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    • By STEVE KRAH
      stvkrh905@gmail.com
       
      Colin Kwiatkowski has experienced highs and lows on the wrestling mat and the Valparaiso High School junior says he is better for it. As a 160-pound freshman, Kwiatkowski went into the Vikings varsity lineup and faced a schedule that includes the tough Duneland Athletic Conference and more.
       
      “It was an eye opener,” says Kwiatkowski. “My freshmen years wasn’t the greatest year. My sophomore year, I started beating kids and realized I can actually do something with wrestling.”
       
      “It was an aha moment. I can go far in this sport.”
       
      Kwiatkowski placed first at the LaPorte Sectional, second at the Crown Regional and third at the East Chicago Semistate and qualified for the IHSAA State Finals as a 170-pound sophomore, finishing 32-9.
       
      Not making it to the second day fueled Kwiatkowski’s off-season and has fed his desire during the 2019-20 campaign.
       
      “Losing Friday night (at the State Finals), it hurts,” says third-year Valparaiso head coach Jake Plesac. “It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. He has used it as something to learn from.”
       
      “He took the loss hard. He came in this summer willing to work hard.”
       
      Valparaiso has a young squad this season with many underclassmen in varsity roles.
       
      “I’m helping them,” says Kwiatkowski. “I know what they’re going through. My freshmen year was the same thing. You have to get through the ups and downs.”
       
      With a young squad of 25, including freshmen who came up through the rejuvenated Valparaiso Viking Wrestling Club, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson middle schools, Kwiatkowski finds himself throwing kids into the varsity that could use some more experience at the junior varsity level.
       
      “We all want to get better,” says Plesac. “Sometimes you have to take your lumps to do that.”
       
      “Our goal for us is grow them as young adults and better wrestlers along the way.”
       
      Last fall, Kwiatkowski was a starting linebacker and backup quarterback for the 2019 Class 5A state runners-up.
       
      “That experience in football was like no other,” says Kwiatkowski. “It was really fun.
       
      “But there’s big difference between football shape and wrestling shape. (In wrestling), you’re going all-out as hard as you can the whole time.”
       
      He performed on the gridiron around 195 pounds.
       
      “It met with (Plesac) before went to state,” says Kwiatkowski. “We came to the decision that I’d be wrestling at 182. Last year, I did a lot of cutting weight. It took a big toll on my body. This years, I’m more energized with more strength and I’m quicker.”
       
      Kwiatkowski has been eating mostly vegetables with some lean meats like chicken.
       
      “That stuff has helped,” says Kwiatkowski. “I’ve felt better since I’ve been on the diet.”
       
      Where does Kwiatkowski shine brightest on the mat?
       
      “Defense,” says Kwiatkowski. “That’s what I’m best at. I need to work more at my offense.”
       
      “My coaches always emphasize that I need to take more shots. I agree with them.”
       
      While several different VHS grapplers practice with Kwiatkowski to give him different looks, his main workout partner is 195-pound sophomore Pierce Pine.
       
      “We want to hardest training we can give him,” says Plesac. “If all else fails a coach will jump in and try to give him the better workout.”
       
      Plesac describes Kwiatkowski as a pure wrestler with raw athleticism.
       
      “He’s relentless neutral to top to bottom. He’s a big move guy. He’s known for his throws. It makes him really dangerous. He executes (throws) more than anybody I’ve ever seen in my coaching career.”
       
      “He has great hips and is able to use his body in a way that has made throws successful.”
       
      Kwiatkowski, who is 31-1 this season and coming off a runner-up finish at the DAC meet, says he sometimes relies on his physical gifts more than his moves.
       
      “My athleticism gets me out of situations where I could be using technique or other things to get out of,” says Kwiatkowski. shooting is the side of offense I need to get more out of. I need to be quicker on my feet.
       
      “Those throws aren’t always going to be there.”
       
      Then there’s the Colin Kwiatkowski, the person.
       
      “The thing that makes him special is his humble personality off the mat,” says Plesac. “He’s polite to anyone and everyone. He’s a leader  in the school. He’s a quiet kid.”
       
      “When he speaks people listen. That’s what he does for our team. We’re glad he’s taken on more of a leadership role this year.”
       
      There are 25 athletes on a squad coached by Plesac (a former Hobart wrestler and Purdue University graduate), Eric Ledbetter and Irving Hernandez.
       
      One of the younger Vikings is Colin’s brother, Dylan Kwiatkowski. He broke his arm during the football season and just recently was able to compete in wrestling in a dual against Portage.
       
      “He did very well,” says Colin. “He’s my buddy when it comes to everything.”
       
      Michael and Miranda Kwiatkowski have three children — Colin, Dylan and Brooklyn. The little sister is a seventh grader at Ben Franklin Middle School and is a volleyball player.
       
      Colin Kwiatkowski says he would like to wrestle in college or attend Indiana University to study business. His current favorite school subject is science.
       
      “I’ve always found that interesting,” says Kwiatkowski.
       
      As a sophomore, he was a peer tutor. During his study hall, he helped special education students, eating lunch with them and a football teammate and working with them on their assignments.
       
      “Next year I’m going to do that again,” says Kwiatkowski. “I had a lot of fun doing that.”
       
      Valparaiso has one more home dual meet (Jan. 22 against Crown Point) before the state tournament series.
    • Dual Schedule
      Date/Time Event Jan 20 05:45 pm Providence Cristo Rey at Purdue Polytechnic Jan 20 06:00 pm John Glenn at North Miami Jan 20 06:00 pm Kankakee Valley at Hammond Gavit Jan 20 06:00 pm Sturgis(MI) at Westview Jan 20 06:00 pm Pendleton Heights at Brebeuf Jesuit Jan 21 06:00 pm Wheeler at Highland Jan 21 06:00 pm Cloverdale at Northview Jan 21 06:00 pm Heritage Hills Vincennes Lincoln at Vincennes Lincoln Jan 21 06:00 pm Western Boone at Clinton Prairie Jan 21 06:00 pm Frankfort at Twin Lakes Jan 21 06:00 pm Sullivan at West Vigo Jan 21 06:00 pm Charlestown at West Washington Jan 21 06:00 pm Kokomo at Madison-Grant Jan 21 06:00 pm Rossville at Frontier Jan 21 06:00 pm Delta at Hamilton Heights Jan 21 06:00 pm Jasper at Southridge Jan 21 06:00 pm North Putnam at South Putnam Jan 21 06:00 pm Logansport at Cass Jan 21 06:00 pm Greenwood at Beech Grove Jan 21 06:00 pm North Harrison at Eastern (Pekin) Jan 21 06:00 pm Indiana Deaf at Batesville Jan 21 06:00 pm Jimtown at Edwardsburg(MI) Jan 21 06:00 pm Fountain Central at Benton Central Jan 21 06:00 pm Greencastle at Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Jan 21 06:30 pm Bellmont at Carroll(Fort Wayne) Jan 21 06:30 pm Lake Station Edison at Hammond Morton Jan 21 06:30 pm Tecumseh at Evansville Harrison Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Bishop Luers at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Jan 21 06:30 pm Frankton at Pendleton Heights Jan 21 06:30 pm Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Tri-West Jan 21 06:30 pm Bluffton at Eastside Jan 21 06:30 pm Knox at Winamac Jan 21 06:30 pm Seeger at Lafayette Central Catholic Jan 21 06:30 pm Winchester at Centerville Jan 21 06:30 pm Perry Meridian at Brownsburg Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Snider at Leo Jan 21 06:30 pm Mooresville at Bloomington North Jan 21 06:30 pm Fort Wayne North Side at Alexandria Jan 21 06:45 pm Northridge at Elkhart Memorial Jan 22 07:30 am Crown Point at Valparaiso Jan 22 05:30 pm Evansville Central at Wood Memorial Jan 22 06:00 pm Roncalli at Indianapolis Cathedral Jan 22 06:00 pm Blackford at Marion Jan 22 06:00 pm Lawrence North at Lawrence Central Jan 22 06:00 pm Pioneer at Culver Community Jan 22 06:00 pm Lapel at Daleville Jan 22 06:00 pm Shenandoah at Hagerstown Jan 22 06:00 pm LaVille at John Glenn Jan 22 06:00 pm Center Grove at Plainfield Jan 22 06:00 pm Decatur Central at Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Jan 22 06:00 pm Brebeuf Jesuit at Indianapolis Crispus Attucks Jan 22 06:00 pm Indianapolis Lutheran at Fort Wayne Concordia Jan 22 06:00 pm Terre Haute North at Terre Haute South Jan 22 06:00 pm Southmont at Pike Jan 22 06:00 pm Whitko at Eastbrook Jan 22 06:00 pm Providence Cristo Rey at Speedway Jan 22 06:00 pm New Albany at Jeffersonville Jan 22 06:00 pm Eastbrook at Taylor Jan 22 06:00 pm Tipton at Wes-Del Jan 22 06:03 pm Northfield at Triton Jan 22 06:30 pm Michigan City at Merrillville Jan 22 06:30 pm Warren Central at Avon Jan 22 06:30 pm North Montgomery at Westfield Jan 22 06:30 pm Norwell at South Adams Jan 22 06:30 pm Columbia City at Garrett Jan 22 06:30 pm Culver Academies at South Bend St. Joseph Jan 22 06:30 pm West Lafayette at Lafayette Jefferson Jan 22 06:30 pm Rochester at Western Jan 22 06:30 pm Carmel at Hamilton Southeastern Jan 22 06:30 pm Chesterton at LaPorte Jan 22 06:30 pm Robinson(IL) at North Knox Jan 22 06:30 pm Portage at Lake Central Jan 22 06:30 pm Calumet at Andrean Jan 22 06:30 pm Fort Wayne South Side at Fort Wayne Wayne Jan 22 06:30 pm North Central at Fishers Jan 22 06:30 pm Purdue Polytechnic at Mount Vernon (Fortville) Jan 22 07:00 pm Henderson County(KY) at Evansville Harrison Jan 23 06:00 pm Guerin Catholic at Hamilton Heights Jan 23 06:00 pm Columbus North at Bedford North Lawrence Jan 23 06:00 pm Danville at Greencastle Jan 23 06:00 pm Gary West Side at Hammond Morton Jan 23 06:00 pm Bloomington North at Indian Creek Jan 23 06:00 pm Madison at New Washington Jan 23 06:00 pm Eastern (Greentown) at Frankton Jan 23 06:00 pm New Prairie at John Glenn Jan 23 06:00 pm Jennings County at Seymour Jan 23 06:00 pm Rushville at Shelbyville Jan 23 06:00 pm Greenwood at New Palestine Jan 23 06:00 pm Cass at Northwestern Jan 23 06:00 pm Cascade at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard Jan 23 06:00 pm Hebron at North Newton Jan 23 06:30 pm Bloomington South at Edgewood Jan 23 06:30 pm Cowan at Union City Jan 23 06:30 pm South Bend Washington at Bremen Jan 23 06:30 pm LaVille at West Noble Jan 23 06:30 pm Western Boone at Lebanon Jan 23 06:30 pm South Vermillion at Crawfordsville Jan 23 06:30 pm Greenfield-Central at Beech Grove Jan 23 06:30 pm Whiteland at Martinsville Jan 23 06:30 pm Elwood at Noblesville Jan 23 07:00 pm Mishawaka at South Bend Riley Jan 23 07:00 pm Rensselaer Central at Harrison (WL) Jan 23 07:00 pm Penn at South Bend Adams Jan 23 07:00 pm South Bend Clay at Mishawaka Marian Jan 23 07:00 pm Elkhart Central at Jimtown Jan 24 06:00 pm North Montgomery at Zionsville Jan 24 06:00 pm Cincinnati Elder(OH) at East Central Jan 24 06:30 pm Brownsburg at Columbus East Jan 25 06:00 pm East Chicago Central at South Bend Washington  
      Multi-Dual Schedule
       
