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State feature - Three juniors lead Brownsburg t...

02/19/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com The Bulldogs have some “sweet rings” coming to them. That’s what fourth-year Brownsburg High School head wrestling coach Darrick Snyder said as his squad was wrapping up an IHSAA team state championship. Led by thr...

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Karl's Komments: Quarterfinal Clashes

02/16/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

As we move to the 2nd round on Saturday morning, the following commentary is based purely on my opinions. Please feel free to use anything said as motivation. In this article, I will feature what I believe will be outstanding quarterfinal matches. It c...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Bailey Seeking the Elusive...

02/15/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Breyden Bailey has done just about everything one can do to improve in wrestling. He puts time in the weight room, works relentlessly in practice and studies the sport. He’s gotten better in all aspects of wrestling...

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Karl's Komments: First Round Fights

02/14/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

Bracketology 101 just got a whole lot more interesting. A wild semi-state Saturday in all four locations, with plenty of upsets, made for some very interesting early matchups between top wrestlers. The most talked about is, of course, the battle bet...

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2017 State Finals By the Numbers

02/13/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

Overall Once again we have shown how accurate our rankings are with another great year for the final rankings. Note that our rankings are locked before sectional and these do not take into account injuries or semi-state draws as the state series progr...

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#MondayMatness: A strong student in more ways t...

02/13/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Evan Ellis is studious in more ways than one. The unbeaten heavyweight wrestler from Eastern High School in Greentown is a student of the sport. “I watch 20 hours of FloWrestling a week,” Ellis said. “I’m watching...

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2017 State Finals Information Center

02/13/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

State Finals Hashtag: #INStateFinals17 Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | Website Admission: $8 per session or $20 both days. Order Tickets Match Results: TrackWrestling.com Schedule Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 Wrestler C...

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2017 New Castle Semi-State Preview

02/10/2017 | Dingo Brigade in Tournament Previews

New Castle 2017: New blood at the top

Another grind of a regular season in central Indiana is in the record books, and 224 state-hopefuls will compete for coveted Golden Tickets in the Trojan Horse Thunderdome that is Chrysler Arena. Last year's team champs, Warren Central, will almost certainly be dethroned by one of the following teams: Carmel, Cathedral or Perry Meridian, who brings a semistate-high 12 athletes to the mat on Saturday. That number is 12 and not 13 due to the gruesome injury sustained by returning state placer Sammy Fair. The Falcons are still loaded and, along with the Irish, have to be considered the front-runners. Three nationally ranked studs will lace 'em up on Saturday: 132 lb standout Breyden Bailey (Cathedral)--3X state semifinalist, 195 lb Tristen Tonte (Warren Central)--2X state runner-up and 3X state qualifier, and all-world 220 lb Mason Parris (Lawrenceburg)--defending state champ and twice a high state placer. Aside from these three big names, there are fewer state-ranked athletes than in recent years, but that doesn't mean that each weight isn't pretty loaded. With the team parity at this year's semistate, each match could potentially have championship ramifications.

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2017 East Chicago Semi-State Preview

02/10/2017 | Y2CJ41 in Tournament Previews

Chad Hollenbaugh IndianaMat Senior Writer Deep in the heart of Lake County lies East Chicago Central High School and their spectacular gymnasium. The second largest gym in the world will play host after debuting last year and doing an outstanding job....

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2017 Fort Wayne Semi-State Preview

02/09/2017 | Y2CJ41 in Tournament Previews

Here...we....GO! The Fort Wayne semi-state has been dominated by the Tigers of Yorktown High the past five years. Will it change this year? Could there be a new sheriff in town? Likely not, but if the Tigers falter there will be others waiting to take...

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WrestlingWednesday: Shenandoah Not a Fly By Nig...

02/08/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com When Gary Black Jr. interviewed for the head wrestling coach at Shenandoah, his goals were clear. He didn’t want to maintain the status quo for the Raiders. He wasn’t content with getting a few kids through to semis...

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#MondayMatness: Central Noble making presence k...

02/06/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Mighty in achievement if not mighty in size. That describes Central Noble High School’s wrestling program. The Cougars went 15-8 in 2016-17 dual meets and earned the school’s first sectional runner-up finish, traili...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Sellmer looking to punch h...

02/01/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Tristan Sellmer is a wrestling junkie. When Sellmer isn’t training on the physical aspects of the sport, the Floyd Central junior is learning the mental side. He spends time each day watching film or studying new m...

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#MondayMatness: Hobart's Black persists thr...

01/30/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Brendan Black has learned to deal with adversity during his many years on the mat and it’s made him a better wrestler. Now a Hobart High School senior, Black was introduced to the sport at 3. In his third season of...

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#WrestlingWednesday: Jacob Gray focusing on the...

01/25/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com There is an episode of ‘Malcom In the Middle’ where a few teenagers pick on an elderly man and then run away from him. As they run, they taunt the man – knowing they are much younger and faster than he is. The old m...

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#MondayMatness: Merrillville is more than about...

01/23/2017 | Y2CJ41 in High School News

By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Merrillville High School has enjoyed many championships in David Maldonado’s 15 years as head wrestling coach. Since that first season in 2002-03, the Pirates have appeared in the IHSAA Team State Finals three times...

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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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