Regional champ McCune leads three Vike grapplers to semi-state

Huntington North 113-pound wrestler Brady Lewis locks up with a foe at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. Lewis finished fourth in his weight class to advance to next week's New Haven Semi-State
Huntington North 113-pound wrestler Brady Lewis locks up with a foe at the Carroll Regional Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. Lewis finished fourth in his weight class to advance to next week's New Haven Semi-State Photo by Steve Clark.

Led by 152-pound champion Cody McCune, the Huntington North wrestling team advanced three competitors to next week’s semi-state at the Carroll Regional wrestling tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Joining McCune among the top four finishers and thus earning a trip to the New Haven Semi-state are Darryn Kuhl, runner-up at 126 pounds, and Brady Lewis, fourth at 113 pounds.

Preston Teusch, runner-up at 120 pounds at sectional last week, did not wrestle at regional due to an injury sufferred at sectional, and Michael Kline went out in the first round at 138 pounds.

McCune, a senior, dropped Camari Kirk of New Haven by pin in 2:45 of their first-round match, then squeaked out a 1-0 decision over Scott Saylor of Carroll in the second round. He then decisioned Eli Hilger of Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger in the championship, 7-4.

McCune is now 33-1 on the season.

Kuhl, a senior, needed just 10 seconds to pin Cain Pinckney of Fort Wayne North Side in his first match, then topped Korbyn Reister of Churubusco, 6-0, in the second round. He lost to Beau Humphrey of Fort Wayne Snider in the championship match, 11-4.

Kuhl is now 29-4 on the season.

Lewis, also a senior, pinned Emmanuel Ellis of Snider in 3:37 in the first round before getting pinned himself by Colton Weimer of Garrett in 3:26 in the second round. He then lost the consolation final to Ben Sloffer of Carroll, 9-2.

He stands  at 10-6 on the season.

Kline, a junior, lost his opening round match to Josue Sotero of Fort Wayne Wayne, 10-3.

Huntington North finished 10th as a team with 44 points. Garrett won the team title with 106.5 points, with Carroll placing second with 100 points and Snider third among the 20 teams represented with 92 points.