Six Viking matmen advance to semi-state

Huntington North junior Ricky Haught works the arm of Eric Reust of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in s semifinal match at 132 pounds at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. Haught went on to win the title at 132 to advance to next week's semi-state.
Huntington North junior Ricky Haught works the arm of Eric Reust of Fort Wayne Bishop Luers in s semifinal match at 132 pounds at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 3. Haught went on to win the title at 132 to advance to next week's semi-state. Photo by Steve Clark.

Six of the seven Huntington North High School wrestlers who advanced to the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament advanced to next week’s New Haven Semi-state, led by champions Preston Teusch and Ricky Haught.

Teusch, a freshman, was champion at 106 pounds, and Haught, a junior, took the top spot at 132.

Joining them at semi-state are senior Jacob Hall, runner-up at 126, junior Charlie Agnew, runner-up at 195, sophomore Darryn Kuhl, fourth at 113 and junior Christian Graft, fourth at 220.

The top four finishers in each weight class earn advancement.

Teusch, 34-9 on the season, defeated fellow freshman Jacob Veatch of Leo, 7-1, in the championship match. He stopped Brady Ester of Fort Wayne Snider, 4-1, in the semifinals after pinning Gabe Marks of Fort Wayne South Side in 3:08 in his opening match.

Haught, 38-6, decisioned Reis Shrock, of Carroll, 8-3, in his championship match. He pinned Eric Reust, of Bishop Luers, at 1:01 of the semifinal match after getting a technical fall over Logan Kimmet of Fort Wayne Snider in his opener.

The Vikings as a team took third with 88.5 points. Carroll was team champion with 104 points and Garrett was second with 92.

Hall, now 38-7, lost to Beau Humphrey of Snider, 12-10, in the title match. He dropped Sam Richard of Leo in 2:48 in the seminifinal match after pinning Homestead’s Alan Morris in 3:05 in the opener.

Agnew, 35-9, lost to Jaxson Savieo of New Haven, 4-2, in the title match. Agnew defeated Mitch Gigli, 4-0, in the semifinal after stopping Tavares Brown, 10-0, in the opening match.

Kuhl, 32-12, started his day with a 7-6 squeaker over Zac Cawood of Homestead, but was pinned by Joe Just of Carroll in 26 seconds of the semifinal. He then lost a decision to  Joshua Smith-Goheen of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in the consolation match, 6-3.

Graft, 26-19, pinned Connor Ray of Heritage in 3:03 in his opener, but was beaten in a major decision by Dayin Hart of Fort Wayne Wayne, 19-9, in the semifinal. He lost the consolation match to Cameron Smith of Garrett, 9-0.

The remaining Viking at regional was Trent Smith at heavyweight. Smith, a sophomore, was pinned in 15 seconds by undefeated Dakota Ault of Fort Wayne North Side in his only match.