Wrestlers victorious in tiebreaker against rival Cougars

NEW PALESTINE — It wasn’t easy, but the New Palestine wrestling team came out on top Saturday afternoon.

Finishing 4-1 during the New Palestine 6-way duals, the host Dragons captured the team title, winning via tiebreaker against rival Greenfield-Central.

The Dragons opened the day with a 39-34 win against Greenfield-Central, clinching the dual with a first-period fall by Richard Clevenger at 160 pounds.

New Palestine defeated Triton Central 62-12, Union County 73-6 and Clinton Central 66-15. The Dragons’ lone defeat came against Mt. Vernon 36-33 in the final round.

The Marauders beat Clinton Central 49-18 and Union County 60-0 to finish 3-2. They lost to Greenfield-Central 45-28 and Triton Central 36-31.

Mt. Vernon’s Chase Wilkerson scored the upset of the day, defeating Greenfield-Central’s Gavin Rose at 120 pounds. Rose entered ranked sixth in the state by IndianaMat. Wilkerson’s season record is now 20-1.

The Cougars won against Union County 64-12, Triton Central 53-21 and Clinton County 78-6. Dylan Dorman (113 pounds), Ken Thompson (138), Brad Lowe (170), Cooper Noehre (145) and Hunter Gulden (220) all were 5-0 for Greenfield-Central.

Rose, Larry Evans (126), and Scott Stanley (195) were all 4-1 for the Cougars.

The Dragons had three wrestlers go 5-0 in Christian White (106), Brayden Clevenger (195) and Landan Burton (220/285). Chase Nelson (113), Zack Hoyt (132), Noah Wright (145), Richard Clevenger, and Logan Robinson (170) all were 4-1.

Royals win on road

The Eastern Hancock wrestling team ran the table to win the Blackford Invitational on Saturday.

The Royals finished 5-0, with six wrestlers going unbeaten to clinch the team title. Eastern Hancock defeated Bluffton 45-36, Blackford 51-24, Taylor 75-0, Tri-Central 56-24 and Southwood 55-16.

Kegan Kendall (120), Caleb Giddings (138), Jordyn Wills (152), Garrett Friesen (160), Clayton Cochard (195) and Alexander Burton (220) all were 5-0 for the Royals. Trey Brown (132) was 4-1.

Girls basketball

Cougars win 2nd straight

The Greenfield-Central girls basketball team defeated Hoosier Heritage Conference foe Delta 45-30 on the road Saturday.

The win was the second straight for the Cougars, who improved to 4-8 overall and 3-1 in the HHC.

Jessica Farrell led the Cougars with 18 points, followed by Katie Real with 10. Crystal Peterson chipped in seven points. Farrell added nine rebounds.

The Cougars travel to Connersville today for a girls-boys doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.

Dragons resume winning ways

The New Palestine girls basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 41-40 victory against HHC foe Yorktown on Saturday.

Haley Harrison sealed the win with a late bucket as six seconds stood on the clock. The Dragons are now 10-1 on the season and 5-1 in HHC play.

Katie Herron led the Dragons with 13 points. Leah Seib had 11. Harrison added seven, and Emily Newcomb had five.

The Dragons travel to Whiteland on Friday night.

Marauders fall to Panthers

The Mt. Vernon girls basketball team lost to visiting North Central 62-34 on Saturday. The Marauders are now 5-8 overall.

Mary Fleming led the team with seven points. Lexi Shelton and Madison Stamm both finished with six points. Shelton added six rebounds, while Tessa Freeman had four rebounds.

Mt. Vernon heads to the Twin Lakes Tournament on Dec. 27 next.

Boys basketball

Royals remain unbeaten

The Eastern Hancock boys basketball team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 62-42 win at Cambridge City Lincoln on Saturday.

The Royals travel to North Decatur on Wednesday night before hosting Mid-Eastern Conference foe Daleville on Dec. 29.

Marauders tame Lions

The Mt. Vernon boys basketball team snapped its two-game losing streak with a 68-45 win against Rushville at home on Saturday.

The host Marauders opened the night with a 26-point first quarter and never looked back to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Logan Smith posted a team-high 13 points. Peyton Meadors and Damari Gatewood both had 11 points. Tyler Bostic had four steals. Smith grabbed five rebounds and Max Burhenn had four boards.

The Marauders head to HHC foe New Castle on Friday.

Swimming

Cougars take third at HSE

The Greenfield-Central boys and girls swim teams both placed third at Saturday’s Hamilton Southeastern Splash N’ Clash.

The girls scored 320 points for their highest placement at the invitational ever. Carley Logan finished third in the 500-yard freestyle. Braedy Laymon was second in the 50 and 100 free.

Logan also was fourth in the 200 free. Anne Marie DeKeyser was fourth in the 50 free. Megan Coffin was fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

The boys team tallied 473 points, winning six events. They broke three meet records overall. Zach Cook set a new mark in the 100 butterfly and the 200 free relay team set a new record with Chris Joven, Travis Black, Ethan Kile and Cook. The relay also broke a six-year school record.

Joven, Sam Jennings, Kile and Cook set a new record in the 400 free relay. Cook also established a new pool record in the 100 butterfly along with the 400 free relay.

Ben Rader won the diving competition. Cook was first in the 100 butterfly and in the 100 backstroke. Joven was first in the 100 free. Jennings was third in the 200 and 500 free. Kile was second in the 100 breaststroke.

Dragons sweep Royals

The New Palestine boys and girls swim teams swept past Eastern Hancock on Saturday. The boys won 109-57. The girls prevailed 124-52.

Maria Virt and Anna Doolin both won four events for the Dragons. Hailee Holberton and Jessica Rogers won three events. Louis Holbrook won four events for the boys, while Iago Brullon-Blanco, Marlon Cabrera, Nico Martin and Tyler Corey each won three.

Virt won the 200 IM and 500 free. She was part of the winning 200 medley relay with Rogers, Doolin and Holbertson. Doolin won the 50 and 100 free. Rogers won the 200 free. Holbertson won the 100 breaststroke. Teagan Davis was first in the 100 breaststroke.

The Dragons boys swept three relays, while Holbrook was first in the 100 butterfly. Corey won the 50 and 100 free and was part of the winning 200 free relay.

Adam Buehrer was first in the 100 breaststroke. Cabrera won the 200 IM. The Dragons boys are now 2-3 on the season. The girls are 2-6.