Squires' Stroud wins semi-state title

By Eric Christiansen

FORT WAYNE -- Manchester's Dylan Stroud remained undefeated in his quest for a state championship after winning the 126 pound weight class at the New Haven Semi-State Saturday, Feb. 15.

Stroud was the only Squire to advance to state while Wabash will have two representatives this weekend in Indianapolis.

Stroud (39-0) gave up just three points in his semi-state run. He started the day with a pin over Landon Roy from West Noble followed by a 7-0 win over Bellmont's Litchfield to clinch a spot at state. The Squire sophomore won his semifinal match 8-3 over Delta's Payne Blackburn then outlasted Bluffton's undefeated Landon Bertsch 3-0 in the championship match.

Wabash's Ethan Higgins (32-3) finished fourth at 120 pounds, good enough for a spot at state. Higgins opened the day with a 14-3 win over Leo's Mike Kallamani from Jimtown then earned his trip to Indianapolis with a win over Leo's Jacob Veatch 7-3. He lost his semifinal match by major decision 9-1 to Angola's Jett Boots and was pinned by Delta's John Robinson 1-0.

The Apache's Grant Warmuth (29-7) placed fourth at 220 pounds. The junior won his first match of the day with a 7-5 win over Keegan Miller of Eastside with his final two points coming right before the final buzzer. He then clinched a spot at state with a 12-4 major decision over Elkhart Central's Sea Davis. Warmuth lost in the semifinals to Norwell's Cale Gray by pin in 4:45 and lost to Oak Hill's Fred Durben by major decision 9-0.

Manchester had four wrestlers competing at semi-state but didn't advance.

Bryce Kamphues (285 pounds) won his first match against Luke Miller of Bishop Luers 7-0 then lost to top-seed and undefeated Logan Swallow from Monroe Central 1-0. Kamphues ended his senior season with a 25-3 record.

Manchester's Elijah Burlingame (28-10) lost his opening match to Norwell's Tonner Johnson 7-2 at 132 pounds, while Trescott Duffy (12-9) lost at 160 pounds to Snider's Jacob Kreager by pin in 1:17, and Ashton Moore (32-5) lost at 195 pounds to Fremont's RJ Dillbone by major decision 11-4.

For Wabash, Jared Brooks (29-6) lost to Homestead's Thomas Herman by pin in 4:33, Anthony Long (20-9) lost to Eric Garcia of Elkhart Central 7-4 at 126 pounds, Traydon Goodwin (17-16) lost to Cody McCune of Huntington North by pin in 3:21 at 152 pounds, Grant Carandante (24-9) lost to Columbia City's Jackson Pettigrew by major decision 11-3 at 160 pounds, and Chat Wyatt Jr. (25-8) lost to Ibrahim Khoaucha of Northridge  by pin in :30.

Northfield's Logan Cox (24-7) ended his season with a loss by pin to Northwood's Jaden Miller at 195 pounds.

The IHSAA State Finals will be Friday, Feb. 21 for all first-round matches at 6 p.m. at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. First-round winners advance to Saturday's final three rounds for each wrestler beginning with quarterfinals and semifinals at 9:30 a.m., consolations at 5 p.m. and championship matches at 7:30 p.m.

Posted on 2020 Feb 18