BY DEAN HOCKNEY
MARION, Ind. – For the fifth time in six years, the Oak Hill Golden Eagles flew high to claim its own IHSAA Wrestling Sectional, clipping the one-year reign of the defending champion Western Panthers. Oak Hill took its 27th overall sectional title with 234 points while Western finished as runners-up with 219. Eastern took third with 193.5, followed by Kokomo (157.5), Marion (140), Northwestern (89), Madison-Grant (88), Mississinewa (59.5), Eastbrook (30), Tri-Central (6) and Taylor (0).
In all, Howard County will advance 29 wrestlers to the Peru Regional this Saturday. The top four in each weight class advance, and nine of the 14 weight classes were won by Howard County participants – Western and Eastern each had four individual champions while Kokomo had one.
For Western, senior Dylan Goudy improved to a perfect 36-0 by sweeping the 138-pound weight class for the second consecutive year. He also recorded his 100th career victory. Hunter Cottingham became a three-time sectional champion after winning the 132-pound weight class and improving to 34-2. Brayden Erb earned his second sectional title at 220-pounds (29-8). Hayden Shepherd improved his record to 28-6 with a victory at 126-pounds.
For Eastern, Tytus Morrisett earned his 100th career victory while winning the 145-pound weight class – he is now 20-4 for the season. Also taking home individual championships for the Comets were Brodie Porter at 152-pounds (33-1), Isaac Maurer at 160-pounds (22-9) and Bryce Buckley at 170-pounds (31-4).
Kokomo was led by the championship performance of Harvey Barr at 106-pounds – Barr is 35-7 this season.
The Peru Reginal kicks off at 9:30 a.m. and features competitors from the Oak Hill and Peru Sectionals The top four individuals will qualify for the New Haven Semi-State on Feb. 9.