The Panthers, who won last week’s Oak Hill Sectional and finished in third on Saturday, a point behind Kokomo, had plenty of highlights to take from the day.
“Skylar winning that third/fourth-place match was huge,” Shepherd said. “I didn’t think he was going to pull it out, but he buckled down and got a takedown in the last 20 seconds of the match. That was big. Liam Page, coming back and beating a kid that beat him twice last week [for fifth at 126], Tanner [Heady] wrestling back to fifth, he was down on points and kept wrestling and ended up winning the match at 106.
“Robert was a JV wrestler at the beginning of the year. He’s in the semistate. Sydney Allen just came out for wrestling because he wanted to get in shape. He’s in the semistate.
“Corey [Hinkle] had another dominating day. The score was 6-0 but [his opponent] never got off the mat. He grinds people down.”
Eastern advanced a couple wrestlers to Fort Wayne. Chris Travis overpowered the heavyweight class, scoring three first-period pins for the title. Also, 106-pounder Ty Swisher took third.
Taylor, Maconaquah and Northwestern each placed one wrestler in the field at Fort Wayne. Taylor’s Logan Sarber took third at 160, Mac’s Wilson was second at 120, and Northwestern’s Luke Akers was second at 170, losing by a point in overtime.