Olympians sweep Panthers
NORTH VERNON — Columbus East bounced back from its losses to Columbus North on Tuesday by sweeping Jennings County on Thursday night. The Olympians won the boys meet 115-98, and the East girls prevailed 112-71.
Griff McGaha led the Olympian boys with wins in the 50-yard freestyle (24.21 seconds) and 100 backstroke (1:05.77). DJ Rhodes took the diving competition (190.00), and Tanner Hatton captured the 100 freestyle (1:00.03). East also won the 200 medley (2:03.29) and 200 freestyle (1:42.13) relays.
Peyton Moore won the 200 freestyle (1:53.08) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.61), and Trey Hundley took the 200 individual medley (2:09.93) and 500 freestyle (5:25.95) to lead the Panthers. Evan Dubben captured the 100 butterfly (1:01.97), and Jennings won the 400 freestyle relay (3:41.75).
For the girls, East’s Whitley Eicher won the 200 IM (2:26.22) and 100 butterfly (1:03.23), Jennifer Utterback took the 50 freestyle (26.65) and 500 freestyle (5:56.26) and Lizzy Frazier captured the 100 freestyle (58.93) and 100 backstroke (1:09.01). Marin Weineke won the 100 breaststroke (1:19.88), and the Olympians took the 200 freestyle (1:52.09) and 400 freestyle (4:08.05) relays.
Jennings’ Tara Thormin won the 200 freestyle (2:23.44), and Hailey Brown took the diving (278.80). The Panthers also won the 200 medley relay (2:09.74).
East survives Grizzly Cubs
FRANKLIN — In a battle that came down to the final match, Cayden Rooks came through with a pin at 126 pounds to secure Columbus East’s 39-31 win at Franklin.
Graham Rooks (132) and Jacob Bolte (220) also won by pin for the Olympians, who are ranked No. 8 by indianamat.com and No. 13 by the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association. The Grizzly Cubs are No. 26 in the IWCA rankings.
East’s Dawson Combest (138), Jake Schoenegge (145) and Nick South (160) all won by technical fall. Andy Davidson (170) and Joey Gordon (120) won by decision.
“I’m pretty upset,” East coach Chris Cooper said. “In a lot of spots, we didn’t compete like we should have. Their guys were getting after it, and we were not. If we’re going to compete with the best teams in the state, we have to wrestle better.”
Panthers blank Pirates
NORTH VERNON — The Panthers, ranked No. 25 by the IHSWCA, won all 14 matches in a 76-0 win against Greensburg.
Blake Skinner (132), Dalton Craig (138), Zane Beineke (170) and Jaylen Kirchner (195) all won by pin for the Panthers. Teagan Johnson (106), Victor Antunez (120), Brooks Wathen (152), Owen Barr (160), Richard Puckett (182), Max Brown (220) and Jadon Swindell (285) all won by forfeit.
Jennings’ Rusty Vaughn (145) won by major decision. Dathan Malone (113) anbd Xavier Barberis (126) won by decision.
Trinity Lutheran tops Rising Sun
SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran jumped out to a 22-0 lead early in the second quarter and cruised to a 51-29 win against Rising Sun.
Sydney Janes led the Cougars (8-1) with 16 points. Savannah Harweger added 11 points, and Piper Acton had 10.