Jolas heads to state wrestling tourney for fourth time

Huntington North’s 132-pound wrestler Tanner Shipley (bottom) is in a precarious spot against Goshen’s Joel Byler in the first round of the Snider Semi-State on Saturday, Feb. 15. Shipley eventually turned the tables on Byler, beating him 4-2. Photo by Steve Clark.

Huntington North High School senior wrestler Kyle Jolas earned runner-up honors in the 160-pound weight class at the Snider Semi-State on Saturday, Feb. 15, to advance to the state wrestling tournament for the fourth time.

Jolas will be the Vikings' lone representative at the season's final meet, after teammates Tanner Shipley and Bailey Shockome, wrestling at 132 and 145 pounds, respectively, both failed to capture one of their weight class's four advancing spots out of semi-state, which was held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne.

Jolas' quest for a state title begins Friday, Feb. 15, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, with the first round commencing at 6 p.m. and quarterfinals beginning the next day at 9:30 a.m.

Jolas kicked off his run to the championship match with a 1:26 pin of Taylor's Logan Sarber, then recorded a 6-2 decision over Nick Ritchie of Elkhart Memorial, followed by an 11-2 major decision against Bellmont's Bryce Baumgartner to set up a title bout with Rhett Hiestand, of Yorktown. Jolas lost, 4-0, to pick up his second defeat against 32 wins while Hiestand improved to 43-2.

Shipley began his day with a 4-2 decision over Goshen's Joel Byler. In semifinals, the junior ran into Logan Campbell, of Yorktown, who produced a tech fall 5:10 into the match to end Shipley's season at 30-3. Campbell was the weight class's eventual champion, running his record to 40-8.

Shockome, a sophomore, failed to advance past the opening round, losing to Bellmont's Logan Neher by way of tech fall in 4:28.

Shockome ends his season with a 20-9 mark.

Yorktown captured the team title with 110 points. Coach Kyle Wood's took 19th with a register of 15.