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  1. 40 points
    ZachsDad

    Zach Melloh Family

    Dear 138 pound weight class at state finals, Congrats to all of you, lots of fierce competitors, and you should all be proud! Wrestling is the ultimate teacher of life lessons, so learn what you can from your experience! Kris Rumph You are a great wrestler and competitor and your interview showed some great character. You have overcome a lot in life and I hope you understand that your wrestling achievements can transfer to anything you chose to pursue in life. The Melloh family will look forward to seeing good things for you in the future, and will say a special prayer for Kris Rumph today at church. Looking forward to rooting for you, not against you! Blake Mulkey You are an awesome wrestler. Blake, you have a great wrestling future, and we wish you the best. Sometimes things don’t go your way, it will make you stronger if you let it. Dawson Combest We wish you the best at Uindy. It truly seems like yesterday that you and Zach were battling it out for ISWA state finals. I miss those days already. Uindy is getting a good one and we know you will do great in wrestling and school. Count your blessings son, you have an awesome support group with Columbus East wrestling family! That’s a good group! I will always hold Coach Trapp in high regard..... I saw how much he did for you guys with the youth program. What a great guy and mentor! Lastly, to my son, Zach Melloh With tears of pride, I want to tell you that I love you and I am so proud of you. My sadness only comes from knowing this chapter is over. I didn’t appreciate the ride like I should have while I was living it.......through wrestling, you have helped us grow as a family and expand our faith. So few people know what you have been through to get to where you were yesterday. But God does and your family does, and we are proud to call you our son and your siblings are proud of their brother. Part of trying to live a Christ centered life means that sometimes the target on your back gets bigger. It’s ok, keep fighting the good fight. Keep grinding and doing the right things in life. With a heart full of pride for the young man you have become, looking forward to the next chapter. Your biggest fan club, Dad, Mom, Corinne, Alex, and Cecelia (Nick Melloh)
  2. 24 points
    Darrick Snyder

    Melloh and Mulkey

    1.) Congrats to Cathedral. I’m not sure anyone who hasn’t been through it truly understands how hard it is to win an Individual State Title let alone a Team State Championship. 2.) I didn’t cuss or anything like that. I was booted and deserved to be because I left the mat and came back screaming again. I was told that by Mr. Faulkens. 3.) I know I shouldn’t have come back on the mat. Thanks to him for allowing me to stay in back of venue. I lost it and would hope I could keep my compusure in the future. I’ve never been tossed out before that I remember. I deserved it. I’ve already told my assistants to pull me from the mat. I don’t see this situation repeating itself, though 4.) I am not ever going to sacrifice a kid’s dream of a state title. Brayton Lee is the ONLY kid I have ever coached that I told I must have bonus points from at Individual State. Probably the first and last. He’s special. I never worried about my actions causing a team title. We are a family here. I was able to meet with my team since Mr. Faulkens allowed me To stay in the venue. I told them I was sorry I was unable to corner them. (FYI I don’t corner BLee. Ayersman negotiated that.) Lol. Immediately, Nathan Walton said, “Coach you have prepared us and we would want you to do the same thing for each of us.” 5.) I was out of control and returned to the mat after waking off. That equals getting tossed. I have no issue with it. Most people hate me. That fuels me and our program. I have enough friends and I’m not looking to win a popularity contest. As long as the Mishawaka And Brownsburg Wrestlers and fans love me that’s what I care about. Talk to them. I have 100% administrative support here, which I have never had before. 6.) Why did I lose it even though i shouldn’t have? It is NOT an opinion or judgement call. In the casebook - look it up - it literally says the front-headlock position is a stalemate. It’s cut and dry. Not debatable. It was the wrong call. Period. Doesn’t matter if we were snapping or trying to score. Makes no difference. Says stalemate. Watch the film. Blake is my guy. He is facing me in 30 second OT. Im snapping to mat. He does exactly what I tell him to do. I know the rules. Then, it costs him a chance for his state title. I care about my wrestlers. Our system is messed up. I could not care less about a team title then. I care about Blake and his goal. If he and they win, we win. 7.) It is what it is. Cathedral was freaking impressive. Blake’s opponent is a stud and seems like an outstanding young man. Just like Blake. I probably shouldn’t post, but I will. Discussing wrestling I think is good for our sport and my thoughts are always open for anyone. Snyder
  3. 15 points
    Nick Dewig

    Boards about to die down

    Consistent updates from your dating experiences
  4. 14 points
    Hornet Coach

    Who impressed you the most

    Fattore impressed me the most and it had nothing to do with his wrestling. This young man carried himself like a champion after a questionable call. Nicely done young man!
  5. 13 points
    Y2CJ41

    Wow - Fattore pinned himself!