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 21 06:00 pm Double Dual at Richmond at Richmond Teams: Cowan Monroe Central Richmond Jan 22 06:00 pm Double Dual at Franklin County at Franklin County Teams: Franklin County Milan South Dearborn Jan 22 06:00 pm Double Dual at Tri at Tri Teams: Eastern Hancock New Castle Tri Jan 23 06:00 pm Attica Duals at Attica Teams: Attica Faith Christian South Newton Tri County Jan 23 07:00 pm Double Dual at Clay at South Bend Clay Teams: Mishawaka Marian South Bend Clay South Bend St. Joseph Jan 25 09:00 am Milan 6 Way at Milan Teams: Madison Milan Switzerland County Jan 25 09:00 am South Dearborn Invite at South Dearborn Teams: Greensburg South Dearborn Jan 25 09:00 am Lake Station Super 8 at Lake Station Edison Teams: Andrean Hammond Clark Lake Station Edison Whiting Tournament Schedule
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 23 06:00 pm Mid-Southern Conference at Scottsburg Teams: Charlestown Corydon Central Eastern (Pekin) North Harrison Salem Scottsburg Silver Creek Jan 23 06:00 pm Great Lakes Athletic Conference at East Chicago Central Teams: East Chicago Central Gary West Side Hammond Hammond Clark Hammond Gavit Hammond Morton Jan 24 05:00 pm Howe Invite at Indianapolis Howe Academy Teams: Indianapolis Crispus Attucks Indianapolis Howe Academy Purdue Polytechnic Jan 24 06:00 pm Allen County Athletic Conference at Woodlan Teams: Adams Central Bluffton Heritage Jay County South Adams Southern Wells Woodlan Jan 25 12:00 am Michael Herschenrader Memorial at Male(KY) Teams: Male(KY) Providence Jan 25 09:00 am Southern Indiana Athletic Conference at Castle Teams: Castle Evansville Bosse Evansville Central Evansville Harrison Evansville Mater Dei Evansville Memorial Evansville North Evansville Reitz Jan 25 09:00 am Big 8 Conference at Washington Teams: Boonville Jasper Mount Vernon (Posey) Princeton Vincennes Lincoln Washington Jan 25 09:00 am North East 8 at New Haven Teams: Bellmont Columbia City DeKalb East Noble Huntington North Leo New Haven Norwell Jan 25 09:00 am CMA Invitational at Culver Academies Teams: Culver Academies Franklin Community Hammond Baptist LaPorte Mishawaka Marian Penn South Bend Riley Southmont Jan 25 09:00 am Summit Athletic Conference at Fort Wayne Snider Teams: Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Fort Wayne Concordia Fort Wayne North Side Fort Wayne Northrop Fort Wayne Snider Fort Wayne South Side Fort Wayne Wayne Jan 25 09:00 am Northern Lakes Conference at Plymouth Teams: Concord Elkhart Memorial Goshen Northridge NorthWood Plymouth Warsaw Wawasee Jan 25 09:00 am Bi-County at Fountain Central Teams: Attica Covington Fountain Central Seeger Jan 25 09:00 am Tri-Eastern Conference at Northeastern Teams: Cambridge City Lincoln Centerville Hagerstown Knightstown Northeastern Tri Union City Union County Winchester Jan 25 09:00 am Three Rivers Conference at Maconaquah Teams: Maconaquah Manchester North Miami Northfield Peru Rochester Southwood Tippecanoe Valley Wabash Whitko Jan 25 09:00 am Mid-Eastern Conference at Cowan Teams: Blue River Valley Cowan Daleville Eastern Hancock Monroe Central Randolph Southern Shenandoah Wapahani Wes-Del Jan 25 09:00 am Hoosier Heartland Conference at Clinton Central Teams: Carroll (Flora) Clinton Central Clinton Prairie Delphi Eastern (Greentown) Rossville Sheridan Taylor Tri-Central Jan 25 09:00 am Cardinal Ritter Invitational at Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Teams: Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter North Putnam Speedway Triton Central Jan 25 10:00 am North Central Conference at Richmond Teams: Anderson Harrison (WL) Indianapolis Arsenal Tech Kokomo Lafayette Jefferson Logansport Marion McCutcheon Muncie Central Richmond Jan 25 10:00 am Hoosier North Athletic Conference at Triton Teams: Caston Culver Community Knox LaVille North Judson Pioneer Triton Winamac Jan 25 10:00 am Pakota Lake Conference at Paoli Teams: Crawford County Mitchell Paoli West Washington Jan 25 10:00 am Midwest Conference at Tri County Teams: Frontier North Newton North White South Newton Tri County West Central Jan 25 10:00 am Pocket Athletic Conference at Heritage Hills Teams: Forest Park Gibson Southern Heritage Hills North Posey Pike Central South Spencer Southridge Tecumseh Tell City
    • By JEREMY HINES
      Thehines7@gmail.com
       
      When it’s time to step on the mat “Flip” flips the switch and goes to work. When the match is done, he flips back to being one of the nicest guys around.
       
      Sure, Indianapolis Lutheran junior Hayden Filipovich got his nickname, in part, because of his last name. But those who know the 182-pounder best knows he can turn into a monster when he’s wrestling.
       
      “We call him Flip,” Lutheran coach Greg Hughes said. “He certainly flips the switch on the mat. He is one of those magical kids that can go toe-to-toe with anyone. He’s relentless. He’s fearless. But, as soon as the match is over, he’s a class act. He’s a great kid, a smart, personable kid and a great leader with an infectious personality.”
       
      Filipovich is currently ranked No. 9 in the 182-pound class. Last year he advanced to the ticket round of the New Castle semistate before falling to J.D. Farrell of Fishers 5-2. That match has fueled Filipovich to push harder this year.
       
