Teusch, Agnew are semi-state mat champs

Huntington North 120-pound wrestler Darryn Kuhl has some tough going against Kade Zadylak of Norwell in first round action at the New Haven Wrestling Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Huntington North 120-pound wrestler Darryn Kuhl has some tough going against Kade Zadylak of Norwell in first round action at the New Haven Wrestling Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 9. Photo by Steve Clark.

Preston Teusch and Charlie Agnew claimed championships among four Huntington North High School qualifiers for the state meet at the New Haven Wrestling Semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne.

Teusch, a sophomore, won at 113 pounds and Agnew, a senior, claimed the 195-pound title to lead the Vikings to a narrow second place team finish with 64 points, just one-half point off the score posted by Jimtown.

Christian Graft placed third at 220 pounds and Cody McCune was fourth at 152 to also punch tickets to the state championship, to be held Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Teusch, 42-1, used two major decisions, a regular decision and a pin to stand top step at 113. He started off with a 9-0 win over Preston White, of Cowan, took out Justin Brantley, of Western, 12-6 and pinned Landon Bertsch, of Bluffton, in 1:11 before defeating Harper Dedman, of Oak Hill, 11-2 in the title match.

It was pin city for Agnew, 41-1. He stopped Tyson Enis, of Yorktown, in just 38 seconds in the opener and need just 1:09 to stick Jon Messer, of Prairie Heights. Chandler Chapman, of Jay County, went down in 4:11 in the semifinal and Stewart Mossholder of Oak Hill was nailed in 4:26 in the title match.

Graft, a senior, lost to Jayden Elwood of Leo by pin in the 220 semifinal after beating Fred Durben, of Oak Hill, 5-2, and Kevin Hartman, of Agnola, 6-3. He then pinned Reese Wicker, of Churubusco, in 2:32 for third place.

Graft is 28-12.

McCune, a junior, defeated Nate Dibley, of Elkhart Central, in his first match at 152, then pinned Haydn Prater, of Rochester, in 1:47 in his second match. He then fell to Eric Hiestand, of Yorktown, 8-2, and fell to Isiah Levitz, of Prairie Heights, 6-4, in sudden victory in the consolation finals.

McCune is 35-8 on the season.

Of the four other Vikings competing, only Brady Lewis at 106 pounds advanced past the first round. Lewis, a junior, pinned Anthony Martin, of Western, in 38 seconds before being beaten by Aidan Sprague, of East Noble, 5-3.

Lewis finished the season 36-5.

Darryn Kuhl at 120 lost to Kade Zadylak, of Norwell, 6-0. Ricky Haught at 132 was pinned by Dillion Tuttle, of Delta, in 2:50. Matthew Kline at 145 lost 17-2 to Ryan Rasler, of Praieire Heights.