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INDIANAPOLIS — A short-handed Columbus North wrestling team opened the season Saturday with a fifth-place finish in Perry Meridian’s Capital City Classic.
Top-ranked Perry Meridian won the meet with 309 points. No. 13 Warren Central finished second with 251, followed by Franklin Central (208 1/2), Jeffersonville (171), North (109), Beech Grove (102), Bloomington North (85) and Speedway (11).
Luke Teague led the Bull Dogs with a second-place finish at 182 pounds. Teague lost in finals to a returning state runner-up from Perry Meridian.
Brandon Woods took third at 220. Evan Speaker (106) and Kenny King (285) each were fourth.
North had two wrestlers out of the lineup and forfieted at 195.
“We weren’t going to finish fourth (at full strength), but we could have done a little bit better,” Skinner said.
Panthers win New Castle Duals
NEW CASTLE — Jennings County went 4-1 and won a tiebreaker to capture the New Castle Duals.
The Panthers finished with 284 points to 266 for Connersville and 235 for West Lafayette Harrison. All three teams had gone 4-1.
Gary Engelking (120), Marshall Holwager (125) and Chance Ahlbrand (195) all went 5-0 to win their weight classes. Holwager pinned all five of his opponents.
Kyle Lewis (106), Gabe Wilson (160), Aaron Cheesebrew (170) and Dakota Bott (182) all went 4-1 for Jennings. Tyler Wilkins went 3-0 and John Flynn went 2-0 in backup efforts.
Eagles go 4-1 at Batesville
BATESVILLE — Brown County downed Southwestern 60-15, Scottsburg 52-24, Shelbyville 50-27 and Knightstown 51-24 before falling to Batesville 54-22.
Austin Ely (113) and Cody Leeper (132) each went 5-0 for the Eagles. Austin Walsh (120) and Aaron Lanfair (152) each went 4-1.
Panthers make it two in a row
NORTH VERNON — After snapping a 26-game losing streak Friday night, Jennings County is now on a winning streak.
Sydney Kirchner scored 13 points, and Baylee Krueger added 10 to lead the Panthers (2-1) to a 57-44 win over Greensburg. Jennings jumped out to a 16-5 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
The Panthers, who went winless last season and dropped their season opener, broke the losing streak Friday with a 54-36 win at Southwestern (Hanover).
Sollman takes 14th in MMC
KETTERING, Ohio — Columbus North senior Rachael Sollman finished 14th Saturday to help the Indiana girls to a victory over three other states in the Mideast Cross-Country Championships.
Sollman finished in 18 minutes, 45 seconds for 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) and was the No. 6 runner for Team Indiana. Ashley Erba of Warsaw led a 1-2-3 finish, as Indiana scored 29 points to 37 for Ohio, 96 for Illinois and 100 for Michigan.
The Indiana boys finished third with 48 points. Michigan and Illinois both scored 42, with Michigan winning on the better sixth finisher.
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