      “He wishes he had that ticket round match back,” Hughes said. “It came down to who was going to have that edge. I think he approached that match differently than normal. We have really focused on treating every match the same this year – whether it be a big match or an insignificant one. We don’t want him holding it back and playing safe this year. Every match he needs to go in and just let it rip. This year he puts his foot on the line and goes. All year we’ve focused on this.”
       
      Filipovich worked out all summer with that loss in mind.
       
      “I made a lot of mistakes in the ticket round match,” he said. “I had a lot of nerves going. But, it motivated me to get better and push harder.”
       
      Lutheran is one of the smallest schools in the state. There are just at 250 students in the high school, and about half of those are male. Still, the wrestling team has 15 guys this season. They still struggle to fill a roster and, being in Marion County, they wrestle elite programs like Perry Meridian, Cathedral and Warren Central.
       
      The school didn’t even have a wrestling program until Hughes started it five years ago.
       
      “I always loved the sport of wrestling,” Hughes said. “Then God blessed me with three sons. We were looking at options for high school. Lutheran really stood out as our best choice, but they didn’t have a wrestling program. I told the school that I wanted to go there but we needed wrestling. They allowed me to start the program. Now, the kids on this team are like my sons on the mat. We have two state-ranked wrestlers. I keep saying we’re the No. 1 small school program in Marion County.
       
      “After five years we have had some good accomplishments. It’s a true wrestling story. You win some and lose some, but we see how far we’ve come and how far we want to go.”
       
      Leading the charge this season is Filipovich. The junior is used to success. He was the starting center and linebacker for the state runner-up football team and he has carried that winning attitude to the mat.
       
      “One of my favorite stories about Flip happened about a year ago,” Hughes said. “I was pushing the kids pretty hard. We were running sprints at the end of a very tough practice. The kids were dragging. The sprints were slowing down. I told the kids to give me just two more. Then Flip pops up and says ‘That’s it? We need to do more. I have to be six-minute ready. Let’s go.’ He was pushing us to coach harder because he knew what he wanted to accomplish.”
       
      Filipovich has lofty goals this season.
       
      “Just like every other kid growing up wrestling in Indiana, I want to be a state champion,” he said. “It’s always been a dream of mine.”
       
      Filipovich is undecided in what he wants to pursue in college. He’s leaning toward exercise science but admits he hasn’t made his mind up yet. Right now he’s focused on wrestling.
    • Dual Schedule
      Date/Time Event Jan 13 06:00 pm Castle at Evansville North Jan 13 06:00 pm Hammond Gavit at East Chicago Central Jan 13 06:30 pm New Haven at East Noble Jan 14 07:30 am Hobart at Kankakee Valley Jan 14 05:00 pm Boonville at Heritage Hills Jan 14 05:30 pm North Judson at Boone Grove Jan 14 05:30 pm Gibson Southern at Evansville Memorial Jan 14 06:00 pm Guerin Catholic at Anderson Jan 14 06:00 pm Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter at Roncalli Jan 14 06:00 pm Sullivan at Cloverdale Jan 14 06:00 pm North Putnam at Covington Jan 14 06:00 pm Knightstown at Eastern Hancock Jan 14 06:00 pm Paoli at Washington Jan 14 06:00 pm Eastern (Greentown) at Clinton Prairie Jan 14 06:00 pm Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Danville Jan 14 06:00 pm Western at Frankfort Jan 14 06:00 pm Southern Wells at Frankton Jan 14 06:00 pm Wes-Del at Alexandria Jan 14 06:00 pm Indiana Deaf at Faith Christian Jan 14 06:00 pm Batesville at Greensburg Jan 14 06:00 pm Southwestern (Hanover) at Switzerland County Jan 14 06:00 pm Avon at Ben Davis Jan 14 06:00 pm Edgewood at Bloomington North Jan 14 06:00 pm Carroll (Flora) at Clinton Central Jan 14 06:00 pm Benton Central at West Central Jan 14 06:00 pm Franklin Central at Greenwood Jan 14 06:00 pm Tecumseh at Henderson County(KY) Jan 14 06:00 pm South Putnam at North Vermillion Jan 14 06:00 pm Westview at Churubusco Jan 14 06:00 pm Greencastle at Owen Valley Jan 14 06:00 pm Eastern (Pekin) at New Albany Jan 14 06:00 pm Southridge at Princeton Jan 14 06:00 pm Cowan at Winchester Jan 14 06:00 pm Peru at Maconaquah Jan 14 06:00 pm South Dearborn at East Central Jan 14 06:30 pm Carroll(Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne Snider Jan 14 06:30 pm Leo at Norwell Jan 14 06:30 pm Monrovia at Mooresville Jan 14 06:30 pm Richmond at Daleville Jan 14 06:30 pm Fishers at Pendleton Heights Jan 14 06:30 pm Tri-West at Western Boone Jan 14 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger at Angola Jan 14 06:30 pm North White at West Lafayette Jan 14 06:30 pm Southmont at Fountain Central Jan 14 06:45 pm Concord at Warsaw Jan 14 06:45 pm Jimtown at Northridge Jan 14 06:45 pm Elkhart Memorial at Plymouth Jan 14 07:00 pm Rensselaer Central at Winamac Jan 15 05:00 pm Indianapolis Lutheran at Indiana Deaf Jan 15 06:00 pm Center Grove at New Palestine Jan 15 06:00 pm Evansville Memorial at Castle Jan 15 06:00 pm Indianapolis Cathedral at Perry Meridian Jan 15 06:00 pm Terre Haute South at Bloomington South Jan 15 06:00 pm South Adams at Muncie Central Jan 15 06:00 pm Hamilton Southeastern at Lawrence North Jan 15 06:00 pm Union City at Northeastern Jan 15 06:00 pm Decatur Central at Rushville Jan 15 06:00 pm Charlestown at Jeffersonville Jan 15 06:00 pm Tell City at Crawford County Jan 15 06:00 pm Indianapolis George Washington at Indianapolis Crispus Attucks Jan 15 06:00 pm Mount Vernon (Fortville) at North Central Jan 15 06:00 pm North Miami at Northfield Jan 15 06:00 pm Griffith at Wheeler Jan 15 06:00 pm Elwood at Hamilton Heights Jan 15 06:00 pm Twin Lakes at McCutcheon Jan 15 06:00 pm North Harrison at Scottsburg Jan 15 06:00 pm Peru at Cass Jan 15 06:00 pm Borden at Silver Creek Jan 15 06:00 pm Plainfield at Pike Jan 15 06:00 pm Taylor(OH) at Lawrenceburg Jan 15 06:00 pm Delphi at Rossville Jan 15 06:00 pm Hebron at River Forest Jan 15 06:00 pm Northview at West Vigo Jan 15 06:00 pm Connersville at Hagerstown Jan 15 06:30 pm Bellmont at Adams Central Jan 15 06:30 pm Michigan City at Crown Point Jan 15 06:30 pm DeKalb at Columbia City Jan 15 06:30 pm Columbus East at Columbus North Jan 15 06:30 pm South Dearborn at Franklin County Jan 15 06:30 pm Culver Community at Bremen Jan 15 06:30 pm Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester Jan 15 06:30 pm Triton at Manchester Jan 15 06:30 pm Westfield at Carmel Jan 15 06:30 pm Tri-Central at Kokomo Jan 15 06:30 pm Portage at LaPorte Jan 15 06:30 pm Hanover Central at Illiana Christian Jan 15 06:30 pm Chesterton at Valparaiso Jan 15 06:30 pm Lowell at Hanover Central Jan 15 06:30 pm West Noble at East Noble Jan 15 06:30 pm River Forest at Calumet Jan 15 06:30 pm Western at Wabash Jan 15 06:30 pm Evansville Bosse at North Knox Jan 15 06:30 pm South Bend Clay at Bremen Jan 15 06:45 pm Wawasee at Penn Jan 15 07:30 pm Oak Hill at Tipton Jan 15 07:30 pm Lake Central at Merrillville Jan 16 05:00 pm North White at South Newton Jan 16 05:30 pm Owen Valley at Bedford North Lawrence Jan 16 06:00 pm Adams Central at Delta Jan 16 06:00 pm Purdue Polytechnic at Guerin Catholic Jan 16 06:00 pm Southport at Roncalli Jan 16 06:00 pm Daleville at Madison-Grant Jan 16 06:00 pm Providence Cristo Rey at Brebeuf Jesuit Jan 16 06:00 pm New Castle at Shenandoah Jan 16 06:00 pm Pioneer at Tri County Jan 16 06:00 pm Winamac at LaVille Jan 16 06:00 pm Mount Vernon (Posey) at Gibson Southern Jan 16 06:00 pm Brownsburg at Ben Davis Jan 16 06:00 pm Maconaquah at Caston Jan 16 06:00 pm Evansville Central at Pike Central Jan 16 06:00 pm Cascade at Terre Haute North Jan 16 06:00 pm Heritage at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Jan 16 06:00 pm Southridge at Floyd Central Jan 16 06:00 pm Lakeland at Westview Jan 16 06:00 pm Evansville Reitz at Evansville Mater Dei Jan 16 06:00 pm Sheridan at Lafayette Central Catholic Jan 16 06:30 pm Fremont at Prairie Heights Jan 16 06:30 pm Marion at Logansport Jan 16 06:30 pm Central Noble at Garrett Jan 16 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Concordia Jan 16 06:30 pm Churubusco at Huntington North Jan 16 06:30 pm Bellmont at Fort Wayne Snider Jan 16 06:30 pm Jay County at Homestead Jan 16 06:30 pm Indianapolis Scecina Memorial at Crawfordsville Jan 16 06:30 pm Eastside at Angola Jan 16 06:30 pm Union County at Centerville Jan 16 06:30 pm Seymour at Scottsburg Jan 16 06:30 pm West Central at Knox Jan 16 06:30 pm Heritage Hills at Jasper Jan 16 06:30 pm Whitko at Fort Wayne South Side Jan 16 06:30 pm Leo at Woodlan Jan 16 06:30 pm Goshen at Warsaw Jan 16 06:30 pm Cowan at Bluffton Jan 16 06:30 pm Beech Grove at Triton Central Jan 16 06:45 pm Concord at Plymouth Jan 16 07:00 pm Princeton at Evansville Harrison Jan 16 07:00 pm Culver Academies at South Bend Riley Jan 16 07:00 pm Munster at Hobart  
      Multi-Dual Schedule
       
