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FORT WAYNE — Garrett, Eastside and Churubusco all had multiple wrestlers advance to regionals on Saturday when they took to the mats in the sectional round at Carroll.
The Railroaders had 10 wrestlers move on to the next round, six wrestlers advanced for the Blazers and the Eagles had four punch their ticket for regional action.
“We wrestled better than last year’s performance for sure,” Churbusco head coach Sam Riesen said. “We’re still a little bit short of what our goals were and where we thought we would’ve been.”
Braydon Shearer, at 106 pounds, was the lone Railroader to walk away with an individual championship on Saturday, and he did so with a pin in the third period.
With the win, Shearer improved his record to 33-7 on the season.
The other individual champion from the area was Joe Leazier (138) from Churbusco. He faced an even-matched opponent from Carroll in the final. Leazier had a takedown in the first period, but didn’t score anymore points until he got another take down in the third period. From there, Leazier held on for the 4-1 decision.
“He wrestled a really good match,” Riesen said. “When Joe is offensive, he is a pretty tough kid to beat, and he was pretty offensive today.”
Garrett had four wrestlers, Andrew Wertman (120), Carlos Aguirre (145), Clayton Fielden (152) and Drake Baker (160) all make it to the championship match, but all took second place.
Churubusco’s J.T. Kilgore (220) worked his way into the finals, where faced Carroll’s Tyler McKeever. Both grapplers battled it out for points, but neither could get the other to the mat. McKeever finally brought down Kilgore and never let go.
“(McKeever) is a tough kid to score on, so we definitely have some things to work on,” Riesen said. “We weren’t really setting ourselves up in position to score, so that’s what we are looking to do this next week.”
Korbyn Reister and Clay Tinney were the other Eagles to move onto regionals next weekend.
Reece Wicker came in fifth after beating Bishop Dwenger’s Jared Monnier by major decision, 10-2, at 285 pounds.
At 113 pounds, Cody Graft lost a 10-3 decision to Columbia City’s Mallory Engle in the fifth-place match. Max Sadjak lost his fifth-place match at 152 pounds to Concordia’s Chad Grover by pinfall at 2:22.
All of the wrestlers who advanced on Saturday will make the trip back to Carroll next Saturday for regional action at 9 a.m., and all will have one goal in mind, to make semistate.