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Carroll’s Tristan Wilson, top, gets DeKalb’s Stephen Lynch’s shoulder to the mat during their 170-pound match Wednesday at the NHC wrestling tournament at New Haven. The Chargers defended their title.
NHC wrestling

Chargers prove too big

Upper weight classes key to Carroll defending its title

East Noble’s Brandon Joest, left, works on bringing New Haven’s Austin Amstutz to the mat to win his 220-pound match.
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Carroll’s Ben Cauffman, top, works on getting DeKalb’s Kyle Davis to the mat during their match Wednesday at the NHC wrestling tournament.

– Carroll defended its NHC wrestling meet title on the strength of its upper weight classes.

The Chargers won their second straight NHC meet title Wednesday at New Haven, slipping past Bellmont 231-226.

Carroll individual champions were Josh Garman (152 pounds), Tristan Wilson (170), Corey Rickman (195) and Ammon Carr (285).

Carroll coach Scott Raypole said Rickman’s win at 195 was key because Rickman had lost to Bellmont’s Carter Friedt in the dual match, but came back at the NHC meet to win in a pin (4:29).

“It’s nice to have those heavy hitters in the last four or five weight classes,” Raypole said. “To have those upper weight classes continue to fight, know they have to win and go out there and execute was big.

“To feel that pressure and get those wins is a pretty good feeling.”

The Chargers led 225-222 after 195, and the Braves didn’t have any wrestlers in the finals at 220 or 285, the final two weight classes.

Carroll was also the regular-season dual champion with a 7-0 record.

“There’s so much rivalry and competition between us,” Wilson said of the Chargers and Braves. “To beat them is just awesome and to win my senior year is awesome.

“This is what we have been working toward for a long time. The finals were a big part, and when we wrestled Bellmont we all wrestled extremely tough against them. We have been training for them for conference pretty much all season.”

Heading into the finals, the Chargers had 208 points. Bellmont, which led after the first round, was second with 191.

“There were some good battles, and we made it interesting,” Bellmont coach Brent Faurote said. “After 132 (in the finals), I thought we had an outside chance, but they were stronger in the heavyweights, and that’s what made the difference.

“We just needed to find a couple more wins or a couple more pins. We left some points out there.”

Carroll sent nine wrestlers to the finals. East Noble had six, while Bellmont and Columbia City five each.

“You would think nine guys in the finals would be good enough to win it,” Raypole said. “It’s just not anymore.”

Bellmont champions were Trevor Gray (126), Diego Hutker (132) and Bryce Baumgartner (160).

East Noble was third with 195 and Columbia City finished fourth with 183.

The NHC meet was originally scheduled for Saturday at Bellmont but was moved to a new location and a new day because of the snowy and cold weather last weekend.

“We told them throughout the week the fun thing about the tournament is the chaos, so embrace that and focus on your matches only,” Raypole said.

East Noble had three individual champions with Garrett Pepple (113), Connor Knapp, Jacob Weimer (145) and Brandon Joest (220).

Pepple, Knapp and Joest all won NHC titles last year.

Also winning a second straight NHC title was DeKalb’s Zach Krumlauf (138).

Other champions were Columbia City’s Hunter Langeloh (106), and Homestead’s Wyatt Clem (182).

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