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Jimtown High School senior wrestling Nick Crume (center) accepts the Rollie Hoover Memorial Trophy from award committee member and Hoover nephew Mark Fioritto. At left is Jimtown wrestling coach Mark Kerrn. The Hoover award and scholarship goes annually to a senior wrestler in Elkhart County. (Truth Photo By Steve Krah)
Crume selects Indianapolis; get Hoover award

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 27, 2013 at 3:16 p.m.

JIMTOWN — Nick Crume, Jimtown High School’s first state wrestling champion in 45 years, has signed to continue his academic and wrestling careers on the collegiate level. The Jimtown senior has also received a prestigious local scholarship.

Crume, the best 126-pounder in Indiana this winter, has decided to study and grapple at the University of Indianapolis.

The Jimmie with the 181-13 career record, two state runner-up and two semistate championship finishes plus four sectional, regional and Northern State Conference titles has also received the Rollie Hoover Memorial Scholarship. The award is presented annually to an Elkhart County senior wrestler in the name of the late Hall of Fame coach.

“I picked Indianapolis because of the small classroom setting,” said Crume, who is unsure of his major but is leaning toward business management.

While 125 is the lowest weight at the collegiate level, Crume said he is considering bulking up to 133.

Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II program, is coached by Jason Warthan. The Greyhounds went 5-2 overall and placed 19th at the NCAA D-II nationals. UIndy has produced 35 All-Americans, including two this past season.

Former Jimtown wrestler Rich McPhee was a Greyhounds wrestling teammate of Warthan.