Is it spring break? Really?
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:00 PM
As winter continues to hang around, it's hard to believe that spring break is next week. As the forecast calls for some more rotten weather, the Wabash wrestling team continues to heat things up on a regional and national level.
Tom Perkins is an assistant baseball coach at Wabash. A native of Crawfordsville, Perkins has been involved in many organizations in the Montgomery County area, including the Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club board of directors.
Last Saturday, Wabash played host to the NCAA Division 3 wrestling regional at Knowling Fieldhouse. It turned out to be a record setting day for the Wabash matmen. Sending a record six wrestlers to the national finals, the Little Giants posted a solid third-place finish in the team standings. It was considered the most competitive regional in Division 3, as Wisconsin-Whitewater won the team title with 130 points. Wisconsin-Lacrosse was runner-up with 108, just edging out Wabash with 106 points.
The Wabash contingent on the national stage next week will consist of Tommy Poynter at 125 and all of the "Murderers" Row" -- Reece Lefever (157), Josh Sampson (165), Conner Lefever (174), Riley Lefever (184) and Austin O'Neal (197). Conner and Riley Lefever were individual champions, while the others qualified for the NCAA soriee by finishing second or third on the day.
More honors for the coaching staff as well. Coach Brian Anderson received the Regional Coach of the year award, while Danny Irwin shared Assistant Coach of the Year award with Chris Heilman of Whitewater. Congrats to the staff for a job well done as the show goes on.
The Wabash half-dozen will compete in the NCAA finals March 14 and 15, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Don't be surprised if the Little Giants put several guys on the podium on the big stage.
The Wabash indoor track and field team will seek to make it four in a row at the NCAC meet this weekend at Denison University. Coach Clyde Morgan takes a deep and experienced squad to Granville with nothing less than another team title in their sights. Coach Morgan and his staff have done a great job building this program into a national powerhouse.
The Little Giant baseball squad had an exceptional weekend with a couple of great performances in Louisville. Wabash routed Penn State-Behrend (a 2013 regional qualifier), 9-1 in the first contest. JT Miller silenced the Lion bats with seven innings of three-hit ball. The offense banged out 12 hits, including three doubles by catcher Tyler Hampton. The junior receiver is hitting .545 on the young season.
Senior Luke Holm took the hill in game two against host Spalding University. Luke went six solid innings, allowing only five hits, while fanning eight. The offense scratched out a couple of "small ball" runs against a very good Spaulding hurler to gain a 2-0 win in the nightcap. Holm picked up his first win of the campaign, while McCutcheon grad Christian Vukas, earned his second save of the year.
Just as important as the great pitching, the 'Bash defense played error-free baseball both games. Good things happen when you play the game the right way. What a concept.
The squad stands 3-2 after some tough early season tests. We leave Sunday morning for Atlanta and continue our southern swing during Spring Break. We play Hampden-Sydney, Piedmont College and Centre College before coming home late in the week for round-robin competition at Goodrich Ballpark next weekend.
It will be nice to go south again next week and continue our spring schedule and enjoy spring break. I hope I'll need my SPF 30 again.