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Horn wins club wrestling triple crown

Brant Beck, Brady Beck also win state freestyle titles


Sports Editor, RTC

Boys soccer

The Rochester School Board was expected to hire Elmer Roque as its new boys soccer coach at Monday’s meeting.

Roque spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach and JV head coach at Argos. The Dragons won the 2019 Class 1A state title and were the 1A state runners-up in 2020.

A committee consisting of principal Oscar Haughs, athletic director Ryan Johnson and girls soccer coach Chantal Rensberger interviewed candidates and selected Roque.

Brent Markley was expected to join Roque’s staff as a varsity assistant. Markley has spent the previous three seasons as a varsity assistant at Argos. Cristian Moncada will be a volunteer assistant.

In another coaching move that occurred at the board meeting, Tanner Fernung will be an assistant football coach at Rochester Middle School.


Layne Horn became the first wrestler in Rochester Zebra Wrestling Club history to win state titles in Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco at the Indiana State Wrestling Association State Championships last month.

In addition to Horn, Brant Beck and Brady Beck also won state freestyle titles.

Horn wrestles in the Schoolboy 87 weight class, Brant Beck won the Schoolboy 149 title, and Brady Beck won the Cadet 220 title.

Among other Rochester wrestlers, Jadyn Geller finished second in the Cadet 122-126 class, and Declan Gard was fourth in the Schoolboy 165 class.

Greyson Gard (Cadet 152), Aaron Swango (Junior 132), Eli Swango (Junior 170) and Alex Deming (Junior 195) all did not place.

Middle school golf

RMS girls win RRC title; boys take 6th: The Rochester Middle School girls golf team won the Running Rivers Conference title with a 212 at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek. Runner-up Wabash finished 51 strokes back.

Four Lady Zs made the all-RRC team by finishing in the top 10. Olivia Bailey was fourth with a 41, Ava Thomas was fourth with a 44, KayLea McCarty was seventh with a 62, and Abbi Darling tied for 10th with a 65.

Emma Bays added a 67.

In the boys tournament, Rochester shot a 260 and finished sixth out of seven complete teams. They had no all-conference golfers. Mason Conrad shot a 59, Ben Gentry had a 64, Ashton Musselman had a 67, and Chas Warpenburg had a 70.

Piercy Dyer of Maconaquah (39) and Tyson Baer of Northfield (38) were the girls and boys conference medalists, respectively.

Rochester 210, Logansport 212 (May 11): The Rochester Middle School coed golf team shot a 210 and edged Logansport by two strokes at Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek May 11.

Olivia Bailey shot a 42, Ava Thomas shot a 47, Mason Conrad had a 60, Ashton Musselman had a 61, and Ben Gentry had a 62 for Rochester.

The Rochester “B” team shot a 265. Emma Bays had a 64, KayLea McCarty and Alexis Haughs each had a 66, and Abbi Darling and Rilyn Strasser each had a 69.

Adam Reinhold added a 69, and Chas Warpenburg had a 70.

Rochester 225, Tippecanoe Valley 283 (girls, April 30)

Tippecanoe Valley 203, Rochester 274 (boys, April 30)

Olivia Bailey shot a 44 and Ava Thomas had a 45 for the Rochester Middle School girls golf team in a win over Valley on April 30.

Bailey’s round included five pars. Thomas birdied No. 13 and also had three pars. KayLea McCarty had a 67, Alexis Haughs had a 69, and Rilyn Strasser had a 70.

Kenlee Long led Valley with a 69. Bailey Anderson had a 70, and Ellis Overbey, Maris Overbey and Taylor Long each had a 72.

In the boys match, Wes Parker shot a 44 and Ethan Young had a 45 to lead Valley to the win. Evan Bollinger had a 54, Landon Patrick had a 60, and Ian Cooksey had a 69.

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