In the final test before the conference and sectional tournaments take center stage, Wawasee passed again with flying colors.
The Warriors had six class champions to stack up 361.5 points to win the Adams Central Invite. Culver Academy, one of the teams in the upcoming Plymouth Sectional in two weeks, was runner-up with 270 points and Bishop Dwenger was third at 255.5 points.
Jace Alexander, Chris Schuller, Braxton Alexander, Alex Castro, Damien Rodriguez and Ricky Nelson were all weight class champs for the Warriors, with Garrett Stuckman, Geremia Brooks and Xavier Ortiz were all runners-up. All 14 of Wawasee’s wrestlers were top-four finishers at the invite.
Wawasee’s regular season concludes at 27-1 overall and champions of the Wawasee November Duals, the LaPorte and Warsaw Duals, the Adams Central Invite and the IHSWCA Team State.
Up next is the Northern Lakes Conference Championships next Saturday at NorthWood.
Wawasee got great games from Casey Schroeder and Aubrey Kuhn to zip past Elkhart Memorial, 46-36, in Northern Lakes Conference basketball.
Schroeder poured in 19 points and Kuhn had a full night as well with a season-high 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Kuhn had 11 of her points in the second half and was 6-8 from the line down the stretch. Schroeder was white hot in the first quarter, scoring 10 points and had 13 by halftime.
Hannah-Marie Lamle added eight points and four boards and Kabrea Rostochak finished with nine points, three helpers and two blocks.
Cydney Lapczynski paced Memorial (9-8) with 10 points. Memorial has lost three straight after winning nine of its previous 11 games. Wawasee (9-9) wins its first NLC game, improving to 1-4 in the conference.
The JV also enjoyed a comfortable win, building a 49-24 result. Morgan Adkins had 10 points and three steals to highlight the Wawasee (5-12) output. Ella Beezley finished with nine points and five boards, McKenzie Smith had seven points and four boards, and Danielle Jenkins added seven points and two steals.
Wawasee will head to Whitko Tuesday night.
Wawasee’s freshman team continued to roll, winning 45-16 Saturday morning over Jimtown.
Adam Beer led the charge with 10 points, with Kam Salazar at seven points, Ethan Carey and Brandon Tayagua with six points and Gavin Wilson with five points.
Wawasee moves to 11-2 overall and will host Plymouth on Thursday.
Wawasee placed second in Saturday’s Plymouth Invite, but were well back of champion DeKalb.
Wawasee scored 102.975 to trump both Northwestern and Angola for the runner-up spot, but DeKalb were the class of the invite with 106.175 points. DeKalb used the top two all-around scores in the meet from Shiloh Miller at 36.45 and Sarah Boyd at 35.95 to run up its championship total.
Boyd and Wawasee’s Reagan Atwood tied for the top spot on beam at 9.3 while Northwestern’s Catie Smith had the top score on vault at 9.35, bars at 9.05 and floor at 9.4, where she tied Miller. Smith was third in all-around at 35.7.
Atwood was fifth in the all-around at 35.075, her other top-five was a fifth-place tally of 8.6 on vault, which tied teammate Jada Parzygnot. Parzygnot herself was fourth in the meet with a 35.575 all-around, taking third on bars at 8.75, fourth on beam at 9.1 and third on floor at 9.125.
Wawasee will be in action Tuesday at West Noble.