Local grapplers compete at Goshen
GOSHEN — Two of the three Whitley County schools — Columbia City and Whitko — competed Saturday in the 44th Annual Goshen Invitational, with the Eagles finishing in third place while the Wildcats came in seventh.At 182 pounds, Eagle Russell Hazelet came in second overall after defeating Bronson’s (Mich.) Leo Mora almost six minutes into the match and falling to Fairfield’s Dalton Hinen in almost identical fashion.Representing the 220-pound weight class was Columbia City’s Tristan Anglin, who made it all the way to the finals before being pinned.Anglin’s performance earned him second place overall in the class. Joe Fahl also finished in second place, losing in the finals of the 285-pound weight class.Columbia City’s Eric Shepherd advanced all the way to the finals at 160 before losing to Fairfield’s Dustin Smallwood via pin just seconds before the first period ended. Eagle Payton Walter also advanced to the final round, taking it the distance but ultimately losing in a 14-4 decision to Fort Wayne North’s Anthony Linnear.Whitko’s Tyler Miller lost in the second round and finished in fifth overall for the 170-pound class. In the 106-pound weight class, Tyce Johnson advanced to the quarter finals before losing by a score of 19-4. Johnson went on to score a 10-9 decision to capture third place.Whitko’s Tom Werstler took his first bout before falling to Goshen’s Nick Cox by pinfall 43 seconds into the match. Werstler finished third. Also finishing third was Eagle Landon Hodges at 152. Hodges nearly had the fastest pin of the meet with 12 seconds in the quarter-final.Wildcat Evan Cozad made it to the quarter finals, then lost to Goshen’s Josh Bustos two minutes into the first round, good for a fifth-place finish at 120 pounds. Columbia City’s Bryce Forrester advanced to the second round by getting a pin at the one-minute mark.Forrester took it to the third round of his quarter-final match but lost to Goshen’s Austin Maynard with less than 20 seconds left. He finished in third place. Colton LeTourneau finished in second. Chas Busz and Damon Blackburn — for Whitko and Columbia City, respectively — both lost their opening match-up. Busz managed a third place finish while Blackburn finished in sixth.Wildcat Austin LaTourneau finished in second overall for the 138 pounders after pinning his opponent in 45 seconds in the previous match. Kyle Burns grappled for third place overall. Coming in at third and fifth place respectively in the 145 class, was Eagle Alan Trabert and Wildcat Cole Findley.