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February 14, 2013

WRESTLING NOTEBOOK: Loe to lean on experience

Peru junior uses last year’s state loss as motivation.

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“It’s just being solid on his feet,” Freijie said. “He’s just really got to be solid on his feet and bring his best performance. It comes down to who is the closest to perfection of the two that wrestle each round.”

• Clinton Central junior Scott (37-3) faces Fort Wayne North senior Anthony Linnear (32-4) at 170 pounds.

Shepherd honored

Western wrestling coach Chad Shepherd has been named the Regional 7 Coach of the Year. Shepherd helped eight Panthers advance to the semistate round out of the Peru Regional, despite fielding a team with no seniors and several newcomers.

The week before, the Panthers ran away with the Oak Hill Sectional title.

The Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association will recognize Shepherd at the Spring Clinic on April 26 at the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center at the University of Indianapolis.

Hollingsworth named top official, picked for HOF

Howard County’s Mark Hollingsworth has been named the recipient of the 2013 Interscholastic Athletic Official Association Award for Excellence in wrestling. He’ll be honored in a ceremony at the state finals this weekend. He was picked by a committee representing the officials’ organizations. The IHSAA recognizes one official in each of 11 sports during the school year.

In addition, Hollingsworth will be inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame on Sunday. He has been a wrestling official for 23 years, ranging from middle school to Division I college action. He’s worked 25 sectionals, 22 regionals, 19 semistates, six individual state finals and three team state finals.

Hollingsworth coached Northwestern before turning to officiating. He teaches at Western.

Academic awards

Several local athletes have been recognized by the IHSWCA for academic performance.

Peru’s Braxton Simpson (3.9 GPA) and Tipton’s Derek Long (4) were named to the senior squad.

Taylor’s Kalob Bitner, and Joshua Foust, Peru’s Kaleb Hammersley, Colin Quin and Kane Rockenbaugh, were named honorable mention to the senior squad.

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