age 6, Blane Culp enjoyed early success. He placed second in his weight class in at the Indiana State Wrestling Association state tournament in his second year and was hooked. “I lost to a kid named (Angel) Ecobedo (who went on to become four-time IHSAA state champion at Griffith High School and then an NCAA champion and four-time collegiate All-American for Indiana University),” Blane Culp recalls. “I was probably the last one who came close to beating him in Indiana.” Blane’s older brother, Josh Ross, also was having a blast and winning matches. Around 1996, the Culps — Pat and husband Dave (who had been a wrestler at Lewis Cass High School, where he graduated in 1977) — started the Columbia City Wrestling Club. Blane and Josh were an active part of an organization that went on to be one of the bigger ones around the state with an enrollment consistently over 100. While other family members Kayla Culp, David Stahl and Shane Stahl would be involved on the mats at the club and/or high school levels, Josh would go on to compete at 140 pounds in the IHSAA State Finals in his senior year at Columbia City (1998) while 125-pounder Blane placed third in his final prep season (2004). Randy Kearby was the Eagles head coach for both boys. Blane went on to grappled for two seasons at IU. He was an assistant at Bloomington North High School and is now in his sixth years as head coach at Columbia City. With all the knowledge gained as a wrestler and coach, Blane throws a lot of information at his young Eagles and they incorporate what works best for them. “I show a lot of stuff and they take what they want,” Blane Culp said. “We have short stocky guys and tall skinny guys. Some run legs and some run cradles. All of our guys are different. “There is not a set style in Columbia City and I like that. That’s the way it was when I was in school. I wrestled one way, but could change it for someone else.” Columbia City wrestlers generally have three of four options to take on double leg takedowns or finishes and they refine those as the season gets closer to conference and state tournament time. “By the end of the year, they’re picking their set-ups and their finishes,” Blane Culp said. “Come January and February, they are fine-tuning their favorite moves. It’s no longer in my hands. It’s in their hands.” Pat Culp has kept a hand in the sport because she believes in it. “Wrestling builds self esteem,” Pat Culp said. “It’s really good for the kids. That’s why I stayed involved.” And involved she is. Pat Culp, the Columbia City club president, got so caught up in the fun and excitement that she began helping to organize wrestling tournaments outside her club and became an ISWA Pairing Developmental Director. “I love organizing events,” Pat Culp said. She routinely runs or oversees multiple tournaments — high school and club — at the same time. She trains workers and is available on-site or by phone as a trouble shooter. Mark Dunham, Kyle Keith and Jean Whetstone are other volunteers who keep Indiana wrestling events running like clockwork. While more and more tournaments use Trackwrestling for scoring, Pat Culp insists that workers know how to manually score a tournament in case something happens like a computer server going down. “We want to keep the tournament running without people realizing what’s going on,” Pat Culp said. “There are a lot of variables, but it’s a lot of fun.” She knows that not all tournaments are the same and she tries to cater to each director. Some are ran as duals and other with individual brackets. Scoring for advancement and match points can differ. One tournament might be rigid for location of matches and others might go with first available match or use a combination of the two. “I don’t put everybody in a box,” Pat Culp said. If things are going smoothly at a tournament, like the IHSWCA State Duals which she helped run Saturday, Jan. 2, in Fort Wayne, Pat can watch what’s happening on the mats. Blane has noticed. “It seems that moms enjoy wrestling more than what dads do sometimes,” Blane Culp said. “She’s watched all these (Columbia City) kids grow up. At semistate, I can see her across the arena when we are in a ‘ticket’ round, she’s still biting her nails. She’s still nervous for them. It’s like when I was in school. They’re still her boys.”
