Royals have three champs, place 3rd

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Brayden Tincher, working out in the foreground, was one of three Eastern Hancock wrestlers to win individual titles at the Centerville Sectional.

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Staff report

CENTERVILLE — Logan Gilman, Cameron Volz and Brayden Tincher all won individual titles to lead Eastern Hancock’s wrestling team to a third-place finish at Saturday’s Centerville Sectional.

The top four in each weight class advanced to this Saturday’s Richmond Regional, which will also include qualifiers from the South Dearborn Sectional. The Richmond event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

In the team standings, Eastern Hancock scored 194.5 points, trailing only sectional champ New Castle (207) and Centerville (202).

Gilman got the Royals off to a good start by winning the 120-pound class title.

After winning by fall in the semifinals, Gilman won by injury default in the title match over Centerville’s Bryson Hale.

At 132, Volz improved his record to 39-3 with a win by technical fall over Shenandoah’s Sam Hinshaw. The match ended at the 4:30 mark with Volz ahead 16-1.

Volz had two victories by pin to advance to the final.

At 182, Tincher defeated Shenandoah’s Mayson Lewis by decision, 7-3. Tincher won twice by fall to get to the championship match.

Eight of the 11 Royals entered in the tournament advanced to the regional.

Along with the three champions, the Royals got a runner-up finish at 126 from Zayne Badgley. He was pinned by unbeaten Tylin Thrine of New Castle, who is now 31-0 on the season.

Eastern Hancock third-place finishers were, Griffin Knight (113), Dominic Shelby (160) and Joseph Hollenbaugh (285). Caleb Johnson (138) placed fourth and is also moving on in the IHSAA tournament series.

Three other Royals aided the team score by placing fifth, and are alternates for Saturday’s regional. Peyton Speer (145), Alex Haste (152) and Gabe Johnson (170) finished fifth in their class and would wrestle at Richmond if someone from their division is unable to go.

The top four placers at Richmond will move on to the Feb. 11 New Castle Semi-State. The top four at semi-state advance to the Feb. 17-18 IHSAA State Finals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

2023 Centerville Sectional

Team scores: New Castle 207, Centerville 202, Eastern Hancock 194.5, Northeastern 141.5, Tri 137.5, Hagerstown 101, Cambridge City Lincoln 69, Shenandoah 61, Richmond 59.5, Blue River Valley 48, Knightstown 44.

Championship Round

106: Heather Crull (Northeastern) won by technical fall, 16-1, over Isaia Gardner (Tri) 5:35

113: Kyle Sheard (Centerville) won by fall over Lucas Chamness (Northeastern) 5:58

120: Logan Gilman (Eastern Hancock) won by injury default over Bryson Hale (Centerville)

126: Tylin Thrine (New Castle) won by fall over Zayne Badgley (Eastern Hancock) 2:43

132: Cameron Volz (Eastern Hancock) won by technical fall, 16-1, over Sam Hinshaw (Shenandoah) 4:30

138: Gavyn Whitehead (New Castle) won by fall over Jackson Marker (Centerville) 1:04

145: Brevan Thrine (New Castle) won by decision over Oshea Phillips (Centerville) 9-2

152: Ethan Neeley (Northeastern) won by fall over Micah Belcher (Richmond) 3:29

160: Wyatt Maiden (New Castle) won by fall over Luke Cannarella (Centerville) 3:36

170: Jon Eberhart (New Castle) won by fall over Roy Thornbury (Hagerstown) :55

182: Brayden Tincher (Eastern Hancock) won by decision over Mayson Lewis (Shenandoah) 7-3

195: Luke Joplin (New Castle) won by fall over Eli Whichard (Knightstown) 1:36

220: Michael Henderson (Northeastern) won by decision over Nathan Westover (Centerville) 4-0

285: Chase Sutherland (Hagerstown) won by fall over Grant Long (Richmond) 5:07