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 13 06:30 pm Double Dual at North Judson at North Judson Teams: Caston North Judson Pioneer Jan 15 12:00 am Double Dual at Providence at Providence Teams: Corydon Central New Washington Providence Jan 15 06:30 pm Double Dual at North Posey at North Posey Teams: Evansville North North Posey Vincennes Lincoln Jan 18 09:00 am Double Dual at Evansville Central at Evansville Central Teams: Castle Evansville Central Evansville Reitz Jan 18 09:00 am Circle City Conference at Guerin Catholic Teams: Brebeuf Jesuit Guerin Catholic Indianapolis Bishop Chatard Roncalli Jan 18 09:00 am Neil Muse Invitational at Lapel Teams: Anderson Clinton Central Eastern Hancock Fort Wayne South Side Lafayette Jefferson Lapel Jan 18 09:00 am Tri invitational at Tri Teams: Blue River Valley Centerville Daleville Tri Wapahani Jan 18 09:00 am Tri Central Duals at Tri-Central Teams: Carroll (Flora) Clinton Prairie Faith Christian Sheridan Tri-Central Jan 18 09:00 am Boonville Invitational at Boonville Teams: Boonville Jan 18 09:00 am Boonville Invitational at Boonville Teams: Boonville North Knox South Spencer Tecumseh Wood Memorial Jan 18 09:30 am County Meet at Monroe Central Teams: Monroe Central Randolph Southern Union City Winchester Jan 18 06:00 pm Double Dual at Sheridan at Sheridan Teams: Clinton Central Sheridan Tri-Central Tournament Schedule
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 17 07:00 pm Central Indiana Conference at Oak Hill Teams: Alexandria Blackford Eastbrook Elwood Frankton Madison-Grant Mississinewa Oak Hill Jan 18 08:00 am Boonville Invitational at Boonville Teams: Boonville North Knox South Spencer Tecumseh Wood Memorial Jan 18 08:30 am Hoosier Heritage Conference at Pendleton Heights Teams: Delta Greenfield-Central Mount Vernon (Fortville) New Castle New Palestine Pendleton Heights Shelbyville Yorktown Jan 18 08:30 am Southern Indiana Wrestling Classic at Scottsburg Teams: Borden Charlestown Corydon Central Eastern (Pekin) Forest Park Milan Mitchell New Washington North Harrison Paoli Providence Salem Scottsburg Southwestern (Hanover) Switzerland County West Washington Jan 18 09:00 am Wild Bill Invitational at Fort Wayne Concordia Teams: Carroll(Fort Wayne) Churubusco Fort Wayne Concordia Fort Wayne Snider Homestead Maconaquah Muncie Central NorthWood Wabash Jan 18 09:00 am Northern Indiana Conference at Mishawaka Teams: Bremen Elkhart Central Jimtown John Glenn Mishawaka Mishawaka Marian New Prairie Penn South Bend Adams South Bend Clay South Bend Riley South Bend St. Joseph South Bend Washington Jan 18 09:00 am Mid-State Conference at Mooresville Teams: Decatur Central Franklin Community Greenwood Martinsville Mooresville Perry Meridian Plainfield Whiteland Jan 18 09:00 am Metropolitan Conference at Lawrence North Teams: Ben Davis Carmel Center Grove Lawrence Central Lawrence North North Central Pike Warren Central Jan 18 09:00 am Sagmore Conference at North Montgomery Teams: Crawfordsville Danville Frankfort Lebanon North Montgomery Southmont Tri-West Western Boone Jan 18 09:00 am Hoosier Conference Tournament at Western Teams: Benton Central Cass Hamilton Heights Lafayette Central Catholic Northwestern Rensselaer Central Tipton Twin Lakes West Lafayette Western Jan 18 09:00 am Garrett Invitational at Garrett Teams: Angola Carmel DeKalb East Noble Fort Wayne Northrop Fort Wayne Wayne Fremont Garrett Norwell Shenandoah South Adams Southern Wells Warsaw Jan 18 09:00 am Goshen Invitational at Goshen Teams: Columbia City Eastern (Greentown) Fort Wayne North Side Goshen Lakeland Tippecanoe Valley Whitko Winamac Jan 18 09:00 am Adams Central Invitational at Adams Central Teams: Adams Central Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Frontier Huntington North Richmond Southwood Jan 18 09:00 am Conference Indiana at Southport Teams: Bloomington North Bloomington South Columbus North Southport Terre Haute North Terre Haute South Jan 18 09:00 am Indiana Crossroads Conference at Monrovia Teams: Beech Grove Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Indianapolis Lutheran Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Monrovia Speedway Triton Central Jan 18 09:00 am Wabash River Conference at Covington Teams: Attica Covington Fountain Central North Vermillion Parke Heritage Seeger South Vermillion Jan 18 09:00 am Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference at South Dearborn Teams: Batesville Connersville East Central Franklin County Greensburg Lawrenceburg Rushville South Dearborn Jan 18 09:00 am Woodlan Invitational at Woodlan Teams: Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Heritage Logansport Northfield Providence Cristo Rey Woodlan Jan 18 09:00 am Hoosier Hills Conference at Madison Teams: Bedford North Lawrence Columbus East Floyd Central Jeffersonville Jennings County Madison New Albany Seymour Jan 18 09:00 am Hoosier Crossroads Conference at Noblesville Teams: Avon Brownsburg Fishers Franklin Central Hamilton Southeastern Noblesville Westfield Zionsville Jan 18 09:00 am Western Indiana Conference at Edgewood Teams: Brown County Cascade Cloverdale Edgewood Greencastle Indian Creek North Putnam Northview Owen Valley South Putnam Sullivan West Vigo Jan 18 09:00 am Mason Invite at Mason(OH) Teams: Colerain(OH) Evansville Mater Dei Harrison (WL) Indianapolis Cathedral Lakota East(OH) Mason(OH) St. Xavier(OH) Jan 18 10:00 am DAC Tournament at Valparaiso Teams: Chesterton Crown Point Lake Central LaPorte Merrillville Michigan City Portage Valparaiso Jan 18 10:00 am Northwest Crossroads Conference at Lowell Teams: Andrean Highland Hobart Kankakee Valley Lowell Munster Jan 18 10:00 am Greater South Shore Conference at Hanover Central Teams: Boone Grove Calumet Griffith Hammond Bishop Noll Hanover Central Hebron Lake Station Edison River Forest Wheeler Whiting
    • By STEVE KRAH
      stvkrh905@gmail.com
       
      A.J. Poindexter has experienced moments of motivation during his wrestling career.
       
      His first season at Harrison High School in West Lafayette ended with Poindexter — then a 138-pound sophomore – placing sixth at the 2018 Lafayette Jeff Sectional.
       
      After that, he really dedicated himself to the sport and qualified for the 2019 State Finals in the 138 bracket as a junior.
       
      A 1-0 loss to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) junior Chris Wilkerson (who wound up seventh) in the Friday night match ended his second prep campaign and fueled his desire to excel in his senior year and beyond.
       
      “I can’t let the big stage change the way I wrestle,” says Poindexter, referring to the lesson he learned last February at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. “I took a lot of shots. But I didn’t get to my finishes quickly.“
       
      “When you get on the bottom in the third period, you’ve got to get away. There’s no excuse for (not escaping).”
       
      A major point of emphasis in Poindexter’s training since then has been in the bottom position when the opponent puts in his legs.
       
