The Churubusco Eagles placed third as a team in the John McKee Memorial Invitational at Rochester last Thursday. South Bend Clay claimed the top spot with 283 team points followed by Northridge with 152 and Churubusco with 147. Sixteen teams from all over northern Indiana competed in the Invitational. The Eagles didn’t have a class champion but Sam Siddons finished second in the 160-pound weight class. Siddons won in the first round by a 7-0 decision and again in the second round by a 9-0 decision. In the third round Siddons won by a technical fall 17-2 to advance to the Championship match against Davon Alwine from South Bend Clay. Alwine proved too much for Siddons as he took the match by a major decision 8-0 for the 160-pound title.
Churubusco had three wrestlers finish in third place, Shane Shroyer, Adam Boggess and Brian Richardson. Shroyer, the Eagles’ 112-pounder, received a forfeit in the first round and won by an 11-8 decision in the second round. Shroyer was pinned in 1:35 in the semi-finals but bounced back and pinned his opponent in 2:20 to take third place. Boggess won by a technical fall in the second round after a first round forfeit. He lost to the eventual champion in the semi-finals by a 6-0 decision. Boggess came back to win by another technical fall over Northridge’s Todd Santiago 15-0, to bring home a third place finish. Richardson pinned his first opponent in 5:09 and then won by a technical fall 16-1. He was pinned in 5:29 by the 171-pound champion, Houston Anderson, of South Bend Washington. Richardson fought back and won 14-4, a major decision over Mack White of Northridge.
In the 140-pound class Churubusco’s Zack Armstead pinned his first opponent in 1:56 for his 20th win on the season. Armstead was upset in the second round as he lost by a 9-8 decision to Levi McKee from North Miami. He worked his way through the losers’ bracket to claim fifth place. Jason Nicodemus also finished third as he came through the losers’ bracket with a pair of pins and an injury default win. In the 215-pound class Eric Kuznar collected a pair of pins to claim the fifth place. Austin Boggess finished in sixth place in the 125-pound class and Cameron Lancaster, the Eagles’ 103-pounder, finished in eighth place.
Coach’s comments: “We faced a lot of adversity on Thursday. We had kids not make weight, we had kids lose early, we had kids fighting through injuries. Coming in to the day we thought we had a team that should place in the top two. We, in a lot of ways, had a bad day, so to still be able to finish third is great. We were just a couple of points off of finishing runner-up, we had way to many mental errors during the day that kept that from happening, but the end result shows a lot about the depth of our team.
We had some of our younger guys really step up. Sam Siddons and Shane Shroyer really stand out in that regard. Shane was unseeded and beat a lot of guys with really good records to take third place for us. Sam Siddons came in as the two seed and wrestled to his seed. He has had a great year so far and we hope that he can keep it up into the post season. Brian Richardson also looked very good taking third.
We had some guys lose some tough ones early. Nicodemus and Armstead both lost to some tough kids early. They did not let it get them down but battled back the rest of the day to take fifth.
In the end we ended the day with a pretty good finish. We still have not had a full team effort on any day this season, but we will continue to grow and come back stronger in our final events before the post season.”
Churubusco will have a long break until their next match, which will be at the Woodlan Invitational on Saturday, January 15.