Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


April 15, 2014

Wrestling teams fare well

Wrestlers from Western and Peru fared well in weekend tournaments.

Western and Peru both had wrestlers competing in the National United Wrestling Association for Youth’s national tournament at Battle Creek, Mich. The two-day tournament featured 1,200 participants from 29 states. Top-eight finishers in each weight class earned NUWAY all-American honors.

For Western, Caleb Maddox took fourth place in the 135-pound class in a high school division and Blake Banter took sixth in the 165-pound class of a middle school division.

Twelve Peru wrestlers earned NUWAY all-American honors. In middle school action, Jordan Rader (157 pounds) had a third-place finish, Trey Sturgill (152) was fourth and Ethan Robinette (82) was eighth. In high school divisions, Erik Hobbs (215) and Tristan Bragg (288) had third-place finishes, Devin Mitchell (147), Dakota Mitchell (heavyweight) and Noah Greer (174) had fourth-place finishes, Peyton Sturgill (152) and Jason McBride (163) and Nick Cress (218) all had fifth-place showings and Jason Kepner (275) was eighth.

Western also had grapplers taking part in the Heartland USA Elementary National Duals at Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the NWCA USA Wrestling National Scholastic Duals at Crawfordsville.

In the Elementary Duals, Donovan Shepherd and Hunter Cottingham wrestled for Indiana Blue. Shepherd had a 5-3 record at 130 pounds and Cottingham had a 4-4 record at 90 pounds. They helped Indiana Blue finish 18th in a 36-team field.

At the Scholastic Duals, Corey Hinkle had a 5-2 record at 182 pounds for Indiana Blue.

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