by tribune sports staff
---- — On a night that saw six weight classes forfeited, Eastern got the best of Western in Thursday’s Howard County rivalry wrestling match in a 45-36 win in Greentown.
Despite forfeiting five spots, the Comets (2-1) won seven of the eight contested matches, including six by pin to hold off the Panthers in a preview of squads that will see each other again in conference and sectional matches later in the season.
“Forfeiting  points is a downer, but it worked out all right [Thursday] night,” Eastern coach Bob Jarrett said. “It was a good, fun win. Going into the last match [the score] was 39-31, so it was still anyone’s match. Western had a few kids out hurt, so it balanced out. We have some freshmen wrestling varsity, and we’re forfeiting [several] spots because we just don’t have bodies for those weight classes, so that made it even from the get-go. It’s a great team win any time you can wrestle a cross-county rival. Western is always tough, but we have an excellent team too. We had a great crowd that was very pleased. It was a great win for our kids.”
For Eastern, Ty Swisher pinned Aidan Frazier at 106, Isaac Hanny pinned Payton Lechner at 113, Corbin Hetzner was a 3-1 winner over Mason Shepherd at 126, Trevor Farris pinned Baily Paugh at 132, Taylor Arnold pinned Logan Stout at 138, Andrew Turner pinned Tyler Tackett at 160, Chris Biddle accepted a forfeit at 170, and Evan Ellis pinned David Ryan at 285.
For Western (9-4), Caleb Maddox pinned Tanner Reed at 120, while Cody Stout (145), Dustin Hinkle (152), Corey Hinkle (182), Stephen Ptak (195) and Russell McDorman (220) all accepted forfeits for the Panthers.
“We didn’t match up well. That’s just the bottom line,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “If the coin toss if different at the beginning – where you have to pick odd or even matches – if we get the coin toss, we probably win the meet. It was just one of those deals. I wish it would’ve worked out differently because I have kids who need mat time and didn’t get any [Thursday] night. Eastern wrestled well and you have to give them credit. I told the kids all week they were going to come at us and they did. Every time we wrestle Eastern we get their best effort, and that’s what you want. We have things we definitely can go back and try to improve. It just wasn’t a very productive night for us.”
MACONAQUAH 61, NORTHFIELD 16
Seth Parason (120), Chase Wilson (132), Daniel Stephenson (145), Wesley Willson (152), Jimmy Sunday (160), Taylor McKinney (170), Caleb Hunt (182) and Dylan Ashkar (220) all win by pin for the Braves (9-3).
Jarrod Sphon (138) won by major decision, and Evan Alter (106) and Marcus Thompson (195) both won by forfeit.
WESTERN 149, TIPTON 26
Summer Brown set a new school record in the 100 breaststroke, topping the field in 1:08.51 to set a new mark, which was previously owned by Rae Andrews (2008). The Vanderbilt recruit now owns four school records at Western.
“She’s really swimming strong right now and has a lot of fire in what she’s doing,” Western coach Brad Bennett said of Brown. “It’s exciting to see her times as fast as they are this early in the season. With that, she’s showing exceptional team leadership as well. She is really bent on leading the girls and making the team the best it can be, not just by what she’s going to do, but also by helping everyone else be their best. That’s just another aspect she’s excelling in this year.”
Brown also won the 200 freestyle in 1:54.25, and teamed with Sara Metcalf, Ally Purvis and Claire Casner to win the 200 free relay in 1:53.29.
Casner was tops in the 100 fly in 1:07.06, and teamed with Brittany Lake, Danielle Pate and Anna Constable to win the 400 free relay in 4:05.65.
Lake won the 200 individual medley in 2:30.09, Pate was tops in the 100 free in 1:01.70 and Constable bested the field in the 500 free in 6:14.30.
Tori Riggleman sped to victory in the 50 free in :30.40 after teaming with Metcalf, Lilly Armour and Sabrina Roberts to win the 200 medley relay in 2:20.35.
Kelsey Quinn added a victory in the 100 back (1:15.70), and Annie Boytim rounded out the Panthers’ winners in the diving program (176.90).
“I like what we’re doing,” Bennett said. “We were solid. My winners, most all of them had another one of our girls on their tail. … As a team, we’re really swimming strong right now.”
EASTERN 139, WABASH 41
Eastern dominated the meet by winning all events against Wabash.
Katie Swartzendruber and Alicia Eckart were quadruple winners. Callie Burnett, Maddie Vint and Avery Ewing were triple winners, and Abby Davis was a double winner for Eastern.
