On Sunday, January 14th, the Lynx Wrestling Club participated in the second annual Indiana Wrestling League Conference Championships in Beech Grove, Indiana.
“This was by far the best the club has looked all year,” Coach Mark Jackson said. “The team was divided up into two different groups: Varsity and Junior Varsity. The Varsity finished ninth in the team race out of 16 teams with five kids. That in itself speaks volumes just how well we wrestled. We started the day with Junior Varsity, which saw three of the four wrestlers take gold on their respective weight classes.”
In the junior varsity portion of the meet:
– Peyton Cunningham in the 45-pound weight class defeated Maclin Clark in an overtime thriller to go 4-0 on the day.
– Slader Burckholder in the 50-pound weight class defeated Columbus North’s Colin Sluder in a nail bitting 10-7 decision. Slader also managed to go 4-0 on the day.
– Up next in the 65-pound weight class, the Lynx had its first-ever female conference champion, with Avy Burkholder coming out with a dominant performance and a 12-0 major decision to take home the gold and a perfect 5-0 record.
– Luke James also wrestled, going 0-2 on the day.
In the varsity portion of the tournament, Coach Jackson said that the squad put in a very dominant performance. Three out of five wrestlers placed second, and one placed third.
– Austin Johns managed to go 2-2 on the day, wrestling the best he ever has, according to Coach Jackson.
– Ethan Rose started the afternoon session off with a 4-0 loss to Center Grove’s Eddie Goss at the 60-pound weight class. Ethan managed a 3-1 record on the day.
– Peyton Richards lost by pinfall to Plainfield’s Revin Dickman in the second period. Peyton also managed to go 3-1 on the day bringing home the team’s second silver medal.
– The third and final silver medalist was Gabe Jackson at 105-pounds. Gabe started his run by defeating triple crown winner Shaun Gloss and then the #1 seed Ayden Harter. He would eventually fall in the championship round to Perry Meridian’s Jacob McClure by a score of 6-3.
– Gabe Rose finished the day with a hard fought third place victory over Delion Jones.
“This was a record-setting day for the club and a huge boost going into folkstyle state in March,” Jackson said.