Indians come up short in Lake County Wrestling Championship

Emma Ritchie and Emma Ritchie

On Jan. 11, the boys varsity wrestling team took second place at the Lake County Wrestling Championship held at Hanover Central High School.

“We got second, but we could have gotten first. We can usually win close matches,” Jacob Sebahar (12) said.

Towards the end of the day, the team was tied for first place with the Hanover Wildcats. Unfortunately, the Indians could not pull through.

“It gave us confidence to win with first, but it didn’t happen,” Sebahar said about being tied with Hanover.

The day brought many forfeits, leaving the Indians ready to wrestle. Some faced multiple forfeits throughout the long day such as Tristan Pintor (10), Kameron Konopasek (10), Maxwell King (9) and Gelen Robinson (12).

“You don’t think about the past matches; you think about the moves you will be doing in the next matches,” Jacob Kleimola (10) said.

The Indians took home many wins that night. The winners include Kodie Christenson (11), placing first in the 152 weight class, Kleimola placing first in the 160 weight class and Gelen Robinson (12) placing first in his weight class of 220.

“It was cool because it was my first year in the tournament, and I got first for my weight class,” Kleimola said. The boys’ next meet is Jan. 22 against Portage.