WATERLOO — Columbia City’s wrestling team came into Saturday’s Northeast Hoosier Conference wrestling tournament with hopes of an upper-division finish and at least one individual champion. Unfortunately for the Eagles, things did not turn out that way, as several high Eagle seeds fell to upsets and Columbia City finished sixth as a team.
Carroll claimed the team title with 262 points with East Noble second at 248.5 points. New Haven took third at 186 with perennial champion Bellmont fourth at 172.5 and Homestead fifth at 105.5 — just ahead of the Eagles — who scored 102.5. DeKalb and Norwell finished seventh and eighth, respectively, to round out the team scores.
The highest-ranking Eagle was sophomore Tristin Anglin, who fell in the finals at 220 pounds to East Noble’s Brandon Joest. Anglin lost by pinfall at the 5:10 mark of the finals. Anglin made his way into the final match with a 40-second pinfall win over Norwell’s Mike Gresely in the first round and another pin, this time over Homestead’s Zach Carlstrom, at 1:24 in the second period.
The Eagles’ Alan Trabert, seeded second at 160 pounds, handily won his first-round match, downing DeKalb’s Linden Rodman by a pin in 1:25. Trabert was upset in the semifinals by New Haven’s Rashad Jackson-Tatum by a close 5-3 score. Trabert downed Norwell’s Beau Burke, 18-5, in the consolation round before falling in the match for third place to Jesse Maley from East Noble to come in fourth.
Russell Hazelet, the second seed at 182 pounds advanced to the semifinals by forfeit before falling in an upset to Homestead’s David Strzelecki by a 6-4 score. Hazelet dropped his opening match in the consolation bracket before coming back to place fifth with a win over Bellmont’s Drew Butler.
The NHC Tournament is the final tune-up before the Eagles enter the IHSAA Sectionals at Carroll High School Saturday.
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