COLUMBIA CITY â€” With high school wrestlingâ€™s regular season meets drawing to a close this week, all teams, including the three Whitley County squads (Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko) are all preparing for their â€śsecond seasonâ€ť of conference tournaments and the month-long Indiana High School Athletic Association Individual State Tournament series.
All three Whitley County teams will be traveling this Saturday for their conference tournaments. Each enters the tournament with differing, yet similar, goals.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 8th-grade Lady Eagles (12-2) traveled to East Noble Monday night and won a hard-fought battle by the score of 50-45.
Three players scored in double figures for the Lady Eagles, with Holly Martinez leading the charge with 15 points. Miranda McConnell had 11 points and Darian Farber added 10, with six points coming in the final quarter. Chelsea Pettigrew contributed eight points inside and Morgan Bales had four â€” including two key free throws in the fourth quarter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Former Whitko head coach Rob Irwin tried out his third team against Eagle head coach Chris Benedict Tuesday at Columbia City Tuesday. After taking on the Eagles with Carroll, Whitko and now Huntington North, Irwin fell just short of his first win against Benedict since 2001.
Irwinâ€™s only two wins over Columbia City as Whitkoâ€™s play-caller came in 2008 and 2009, when Benedict was coaching at Valparaiso.
Though Irwin was hoping for the win, he holds no animosity against Benedict.
WATERLOO â€” The Columbia City Eagle wrestling team traveled north to meet Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb in the last of the regular season NHC dual meet matchups.
With the Eagle lineup shuffled to fill in for the four suspended wrestlers, the Eagles ended up on the short end of a 49-21 score.
With bouts starting at182 pounds, the Eagles took an early lead 3-0 when Russell Hazelet took a 3-2 lead in the first period and then held on for a 5-4 win over the Baronsâ€™ Alexander Shoemaker. The Barons came right back with a pinfall win at 195 pounds to go up 6-3.