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Browning leads Wildcats at Classic

By Tyler Whittamore, Sports Editor

CONNERSVILLE – Franklin County picked up one second place finish and a pair of third place finishes during the annual Spartan Classic wrestling duals at Connersville Middle School last weekend. The two-day event at the Spartan Bowl is one of the iconic tournaments in the state of Indiana.

Franklin County finished in 12th place overall at the Spartan Classic with 112 team points. The top finisher for FC was Stevie Browning. The Wildcat posted a record of 4-1 overall, only losing in the finals of the 152-lb. division.

Browning began the tournament by advancing via forfeit in the first round. In the second round, the Wildcat picked up a pin over Connersville's Blake Bushey. That was the first of three straight falls to go in Browning's favor. He went on to pin Eastern Hancock's Jordyn Wills and Centerville's Danny Clark.

The final pin advanced Browning to the championship round, where he would face Crown Point's Noah Lamore in the 844th match of the Spartan Classic. Lamore ended up winning via technical fall, 18-3, but Browning was able to return home with a second place finish.

Two other FC grapplers placed third. Dyllion Humbert was the second runner-up in the 145-lb. class with a 5-1 record. Michael Bohman was also 5-1, placing third in the 195-lb. class.

Humbert won three straight matches to start the Classic. A 10-3 decision over Carmel's Garrett Sharp, a pin of Benton Central's Bastian Gunderson, and a major decision (18-7) win over Roncalli's Hunter Miller had the Wildcat in a good position.

In the quarterfinals, Humbert lost by pin to Shenandoah's Hayden Lohrey. He picked himself up however, and came back to defeat Eastern Hancock's Avery Wills by pin to advance to the third-place match of the 145-lb. class. Humbert was able to earn an 8-1 decision over Roncalli's Hunter Miller in the match to secure third place.

Bohman won three straight matches by pin before taking a loss. The FC senior took out Northeastern's Dave Berger, Shenandoah's Coleson White and Eastern's Gavan Jones. Bohman lost a tough 7-3 decision to Roncalli's Sam Hansen in the quarterfinals, but he rebounded to defeat Carmel's Cameron Bacon by a 6-1 decision. In the third place match, Bohman picked up a pin over Blaine Pierce of Richmond for the victory.

The only other top-10 finisher for the Wildcats was Jacob Lee in the 113-lb. division. The sophomore advanced via forfeit and earned a pin over Eastern's Brandon Bryant before taking a loss via pin. Lee won a 14-6 major decision over Camron Habegger of Fort Wayne Snider in the quarterfinals before losing in the next two rounds. The Wildcat was pinned in the 7th place match to secure eighth place and finish 3-3 for the tournament.

While he did not place, Logan Bohman won three matches in the 170-lb. class at the Spartan Classic. Trevor Hampson won two matches for FC in the 132-lb. class.

Crown Point was the overall winner of the Classic, scoring 269 team points with eight top-three finishers. Roncalli recorded three champions on the way to a second place finish (245.5 points). Carmel also had three champions and finished third with 236 points. A total of 32 schools were represented at the Spartan Classic.

Franklin County will hit the mats again on Thursday, January 4, participating in the Greensburg Invitational. Matches are set to get underway at 6 p.m. The Wildcats will also compete in the two-day Richmond Invitational, which begins on Friday, January 5, and continues on Saturday, January 6. First round action begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's finale begins at 8 a.m.