      Poindexter was born in California, moved to Virginia around age 1 and then Connecticut. His father, Anthony Poindexter, was in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns and then became a coach, serving at the University of Virginia and University of Connecticut prior to becoming co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Purdue University.
       
      Anthony and Kimberly Poindexter have three children — Morocca, Anthony Jr. and Chloe.
       
      Morocca (20) is a 400/800 runner on the women’s track and field team at UConn.
       
      A.J., who turns 18 on Jan. 14, says eighth grader Chloe (13) placed seventh in the junior state cross country meet last fall and was second in the 800 and fourth in the 400 as a seventh grader in the junior high state track meet last spring.
       
      A.J. went out for wrestling as an eighth grader in Connecticut at the insistence of his coach for lacrosse, a sport he began playing in kindergarten. He grappled as a short 120-pounder as a freshmen then moved to Indiana when his father was hired at Purdue.
       
      By growing and hitting the weight room, Poindexter has added length and strength to his frame and is now a shade over 5-foot-9 — taller than many in his weight division, which is now 145.
       
      “I’m deceptively strong,” says Poindexter, who is a senior.
       
      The younger Poindexter played football as a Harrison sophomore then opted to focus on wrestling.
       
      “It’s kind of my thing,” says Poindexter of wrestling. “You can’t blame your teammates or the ref. It’s all on you.“
       
      “If you want to be good, you have to put int he work.”
       
      Third-year Harrison head coach Johnny Henry says that what makes Poindexter special is his dedication and his athleticism.
       
      “Practice room through competition, he’s put in hard work,” says Henry of Poindexter. “He is fully-committed. He has speed. He is just very quick on his feet.“
       
      “His technique has improved so much over the last two years.”
       
      Poindexter says Harrison coaches have told him to use his quickness and athleticism to his advantage.
       
      “Wrestle like an athlete instead of robotic,” says Poindexter of the advice. While he considers his double-leg takedown to be his “bread and butter” move, Poindexter has been working to make his offense more diverse.“
       
      “I watch tons of wrestling on YouTube and TV,” says Poindexter. “I’m trying to pick moves. Wrestling freestyle and Greco-Roman in the spring has added more upper body (moves) in my arsenal.”
       
      To get different looks against different body types, Poindexter works out with various teammates in the Harrison practice room. Some of his steady drill partners are Tristen Hood (152), Matthew Baylay (138) and Sam Hein (120).
       
      Poindexter has honed his skills by attending camps, clinics and tournaments and attending workouts led by Henry at Harrison as well as Chad Red of the Red Cobra Wrestling Academy in Indianapolis.
       
      “He really cares about his guys,” says Poindexter of Red.
       
      Poindexter is also thankful to the knowledge and encouragement provided by former Harrison assistant (and ex-Purdue University head coach) Scott Hinkel.
       
      “How bad do you want to be good at this?,” says Poindexter, echoing the question Hinkel asked him.
       
      Poindexter has committed to continue his wrestling and academic careers at George Mason University, an NCAA Division I program in Fairfax County, Va.
       
      By going 5-2 at the Virginia Beach Junior Nationals, Poindexter caught the attention of Patriots coaches. He was invited for a campus visit and later committed.
       
      George Mason assistant Camden Eppert wrestled for Hinkel at Purdue.
       
      “It’s the place for me in terms of culture and coaches,” says Poindexter. “I want to try to be a D-I All-American.”
       
      Poindexter enjoyed taking Journalism at Harrison last year and his current favorite class is Intro to Communications, where he has learned video editing and recently posted a commercial parody of the Nike “Dream Crazy” ad using Raiders wrestlers. It can be viewed on his Twitter page at @AJ_Poindexter.
       
      With the help of Poindexter (28-0), Harrison is 21-2 in dual meets and won the 32-team Spartan Classic at Connersville.
       
      Prior to the IHSAA tournament series (Lafayette Jeff Sectional Feb. 1, Logansport Regional Feb. 8, East Chicago Semistate Feb. 15 and State Finals Feb. 21-22), the Raiders’ Varsity “A” team has a dual meet at Tipton Jan. 15, a home dual against Rensselaer Central Jan. 23 and North Central Conference meet at Richmond Jan. 25.
       
      Henry promotes closeness with his Raiders and Poindexter embraces that model.
       
      “A.J.’s very enthusiastic,” says Henry. “He can pump up the team. Practice is very team-oriented. We stick together as a family. It helps us stay mentally tough and focused as a team.“
       
      “We build each other up when one person’s down. There’s times when the season feels long.”
       
      To break up the monotony, the team sometimes plays games — like ultimate frisbee with a football.
       
      “It gives our minds a break,” says Henry. “It’s a workout but they have fun with it. It’s team bonding for them.”
       
      Henry was a Harrison for four seasons before becoming head coach. Before that, the former University of Indianapolis wrestler spent one year as an assistant at his alma mater — Benton Central. He is a full-time trainer at Miracles Fitness in West Lafayette.
       
      The Raiders have about 50 athletes in the program and 13 coaches — Henry plus assistants Bill Bailey, John Campagna, Kevin Elliott, Donnie Fahler, Aaron Hawkins, Michael Kern, Dustin Kult, Chris Maxwell, Jonathan Mongold, Walt Prochno, Aaron Quakenbush and Dennis Synesael.
    • By JEREMY HINES
      Thehines7@gmail.com
       
      Hamilton Southeastern senior Andrew Irick suffered a devastating knee injury in the spring of his junior year. It might have been the best thing for him.
       
      Irick knew, because of the injury (he tore his ACL, MCL and meniscus), he wouldn’t be able to remain in the 220-pound weight class. He also knew he needed to get stronger, but he couldn’t do much with his legs in the weight room due to the surgery on his knee and the recovery time needed. So, he started working upper body. Weight gain wasn’t an issue because he was planning to bump up to heavyweight for his senior season.
       
      “He probably put on 55 pounds,” HSE coach Nick Brobst said. “He’s a totally rebuilt athlete now. His wrestling reflects that. He’s bigger, way, way stronger and way more aggressive with his attacks. Wrestling in the heavyweight division makes him look even faster. He’s a much, much improved wrestler over what he was last year.”
       
      Last season Irick was no slouch. He had his best season of his career, ultimately finishing fourth at state.
       
      Irick started out as a freshman in the 182-pound class. He then moved up to 195 as a sophomore and 220 as a junior. Those early weight class competitions forced Irick to get better on his feet. That has ultimately helped him now that he’s in the heavyweight class.
       
      Irick’s older brother Matt wrestled for Indiana University. His other brother, Spencer, wrestles for IU now. Matt worked a lot with Andrew to help him on his feet and with takedowns. That has transformed Irick’s attack on the mat.
       
      “He has got a lot more aggressive on his feet,” Brobst said. “We used to joke that he wrestled using what we called the ‘Irick stall’ where he would do anything and everything to make a match last forever. Last year he started developing his own gas tank and now he doesn’t want the matches to go that long.
       
      “He still has that heavyweight mentality to a tee,” Brobst said. “Last year he won on Friday night at state. At weigh-ins Saturday morning his teammate was eating yogurt, fruit and a granola bar. Andrew is there eating a bag of leftover Halloween candy. He said ‘this is what I do. Leave the process alone.’ “
       
      Irick is currently ranked No. 2 in the state in the 285-pound class. He’s ranked just below Brownsburg’s returning state champion Dorian Keys. The two could potentially wrestle in 10 days at the Hoosier Crossroads Conference tournament.
       
      “Conference is important,” Irick said. “But ultimately my goal is to win a state championship and that’s the bigger picture for me right now. I want to be at my best come tournament time.”
       
      According to coach Brobst, Andrew goes through a whole gamut of emotions before he wrestles.
       
      “Andrew is probably the first kid I’ve coached in 10 years that’s just never serious,” Brobst said. “He’s a complete goofball everywhere he goes. But come meet time, he goes through this process. He’s nervous at first. Then he starts doubting himself and thinking he can’t beat the other guy. Then he decides he’s going to go out and kick that guy’s butt. Something clicks and he’s ready to go. It’s like that every match.”
       
      Irick is in the top 10 percent of his class academically. He has a 4.27 GPA and plans to follow in his brothers’ footsteps and wrestle at Indiana University next season. He will study biology or chemistry with the goal of becoming a doctor.
       
      Like wrestling, becoming a doctor runs in the family. Both of Irick’s parents are doctors, his grandfather is a doctor, his uncle is a doctor and both of his brothers are studying to be doctors.
       
      “It’s hard to see him as a doctor, knowing him as an 18-year old,” Brobst said. “But I have no doubt that he will be. He might go into a field where he works with kids. He’s extremely good with kids. My son is a kindergartener and thinks Andrew walks on water.”
       
      Irick is focused on getting back to state this year and potentially making is way to the championship match.
       