    Fattore was spotted warming up with Rader before the finals. Not sure I have ever seen two guys that just wrestled in the semi-finals warm up with each other.
  6. 12 points
    eastdad18

    Zach Melloh Family

    Nick and Zach We have nothing but the ultimate amount of respect and appreciation for you and your family.. it does seem just like yesterday that Zach and Daws battled as youngsters, Zach always pushed Dawson to be better and share a special friendship.. Zach is a outstanding young man way past being a outstanding wrestler.. Purdue got the total package in Zach .. We will be cheering and following him and his career... Blake Mulkey Thank you for being such a great kid and bringing out the best in the Columbus East opponents (especially Daws) , after the matches were over , you were back to always joking and being a good kid to be around ...We wish you nothing but the best with your next stop ... Kris Rumph The semifinals was the first time that Daws got to wrestle you but of course we had heard so much about your ability and skills , you didn’t disappoint on your showing on that big stage.. Dawson said that was the most fun he ever had in a match , of course I was beyond nervous but you both pushed each to overtime coming up with the win .. Congratulations to you and your family... This weight class was very deep and talented .. Every round , it seemed like we had a ranked wrestler with a competitive spirit to the end .. it was truly a life experience and privilege to be in the mix.. The Combest Family
  7. 12 points
    1prouddad

    Thanks

    As the finals have concluded, I'd like to thank all the wrestlers that participated this year and entertained us fans. Congratulations to this years Champs. Also want to thank the guys doing this site. Your rankings and info is top notch. To the Seniors, I wish you the best in your next journey. Hell of a season gents.
  8. 10 points
    navy80

    most impressive TODAY??

    Brayden Curtis is probably the most impressive. every match he is helping the kids up etc. very good sportsmanship!
  9. 10 points
    Caleb Spires

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I too call stalling in that situation. Over 20 seconds of holding a front headlock just riding out a one point lead is stalling, no matter what stage you’re on.
  10. 10 points
    Y2CJ41

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Good coaches will always fight for their kids. I would probably think a little less of a coach who didn't get kicked out in that situation.
  11. 10 points
    Mattyb

    Biggest upsets ?

    Yea... that was a tough one! Proud of my guy had a solid run. Just wrestled a bad match. Mahan did great. Back to the drawing board and practice on Monday! Good luck to all the placers! Feel bad for Tiranas too. Great family.
  12. 8 points
    parris58

    Multi sport vs wrestling only

    Yea, he runs through them not over them. lol
  13. 7 points
    New Castle's Dalton Clouse might possibly be the only person to have a lead on Mason Parris this season. Clouse stepped to the mat, and strategically didn't remind Parris that he hadn't taken his t-shirt off yet. Clouse was awarded the point and the lead. Somehow Parris recovered, but man, what a start for the Trojan senior.
  14. 7 points
    Y2CJ41

    2018 Dream Team Classic April 14

    This is called doing something to showcase the talent in our state and not caring about a jabroni running a fake national tournament. This event will be showcased and promoted on FloWrestling for the whole country to watch.
  15. 7 points
    Holden

    Thank you

    I just wanted to say thank you to the IHSAA, IHSWCA, all the workers and people who have ever had a hand in developing the state finals, and of course, the wrestlers who make the finals so entertaining. I have always loved the wrestling state finals, however, this year had a bigger impact on me. My son is now a 7th grader and wrestling for Greenfield Junior High School. As his father and Coach, I preach doing everything the right way. From his grades, to his character, to his wrestling...I constantly harp on doing them the right way. Watching my son listen to the introductions of so many incredible young men who not only excel on the mat, but in the classroom and as men of character, was priceless for me. I love that we celebrate these athletes the way we do for all to see. I know at least my son is watching! Coach Holden
  16. 7 points
    bigballerb

    Best move under the lights

    Sick inside trip from rader
  17. 7 points
    Y2CJ41

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Once
  18. 7 points
    Westforkwhite

    Melloh and Mulkey

    The front headlock should have been stalemated after 8-10 seconds max when neither wrestler was improving position. That would have left 10-14 seconds for the match to still be decided by the wrestlers. Unfortunately the official didn't call the stalemate and then compounded his mistake by making a more egregious one. Every year this guy makes numerous head scratching calls.
  19. 7 points
    GrecoISU

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Agree. The question is, was he trying to improve his position. If he wasn't, it's stalling. Take everything else out of it. I watched it again. He made zero attempt to improve, and it wasn't being hindered by the other wrestler.
  20. 7 points
    navy80

    Wow - Fattore pinned himself!