Swartzendruber won in the 100-yard butterfly (1:11.46) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.13). Eckart won the 100 backstroke (1:19.11). Vint was tops in the 200 freestyle (2:25.06) and 100 freestyle (1:03.25). Burnett won the 200 individual medley (2:45.47). Ewing took first in the 50 freestyle (:28.27). Davis was tops in the 500 freestyle. Elena White won diving (145.05). Eckart joined Burnett, Swartzendruber and Ewing in winning the 200 freestyle relay. Vint and Eckart teamed up with Hannah Perryman and Davis to win the 200 freestyle relay, and Eckart, Burnett, Swartzenduber and Ewing won the 400 freestyle relay (4:30.70).
“The girls did a great job,” Eastern coach Dana Culp said. “They were rebounding from [a loss on] Tuesday.”
NORTHWESTERN 100, MACONAQUAH 86
The Purple Tigers improved to 6-0 after a win over their Mid-Indiana Conference rivals, led by triple winner Jordyn Harrison.
Jordan Harrison took top honors in the 200 free (2:07.33) and 100 free (:56.91) and teamed with Kindra Gingerich, Jenna Harrison and Mariah Roberts to win the 200 free relay (1:51.07).
Gingerich won the 100 backstroke in 1:08.51, while Addie Roth took home top honors in the 200 IM (2:28.12) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.81).
Rachel Johns posted the top score in the diving portion (2:18) to take home a blue ribbon. Savannah Gamester was tops in the 100 butterfly (1:07.70), and Alexandria Millikan rounded out Northwestern’s winners in the 500 free (6:17.99).
“It was a great victory,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “Maconaquah is a tough rival, and the girls stepped up and had some great performances [Thursday] night. There were a lot of good races and good competition. I’ m that to see them step up and swim well when they finally had some competition.”
WESTERN 139, TIPTON 44
Glen Brown and Josh Jansen led the Panthers as triple winners.
Brown was tops in the 200 free (1:46.45) and 100 back (:56.27), and also joined with Cody Cox, Connor Hill and Josh Everetts to win the 200 free relay (1:37.48).
Jansen topped the field in the 200 IM (2:19.97) and 500 free (5:28.19) before teaming with Hill, Asa Sheffer and Matt Duke to win the 400 free relay (3:36.55).
Sheffer won the 100 free (:52.46), Everretts won the 50 free (:25.59), Cox won the diving program (194.45) and Ted Martin topped the field in the 100 breaststroke (1:14.19).
Jim Kelly, Reggie Manuel, Josh Jansen and A.J. Richards rounded out Western’s winners in the 200 medley relay (1:55.28).
“I’ve been really excited about the way everyone is swimming,” Bennett said. “It’s a similar story to the girls. Just about every guy winning had another one of our guys right on their heels. … I’m happy with the way we’re progressing, and I’m excited about the depth we’re starting to develop. I expected us to be strong depth-wise, but we’re developing more, which is good.”
EASTERN 109, WABASH 54
Shawn Tokarcik, Charlie Doak and Andrew Doak were quadruple winners. Kaleb Sanders, Zach Eckart and Zach Walker were double winners for Eastern.
Tokarcik won in the 50 freestyle (:24.85) and 100 backstroke (1;04.88). Charlie Doak was tops in the 200 individual medley (2:34.25) and 100 butterfly (1:09.47). Andrew Doak took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.68), Kaleb Sanders won in the 200 freestyle (2:15.94) and 500 freestyle (6:03.90).
Tokarcik, Andrew Doak, Charlie Doak and Walker teamed up to win the 200 medley relay. Andrew Doak and Eckart joined Spencer Dance and Walker to win in the 200 freestyle relay. Eckart, Andrew Doak, Charlie Doak and Tokarcik teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay (4:09.27).
NORTHWESTERN 115, MACONAQUAH 68
Gray Longshore led the Purple Tigers as a quadruple winner, helping the squad improve to 4-0 on the season.
Gray Longshore teamed with Anthony Catt, Darren Curry and Will DeVaul to win the 200 medley realy in 1:51.59, and took home individual wins in the 200 IM (2:21.19) and 500 free (5:35.09) before joining with Kyle Miller, Joel Austin and Griffin Longshore to win the 400 free relay in 3:44.81.
Griffin Longshore was tops in the 200 free (2:01.73) and 100 butterfly (:59.82), and Catt added a victory in the 100 back (1:03.99). Drew Harris rounded out Northwestern’s winners in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.78).
“The boys were really pumped,” Northwestern coach Cindy Britten said. “Again, it’s a conference rival, and they were excited because of that. They had some outstanding times [Thursday] night. We had some good races and good competition for a change, and that was exciting to see.”