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  • Fargo Junior Preview

    The Juniors will start on the mat Sunday at Fargo. This is a group that overall might be the deepest group in terms of state placers and champions that Indiana has taken in a long time. Eight wrestlers that have won a state title will be representing the Hoosier state along with over 40 wrestlers that have state level experience.
     
    Three wrestlers with Fargo experience that will have high expectations include Evan Bates, Zeke Seltzer, and Drake Buchanan. Both Selzer and Bates were runner-ups in 2019 at the 16U age level and looking to get the big stop sign this year. Bates will be wrestling at Northwestern this winter, while Seltzer recently committed to wrestle at Missouri after completing his senior year. Buchanan was 6th in 2019 and currently looking at finding a school to wrestle at after this year. By now we all know Christian Carroll's story, he'll be in the mix for his second major title during the season after winning the Super 32 last fall.
     
    Sergio Lemley has two state titles in two states during his career and is a threat for a spot in the finals. He struggled a little bit at UWW Cadets, but will be at a more natural weight for Fargo. Three Mater Dei state champs will all look to bring back hardware this year. Blake Boarman will be off to Chattanooga soon, but wants to grab some Fargo hardware before he leaves. Both Brody Baumann and Gabe Sollars will look to impress college coaches as they still have one more year left at Mater Dei.
     
    Floyd Central champ J Conway will be taking the mat at 160lbs. He will surprise some folks as he will come into Fargo without some national credentials. LaPorte little guy Ashton Jackson will take a break from leading local parades and join the fray at 113lbs at Fargo.
     
    Perry Meridian’s Matthew Koontz was 5-0 at the Junior duals and could headlock a few guys in the FargoDome.  Other wrestlers with experience under the lights include Evan Dickey, Cheaney Schoeff, Logan Frazier, and Jajuan Anderson. Sullivan’s Lane Gilbert represented the USA at the Pan Ams in the 15U age group and could surprise some folks in Fargo.
     
    Schedule
    Saturday, July 17
    Junior Freestyle Medical Check and Weigh-in
    7:30 PM
     
    Sunday, July 18
    Junior Men's Freestyle: Session I - Preliminaries and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
     
    Junior Men's Freestyle: Session II - Preliminaries and Consolations
    4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
     
    Monday, July 19
    Junior Freestyle 2ND Medical Check and Weigh-in [+ 2 LBS]
    7:00 AM
     
    Junior Men's Freestyle: Session III – 1/8 Championships, Quarterfinals & Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     
    Junior Men's Freestyle: Session IV –- Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals
    5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Tuesday, July 20
    Junior Freestyle: Session VI - Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
     
    Wednesday, July 21
    Junior Greco-Roman Medical Check and Weigh-in
    4:00 PM
     
    Thursday, July 22
    Junior Greco-Roman: Session I - Preliminaries and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     
    Junior Greco-Roman: Session II – 1/8 Championship and Consolations
    4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
     
    Friday, July 23
    Junior Greco-Roman: Session III – Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
     