    I’m now a fan of Fattore...he handled that loss with class. He didn’t throw a fit or take off running to the locker room.
  21. 7 points
    Clint Gard

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Would you call that in the first period when a kid is riding out a 0-0 score? The situation or score doesn’t dictate when or how stalling should be called. If it’s stalling with :15 left in overtime, then it’s stalling in the first :30 seconds of the first period. It wasn’t stalling...it’s a stalemate. The same call he used in that situation multiple times in that match.
  22. 7 points
    Clint Gard

    Melloh and Mulkey

    So what happens to the official for the poor call? At :22sec, Mulkey had a front head lock and was snapping it to the mat. Why call stalling at 3-4 seconds left when the hold never changed? Call it at :22 or :15 or :10.if you are going to call it. Don’t wait to call and insert yourself in the match. Best call there was a stalemate...neither could improve. Called stalemate every other front head in the match. I also get tired of seeing Faulkens insert himself at matside. 2x this weekend so far. You want to be there and make decisions at mat side, then pull the officials aside as well and make sure you tell them they screwed up as well. Seeing too many matches decided by the officials in the last 2-3 weeks. And no, I won’t sign up to become an official...just do it right.
  23. 7 points
    KarlHungus

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Snyder got tossed. I think his actions were mild
  24. 6 points
    grappleapple

    Who impressed you the most

    Absolutely. Not knowing him personally at all, he carried himself extremely well even when faced with that questionable call. I was also really impressed with the attitude of Sam Hansen of Roncalli. He seemed to be having the time of his life, and was very polite. I talked to him for a second after the finals and he was just a very gracious kid.
  25. 6 points
    base

    Boards about to die down

    I'd like to see some "Whatever happened to.... ?" articles. Past state champs or even guys that were close. Tell their story about the path they chose after HS wrestling ended, and also maybe what wrestling did for them later in life. Has to be lots of interesting stories out there
  26. 6 points
  27. 6 points
    CoachDuke2.0

    126

    I know we have talked about this multiple times. I just wanted to say thank you to all of the 126 lb wrestlers for staying at the weight and not dropping to 120 or bumping up to 132. (Obviously some couldn't because they had great team mates at the weight above and below.) Watching all 4 of the semi finalists walk out on to the mat was maybe the most excited I have ever been at the state tournament outside of red vs lee. Then you look on the outside mats and realize there are 4 other guys who are semi finalist/finalist caliber level as well, that came up short. All legends in my eyes. Thats the deepest weight class I have ever seen in my 18 years of watching the state finals. Obviously that is debatable but these guys made a very strong argument and have my vote. That was a blast and this is a sincere THANK YOU! -nick duke
  28. 6 points
    leaveitonthemat

    most impressive TODAY??

    Here are a few things that impressed me today and a few that didn’t. Impressive 1.Asa Garcia wrestled like a man on a mission. The way he handled Smiley and Mills was awesome. 2. Rumph’s takedown game. He was fast, strong, and was scoring points with ease. The way he scored on Lee and Melloh...wow. 3. Rader, not sure if it was the way he went after it in the final or his mustache. 4. Fattore-the way he handled the controversy, with class. 5. The beard game in the Avon and Wabash corner was strong! 6. I hate to admit it, but Cathedral wrestled lights out all tournament series. Not impressive (not in any order) 1. Fair’s singlet, sorry but I like the Perry blue 2. Tonte’s shoes, I thought Krulik was killing something? 3. I had Mulkey winning it all, but I was not impressed with the way he wrestled. I wished he would have been more aggressive. 4. Little Rooks. I also had him winning, but he just didn’t let it go. That four point stance I think hurts him more than helps. 5. The lack of breakfast food offered to all of us early risers at Bankers life. 6. We didn’t get a Mongolian protest. When Snyder took off the tie I thought it was coming
  29. 6 points
    Caleb Spires

    GRANBY

    Well this went from light-hearted to uncomfortable pretty quick.
  30. 6 points
    SWINfan

