Indian Hill wrestlers increase in numbers

INDIAN HILL - Nate Eigher was right at home on Jan. 28 at the Milford Invitational. Dressed in a red coat with a red tie, he flew the colors of his alma mater Milford and chatted up Eagles wrestling coach Pete Babinec, who trained him as a youngster. However, Eigher’s red now represents Indian Hill High School, the team he has coached for the last five seasons.

Babinec’s Eagles won their home invite, with the Braves finishing seventh. out of 17 teams. The pupil would like to get the Indian Hill program on the same level of the teacher.

The Braves have the gym space for their own invitational and improved lighting after upgrades a couple of years ago. More students have come out for the sport with the improvements in facilities and competitiveness.

“We had three home duels this year,” Eigher said. “I’d like to have a dual tournament and get some more schools in here.”

The Braves still have just two seniors, Jack Steuerwald and Justin Lewis. They have three juniors and the rest of the team are underclassmen.

“Numbers are up,” Eigher said. “We had about 22 out this year. We had 13 last year. Our junior high is about at 22. Numbers are there and we’re filling a full roster. That’s huge for us right now. We haven’t had that in about 12 or 13 years at Indian Hill.”

That numbers have also affected the duel schedule though. Some of the Cincinnati Hills League schools can’t fill the weight classes, so the Braves sometimes must face bigger schools with deeper rosters.

At the Milford Invitational, the Braves had five podium placers. Junior Will Steuerwald fared the best with a runner-up finish at 152 pounds. Finishing third for Indian Hill were sophomore Cooper Leszczuk at 106 pounds, sophomore Jaden Anderson at 126, senior Jack Steuerwald at 145 and sophomore John Mark Williams at 170 pounds.

Both Steuerwalds have wrestled three years for Eigher and also play football in the fall. Jack Steuerwald tops the CHL in wins at 152 pounds (both brothers dropped weight for the Milford matches). Will Steuerwald is second at 160 pounds.

“I’ve got tons this year,” Eigher said of his gridiron grapplers. “John Mark Williams played outside linebacker. Cooper Leszczuk plays football along with Charlie Lindberg, Matthew Briedis and my heavyweight, Eric Persson. I would love to have more.”

Williams has had a successful run at 182 pounds this season and dropped to 170 for the Milford Invitational. Freshman Lindberg has a winning record at 170, along with sophomore Patrick Farist from the lacrosse team at 145. In the lower weights, Leszczuk, Anderson and sophomore Brent Krebs are all over .500.

Like the Milfords, Lovelands, Readings and Glen Estes (among others), Eigher would like to develop a youth feeder system. However, it takes interest and manpower.

“We don’t really have one,” Eigher said. “It’s something I’d like to get in the works. I’m hoping to get someone interested that would want to do it.”

The proof is in the history. Reading has won every league title since the winter of 2006 and more than any other school since the CHL began. The Blue Devils are always good and Eigher expects Mariemont and Madeira to have tough squads.

Indian Hill will wrestle in the CHL Championships at Madeira on Feb. 18.

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