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Minor becomes dual state wrestling champ

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Wabash Valley Wrestling Club had several competitors place in the Greco Roman and Freestyle state tournaments over the last two weekends. (Pictured from left) Clayton Smith, Jase Herrington, Gavin Fletcher, Noah Minor, Jacob Hendrich, Blake Wharton, Andrew Wilson and Cade Cooper.
Times Staff Report

AVON -- The Wabash Valley Wrestling Club competed at Avon High School in tournament action over the May 5-6 weekend and came away with several podium finishes.

Noah Minor became a Freestyle state champion in the Intermediate 95-pound division with an impressive effort during the tourney.

Minor reached the finals with a pair of first period falls and defeated the defending Folkstyle state champion in a three period victory. He lost the first period by a 9-2 score, but came back to post a 6-0 edge in the second period before capturing the final period by a 5-4 score to earn the victory.

"He wrestled very well all day and had the match of his life in the finals," coach Dan Mikesell said of Minor. "It was a nice win and good to see all the hard work he has been doing pay off."

Minor continued his impressive club season by becoming the first wrestler in the club's history to become a dual champion as he won the Greco Roman title over the weekend.

Jacob Hendrich also reached the finals in the Schoolboy 120-pound class as he narrowly missed a title.

Hendrich won the first period of the championship match by a 1-0 score and lost the second 4-3. In the decisive third period, Hendrich landed a three-point move inches out of bounds according to the official ruling.

In Freestyle wrestling, a mat judge, a referee and chairman are each used to score matches as the referee awarded three points to Hendrich, but the mat judge awarded three to his opponent as they believed Hendrich's opponent had started the action. The chairman had the final decision and ruled that the move was good for two points, leaving Hendrich on the short end of the final score.

Despite the loss, Mikesell applauded Hendrich's effort in the tourney.

"That's how wrestling goes sometimes. I was very proud of the way Jacob wrestled," Mikesell said. "He wrestled good enough to win. I was even more proud of the way he handled the adversity. He is very mature for his age."

Hendrich capped the club season by earning a spot on the Team Indiana Schoolboy duals team by placing second in the Greco tourney over the weekend.

Gavin Fletcher placed third in the Novice 60-pound class as he lost his first round match to the eventual state champion, but battled through the wrestle backs to capture third-place. Clayton Smith placed fifth in the Bantam 65-pound division and Mikesell complimented both wrestlers.

"He had a tough first round draw, the eventual champion, but came back in the wrestle backs to claim third. He has a lot of ability and had a great freestyle season," Mikesell said of Fletcher.

"He is a first year guy, so to get a win at the state was awesome for him," Mikesell added regarding Smith.

Andrew Wilson put together a seventh-place effort in Freestyle competition and was fifth in the Greco Roman tourney.

Jace Harrington was seventh in the Pee Wee 45-pound class. "He is another first year wrestler, but so are the others in his division, the youngest of all the division with five and six year olds," Mikesell commented. "They are all just figuring it out. It's a fun division to coach."

Others participating in the Freestyle Tourney were Justin Sampson (Junior 285), Blake Wharton (Schoolboy 98), Braedon Wharton (Novice 60) and Kaleb Rowe (Novice 65), who won his first round match, but did not place.

In the Greco Roman Tournament, Cade Cooper placed second in the Novice 75-pound class and Blake Wharton was sixth in the Schoolboy 98-pound division.

"Over all the past two weeks our club has had an excellent showing at the state level and I am extremely proud of all these guys," Mikesell said.