by Gary Andrews
29 Members of the Wabash County Wrestling Club wrestled in the HYWAY State Tournament in Peru, Saturday, March 23. It was quite a day and by far the biggest tournament that a lot of our boys had ever been to, and for ten of our wrestlers this was their first time at the State Tournament.
The meet keeps growing year after year and this year was no exception as there was nearly 650 participants wrestling on 12 mats. Some of the boys were in round-robin brackets and some were in traditional brackets having as many as 12-14 per weight class.
The tournament placed the top eight wrestlers and the true brackets were run in a double elimination fashion. Those wrestling hard but not making the top eight were Grayson Harner, Trent Osborn, Brayden Sickafus and Matt Carey.
Kody Stambaugh placed seventh, Jared Holmes, Jaxon Barnett and Logan Carey placed sixth while Ethan Higgins was our lone fifth place finisher.
Earning fourth place honors was Ashton Good, Izaak Pennington, JD Trisler, Kamron Honeycutt, Quentin Moore and Blayne Powell. Kaden Rody, Keaton Fields, Tyler Miller, Grant Warmuth, Drew Clark and Austin all earned hard fought third place medals.
Those making it to the finals but coming up short and earning a much coveted state runner up medal was Dylan Osborn, Dylan Stroud, Hunter Jones, Jared Brooks, Braden Brooks, Logan Cox, Zac Gunter and Clayton Moore.