Saturday, February 03, 2018 5:20 pm
Carroll grabs 6th straight wrestling regional title
JOSH PATTERSON | For The Journal Gazette
Host Carroll won its sixth straight regional title, defeating runner-up Garrett, 104-92, on Saturday.
“The guys were awesome today,” Carroll coach Tim Sloffer said. “It’s been a battle two weeks in a row with Garrett. They beat us in the dual this year, so we know they’re bringing their best stuff and our guys responded well.”
Entering the championship round, Carroll led Garrett by five points in the team championship race, with two finals matches featuring wrestlers from each school.
Brayden Shearer did his part for the Railroaders at 113 pounds, earning a 6-0 decision over Carroll’s Joe Just. The Garrett senior (43-1) won his second straight regional title.
“(There was) definitely extra juice,” Shearer said of facing a Carroll opponent in the finals. “I wanted the major (decision), but it didn’t happen. I thought I got two points there at the end, but it’s alright. I still got the win, and I have to have the same mindset going into next week.”
But the five-time defending regional team champions weren’t about to go quietly.
At 152, Carroll senior Joel Arney won an individual title over Garrett’s Clayton Fielden for the second straight week. The victory was Arney’s third career regional championship.
“It’s a big head-to-head win, and it helps give us momentum for next week,” Arney said. “It feels pretty great, especially since it was my last match ever at (the home gym). I kind of controlled the match more this week and came out on top.”
After suffering his first defeat this season in the sectional finals last week on a caution point prior to the start of overtime, South Side’s Jamarri Price avenged that loss in the finals at 138, edging Homestead’s Mason Barkes 11-9.
“I knew I was going to see him in the finals again,” Price said. “I had to use my head instead of just being an athlete. I had to wrestle smart.”
Three wrestlers – seniors Hunter Reed of Columbia City (160), Dalyn Hart of Wayne (220) and Dakota Ault of North Side (285) stayed unbeaten by claiming regional titles. Reed and Hart won regionals for the second straight year, while Ault claimed his first regional title.
Reed admitted his finals match against Bishop Luers’ Chandler Woenker, who entered with just one loss, had his attention for some time.
“I had the pre-match jitters for the first time in a long time,” Reed said. “(Coach) Blane (Culp) talked to me, he got the jitters out and we went to work.”
New Haven’s Jonyvan Johnson (182) also repeated as a regional champion.
Other winners included Huntington North’s Preston Teusch (106) and Ricky Haught (132), Carroll’s Zane Standridge (120), Snider’s Beau Humphrey (126), Churubusco’s Joe Leazier (145), Homestead’s Brady Wyro (170) and New Haven’s Jaxson Savieo (195).