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6 local wrestles advance to semi-state

Six Wabash County wrestlers qualified for semi-state after their performances at the Maconaquah Regional Saturday, Feb. 5.

Manchester senior wrestler Dylan Stroud (132 pounds) won his third regional title, and three other Squires will join Stroud at the New Haven Semi-State this Saturday, Feb. 12.

Junior Zach France (170) placed third at regional while fellow juniors Jordan Ayres (152) and Preston Duffy (220) each finished fourth, earning spots at semi-state.

Northfield’s Jaydan Goshert (182) pounds returns to semi-state after finishing runner-up.

Goshert lost by pin to Kokomo’s Jaquan East in 3:39 in the championship match, sending him to semi-state as a No. 2 seed. 
Wabash’s Jared Brooks (120) advanced to semi-state with a third-place result. The sophomore defeated Eastern’s Eli Bowyer by pin in 2:40 to earn a semi-state spot before losing a close 7-6 decision in the semifinals to Western’s Tye Linser.

Brooks bounced back to take third place with a first-period pin over Oak Hill’s Peytonn Bowland in 1:09 to improve his record to 33-4 on the season.

Goshert defeated Josh Fike of Eastern by fall in 5:01, and advanced to the championship match with a routine 8-0 win by major decision 8-0 over Maconaquah’s Austin Ringeisen in the semifinals.

Manchester’s Stroud improved to 32-0 on the season and 141-12 in his career, leaving him three wins shy of the all-time record for wins by a Wabash County wrestler.

Stroud cruised through the day by beating Gabe Monize of Eastern by fall in 1:29, Ollie Turner from Eastbrook by tech fall (20-5) in 3:25, and Tyson Kendall from Oak Hill by tech fall (21-6) in 2:13 in the championship match.

France qualified for regional with a pin over Tanner Campbell from Mississinewa in the opening round. He lost is semifinal match to Hayden Shepherd from Western, the fourth-ranked wrestler in the weight class, 11-4. He rebounded with a pin over Adam Bandelier of Lewis-Cass in 1:23 of the third period.

Ayres made quick work of Kokomo’s Kyan Gamble with a pin in 39 seconds in his opening match. He lost to Western’s Mitchell Betz by major decision 11-1 and lost a tight 4-3 decision to Bradie Porter of Eastern.

Duffy qualified for semi-state with a 2-0 win over Marion’s Beck Vermillion before losing to Silas Jones from Oak Hill 3-1. Duffy was tied 1-1 with Vermillion when he hit his head. He then fell to fourth place with an injury default of his final match.

Isaiah Burlingame (145) lost by fall in 1:08 to Brody Arthur of Oak Hill to end the season with a 17-13 record.
Senior Dominic Lincoln ended his career with a 21-6 record with a loss by pin in 4:43 to finish 21-6 on the season.

Fellow senior Trevor Dill lost to Western’s MJ Norman 3-2 to just miss out on a spot at semi-state and finished the season with a 23-12 record.

The New Haven Semi-State begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 12.

Posted on 2022 Feb 09