CMA wins Plymouth Sectional

PLYMOUTH — Culver Military head coach Matt Behling might have had a presentiment about his team’s sectional championship Saturday.
Knowing what was at stake heading into the Plymouth tournament, CMA’s wrestlers had the best week of practice Behling said he’s had as a coach. The Eagles claimed a trio of championships and eight regional-qualifying finishes to earn the program its first team sectional championship in 15 years, beating out second-place Warsaw by a slim 184.5-180 margin.
The host Rockies finished third with 163.5 points, meanwhile, while Bremen was fifth with a score of 133.5, Culver Community was seventh with a 105.5 score, and Triton place ninth with 64 points.
“It’s exciting,” said Behling. “Everybody came together. The focus this week was intense. I’ll tell you what, the best week I’ve ever had as a coach coming into sectionals with the morale. Everybody was on the same page, we knew what was at stake, we knew we had an opportunity to win sectionals, and they came in here and everybody left it on the mat. I was so proud of the team for what they accomplished today.”
Sophomore Kayla Miracle earned an 8-1 championship decision over Bremen’s Tyler Felton for her second sectional title in two years, while fifth-ranked 132-pounder Anthony McHugh pinned Culver Community’s Ian Randolph in the first round en route to his title, and Edmond Hogan earned the top spot on the podium at 152 for CMA’s final championship of the day. David Zajac, Pascal Brun and Carlos Salinas all earned runner-up placements for the Eagles, meanwhile, and Danny Williams and Collin Parker both finished third as the team earned a spot opposite East Noble at the Jimtown Regional Wednesday.
“We turn around and we go to regionals on Wednesday. We’ve got two days of practice and then we go right back up to Jimtown. It’s not a position that we’ve been in recently,” Behling said.
“We have not won the sectionals in 15 years at Culver so these kids were on a mission. They wanted to do this. This is going to be a new experience for us but a great experience and it gives great exposure for the program.”
Looking at the seedings, Plymouth coach Bob Read expected maybe a seventh-place team finish from his young squad, but DeAndre Pickford won a 10-4 decision at 220 after dropping down from heavyweight, and Jacob Segraves pinned Warsaw’s Ben Plummer in the first period for the 195 championship. Ian Horvath made the finals at 160 on his way to a second-place result, while John Mills placed third with a second-period pin of Culver Community’s Austin Brisette at 103, Luke Shumacher was fourth at 126, and Drew Dodson was fourth in the heavyweight division.
“Pickford has been coming on. He’s been wrestling most of the year at heavyweight and he’s down at 220 for us, and we knew he had some power there. That was a good win for him, and he wrestled hard,” said Read. “The Segraves boy, he’s just a hard worker, man, he’s been at it for awhile, and he just keeps coming at people. We thought we could get both of those. The Horvath kid getting in the finals taking second, it was a tough match, we knew we were in a dogfight, and we thought if we could catch that one that would be great. All three of those kids are hard workers, and they deserved to be in the finals.”
“It was a really good team finish. It comes down to Abe Hall, a great kid,” added Read. “If he loses we take fourth, if we win we get third. You don’t like to have it in somebody else’s hands, but we enjoyed that.”
Hall, ranked second in the state in the heavyweight class, earned a narrow 3-2 decision over Dimitri Kaplanis of Wawasee in the championship to give Plymouth a 1.5-point team edge over the Northern Lakes Conference-foe Warriors, and earn the Lions their third and final individual title of the night after Dylan Schumaker earned a decision over Zajac in the 126 finals, and Jose Rodriguez won a decision at 120. Felton made the finals at 106 opposite Miracle, while Bobby Cornett took third at 160, and Caleb Coffel was fourth at 220 to earn the Lions five individual Rochester Regional berths.
