Eagles come in 6th at conference

KENDALLVILLE — At Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament held at East Noble High School, a slow start by the Columbia City Eagles relegated them to a seventh-place finish.Kyle Burns picked up the first win for the Eagles in the 138-pound weight class, downing Homestead’s Andy Papadakis to advance to the semifinals.The other Eagle to pick up a win in the first round was junior Russell Hazelet in the 182-pound weight class. Hazelet, the third seed, picked up his first round win.Burns led the Eagles with a second-place finish downing Dekalb’s Anthony Adams in the second round before falling in the finals to number-one seed Reese Seiger of New Haven.Columbia City picked up several third-place finishes including Hazelet at 182 pounds, senior Eric Shepherd at 160 pounds and fellow senior Joe Fahl in the 285-pound weight class.The Eagles got fifth place finishes from senior Bryce Forrester at 116 pounds and sophomore Payton Walter in the 170-pound weight class. Placing sixth for Columbia City were Damon Blackburn at 132 pounds, Alan Trabert in the 145-pound weight class, and Tristan Anglin at 220 pounds.The Eagles will return to action Saturday, traveling to Carroll for the IHSAA Sectional competition.