    Garcia

    The secret is out about Asa Garcia. To beat him at State, you have to let him win Sectional, Regional & SS! 2016 Sectional - 2nd Place Regional - 2nd Place Semi-State - 2nd Place (all losses to Mills) State - Champion 2017 Sectional - 1st Place Regional - 1st Place Semi-State - 1st Place State - 3rd Place 2018 Sectional - 2nd Place Regional - 2nd Place Semi-State - 2nd Place State - Champion The pattern has been set!
  31. 6 points
    TripleB

    Melloh and Mulkey

    How many coaches are saying Snyder’s actions were ridiculous? I’m guessing most commenting are keyboard coaches
  32. 6 points
    Powerline

    Melloh and Mulkey

    Yep, that ref crew should never do a state final again
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    Caleb Spires

    Blake Boarman

    It should be.
  35. 5 points
    grappleapple

    Best state tournament

    This year's state meet was great, as always - but, what is your favorite state finals and why? For me, it was probably Chad Red's senior season. The electricity in the air for that Lee/Red match was one of the coolest things I've experienced in the sport. Last year the most fun was the third-place heavyweight match.
  36. 5 points
    sslaymon

    Boards about to die down

    What about a Getting to Know article/interview every so often? Find a random school, wrestler, coach, assistant and just ask to interview them? Whether it's video content or even an article, it might help their program get a little more recognition. I mean the people that frequent the board have an idea of what coaches are doing and how some of the top talent is doing, but what about some of the smaller schools or guys that seem to fly under the radar. Or even some video content of Team Indiana practices, road trips and tournaments, similar to that of what FloWrestling use to do. Always fun watching those.
  37. 5 points
    Coach Seymour

    B Lee class act

    It’s been an honor to coach him, along with his fellow senior teammates in Mills, Mulkey, and Walton. I’ve learned tons from the fab 4 and can’t wait to see what they accomplish in college! They changed the atmosphere at Brownsburg for the sport of wrestling and while it will be sad to walk into the wrestling room without them the mark they made will last for years to come.
  38. 5 points
    boomer

    Graber / Walton

    No ones is talking about it but I thought this was the best match of the night. They really went at it and left it on the mat. I want to say congratulations to Conner for getting it done when most people thought that Nathan was the favorite. Great match guys.
  39. 5 points
    Coach Coop

    The next Kris Rumph???

    Not trying to put any pressure on my kid but he doesn’t even know this messageboard exist. Keandre Watson Columbus North started wrestling last year as a freshman, he is a 2x semi state qualifier. Lost to 8th place finisher Brycen Denny 5-2 this year... lost by decision to Rooks in the sectional and regional finals. Keandre finished 7th at freshman and sophomore state last year and 7th at freestyle state last year as a first year cadet. Teched 2x state qualifier Tanner Schoeff at freestyle state. maybe not on the same level as Rumph but definitely a kid who could be a 2x placer depending on the weight class.
  40. 5 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com When Trent McCormick became head wrestling coach at Yorktown High School, he was a teenager leading teenagers. Over the decades, McCormick turned the Tigers into a mat powerhouse. In his 30 seasons, Yorktown sent many wrestlers to the State Finals in Indianapolis. Fifty-nine times, they headed back to Delaware County as state placers. Six times, they were state champions — Ross Janey (285 in 2010), Devon Jackson (138 in 2012), Rhett Hiestand (160 in 2014), Brad Laughlin (160 in 2017), Brayden Curtis (106 in 2017 and 113 in 2018). McCormick, 50, has announced his retirement and he steps away as the leader of the program with a memorable last go-round at the State Finals. “We were a small team this year,” said McCormick Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “There were a lot of studs on the team. We always like to say, ‘Steel sharpens steel.’ It’s been a long, grueling season and to have four state placers and six state qualifiers, I was very proud of them.” McCormick, a state champion at 185 for Delta in 1986 and an Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer, took his boys back to the State Finals after winning the 22nd sectional, 13th regional and eighth semistate of his career. At Indy, junior Brayden Curtis (40-0) bested New Castle junior Andrew Black 6-0 in the finals to become a two-time state champion on McCormick’s watch. “He knows how to plan and he knows how to coach us mentally and physically,” said Curtis of McCormick. “He’s a huge part of my success as well as (assistant) coach (Kenny) O’Brien.” Senior Christian Hunt (48-1) concluded his Yorktown career as a state runner-up at 145. “It was a great honor to go out and represent my school,” said Hunt. “I definitely wanted to come out with a first, but second isn’t too bad.” “As a senior, I wanted to send Coach McCormick out on a positive note,” said McCormick. “I did absolutely the best I could.” Senior Alex Barr (48-3) placed sixth at 132. Senior Zach Todd (42-8) came in seventh at 106. State qualifiers were junior Eric Hiestand (42-4) at 152 and sophomore Holden Parsons (39-6) at 285. The Tigers finished seventh in the team standings. During McCormick’s run, Yorktown has been state runner-up twice and won four team state duals championships. A lay coach for 18 years who transitioned into teaching and has been in the classroom for the past 12, McCormick said he plans to spend more time with loved ones. He also plans to travel and that means going to West Point, N.Y., to see son Cael McCormick wrestle for Army. Cael was a three-time state medalist at Yorktown. “I’m going to spend some more time with the family and not so much time in the gymnasium,” said McCormick. View full article
  41. 5 points
    JMILL

