Culp approved as wrestling coach, Bechtold resigns

   COLUMBIA CITY — The coach shuffle was in motion as area high school and middle school coaches were accepting and resigning from jobs at the Whitley County Consolidated Schools board meeting Monday night.
   The Columbia City wrestling program’s two-week search for a head coach ended with assistant coach Blain Culp getting the job.
   In the Oct. 18 board meeting, Culp was approved as an assistant coach for the Eagles. At the same time then head coach Jeff Slain turned in his resignation.
   A two-week interview process made Culp head coach effective Nov. 1 while the WCCS board approved it Monday.
   A former Eagle wrestler himself, Culp was a state finalist three years qualifying at 119 pounds in 2002 and placing fifth in 2003 at 125 pounds. Culp capped off his own high school career as an Indiana All-Star in 2004 and placing third in state.
   Culp was also a part of the first state finals team for Columbia City in 2004 under former coach Randy Kearby.
   The junior varsity team will travel to the West Noble Invitational Saturday. Culp will make his debut as the varsity head coach Nov. 23 at home against Bellmont.
   Other news had three coaching vacancies in the WCCS soccer programs.
   Columbia City varsity head coach Chris Bechtold stepped down from the Eagles program after one season.
   Also turning in their resignations were Indian Springs boys’ soccer coach Corey Brueggeman and girls’ soccer coach Meredith Howe.