5 wrestlers advance to semistate

Manchester's Delton Moore gets a pin against an Oak Hill opponent in thte semifinals of the Peru Regional in the 170 pound class. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

PERU -- Wabash had two wrestling champions and one third-place finisher, while Manchester had two runners-up at the Peru Regional Feb. 3, all of whom will move on to semi-state.

The first to advance for Wabash was Ethan Higgans (113 pounds). He won by pin over Tri-Central, followed by a close 7-6 win over Marion and won the championship with an 8-6 decision over Oak Hill.

Noah Cressell remained undefeated with three wins to improve to 40-0 to win the 182-pound weight class. He won by pin over Oak Hill, followed by a pin over Western and a pin over Rochester in the championship round.

Also advancing for Wabash is Braden Brooks (120 pounds) with a third-place finish. He beat Madison-Grant by pin, but lost to Eastern in the semi-finals. In the third-place match, Brooks beat Cass 6-3.

France advanced to his third semi-state appearance with a 4-3 win over Kokomo and a 4-3 win over Western. He lost in the championship match to Rochester 5-1.

Delton Moore also returns to semi-state action with a runner-up result. He started the day with a pin over Western and a pin over Oak Hill. He lost in the finals by pin against Peru.

Competing at regional, but not advancing, were, for Wabash, Anthony Long (126), Aidan Benysh (132), Traydon Goodwin (138), Jake Cisneros (145), Bryson Zapata (170) and Grant Warmuth (220); for Manchester, Elijah Burlingame (106), Ethan McWilliams (113), Andrew Cagle (160) and Bryce Kamphues (285); for Northfield, Kade Kennedy (160), Michael Ford (170), Jasper Donaldson (182) and Zac Pennington (285); and for Southwood, Elijah Sutton (126), Cavin Beavers (195) and Carson Rody (220).

In the team standings, Wabash was 7th with 55 points, Manchester was 10th with 32, and Northfield and Southwood didn't record any points to tie for 17th place.

Semi-state action begins Saturday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne at 8:30 a.m. Wrestlers must win their first two matches to advance to the state championships at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis Feb. 17.

Posted on 2018 Feb 06