Kokomo's wrestling team picked up its first dual meet of the season Wednesday, topping Howard County-rival Eastern 40-26 in front of the home fans
The Wildkats were led by A.J. Nelson and Brenton Etherington each with pins. Nelson (120 weight pound class) pinned his Eastern opponent in 2:51, and Etherington (195) pinned his Comet opponent in 1:44.
Kokomo’s Jabin Wright (106) won by a 6-3 decision. Scotty Barbary (126) was a 14-2 winner, and Chad Gaddis (152) took the match with a 7-3 decision. Devin Hatt (170), Keair Ross (170) and Fletcher Miller (220) each won by forfeit.
Kokomo coach Ryan Wells saw that it was going to be a close match.
“[Eastern] made some moves to make the match closer,” Wells said. “They bumped some guys around, and some of our better guys didn’t wrestle. We did have a big win at 106 with Wright being a freshman. He wrestled a very tough Eastern kid. Overall, the kids wrestled well, and we have to keep doing what we are doing, and good things will happen.”
WESTERN 67, NORTHWESTERN 3
Senior Dustin Hinkle recorded his 100th career win as the Panthers cruised to a win over their county rival, winning 12 of 14 weight classes.
Hinkle recorded a pin in the 145-pound weight class to reach the century mark for his career.
“It’s a great milestone for him,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “This was one of two goals he set for himself when he started wrestling in high school. He wanted to get to 100 wins and get to the state [finals]. He’s halfway to his goals. It was a good evening for him.”
Tate Sanders (170), Corey Hinkle (180), Russell McDorman (195) and Caleb Maddox (126) all won by pin for the Panthers (5-2), with Maddox improving to 7-0 on the season.
Dante Graham (220), David Ryan (285), Aidan Frazier (106) and Logan Stout (138) all accepted forfeits for Western, while Payton Lechner (113) and Mason Shepherd (132) won by technical fall.