“Jose Rodriguez is a repeat champion; he had a really good day. Tough match, strong kid. Jose wanted to really wrestle well, and that’s what he did,” said Bremen head coach Shawn Campbell. “Dylan Schumaker, a freshman, I’m really proud of him for what he’s done this year. He just works hard. He’s got good guys in the room with him that push him, and for him to be a champion as a freshman is a lot of fun for him. Abraham at heavyweight, he’s in a different situation this year because last year he had so many matches where he was really battle-tested. This year that hasn’t been the case. Today was a good test for him. Obviously he won, but I think it’s tough for him; I think he didn’t feel like he really won in the fashion that he wanted to. We’ve got work to do, we’ll see how it goes.”
Culver Community enjoyed a pair of championships at Saturday’s meet as No. 4-rated 182-pounder Matt Hurford earned a second-round championship pinfall, and John Ahlenius claimed a 4-3 decision over CMA’s Brun in the 145-pound finals.
“They’ve both been working really hard for us,” said Culver coach Luis Posa. “In the practice room you can tell that they really wanted it, and they came out today in proved it with two big matches in the finals. We’re looking for big things next week and hopefully moving them forward into semistate.”
Also for Culver, Randolph took third at 132, and Austin Brissette and Allen Betts earned regional cuts out at 103 and 113, respectively. Triton earned a pair of regional berths as Jaremiah Kinsey placed fourth at 195, and Dakota Grubbs was fourth at 152.
At Plymouth
Team scores: 1. Culver Military Academy 184.5, 2. Warsaw 180, 3. Plymouth 163.5, 4. Wawasee 162, 5. Bremen 133.5, 6. Tippecanoe Valley 133, 7. Culver Community 105.5, 8. Rochester 85, 9. Triton 64.
Championship matches
106: Kayla Miracle (CMA) decision Tyler Felton (B) 8-1; 113: Jared Brooks (War) pin Greg Newman (Waw) :58; 120: Jose Rodriguez (B) decision Devin Childers (TV) 7-3; 126: Dylan Schumaker (B) decision David Zajac (CMA) 9-5; 132: Anthony McHugh (CMA) pin Ian Randolph (CC) :32; 138: Kyle Clevenger (Waw) decision Carlos Salinas (CMA) 1-0; 145: John Ahlenius (CC) decision Pascal Brun (CMA) 4-3; 152: Edmond Hogan (CMA) decision Ryan Lindsey (Waw) 7-0; 160: Trent Bauters (TV) decision Ian Horvath ℗ 4-0; 170: Keaton Bell (TV) pin Kyle Duzan (War) 1:29; 182: Matt Hurford (CC) pin Brian Clark (Waw) 2:44; 182: Jacob Segraves; 195: Jacob Segraves ℗ pin Ben Plummer (War) 1:39; 220: DeAndre Pickford ℗ decision Chad Eppley (Waw) 10-4; Hvywt: Abraham Hall (B) decision Dimetri Kaplanis (Waw) 3-2.
3rd-4th place matches
103: John Mills ℗ pin Austin Brissette (CC) 2:29; 113: Allen Betts (CC) decision John Hunting ® 8-4; 120: Jerry Heckathorn ® pin Luis Cervantes (War) 4:15; 126: Doug Corl (Waw) pin Luke Schumacher ℗ 1:23; 132: Javier Hernandez (War) pin Cody Floyd (TV) 2:01; 138: Ricardo Ahuatl (War) decision Arron Heller (TV) 6-5; 145: Tyler Downhour ® pin Jake Sumpter (Waw) 4:57; 152: Adam Becker (War) decision Dakota Grubbs (T) 4-3; 160: Bobby Cornett (B) decision Nick Rozow (Waw) 8-7; 170: Danny Williams (CMA) pin Jacob Pearson ℗ 2:44; 182: Collin Parker (CMA) decision Wes Beck (TV) 6-3; 195: Jaron Kidd (TV) pin Jaremiah Kinsey (T) 2:59; 220: Miguel Delfin (War) pin Caleb Coffel (B) 3:32; Hvywt: Anthony Hendrickson (War) pin Drew Dodson ℗ 3:28