On Saturday, March 6, Western Boone hosted the annual WrestleMania wrestling tournament for middle school wrestlers. The annual event is a favorite one for those who participate. High school managers and wrestlers volunteer their time along with parents and members of the wrestling club to make the tournament a success. This year, a scaled down version of the tournament was held, due to coronavirus restrictions, but there was still plenty of exciting wrestling. The Stars had a successful day, finishing in 3rd place as a team.
Isaac Moore placed 6th in the 100-pound weight class.
Zach Sprong (85), Isaiah Garland (90), Jacob Anderson (95), Brawn Puckett (113), and Chase Smith (132) all competed well enough to earn 5th place honors.
Chris Hall (152) and Cole Houghton (175) both managed to secure 4th place finshes.
Jaden Latham (80), Trey Fuston (126), and Wyatt Dickey (220) lost only one match a piece for the day and finished in 3rd place.
Eryc Schnoor (145) and Darnell Jones (160) were both able to make it all the way to the finals, before coming up just short and earning 2nd place honors for the day.
The Stars had four individual champions. Kahne Reid (75) pounds had a first period pin over Tri-West’s Brock Wasson to advance to the finals. In the finals, Reid battled back from a 5-0 deficit to tie the match at 5-5. Reid dug deep and managed to get a takedown in overtime to secure the championship.
At 120lbs, Kameron Mikesell combined a first period pin over Speedway’s Vincent Simpson with a pin over Crawfordsville’s Parker Wray to earn a spot in the finals. He then battled against Seeger’s Anthony Bowen, defeating him 8-1 to win the championship.
At 138lbs, Tabor Nance continued his winning ways since returning to competition on March 4. Nance defeated Northridge’s Jayden Thompson by technical fall (18-0) in the third period and then had a first period pin over Seeger’s TJ Browning to reach the championship bout. Nance needed just 1 minute and 37 seconds to pin Speedway’s Oghenevo Oruahwo to get his fourth straight victory and the championship.
In the heavyweight division, Joshua Dickey had a dominating performance needing only 1 minute and 16 seconds to defeat all three of his opponents while en route to his championship. Dickey first took all of seven seconds to pin Northridge’s Behn McLamroch. Dickey slowed things down a bit in the semi-finals, more than doubling his mat time, taking 16 seconds to pin Crawfordsville’s Samuel Sanchez. In the championship round, Dickey improved on his pin time of Tri-West’s Keon Burtner from earlier in the season and took just 52 seconds to pin his way to victory and a 1st place finish.
The Stars will travel to northern Montgomery County for the final dual meet of the season against Northridge on Thursday, March 11. The season will conclude on March 13 with the Sagamore Conference championships.