2017-2018 Varsity Wrestling

 Wrestling Team
 Coaches: Mike Miller (Head Coach); Jacob Bough, Paul Mikesell and Jesse Goodnight (Asst. Coaches)
       
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Kaijon East
Anthony Fox
Cameron Julbert
Rafael Lopez
James Bufkin
Tanner Gibson
Zane Hall
Braydon Harris
David Harris
Austin Johnson
Kevin Logan
Nate Nelson
Quentin Nix
Jacob Plump
Keegan Paul
Vince Serio
Jabian Shaffer
Seth Stonebraker
Blake White

Ethan Marciniak
Nick Moore
Jyson Purnell
Keenan Richards
Cody Westerman
Mitchell Wyrick
Samuel Baity
Amari Barbary
Rico Barbary
Harvey Barr
Dalton Berry
Sterling Bracket
Brook Bufkin
Wilmer Corrales
Justin Culbertson
Taylor Duncan
Branson Guge
Ethan Guire
Myles Lenoir
Jakobe Sparger
Jacob Ward

Date Opponent Time Score
Nov. 18 Arsenal Tech (T) 9:00 am “There are no losers in wrestling, only winners and learners.”

We took nine wrestlers to the tournament this weekend that had never wrestled a varsity match. For some this was their first time competing in a wrestling match. We knew it was going to be a learning day but we were pleasantly surprised by how hard our guys competed.

Nine of our thirteen wrestlers won matches. First time match winners were: Harvey Barr - 106 pounds, Wilmer Corrales - 113, Taylor Duncan - 126, Jabian Shaffer - 132, Mitchell Wyrick - 160, Brayden Harris – 182, and Jakobe Sparger - 220.

Leading the way for the Wildkat grapplers were: Shaffer going 3-2, Zane Hall going 3-2 at 145 pounds, Austin Johnson going 3-2 at 152, and Harris going 3-1 at 182 pounds.

We are very proud of how hard these young men are working and competing.
GO KATS!!
- Coach Miller
Nov. 29 Eastern (H) 6:30 pm (L) 61-9
Last night was a learning and experience night for the Wildkats. We faced a very solid and experienced Eastern squad, and their experience won the evening.

We are very proud of the fight and effort our wrestlers put in. We will be better, tougher wrestlers for the experience gained.

Winning for Kokomo was Austin Johnson at 152 pounds. Austin won a hard fought 11 - 7 decision.

Also winning for Kokomo was Braydon Harris at 182 pounds. Braydon received a forfeit from Eastern.
​Coach Miller
Dec. 2 Super Six Tournament (H) 9:00 am The Wildkats went 2-3 for the day. Kokomo fell 77-0 to Harrison, lost 42-27 to Hamilton Heights, beat Logansport 42-39, beat Clinton Central 54-26 and lost to Western 81-0.
Austin Johnson (160) had another good day on the mat with a 3-2 record. Also picking up wins were Harvey Barr (106), Wilmer Corrales (113), Taylor Duncan (126), Jabian Shaffer (132), Kevin Logan (138), Zane Hall (152), Ethan Guire (170), Braydon Harris (182), Cameron Julbert (195), Jakobe Sparger (220), and Kaijon East (285).
Coach Miller
Dec. 5 Eastbrook (T) 6:00 pm (W) 48-34
Winning for the Kats were 106 Harvey Barr, 113 Amari Barbary, 120 Wilmer Corrales, 126 Jabin Shaffer, 132 Jacob Ward, 145 Kevin Logan, 152 Zane Hall, and 182 Braydon Harris.

Earning pins were Shaffer, Logan, Hall, and Harris.
​Coach Miller
Dec. 9 Frankfort Tourney 8:30 am Kokomo was 2-3 on the day. Kokomo defeated Frankfort 39-35 and Shelbyville 42-36. Kokomo fell to Lebanon 45-28, Hamilton SE 68-10 and Northmont 75-3.
Leading the way for the Kats were juniors Austin Johnson, 160, and Zane Hall, 145. Austin and Zane were both 4-1 on the day.

