By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The Goshen Redskins, paced by three individual champions, placed third in the NLC wrestling meet Saturday at Wawasee High School, just 4 1/2 points out of second and eight out of first.
Elkhart Memorial totaled 226 points to take the team championship. Plymouth was second at 222 1/2, followed by Goshen 218, Northridge 177 1/2, Wawasee 112, NorthWood 107, Concord 74 and Warsaw 58.
“There were places where we could have been more competitive,” Goshen coach Jim Pickard said. “If we had we could have been right there. There were three or four weight classes where we took some matches off and that hurt us.
Goshen’s first champion was a 106 pounds when Scotty Huff posted a 9-3 decision over Cody Allmon of Plymouth.
“I knew what he (Allmon) wanted to do and worked through it,” Huff said. “I wanted to win so I could get the points for my team. At first I was nervous and then settled down when realizing my wrestling was OK.
“It feels great to win after finishing fourth a year ago. It’s nice to come out on top.”
Huff has a 31-5 record.
Goshen’s next champion was a 170 when Evan Smith pinned Jacob Pearson of Plymouth in 3:16.
“Staying patient and not trying to rush things made the difference,” Smith said. “I kept looking for what was there and not trying to do anything risky. The pin came with a bundle move. I ran a cross face and then sucked him in. He went over a lot easier than I was expecting.
“Pearson pinned me when we wrestled during the regular season.”
It was Smith’s first NLC championship. He improved his season record to 25-10.
Hayden Schmucker picked up Goshen’s other championship at 285 when he pinned Chad Eppley of Wawasee in 1:10.
“It was unexpected to get a pin that quick,” Schmucker said. “I was expecting to have to go the distance. He was a lot lighter and I kept my weight on him and wore him down.
“My goal coming in was to win my first two matches by pins and win the overall title. That is how it worked out.”
Schmucker’s record is 32-5.
“All three of the champions wrestled well,” Pickard said. “Smith’s victory was a bit of a surprise. He did not wrestled well when he met Pearson during the season.”
Ryan Baxter of Northridge won the 138-pound title. He pinned Doug Corl of Wawasee in 3:24.
“I had to keep my head in the match,” Baxter said. “When we meet during the season my win by a technical fall. He has gotten better since then, but I still knew I could beat him. Today was all about winning.”
Baxter was the champion at 126 last season.
NorthWood’s Zach Telschow was the champion at 182 pounds. He recorded a 10-8 overtime decision against Kain Jenkins of Memorial.
“He tried something and I held it off and pulled out the match,” Telschow said. “Every time we meet it seems to be a close match like this.”
Telschow and Jenkins squared off in the championship match a year ago with Telschow earning a decision that lasted four overtimes.
“Winning two years in a row is special, but it’s even more so when it’s over the same person,” Telschow added. “It’s really means something to repeat. It means you are still on top of your game.”
Telschow has a 26-3 record.
Nick Rozow of Wawasee won the title at 160 with a 5-3 decision of Goshen’s John Trenshaw.
“When we wrestled before Christmas I learned he (Trenshaw) likes lateral drops,” Rozow said. “I didn’t know that before. So today I could watch for that.”
Rozow (27-6) won his first conference championship since he
was back in middle school.
He is wrestling with a bad shoulder.
“I dislocated it last season and since then it pops out quite often,” Rozow said. “It probably happened three times today. I just wrestle through the pain. It happens often enough that I can pop it back in place myself. I don’t even have to stop the match anymore.”
Delawerence Gayfield of Concord was the champion at 113. He pinned Tristin Ponsler of Wawasee in 1:29.
Winning titles for Memorial were Jermel Moody-Neukom at 126, Nick Vaughn at 145, Chris Morris at 152 and Tieshawn Johnson at 195.
First Place — Scotty Huff (Goshen) dec. Cody Allmon (Plymouth) 9-3.
Third Place — Eugene Moody-Neukom (Memorial) pinned Lucas Hochstetler (NorthWood) :25.
Fifth Place — Brody Erb (Northridge) received a forfeit.
