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Wabash Valley Wrestling wraps up season

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Evan Hendrich (top) battles during the ISWA Tourney last weekend. Hendrich narrowly missed all-state status in the competition.
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The Wabash Valley Wrestling Club finished up its season with another great performance, this one at the Indiana State Wrestling Association (ISWA) Freestyle and Greco Roman State Championships.

On Saturday, the club had five competitors that placed as Jacob Hendrich grappled his way to a second-place finish in the 95-pound Novice Division.

"He wrestled really well just not as good as his opponent in the finals," commented coach Dan Mikesell. "But he put together a really good tournament."

Noah Minor also was a second-place finisher with a runner-up spot in the Bantam 65-pound division.

"He beat a couple of wrestlers whom he had lost to in the regular season," Mikesell said of Minor. "I was very proud of his efforts on the day. He wrestled smart and with a lot of intensity."

Braedon Wharton placed fourth in the Bantam 50-pound class with a strong start to the tourney before running into the eventual champion.

Justin Sampson placed sixth in the Cadet 285-pound division according to Mikesell, who feels he'll be pay dividends at the high school level for the Knights soon.

"He is showing improvement and his work ethic will pay dividends when he is needed for the high school team," Mikesell said.

Noah Minor gets advice from Wabash Valley Wrestling Club coach Dan Mikesell during the weekend's tourney. Minor finished as runner up in the Bantam 65 pound division
Joey Selby took seventh-place to finish as an All-State performer in the Pee Wee 40-pound class.

Other state qualifiers, who wrestled well, but did not finish in the top-eight to earn all-state status were: Evan Hendrich, Andrew Wilson, Kaleb Rowe, Braden Devins, Blake Wharton, Daniel Gugino, Jack Howald and Preston Nuckles.

"I was very happy with our results and the improvements of the kids throughout the season," Mikesell commented.

On Sunday, four different competitors remained in Indianapolis to wrestle in the Greco Roman State Championships.

Jacob Hendrich had a great afternoon of competition and finished as a state champion.

"It was a great way to cap his season, he was all-state in all three styles (fifth in Folkstyle, second in Freestyle and Champion in Greco) and an All American at the Elementary duals in Folkstyle," Mikesell said. "He is the first Greco-Roman State champ from the Wabash Valley Wrestling Club."

Sampson and Minor each battled their way to a fourth-place finish with Evan Hendrich narrowly missing all-state status.