HNHS wrestler Abbott earns trip to semi-state next weekend

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott manhandles an opponent on the way to placing third at 189 pounds at the Woodlan Semi-State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Photo by Cassie Wieckert.

Huntington North High School wrestler Zach Abbott tasted defeat for the first time this season but still earned a trip to the Indiana State Wrestling Tournament next weekend in Indianapolis.

Abbott, 36-1, placed third at 189 pounds at the Woodlan Semi-State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14, to gain admission to the state finals as a competitor.

The top four finishers from each weight class advanced to state.

Abbott went into the semi-state with a 33-0 mark and as Peru regional champion. The senior won his first two matches of the tourney before being stopped by eventual champion Drew Graber of Northridge in the semifinals. He came back, however, to defeat Travis Thatcher of Bellmont in the consolation round to claim third.

Abbott will face 28-2 Nick Hodges of Southmont in his opening round match at state.

Abbott's three teammates at semi-state weren't as fortunate in their efforts. Junior Logan Randle at 112 pounds, also a regional champion, and senior Jamie Kuehl at 171 each won their opening matches, but went out in the second round.

Randle placed sixth in his class by virtue of losing to eventual second-place finisher Steve Ross.

Heavyweight Nick Cooper, a sophomore, lost in his opening round match to Jim West of South Adams.

Randle finished his season at 35-5, Kuehl ended at 27-11 and Cooper finished 19-9.

State finals will be held Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.