Northfield senior wrestler Hunter Wells is headed for the state finals next weekend in Indianapolis.
Wells was wrestling in the Fort Wayne semi state and finished runner up at 152lbs.
Hunter Wells wrestling at 152 lbs earned his first birth to the Sate Tourney by dominating his way through to the finals of Semi-state. His first opponent, Nick Vaughn from Elkhart, lasted just 24 seconds while his next opponent, Tristan Wilson from Carroll, lasted only 22 seconds. Hunter knew he had qualified for the State Tourney after those two matches and he continued his domination on the mat. His next victim was Zack Beebe from Angola. Hunter racked up 16 points via 2 takedowns, 2 near falls, 2 reversals and 2 escapes while Beebe managed only 3 reversals to make the final 16-6. In the finals Hunter fell victim to Muncie South’s Isaiah Bradley currently ranked 4th in the state. Hunter was prepared for a tough match and that it was. There were no points scored in the first period though both wrestlers were close. The first points came with a Bradley escape and later a takedown. Hunter managed an escape later in the period to make the score 1-3. Wells chose down in the third looking for the score from the bottom, but it never came. After much energy and close calls the score remained 1-3 in favor of Bradley. With his second place finish Hunter extends his season record to 35-2 and his career record to 111-22.
Tanner Chamberlain wrestled first for Northfield. His opponent at 126 lbs was Derek Ellinger from Adam Central. Tanner jumped out to an early lead with a takedown and 3 near fall before Ellinger reversed him to make it 5-2 at the end of the first period. In the second Tanner scored 7 more points to Ellinger’s 5 to make the score 12-7. In the third Tanner couldn’t gain any more points and lost a heartbreaking match 12-13 to end his senior campaign with a 26-9 record.
Joseph Ross wrestling at 195 lbs won his first match of the day against Detreck Wilson from Fort Wayne Northrop. Joseph began the match with a take down and allowed the escape to end the scoring in the first period. In the second the only points scored were Ross’s escape to make the score 3-1 going into the third. After Wilson escaped Joseph took him down two more time to end the scoring with a 7-3 victory. In his second round match Joesph met eventual Semi-state champion Ben Baker from Belmont. Things were looking good going into the second period with Joseph down 2-0. Ross chose bottom and was working out when in a flurry of action Baker caught Ross and put him back for the fall. Joseph ends his junior year of wrestling with a very respectful 34-3 record.
Manchester wrestlers Clayton Moore, Neil Snep and Aaron Snep lost in the first round.
Southwood’s Nick McCown and Jake Smith also did not advance
It was a nice finish to the season.
Both of our wrestlers made good efforts against strong opponents, and
finished with class.
At 170 lbs Nick McCown wrestled well against a senior, Zach Kurtz of
The final score read 10-0, but the bout was in question until the buzzer.
Earlier in the season Nick had lost by fall in :41, quite an outstanding
At 285 Jake Smith wrestled eventual second place finisher senior,
Brandon Daniels of Goshen.
Jake lost by fall late in the first period, but put together a good
effort verses this level of opponent.
So it was a chance to see what it takes to compete at the top levels of
As always the work that these gentlemen and their teammates put in
between seasons will determine their future success.
Northfield photos by coach Norman. Southwood photos by coach Hammel