    Junior Greco-Roman: Session IV Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     
    Entries from Indiana
    Weight Style Name School State FS Duals GR Duals 106 FS/GR Jackson Heaston Indian Creek       106 Freestyle Nathan Smith Southport 2021 7th at 106lbs 6-2 7-0 113 Freestyle Ashton Jackson LaPorte 2021 1st at 106lbs     113 Freestyle Evan Dickey Indianapolis Cathedral 2020 Qualifier at 106lbs
    2021 2nd at 106lbs     113 FS/GR Toby Billerman Perry Meridian 2021 3rd at 106lbs 5-1 2-2 120 Freestyle Lane Gilbert Sullivan 2020 4th at 113lbs
    2021 3rd at 120lbs     126 Freestyle Anthony Hughes Lawrence North 2020 Qualifier at 120lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 132lbs     126 FS/GR Cheaney Schoeff Avon 2020 2nd at 113lbs
    2021 2nd at 126lbs     126 Freestyle Logan Frazier Crown Point 2020 3rd at 113lbs
    2021 2nd at 120lbs     126 FS/GR Michael Tharpe Center Grove 2021 Qualifier at 126lbs     126 Freestyle Sergio Lemley Chesterton 2020 1st at 113lbs
    2021 1st at 120lbs     132 Freestyle Anthony Bahl Crown Point 2021 5th at 113lbs     132 FS/GR Matteo Vargo Penn 2019 2nd at 120lbs
    2020 1st at 126lbs
    2021 5th at 126lbs     132 FS/GR Zeke Seltzer Indianapolis Cathedral 2019 2nd at 113lbs
    2020 1st at 120lbs
    2021 1st at 126lbs     138 FS/GR Blake Boarman Evansville Mater Dei 2018 3rd at 113lbs
    2019 2nd at 120lbs
    2020 1st at 138lbs
    2021 3rd at 138lbs     138 FS/GR Brac Hooper Carmel 2020 Qualifier at 113lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 132lbs 1-6 3-4 138 Greco-Roman Brandon Kinnick Daleville       138 Freestyle Elijah Anthony Frankfort 2019 Qualifier at 106lbs
    2020 Qualifier at 113lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 126lbs     138 Greco-Roman Julius Gerencser Daleville 2021 8th at 138lbs     138 FS/GR Reakus Shelton Fort Wayne Snider 2020 8th at 132lbs     138 FS/GR Zach Wilson Roncalli       145 Freestyle Brody Arthur Oak Hill 2020 Qualifier at 132lbs
    2021 5th at 138lbs     145 Freestyle Dylan Stroud Manchester 2020 8th at 126lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 132lbs     145 Greco-Roman Ethan Jeffery Franklin Community       145 Greco-Roman Ethan Thompson Beech Grove   0-2 1-3 145 Freestyle Kody Glithero Roncalli   2-4 1-2 145 Freestyle Sam Goin Crown Point 2020 5th at 106lbs
    2021 4th at 126lbs     152 FS/GR Braedon Spears Plainfield   1-2 1-1 152 Freestyle Jaden Reynolds Avon 2019 5th at 138lbs
    2020 3rd at 145lbs
    2021 3rd at 145lbs     152 FS/GR Jajuan Anderson Warren Central 2020 2nd at 145lbs
    2021 4th at 152lbs     152 Freestyle Matthew Koontz Perry Meridian 2020 2nd at 132lbs
    2021 3rd at 152lbs 5-0 4-0 152 Freestyle Riley Rust Center Grove 2020 4th at 145lbs     152 Freestyle Scott Fitts Evansville Mater Dei 2018 Qualifier at 145lbs     160 Freestyle Hayden Shepherd Western 2019 Qualifier at 126lbs
    2020 Qualifier at 138lbs
    2021 6th at 145lbs     160 Freestyle J Conway Floyd Central 2019 Qualifier at 126lbs
    2020 6th at 138lbs
    2021 1st at 152lbs     160 Freestyle Kade Law Columbus East 2019 Qualifier at 145lbs
    2021 3rd at 160lbs     160 Freestyle Orlando Cruz Crown Point 2020 Qualifier at 145lbs
    2021 5th at 160lbs     160 FS/GR Ryan Younger Bloomington South       160 Freestyle Toby Abbott Cowan 2021 8th at 145lbs 4-4 4-3 170 FS/GR Aiden Reynolds Bloomington South       170 FS/GR Brody Baumann Evansville Mater Dei 2020 Qualifier at 145lbs
    2021 1st at 160lbs     170 FS/GR Codei Khawaja Floyd Central 2021 Qualifier at 170lbs     170 FS/GR Tyler Fuqua Franklin Community 2018 Qualifier at 120lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 170lbs     170 FS/GR Vincent McDonald Zionsville       182 FS/GR Brodie Porter Eastern (Greentown) 2020 Qualifier at 170lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 170lbs 1-1 2-3 182 FS/GR Drake Buchanan Center Grove 2020 6th at 182lbs
    2021 2nd at 182lbs 2-2 3-1 182 FS/GR Louis Mariacher Zionsville       182 FS/GR Noah Rowlett Lawrenceburg       182 FS/GR Pate Eastin Penn 2019 Qualifier at 145lbs
    2020 3rd at 160lbs
    2021 7th at 170lbs     195 FS/GR Brandon Hammer Tippecanoe Valley       220 FS/GR Christian Carroll New Prairie       195 FS/GR Connor Barket West Lafayette 2020 Qualifier at 182lbs
    2021 7th at 195lbs     195 Freestyle Evan Bates Chesterton 2019 3rd at 182lbs
    2020 1st at 220lbs
    2021 3rd at 220lbs     195 Freestyle Gabe Sollars Evansville Mater Dei 2019 Qualifier at 160lbs
    2020 7th at 170lbs
    2021 1st at 182lbs     195 Freestyle Keaton Grider Fort Wayne South Side       195 FS/GR Sam Hesser Center Grove       220 Freestyle Bryce Crump Center Grove       220 FS/GR Josh Howell Terre Haute South 2019 Qualifier at 220lbs
    2021 6th at 220lbs     220 Freestyle Nicholas Casad Terre Haute South       285 FS/GR Jacob Johnson Franklin Community 2020 Qualifier at 285lbs
    2021 Qualifier at 285lbs     285 FS/GR Ryan Lattimore Purdue Polytech      

