Viking wrestlers win three crowns, place third at NE8 wrestling

Behind three weight-class championships, the Huntington North High School varsity wrestling team claimed third place at the Northeast 8 Conference Championship Meet on Friday, Jan. 18, at Huntington North.

Preston Teusch, at 113 pounds, Cody McCune, at 152, and Charlie Agnew, at 195, turned in the Vikings’ trio of first-place finishes.

After a forfeit win in the quarterfinals, Teusch, 32-1, logged a tech-fall win over Bellmont’s Dominic Litchfield in semifinals. The sophomore then pinned Jacob Veatch, of Leo, in 3:27 to capture the 113-pound title.

In quarterfinal action, McCune, 29-4, made quick work of Carter Miller, pinning the DeKalb wrestler in 42 seconds. Next, the junior felled East Noble’s Garner Owens, doing so in 2:59. McCune then beat Gage Schuckman, of Norwell, via major decision, 10-2, to stand atop the podium at 152 pounds.

Agnew, 31-1, kicked off his championship run with a pin of DeKalb’s Dylan Rodman in 39 seconds. In semifinals, the senior won by major decision, 10-0, over Justin Poepple, of Leo. Agnew then beat Norwell’s Cale Gray, 7-4, to take the 195-pound crown.

Christian Graft earned runner-up honors for Huntington North at 220 pounds. The senior, 22-8, started things off with a pin of Columbia City’s Ian Clifford in 3:46. He then won by fall versus Jared Cross, of Norwell, in 5:05. In the finals, Graft got dispatched by Leo’s Jayden Elwood, losing 9-0.

Junior Brady Lewis, at 106, junior Darryn Kuhl, at 120, and sophomore Matthew Kline, at 145, each posted third place finishes for the Vikings. Senior Ricky Haught placed fourth in 132-pound action. Sophomore Michael Kline, at 138, and junior Trent Smith, at 285, both had fifth place showings. Sophomore Jamie Blackstone rounded out the team’s placers with a sixth place outing.

Leo won the conference title with a register of 206 points. Bellmont was second with a tally of 181.5, followed by Huntington North, 177; Norwell, 166; East Noble, 153.5; Columbia City, 113; DeKalb, 104.5; and New Haven, 85.