Trio of champs propels Vike wrestling team to 2nd at regional

Huntington North's 145-pound wrestler, battles an opponent during regional action Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Carroll Wrestling Regional. Kline placed fourth in his weight class to be of eight Vikings to move on to next week's New Haven Semi-state.
Huntington North's 145-pound wrestler, battles an opponent during regional action Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Carroll Wrestling Regional. Kline placed fourth in his weight class to be of eight Vikings to move on to next week's New Haven Semi-state. Photo by Steve Clark.

A trio of first-place showings propelled the Huntington North High School wrestling team to second place at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 2.

After winning their weight classes at the Carroll Sectional the week before, Brady Lewis, Preston Teusch and Charlie Agnew repeated as champions at the regional for Huntington North. Lewis captured the 106-pound title, Teusch was tops in 113-pound action and Agnew claimed the 195-pound crown.

In addition to the three champions, five other Vikings will make the trip to the New Haven Semi-state Saturday, Feb. 9, by virtue of top-four finishes. Those Vikes are Darryn Kuhl, at 120; Ricky Haught, at 132 pounds; Mathew Kline, at 145; Cody McCune, at 152; and Christian Graft, at 220.

Lewis, 35-4, ascended to the top of the 106-pound podium in dominant fashion, pinning all three of his opponents. The junior’s first victim was Sam Ford, of Leo, whom he took down in a mere 18 seconds. Lewis followed up that performance with a pin of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger’s Elliott Cornewell, toppling him in 3:26. He then capped off his day by felling Garrett’s Colton Weimer in 1:22.

Teusch, 38-1, commenced his run to 113-pound supremacy by pinning South Side’s Gabe Marks in 1:14. The sophomore then beat Brady Ester, of Fort Wayne Snider, 4-0, before routing Leo’s Jacob Veatch, 13-3, for the title.

Agnew, 37-1, asserted his dominance in the 195-pound arena with a pair of falls and a decision. The senior pinned Fort Wayne South Side’s Zion Davis in 1:32, followed by Cole Bergman, of Garrett, in 34 seconds. In the championship match, he dispatched Tristen Martz, of New Haven, with a 5-0 effort.

Haught, 27-8, and McCune, 33-6, both placed second for Huntington North.

Haught got dispatched in the 132-pound title match by Carroll’s Owen Krider, who pinned him in 3:46. Before that, Haught, a senior, edged Greg Humphrey, of South Side, 4-3, before topping New Haven’s Elijah Chacon, 6-2.

McCune narrowly lost the 152-pound championship tilt, winding up on the short end of a 2-1 decision against Carroll’s Ethan Hicks. In the leadup to the title match, McCune, a junior, felled Leo’s Mason Sheron, in 1:03, and Woodlan’s Dan Herschberger, in 1:18.

Kuhl, Kline and Graft each won their opening match via pin before losing their subsequent two contests to place fourth in their respective weight classes. Kuhl, a junior, is 16-7; Kline, a sophomore, is 22-18; and Graft, a senior, is 25-11.

Rounding out the day for Huntington North was Trent Smith, who lost his first match in 285-pound action. The junior finishes the season 23-14.