By Will Willems
---- — The Zionsville wrestling team closed the regular season out on a high note Jan. 23, defeating Southmont 45-23.
The win ended the Eagles dual meet season with a record of 18-2.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well," Zionsville head coach Bob Brennan said. "It is kind of a long drive, we knew it was their senior night and Southmont has always been a quality program, but I thought we had an advantage in the upper weight classes and we did and some of the guys in our lower weights really stepped up and either won tight matches or didn't let Southmont score extra points. It was a good win and we could see some of those kids in a couple weeks at the regional so it does us good to see that."
Azariah Ellis got things started off on the right foot for Zionsville with a major decision win at 106 pounds. After Southmont got a pin at 113, Preston Mantel returned the favor at 120 pounds, giving the Eagles a 10-6 lead.
The Mounties won four of the next five matches, with the lone win for the Eagles coming at 145 pounds from Joe Banks, to take a 23-13 lead over Zionsville.
But Southmont wouldn't score again.
Shayne Haverson and Drew Williamson had back-to-back pinfall victories at 160 and 170 pounds to give Zionsville the 25-23 lead.
Scott Fuller won by forfeit at 182 and Jacob Aven won by technical fall at 195 to clinch the victory for the Eagles.
For more of this story, read the Jan. 29 edition of the Times Sentinel.