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February 5, 2014

Peru grapplers claim MIC, sectional titles

PERU — Peru’s wrestling team entered with 2014 Mid-Indiana Conference meet with two four-time individual conference champions in program history.

The Bengal Tigers doubled that number last week. A third straight team championship was a nice icing on the cake, as well.

With four individual champions overall, Peru grabbed its three-peat with 244 points to win going away. Runner-up Cass finished with 202 points, while Western took third with 171.5.

The Panthers tied for a meet-best with four individual champions, but Peru placed in all 14 weight classes in a conference meet for the first time in program history, as well, to finish off a historic night.

“We started out fourth on paper, so we knew we had to have those bonus points,” Peru coach Andy Hobbs said. “The kids did it. They exceeded where they got seeded in a lot of cases, and we had a lot of great upsets. It’s just a really good group of kids. We’re trying to build some things here in Peru in all sports, and as we do that and get physically stronger with the fitness center, I think the bond is getting better. We’re starting to pull depth from the group.”

Bengal seniors Kegan Kern and Evan Loe carried the banner. Kern picked up a 7-1 decision over Cass’ Zach Layer to win the title in the 132-pound class. He became the third wrestler in program history to win four conference titles. Loe followed followed at 145 with a pin over Eastern’s Andrew Turner in 54 seconds to join Kern in the elite four-time conference champion class.

”Kegan and Evan have been in the lineup for four years and have been at the semistate level pretty much the entire time,” Hobbs said. “They’re wrestlers — they play two and three sports, but they are wrestlers. They’ve been anchors for our program for four years.”

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