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December 22, 2013

Kings motor to finish

Late run pushes Cass girls past Taylor


Girls swimming

Holiday Classic

Kokomo placed fourth with 26 points. Columbus North was the winner with 157 points. Bloomington South was second (103), and Lafayette Jeff was third (36).

Hannah Reecer was the top Katfish with a third-place finish in diving.

“It is good to learn, and swim against some of the top notch swimmers in the state,” Kokomo coach Donita Walters said. “We will get back to the pool and train after Christmas. We did see some times drop, but we were not competitive at the level of the two schools that we were up against [Saturday].”



Western finished fourth in the tournament-style invite, behind champion Peru, second-place Cass and third-place Twin Lakes.

The Panthers posted a pair of champions. Caleb Maddox went 4-0 to claim the title at 120 and improve to 17-0 on the season, while Corey Hinkle went 4-0 at 182 to take top honors and up his season record to 14-2.

Dustin Hinkle (145), Russell McDorman (195) and Dante Graham (220) each went 3-1 to take second place, with McDorman moving to 14-2 on the season.

Skylar Braden (3-1) was third at 152, Peyton Lechner (3-1) took fifth at 106, and Mason Shepherd (3-2) finished seventh at 126 to round out Western’s placings.

“It was a really good day,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “It was probably the best day we’ve had so far this year. We wrestled without our 113- and 170-pounders [Saturday], so we took 12 guys and finished fourth as a team. That’s pretty difficult to do, so I’m pleased with that. Our younger guys are out what we’re trying to work on, and our older guys are carrying their weight and working hard.”

Kegan Kern (132), Peyton Sturgill (138) and Evan Loe (145) were class champions for Peru, while Connor Quin was second at 120 and Erik Hobbs third at 220.


Kokomo posted a 3-2 record in the eight-team invitational. The Wildkats posted victories against Andrean (63-18), Manteno, Ill. (37-17) and Lebanon (42-36), and dropped decisions to Kankakee Valley (48-26) and Lowell (51-25).

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