First Place — Delawerence Gayfield (Concord) pinned Tristin Ponsler (Wawasee) 1:29.
Third Place — Tony Vaughn (Memorial) pinned Osman Solis (Plymouth) 2:50.
Fifth Place — Nick Cox (Goshen) pinned Kyle Miller (Northridge) 4:36.
First Place — Triston Rodriguez (Plymouth) dec. Todd Santiago (Northridge) 10-8 OT.
Third Place — Tyler Weisweaver (Memorial) pinned Mr. Wilcher (Goshen) 1:13.
Fifth Place — Javier Lopez (Wawasee) injury default Keven Devora (Concord.
First Place — Jermel Moody-Neukom (Memorial) Major dec. Kam Markovich (Plymouth) 25-11.
Third Place — Devin Puckett (Northridge) dec. Luis Cervantes (Warsaw) 5-0.
Fifth Place — Josh Bustos (Goshen) pinned Cody Pippen (NorthWood) 2;13.
First Place — Stephen Abair (Plymouth) pinned Phillip Mathiak (Memorial) 5:15.
Third Place — Victor Flores (Goshen) dec. Jon Yoder (Northridge) 6-3.
Fifth Place — Josh Chupp (NorthWood) pinned Seth Shroyer (Concord) 4:12.
First Place — Ryan Baxter (Northridge) pinned Doug Corl (Wawasee) 3;24.
Third Place — Christian Horton (Goshen) pinned Shimmy Sar (Concord) :43.
Fifth Place — Ronnie Longbrake (Memorial) major dec. Austin Mahoney (Plymouth) 12-2.
First Place — Nick Vaughn (Memorial) pinned Nolan Wright (Plymouth) 4:13.
Third Place — Caleb Reeve (NorthWood) injury default Jose Ledezma (Goshen)
Fifth Place — Michael Pena (Wawasee) dec. Leonardo Rodriguez (Concord) 10-4.
First Place — Chris Morris (Memorial) dec. Travis Pickard (Goshen) 4-3.
Third Place — Tim Deters (Northridge) pinned Derek Weldy (NorthWood) 2:25.
Fifth Place — John Stillson (Plymouth) received a forfeit.
First Place — Nick Rozow (Wawasee) dec. John Trenshaw (Goshen) 5-3.
Third Place — Jon Osoria (Memorial) dec. Logan Wiengand (Plymouth) 5-4.
Fifth Place — Huntley Davis (Warsaw) pinned Nick Skwarcan (NorthWood) 2:49.
First Place — Evan Smith (Goshen) pinned Jacob Pearson (Plymouth) 3:16.
Third Place — Scott Kasten (Goshen) pinned Scott Kern (NorthWood) :56.
Fifth Place — Marcos Rodriguez (Warsaw) def. Nick Ritchie (Memorial) 5-4.
First Place — Zach Telschow (NorthWood) dec. Kain Jenkins (Memorial) 10-8 OT.
Third Place — Aaron Houin (Plymouth) pinned Dylan Swank (Northridge) 2:36.
Fifth Place — Ramiro Hernandez (Goshen) pinned Devann Lilly (Wawasee) 3:35.
First Place — Tieshawn Johnson (Memorial) dec. Brian Clark (Wawasee) 11-5.
Third Place — McKenna Malcolm (Northridge) pinned Vincite Vasquez (Plymouth) :35.
Fifth Place — Rory Nolin (Warsaw) pinned Derek Paz (Goshen) :4.15.
First Place — DeAndre Pickford (Plymouth) dec, Chris Connell (Northridge) 16-9.
Third Place — Tyler Wilson (Concord) dec. Tyler Beasy (Goshen) 1-0.
Fifth Place — Kody Gerger (Memorial) received a forfeit.
First Place — Hayden Schmucker (Goshen) pinned Chad Eppley (Wawasee) 1:10.
Third Place — Dan Guervara (NorthWood) dec. Lucas Wickey (Northridge) 3-1.
Fifth Place — Drew Dodson (Plymouth) pinned Ben Plummer (Warsaw) 4:51.