By Nicole Minier
WOODBURN — Churubusco’s wrestling team won the Woodlan Invitational earlier this month, boasting three first-place individual finishers, five second-place finishes and three in third place.
“We are very happy with the result,” said head coach Sam Riesen. “The Woodlan Invite has been around for 40-some years, so its nice to win a tournament with some history. Our guys came out and each kid really executed.”
Eight Churubusco grapplers advanced to the championship, which provided a new opportunity for some wrestlers.
“A lot of the kids had never wrestled for a championship before, so we were really proud of them getting that opportunity,” Riesen said.
Brandt Parsons was one of those grapplers, and won the 138-pound weight class.
“That was awesome. All of the guys were really excited for him,” Riesen said.
Joe Leazier won his third Woodlan Invitational title of his career at 145 pounds, and Reese Wicker won his second Woodlan title at 220 pounds.
Other placings include:
• 106: Shawn Prater, third
• 113: Korbyn Reister, second
• 113: Cole Hart, fifth
• 120: Cody Gradt, third
• 126: Dominic Heath, second
• 126: Mason Grey, second
• 132: Brandon Kolvoord, sixth
• 152: Sam Wood, fifth
• 152: Dylan Brady, fifth
• 160: Max Sadjak, second
• 170: Seth Gunkle, sixth
• 182: Landon Keener, second
• 195: Marcus Debolt, fourth
• 285: Joe Rennaker, second
Lakeland 49, Churubusco 38
LAGRANGE — Churubusco’s girls basketball team dropped a Northeast Corner Conference game to Lakeland Jan. 16, 49-38.
The Lady Eagles only trailed by one point, 10-9, but Lakeland pulled slightly ahead 23-20 at halftime.
Lakeland turned up the heat in the second half, outscoring Churubusco 26-18 to make the final score 49-38.
Angola 51, Churubusco 17
Angola 46, Churubusco 38
ANGOLA — Churubusco’s basketball team lost its second game in a row to Angola, this time playing a more competitive game, but falling 46-38.
The Eagles had consistent scoring throughout the game, with nine points in the first quarter, 10 in the second quarter, nine in the third and 10 in the fourth quarter.
Churubusco was led by Zane Burke with 14 points, Brayton Bonar with 10, Gage Kelly with eight, Jackson Paul with four points and Tom Richards with two.
The last time the two teams matched up, during the Northeast Corner Conference Tournament, Angola beat Churubusco 67-39.
In other boys basketball news, Jalen Paul, former CHS player, was approved by the Smith-Green School Board of Trustees as a volunteer assistant coach for the Eagles. ELEMENTARY WRESTLING
GARRETT — Churubusco’s youth wrestling team had 14 children compete at the Garrett Invitational — the most the team has ever had compete at the invite. “We were super proud of the way they competed,” varsity head coach Sam Riesen said. Placings were:
Henry Riesen, fourth, pee wee 40
Kaiden Petty, fifth, bantam 50
Carter Powell, fourth, bantam 55
Henry Prater, ninth, bantam 60
Gunner Smithson, ninth, bantam 60
Brandt Rouch, second, bantam 65
Jacob Egly, fourth, bantam 105
Wyatt Rueter, seventh, intermediate 60
Isaiah Hosted, seventh, intermediate, 65
Evan Powell, fourth, intermediate 87
Hunter Smithson, first, intermediate 180
Brian Powell, fourth, novice 105
William Egly, second, novice 190
Hayden Brady, first, schoolboy/girl 84