It came down to Winchester and Union County.
But four weight-class champions and six total place-holders on Saturday gave Winchester an advantage as the Falcons took the Tri-Eastern Conference wrestling tournament championship back to Randolph County.
Kevin Garringer (106), Gavin Cox (126), Grant Gough (170) and Jacob Sofronko (220) earned weight-class championships, leading the Falcons to 217 points and their fourth TEC championship since 2008.
“The boys wrestled really hard and, more importantly, the kids that lost early — or even in the middle rounds — wrestled hard back to get us in the third and fourth consolation round, and I think that’s where these teams win these tournaments,” Winchester coach Brian Feltis said.
New Castle wins
Central finished eighth in the North Central Conference tournament with 105 points. New Castle won the championship with 216.
The Bearcats’ Micah Hill claimed the 182-pound championship with a 9-3 win against Trevor Hiles. Central’s Darrius Connell fell to Nate Trawick of Richmond 2-1 in double overtime in the heavyweight championship match.
Individual champions for New Castle were Nathan Flowers at 106, Tim Anderson at 120, Brad Broyles at 126, Luke Decker at 152, and Caleb Hoots at 160.