Also performing well was 113-pounder Wilmer Corrales with a 3-2 performance.

Congratulations to freshman Myles Lenoir and Sam Baity on picking up their first career victories on a varsity mat. We are excited about the youth on this team and their continued improvement.
- Coach Miller
Dec. 12 Logansport (T) 6:00 pm (L) 42-31
Winning for your Wildkats were Wilmer Corrales 120, Jabian Shaffer 126, Kevin Logan 138, Zane Hall 152, Austin Johnson 160, and Anthony Fox 285.

Leading the team by securing pins were Shaffer, Logan, and Hall.

Austin Johnson is leading the team with a 12-6 record for the season.
- Coach Miller
Dec. 19 Northwestern (H) 6:00 pm (L) 41-37
Kokomo won seven matches against Northwestern's seven matches, but Northwestern had more pins.

Winning for Kokomo were Rico Barbary, Zane Hall, Austin Johnson, Braydon Harris, Anthony Fox, Harvey Barr and Wilmer Corrales.
Dec. 28-29 Lafayette Jeff Invitational (T) 10:00 am Kokomo was 5-5 in the two-day meet.

Kokomo had victories against Clinton Central (54-25), Lafayette Catholic (45-33), Delphi (49-30), Cascade (54-24) and Rossville (39-36).

Kokomo's losses came against Lafayette Jeff (54-18), Rensselaer (61-15), West Lafayette (49-28), New Castle (42-36) and New Prairie (64-12).
Jan. 6 Peru Invitational (T) 9:00 am Weather cancellation.  No re-schedule.
Jan. 10 Tri-Central (H) 6:30 pm (W) 46-27
Last night was our opportunity to honor our senior wrestlers. Our 2018 seniors are Kaijon East, Anthony Fox, Cameron Julbert and Rafael Lopez. Kaijon (220) and Anthony (285) led us on the mat tonight by earning pins against Tri-Central.

Also earning big wins for the Kats were Harvey Barr (106) with a Tech Fall and Jabian Shaffer (126) and Zane Hall (152) with decisions. James Bufkin (182), Wilmer Corrales (113), Taylor Duncan (120), and Rico Barbary (138) helped the team out by picking up forfeits.
- Coach Miller
Jan. 13 Elwood Duals (T) 9:00 am Kokomo 43 - Elwood 36
Kokomo 57 - Heritage 17
Frankton 48 - Kokomo 30
Oak Hill 61 - Kokomo 5
Mississinewa 42 - Kokomo 33
The Wildkats got outstanding performances from Zane Hall (152) and Anthony Fox (285). Both went 5-0 and were weight class champions.

Fox earned our quick pin of the year against Frankton will an 11- second pin. Zane led the team with three pins on the day.

Also posting winning records for the Kats were Harvey Barr (106) and Jabian Shaffer (126).
- Coach Miller
Jan. 16 Madison-Grant (T) 6:00 pm (W) 42-34
Leading the Kats with pins were 113-pounder Wilmer Corrales, Rico Barbary at 138, James Bufkin at 182, and Anthony Fox in the 285-pound division.

Also winning for the Kats were Harvey Barr (at 106 pounds), Jabian Shaffer (126), Zane Hall (145), and David Harris (160).
- Coach Miller
Jan. 20 NCC @ Richmond 9:30 am The Wildkat grapplers finished eighth at the NCC tournament.

This is not the finish we were hoping to have, but Saturday was another day where we saw improvement from the young Kats.

Freshman 106-pounder Harvey Barr avenged an early season loss to a Logansport wrestler and claimed fifth place. Freshman Taylor Duncan earned a team high finish of fourth place, and another Wildkat rookie, junior Rico Barbary, earned his first tournament placement by taking home sixth place at 138.

James Bufkin, a junior wrestling at 182, went 3-2 on the day and took home fifth place, and senior 220-pounder Kaijon East knocked off the #1 seeded wrestler in his bracket on his way to earning a sixth place finish. Finally, another rookie wrestler, Anthony Fox, went 3-2 and took home a fourth place finish at 285.

