By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — It wasn't a perfect showing for the Zionsville wrestling team Saturday, Feb. 8 at the North Montgomery Wrestling Regional.
But it was a solid performance that saw the Eagles advance six out of eight wrestlers to the Feb. 15's New Castle Semi-State.
"I thought we wrestled OK, but it wasn't our best," Zionsville head coach Bob Brennan said. "We had a couple kids not wrestle their best in the first round and ended with one less champ and had a couple lower places than last week. Maybe we have to go back and look at what we did in practice and try and improve as coaches to get the kids ready. We had some kids wrestle really well, but we want to crisp in up a little bit."
The six advancers was the fourth most in the regional.
Zionsville produced two champions on the day, Jacob Aven at 195 pounds and Christian Warner at 220 pounds. The two champions were tied for second most in the regional.
Aven defeated Robert Manns of Crawfordsville 9-2 in the finals, while Warner defeated Georges Brantley of Hamilton Southeastern for the second-straight week in the final, this time by the score of 6-3.
"They both had excellent matches in the finals," Brennan said. "The big thing for them will be looking to see what their draws are and then be ready to go. Next week is the big one. You have to take advantage of the draws you get and win those tough matches in the medal round. Both of them put themselves in a good position."
Zionsville had two other finalists, Preston Mantel at 120 pounds and Drew Hobick at 285 pounds, but both lost in their championship matches.
Mantel fell to Edrece Stansberry 10-4 in the finals, while Hobick lost to Chet Maxey 5-3.
For more of this story, read the Feb. 12 edition of the Times Sentinel.