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Peru finishes 2nd at Super Six

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

Peru’s wrestling team took to the mat for the first time in 2018, hosting the Peru Super Six Saturday morning.

The event was hit by a blow early as Kokomo had cancelled all activities over the weekend, leaving five teams to compete at the event where the Tigers went 3-1, defeating Eastern, Angola and Hamilton Heights before falling to Oak Hill.

Peru head coach Andy Hobbs said the team had a solid performance in the opening three duals but didn’t quite have it in the last round against the Golden Eagles.

“We wrestled tough and physical,” Hobbs said. “They were business-like wins.

“The last round, we just didn’t have the oomph.”

Peru handily defeated Angola in the opening round of the day 49-22 with wins for Kayden Gee, Tori Forrest, Jordan Rader, Devin Reagle, Zion Ryan, Avery Jones, David Schulte, Seth Anderson and Ethan Robinette.

The Tigers added a second win over Hamilton Heights 61-12 with Forrest, Sam Makowski, Zian Constable, Zach Ashley, Rader, Reagle, Ryan, Jones, Alex Legg, Anderson and Gee all picking up wins.

The first of the two big duals for the hosts came in round four as Peru faced A No. 7 Eastern, picking up a strong 43-27 win.

After falling behind 12-0, Constable picked up an 11-9 win over Bryce Buckley, followed by Falls from Rader, Ryan and Jones with a forfeit for Ashley and a 22-10 win for Reagle over Asher Walden putting the Tigers ahead 25-12.

Legg added a pin over Ethan Duchateau to help give the hosts breathing space as Eastern grabbed three wins in the next four matches with only Ethan Robinette scoring an 8-7 win over Luke Hetzner to break up the run.

Forrest picked up a 3-1 win in overtime over Tytus Morrissett to cap the dual for Peru, who then turned to face 2A No. 9 Oak Hill in the final round of the day.

Hobbs said several of the matches against Eastern were matches that could happen down the line in the state tournament.

“It was a good, hard-fought dual,” Hobbs said. “We’ll probably see a lot of those guys down the line in the regional.

“This is part of the reason we have an event like this, to see what we’re up against later.”

The Golden Eagles started with a pair of pins and never looked back, sending the Tigers crashing into second place 47-17.

Rader picked up a 20-7 major decision over Brad Rossman, Jones picked up a pin over Travis Dowling, Anderson earned a hard-fought 12-7 win over Bhupesh Chauhan and Forrest added a 13-4 major decision over Keith Evans in the loss.

Hobbs said the visitors earned their win in the end.

“We have to give Oak Hill credit,” Hobbs said. “They wrestled sharp and fast.

“For whatever reason, we didn’t have it but it is what it is. We’ll regroup and move forward.”

Peru faces two sectional opponents this week on the road, traveling to face Maconaquah Tuesday and Lewis Cass Wednesday.

Hobbs said the team had to be ready to go from the first whistle in two important dual matches.

“We’ve got to be ready to go like we were today,” Hobbs said. “We’ve got to be ready to compete.”

At Peru

Peru Super 6

Oak Hill 4-0, Peru 3-1, Eastern 2-2, Angola 1-3, Hamilton Heights 0-4

Individual Records

106 — Legg 2-1; Sturgill 0-1

113 — Schulte 1-2; Sturgill 0-1

120 — Anderson 3-1

126 — Robinette 2-2

132 — Gee 2-1; Scarlett 0-1

138 — Forrest 3-0; Cunningham 0-1

145 — Forrest 1-0; Cunningham 0-3

152 — Makowski 1-3

160 — Constable 2-2

170 — Rader 2-0; Ashley 1-1

182 — Rader 2-0; Ashley 1-1

195 — Reagle 2-1; Ryan 1-0

220 — Ryan 2-1; Reagle 1-0

285 — Jones 4-0