    Melloh and Mulkey

    thank you for not letting us all down...... @MD92 showing his true colors with this anonymous post as a huge P.O.S. good to know some things don't change #StayClassy u huge d-bag
  42. 5 points
    Wow. I haven't been on the boards..I can't believe how many people think this was called correctly. Two seconds is a long time, friends. It's questionable whether he had part of both scapulae or both shoulders on the mat at the same time. It's no where NEAR questionable whether either of those criteria happened for two seconds. That was way, way too fast. Not even in the same timezone as a pin. I'm shocked people are defending it. "Go flat and you put yourself at the ref's mercy." What? Am I at his mercy if I let myself get taken down out of bounds or after the buzzer? Touch falls are not the rule. I shouldn't be at the mercy of random misapplication of rules. Seriously, I'm blown away by how many people could care less if a pin is 2 seconds. Yikes.
  43. 5 points
    My vote would go to Parris. Three sport athlete, three state titles and a 3rd, record for most career falls in the state tournament, #1 ranked nationally. Hard to argue against Lee, but he missed state his freshman year and is a one-sport specialist. That's about the only difference between his and Mason's resume.
  44. 5 points
    AuHoosier17

    National Anthem

    I thought that was the best national anthem to happen in a good while. The girls did a great great job.
  45. 5 points
    runner-up

    Melloh and Mulkey

    If you rewatch the match, he snaps him to the mat but doesn’t make any attempts to score off of it (i.e. get to a point where he could secure a takedown). The casebook shows an example were this could be called stalling: 6.4a: “Typical holds/maneuvers contributing to stalling in the neutral position are: a) Upper body tie-ups with no attempt to take down the opponent.” Per the rulebook, overtime is just the continuation of the match (rule 7-2) so normal rules would apply. The difference would take place in the ultimate tiebreaker. The offensive wrestler scores here by preventing the defensive wrestler from scoring. So riding a spiral ride with no attempt to breakdown or turn the opponent shouldn’t be penalized. The casebook does reference a similar situation for the stall call that would favor the Mulkey fans: 7.6.6 Situation B: “Should stalling be called in the following situations? A) In a neutral position, Wrestler A attempts a takedown and is stopped by Wrestler B who applies a legal front headlock. Wrestler B does not use the headlock to attempt to score a takedown but maintains the headlock....Ruling: In [this situation] Wrestler B has created a stalemate situation to avoid being scored upon. Repeating the same action to create a stalemate situation without using it in an attempt to score would be stalling on Wrestler B.” The question here would be did Mulkey snap Melloh into the headlock, or did he apply it in an attempt to defend a shot. If the later, than no stalling should be called per the ruling above (as it should have been called a stalemate the first time it happened). But if Mulkey initiates the front headlock, then I can see how a stall call could be argued. I also acknowledge that a simple stalemate could have been called as well.
  46. 5 points
    bigballerb

    Wow - Fattore pinned himself!

    Awesome moment to see Fattore warm up rader before his finals
  47. 5 points
    Wrestling Scholar

    Wow - Fattore pinned himself!

    How about this idea. Maybe coaches could give some justice, and vote Fattore for mental attitude award. Not sure what defines mental attitude, but this kid has worked his butt off, and came up with the boggest screw, but he still showed great sportsmanship. He really deserves it over anybody.
  48. 5 points
    Y2CJ41

    Melloh and Mulkey

    That was a terrible call that possibly cost their team and a kid a state title.
  49. 5 points
    Wrestling Scholar

    On this day 1985-Big Match

    Not sure if everybody remembers the biggest and best lateral drop ever. But state champ Brian Shute went down. Just in case some of the younger guys aren't up to date on wrestling history.
  50. 5 points
    Thor

    Multi sport vs wrestling only

    Are we not counting Brayton Lee as a golf manager?
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