Hunter LaRue squares off against Dekalbâ€™s Logan High. Post & Mail photo / Mark Parker
WATERLOO â€” The Columbia City Eagle wrestling team traveled north to meet Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb in the last of the regular season NHC dual meet matchups.
With the Eagle lineup shuffled to fill in for the four suspended wrestlers, the Eagles ended up on the short end of a 49-21 score.
With bouts starting at182 pounds, the Eagles took an early lead 3-0 when Russell Hazelet took a 3-2 lead in the first period and then held on for a 5-4 win over the Baronsâ€™ Alexander Shoemaker. The Barons came right back with a pinfall win at 195 pounds to go up 6-3.
At 220 pounds, Columbia Cityâ€™s Tristan Anglin trailed 4-1 in the second period when he put the Baronsâ€™ Adrian Cruz on his back for a pin at the 3:48 mark of the match giving the Eagles a 9-6 lead.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Kohltin Hoeppner extended the Eagle lead with the quick pin of the night when he scored a 13-second pinfall of Guadalupe Cruz.
Hoeppnerâ€™s win gave the Eagles a 15-6 lead.
The Eagles dropped the next eight matches, giving up pinfalls at 113, 120 and 145 pounds and tech falls at 106, 132, and 152 pounds to fall behind 46-15.
At 160 pounds, Eagle Alan Trabert came out fired up and scored a 34 second first period pinfall win over the Baronsâ€™ Linden Rodman to close the gap to 46-21.
The Barons took the final match with DeKalbâ€™s Logan High pulling out a 7-5 come-from-behind win over Columbia Cityâ€™s Hunter LaRue to make the final score 49-21 in the Baronsâ€™ favor.
The Eagles will return to action on Wednesday night when they host Garrett in that Senior Night contest.
Columbia Cityâ€™s boys wrestling team will hold the final part of its fundraiser at Wednesdayâ€™s home meet.
The Eagles will be collecting money for several different cancer research funds, and a check will be presented to Parkview Whitley Hospital and Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana at the end of the meet. The team will be holding a silent auction, selling their warm-up shirts, along with a free-will donation that will be collected during the meet.
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