Eagles win Hall of Fame Tourney in thriller

Jan. 6—The championship match of the Mike Fendley Hall of Fame Tournament came down to the final weight class between Zionsville and Noblesville on Saturday afternoon.

In the end, Zionsville's Jon Mangus came through with a thrilling 7-6 win at 175 pounds against Noblesville's Gage Gulley, securing a 37-35 win for the Eagles and the tournament title.

"Yeah, that was an incredible match," Zionsville head coach Doug Welch said. "(Mangus) is getting better each and every match and is resilient. Gulley is a tough wrestler, and Jon didn't shy away from the competition, he went right after him. That's what you have to do, go after good guys, get to your offense and score points. When you do that, good things happen, even against good competition."

Zionsville led 30-10 in the dual after three-straight pins from Sully Frazier, Jackson Ingram and Tommy Frazier.

Noblesville won the next two matches, but Zionsville still led 34-17 with four matches to go following a 12-4 win from Hank Phenicie at 144 pounds.

But Noblesville won by major decision at 150, then had back to back pins at 157 and 165 to take a 35-34 lead heading to the final match.

Mangus trailed 4-1 after a period, but started the second period on bottom and had a reversal with nearfall to go up 5-4. Two escapes from Gulley put him up 6-5, but Mangus secured a takedown with 34 seconds left and was able to ride out the rest of the match.

"These type of duals unite the team," Welch said. "They are exciting, the whole bench is on their feet at the end, and it's great for the team and for camaraderie. I am just really proud of them. They are responding well and are in a good spot heading into the final part of the year."

The win was the perfect cap for what was a solid day for the Eagles, who topped Parke Heritage 74-0, Whiteland 60-11 and Western Boone 66-13 to reach the final.

The Eagles finished 6-0 in duals this week, all in a span of four days.

"This was a lot of fun today," Welch said. "We got to see some sectional opponents which is great. Noblesville came ready to scrap and they were ready to go. It was a fun dual to end the day, our guys battled hard and I am proud of them."

Zionsville has just two varsity contests remaining before the post-season — the HCC Tournament at Franklin Central next Saturday, and a dual with Warren Central on Jan. 17.

"Every one has some small details to improve on," Welch said. "We know what we have to do, we just have to continue to improve. We strive to be the best person we can be every day, and that carries over to wrestling. We aren't worried about wins and losses, just focused on being the best wrestlers we can be."

Western Boone

Western Boone finished 1-3 on the day.

They topped Parke Heritage 47-30, but fell to Whiteland 51-28, Zionsville 66-13 and Fishers 58-21.

"I'm proud of the effort our kids had," Western Boone head coach Wes Mikesell said. "We had to have several JV guys fill in today and they came in and worked hard and pushed themselves and got some good outcomes."

The Stars had some illness that forced some of their regulars to miss the tournament on Saturday.

Mikesell said that it says a lot about some of the other athletes being ready for when their number was called.

"These kids work hard in practice and they push themselves, so when their opportunities come, they are ready to step in," Mikesell said. "We haven't always had that, but it's been great the last couple of years."

Kameron Mikesell went undefeated at 144 pounds with two pins and Mason Adams went undefeated at 150 pounds with four pins.

"They have a great mindset right now," Mikesell said. "They are pushing each other and they're going to do some good things if they continue to do what they are doing. It is nice to have those two right next to each other. They have always been one and two and I think that's why they've excelled over the years, because they are always battling and pushing each other."

Cale Scagnoli picked up three wins at 106 pounds and Jacob Smith picked up three wins at 190.

Western Boone will face Parke Heritage on Tuesday, then get ready for the Sagamore Conference Tournament on Saturday.

"We are making small mistakes at all three positions right now," Mikesell said. "We have to fine tune our technique as we get ready for Saturday."

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