Dragons improve to 22-0




The No. 3-ranked New Palestine wrestling team upped its record to 22-0 Saturday by sweeping the a 6-way tourney hosted by the Dragons.

NP beat Greenfield-Central 42-24 in the opening round, with C.J. Red, Tommy Cash, Robbie Elsea and Logan Hunt notching victories by fall.

The Dragons went on to defeat Triton Central 69-9, Union County 78-0, Clinton Central 64-18 and Mt. Vernon 72-9.

Nick Brickens’ 18-second pin against Union County was the fastest of the day.

Red, Cash and Elsea — along with Gordon Wagner and Andrew Yazel — were unbeaten (5-0) on the day.

G-C finished 4-1, beating Union County 68-9, Mt. Vernon 67-6, Triton Central 59-15 and Clinton Central 51-15.

Sam Locke (138 pounds), Josh Farrell (160), Joe Hoskins (170) Cameron Nuckols (195) and Tyler Beeson (HWT) each went 5-0 for the Cougars (7-4).

MV was 0-5 on the day, falling to Triton Central 54-24, Clinton Central 57-18 and Union County 45-36 in addition to losing to Greenfield-Central and New Palestine.

Colin McAtee was 4-0 at 113 and Aspen McClanahan went 3-1 at 200 for the Marauders.

G-C is at the Connersville Spartan Classic on Dec. 28.  On Dec. 29, NP is at the Evansville Mater Dei Tournament and MV travels to the Ben Davis Super 16.

Royals 5th at Raider Rumble

Eastern Hancock placed fifth out of eight teams Saturday at the Wapahani Raider Rumble.

Knightstown won the tournament with 347 points, followed by Southwood (271), Monroe Central (267), Blackford (243) and EH (186).

Nathan Kell (138), Matt Bowman (160) and Hunter Knopp (170) were champions for the Royals, and all three finished 3-0 on the day.

Jared Waterman (145, 2-1) and Josh Ramage (195, 2-1) were third in their weight classes.

The Royals are at the Ben Davis Super 16 on Dec. 29.

Swimming

Cougars compete at HSE

The Greenfield-Central boys finished third out of eight teams at the Splash-N-Clash at Hamilton Southeastern Saturday.

HSE, ranked No. 1 in the state by the Indiana High School Swim Coaches Association, was first. No. 17 Homestead placed second.

Patrick Stutz won the 100 freestyle for G-C and took second in the 50 freestyle.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Stutz, Cody Wilburn, Drew Logan and Bailey Willoughby prevailed with a time of 3:16.55, with Stutz breaking the 100 free school record with his leadoff swim.

“The boys swam a great meet against the top teams in the state,” G-C coach Mark Logan said. “We had numerous lifetime-best times from a lot of the guys.”

The G-C girls were seventh out of eight teams.

No. 12 Homestead was first, with No. 7 Hamilton Southeastern and No. 6 Munster rounding out the top three.

“The girls did a nice job today. They were up against some great competition,” G-C coach Emily Logan said. “I think it gives them a good glimpse of some of the top teams in the state. They were strong in all their races and had some really great swims.”

Girls basketball

New Palestine 39, Yorktown 36

The Dragons picked up their initial Hoosier Heritage Conference win of the season Saturday by edging the visiting Tigers.

NP converted six straight free throws in the closing minutes to break a 33-all tie.

Haley Stratman (11 points, six rebounds) and Gia Nitschke (eight points) paced NP.

The Dragons (2-7, 1-4 HHC) host Pendleton Heights (8-3, 3-1 HHC) Friday.

Boys basketball

Mt. Vernon 59, Mississinewa 41

3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon continued its early-season roll, dispatching the host Indians (1-5) Saturday.

For the Marauders, CJ Coleman had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists. Stephen Turner tallied 20 points and six rebounds. Alec Lohman added six points and four steals. Anthony Burnett had six assists.

MV (6-0) hosts New Palestine (5-2) at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 27 in the semifinals of the Hancock County Tournament.

Cambridge City Lincoln 60, Eastern Hancock 55

The Royals dropped to 2-4 on the year with a home loss Saturday.

The game was level at 23 after two quarters before the Golden Eagles took a four-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Victor Vincz recorded 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in defeat.

Shane McCormick (eight points, four rebounds), Garrett Lee (seven points, six rebounds) and Cody Wallace (four points, eight rebounds) also contributed.

EH (1-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) hosts North Decatur (1-5, 0-2 MHC) today.

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