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March 14, 2014

WRams Wrap Historic 2014

WRam Wrestling captured their 1st-ever regional championship in 2014, before sending a 6-pack of individual wrestlers to the the state tournament. Two of the Rams placed 4th and one placed 5th. Shelbyville limped into the sectional team match against Vandalia and came up just a few points short of team state. The junior-led squad is now poised as a favorite to make a run at team state next year.

As a team, the Rams had a record of 24-6. The won the PORTA Open. They won the Cumberland Tournament. They were 2nd at the LeRoy Tourney. They were 2nd in the Okaw Duals. They won the team regional. Shelbyville individual wrestlers had a combined record of 457 wins, 175 losses.

Shelbyville out-scored their opponents 2179 to 801. They had 190 falls to 79 for their opponents. They won 114 decision to losing 57. The Rams won 23 tech falls and gave up 16. They recorded 53 major decisions and gave up just 19. The Rams registered 1210 take downs and only gave up 404. The Rams earned the 1st take down of matches 336 times, while giving up 178.

They had 116 3-point near-falls and gave up 86. They had 69 2-point near-falls and gave up 61. The Rams recorded 130 reverses and gave up just 87. Because they dominated matches, they gave up 815 escapes, many on purpose, while earning 435. The Rams booked 79 pins and only gave up 43.

Team awards were presented recently. The MVP award went to Adam Hudson (152 lbs). The Most Pins (25) went to Elliott Smithson (25). The Most Take Downs (184), a new record, went to Garrett Brachbill. The Highest Grade Point Average was awarded to Ben Houska. Most Improved Award went to Noah Applegate (182/195) and Caleb Cloe (182/195).

Four of the Rams are in the 100-win club and only one is a senior. One of their sophomores set a new school take down record for a season. Jared Finley (138 lbs), who went to state again, ran his total up to 112 wins for his career. Senior Elliott Smithson (220 lbs) finished his prep career at state and capped his win total at 110. Lucas Duckett (170 lbs), who was a state qualifier, ran his total up to 106 wins. Wyatt Fox, who finished the season 5th in the state, also capped put his career win total at 106.

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