MOORESVILLE -- The Wabash Valley Wrestling Club opened up its freestyle season with an impressive outing in Mooresville last weekend.
The club has been practicing since January and the improvements have been evident as 12 members of the club placed in the top-three of their respective age group and weight classes in the tourney.
"Overall I believe it is the best the club has done at Mooresville since its inception in 2004," commented coach Dan Mikesell. "We are beginning to see our members with multiple years of experience catch up to some pretty steep competition. I was really pleased and excited for our program."
The club put four wrestlers on top of the podium as Beau Judd, Larry Shaffer, Jacob Hendrich and Noah Minor each were champions.
"Beau, Larry and Jacob have won tournaments before, but I believe this was the first time Noah has won," Mikesell commented. "He wrestled very well and showed a lot of effort."
Three other club members were runner-ups against tough competitors as Justin Sampson, Preston Nuckols and Joey Selby each finished second. Sampson lost to a state champion while Nuckols and Selby each garnered some very nice wins according to Mikesell.
Byron Layne, Cy Jacob, DJ Lalen, Evan Hendrich and Baylor Girton each finished third in the tourney with Kaleb Rowe placing fourth, Jack Howald was fifth and Chandler Nuckols took sixth.
"Anyone who placed in the top-four qualified for the ISWA state finals May 1," Mikesell said. "Having 13 state qualifiers in the first weekend was really awesome, especially at such a difficult tournament. We will travel to Princeton this weekend for Greco Roman wrestling on Friday and Freestyle on Saturday."