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MOORESVILLE — The Jennings County wrestling team finished fifth at the Mooresville Holiday Classic as 12 Panthers finished in the top eight.
Junior Gabe Wilson, a 160-pounder, was Jennings County’s top individual as he was second in his weight class. Wilson advanced through the early rounds with two pins (one was recorded in 16 seconds) and a major decision, but he dropped a 10-0 decision to Yorktown’s Rhett Hiestand in the championship match.
Hiestand currently is the state’s No. 5 wrestler at 160.
Panthers’ co-captain Gary Engelking went 4-1 in the 120-pound class to finish third. He scored a tough, 3-1 overtime victory against Mooresville’s Brady Noles in the third-place match.
After a 1-1 regulation, Engelking scored the deciding takedown. He is 18-3 for the season.
Jennings County 106-pounder Kyle Lewis placed fourth. Lewis planked two early-round opponents and eventually dropped a 9-6 decision in the third-place match.
Also placing for Jennings County were John Flynn, fifth at 145 pounds, Dakota Bott, fifth at 182, Conner Montgomery, sixth at 138 pounds, Colton Pifer, sixth at 152 pounds, Jacob Cheesebrew, sixth at 170, and freshman Christian Redmond, who placed fifth at 195.
Marshall Holwager was seventh at 126 pounds, and Colton Castetter was seventh at 220 pounds. Jace Baldwin placed eighth at heavyweight.
Yorktown won the tournament with 283.5 points with Mooresville second at 232, Castle third at 180.5, Evansville Central fourth at 175 and Jennings County fifth at 157. Seymour was 10th with 90.5 points.
Olympian wins title
MISHAWAKA — With Kyle Stillinger winning the 152-pound title for the Olympians, Columbus East placed ninth in the 32-team Al Smith Invitational at Mishawaka.
The meet featured eight of the top-20 ranked teams in the state and 68 of the top 16-ranked wrestlers. East only was able to bring nine wrestlers to the meet.
Stillinger became the first Olympian to win the event, and he beat three ranked wrestlers along the way. East’s Rob McKee went 4-2 to place fourth at 285 while Mitch Gilbert was 6-2 on his way to a fifth-place finish at 138. In other finishes, 106-pounder Will Connor was 2-2, 132-pounder Dalton Noblitt was 5-2 (seventh), 145-pounder Mike Wayant was 5-3 (sixth), 182-pounder Clayton Ferguson was 3-2, 195-pounder Quade Greiwe was 2-2 and 220-pounder Brock Greiwe was 3-2.
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