FORT WAYNE — Twenty wrestlers from Whitley County advanced to Saturday’s regional meet at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne and now stand just two weekends away from the state tournament.
Columbia City, Churubusco and Whitko were all at the sectional meet at Carroll last Saturday. Churubusco was second to the hosts in the team race and is sending eight wrestlers to this weekend’s meet. Columbia City and Whitko will each send six to regionals.
The top four wrestlers from each sectional advance to regionals. Carroll’s regional will have eight wrestlers per weight class — the top four from the meet the Chargers hosted and also the top four from the sectional meet at New Haven last Saturday. The top four wrestlers per weight class at this weekend’s meet will move on to the semi-state meet on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.
At the 106-pound weight class, Hunter Langeloh of Columbia City came in third at sectionals. He will carry a 19-6 record into first-round regional bout with Eddie Loraine of Leo. Lorraine has a record of 27-4 and came in second at the New Haven sectional. The winner of this match will take on the winner of Kyle Rothgeb of Heritage and Hayden Lee of Garrett in the semifinals.
The 113-pound weight class will have Whitko senior Greg Newman, fresh off a runner-up finish at sectionals, carrying his 27-6 record against Homestead freshman Drake Rhodes, who is 13-15. The winner of that match will have a semifinal encounter with the victor from the quarterfinal match with Codey Ross (Eastside) and Owen Doster (New Haven).
Whitko also has the lone county representative at 120 pounds. Freshman Lane Wolf is 15-2 on the season and came in third at sectionals. He will take on Homestead junior Eli Scherrer (15-13) in a quarterfinal match. The winner of that bout will take on the winner of Ryan Fawcett of Leo and Dominic Garrett of Fort Wayne Dwenger in the semifinals.
Saturday’s regional meet will be at Carroll High school with action set to begin at 9 a.m.
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