Teams from all over the state came to Zionsville for the annual Eagle Wrestling Invite Saturday, Dec. 14.
After a slow start in the morning, the Eagle wrestlers bounced back to place second with 159.5 points. Brownsburg won the team title with 170 points.
"We started off the morning not wrestling really well," Zionsville head coach Bob Brennan said. "We brought the kids back up to the room to talk to them about how we weren't happy and I thought they responded really well in the last two rounds. We ended climbing from sixth to second which was good and we had three champions, which I was happy with because we haven't had that many in a while. I was pretty happy. It was a tough field and the weather had us worried for a while, but overall it was good, but we don't want to waste those first two rounds and wrestle a lot tougher in those morning rounds."
Brennan said the focus of his wrestlers was much better after their meeting in the middle of the tournament.
"We just told the kids to refocus," Brennan said. "We just weren't seeing it and we were kind of embarrassing ourselves because we weren't wrestling the Zionsville way. I thought the kids responded to that. They know they are better than what they showed in the morning. They came back, showed some pride and decided they weren't going to accept not wrestling well."
Zionsville had three individual champions on the day.
Shayne Haverson remained unbeaten in winning the title at 160 pounds.
Haverson defeated Levi Scott of Western Boone 16-3, Sawyer Hallas of Chesteron 5-4, Will VanHook of Evansville Reitz 10-9 and Luis Avila of Brownsburg 17-4.
For more of this story, read the Dec. 18 edition of the Times Sentinel.