by Gary Andrews
Eight Wabash County wrestlers headed to the Ft. Wayne semi-state Saturday with three of those wrestlers finishing in the top four and advancing to next Saturday’s state finals in Indianapolis.
Advancing to the state are Southwood’s Colton Dawes, Manchester’s Clayton Moore and Southwood’s Jake Smith.
Colton Dawes, wrestling at 113 started the first round with a 17-5 win over Heritage, then got a fall in round two over Goshen. Dawes then fell in round three 11-2 to Leo and round four to Bellmont to finish 4th.
Clayton Moore was wrestling at 132. Moore started with a fall in round one over Adams Central, then won round two in a 10-8 decision over Fremont. Moore would advance to the championship match with a 15-10 decision over Heritage before falling 3-2 in double OT in the final to finish runner up.
Jake Smith was wrestling at 285. Smith won his first match by fall over Adams Central, then won round two 3-2 over Concordia. Smith would fall in his third match by fall to Jay County before coming back to win round four 6-0 over Oak Hill to place third.
Nick McCown of Southwood(220) fell in the second round after wining round one by fall over Yorktown.
Bryce Zook of Manchester(120), Quentin Moore of Manchester(145), Neil Snep of Manchester(195) and Jake Stephan of Northfield(285) all fell in the first round.