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Johnson leads eight from area to State Finals

Eight Elkhart Truth-area high school wrestlers are heading to the state finals that start on Friday, Feb. 21.

Posted on Feb. 16, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.

FORT WAYNE — Tieshawn Johnson credited his conditioning and his positioning for giving him a Fort Wayne Semistate wrestling championship Saturday, Feb. 15, at Memorial Coliseum.

Johnson (38-0 at 195 pounds bested Fort Wayne Wayne's Kanez Omar 6-5, giving the Fort Wayne Wayne grappler his first loss after a 43-0 start.

"It was intense," said Johnson, who scored the decisive point on a third-period escape. "My cardio came into it. He's a pretty tall kid (about 6-foot-2 compared to Johnson's 5-10) and I had to stay lower than him."

Johnson is one of eight Truth area wrestlers to place in the top four and earn a berth in the State Finals, which begin Friday, Feb. 21, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Fairfield senior Forrest Glogouski (41-2 at 120), Elkhart Memorial junior Tony Vaughn (26-6 at 126) and Elkhart Central junior Eliseo Guerra (33-3 at 220) all came in second Saturday.

Concord senior DeLawrence Gayfield (35-3 at 120) finished third while Goshen senior Jaron Katzer (31-12 at 106), Northridge senior Ryan Baxter (30-4 at 145) and Goshen senior Evan Smith (29-10 at 182) all placed fourth.

"I've surprised myself a little bit," said Vaughn. "I keep beating guys who are supposed to be better than me. I peaked at the right time of the season."

A last-second takedown allowed East Noble's Connor Knapp to beat Glogouski 10-8.

"This gives me something to work for next week," said Glogouski."Next week is what matters."

Fort Wayne Semistate

Team scores: 1. Yorktown 110, 2. East Noble 66, 3. Kokomo 39, 4. FW Carroll 34, 4. Elkhart Memorial 34, 4. Peru 34, 7. Western 33, 8. Bellmont 31, 9. FW Wayne 28, 10. Adams Central 26. Also - 15. Elkhart Central 18; 18. Fairfield 16.5; 24. Goshen 13; 25. Concord 11; 30. Northridge 7; 33. Jimtown 7.

Championship Summary

106 — Lucas Long (Lakeland) pinned Hunter Langeloh (Columbia City) 1:00. 113 — Garrett Pepple (East Noble) pinned Eddie Lorraine (Leo) :45. 120 — Connor Knapp (East Noble) dec. Forrest Glogouski (Fairfield) 10-8. 126 —Erique Early (FW Snider) dec. Tony Vaughn (Elkhart Memorial) 8-2. 132 — Logan Campbell (Yorktown) dec. Clayton Moore (Manchester) 3-2 (ot). 138 —Zach Krumlauf (DeKalb) by inj. default against Derek Ellinger (Adams Central). 145 —Evan Loe (Peru) maj. dec. Alex Arney (Carroll) 9-1.

152 — Chandler Carroll (Yorktown) maj. dec. Tylor Willms (Fremont) 10-0. 160 —Rhett Hiestand (Yorktown) dec. Kyle Jolas (Huntington North) 4-0. 170 —Dillon Jackson (Yorktown) dec. Tristan Wilson (Carroll) 6-5. 182 —Corey Hinkle (Western) pinned Myron Howard-Anderson (Yorktown) 1:54. 195 —Tieshawn Johnson (Elkhart Memorial) dec. Kanez Omar (FW Wayne) 6-5. 220 — Donnie Miller (Jay County) pinned Eliseo Guerra (Elkhart Central) 1:07. Hwt — Eric Hemmelgarn (Jay County) pinned Darrius Connell (Muncie Central) 1:42.

Consolation Summary

106 — Nate Weimer (East Noble) pinned Jaron Katzer (Goshen) 3:30. 113 — John Becker (Bellmont) pinned Colton Dawes (Southwood) 4:13. 120 — DeLawrence Gayfield (Concord) dec. Brad Laughlin (Yorktown) 6-1. 126 — Cael McCormick (Yorktown) dec. Logan Aldrich (FW Northrop) 4-3. 132 — Sam Lovejoy (Heritage) dec. Kegan Kern (Peru) 5-0. 138 — Dustin Hinkle (Western) dec. Dominic Garrett (FW Dwenger) 7-6. 145 — Logan Neher (Bellmont) pinned Ryan Baxter (Northridge) :59.

152 — Chad Gaddis (Kokomo) dec. Austin Bauer (Angola) 6-2. 160 — Shaun Johnson (FW Wayne) pinned Bryce Baumgartner (Bellmont) 4:55. 170 — Kane Luginbill (Adams Central) dec. Keair Ross (Kokomo) 6-2. 182 — Tristan Anglin (Columbia City) dec. Evan Smith (Goshen) 4-2 (ot). 195 — Bo Davis (Garrett) dec. Nick Cress (Peru) 3-1 (ot). 220 — Brandon Joest (East Noble) pinned Brad Sadilek (Carroll) 1:43. Hwt — Jake Smith (Southwood) dec. Owen Perkins (Oak Hill) 6-0.

Area wrestlers losing in the second or "ticket" round: Fairfield sophomore Blake Glogouski (38-3 at 106), Memorial junior Eugene Moody-Neukom (14-7 at 113, Goshen senior Scotty Huff (35-5 at 113), Memorial sophomore Marcus Mejia (27-12 at 120), Jimtown junior Jay Franko (27-6 at 126), Jimtown senior Konner Chafin (38-3 at 132), Central senior Zeke Torres (20-8 at 138), Memorial sophomore Nick Ritchie (16-5 at 160), Memorial senior Jon Osoria (23-9 at 170), Goshen sophomore Derek Paz (32-8 at 220), Westview senior Michael Yankosky (31-10 at heavyweight).

Area wrestlers losing in the first round: Fairfield senior Trever Yoder (32-9 at 126), Goshen junior Joel Byler (27-9 at 132), Jimtown freshman Kenny Kerrn (24-15 at 138), Memorial senior Chris Morris (21-9 at 152), Goshen senior John Trenshaw (29-5 at 170), Memorial freshman David Eli (24-9 at 182), Goshen senior Ramiro Hernandez (23-13 at 195).

Next: Qualifiers in first round of IHSAA State Finals 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.


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