Wabash honored three senior members of its 2017-2018 wrestling team Friday night prior to dominating Manchester in a home dual meet. The Little Giants cruised to a 33-5 victory.
The careers of seniors AJ Belden, Devin Broukal, and Grant Gough were celebrated by the crowd at Chadwick Court before the two teams faced off for the competition.
Kaleb Guzior opened the competition at 125 pounds. He used a strong third period, picking up a reversal with four near-fall points to take a 13-8 win over Elijuh Weaver. The Spartans earned an 8-2 win at 133 pounds but had a team point deducted after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was issued to the team.
Brice Everson got Wabash back on track by scoring a 15-2 major decision in his 141-pound bout against JaVon Phillips. Jared Timberman trailed in his 149-pound match versus Chase Wilson until the Wabash freshman made a reversal late in the bout to take a 7-6 win.
Kyle Hatch posted the turnaround of the night at 157 pounds. The freshman trailed Jordan Napier 9-7 with the match nearing its end when Hatch dragged Napier to the mat for a takedown, then picked up a pin with seven seconds remaining to add six points to the Wabash team total.
Ethan Herrin followed with a 14-9 win at 165 pounds, followed by a technical fall (20-5) for Darden Schurg in his 174-pound bout. Hunter Bates battled Tristan Wilson at 184 pounds for two periods before scoring a late takedown to earn a 4-2 victory.
Kyle Shaffer picked up a 10-5 win by getting an escape and a takedown in the third period at 197 pounds. Freshman Wade Ripple wrestled former high school teammate Tristin Choate in the 285-pound match, earning a second-period pin after picking up a takedown to create the win and close out the evening.
The Little Giants will compete at the Concordia University Open in Wisconsin November 18.
125 - Kaleb Guzior (Wabash) over Elijuh Weaver (Manchester) (Dec 13-8)
133 - Ben Cauffman (Manchester) over Riley Lomenick (Wabash) (Dec 8-2)
141 - Brice Everson (Wabash) over JaVon Phillips (Manchester) (MD 15-2)
149 - Chase Wilson (Manchester) over Jared Timberman (Wabash) (Dec 7-6)
157 - Kyle Hatch (Wabash) over Jordan Napier (Manchester) (Fall 6:52)
165 - Ethan Herrin (Wabash) over David Kitko (Manchester) (Dec 14-9)
174 - Darden Schurg (Wabash) over Isaac Ray (Manchester) (TF 20-5 4:41)
184 - Hunter Bates (Wabash) over Tristan Wilson (Manchester) (Dec 4-2)
197 - Kyle Shaffer (Wabash) over Alex Roberts (Manchester) (Dec 10-5)
285 - Wade Ripple (Wabash) over Tristin Choate (Manchester) (Fall 4:32)