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    Fargo 16U Preview

    The 16U age group(formerly Cadets) is always filled with excitement as there is an element of surprise at many weights with the young kids hitting a big national tournament. This year’s Indiana squad is one to watch as they were double All-American as a team at the National Duals. This is the first time Indiana has ever doubled up at the duals. Many of these same wrestlers will be looking for individual honors at Fargo which could make this year a very good year.
     
    Seven of the wrestlers taking the mats will have experience at Bankers Life. Two-time state placer Aidan Torres of Chesterton has the most state experience. He was 4-1 in the Greco duals and 4-5 in freestyle. Other placers that will be coming include Whiteland’s Joey Buttler and his fantastic hair. Buttler was 4-3 in Greco at the duals and 4-4 in freestyle. Western’s little guy Tanner Tishner looks to impress after going 5-4 in freestyle and 4-4 in Greco at the duals. Other state qualifiers that will be heading to Fargo include Evan Cruz, Tony Wood, Cameron Clark, and Logan Farnell.
     
    Some young guns that you need to watch out for include future Brownsburg Bulldog Revin Dickman. He was 9-0 in freestyle at the duals and 5-3 in Greco. He is ranked in numerous grade level rankings and will be one to watch when he dons his purple singlet. Snider’s phenom De’Alcapon Veazy has already been in the high school level rankings and was 6-3 in freestyle and 7-1 in Greco at the national duals. He’s a big guy that has wrestled everywhere this year. The name Rioux is quite familiar to those at Avon and Nathan Rioux is one to watch at 88lbs. He was 7-1 at the national duals in freestyle and 5-0 in Greco. Older brother Luke was 8-0 in freestyle this June. Crown Point young gun Gavin Jendreas will be one to follow at 100lbs, he was 7-2 at the duals in freestyle.
     
    Schedule
    Friday, July 16
    16U Freestyle Medical Check and Weigh-in
    5:00 PM
     
    Saturday, July 17
    16U Freestyle: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
     
    16U Freestyle: Session II – Preliminaries, Consolations
    3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
     
    Sunday, July 18
    16U Freestyle 2ND Medical Check & Weigh-in [+2 lbs]
    7:00 AM
     
    16U Freestyle: Session III - Quarterfinals and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
     
    16U Freestyle: Session IV - Semifinals, Consolations and Consolation Semifinals
    4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
     
    Monday, July 19
    16U Freestyle: Session V - Consolation Semifinals (IF NEEDED)
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
     
    16U Freestyle: Session VI - Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     
    Tuesday, July 20
    16U Greco-Roman Medical Check and Weigh-in
    4:30 PM
     
    Wednesday, July 21
    16U Greco-Roman: Session I - Preliminaries and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     
    16U Greco-Roman: Session II - 1/8 Championship, Quarterfinals and Consolations
    5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
     
