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Mitch Rusch was named Wrestler of the Week by Head Coach Spencer Adams.Mitch Rusch was named Wrestler of the Week by Head Coach Spencer Adams.

Wrestlers finish strong at Manchester

     The “Grappling Patriots” were recently in action at the 2014 Indiana Little State Championships at Manchester University, located in Manchester, Ind. The Patriots had 11 wrestlers place eighth or better in the tournament.

     “It was a great weekend for our guys, we had 11 placers, so everyone got at least one win” said head coach Spencer Adams. “It was a great weekend because not only did everyone get a win, but everyone was challenged in every one of their matches” noted Adams.

     Garrett Harding, a freshman from Uhrichsville, Ohio, continued his hot streak posting a 4-1 record over the weekend and finished runner-up in the heavyweight. Harding was labeled as the No. 1 seed in the heavyweight division and was undefeated heading into the championship match, but was defeated in the championship by Dustin Kult from Manchester University. Harding is now 12-1 on the season after posting a 4-1 record over the weekend.

     Zack Ladich, a freshman from Rootstown, Ohio, wrestled in the 174 pound weight class. Ladich recorded a 3-1 record and finished second in the 174. Ladich is redshirting this year and head coach Spencer Adams noted, “If he keeps up the hard works and keeps improving, then he could win a national title next year.” Ladich, like Harding, was undefeated heading into the championship match, but was defeated by Conner Lefever from Wabash College.

     Other Individual Placers:
     • David Hernandez (125): 8th
     • John Hernandez (125): 4th
     • Andrew Lenz (133): 5th
     • Daniel Reed (157): 8th
     • Bernard Ray (175): 5th
     • Zach Ladich (174): 2nd
     • Brandon Breezley (184): 7th
     • Ci'Vaughn Green (184): 4th
     • Brian Carman (197): 4th
     • Garrett Harding (285): 2nd

     “Everyone had their bright moments even though they were facing tough competition. We had several unseeded guys beat guys that were seeded” noted Adams. He also noted his teams progress saying, “We’re still on pace to be where we need to be to compete in region and nationals.”

     “The support from all the fans that traveled to Manchester was great all weekend. It was great to see all of the fan support, it really gave the guys an extra boost”

     The Patriots will return to action this Saturday when they compete in the Warrior Duals at Indiana Tech, located in Fort Wayne, Ind. They will start at 9 AM against the University of Great Falls (Mont.), at 10:30 AM they battle Missouri Baptist University, then at 1 PM they wrestle Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.), and in their final match they take on Baker University (Kan.) at 3:30 PM.
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