      “The atmosphere at state is just indescribable,” Irick said. “I can’t wait to get back there.”
    • By STEVE KRAH
      stvkrh905@gmail.com
       
      Each time Cale Gray steps on a wrestling mat he wants to be better than the last.
       
      The Norwell High School senior wants constant feedback.
       
      The 220-pound Gray stays after workouts to consult with Knights head coach John Johnson, going over moves and studying film.
       
      “He tries to be a student of the sport,” says Johnson, who has coached Gray since the sixth grade. “After every match he wants to breakdown how he wrestled. I don’t find a lot of guys like that.
       
      “He really tries to improve technically all the time.”
       
      With four pins in as many matches, Gray (18-0 so far in 2019-20) helped Norwell place fifth in Class 2A at the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Duals in Fort Wayne.
       
      The Knights went 3-1, losing 44-32 to Western then beating West Vigo 51-21, Wawasee 46-27 and Oak Hill 36-33.
       
      Asked his best quality as an athlete and Gray replies that is his willingness to take instruction.
       
      “It’s my ability to listen to my coaches and take in information that they give me,” says Gray. “It’s constructive criticism. I take it into account.
       
      “Coach Johnson always critiques me on my feet and he wants me to be more heavy-handed. I’m pretty light with my hands. I don’t use them enough. Whenever he critiques me, I’ll ask him to work with me after practice.”
       
      Gray grappled at 170 as freshman, 182 as a sophomore and 195 as a junior.
       
      “I’d like to think I was a bit under the radar,” says Gray. “No one knew my name.”
       
      That started to change when he placed second at the Jay County Sectional and Jay County Regional and third at the Fort Wayne Semistate, avenging sectional and regional championship losses to Jay County’s Chandler Chapman.
       
      Gray then placed sixth in his first appearance at the IHSAA State Finals in Indianapolis and finished the 2018-19 season at 31-7.
       
      “Last year I was definitely predictable,” says Gray. “I had a good set-up and it got me pretty far on my feet. But when I got to the semistate and state that didn’t really work.
       
      “I was kind of a one trick pony.”
       
      This season, Gray has been helping Johnson to diversify his attack from his feet.
       
      “We’ve worked this year on being able to attack both the trail leg and the lead leg,” says Johnson. “He’s a big, strong guy and super athletic for his size. He can do multiple things. It’s just doing them.”
       
      “I’ve seen him hit probably three of four (Granby Rolls) already this year and you just don’t typically see a lot of big boys doing that.”
       
      Gray is fond of an expression that sums up his approach.
       
      “I like to be a jack of all trades and master of none, but it’s better than being a master of only one,” says Gray. “If I have only one thing to go to and it doesn’t work, I don’t have much to go off of.”
       
      “I try embrace every aspect of wrestling except legs. I try to pick up things and know what to do in match situations.”
       
      Gray long ago fell in love with weight training and even worked out with a strength coach in Colorado last summer.
       
      That continued when he got back to Indiana and before his final season of high school football (he was an all-Northeast Eight Conference defensive end for the second straight year and also played fullback).
       
      “When I was on my own time, I’d lift every day of the week I could and I’d eat like five to seven meals a day to get bulking,” says Gray.
       
      “When football started coming around, I didn’t have as much time to eat those meals or lift. We only lifted three times a week and I’d have time to eat three of four meals a day.”
       
      Gray, who also did some folkstyle wrestling in the off-season, got up to 235 pounds but was unable to pack on more weight and it was decided he would wrestle at 220 for Norwell instead of 285.
       
      As Gray has gone up in weight, he has noticed a difference in styles.
       
      “220’s do a lot more power ties and slide-bys and they move around for a snap single,” says Gray. “Hand-fighting is something I need to get better at.”
       
      Gray hopes to wrestle in college and study exercise science and kinesiology. He has gotten attention from smaller collegiate programs.
       
      “I only placed sixth last year (at the State Finals),” says Gray. “My goal is to become a state champion.
       
      “Hopefully, those D-I’s will take notice at that point.”
       
      Cale is supported by his family. He is the son of Mike and Tracy Gray and Chris and Danny Droke. His has and older brother (Dylan) and a twin sister (Cassidy).
       
      Before the IHSAA state tournament series (sectional Feb. 1, regional Feb. 8, semistate Feb. 15 and State Finals Feb. 21-22), the Knights has a home dual against Leo Jan. 14, the Garrett Invitational Jan. 18, a road dual against South Adams Jan. 22 and the Northeast Eight Tournament at New Haven Jan. 25.
       
      Johnson, who is in his fourth season leading the high school program, has watched Gray come a long way.
       
      “Cale was a very average middle school wrestler,” says Johnson. “Even as a freshman, he was OK.”
       
      Like with many successful wrestlers, something clicked and Gray became really committed to mat game.
       
      “Once they start to buy in, there’s no ceiling for them,” says Johnson of the mentality he shares with his athletes. “At the end of the day it takes sacrifice.
       
      “I don’t care if it’s your weight and staying after practice to watch because this is what’s going to make you stand out.”
       
      The coach says shortcuts won’t help you get there.
       
      “Make them beat you because they’re a better wrestler, not because you cheated yourself,” says Johnson.
       
      For those dedicated like Gray, Johnson says wrestling is with them all the time.
       
      “It really becomes a lifestyle that you have to buy into — some kids do it well and some really battle with it,” says Johnson. “That’s why wrestling is really the best preparation for just being an adult.
       
      “I always make it about more than wrestling because it really is. I want to teach them about real life. Get to practice on time. Little things like that.”
       
      Wrestlers who are late for practice at Norwell know they have running and/or suicides in front of them.
       
      “If you’re going to commit to something, let’s do it well and be reliable,” says Johnson. “I want to make these young men ready to hit the adult world and be responsible and productive.”
    • Dual Schedule
      Date/Time Event Jan 07 06:00 pm Homestead at Adams Central Jan 07 06:00 pm Anderson at Alexandria Jan 07 06:00 pm Crawford County at Mitchell Jan 07 06:00 pm Monroe Central at Southern Wells Jan 07 06:00 pm Purdue Polytechnic at Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Jan 07 06:00 pm Southmont at McCutcheon Jan 07 06:00 pm Jennings County at South Dearborn Jan 07 06:00 pm Mississinewa at Yorktown Jan 07 06:00 pm North Knox at Southridge Jan 07 06:00 pm Evansville Bosse at Evansville Reitz Jan 07 06:00 pm Knox at Pioneer Jan 07 06:00 pm Martinsville at Edgewood Jan 07 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Jan 07 06:30 pm Churubusco at Fairfield Jan 07 06:30 pm Benton Central at Lafayette Jefferson Jan 07 06:30 pm Northwestern at Rochester Jan 07 06:30 pm Lebanon at Clinton Central Jan 07 06:30 pm Fremont at Eastside Jan 07 06:30 pm Bellmont at Bluffton Jan 07 06:30 pm Columbia City at Whitko Jan 07 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Wayne at Muncie Central Jan 07 06:30 pm South Adams at Fort Wayne Concordia Jan 07 07:00 pm Seymour at Columbus North Jan 08 05:00 pm Illiana Christian at Boone Grove Jan 08 06:00 pm Lawrence North at North Central Jan 08 06:00 pm Plainfield at Monrovia Jan 08 06:00 pm Center Grove at Ben Davis Jan 08 06:00 pm Lawrence Central at Decatur Central Jan 08 06:00 pm Roncalli at Greenfield-Central Jan 08 06:00 pm Beech Grove at Indianapolis Lutheran Jan 08 06:00 pm Sullivan at Terre Haute South Jan 08 06:00 pm Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter at Brebeuf Jesuit Jan 08 06:00 pm Delphi at Carroll (Flora) Jan 08 06:00 pm Wheeler at River Forest Jan 08 06:00 pm Hanover Central at Hebron Jan 08 06:00 pm Mount Vernon (Posey) at North Posey Jan 08 06:00 pm Indianapolis Bishop Chatard at Greenwood Jan 08 06:00 pm Providence at Eastern (Pekin) Jan 08 06:00 pm Manchester at Eastern (Greentown) Jan 08 06:00 pm Hammond Clark at Whiting Jan 08 06:00 pm Switzerland County at New Albany Jan 08 06:00 pm South Bend Adams at South Bend Riley Jan 08 06:00 pm Richmond at Connersville Jan 08 06:30 pm Indianapolis Cathedral at Columbus East Jan 08 06:30 pm Bloomington South at Terre Haute North Jan 08 06:30 pm Carmel at Warren Central Jan 08 06:30 pm Valparaiso at Portage Jan 08 06:30 pm Andrean at Highland Jan 08 06:30 pm East Noble at Columbia City Jan 08 06:30 pm Lafayette Jefferson at Twin Lakes Jan 08 06:30 pm Pendleton Heights at Mount Vernon (Fortville) Jan 08 06:30 pm Fishers at Hamilton Southeastern Jan 08 06:30 pm Zionsville at Westfield Jan 08 06:30 pm LaPorte at Lake Central Jan 08 06:30 pm Chesterton at Michigan City Jan 08 06:30 pm Calumet at Munster Jan 08 06:30 pm Fort Wayne South Side at Fort Wayne North Side Jan 08 06:30 pm Warsaw at Tippecanoe Valley Jan 08 07:00 pm South Bend Clay at Mishawaka Jan 08 07:30 pm Crown Point at Merrillville Jan 09 05:00 pm South Bend St. Joseph at New Prairie Jan 09 05:30 pm Castle at Heritage Hills Jan 09 05:30 pm Huntington North at Bellmont Jan 09 05:30 pm Bedford North Lawrence at Mitchell Jan 09 06:00 pm Franklin County at Greensburg Jan 09 06:00 pm Tri at Knightstown Jan 09 06:00 pm Crawfordsville at Fountain Central Jan 09 06:00 pm North White at Frontier Jan 09 06:00 pm Evansville Mater Dei at Evansville Central Jan 09 06:00 pm McCutcheon at West Lafayette Jan 09 06:00 pm Evansville Memorial at Tecumseh Jan 09 06:00 pm Borden at New Washington Jan 09 06:00 pm Blackford at Mississinewa Jan 09 06:00 pm New Washington at Jennings County Jan 09 06:00 pm Jimtown at Jimtown Jan 09 06:00 pm Shelbyville at Triton Central Jan 09 06:30 pm Griffith at Hobart Jan 09 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Jan 09 06:30 pm Lebanon at Zionsville Jan 09 06:30 pm Angola at Lakeland Jan 09 06:30 pm Edgewood at Greencastle Jan 09 06:30 pm Faith Christian at Seeger Jan 09 06:30 pm DeKalb at New Haven Jan 09 06:30 pm West Noble at Central Noble Jan 09 06:30 pm Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne Wayne Jan 09 06:30 pm New Palestine at Franklin Central Jan 09 06:30 pm Tri-West at Danville Jan 09 06:30 pm Homestead at Fort Wayne Snider Jan 09 06:30 pm NorthWood at Wawasee Jan 09 06:45 pm Goshen at Concord Jan 09 07:00 pm Elkhart Central at Penn Jan 09 07:00 pm Mishawaka Marian at South Bend Washington Jan 09 07:30 pm Northwestern at Oak Hill Jan 09 07:46 pm Benton Central at Rensselaer Central Jan 10 07:00 pm Southport at Beech Grove Jan 11 11:00 am Culver Academies at Warsaw Jan 11 05:00 pm Evansville Mater Dei at Perry Meridian  
      Multi-Dual Schedule
       
