Eagle wrestlers defeat Lakeland, Westview

Churubusco wrestled well on the day as they started off with a 52-23 win over F.W. Northrop. Shane Shroyer (112) got a pin in :52 and from 130-189 the Eagles recorded seven pins and a major  decision. The Eagles are becoming more and more competitive and are starting to beat some pretty tough teams. Elkhart Central is a team that is respected around the state, and one that is very competitive against top teams. The 39-38 was a great win for the Eagles against a team like that. The Eagles were led by Austin Boggess, Zack Armstead, Brandon Wormcastle, Jason Nicodemus and Sam Siddons who all recorded pins. Adam Boggess and Brian Richardson won by tech fall.

“Our kids fought hard in that dual and fought off their backs,” commented Coach Sam Riesen. “They kept from getting pinned in a lot of those matches and that is what made it possible for us to win that dual.”

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(Churubusco Senior Wrestlers Braxton Siddons, Zack Armstead and manager Chelsey Penley are recognized for their hard work and time they given to the wrestling program.) PHOTO BY HIATT

Carroll is a huge day for sectional seeds and Busco had guys that went 5-0, 4-1, or even 3-2, that did a lot to help their seeds in the sectional tournament.  “We had a more accurate version of our team on Saturday,” admits Coach Riesen. “Most of our guys were down at the weight we plan on them being at when the tournament starts.  It is really our strongest line-up, and the one that gives our individuals the best chance of advancing.”

The Carroll match was a tough one as the Eagles lost 57-10. Adam Boggess and Braxton Siddons won by decisions and Armstead was victorious with a major decision. That was all the Eagle scoring in the match but the others fought hard in their matches surrendering just four pins to some of the top wrestlers in the area.

Churubusco rolled over Eastside 61-15 in the fourth round action. In the last dual of the day the Eagles faced Garrett and were defeated 45-26. Clint Bechtold (119) picked up the Eagles’ first points with a 4-0 decision. Armstead suffered his first loss of the year to Logan Lee, a 4-2 decision in overtime. Nicodemus, Sam Siddons and Braxton Siddons all pinned their opponents and Brian Richardson won 16-0 for a tech fall.

“It is one that we learned a lot from,” recalled Coach Riesen, about Armstead’s match. “Zack was able to face some really tough competition which is a good thing. Losses in December really can help focus a kid, and prepare him for January and February when the matches really matter.”

“Braxton continued his undefeated season as he looked strong all day,” stated Coach Riesen. “Our middle weights all really stepped up, the 140, 145, 152, 160, 171 weight classes are all sophomores and had great days. Saturday we saw a great improvement out of the heavy and lighter weights. Their records don’t indicate everything that they have accomplished but as they continue to improve our record will as well.”

Churubusco is now 12-8 on the season and will wrestle next on Thursday at the Rochester Invitational.

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