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11 county grapplers head to semi-state

February 10, 2014

Columbia City’s Tristin Anglin scores the takedown against Carroll’s Ryan Collins in the regional championship match at 182 pounds as Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp (center) and Thor Hodges look on.

HUNTERTOWN — Eleven Whitley County wrestlers cleared the second hurdle on the way to a possible individual wrestling state championship.

Columbia City led the way, advancing six of its seven Carroll Regional qualifiers to next Saturday’s Fort Wayne Semi-State. Churubusco will have four wrestlers in semi-state competition, while Whitko advanced one wrestler.

Columbia City took third as a team, being nudged out of second in the last bout of the day by Leo, the New Haven sectional champion.

Carroll took first with 140 points, with Leo taking second at 92, and the Eagles placed third with 89.5. Leo brought 11 wrestlers into the regional as compared to the Eagles’ seven.

Columbia City’s Tristin Anglin brought home the lone regional championship for a Whitley County wrestler by capturing first in the 182-pound weight class.

Anglin scored a 13-5 first-round major decision over Leo’s Wally Grinager, and pinned Churubusco’s Brayden Shively at the 3:35 mark of the semifinals. In the finals, Anglin went up against Carroll’s Ryan Collins.

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