  3. By Steve Krah When the mat sport attracts a child, it often brings whole family with it. Once that flame is lit, it’s next impossible to extinguish. An interest sparked into just such a passion for the Culps of Columbia City. Two topics come up at family meal time. “Wrestling and racing,” Pat Culp said. “That’s all we talk about at our house.” Blane Culp, son of Pat and David, loves the mat and dirt track racing and runs a website (http://www.maximumdirt.com/) dedicated to the latter. But it’s the love of takedowns, turns and technical falls that has gone on to have a major impact on not only Whitley County but the whole Indiana wrestling community and beyond. Introduced to competitive wrestling around age 6, Blane Culp enjoyed early success. He placed second in his weight class in at the Indiana State Wrestling Association state tournament in his second year and was hooked. “I lost to a kid named (Angel) Ecobedo (who went on to become four-time IHSAA state champion at Griffith High School and then an NCAA champion and four-time collegiate All-American for Indiana University),” Blane Culp recalls. “I was probably the last one who came close to beating him in Indiana.” Blane’s older brother, Josh Ross, also was having a blast and winning matches. Around 1996, the Culps — Pat and husband Dave (who had been a wrestler at Lewis Cass High School, where he graduated in 1977) — started the Columbia City Wrestling Club. Blane and Josh were an active part of an organization that went on to be one of the bigger ones around the state with an enrollment consistently over 100. While other family members Kayla Culp, David Stahl and Shane Stahl would be involved on the mats at the club and/or high school levels, Josh would go on to compete at 140 pounds in the IHSAA State Finals in his senior year at Columbia City (1998) while 125-pounder Blane placed third in his final prep season (2004). Randy Kearby was the Eagles head coach for both boys. Blane went on to grappled for two seasons at IU. He was an assistant at Bloomington North High School and is now in his sixth years as head coach at Columbia City. With all the knowledge gained as a wrestler and coach, Blane throws a lot of information at his young Eagles and they incorporate what works best for them. “I show a lot of stuff and they take what they want,” Blane Culp said. “We have short stocky guys and tall skinny guys. Some run legs and some run cradles. All of our guys are different. “There is not a set style in Columbia City and I like that. That’s the way it was when I was in school. I wrestled one way, but could change it for someone else.” Columbia City wrestlers generally have three of four options to take on double leg takedowns or finishes and they refine those as the season gets closer to conference and state tournament time. “By the end of the year, they’re picking their set-ups and their finishes,” Blane Culp said. “Come January and February, they are fine-tuning their favorite moves. It’s no longer in my hands. It’s in their hands.” Pat Culp has kept a hand in the sport because she believes in it. “Wrestling builds self esteem,” Pat Culp said. “It’s really good for the kids. That’s why I stayed involved.” And involved she is. Pat Culp, the Columbia City club president, got so caught up in the fun and excitement that she began helping to organize wrestling tournaments outside her club and became an ISWA Pairing Developmental Director. “I love organizing events,” Pat Culp said. She routinely runs or oversees multiple tournaments — high school and club — at the same time. She trains workers and is available on-site or by phone as a trouble shooter. Mark Dunham, Kyle Keith and Jean Whetstone are other volunteers who keep Indiana wrestling events running like clockwork. While more and more tournaments use Trackwrestling for scoring, Pat Culp insists that workers know how to manually score a tournament in case something happens like a computer server going down. “We want to keep the tournament running without people realizing what’s going on,” Pat Culp said. “There are a lot of variables, but it’s a lot of fun.” She knows that not all tournaments are the same and she tries to cater to each director. Some are ran as duals and other with individual brackets. Scoring for advancement and match points can differ. One tournament might be rigid for location of matches and others might go with first available match or use a combination of the two. “I don’t put everybody in a box,” Pat Culp said. If things are going smoothly at a tournament, like the IHSWCA State Duals which she helped run Saturday, Jan. 2, in Fort Wayne, Pat can watch what’s happening on the mats. Blane has noticed. “It seems that moms enjoy wrestling more than what dads do sometimes,” Blane Culp said. “She’s watched all these (Columbia City) kids grow up. At semistate, I can see her across the arena when we are in a ‘ticket’ round, she’s still biting her nails. She’s still nervous for them. It’s like when I was in school. They’re still her boys.” Click here to view the article
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