Prep roundup for Monday, Feb. 5

Feb. 5—Six Kokomo Tribune-area wrestlers scored championships at Saturday's Peru Regional and a total of 21 locals qualified from the regional to next Saturday's Fort Wayne Regional at the Allen County Coliseum.

Western scored three champions as Mitchell Betz, Tye Linser and Tanner Tishner each won his weight class. Also standing atop the podium were Kokomo's Jalen Sawyer-May, Maconaquah's Ethan Farnell and Peru's Trevi Hillman-Conley.

Western is taking five to the semistate, led by its trio of champions. Wrestlers needed to finish in the top four of their weight class to advance.

Linser (29-2) had the most dominant day of any local champion as no opponent made it out of the opening round on his march to the 132-pound title. He pinned Huntington North's Sawyer Teusch in 1:53 in the quarterfinals, pinned Oak Hill's Devon Adkins in :53 in the semis, and pinned Lewis Cass' Eli Bowyer in :57 in the championship match.

Betz (33-1) was almost as dominant in winning the 157-pound class. He pinned Northfield's Layne Denton in :52 in the quarters, pinned Marion's Conner Kissell in 2:41 of the semis, then won the title match via a 14-4 major decision over Oak Hill's Will Warnock.

Tishner (30-2) won the title at 120. He beat Cass' Elliott Grist by a 17-2 tech fall in the quarters, beat Maconaqah's Brayden Raber 12-0 in the semis, and edged North Miami's Jordan Korreckt 4-3 in the final.

Also for the Panthers, Liam Bumgardner (19-6) took third at 138 and Brady Shannon (23-18) took fourth at 113.

Western was second in the team points race. Oak Hill won with 140, Western scored 88, North Miami was third with 81, Maconaquah fourth with 71 and Kokomo fifth with 53.5. Peru was ninth (40.5), Tri-Central 11th (26), Cass 17th (16) and Eastern 18th (11.).

Maconaquah is also taking five to the semistate, led by 175-pound champ Ethan Farnell (36-1). Farnell pinned Western's Brody Burns in :56, pinned Tri-Central's Cory Dowden in 2:30, and beat North Miami's Hartley Hoover 6-0 in the final.

Mac's Ty Galvin (29-7) was second at 150, Austin Ringeison (29-7) was second at 190, Raber (32-5) was third at 120, and Alex Ousley (28-9) was fourth at 126.

Four Wildkats reached the semistate, led by 113-pound champion Jalen Sawyer-May (11-0). He opened with a 16-1 tech fall win over Tippecanoe Valley's Kodiak Hillen, pinned Mississinewa's Ian McVicker, and then won the championship 8-4 over North Miami's Braylon McIntire.

Also for the Kats, David Conner (42-7) was second at 144, Chad Washburn (50-2) was third at 190, and Gabe Newland (36-14) was fourth at 138.

Peru has three in the semistate, led by heavyweight champion Trevi-Hillman-Conley (28-5). His 3-2 quarterfinal victory over Western's Garrett Heady was his tightest match of the day. He then pinned Oak Hill's Conner Fernandes in :52 and pinned Tri-Central's Patrick Kinney in 1:17.

Also for Peru, 150-pounder Isaiah Korba (17-17) was third and Glen Baldwin (22-13) took fourth at 132.

For Tri-Central, Kinney (35-3) took second at heavyweight and Dowden (34-6) was fourth at 175.

Cass' Eli Boywer (26-7) was second at 132.

Eastern's Andrew Cavazos (30-6) finished third at 215.


Three Tipton wrestlers advanced from the Pendleton Heights Regional. Zane Emberton (22-6) was second at 106 pounds, Branson Adkins (17-5) was second at 175, and William Wolford (22-14) was fourth at 165. They qualified for next Saturday's New Castle Regional.



Kellen Greer scored 23 points to lead Northwestern past visiting Southwood in the teams' annual matchup. Next season, Northwestern will join Southwood in the Three Rivers Conference.

With the Tigers leading 15-8 after the first quarter, Greer scored 16 points over the middle two quarters to help the Tigers extend to a 55-38 lead. He had two 3-pointers in the second quarter and two more in the third quarter. Blake Wise added a 12-point scoring flurry in the third quarter.

The Tigers backed Greer with balance as Wise had 17 points and Preston Sims had 16. Brock Shank chipped in six.

At 10-5, Northwestern has its most wins in a season since the 2019-20 team went 17-5.

Bryce Wilcox led Southwood (4-12) with 18 points.

Northwestern hosts another future TRC rival, Whitko, on Friday.


Class 2A No. 1-ranked Tipton broke away from a 29-all halftime tie to beat Shenandoah 69-46 on the Raiders' floor.

Junior point guard Grady Carpenter led the Blue Devils with an all-around line of 24 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals. He made 10 of 16 shots, including 3 of 4 from 3-land.

Also for Tipton, Nolan Swan canned four 3-pointers, scored 19 points and dished five assists and Jackson Money contributed 11 points and three assists.

Tipton (17-1) hosts Blackford on Tuesday. Shenandoah dropped to 8-8.


Maconaquah junior guard Josiah Ball exploded for a school-record 50 points to highlight the Braves' victory over the visiting Panthers.

Ball scored six points in the first quarter, 13 in the second quarter, 13 again in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth quarter. He made 19 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and was 8 of 10 at the foul line.

Bauer Maple held the previous Mac scoring record of 46 points, against Oak Hill last season.

Ball's huge game helped the Braves break loose from the Panthers. The Braves led 22-18 after the first quarter, 52-44 at halftime and 70-57 after the third quarter.

Also for Mac (11-4), A.J. Kelly scored 18 points.

For Western (4-14), Sam Thurston drilled six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Hudson Biggs scored 16 points, Aidan Quillen had 13 points and Logan Nelson had 11.

Mac hosts Carroll on Tuesday. Western's next game is Saturday at Peru.

CP 42, TAYLOR 40

Taylor came up two points short at Clinton Prairie in a battle for the Hoosier Heartland Conference lead.

Prairie took control in the first half as the Gophers led 11-7 after one quarter and 24-13 at halftime. The Titans closed to within five, 30-25, by the close of the third quarter and kept battling to the finish.

The Gophers moved to 5-0 in the HHC while the Titans dropped to 5-1.

Jake McGraw led Prairie (13-2 overall) with 18 points.

Javionne Harris led Taylor (14-5) with 11 points and six rebounds. Drey McClatchey and Connor Binnion had eight points apiece and Keyshawn Galloway had seven points. Binnion dished five assists.

Taylor hosts Tri-Central on Friday.


The Kings edged the visiting Zebras in Three Rivers Conference play.

Cass (6-11 overall) moved to 2-6 in league play while Rochester (8-7) dropped to 4-2.

Cass hosts North Miami on Friday to close league play.



Kokomo's Megan Leavitt won the all-around competition in a meet at Gymnastics Company in Indianapolis. It was a dual meet between host Roncalli and New Castle with Leavitt competing as an individual.

Leavitt had an all-around score of 35.0. She was second on vault (8.65), first on bars (8.85), first on beam (8.85) and second on floor (8.65). Eight gymnasts qualified for the all-around by competing in all four events.

"It was a great Saturday of competition against Roncalli and New Castle," Kokomo coach Heather Leavitt said. "Megan tied her high school personal bests on vault and floor and made some improvements from last week."


Northwestern took third at the Lafayette Jeff Invitational. Karsyn Schoolman led the Tigers, taking second in the all-around competition. She won the floor exercise, was third on bars, fifth on balance beam and eighth on vault. Emma Baker was ninth all-around after taking fourth on vault and sixth on bars.