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East wrestlers finish 2nd in home tourney

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Columbus East Will Burklew gains control of Seymour Tristan Sitterding during their 170 pound match Saturday morning of at Columbus East High School.
Columbus East Will Burklew gains control of Seymour Tristan Sitterding during their 170 pound match Saturday morning of at Columbus East High School.

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With five wrestlers who compiled 5-0 records and a second-place team finish in the Columbus East 6-Way Tournament on Saturday, Olympians coach Chris Cooper might have been smiling.

Instead, though, he was thinking about ways his team could improve.

East’s only dual-meet loss on the day came against Evansville Reitz, 36-29.

“We had three close matches against Reitz that we could have won,” said Cooper, noting that a couple of wins would have given East the tournament title. “We have to do all the little things right.”

Dalton Noblitt (126), Mike Wayant (145), Kyle Stillinger (152), Jimmy Fisher (170) and Rob McKee (285) all went undefeated for East.

The Olympians beat Seymour 62-12, Greenwood 59-9, Washington 52-18 and Center Grove (mostly a ‘B’ lineup) 58-18.

“Those five guys definitely did wrestle well,” Cooper said. “And we also had five freshmen in the lineup today.”

Although Cooper said that his five freshmen “earned their spots,” he knows they are going to make mistakes. “It’s a learning experience all the time for them,” he said.

East is headed into a huge week. The Olympians host Columbus North at 7 p.m. Wednesday, then travel to Seymour for the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.

North 4th at Corydon

CORYDON — Columbus North finished fourth out of eight teams in Old Capital at Corydon. Zionsville won with 379 points, followed by Floyd Central (374), Evansville Central (317) and the Bull Dogs (255).

Armando Cordova went 5-0 to win the 170-pound class. Luke Teague (182) and Luis Cambron (195) each went 3-1 to finish second, and Chase Johnson (160) went 3-1 to take third.

Panthers win Paoli Duals

PAOLI — Jennings County swept five matches to capture the Paoli Duals. The Panthers beat Eastern 66-6, Southridge 54-15 and Bedford North Lawrence 61-15 in pool action before downing Mt. Vernon (Posey) 50-15 and New Castle 51-27.

Gary Engelking, Marshall Holwager, Andrew Herrin and Dakota Bott all went 5-0 for Jennings. John Flynn, Colton Pifer, Jacob Cheesebrew and Christian Redmond all went 4-1.

The Panthers’ No. 2 varsity went 3-2 at the Providence Duals. Jennings beat New Washington 39-30 and Providence 57-18, fell to Milan 48-30, beat Southwestern 48-27 and fell to Ohio County (Ky.) 42-39.

Brown County goes 4-1

NASHVILLE — Brown County went 4-1 at its own invitational. The Eagles beat Arlington 53-9 and fell to Northview 45-30 before downing Indian Creek 36-31, Greensburg 39-38 and Oldenburg Academy 60-18.

Austin Eley (113), Austin Walsh (120) and Cody Leeper (132) all went for Brown County. Jacob Mickley (106), Aaron Lanfair (145/152), Steven Buttz (170), Brett Cline (285) all went 4-1.

Boys basketball

Eagles keep Jets winless

NASHVILLE — Hauser jumped out to a 12-point lead six minutes into the game, but Brown County came back to pick up its second win of the season, a 67-50 triumph.

Steve Norman poured in a career-high 37 points to lead the Eagles (2-8). Tony Gorrell added 16.

“Offensively, this was definitely one of our better games after the first quarter,” Brown County coach Roger Fleetwood said.

Rory Thayer led the Jets (0-9) with 15 points. Aaron Branum added 13.

Lancers rout Engineers

EDINBURGH — Edinburgh jumped out to a 42-20 halftime lead and cruised from there in a 75-52 win over Fall Creek Academy.

Riley Price led the Lancers (6-1) with 21 points, while Caleb Giles, Ryan Burton and Trent Tatlock all addded 12. Nathan King grabbed 10 rebounds.

Cougars ride fast start to win

SEYMOUR — Trinity Lutheran scored the game’s first 16 points and rolled from there to a 72-38 win over winless Henryville.

Jacob Harlow led the Cougars (4-6) with 18 points. Craig Stuckwisch scored 17, and Mark Pinnow added 12.

Girls basketball

Artesians rally past Panthers

MARTINSVILLE — Jennings County took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, but Martinsville rallied for a 56-52 win.

Kirsten Biggs led the Panthers (5-7) with 14 points. Baylee Krueger scored 13, and Halea Petro added 12.

Seymour falls in overtime

RAMSEY — North Harrison scored the first seven points in overtime, and Seymour missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in a 66-63 loss.

Sidney Carr led the Owls (5-11) with 18 points. Brianna Gillaspy scored 13, and Taylor Gossett added 11.


Weber 4th in diving invite

BLOOMINGTON — East’s C.J. Weber finished fourth in the boys competition in the Bloomington North Diving Invitational.

North’s Jordan Kraft took ninth. East’s Cordell Glass was 11th.

North’s Tierney McAlister finished fifth out of 15 girls with a personal-best 234.90. East’s Kacey Littiken took 10th.

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