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Wrestling club fares well at top tourney

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Six champs for WVWC at Perry Meridian

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Wabash Valley Wrestling Club had one of its best performances on perhaps the toughest stage of the Freestyle and Greco-Roman season over the weekend, bringing home six championships from the Perry Meridian Tournament.

"This tournament is traditionally one of the toughest in the state. So it was really awesome to see some of our experienced athletes perform as well as they did," coach Dan Mikesell commented.

On Friday evening, the club had five competitors in action at the Greco-Roman Tourney and came away with one champion, three third-place finishers and a fifth-place.

Noah Minor competed in the Intermediate age division at 87-pounds and was a double champion. Minor won all of his matches via pin during the two-day tourney. Justin Sampson wrestled in the Junior age division at 285 pounds and was third in Greco and was a Freestyle champion. Jacob Hendrich was also third in Greco and won the Schoolboy age group at 120 pounds. Kaleb Rowe placed third in Greco in the Intermediate 65-pound class and took fourth in Freestyle with Blake Wharton placing fifth in both the Greco and Freestyle tourneys at 91 pounds in the Schoolboy age division.

"He didn't place as high as some of our other wrestlers, but he did really well in this tournament. He is making a lot of progress," Mikesell said of Wharton.

Cade Cooper wrestled in the Freestyle portion of the tourney and came away as a Novice 75-pound champion.

"He wrestled the best tournment I have seen him compete in and was a champion," Mikesell said of Cooper. "He really turned it on (Saturday)."

Gavin Fletcher moved up a weight class to the Novice 60-pound level and pinned both his opponents at the higher class to win the championship.

In his first tournament, Clayton Smith was a winner in the Bantam 65-pound class.

"It was a nice way for him to be introduced," Mikesell said. "He was the only wrestler we had with limited experience, but he did the few moves he knows and it paid off."

Braedon Wharton lost to the eventual champ in the semifinals of the Intermediate 65-pound class and wrestled his way back to claim third overall. Trance Kelley came through to take fifth in a competitive Cadet 132-pound division and Jordan Berardi placed sixth in the Schoolboy 112-pound class.