Jolas' 4th regional mat crown leads trio of Vikes to semi-state

Bailey Shockome (left), a sophomore on the Huntington North wrestling team, grapples with Rigel Jacquish of North Side in the opening round of the 145-pound weight class at the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8. Photo by Steve Clark.

Kyle Jolas claimed his fourth regional crown for the Huntington North High School wrestling team and a trio of Vikings advanced to semi-state from the Carroll Regional on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Jolas, a senior, topped the 160-pound weight class while junior Tanner Shipley and sophomore Bailey Shockome were the runners-up of the 132 and 145-pound divisions, respectively, to punch their tickets to the Snider Semi-State at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The troika helped Huntington North tally 50 points to capture sixth place at the 20-team regional, which granted advancement to the top four wresters in each weight class.

Jolas won regional as a freshman at 112 pounds, took the 138-pound title as a sophomore and won the 145-pound crown last year as a junior.

He kicked off this year's championship run with a 2:14 pin of Bishop Dwenger's Luke Severinac, then logged a 6-3 decision over Landon Hodges of Columbia City to secure a spot in the title match, where he avenged his sectional loss to Fort Wayne Wayne's Shaun Johnson with a 7-6 decision to run his record to 29-1.

Shipley used a pair of 9-2 decisions over Garrett's Jaden Barker and Leo's Isaac Eicher to advance to his weight class's title match, which he lost to Sam Lovejoy of Heritage in a 16-5 major decision that dropped him to 29-2.

Shockome produced a 3:00 pin against North Side's Rigel Jacquish and a 12-8 decision over Austin Hillman of Bishop Dwenger to set up a championship bout with Carroll's Alex Arney, which he lost in a major decision, 11-3, to fall to 20-8.

Arney's Chargers were the regional champions with 140 points. Leo's register of 92 secured runner-up honors, followed by Columbia City's 89.5, Wayne's 61, Snider's 53, the Vikings' 50, Churubusco's 45.5, Homestead's 42.5, Northrop's 34.5 and Bishop Dwenger's 28, which rounded out the top 10.

The season came to an end for freshman Zack Johnson at 106, sophomore Chandler Updike at 182 and juniors Corbin Clarke and Layne Emery, at 195 and 220, respectively, as each Viking lost his opening match.