Three Viking wrestlers punch tickets to semi-state

Huntington North senior Wilson Lopshire (right, top) grapples with Eastside’s Laik Minnick while the referee looks on during action in the 170-pound quarterfinals at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lopshire lost, 6-4, ending his season. Of the Vikings’ nine regional qualifiers, three punched their tickets to semi-state.
Huntington North senior Wilson Lopshire (right, top) grapples with Eastside’s Laik Minnick while the referee looks on during action in the 170-pound quarterfinals at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lopshire lost, 6-4, ending his season. Of the Vikings’ nine regional qualifiers, three punched their tickets to semi-state. Photo by Steve Clark.

Three members of the Huntington North High School wrestling team advanced to semi-state with wins at the Carroll Wrestling Regional on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Senior Eli Parrett at 182 pounds, sophomore Charlie Agnew at 195 and freshman Darryn Kuhl at 106 each punched their ticket to the New Haven Semi-State, set for Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Agnew and Kuhl both placed third in their respective weight classes while Parrett finished fourth.

Agnew, 16-12, started his day off with a 20-10 win versus Jesus Gil, of Columbia City. He then got pinned by Wayne’s Dalyn Hart before bouncing back with a fall, at 3:44,  against Mitch Gigli, of Bishop Luers, in the bronze match.

Kuhl, 24-17, posted a 13-1 victory against Korbyn Reister, of Churubusco. After getting felled by Garrett’s Brayden Shearer, Kuhl ended the day on a winning note, beating Josh Smith-Goheen, of Bishop Dwenger, 4-0.

Parrett, 29-13, rounded out the Vikings’ victories on the day with a 19-14 decision against Whitko’s Issac Walters in the opening round. Parrett lost to Jaxson Savieeo, of New Haven, in the semifinal, 7-1, and to Jacob Morse, of Columbia City, 9-2, in the match for third place.

Huntington North, which brought a total of nine wrestlers to the regional, finished with a register of 27 points to tie Woodlan for ninth place in the 20-team field.

For the Vikings, the season came to an end for senior Wilson Lopshire, 26-12, at 170; junior Jacob Hall, 31-6, at 126; junior Gavin Rosen, 22-11, at 138; sophomore Ricky Haught, 27-11, at 132; sophomore Christian Graft, 19-19, at 220; and freshman Brady Lewis, 15-19, at 113.

Carroll tallied 150.5 points to win the regional title in dominant fashion. Garrett was a distant runner-up with 97 points, followed by New Haven, 84; Homestead, 77.5; Bishop Dwenger, 68; Columbia City, 52; Churubusco, 37.5; Wayne, 37; and Huntington North and Woodlan each with 27 to round out the top 10.