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 07 06:00 pm Double Dual at Knightstown at Union City Teams: Centerville Knightstown Lapel Union City Jan 07 06:00 pm Double Dual at Taylor at Taylor Teams: Clinton Prairie Sheridan Taylor Jan 08 06:00 pm Double Dual at Garrett at Garrett Teams: Angola Garrett Prairie Heights Jan 08 06:30 pm Double Dual at Peru at Peru Teams: Northfield Peru Wabash Jan 08 06:30 pm Double Dual at Griffith at Griffith Teams: Griffith Hammond Bishop Noll Lake Station Edison Jan 09 06:00 pm Double Dual at Marion at Marion Teams: Eastbrook Madison-Grant Marion Jan 09 06:00 pm Double Dual at Taylor at Taylor Teams: Caston North Miami Taylor Jan 10 09:00 am Avon Invitational at Avon Teams: Avon Columbus North Eastern Hancock Perry Meridian Jan 10 06:00 pm Wayne County Wrestling Classic at Centerville Teams: Batesville Centerville Franklin County Hagerstown Jay County Monroe Central New Castle Northeastern Tri Union County Winchester Jan 11 08:00 am New Prairie Super Dual at New Prairie Teams: Boone Grove Goshen Knox New Prairie West Central Jan 11 08:30 am Tiger Duals at Evansville Memorial Teams: Castle Center Grove Evansville Memorial Tell City Vincennes Lincoln Jan 11 08:30 am North Central Invitational at North Central Teams: East Central Greenfield-Central Hamilton Southeastern Lawrence Central North Central Jan 11 09:00 am Franklin Super Six at Franklin Community Teams: Bloomington South Franklin Community Holt(MI) Lawrence North Martinsville Jan 11 09:00 am Guerin Catholic Invite at Guerin Catholic Teams: Guerin Catholic Indianapolis Scecina Memorial Lafayette Central Catholic Lawrenceburg Shelbyville Tippecanoe Valley Jan 11 09:00 am Paoli Invitational at Paoli Teams: Decatur Central Heritage Hills Mitchell North Harrison Paoli Providence Cristo Rey Terre Haute North West Washington Jan 11 09:00 am West Noble Super Dual at West Noble Teams: Bremen Fairfield Fort Wayne Bishop Luers Fort Wayne North Side Fremont Jimtown LaVille Northridge West Noble Whitko Jan 11 09:00 am Nick Shaddady Invitational at Madison Teams: Blue River Valley Madison Scottsburg Switzerland County Jan 11 09:00 am Forest Park Duals at Forest Park Teams: Evansville North Forest Park North Knox Pike Central South Spencer Jan 11 09:00 am Mountie Duals at Southmont Teams: Fountain Central Greencastle Harrison (WL) Indianapolis Lutheran Pioneer Southmont Speedway Warren Central Jan 11 09:00 am Brown County Invite at Brown County Teams: Brown County Jasper Jan 11 09:00 am Tecumseh Invite at Tecumseh Teams: Crawford County Evansville Bosse Louisville Trinity(KY) Southridge Tecumseh Washington Jan 11 09:00 am Washington County Duals at Eastern (Pekin) Teams: Eastern (Pekin) Salem West Washington Jan 11 09:00 am Mendon(MI) Super Dual at Mendon(MI) Teams: Elkhart Memorial Mendon(MI) Jan 11 09:30 am Monrovia Duals at Monrovia Teams: Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter Monrovia Owen Valley Tri-West Jan 11 10:00 am Peru Super 6 at Peru Teams: Angola Eastern (Greentown) Hamilton Heights Kokomo Oak Hill Peru Jan 11 10:00 am Nick Spitler Invite at North Newton Teams: Delphi Frontier Lafayette Central Catholic Logansport North Newton South Newton Tournament Schedule
      Date/Time Event Teams Jan 09 05:00 pm Delaware County at Wes-Del Teams: Cowan Daleville Delta Wapahani Wes-Del Yorktown Jan 11 08:30 am Old Capitol Classic at Corydon Central Teams: Bedford North Lawrence Brebeuf Jesuit Corydon Central Evansville Central Floyd Central Milan Southport Jan 11 08:30 am Tipton Invite at Tipton Teams: Alexandria Clinton Central Northwestern Sheridan Tipton Wes-Del West Lafayette Jan 11 09:00 am Maconaquah Invitational at Maconaquah Teams: Blackford Cass Chesterton Clinton Prairie Culver Community Indiana Deaf Maconaquah Randolph Southern Triton Central Jan 11 09:00 am Bill Kerbel Invitational at New Haven Teams: Bluffton Carroll(Fort Wayne) DeKalb Eastside Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger Fort Wayne Wayne Homestead New Haven North Judson Northfield Penn Rochester South Adams Twin Lakes Van Wert(OH) Woodlan Jan 11 09:00 am South Vermillion Invitational at South Vermillion Teams: Cloverdale Covington North Vermillion Northview Parke Heritage South Vermillion Spring Lake(MI) Sullivan Terre Haute South Jan 11 09:00 am New Pal Invitational at New Palestine Teams: Danville Eastern Hancock Mount Vernon (Fortville) New Palestine Jan 11 09:00 am Fendley Hall of Fame at Zionsville Teams: Crawfordsville Elwood Frankfort Mount Vernon (Posey) Noblesville Rushville Zionsville Jan 11 09:00 am East Noble Invitational at East Noble Teams: East Noble Elkhart Central Fort Wayne Northrop Fort Wayne South Side Huntington North Manchester Westview Jan 11 09:00 am Providence Falls Cities Classic at Providence Teams: Bedford North Lawrence Borden Jennings County New Albany New Washington Providence Silver Creek Southwestern (Hanover) Jan 11 09:30 am Lake County Tournament at Hanover Central Teams: Andrean Calumet East Chicago Central Gary West Side Griffith Hammond Hammond Bishop Noll Hammond Clark Hammond Gavit Hanover Central Highland Hobart Lake Central Lake Station Edison Lowell Merrillville Munster Rensselaer Central River Forest Wheeler Whiting
    • *Sorted by pool
      2A Wrestlers
      Weight Name Pool State Rank SS Rank 106 Anthony Martin(Western) 1 13 7 106 Isaac Ruble (Bellmont) 3 5 1 106 Hayden Brady (Garrett) 4 7 6 113 Justin Brantley (Western) 1   5 113 Colton Weimer (Garrett) 4   8 120 Jacob Veatch (Leo) 4   6 120 Dylan Tom(Wawasee) 4   8 126 Harper Dedman (Oak Hill) 2 15 1 126 Dominic Litchfield (Bellmont) 3   4 126 Jace Alexander (Wawasee) 4 10 3 126 Chandler Shearer (Garrett) 4   8 132 Hunter Cottingham (Western) 1 2 2 132 Brody Arthur (Oak Hill) 2   7 132 Ian Heath (Leo) 4 4 1 138 Hayden Shepherd (Western) 1 16 2 138 Seth Rohrbach (West Vigo) 1   6 138 Kyle Lawson (Bellmont) 3 11 1 138 Jay Orman (Edgewood) 3 14 8 145 Clayton Jackson(Leo) 4   6 152 Gage Schuckman (Norwell) 1   6 152 Aidan Hardcastle (Oak Hill) 2   7 152 Garrett Stuckman (Wawasee) 4   7 160 Jackson Pettigrew (Columbia CIty) 2 6 2 160 Isiah Faurote (Wawasee) 4   8 170 Jerry Padgett (Western) 1   8 170 Clayton Fielden (Garrett) 4 4 1 182 Sam Walker(Norwell) 1   4 182 Mason Winner (Jay County) 2 3 1 182 Caden Friedt (Bellmont) 3 12 3 220 Cale Gray (Norwell) 1 2 1 220 Fred Durben(Oak Hill) 2   4 220 Drew Webster (North Montgomery) 3 1 1 220 Cole Bergman(Garrett) 4   8 285 Braydon Erb (Western) 1 8 3 285 Nolan Hathaway(Garrett) 4   6 285 Tom Busch (Leo) 4   7  
      1A Wrestlers
       
