Covey finishes 2nd, Stars 7th in HHC meet

BNL’s James Covey finished second at 220 pounds in the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.

MADISON – Bedford North Lawrence’s James Covey finished second in the 220-pound weight class during the Hoosier Hills Conference meet on Saturday.

The Stars finished seventh in the eight-team field with 88.5 points. Columbus East claimed the league crown with 258.5 points.

Covey (27-3 overall) opened with a pin of Jennings County’s Zane Ortlieb in 2:32 in the semifinal round. But he fell to Jeffersonville’s Ethan Rogers (36-2 and the top seed) by an 11-4 count in the final.

BNL’s Derek Hutchens was third at 132. He fell to Floyd Central’s Jake Happel by pin in 2:00 in the opening round, then bounced back with three straight wins in the consolations.

Hutchens stopped Jeffersonville’s Jeremiah Cain in 1:25, slammed Columbus East’s Reece Fisher in 0:35, then clipped Seymour’s Nate Banister by an 8-5 decision in the third-place match.

Drake Huber was fourth at 170 and he recorded two wins, topping Hector Ruiz of Seymour and Sam Bennett of Jennings County.

Tristan Hanners was fifth at 285 as he beat Jennings County’s Richard Puckett in 2:22 in the opening round and flattened Floyd Central’s Jackson Emerson in 2:09 in the fifth-place round.

Other finishers for the Stars included Brax Huber (6th at 120), Hunter Morris (7th at 126), Channlor Engleking (7th at 138), Reese Hamblen (8th at 145), Conner Smith (6th at 160), Christian Brown (6th at 182) and Gunner Connaughton (6th at 195).

BNL will return to action against Columbus North on Thursday.