GARRETT — Points were tough to come by in Wednesday’s match between top 5 ranked wrestling teams.
The Garrett Railroaders, ranked second in Class 2A according to the Jan. 8 IndianaMat.com poll, celebrated senior night with a 34-18 win over the Columbia City Eagles, ranked fourth in Class 2A.
Many of those wrestlers could meet again a week from Saturday in the Carroll Sectional. Wednesday’s victories could go a long way toward sectional seeding.
Garrett ended the regular season with a 17-3 record in dual meets. Columbia City is 18-5 in all matches.
There were just two pins on the night, and both went the Railroaders’ way.
Chandler Shearer (126 pounds) pinned the Eagles’ Isaiah Litherland in 3 minutes, 2 seconds. That gave Garrett a 22-7 lead.
Later, Mason Custer (160) pinned Columbia City’s Gavin Hyser in 4:39, clinching the match for the Railroaders.
After the Eagles’ Alton Mullinax (182) won the initial match by 21-7 major decision, Garrett’s Seth VanWagner (195) answered with a major decision of his own, beating Columbia City’s Sebastian Rose 12-0.
Cole Bergman (220), Nolan Hathaway (285), Hayden Brady (106) and Colton Weimer (113) added wins by decision, giving Garrett a 16-4 lead.
The Eagles’ Austin Dunnock defeated Garrett’s Keegan McComb (120) by 10-4 decision before Shearer’s pin.
The teams traded decisions after that, with the Eagles’ Jarrett Forrester (132) beating Garrett’s Kane McCormack 3-2 and Garrett’s Braydon Baker (138) a 5-3 winner over Hunter Maggard.
Columbia City’s Ryan Sheets (145) was a 17-1 technical fall winner over Tim DePew, and Carter Wireman’s 7-5 overtime win over Garrett’s Kolin Cope at 152 pounds closed the gap to 25-18.
Following Custer’s decisive win, Garrett’s Clayton Fielden (170) ended the night with a 7-4 win over Jackson Pettigrew.
From top to bottom, Poppe said the coaching staff was pleased with how the Railroader wrestlers performed.
Trey Richards (152) and Charlie Newman (195) won reserve matches for Garrett.
Richards scored a 9-7 decision in his match. Newman pinned his opponent in 1:03.