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LaGrange County Wrestlers earn regional bilds

Ten LaGrange County wrestlers earned individual regional bids Saturday with their efforts at the Westview sectional.

Kyle Mockensturm, Joe Boots and Mike Gaetz all of Prairie Heights, Austin Lewton of Westview and Igor Zinyak of The Howe School all placed second in their respective weight classes. Taking thirds were Brian Mullett and Michael Yankowsky of Westview, along with Reed Holcomb of Prairie Heights. Finishing fourth were Lukas Long and T.J. Thompson of Lakeland.

Those matmen, along with the other top-four place finishers this past Saturday in Emma advanced to the Goshen regional meet to be held this Saturday in the Maple City. Wrestling is slated to start at 9:30 a.m.

Mockensturm reached the finals of the 106-pound division with a pin of DeKalb’s Logan Hughes and a 5-2 decision over Mullett. Connor Knapp then beat the Panther freshman, 11-0 in the decider.

Mullett went on to down Long, 7-1 in the 106-pound consolation match.

Kalib Jackson of East Noble bested Boots, 6-1 in the finals of the 126-pound bracket. Boots pinned both Dilland Pollard of Fremont and Logan Williams of DeKalb in his opening two matches.

After pinning Jade Wilcox of Angola and Spencer Richter of Central Noble in the first two rounds of the 138-pound flight, Lewton suffered an 8-0 loss to Lucas Reicke of East Noble in the championship bout. Zinyak pinned Kegan Watson of Westview and upset Holcomb to reach the 160-pound finale, where he was edged by DeKalb’s Aaron Mason, 4-2 in overtime.

Gaetz, competing at 182 pounds, rolled into the finals with pins over Tavo Mora of West Noble and Jake Hammel of DeKalb. Clint Hoffar of East Noble then ended Gaetz’s run with a pin of the Panther.

Holcomb rebounded to blank Ricky Short of Fremont in the consolation round. Yankosky pinned Justin Lee of Central Noble in the third-place bout at 285 pounds.

East Noble took home the team championship with 275 points. The Knights will compete Wednesday night at Jimtown in the team regional tournament.


Team Scoring

East Noble 275; DeKalb 235; West Noble 145; Angola 143; Prairie Heights 113; Fremont 109; Westview 86.5; Central Noble 72; Lakeland 43; Howe School 26

Championship Matches

106—Connor Knapp (EN) major dec. Kyle Mockensturm (PH), 11-0

113—Matt Frane (DK) major dec. Sterling Lutter (EN), 11-3

120—Zachary Krumlauf (DK) tech fall Jacob Weimer (EN), 4:45

126—Kalib Jackson (EN) dec. Joe Boots (PH), 6-1

132—Alex Mix (DK) dec. A.J. Grim (WN), 3-2

138—Lucas Reicke (EN) major dec. Austin Lewton (WV), 8-0

145—Kevin Marsh (WN) dec. Connor Brummett (DK), 6-3

152—Zach Bebee (AN) major dec. Jeff Mason (DK), 9-0

160—Aaron Mason (DK) dec. Igor Zinyak (HS), 4-2 in OT

170—Blake Rodenbeck (EN) dec. Garrison Snyder (DK), 5-2

182—Clint Hoffar (EN) pinned Mike Gaetz (PH), 1:23

195—Zach Goodyear (WN) dec. Ross Walker (EN), 8-3

220—Bayley Coleman (DK) dec. Beau Hamer (AN), 9-4

285—Andrew Amos (AN) dec. Drake DeMuyt (EN), 4-3

Consolation Matches

106—Brian Mullett (WV) dec. Lukas Long (LL), 7-1

113—Sage Bell (AN) pinned Jacob Pilnock (CN), 0:55

120—Tanner Frye (FR) dec. Noe Gutierrez (AN), 2-1

126—Alaxander Collins (CN) pinned Logan Williams (DK), 4:35

132—Tylor Willms (FR) dec. T.J. Thompson (LL), 2-1

138—Anthony Adame (DK) dec. Chandler Hyndman (WN), 7-4

145—Tyler Householder (EN) pinned Brock Baker (FR), 0:44

152—Victor Guerrero (WN) dec. Eli Parks (EN), 5-3

160—Reed Holcomb (PH) dec. Ricky Short (FR), 7-0

170—Zach Rupright (WN) dec. Eli Eckert (CN), 11-4

182—Thomas Lapham (AN) dec. Brady Elliott (FR), 15-9

195—Alex Shoemaker (DK) pinned Elliott Jimenez (CN), 1:48

220—Brandon Joest (EN) pinned Adam Dossett (FR), 3:41

285—Michael Yankosky (WV) pinned Justin Lee (CN), 4:36