Lakers beat Chiefs in wrestling


The Indian Lake wrestling program hosted Bellefontaine in the “Battle of the Lake” Wednesday evening.

The K-6 youth clubs, middle school, and high school teams from both schools competed.

Indian Lake also celebrated its lone senior Reece Martin. She was able to walk across the mat at home in front of a full gymnasium with her family.

IL Senior Reece Martin with family

The youth clubs kicked off the action with an exciting round of wrestling.

Indian Lake and Bellefontaine youth wrestlers competing

Indian Lake won the middle school duel, defeating Bellefontaine 41-33.

For the Lakers, Brayden Riffell, JJ Shirk, Dreyden Cooley, Jordan Henderson, Bronx Dickson, Dawson Stevenson, and Aaron Rapp all won matches.

The Chiefs saw Eli Deal (92 – pin), Nicholas Beair (122 – forfeit), Trystin Wilson (134 – major decision), Aven Caudill (142 – forfeit), Bryson Chrisman (150 – pin), and Noah Torsell (172 – exhibition pin) each pickup wins.

Aaron Rapp with the victory

In the varsity contest, Indian Lake won decisively by a final score of 66-18.

Picking up wins for the Lakers were: Ke’Shawn Blackwell, Caleb Shaffer, Gavin Henry, Czar Dickson, Landen Wisener, Brody Parsell, Zander Davis, Ryan Culp, Owen Pummel, Adrian Crumley, and Dylan Valerio.

Also securing exhibition wins were Chris Timms, Kylee Haude, Tori Roby, and Reece Martin.

Dylan Valerio

For Bellefontaine, Jared Young (106 – pin), Zane Tevis ( 132 – pin), and Mason Cook (157 – forfeit) each picked up a victory.

“Indian Lake has a nice team,” said BHS head coach Aaron LaBatt. “They qualified to the state duels, so we knew tonight would be tough. Unfortunately, it ended up being a little worse than we had hoped. I thought the program duel was great. We had an awesome atmosphere and I think the youth kids for both teams had a great time.”

Indian Lake’s Middle School will hit the mat again Saturday at the Bunsold Invitational in Marysville while the Laker varsity girls travel to the Ridgedale Girls tournament.