In round one of the class one A team state duals, the Churubusco wrestlers faced Bremen and won 44-38. Getting wins in the first round for the Eagles were: Brian Richardson, Jason Nicodemus, Gunnar Barnhart, Tristan Stockdale, Shane Shroyer, Lyle McParlan, Brandon Wormcastle, Travis Glick, and Sam Siddons.
“Our goal has always been to be the top small school in the State of Indiana,” explained Coach Riesen. “Churubusco has had a long tradition of great wrestling that started well before I got here, Saturday we proved that our team is one of the best small schools in the state. We are really proud and humbled by the fact that we were able to compete at the level that we did. Finishing second and wrestling along side teams like Perry Meridian, Franklin, Yorktown, and Evansville Memorial was an experience that I will always treasure as a coach. Each round we wrestled with great intensity. It was good for our kids to be in an atmosphere like that. The gym was packed, it was loud, and the kids stepped up to the occasion.”
In the second round, the Eagles faced Lewis Cass. Churubusco defeated Lewis Cass 45- 31. Getting wins in the second round for the Eagles were: Nicodemus, Barnhart, Chase Downing, Shroyer, Glick, Brayden Shively, Siddons, and Richardson.
“Our guys wrestled for the team and not themselves, they fought through injury, and illness, and did the best that they could in each round, “ stated Coach Riesen. “There are a few matches here and there where we didn’t wrestle as smart as we could have, but I really feel our guys wrestled about as hard as they could have all day. At the end of the day we always look for areas to improve, if we can start wrestling smart, and wrestling with intensity we will have a really solid showing when the individual tournament gets going.”
In the third and final match, the Eagles faced the Flying Jets from Adams Central. Churubusco fell in the final match to Adams Central 46-23. Getting wins for the Eagles were: Barnhart, Shroyer, Wormcastle, Richardson, and Nicodemus.
“Individually we had several guys that wrestled really well today,” said Coach Riesen. “Jason Nicodemus, Brian Richardson, Gunnar Barnhart, and Shane Shroyer all finished the day 3-0, they really provided us with great performances that helped get us into the finals.”
In the team state duals, each class receives two individual awards. One for Most Outstanding Wrestler and one for Technical Superiority. Churubusco’s Brandon Wormcastle won the 1A Technical Superiority award.
“It was great for Brandon to be able to take home the Technical Superiority award,” said Coach Riesen. “Each head coach had one vote, and there was a small committee formed by the guys at indianamat.com who chose the awards. Brandon really is having a nice season and he is a kid that comes out and gives his all everyday, and in every match. We are really honored to have a wrestler receive such a high distinction. There were a ton of good kids out there today, in class A there were kids ranked in the state and that had placed in the state. For Brandon to take home this honor above them is a great feat, and one that makes me really happy for him.”
“We want to thank the firemen for the escort, and the town for the support we have received all year long,” stated Coach Riesen. “We love getting fire truck escorts back into ‘Busco. It was awesome arriving at midnight to have three fire trucks waiting for us, blaring their horns. The kids on the bus were having a blast, screaming, and yelling out the windows. It really shows that no community supports their athletes like Churubusco.”