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Eagles get six champions, take team title

Jan. 28—CRAWFORDSVILLE — The Zionsville wrestling program continued their dominance of the Crawfordsville Sectional on Saturday afternoon.

For the fifth-straight year, the Eagles took home the team title, advanced all 14 to the regional and had six champions in a dominant day.

"Our guys are wrestling hard and having fun," Zionsville head coach Doug Welch said. "When you are having fun at this time of the year, you want to advance to the next week. That is what is most important right now. They have goals and it's our job to help them reach those goals."

The Eagles had six champions on the day.

At 113 pounds, Sully Frazier pinned Western Boone's Isaac Moore in the first period. Senior Tommy Frazier finished with a first-period pin of Fountain Central's Dallas Simmons and at 157 pounds, Blake Wahl pinned Hunter Alesi of Southmont to win the title.

At 175 pounds, Jon Mangus pinned Crawfordsville's Ashton Wilson to win the title. At 190 Luke Penola capped his day by pinning Southmont's Tyler Davis in 20 seconds. Dace McNeil capped the day off with a 5-4 decision over Southmont's Ayden Dickerson to win the title.

"In their own ways they all wrestled their best and the best is yet to come," Welch said. "I truly believe that with each of them. They are peaking, and each week and match they are getting better. I am really proud of our seniors, it was special for them to accomplish this their senior year. Now we shift our focus to next week and prepare for that."

One thing that Welch liked about his team's approach was the amount of pins they racked up on the day.

Five of the six Eagle titles were decided by pin, along with another in a third-place match.

For the day, the Eagles collected 28 pins. In a sport where fortunes can change in a blink of an eye, getting off the mat is important.

"The pins are important because you get off the mat, plus it's team points," Welch said. "So you are not only helping yourself, but the team too. The guys are doing a good job of putting guys away once they get them on their back. The guys are fighting for themselves and the team."

Quinn Stauffacher (126), Hank Phenicie (144) and Brody Aeschliman (165) all placed second at their weights.

Andrew Elmore, Danny Stanfield and Kian Maclauchlan all finished third.

Jalin England and Michael Stanfield placed fourth to advance.

The Eagles now head to the North Montgomery Regional.

"We have seen a lot of the guys from the regional, and even the semi-state and state too," Welch said. "We have a tough schedule and it's that way for a reason. It helps knowing what we have to do and our guys get confidence wrestling opponents they know. We are going to keep having fun and make sure we carry that through next week."

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.