Spartans set to open home schedule

NORTH MANCHESTER, IND. – Nine schools aim for individual and team awards Saturday, Dec. 2, as Manchester University is the host institution for the 2017 Indiana Little State Championships.

Meet details: Wrestling begins at 9 a.m. at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena inside the Physical Education and Recreation Center on Manchester University’s campus … Live audio and video along with live bracket updates and results are available throughout the day at, the official website of the 2017 Indiana Little State Championships.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Kevin Lake and his staff have set the following as a probable line-up for Saturday – 125 – Josh Stephenson, fr., Yorktown, Ind./Alex Grino, so., Crawfordsville, Ind./Zac Galvan, fr., Lowell, Ind.; 133 – Ben Cauffman, jr., Fort Wayne, Ind.; 141 – Chase Wilson, sr., Peru, Ind./Blake Denton, sr., Monticello, Ind./JaVon Phillips, so., Centerville, Ind./Stevan Najeeb, so., Warren, Mich.; 149 – Jordan Napier, so., Indianapolis, Ind.; 157 – Stephen Kitko, fr., Noblesville, Ind./Patrick Waugh, fr., Indianapolis, Ind./ShaQuan LaRue, fr., Louisville, Ky.; 165 – Alex Arney, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind./Tyler Leonhard, fr., Portland, Ind.; 174 – Tristan Wilson, sr., Fort Wayne, Ind./Clayton Capes, sr., North Vernon, Ind.; 184 – Isaac Ray, jr., Atlanta, Ind.; 197 – Alex Roberts, sr., Campbelltown, Ind.; 285 – Tristin Choate, so., Mt. Vernon, Ind./Nick Joyner, sr., Bedford, Ind./Jon Brann, sr., Orland Park, Ill./Landon Bridges, jr., Indianapolis, Ind, … Five Black and Gold individuals are returning who placed sixth or better at the 2016 Little States’ event. Chase Wilson was a consolation champion; Arney took fourth; Choate and Ray each wound up fifth, and Brann was a sixth-place finisher … Chase Wilson, sporting a 2-2 record, finds himself in contender status at 149 on the third set of of rankings released Nov. 22. Along with other individual storylines for Lake’s team is the freshman trio of Stephen Kitko, Leonhard, and Stephenson tied for first on the victory chart (three), while Leonhard’s three pins are first in the room, and Cauffman’s 2-0 mark tops the win percentage list … MU returns to dual competition Friday, Dec. 8, welcoming Ohio Northern University to SWA for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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