Pats swipe title at Madison

From Herald Staff Reports

A few early-season setbacks and an injury to team captain Cordell Miller midway through the weekend’s Madison Cub Classic could have spelled trouble for the Heritage Hills wrestling team.

Turns out, the only trouble was counting up all the Patriots’ wins.


Heritage Hills went a perfect 10-0 on its way to the tournament title with four individual champions. Gabe Konerding (182 pounds), Jake Rickenbaugh (170) and Davis Jochim (145) all earned championships at their respective weight classes with 10-0 marks. Levi Schulz (138) was the other individual champion for the Patriots at 9-1.

Heritage Hills slipped by Oldham County (Ky.) 34-32 for its closest victory, while the Pats also stomped to a pair of 78-0 shutout victories of Madison Shawe and Indianapolis Howe.

In other wrestling:

Al Smith Invitational: In a loaded field featuring three of the state’s top 10 teams in Merrillville (fourth), Penn (fifth) and Warren Central (seventh), Jasper finished 17th at the 32-team tournament in Mishawaka.

Ruger Kerstiens was the only Wildcat wrestler to place with a fourth-place finish at 160. The senior ended the weekend with a 13-3 record. Dillon Hurst (106), Tommy Brock (120), Eric Gehlhausen (138), Cole Kreilein (170), Ian Songer (182) and Carson Popp (220) all had winning records in the tournament for the Wildcats.

Springs Valley Tournament: Northeast Dubois (2-6) sustained a loss to the host Blackhawks (3-5) in the third-place game of the two-day event. No individual statistics were available for the Jeeps, who will host Class 1A No. 1 Barr-Reeve (7-0, 2-0 Blue Chip Conference) on Saturday.

Toby Yoho Classic: Forest Park sandwiched a pair of victories between two setbacks in the two-day event at Eastern Greene, with Lydia Lange leading the offense in three of the four outings.

Lange pumped in a career-best 27 points in Forest Park’s second game Friday, a 47-46 escape over Riverton Parke (11-4). Earlier Friday, Edgewood (10-4) hung a 48-42 loss on the Rangers despite 11 points from Lange and a trio of 3-pointers by Kereston Hochgesang.

Forest Park started Saturday with a 45-31 triumph over Hauser (6-7) behind 12 points from Ashley Reckelhoff, 10 by Lange and nine from Rachel Hopf. Lange scored nine points in the Rangers’ tourney finale, when they were outscored 32-10 in the middle two quarters in a 50-36 loss to Brown County (8-3).

Jasper double duals: The Wildcat boys and girls split a double dual meet at home, as the boys topped Bedford North Lawrence 129-66 while falling 120-65 to No. 8 Jeffersonville at the Jasper High School Natatorium. The Wildcat girls upended the Stars 131-44 but lost to the Red Devils 95-81.

For Jasper’s girls, Emma Hopf collared a pair of individual victories (50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle) while Olivia Krodel nabbed the Wildcats’ only other first-place finish, in the 100 butterfly.

Though the Wildcat boys went without a first-place finish, Jackson Beckman coupled a second-place time in the 50 free with a third-best finish in the 100 free. Mitch Mehringer touched the wall second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 individual medley for Jasper.

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