Congratulations to these wrestlers. All of them were first time NCC place winners.
- Coach Miller
Jan. 27 IHSAA Sectional @ Oak Hill   Kokomo finished fifth in the elevan-team sectional. Wilmer Corrales (113), Austin Johnson (152)  and Anthony Fox (285) advance to the regional in Peru.
Also placing for the Kats were:
106 Harvey Barr - 5th
120 Taylor Duncan - 5th
126 Jabian Shaffer - 5th
145 Zane Hall - 6th
182 James Bufkin - 5th
- Coach Miller
Feb. 3 IHSAA Regional @ Peru   Unfortunately the Wildkats didn’t have a wrestler advance to the semi-state tournament.

We do want to congratulate our regional contestants on their season – Wilmer Corrales, Austin Johnson, and Anthony Fox. 

Corrales, a freshman, finished his rookie season with a 23-17 record and a fourth place finish at the sectional.

Johnson, a junior, overcame a late season injury to earn a third place finish at the sectional and advanced to his second career regional tournament.

Finally, Fox, a senior, our oldest rookie grappler, led the team in winning percentage. Fox went 20-9 (68.97%) in his first wrestling season.

Until next season, ONWARD KOKOMO!
- Coach Miller
Season Review:

The 2017-2018 wrestling season has come to its conclusion and I’d like to look back and celebrate some of our accomplishments. Before I do that, I would like to say thank you to Mrs. Blessing and Mr. Snyder for having faith in this coaching staff to lead the wrestling team. I would personally like to say thank you to coaches Paul Mikesell, Jacob Bough, and Jesse Goodnight for working with the team this season. I’d also like to say thank you to Ryan Wells and Brett Colby for providing me so much advice as I worked through my first season as a head coach.

First let me say that wrestling is a very demanding sport, both physically andmentally. There are very few sports out there that place such high demands on their athletes like wrestling does. With that being said, we had record numbers of athletes that came out for the team and a record number of season completions for those athletes. Having an increase in the number of athletes wrestling should help us in future years. It says a lot about you, as a person and as an athlete, if you are mentally and physically strong enough to survive a wrestling season.

We were a very young, inexperienced team this year but grew as the season progressed. Starting the year, we only had seven wrestlers who had any varsity wrestling experience. There are 14 weight classes in high school wrestling. We had 34 wrestlers get varsity time this year. Growth and experience come at a price, but we did grow and found success as a team.

This year we had 14 dual meet wins and placed 5th in our sectional. I was proud of the sectional finish since we only had one wrestler on our sectional roster that had previously competed in a sectional tournament. I believe the future is bright for the Wildkats.

NCC –
• Harvey Barr – 5th
• Taylor Duncan – 4th
• Rico Barbary – 6th
• James Bufkin – 5th
• Kaijon East – 6th
• Anthony Fox – 4th

Sectional –
• Harvey Barr – 5th
• Wilmer Corrales – 4th
• Taylor Duncan – 5th
• Jabian Schaffer – 5th
• Zane Hall – 6th
• Austin Johnson – 3rd
• James Bufkin – 5th
• Anthony Fox– 3rd

Interesting Stats
Most Wins – Zane Hall, 27
Most Team Points Scored – Zane Hall, 133
Most Pins – 1. Zane Hall, 15 . 2. Anthony Fox, 13.
Fastest Pin – Anthony Fox, 11 seconds
Best Winning Percentage – Anthony Fox, 69%
20 Match winners – Harvey Barr, Wilmer Corrales, Jabian Shaffer, Zane Hall, Austin
Johnson, & Anthony Fox
Most Weight Classes Wrestled – Taylor Duncan, 120, 126, & 138
Most Forfeits Earned – Wilmer Corrales, 10
Most Technical Falls (15-point victory) – Harvey Barr, 2
Most Major Decisions (8-14 point victory) – Harvey Barr, 3
Most Decisions (1- 7 point victory) – Austin Johnson, 10
- Coach Miller

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