NOBLESVILLE – Logan Wagner has never lacked confidence on the wrestling mat.
But now he may have a little bit more.
Wagner won the Hoosier Crossroads Conference title at 138 pounds on Saturday afternoon, pinning second-ranked Drake Campbell of Brownsburg in the third period to get a signature win.
“Logan is a tremendous athlete and is really unique,” Zionsville head coach Doug Welch said. “He is such a gamer. It doesn’t matter who he is facing, he believes he is going to win whenever he hits the mat. (Campbell) is a tough kid, he is second in the state, and this just showed the belief Logan has and he can take a lot from it.”
It was the cap of a dominate day for Wagner, who pinned Noblesville’s Cesar Sierra and tech falled Jake Lemieux of HSE in the semifinals.
In the final, he had a back-and-forth match with Campbell, but was down 3-2 in the third period when he got a takedown right to Campbell’s back.
“We are super excited for him,” Welch said. “He is doing all the right things in practice and it’s showing. Logan is in such good shape and he was able to drag the match into deep waters and take advantage of that.”
Zionsville added another champion two weight classes later when Shane Bates topped Jacob Cookerly of Brownsburg 4-3 in the final.
Bates pinned Avon’s Trent Richards in the opening round and then topped Westfield’s Alec McLarin 9-4 in a tight match.
“This was great for Shane,” Welch said. “When we go on and wrestle in the sectional, regional, semi-state, those are the type of close matches you have to win. Shane does a great job with his technique and gameplanning and his leadership has been great for us.”
Bates didn’t place as a freshman at the HCC Tourney and was third this year.
But this summer he put the time in and is seeing the results.
“The biggest area of growth is the belief in himself,” Welch said. “He spent a lot of time this summer on the mats. He went to Fargo this summer to see some tough competition and trained really hard. He invested the time and put in the work and his belief is through the roof.”
As a team, the Eagles placed fifth with 150 points, and were just four points out of third.
Brownsburg won with 252, with HSE placing second with 173.5.
“I’m really proud of our guys,” Welch said. “They really brought it today. The HCC is the toughest conference in the state, every weight class is tough and our guys went in there and battled and competed really well.”
Along with the two champions, the Eagles got a second-place finish at 160 pounds from Luke Davis.
Davis pinned Nolan Fitzgerald of Noblesville in the opening round, then beat Avon’s Nolan McAfee 5-0.
In the final, he faced returning state placer Peyton Asbury and lost 4-2 in sudden victory.
“He had a good day,” Welch said. “He wrestled really well in the final against a returning state placer. Luke did a good job with his technique and pushing his offense. When he is focused and dialed in, he is really tough to beat. He needs to bring that mindset every time he is on the mat.”
Zionsville got a third-place finish from Hudson Harreld at 132 pounds.
At 113 pounds, Richard Keesee placed fourth.
The Eagles also got fourth-place finishes from Vincent McDonald (145), Chase Poynter (170) and Cam McDaniel (285).
Zionsville has one final dual on Friday night at home against North Montgomery, then gears up for the post-season.
“We just want to enjoy these last few weeks we have together as a team,” Welch said. “I think we are peaking at the right time. We want to make sure that we are in the best shape we can be in, then be ready to battle in the post-season.”