    Thursday, July 22
    16U Greco-Roman: Session III Semifinals and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    16U Greco-Roman: Session IV Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     
    Entries from Indiana
    Weight Style Name School State FS Duals GR Duals 88 FS/GR Ayden Bollinger Alexandria   4-4 2-0 88 FS/GR Revin Dickman Brownsburg   9-0 5-3 88 FS/GR Nathan Rioux Avon   7-1 5-0 88 FS/GR Tyler Tun Fort Wayne Snider     1-2 94 FS/GR Brady Byrd Washington   1-8 2-6 94 FS/GR Logan Gilman Greenfield-Central       94 Freestyle Quinn Stauffacher Zionsville       100 Freestyle Gavin Jendreas Crown Point   7-2 1-1 100 FS/GR Luke Rioux Avon   8-0 3-4 106 Freestyle Charlie Larocca Center Grove       106 Freestyle Jalen May Peru   2-6 1-6 106 FS/GR Lincoln Parsons Greenfield-Central       106 FS/GR Tanner Tishner Western 2021 8th at 106lbs 5-4 4-4 113 Freestyle Kaptur Nowaczyk Crown Point       113 FS/GR Seth Syra Plainfield   3-6 1-7 120 Freestyle Evan Cruz Crown Point 2021 Qualifier at 106lbs     120 Freestyle Griffin Ingalls Fishers   4-4 1-7 126 FS/GR Joey Buttler Whiteland 2021 8th at 113lbs 4-4 4-3 126 Freestyle Aden Reyes Indianapolis Cathedral       126 Freestyle Tony Wood Jay County 2021 Qualifier at 120lbs     132 FS/GR Wyatt Krejsa Center Grove       132 Freestyle Jason Shuey Columbus North   0-7 0-4 138 Freestyle Cameron Clark Jay County 2021 Qualifier at 132lbs 1-8   138 FS/GR Gage Gulley Noblesville       138 FS/GR Cohen Hager Greenfield-Central       138 Freestyle Zach Lang Hamilton Southeastern       138 FS/GR Anthony Rinehart Zionsville   2-6 2-6 138 FS/GR Jackson Todd Pendleton Heights     4-4 138 Freestyle Aidan Torres Chesterton 2020 6th at 126lbs
    2021 8th at 132lbs 4-5 4-1 145 FS/GR Waylon Cressell Wabash   1-4 3-3 145 FS/GR Isaiah Holden Greenfield-Central       145 FS/GR Rider Searcy East Central   6-3 4-3 152 FS/GR Aidan Costello Hobart       160 FS/GR Jordan Ayres Manchester       160 FS/GR Fabian Chavez Mishawaka       160 FS/GR Logan Farnell Maconaquah 2021 Qualifier at 160lbs 2-7 0-1 170 Freestyle Dylan Forbus Franklin       170 Greco Dylan Pierce Mooresville       170 FS/GR Jase Robinson Floyd Central       170 FS/GR Brayden Tincher Eastern Hancock     0-3 170 Freestyle Vincent Tinoco Whiteland       182 FS/GR Dealcapon Veazy Fort Wayne Snider   6-3 7-1 195 Freestyle Kyvan Bandy Owen Valley   3-5 3-4 195 FS/GR Will Clark Crown Point   5-3 3-3 220 FS/GR Paul Clark Crown Point   2-7 6-2 285 FS/GR Dominic Burgett Hamilton Southeastern     3-5

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    Fargo Women's 16U and Junior Preview

    Last summer was quite boring for many of us in the wrestling community and without Fargo it felt like the longest summer ever. This year Fargo is back and it looks to be better than ever with USAW allowing more entries per state. Thousands of wrestlers from across the country will converge upon Fargo July 17th through July 23rd for the biggest tournament in the country. This week we will feature write-ups on each age group and the top contenders from Indiana.
     
    Women's wrestling continues to grow within the state and this year it is most evident with 19 women making the trip to Fargo. Without and event last year, the credentials are a little limited past state level events. However, we have a great group that should be in contention for numerous medals over the course of the 16U and Junior age groups. We will have a handful of women doubling up wrestling both divisions that will equate to 27 entries over both divisions.
     
