Shambaugh, Owens advance to first semistate; McBrier, Hammer move on for 2nd straight year
Culver’s Falk loses by fall in first round
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
Four Tippecanoe Valley wrestlers advanced to semistate from the Penn regional Saturday.
Galvin Shambaugh (106) and Bazle Owens (195) will make their first career semistate trips while Branson McBrier (152) and Brandon Hammer (182) earned a semistate ticket for the second straight year.
Hammer finished third in his weight class. Shambaugh, McBrier and Owens finished fourth in their weight classes.
The top four in each weight class advanced to the East Chicago semistate at 10 a.m. Eastern this Saturday.
Hammer, a Three Rivers Conference and sectional champion, officially earned his semistate ticket when South Bend St. Joe’s John Aranowski forfeited. He then lost to Warsaw’s Brandon Estepp 14-7 in the semifinals before bouncing back to beat Penn’s Josiah Williams 3-0 and take third.
Shambaugh won his ticket match by fall in 4:36 over Mishawaka’s Blayke Woods in his ticket match but then lost by fall to Penn’s Dylan Bennett in 1:48 and to South Bend Riley’s Adriel Macedo in 4:51 in the third-place match.
McBrier needed only 1:47 to pin Mishawaka Marian’s Nate Roder and secure his semistate spot. He then lost to Mishawaka’s Keagen Mabie by fall in 2:32 in the semifinals and to Penn’s Grant Mallery by a 10-6 decision in the third-place match.
Owens, a sophomore, took down Mishawaka senior Garrett Sandefur 12-7 in his ticket match before losing to undefeated Juan Grange from Penn by fall in 5:43 in the semifinals and to South Bend Riley senior Ahmad Al-Khalil 6-3 in the third-place match.
Valley wrestlers losing their ticket match at Penn included Drake Montelongo (120), who lost by fall in 43 seconds to South Bend Clay’s Maxx Szucx; Jacob Manns (138), who lost by fall in 33 seconds to Mishawaka’s Andrew Sinkovics; Darren Crump (145), who lost by fall in 19 seconds to Mishawaka’s Cameron Powell; Dalton Alber (220), who lost by fall in 3:57 to Penn’s Peyton Kendall; and Ian Becker (HWT), who lost a 7-1 decision to Penn’s Brock Donati.
Barrett Heller (113) and Jadyn Virgil (160) both qualified for the regional but did not wrestle.
Valley scored 33 points and finished seventh out of 16 teams. Penn won the regional on their home mats with 244 points. Penn won their 10th regional in the last 11 years.
Culver sophomore Owen Falk, the other area wrestler participating at Penn, lost to Mishawaka freshman Zar Walker by fall in 1:24 in his 120-pound ticket match.
PENN WRESTLING REGIONAL RESULTS: Penn 244, Mishawaka 168, Wawasee 126, South Bend Riley 69, Plymouth 63.5, Warsaw 61, VALLEY 33, Triton 25, Culver Academy 23, South Bend Clay 8, CULVER 0, LaVille 0, Mishawaka Marian 0, South Bend Adams 0, South Bend St. Joe 0, South Bend Washington 0
106 – Galvin Shambaugh – fourth
def. Woods (Mishawaka), fall, 4:36
lost to Bennett (Penn), fall, 1:48
lost to Macedo (South Bend Riley), fall, 4:51
113 – Barrett Heller – did not wrestle
120 – Drake Montelongo – DNP
lost to Szucx (South Bend Clay), fall, 0:43
138 – Jacob Manns – DNP
lost to Sinkovics (Mishawaka), fall, 0:33
145 – Darren Crump – DNP
lost to Powell (Mishawaka), fall, 0:19
152 – Branson McBrier – fourth
def. Roder (Mishawaka Marian), fall, 1:47
lost to Mabie (Mishawaka), fall, 2:32
lost to Mallery (Penn), 10-6
160 – Jadyn Virgil – did not wrestle
182 – Brandon Hammer – third
def. Aranowski (South Bend St. Joe), forfeit
lost to Estepp (Warsaw), 14-7
def. Williams (Penn), 3-0
195 – Bazle Owens – fourth
def. Sandefur (Mishawaka), 12-7
lost to Grange (Penn), fall, 5:43
lost to Al-Khalil (South Bend Riley), 6-3
220 – Dalton Alber – DNP
lost to Kendall (Penn), fall, 3:57
HWT – Ian Becker – DNP
lost to Donati (Penn), 7-1
120 – Owen Falk – DNP
lost to Walker (Mishawaka), fall, 1:24
PENN WRESTLING REGIONAL INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS
106 – Dylan Bennett (Penn), 113 – Bryce Denton (Penn), 120 – Zar Walker (Mishawaka), 126 – Matteo Vargo (Penn), 132 – Logan Stuckman (Wawasee), 138 – Jace Alexander (Wawasee), 145 – Cameron Powell (Mishawaka), 152 – Keagen Mabie (Mishawaka), 160 – A.J. Steenbeke (Penn), 170 – Pate Eastin (Penn), 182 – Cody Timmerman (Mishawaka), 195 – Eli Pack (Culver Academy), 220 – Peyton Kendall (Penn), HWT – Brock Donati (Penn)
VALLEY FIRST-ROUND SEMISTATE MATCHES
106 – Galvin Shambaugh vs. Ashton Jackson (LaPorte)
Potential ticket match: E’Shawn Tolbert (Portage)
(NOTE: Jackson is ranked No. 7, and Tolbert is ranked No. 23.)
152 – Branson McBrier vs. Tristen Hood (Harrison (West Lafayette))
Potential ticket match: Nick Vargas (Hammond Morton)
182 – Brandon Hammer vs. Dalian Reece (Twin Lakes)
Potential ticket match: Gavin Layman (Chesterton), ranked No. 4
195 – Bazle Owens vs. Justin Sawyer (Hobart)
Potential ticket match: Daeveon Cheeks (Lafayette Jeff)