Saturday was opening day of the 2019-2020 PHHS wrestling season. The varsity squad traveled to a Super Six tournament at Hamilton Heights. North Central was the overall winner with 261 points followed by Hamilton Heights, Noblesville, Cascade, Pendleton Heights and Tipton. The 9th/10th grade wrestlers went to the Yorktown 9th/10th invite.
Varsity scores were:
North Central 47
Hamilton Heights 47
Pendleton Heights varsity wrestling team faced a difficult opening day of 1-4 for the Arabians. While PH is still working to fill weight classes and get wrestlers slotted into the right weight classes. PH had to take forfeits all day on 106 and 113 pound weight classes as there were no wrestlers to fill those slots. However, the Arabians did finish strong with a 49-10 win over Tipton. There were two varsity wrestlers who finished the day 5-0 – senior Cade Campbell and junior Jared Brown.
In the 120 pound weight class sophomore Blake Nicholson, up two weight classes from last year, showed he can come out aggressively. Nicholson won his second match against Hamilton Heights 7-1 by sinking his legs and riding well. He had an escape and went on through for a take down. He ended the day with two pins against Noblesville and Tipton for a total on the day of 3-2.
Dylan Whistler also a sophomore filled the 126 pound slot. He had his best match against Hamilton Heights where he got an escape followed by the pin. Dylan was 1-4 on the day.
Last year’s state qualifier, Jared Brown is back and up one weight class at 132. Brown started the day with a tech fall over North Central. In his second match against Hamilton Heights he won with a pin followed by a 9-2 decision over Noblesville. Brown finished the day strong with two additional pins. This junior compiled a 5-0 record to start the season and will a challenging match-up for any upcoming teams.
Sophomore Jake Ehrgott was at 138 pounds and was 2-3 on the day. Like several others at lower weights, look for Ehrgott to start picking up wins as he gains more experience and strength, his athleticism and aggressiveness will turn some of these matches around by the end of the season.
At 145, junior Jaiden Tong was 1-4 on the day winning his 5th match of the day in a 7-3 decision against Tipton.
Ethan Childers is showing so much potential! As a sophomore in the 152 weight class Childers finished the day 4-1. He had three pins and in an exciting match against Hamilton Heights. In that match he had a third period escape that led to a 5-4 decision over his opponent.
Returning senior Maverick Hamilton up a weight class at 160. He wrestled well and was 4-1 on the day. Hamilton looked solid at this difficult weight class. Hamilton scored pins in 2 of his 5 matches, picking up one forfeit and losing only one time in a decision to Noblesville.
Also a senior, is Zach Sanford at 170. He started the day very strong with a quick pin at :39 against his North Central opponent. Sanford was 3-2 to start the season and will be a challenging match-up for any upcoming teams.
At 182, junior Jon Stoner had a challenging day with several difficult opponents. Look for Stoner to continue to improve as he gains experience. He was 0-5 on the day.
Senior Colyn Griffith was at 195 and will be a solid anchor in the Arabian lineup this year. Griffith was 4-1 on the day, starting strong by winning his first match in with a pin in :42.
220 pound senior Ethan Covert battled hard all day with four losses and forfeit. Covert’s best match was in the final match up of the day against Tipton. He showed much improvement, losing this match by a close 12-10 score.
Senior Cade Campbell is up a weight class this year, in the 285 pound slot. He started the day with a 2-0 decision over North Central, followed by 2 pins and a forfeit. Campbell closed out the day with a final pin on Tipton. In summary he ended the day with a total of 3 pins—Campbell, who tied for the most number of pins in the 2018 season, is off to a strong start with an unblemished record on the day of 5-0.
At the Yorktown Invite for 9th and 10th grade, the Arabians sent 13 JV wrestlers to gain some great experience. Among them:
Cliff Van Duyn 6th at 126
Gavin Metschke 6th at 132
Rylan Hensely 2nd at 145
Ashton Schuyler 5th at 195
Sam Mossoney 6th at 285
The Arabians will be back in action in a pre-Thanksgiving meet this Wednesday at the Hoosier Gym against Greenfield-Central HS. The match is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.