8 wrestlers advance to semistate

Wabash’s Anthony Long attempts to take down an opponent Saturday at the Peru wrestling regional. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

PERU -- Wabash 106 pounder Jared Brooks leads a group of eight Wabash County wrestlers to semi-state in Fort Wayne this weekend.

Brooks won the 106 pound weight class and was the county's only champion at the Peru wrestling regional on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Brooks started the day with wins by pin over Oak Hill and Kokomo, then won the championship round with an 11-0 major decision over Maconaquah.

Also advancing for Wabash in third place was Ethan Higgins at 120 pounds.

Higgins started the day with a win by pin over Kokomo, followed by a 10-8 loss to Western. He bounced back with a pin in the third round match over Eastern.

Also third for the Apaches was Justin Samons at 220 pounds.
The senior won his first match with a 15-4 win over Northwestern, but lost by pin against Oak Hill. HE won the third place match by pin over Mississinewa.

Finishing fourth and also advancing to semi-state was Grant Warmuth at 285 pounds.

Warmuth qualified for semi-state with a first-round win by pin over Oak Hill, then lost to Madison-Grant by pin, and to Manchester's Bryce Kamphues 4-2.

Manchester is sending three wrestlers to Fort Wayne this weekend.

Dylan Stroud placed second at 126 pounds with a win by pin over Madison-Grant, and a win by technical fall over Marion. He lost a heartbreaker in the championship match against Western 9-8.

Also placing second for the Squires was Delton Moore at 170 pounds. He started the day with a technical fall win over Marion and followed that up with a technical fall win over Eastern. He lost an 8-3 decision to Rochester in the championship match.

Kamphues placed third at 285 pounds with an 8-5 decision over Western to start his day. He lost to Maconaquah by pin, and won the third-place match 4-2 over Warmuth from Wabash.

Northfield's Jasper Donaldson finished third at regional at 195 pounds. The senior won his first match by major decision over Kokomo, then lost by pin to Marion. In the third place match, Donaldson won by pin over Peru.

In the team standings, Wabash was sixth with 55 points, Manchester was eighth with 43.5 points, Northfield was 14th with 12 points, and Southwood was 16th with 0 points.

The New Haven Semi-state will be this Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 a.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Posted on 2019 Feb 05