Col. City, Whitko, grapple at Goshen Inv.

GOSHEN — Both Columbia City’s and Whitko’s wrestling teams traveled to the Goshen Invitational looking to build momentum heading into the final week of the regular season. Columbia City placed fourth and Whitko sixth — but both coaches found positives in Saturday’s competition.Goshen claimed the team title with 217 points. Fairfield took second with 202.5 points with Bronson (Mich.) taking third at 175 points just ahead of the Eagles’ 165. Lakeland was fifth with 132 points with the Wildcats next at 125.5 points. Fort Wayne North Side and Eastern filled out the field with 108.5 and 97 points, respectively.The Eagles garnered weight class champions at 160, 182 and 195 pounds. At 160 pounds, Columbia City senior Alan Trabert took the championship with a 20-3 technical-fall win over Fairfield’s Morgon Cosby. Trabert made his way to the finals with first period pinfall wins in the opening round and the semifinals. Whitko took championships in two weight classes. At 113 pounds, the Wildcats’ Greg Newman won with a 9-4 decision over Bronson’s Wes Disbro. Newman advanced to the finals with a pinfall win in 1:42 over Fort Wayne North Side’s Keaton Braun and a semifinal fall in 5:07 over Nick Cox of Goshen.The Wildcats also got a win at 138 pounds where Cole Findley took the title with a 12-2 major decision over Fairfield’s Jacob Curry. Findley opened competition with a 10-0 decision over Eastern’s Brent Mullenix. In the semifinals Findley scored a pinfall win over Goshen’s Christian Horton in 4:26 to advance to the title match.The Wildcats will host Northfield on Tuesday before traveling to Churubusco. The Wildcats will travel to North Miami on Saturday for the Three Rivers Conference tournament.Columbia City travels to Dekalb on Monday for a 5 p.m. rescheduled match with the Barons before hosting a Seniorr Night match against Garrett. The Eagles will travel back to DeKalb on Saturday for the Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.