By Mike Deak
NAPPANEE – It shouldn’t be surprising to see Jake Lone be courted for college athletics. The NorthWood senior sorted out the offers and has made a commitment, choosing the University of Indianapolis for his wrestling career.
The Rollie Hoover Memorial Scholarship winner concluded an outstanding wrestling career this winter, working his way through the 182-pound gauntlet to a state runner-up finish. In his sparkling wrestling career, Lone medaled three times at the state finals, finishing eighth, sixth and second in consecutive years.
Overall, Lone was a three-time Northern Lakes Conference champion, three-time sectional champion, three-time regional champion, two-time semi-state runner-up and one-time semi-state champion in addition to his work at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. For his career, Lone ran up a 136-22 dual record and stands as the only wrestler in NorthWood history to place at state three times.
Not to be outdone, Lone capped his football career with a selection to the IFCA North-South All-Star Game on top of a host of local and regional football honors.
Lone also got the job done in the classroom, earning a pair of Academic All-State awards in wrestling.
Indianapolis wrestling is coached by Jason Warthan. The roster features Lone’s former teammate, Garrett Griffin, as well as Plymouth graduate Jeremy Splix.