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In a meet that started out close, Columbus East pulled out some big wins Thursday night, which led to a 35-22 victory against East Central.
With a shifted lineup that included six freshman, Columbus East wrestling coach Chris Cooper was pleased that his team was able to perform as well as they did.
“I thought we wrestled extremely well tonight,” Cooper said. “East Central is a quality team, and I am proud of the way our boys adjusted and were able to win as a team tonight.”
Columbus East junior Dalton Noblitt performed exceptionally well after dropping a weight class during the week in order to take on East Central senior captain Brian Struewing in the 126-pound weight class.
It was a hard-fought match that ended with Noblitt winning 15-5 in a major decision.
“He just came out and put it on him, and a kid like that is not used to getting beat,” Cooper said. “The team really needed him to step up and drop the weight class, and he pulled through and wrestled outstanding tonight.”
Noblitt said he was not really worried about the match heading into it.
“I really did not know much about the kid, so I just went out and wrestled like I knew I could,” Noblitt said.
Columbus East senior Mike Wayant had the lone pin of the night in the 145 weight class, pinning Marcus Spencer of East Central.
Other Olympian victories included freshman Will Connor and Quade Griewe, seniors Mitch Gilbert, Dan Nelson, Kyle Stillinger and Clayton Ferguson as well as junior Jimmy Fisher.
Cooper emphasized the importance of utilizing practice time in order to see continued improvement.
“We need to make sure that we come into practice every day with the intention of getting better, not just to get through practice,” Cooper said.
LAWRENCEBURG — Jennings County improved to 13-2 by rolling to a 47-19 win at South Dearborn.
Marshall Holwager, Conner Montgomery and Kyle Lewis each won by pin. Gary Engelking won by technical fall.
Jets rout Hilltoppers
MADISON — Hauser came out fighting at Madison Shawe, jumping out to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter, which led to a 61-23 victory.
Leslie Sims led the Jets (5-5) with 13 points. Jordan McDaniel added 11.
Crusaders come up short
SPENCER — Columbus Christian took on an IHSAA Class 3A school and fell to Owen Valley 71-16.
“They’re just on another level,” Columbus Christian coach Ron Bridgewater said.
Hannah Carlock led the Crusaders with 10 points. Tori Robinson grabbed 12 rebounds.
Lancers defeat Saints
INDIANAPOLIS — Edinburgh forced 16 turnovers, including five during a third-quarter stretch in which it pieced together a 12-0 run that turned a 29-23 deficit into a 35-29 lead and paved the way for a 56-49 win at Lutheran.
Caleb Giles led the Lancers (5-1) with 33 points, matching Lutheran’s J.C. Faubion, the state’s leading scorer. Ryan Burton added 10 for Edinburgh.
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