    At the 16U division Indiana has some hammers that will look to bring back a coveted stop sign. Leading the way is Rianne Murphy. She was the champion at this year’s Women’s Nationals at the 15U age group and runner-up at the UWW Cadet(17 and under) age group. She is from Valparaiso, but goes to school at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania. Another one to keep an eye on is Northeastern’s Heather Crull. She was second at Middle School State this year against the boys. She also was second at the 15U Nationals falling to Murphy in the finals. At the UWW Cadet age level she was 5th. 
     
    Munster’s Trinity Malave was a 2020 IHSGW champion and also has had some success at the national level. She was a double placer at Women’s Nationals this year placing 7th at UWW Cadet and 8th at UWW Junior(20 and under) age groups. Another one to watch at the 16U age group will be Joy Cantu who was 7-2 at the national duals in June.
     
    State champions Kaylie Petersen, Torieonna Buchanan, Cailin Campbell, Catie Campbell, Aulani Davis, Kiersten O’Neill, and Riley Dempewolf also will be representing the state at Fargo. Cailin Campbell was 6-3 this June at the national duals, while Dempewolf was undefeated at 9-0. Three wrestlers will return with previous placements at Fargo. Kiersten O’neill, Torieonna Buchanan, and Riley Dempewolf all placed 6th in 2019 at the 16U age group.
     
    Schedule
    Friday, July 16th
    16U Women Freestyle Medical Check and Weigh-in
    5:30 PM
     
    Saturday, July 17th
    16U Women Freestyle: Session I – Preliminaries and Consolations
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
     
    16U Women Freestyle: Session II – Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Consolations
    3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
     
    Saturday, July 18th
    16U Women Freestyle: Session III – Consolation Semifinals (IF NEEDED)
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM\
     
    16U Women Freestyle: Session IV - Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
     
    Monday, July 19th
    Junior Women Freestyle Medical Check and Weigh-in
    6:30 PM
     
    Tuesday, July 20th
    Junior Women: Session I - Preliminaries and Consolations
    (FargoDome - Main Floor)
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Junior Women Freestyle: Session II - 1/8 Championship, Quarterfinals and Consolations
    (FargoDome - Main Floor)
    4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
     
    Wednesday, July 21st
    Junior Women Freestyle: Session III Semifinals and Consolation
    (FargoDome - Main Floor)
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
     
    Junior Women Freestyle: Session IV Finals, Medal Matches & Awards
    (FargoDome - Main Floor)
    1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
     
    Entries from Indiana
    Age Weight Name School State Duals 16U 100 Makenzie Smith Heritage Hills 2021 2nd at 106lbs   16U 106 Rianne Murphy Wyoming Seminary(PA)   8-1 16U 106 Heather Crull Northeastern   9-0 16U 112 Joy Cantu Merrillville   7-2 16U 112 Sydney Delois New Palestine 2021 4th at 113lbs   16U 122 Rose Kaplan West Lafayette 2021 2nd at 113lbs   16U 127 Hannah Seitzinger Indian Creek     16U 132 Kyra Tomlinson Noblesville 2021 3rd at 132lbs   16U 138 Josie Hause Monrovia   2-6 16U 144 Kaylie Petersen Evansville Central 2021 1st at 138lbs 2-0 Junior 100 Makenzie Smith Heritage Hills 2021 2nd at 106lbs   Junior 106 Rianne Murphy Wyoming Seminary(PA)   8-1 Junior 112 Trinity Malave Munster 2020 1st at 113lbs   Junior 112 Makenzie Smith Heritage Hills 2021 2nd at 106lbs   Junior 117 Torieonna Buchanan West Vigo 2019 1st at 106lbs
    2020 1st at 106lbs
    2021 1st at 113lbs   Junior 122 Cailin Campbell North Montgomery 2019 2nd at 120lbs
    2020 1st at 120lbs
    2021 1st at 120lbs 6-3 Junior 122 Rose Kaplan West Lafayette 2021 2nd at 113lbs   Junior 127 Hannah Seitzinger Indian Creek     Junior 127 Anna Krejsa Center Grove 2020 4th at 126lbs
    2021 2nd at 120lbs   Junior 127 Catie Campbell North Montgomery 2019 1st at 126lbs
    2020 2nd at 132lbs
    2021 1st at 126lbs   Junior 132 Kyra Tomlinson Noblesville 2021 3rd at 132lbs   Junior 138 Aulani Davis Kokomo 2020 1st at 132lbs
    2021 1st at 145lbs   Junior 138 Sierra Pienkowski Mount Vernon (Fortville) 2019 8th at 145lbs
    2020 7th at 138lbs
    2021 2nd at 138lbs   Junior 138 Josie Hause Monrovia   2-6 Junior 144 Kaylie Petersen Evansville Central 2021 1st at 138lbs 2-0 Junior 152 Kiersten O'Neill Wabash 2019 1st at 160lbs
    2020 2nd at 160lbs
    2021 1st at 152lbs   Junior 200 Riley Dempewolf McCutcheon 2019 1st at 195lbs
    2020 1st at 195lbs
    2021 1st at 195lbs 9-0

