Bill Davis/News Highland’s Zach Baker, top, pins Newark Catholic’s Liam Kirkpatrick in the 285-pound semifinal of Saturday’s Jeremy Ammons Classic at Highland High School.
Bill Davis/News Highland’s Sean Dudgeon, top, controls Medina’s Tyler Wessel during the 132-pound final of the Jeremy Ammons Classic Saturday at Highland High School. Dudgeon won, 5-3.

 

Bill Davis/News Danville’s Dylan Wilson, left, takes down East Knox’s Chris Pumphrey in their 285-pound semifinal of  Saturday’s Jeremy Ammons Classic in Highland High School. Wilson won by pinfall.

SPARTA — Highland senior Sean Dudgeon described Jeremy Ammons as “a second dad” to him.

So when Dudgeon won his championship match on Saturday, all he could do is sit on the mat and take it all in.

“It’s amazing,” an emotional Dudgeon said. “I did it for Jeremy. It really means a lot.”

Dudgeon and teammate Zach Baker knew Ammons that well. So it was fitting that they were the only local wrestlers to win titles in the Jeremy Ammons Classic at Highland High School.

“They were very close,” said Highland head coach Adam Gilmore. “They (Baker, Dudgeon and Ammons’ sons) used to stay over at Sean’s house. What a great moment for them to win this.”

 

Bill Davis: 740-397-5333 or bdavis@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

 

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