By Will Willems
---- — It is beginning to become an annual occurrence for the Zionsville wrestling team.
For the fourth-straight year, Zionsville won the Old Capitol Classic at Corydon on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The Eagles scored 334 team points, 63 more than second-place Floyd Central.
The win was especially gratifying for the Eagles after missing most of the week because of the winter storm.
"We definitely felt it in the first round," Zionsville head coach Bob Brennan said. "We only practiced Thursday and Friday and we were lucky to have those and the kids were a little sluggish. But we got rolling in the second and third rounds. In the finals, we only lost a couple of matches and the team ended up winning by a nice margin. We were very pleased with how we wrestled after a short break."
Brennan said it was tough for the team because they were in the middle of their tough preparations for the conference meet and postseason.
"It was pretty tough because we try to have peak training and we right in the middle of wrestling hard and preparing for these next couple of weeks," Brennan said. "Four days off doesn't seem that bad, but it was a killer. We talked to the kids about making sure they were on a treadmill or getting on a bike to make sure to keep their fitness. The southern part of the state wasn't as bad so they were a little better off early."
Zionsville had three individual champions on the day — Sam Kern at 126 pounds, Jacob Aven at 195 pounds and Christian Warner at 220 pounds.
Kern defeated Terry Crowl of Floyd Central in the championship round by the score of 6-1. Aven pinned Nathan Moore of Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay and Warner pinned John Helfert of Evansville Central.
For more of this story, read the Jan. 15 edition of the Times Sentinel.