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    Hildebrandt, Olympic training camp comes to South Bend

    By STEVE KRAH
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    Sarah Hildebrandt is an Indiana girl.
     
    And even though she now lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50g Tokoyo Olympics qualifier for the U.S. has gotten a chance to come back to her back yard as the Games approach.
     
    An Olympic Wrestling Training camp for women is happening June 27-July 7 at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, not far from where Hildebrandt grew up in Granger and attended Penn High School.
     
    An Olympic-style tournament and simulation was begun June 28 and concludes June 29.
     
    Through donors and the work of Penn head coach Brad Harper, her father Chris Hildebrandt and many others, the camp was established in Indiana as part of a circuit that came out of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs being closed to non-residents because of COVID-19 concerns.
     
    “I’m so so grateful,” says Hildebrandt, 27. “There's so much to it and then I just feel so supported and loved.
     
    “It’s so special to me and it really made me emotional like when we finally got the clearance for it. So many people who have put a lot into this dream and I feel like right now we kind of all get to share that and that's really cool.”
     
    Jen Seltzer, mother of two-time IHSAA state champion Zeke Seltzer (Indianapolis Cathedral Class of 2022), is an executive with Kroger and helped supply snacks.
     
    Led by U.S. national women’s coach Terry Steiner, the camp includes four of six Olympians (Hildebrandt, Jacara Winchester at 53kg, Tamaya Stock Mensah at 68kg and Adeline Gray a 76kg) and many national team members. Olympic qualifiers Kayla Miracle (62kg), a 2014 Culver Academies graduate, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Helen Maroulis (57kg) are working on strength training in Arizona.
     
    Hildebrandt has been working with Harper since she was a Penn freshman and the two have been around the world for competitions. Harper will be in her corner in Tokyo.
     
    Harper knows what makes Hildebrandt tick. She has to find something that makes it fun for her and cuts the tension.
     
    “When you see Sarah joking and laughing it's like, yep, she's ready,” says Harper. “When she does that it means she's ready flip the switch.”
     
    Hildebrandt’s using the camp to refine as Tokyo (freestyle wrestling is Aug. 4-7).
     
    “I really like that to be able to recognize a mistake in the middle of a fast-paced match, correct it and convert it into offensive points,” says Hildebrandt. “It’s nice to have this atmosphere. I do feel nervous and I do feel a lot how I do in competition so I’m able to navigate those emotions as well.”
     
    There are invitation-only spectators at the camp, including some adoring youngsters.
     
    Those admirers help fuel Hildebrandt.
     
    “If I see a picture of little girls watching us or asking for my autograph it doesn't get old every single time,” says Hildebrandt. “It’s so just inspiring and motivating.
     
    “I didn’t have that growing up.”
     
    With the pandemic the Tokyo Games were delayed by a year and international fans won’t be allowed.
     
    Hildebrandt has learned to put the situation in perspective.
     
    “If you could just let me get my shot at my medal, I won't complain about anything,” says Hildebrandt. “I won't go to opening ceremonies. I won't need any of the hoopla.”
     
    Steiner points out the qualities of Indiana products Hildebrandt and Miracle.
     
    For Hildebrandt, it’s here positive attitude and drive.
     
    “She’s a competitor and you can see that in her family,” says Steiner. “She’s making the right choices, not just on the mat but lifestyle choices.
     
    “I can never predict outcome, but I know she’s as prepared as she’s ever been stepping into a major competition.”
     
