Kokomo took eight wrestlers to the regional and saw seven survive. Andrew Ledford got Kokomo’s championship run moving with a come-from-behind pin of Maconaquah’s Chase Wilson in an action-packed final of the 120-pound class. Two weights later, Christian Hall scored a dominant 12-2 victory to win the 132-pound class. Chad Gaddis then won the 152 title match 8-4, and Keair Ross survived three overtime sessions to win the 170-pound title 2-1. Finally, Fletcher Miller ran his record to 43-0 with three pins en route to the 220-pound title.
Also for the Wildkats, A.J. Nelson took third at 113 and Scotty Barbary was third at 126. That meant each of the seven Kats who advanced closed his day with a victory. Kokomo was second in the team standings with 148 points.
“That’s as good as it could have got — when you have five guys in the finals and win five championships, and two guys wrestle for third and both of them win those matches,” Kokomo coach Ryan Wells said.
“To bring eight guys here and get seven out, that’s a good day. I’m so proud of those guys. Even Brenton [Etherington, eliminated at 195], he wrestled his heart out, he wanted it. All these guys wrestled to their potential and they’re just getting so much better. They’re a great, hard-working group of guys and I want to see a few of them stay alive the next two weeks.”
Western scored a champion in Corey Hinkle, who was in control throughout in winning the 182-pound final. Additionally, Russell McDorman (195), Ben Lenahan (160) and Caleb Maddox (113) were each second, Skylar Braden (152) took third, and Sydney Allen (285), Dustin Hinkle (145) and Robert Pinkham (120) were each fourth.
“I wondered how the kids would wrestle after a big weekend last weekend, but everybody wrestled well, even the guys who didn’t make it through,” Western coach Chad Shepherd said. “We wrestled a lot of matches [Saturday] and we wrestled hard.”