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#WrestlingWednesday: Ruberg has overcome more t...

01/18/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Lawrenceburg’s Jake Ruberg has battled some of Indiana’s best wrestlers, and more often than not has emerged victorious. But Ruberg’s true adversary isn’t an opponent standing across from him on the mat. No, for Rub...

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#MondayMatness: Carroll's Byman setting an...

01/16/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Joel Byman is an example for current and future wrestlers at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne. Not only is the senior 126-pounder a fine grappler for the Tim Sloffer-coached “Super Chargers,” he is ranked No. 1 in a...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Alec White embraces changes

01/11/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com A lot has changed in the wrestling room at New Palestine High School over the course of a year. The Dragons have a new coach and a lot younger team. But one thing remains the same – Alec White is still a hammer in t...

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#MondayMatness: Lowell 126-pounder Cummings lat...

01/09/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Tested regularly by the best from the Calumet Region and the state, Colton Cummings has become Lowell High School wrestling’s latest “face of the program.” Cummings has gotten plenty of attention as a two-time IHSAA...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Penola makes his mark afte...

01/04/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Two years ago Thomas Penola didn’t crack Zionsville’s varsity lineup. Last year he had a mediocre season, going 24-13. A week ago he entered the prestigious Al Smith Classic as an unranked, unseeded junior competing...

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#MondayMatness: Curtis and Laughlin lead tough...

01/02/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Yorktown won its third Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals Class 2A title in five years two days before Christmas in Fort Wayne. Among those leading the Tigers were senior Brad Laughlin and...

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#WrestlingWednesday: No Dull Ending to This Season

12/28/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Terre Haute North has never had a wrestler reach the championship match in the state tournament. Thomas Dull is hoping to change that this season. Dull has been a solid wrestler throughout his career, but when he t...

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#MondayMatness: Family atmosphere, 'next gu...

12/26/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Penn has been an IHSAA state championship contender in most years since Brad Harper took over as head coach of the Kingsmen in 2006. In 2015, Penn won its first state team title. The goal every year is reach the top...

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#WrestlingWednesday: North Montgomery looking f...

12/21/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com One and a half points. That’s all that separated North Montgomery from winning the Crawfordsville sectional championship last year. The Chargers were defeated by Southmont, their arch rival by a score of 242-240.5....

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#MondayMatness: Team focus has been good to sma...

12/19/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com There may be an “i” in Triton, but there’s no “i” in team. And for the Trojans — under the direction of co-head coaches Matt Arvesen and Ron Brown — team is the most important thing. That philosophy has helped a sc...

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#Wrestling Wednesday: Faulkens opens up about w...

12/14/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Robert Faulkens is the face of wrestling at the Indiana High School Athletic Association office. As an assistant commissioner, he administers IHSAA wrestling (as well as football and boys and girls track and field)....

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#WrestlingWednesday: Van Horn looking to corral...

12/14/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Burk Van Horn remembers being with his dad and brothers driving down the highway on their way to Nebraska, and seeing several cars trying to get their attention. Turns out, Van Horn had accidentally left the gates o...

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#MondayMatness: Chesterton's Davisons makin...

12/12/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Take the tenacity of the middle brother, the unpredictability of the youngest one and add the bloodlines of a two-time Indiana state wrestling champion and you get a formidable family combination: The Davisons of Ches...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Ethan Smiley has plenty to...

12/07/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Beech Grove’s Ethan Smiley isn’t big on talking about himself. After repeated questions for this article about his wrestling and other accomplishments, Smiley barely mustered a word. But, when the questions turned t...

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#MondayMatness: Two generations of Faulkners ma...

12/05/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Following in the footsteps of their father, the Faulkner brothers — senior 182-pounder Austin and junior heavyweight Alex — are looking to leave their mark on the storied Mishawaka High School wrestling program. M...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Bethel looking for more bi...

11/30/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Joe Lee won state last year, but didn’t win sectional. Brayton Lee has lost just one match in his Indiana High School career. The common denominator in both stories is a guy named Austin Bethel. Bethel pinned Joe L...

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#MondayMatness: South Bend Washington heavyweig...

11/28/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Stay humble yet ready to rumble. It’s an approach that has served Isaiah McWilliams well. The South Bend Washington High School wrestler exploded onto the statewide scene, finishing his sophomore season in 2015-16 b...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Brayton Lee is All Smiles

11/23/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com The very first time Brayton Lee watched a wrestling match, he ended up vomiting. He was 5 years old and sick that day his father took him to his first high school match, but even after vomiting, he didn’t want to le...

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#MondayMatness: Marsh wrestling family on diffe...

11/21/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com “How many of you can look me in the eye and tell me you are working as hard as you can? … Find a teammate and help him push through.” Those are the words of Kyle Marsh in his new role as head wrestling coach at Fair...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Perry Meridian Loading Up...

11/16/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Last season Perry Meridian advanced 14 wrestlers out of sectional with 11 champions. They finished 13th in the state – and that leaves a terrible taste in their mouths. “We weren’t pleased at all with our finish la...

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#MondayMatness: Jimtown's Kerrn has sights...

11/14/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Kenny Kerrn turned heads during his senior football season at Jimtown High School. He is hoping to do more of the same in his final prep wrestling campaign for the Jimmies. He ranks No. 2 in the 2016-17 Indiana Mat...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Alara Boyd Aiming for Gold

09/21/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Alara Boyd firmly believes that she can compete with any female wrestler in the world. That confidence has Boyd, a sophomore at Yorktown High School, setting her sights on winning a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics i...

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IndianaMat Awarded National Website of the Year

04/11/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

Back in early December of 2008 three guys conjured up an idea to give Indiana a website dedicated to the sport of wrestling. Looking around other states we saw what could be and knew Indiana fans would absolutely love a similar website. We had no clue...

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Indiana Takes the Mat Against the WPIAL

03/23/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

Over a year of planning and petitioning will come to fruition this week at the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. Last year in late February I poked a couple people about the possibility of Indiana participating in the “Rose Bowl of Wrestling.” After many d...

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#WrestlingWednesday: The Man Behind the Mic, Ke...

02/24/2016 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

Brought to you by EI Sports By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Thirty-two years ago a spur of the moment idea by Kevin Whitehead resulted in a monumental change to the Indiana high school wrestling state finals. Back then, Whitehead was a table h...

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