    What makes 25-year-old Miracle go?
     
    “She’s a very different athlete,” said Steiner. “She has a lot of confidence in herself and a very unique style. She’s very explosive and very strong.”
    Steiner, who was an NCAA champion wrestler at the University of Iowa in the early 1990’s, notes that U.S. women are veteran that all six were the top seeds going into the Olympic Trials — the first time there were no trial upsets.
     
    “They're very professional in what they're doing when they come in they have their plans set and they go about their business,” says Steiner.
     
    “They're really dialed-in. They know what's at stake.
     
    “My biggest job right now is to keep reminding them that — with or without Olympic gold — it’s not likely to change.
     
    “They've already won. I mean that. The attributes that win gold medals, they're showing me on a daily basis.
    They’ve got to keep looking at it in a positive light and there’s an opportunity in front of them to do great things.”

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    Two exciting opportunities for the Fort Wayne area

    By Dane Fuelling
     
    Decades ago, the stretch of land from Fort Wayne to Muncie was the heart of high school wrestling in Indiana. Storied programs like Bellmont, Delta and the now-shuttered high schools of Muncie South and Muncie North won 11 of the twenty-one state championships from 1974 to 1994. Since Bellmont’s title in 1994, the area has fallen behind the rest of the state. While plenty of wrestling fans around the state like to talk about the struggles of the Fort Wayne area, two men have taken big steps in their lives to put actions where others will only speak words. 
    Wade McClurg has been hired to a new dual position in the Indiana Tech athletic program. He will simultaneously be assistant coach for the Warrior program and the head of its new Warrior Regional Training Center. 
     
    “With the Warrior RTC,” says McClurg, “we have an opportunity to positively impact hundreds of boys and girls in the Fort Wayne community and surrounding area through the sport of wrestling.  In return, we will not only have the ability to produce elite athletes, but we will strive to form servant-leaders and mold outstanding individuals through the world’s oldest and greatest sport.”
     
    On the other side of town, coach Andy Oberlin has opened a new wrestling-focused facility on Goshen Road, not far from the Zoo in Fort Wayne. Oberlin has invested much of his own personal money and time into a venture that has no guarantee of success. It is a new idea for the city, a place for clubs and teams to host camps, retreats and for visiting coaches to hold clinics. 
     
    Oberlin has hooked up with ONE for sponsorship and his facility has new wall mats and wrestling mats being installed this week. He has enlisted the help of Anton Talamantes, one of the city’s all-time wrestling greats, to host the very first clinic at his facility. That will take place on June 12th. 
     
    Coach McClurg was a graduate of Beech Grove High School in Indianapolis who went on to wrestle for the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis. In five years at the helm of the Roncalli program, McClurg won 84 duals with 18 losses and had 17 state qualifiers, including three state champions. He qualified for Team State in his final four seasons and won a semi-state title in 2019. 
     
    With all that time spent on the south side of Indy, moving to Fort Wayne will be a big change for the coach. A state of the art, 25,000 square feet facility was a good place to start.    
     
    For Oberlin, Fort Wayne is home and since wrestling against two-time state champion Tim Myers multiple times in his high school career at DeKalb High School, Oberlin has also seen the drop in competitiveness in the area. 
     
    “The question is whether we have gotten worse or everyone else has gotten better,” says Oberlin. “But I think it is a combination of both.”
     
    Oberlin feels that the strong group of wrestlers out of Griffith High School in the early 2000s, which included current IU head coach Angel Escobedo, transformed high school wrestling in Indiana and created a new, higher ceiling. 
     
    “We have so many more kids competing nationally,” he says. “Just look at how many D1 wrestlers we have produced now. Things are so much more competitive now than they were 25 years ago.”
     
    Both Oberlin and McClurg see potential for the sport in the state’s largest school district, Fort Wayne Community Schools. 
     
    “Kids today need to see some success to get hooked on the sport,” declares Oberlin. “And when you try to get them to start the sport in high school, there isn’t much of a chance for success against experienced wrestlers. We need to change that.”
     
    McClurg’s program will open in September, and with established men’s and women’s wrestling teams at the school, things might just be looking up for wrestling in our area.

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