Soon after falling to New Castle’s Luke Decker in the 160-pound championship match of the IHSAA wrestling sectional at Tri last Saturday, Lincoln’s Gus Rihm was already making adjustments.
“Last year I got to regionals and had to wrestle him,” Rihm said. ” … This year I think I’m going to do a great job. I’m being enthusiastic. I’m not just going in trying to tap around, I’m going to take shots and win this.”
Forty area wrestlers will take their shots at regional championships — and at keeping their seasons alive — this Saturday, as they compete at regional tournaments.
Twenty-eight will be at Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center, starting at 9 a.m., with a trip to the New Castle semistate on the line. The other 12 will be at the Jay County regional, which feeds into the Fort Wayne Snider semistate.
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Richmond’s Alston Bane (132 pounds) and Nate Trawick (285), Centerville’s Enrique Calderon (195) and Hagerstown’s Christian Cox (138) all won sectional championships at Tri, while Union County’s Cam Coffman (113) earned a title at Franklin County and Winchester’s Grant Gough (182) did so at Delta.
Centerville will be the best-represented team as the Bulldogs flirted with a sectional title, though they were edged by New Castle 237-200.
Joining Calderon will be teammates Luke Markley (106), Alston Jenkinson (120), Isaiah Michaels (126), Austin Killion (145), Bryce Robinson (182), Cameron Deloney (220), Dakota Tipton (138), Randy Jordan (160) and Isaac Creigmile (285).
Centerville coach Mike Day said the number of Bulldog representatives could factor in their favor in the team standings.
“Stranger things have happened,” he said. “I know a couple years ago, we got second here and they didn’t keep team points then, but we wrestled really well that regional.”
Richmond advanced six with Blake Hillard (113), Ryan Weireter (126), Titus Twine (138) and Kendrick Kreider (220) joining Trawick and Bane.
Trawick is a two-time semistate qualifier and currently ranked sixth in the state.
“I went to semistate the last two years. My expectation is to go back to semistate and be in that ticket round again,” Trawick said.
Other semistate qualifiers back from last year are Jenkinson, Cox and Gough.
Also competing at Richmond are Rihm (160), Colton Handley (106) and Quest Schwab (152) of Northeastern; Hagerstown’s Brandon Purtha (106) and Daniel McClurg (120); and Cole Bowers (126), Levi Oswald (145), Emilio Aquino-Morales (170) and Clark Minges (285) of Union County.
Jared Hangen (113), Sabastion Thompson (120), Vince Prescott (126), Thomas Underwood (152), Nate Klingel (160), Dustyn Hangen (195) and Jacob Sofronko (220) of Winchester will also be at the Jay County semistate, as will Kyle Anguiano (160), Edgar Terriquez (182) and Aaron Burk (195) of Union City and Kasey Angel (195) of Randolph Southern.
“Looking at our future we have five qualifiers that will come back next year for me, and they all have a fair shot now for qualifying for semistate,” Union County coach Dan Briggs said. “We do have a few things we need to work on, and hopefully we can come back and beat some kids that beat us (at the sectional).”