By Chris Siers
SHELBYVILLE — In a night that featured all three county schools on the mat in Rick Insell Gymnasium, it was the Cascade Champions who etched their name into the plaque as the 2023 county champions.
The Champs defeated Shelbyville in a convincing margin, 48-28, but fell to Community by three points.
With Shelbyville beating Community, 50-30, the champion was determined by dual points totals.
In the their two matches, the Champions totaled 87 points, besting Shelbyville Central, who finished with 78, while Community totaled 72.
Head-to-head, Cascade picked up its biggest margin of victory, defeating Shelbyville 48-28.
Of the first five matches, the Eagles picked up four wins, with Logan McBee and Jage Chaiping pinning their respective opponents, while Ethan Lundy and Jaydyn Blackstock picked up wins via forfeit.
Dylan Warren was the lone win for Cascade in that stretch as he pinned Chandler Cates in the heavyweight class.
But after the Eagles’ hot start, Cascade flipped the script and of the following six matches wrestled out on the mat, five went for wins via pin for the Champs.
Briston Moore, Vayden Moore, Trenton Giel, Chase Sutter, Hayden Dowell and Isaac Chapa all won via pin.
Keaton Woodard was the lone Eagle victory in the final several matches, claiming a 13-5 major decision over Christian Casey.
Against the Vikings, it was a much closer effort that saw the Purple and Gold take a 42-39 win over the Champs.
Dowell and Chapa both picked up pins against James Bowling and Reed Wallace at the 190 and 215 pound weight classes.
Dylan Warren picked up a win via forfeit at heavyweight, but things turned on a dime in favor of the Purple and Gold.
The Vikings followed by winning four-straight and six of the final 10 matches to take the three-point win over the Champs.
Tristan Perry picked up a win at the 120-pound weight class, Owen Williamson defeated Bryson Redd at 138 and Jackson Harris defeated Dominic Sanchez at 150.
Ethan Eynon’s win over Bradley Lewis secured the victory in favor of the Vikings.
While Community earned a thrilling win over the Champions, it was Shelbyville Central who took the 20-point victory over the Purple and Gold.
Chandler Cates gave the Eagles a win via forfeit at heavyweight, while Logan McBee had a second win of the night at 215.
Nathan Zimmerman also added a win via pin at 175.
Cascade 48, Shelbyville 28
Community 42, Cascade 39
SCHS 50, Community 30