Patriot standouts place at state wrestling finals

From Herald Staff Reports

For the second straight season, the Heritage Hills wrestling team boasted a pair of all-state finishers at the state finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


Senior Jared Boehm placed at the finals for the second year in a row, while teammate Jake Rickenbaugh joined him as a place winner despite an injury that forced him to default his final two matches.

Boehm (49-3) closed down a standout career in which the senior accrued 146 wins — the second most in program history — and also established program records for career pins and team points.

Saturday, Boehm dropped his quarterfinal match 3-2 to Maximilia Hernandez of Warren Central, then advanced in the consolation bracket with a win by injury default against Avon’s Dylan Jones. Milan’s Alex Lindemann clipped Boehm 8-7 in the fifth-place match as Boehm grabbed sixth place after finishing eighth a year ago.

The tightness of Boehm’s two contested match resonated with Patriot coach Matt Thompson, as Boehm entered the state finals with just one loss on the season.

“(That) speaks volumes to the level of the competition on the second day of the state finals,” Thompson said. “(Boehm) has been a real cornerstone of our program over the last three years.”


The Patriots will have one more year with Rickenbaugh, who won his opening-round match Friday despite coping with a broken rib he suffered in the semistate semifinals a week earlier. Fort Wayne North’s Anthony Linnear pinned Rickenbaugh in the second period of the quarterfinals, and Rickenbaugh lasted until near the end of the second period in his next match before having to default against Hamilton Southeastern’s Austin Neibarger.

“He showed a lot of toughness this past week battling through the injury,” Thompson said. “We were hoping that he could stay on his feet most of the weekend and give himself a chance to win a state championship. Unfortunately his ribs took a pretty good beating in the quarterfinals.”

Rickenbaugh, who finished eighth, wrapped up his season with a 47-4 mark and claimed individual sectional, regional and semistate crowns.

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