FORT WAYNE – Huntington North senior Kyle Jolas had redemption on his mind in the 160-pound finals at the Carroll Wrestling Regional.
Jolas had lost to Wayne senior Shaun Johnson a week ago in the finals of the New Haven Sectional but turned things around on Johnson in a 7-6 decision Saturday with the help of a late, controversial takedown.
I got to my finishes a lot faster, Jolas said. I had a hard week of practice, and I corrected things there. I just kept working and kept pressuring and I knew eventually he would wear out. As long as I didn’t shoot as much, because last week that really hampered me and wore me out. I knew if I stayed in good position and kept working at it, I would eventually get to my shots and get to my offense.
Leo senior Bryce Hager was in a similar situation at 285 after finishing as the regional runner-up a year ago.
I was disappointed, Hager said of last year. I thought this year with the guy who won it graduating, I thought I had a really good chance to come in and win it. It is important to win it because you get a better draw next week at semistate (at Memorial Coliseum).
Hager beat Snider’s Matt Swartz 8-3 in the finals at 285.
Carroll took the team title for the second year in a row with 140 points, while Leo was the runner-up with 92 points.
Repeating the regional title is more special for me as a senior, said Carroll senior Brad Sadilek, who beat South Side’s Tyree Elkins in the finals at 220. Knowing this was my last match at Carroll and knowing individually and as a team I can go out a regional champion is a great feeling.
My coaches gave me some advice about him shooting on me, because I really haven’t had anybody shoot at me. I was waiting to see in the first period whether he was shooting, and I felt him out. From there on, I just attacked, and I didn’t let up because I wanted to get that regional title.
Carroll got five individual champions in Ben Cauffman (120), Alex Arney (145), Josh Garman (152), Tristan Wilson (170) and Sadilek (220).
It’s huge, Sadilek said of being a regional champion rather than a regional runner-up. It makes your state run a lot easier. Getting that No. 1 seed in semistate and knowing you can wrestle a fourth seed and have a lot of pressure off you.
The Chargers were 5-2 in the finals.
It is a confidence-booster, Sadilek said. Having all those guys in the finals with me and knowing I am not the only out there like most teams. I have my guys, and we are all fighting for the same thing.
Also winning individual titles were Homestead’s Jack Franklin (106), Leo’s Eddie Loraine (113), Snider’s Erique Early (126), Heritage’s Sam Lovejoy (132), Bishop Dwenger’s Dominic Garrett (138), Columbia City’s Tristan Anglin (182), Wayne’s Kanez Omar (195),