By Nicole Minier
SOUTH WHITLEY — Churubusco’s wrestling team placed fourth in a 14-team invitational hosted by Whitko Dec. 30.
The Eagles had one wrestler place first, one place third, two in fourth and four in fifth place to garner an overall fourth place for the team. Northridge won the invitational, followed by Central Noble in second and Marion in third. Whitko finished 14th.
Joey Leazier won the 145-pound weight class for the Eagles. Reese Wicker placed third in the 220-pound weight class.
Earlier in December, the Eagles took a strong win over Northeast Corner Conference rival Fairfield, 51-27, in what head coach Sam Riesen called a “solid dual.”
Shawn Prater (106 pounds), Korbyn Reister (113), Seth Gunkel (160) and Wicker (220) all picked up pins for the Eagles.
Fairfield strategically moved some wrestlers to be more competitive against the Eagles, including pulling its 145-pound grappler to give Leazier a forefit win. Brandt Parsons, Landon Keener and Marcus Debolt also had forfeit wins for Churubusco.
“They moved their line-up to try to pick up some wins, and we were able to combat that pretty well,” Riesen said. “We had some kids step into roles for us that they hadn’t in the past.”
Max Sadjak moved down from 160 pounds to wrestle in the 152-pound class, taking a 10-5 decision win.
“He looked solid out there against a wrestler who is putting together a solid season,” Riesen said.
Riesen also gave kudos to Reister.
“Korbyn looked fantastic in really ‘putting it to’ a returning regional qualifier,” Riesen said. “He needs to consistently put that type of performance out there.”