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You school's first state qualifier, placer or champ was? Or how many of each your school has had over the years?

Well.....wonder no more!

http://indianamat.com/index.php?/history/teamfirsts.html/

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Joe, If I'm not mistaken, Columbus East has had 3 Champs in the last 2 years.  Both Rooks brothers and Nick South.  The list shows Columbus East with 2 champs.

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this is awesome! wish we could put in order by number of qualifiers/placers/champs highest to lowest. See who is in the lead and so on...

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2 hours ago, brickfor6 said:

this is awesome! wish we could put in order by number of qualifiers/placers/champs highest to lowest. See who is in the lead and so on...

You can copy it into a spreadsheet and manipulate it how you wish. Bloomington South(formerly Bloomington) is the runaway leader in almost everything. 

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Where the heck has Bloomington been lately? There is no doubt the Doug Blubaugh days/camps and Olympic heritage produced a few offspring, but the rest? Why did Royce Deckard leave? Can anyone revive either program? There has to be more grandpas and grandsons with historic love of the sport down there to get a program rolling again. JT Young is at Carmel now, but there has to be a few others. Matt Morin and Owen Valley? It’s a great rasslin’ town. #needaresurgence

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7 hours ago, IndianaWrestlingGuy said:

Where the heck has Bloomington been lately? There is no doubt the Doug Blubaugh days/camps and Olympic heritage produced a few offspring, but the rest? Why did Royce Deckard leave? Can anyone revive either program? There has to be more grandpas and grandsons with historic love of the sport down there to get a program rolling again. JT Young is at Carmel now, but there has to be a few others. Matt Morin and Owen Valley? It’s a great rasslin’ town. #needaresurgence

Been seeing lots of Bloomington South kids up here in The County training this off season. Speaking of Blubaugh his grandson just won the IHPO and is training like a madman to make a deep run his senior season. I predict that Bloomington South will have a solid season this year.

But.. you gotta figure that they draw into a semistate with Columbus East, EMD, Brownsburg, and Avon. It’s been tough to beat kids from those programs over the last handful of years. 

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If I remember correctly, they had 4 go to state this last season (which 2 return), and 2013 they did win SemiState. 

I don't think they've gone away, just haven't been a top 5 in the state type of team.

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10 hours ago, IndianaWrestlingGuy said:

Where the heck has Bloomington been lately? There is no doubt the Doug Blubaugh days/camps and Olympic heritage produced a few offspring, but the rest? Why did Royce Deckard leave? Can anyone revive either program? There has to be more grandpas and grandsons with historic love of the sport down there to get a program rolling again. JT Young is at Carmel now, but there has to be a few others. Matt Morin and Owen Valley? It’s a great rasslin’ town. #needaresurgence

Great point about the influence of Blubaugh that raises some salient points. Love looking at the history of IHSAA sports and IHSAA wrestling; there are a very few sports or schools that have established 'programs', that can sustain programs regardless of who the coach is; like Warren Central or Ben Davis in football, Carmel in swimming.  A combination of culture, geographical advantages, and endless talent resource pool to draw from. 

But then you look deeper at the unbelievable runs of other programs because of a once-in-a-generation truly great coaches that willed their programs to greatness, changing the lives of many, there are a few that stand out. Coaches like in:

* Baseball - LaPorte w/ Ken Schreiber (7 Titles),

* Basketball - Marion's Bill Green, 6 finals 

* Track & Field with Gary Roosevelt's John Campbell (10 titles),

* Wrestling - Goebel at Mater Dei (12 Titles), or Delta's 5 year run under Patton

* Football with Hobart's Don Howell who made 11 title appearances .

You get an appreciation for what it took to make that happen, and the sacrifice. It's why we should be grateful to all our current coaches who put the time in changing lives. I can't imagine what they would do with some of today's over-involved parent / coaches.  

From that list above, weird to see how all of those programs have dropped off significantly. If you told me 20 years ago that the Gary Roosevelt track team would not have any state finals qualifiers for Track & Field in 2018, or that Hobart would not sniff the IHSAA finals for 20 years, or that Bloomington's wrestling scene would drop off the map, I would have ran to Las Vegas and laid $10,000 down. 

 

 

 

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“because of a once-in-a-generation truly great coaches that willed their programs to greatness, changing the lives of many, there are a few that stand out”

Changing the lives of many...the goal of any great coach.  If you get a state championship along the way...that’s a bonus.  

IMO

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