      Weight Name Pool State Rank SS Rank 106 Blake Zirkelbach (North Posey) 1 14 3 106 Avery Miller (Attica) 4   7 113 Jared Brooks (Wabash) 2 3 1 120 Dominic Heath(Churubusco) 1   8 120 Ethan Higgins (Wabash) 2   4 132 Braden Brooks (Wabash) 2   8 132 Dylan Stroud(Manchester) 4   4 132 Jordan Hodge (Attica) 4   8 138 Sam Levitz (Prairie Heights) 2   7 145 Alex Currie (Adams Central) 3   3 145 Corey Braunecker(Tell City) 4   8 152 Tyler Vredeveld (Centerville) 3   7 152 Jorden Douglass (Attica) 4 5 1 160 Isiah Levitz (Prairie Heights) 2 3 1 160 Tytus Morrisett (Eastern (Greentown)) 2   4 160 Brad Springer (Southridge) 3   5 170 Brodie Porter (Eastern(Greentown)) 2   5 170 Paul Faurote (Adams Central) 3   6 195 Christian Summerset (South Adams) 1   3 195 Christian Summersett(South Adams) 1   3 195 Jack Hargan (Attica) 4 9 4 195 Ashton Moore (Manchester) 4   7 220 Nathan Willman (North Posey) 1 4   220 Reese Wicker (Churubusco) 1 11 2 285 Bryce Kamphues(Manchester) 4   8
    • Sorted by pool and weight class.
      Weight Name Pool State Rank SS Rank 106 Bryce Lowery (Roncalli) 1 6 2 106 Evan Dickey (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 10 6 106 Cheaney Schoeff (Avon) 2 4 2 106 Reed Egli (Evansville Mater Dei) 2   5 106 Logan Miller (Brownsburg) 3 1 1 106 Suhas Chundi (Carmel) 3 3 1 113 Cole Ross (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 2 1 113 Brac Hooper (Carmel) 3 6 3 113 Ryan Purvis (Penn) 3 10 3 113 Braden Haines (Brownsburg) 3 15 3 113 Alex Cottey (Perry Meridian) 4 1 1 113 Marquarias Wilburn (Warren Central) 4   4 120 Zeke Seltzer (Cathedral) 1 1 1 120 Kody Glithero (Roncalli) 1   8 120 Alec Freeman (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 5 5 120 Blaze Garcia (Avon) 2   4 120 Gavin Garcia (Brownsburg) 3   3 120 Carleton Perry (Warren Central) 4 13 3 126 Brayden Lowery (Roncalli) 1 5 1 126 Luke Gonzalez (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 13 3 126 Raymond Rioux (Avon) 2 1 1 126 Ashton Hayhurst (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 9   126 Brendon Mark (Mishawaka) 2 16 4 126 Kysen Montgomery (Brownsburg) 3 7 2 126 Joey Langeman(Carmel) 3   5 126 David Pierson (Warren Central) 4 6 2 132 Sam Slivka (Roncalli) 1 12 5 132 Andrew Wilson (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1   4 132 Kane Egli (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 3 1 132 Tyler Conley (Avon) 2 6 2 132 Vince Sparrow (Penn) 3 13 2 132 TJ Barrett (Carmel) 3   6 132 Aundre Beatty (Warren Central) 4 5 1 138 Logan Bailey (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 2 1 138 David Page (Roncalli) 1   8 138 Blake Boarman (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 1 1 138 Colton Roberts (Avon) 2   5 138 Drake Campbell (Brownsburg) 3 3 2 138 Brendan Mattingly (Carmel) 3 6 2 138 Matt Koontz (Perry Meridian) 4 8 3 138 Jevian Ross (Warren Central) 4 13 4 145 Alec Viduya (Roncalli) 1 1 1 145 Garrett Stewart (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 13 7 145 Brody Baumann (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 9 1 145 Jaden Reynolds (Avon) 2 11 3 145 Jake Shafer (Carmel) 3 15 6 145 Nick Cicciarelli (Brownsburg) 3   6 145 Jajuan Anderson (Warren Central) 4 6 3 145 Brady McKivitz (Perry Meridian) 4 16 8 145 Evan Ulrick(Carroll(Fort Wayne)) 4   2 152 Tyce Freije (Roncalli) 1 6 2 152 Kade Law (Columbus East) 1 7 4 152 Ulrik Urasky (Cathedral) 1   6 152 Scott Fitts (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 14 3 152 Jacob Cookerly(Brownsburg) 3 10 7 152 Brice Coleman (Warren Central) 4 1 1 152 Noah Baker (Perry Meridian) 4 13 5 152 Scottie Saylor (Carroll (Fort Wayne)) 4   5 160 Elliott Rodgers (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 4 1 160 Sam Morrill(Columbus East) 1 16 4 160 Eli Dickens (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 1 1 160 Drew Mason(Mishawaka) 2   4 160 Bryce Kern (Avon) 2   7 160 Peyton Asbury (Brownsburg) 3 5 2 160 Damon McClain (Warren Central) 4 8 3 160 Jujuan Dale (Perry Meridian) 4 9 4 170 Tyler Wagner (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 7 1 170 Gabe Sollars (Mater Dei) 2 5 3 170 Greg Glover(Brownsburg) 3 9 4 170 Gabe Davin(Carmel) 3 11 4 182 Noah White (Columbus East) 1 7 4 182 Johnny Parker (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 9 2 182 Joseph Walker (Mishawaka) 2 1 1 182 MaCartney Parkinson (Evansville Mater Dei) 2 6 2 182 Josh Jones (Avon) 2   8 182 Garrett Sharp (Carmel) 3 14 4 182 Aiden Warren (Perry Meridian) 4 2 1 195 Jacob Huffman (Cathedral) 1   5 195 Jacob LaPlace (Mishawaka) 2 3 2 195 John McGrew(Evansville Mater Dei) 2 10 3 195 Zach White (Carmel) 3 8   195 Isaiah Street (Brownsburg) 3 13 4 195 Matt Lepper(Carroll(Fort Wayne)) 4 14 6 195 Tyler Goodall(Perry Meridian) 4   7 220 David Guhl (Indianapolis Cathedral) 1 9 2 220 Clayton Peters (Avon) 2   6 220 Garrett Sandefur (Mishawaka) 2   7 220 Leighton Jones (Brownsburg) 3 8 3 220 Haakon VanBeynan (Carmel) 3   8 220 Alexander Hernandez (Warren Central) 4 13 4 220 Kyler Bills (Carroll(Fort Wayne)) 4   6 220 Jeff McClure(Perry Meridian) 4   7 285 Holden Parsons (Cathedral) 1 5 2 285 Ashton Hartwell (Columbus East) 1   7 285 Jonathan Thomas (Mishawaka) 2   5 285 Ke`Tre Dickens (Avon) 2   8 285 Dorian Keys (Brownsburg) 3 1 1 285 Yehezquel DeVault (Penn) 3 2 1 285 Jonathan Williams (Carmel) 3 15 7 285 Dennis Hubbard (Warren Central) 4 11 5 285 Reeve Muncie (Carroll (Fort Wayne)) 4 13 1
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