2 county wrestlers advance to state finals

Wabash's Noah Cressel finished runner up in the 182-pound weight class at semi-state to advance to state. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

Wabash wrestler Noah Cressell finished second in the 182-pound weight class at the New Haven Semi-State to gain a berth at the state meet this weekend, while Manchester's Delton Moore will join Cressell in Indianapolis as he ended the day with a third-place spot in the 170-pound weight class.

Cressell heads to the state championships with a 40-1 record, while Moore is now 32-6.

Cressell started his day with a 13-1 decision over Leo's Justin Poeppel, followed by a 19-3 technical fall over Coye Blodgett from Prairie Heights to earn his spot at state.

He won his semi-final round with a 6-0 decision over New Haven's Jonyvan Johnson, but lost the championship match to Conner Graber from Northridge 7-3. Graber improved to 44-1 with the championship.

Moore got a second-period pin over Snider's Brandon Knocks at the 2:50 mark and punched his ticket to state with a second-round win over Elkhart Memorial's Clayton Lundy with a pin at 4:46 in the third period.

Moore lost his semi-final match to Northwood's Jake Lone in a 9-6 decision, but finished in third place after a 9-0 win over Brady Wyro from Homestead.

Wabash had two other wrestlers competing at semi-state.

Ethan Higgans (113) won his first match over Michael Rupp from South Adams by pin at 3:15, but lost in the second round to Joe Just from Carroll (Fort Wayne) 12-7 to end the season at 30-4.

In the 120-pound weight class, Braden Brooks won his first match easily by technical fall with a 17-2 score, but ended his season with a 34-5 record after a 19-4 technical fall loss to Hunter Watts from Jimtown.

Manchester's Wade France made his third straight appearance at semi-state but lost his first match in the 152-pound weight class by pin to Julius Graber in 43 seconds to finish his senior season with a 22-13 record.

Cressell will face Jamari Washington (32-7) from Hammond Gavit in the first round of the state championship Friday night at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Moore will face off against Cody Crary (13-3) from Munster Friday night.
With a Friday night win, wrestlers advance to compete Saturday for three more matches to determine the top eight places.

Posted on 2018 Feb 13