INDIANAPOLIS — Columbus East’s Dalton Noblitt was within two points going into the third period in Friday night’s 126-pound, first-round state wrestling match, but Crown Point’s Josh Fuqua pulled away for a 7-2 win.
“It was a pretty good match until he got cradled at the end,” East coach Chris Cooper said. “We needed that point on bottom, and Dalton couldn’t get away.”
Fuqua scored a takedown early in the match before Noblitt got a reversal to tie it. Fuqua made an escape and led 3-2 after one period, then added another escape in the second to take a 4-2 advantage.
Noblitt then picked the bottom to start the third period and got cradled.
Fuqua (31-1), a state runner-up two years ago, advances to today’s quarterfinals. Noblitt, the area’s only state qualifier, finishes the season 39-9.
“Dalton had a fantastic season,” Cooper said. “We can use today as a learning experience and learn for next year.”
Steals lift Columbus Christian
GREENWOOD — Columbus Christian recorded 22 steals and 14 blocked shots and held struggling Suburban Christian to 13 points in a 37-13 victory.
“Defense was the key tonight,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said.
Tori Robinson led the Crusaders (10-13) with nine points. Rachel Warren added seven.
Cougars edge Lancers
GREENSBURG — South Decatur rallied in the fourth quarter for a 71-68 Mid-Hoosier Conference win over Edinburgh.
Cameron Agnew led the Cougars (12-5, 3-4) with 22 points. Taylor Koplin scored 19, and Byron Balser added 14.
Riley Price scored a game-high 29 points for the Lancers (11-8, 3-4). Kyle Pendleton scored 12, and Caleb Giles added 10.
Trinity stops Oldenburg
OLDENBURG — Trinity Lutheran shut out Oldenburg Academy in the first quarter and went on to post a 45-24 victory.
Craig Stuckwisch led the Cougars (7-11) with 13 points. Luke Stuckwisch added nine points.
Owls fall to Austin
AUSTIN — Austin jumped out to a 26-13 halftime lead and cruised from there to a 65-39 win over Seymour.
Landon Booth led the Owls (2-16) with 12 points.