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      Bulldog Breakdown: The Football Player, Part 2

      By Anna Kayser
       
      If you’re on the outside looking in as Brownsburg wrestling approaches the 2023 State Series, you may not know or see that there is a lot different about Leighton Jones now compared to last season.  
       
      For one, his bathroom mirror is covered in words written in dry erase marker.
       
      To explain how Leighton has grown into who he is today, we have to go through what happened in the IHSAA State Championships last year.
       
      As the No. 1 ranked heavyweight in the state, Leighton was the odds-on favorite to win the championship after losing his ticket round match during his freshman year and placing third at state as a sophomore. However, the viewpoint was a lot sunnier from the outside looking in on a kid who had high prospects for his future and a solid season on the purple Brownsburg mat.
       
      Internally, he was exhausted.
       
      Following his official, game day visit to the University of Iowa in which they secured a statement win over Indiana University in early September 2021, nothing slowed down for Leighton. His recruitment was peaking, with multiple football and wrestling programs looking to woo him into a commitment.
       
      However, the offers weren’t coming from football programs, not yet. Indiana had offered Leighton a full scholarship package to wrestle for the Hoosiers in Bloomington. So, he had options, but there was only one option that he was really looking for.
       
      “In the back of his mind, he was still wanting football but knew that he was going to have more control over his own destiny with wrestling,” Marshall Jones, Leighton’s dad, said. “So that added much more pressure.”
       
      Leighton’s quiet, describing himself ‘lead by example’ type of figure until his senior wrestling season when he really strived to fill the ‘senior heavyweight’ shoes and instill accountability in his teammates. So, when the stress started creeping up, it didn’t present itself until the toll became physical.
       
      “[Leighton] internalizes a lot, doesn’t say too much, so we didn’t really see too much stress until a tournament up in Crown Point [in December],” Marshall said. “He was just so tentative, lost [by one point] and Leighton should have beaten him, probably should have majored him if nothing else. You could tell that he wasn’t wrestling like Chad [Red] had taught him to wrestle.”
       
      The next weekend, he was beaten again – this time by a takedown with five seconds left in an overtime period.
       
      “You could see in Leighton’s face, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this,’” Marshall recalled.
       
      The pressure from both his sports colliding over the winter months was beating down on Leighton. His schedule was packed, moreso than any normal high school junior beginning the college search. It wasn’t just academics he was looking at; he was reaching for a place that would help him grow toward the next level of athletics. A place that would help him reach his goals of the NFL.
       
      In the back of his mind, Leighton had already found the perfect spot: Iowa City. But without the offer on the table – without many offers on the table at all – he was still an overly active recruit.
       
      “I would come home from wrestling, and I would eat and get on the phone with four different programs,” Leighton said. “By the time I got off the phone every night, it would be 10:30-11 [at night] and I would have to do the same thing over again the next night.”
       
      Leighton was actively texting in the Jones family group chat almost every single day – someone called him, wanted to talk to him, or followed him on Twitter. It was constant.
       
      He was being bombarded from all sides. Schools were calling about both wrestling and football, people around him were continuously reminding him of their expectation for an individual title in February, and his drive diminished with mounting stress placed on his shoulders.
       
      “I just wasn’t having fun,” Leighton said. “I was kind of in my own head.”
       
      In seeing all of the stress and anxiety bubble to the surface in a physical way, the Jones family sought help from a sports psychologist, recommended by a friend whose son was in a similar boat.
       
      For six weeks through the end of the wrestling season, Leighton was taught coping skills to handle all the weight on his shoulders. He was also taught to narrow his focus in on what was right in front of him.
       
      “Just that six-week period that we sought that professional help was huge,” Laurie said. “Leighton is a big picture kid – he would look at the big picture, he would look at the challenges ahead and he would kind of overwhelm himself. We got him seeing someone who had him focus, step-by-step, on what he needed to accomplish things and have that focus and mental strength to handle the stress.”
       
      The family also allotted some down time, a window for Leighton to have no responsibility and hopefully avoid burnout. That free time came in the form of Sundays at home.
       
      “We made sure he had time, especially on the weekends, just to have complete down time because if he didn’t, then he couldn’t have given too much more,” Laurie said. “Just giving him that amount of time that we had on those weekends, we tried not to talk about anything as far as any stress of any sports especially after he was done competing on Saturdays.
       
      “On Sundays after his workout, he had very little responsibilities because we just wanted him to still be able to manage and be a kid.”
       
      They also got Leighton back into the Red Cobra wrestling room, bringing him back to his wrestling roots with something Marshall felt like he was missing.
       
      Leighton had the physical tools he needed to succeed on the mat, but the mentality of wrestling always dominates.
       
      “It was just more of a mental thing of keeping his mind set and getting him to believe in what he’s capable of doing,” Red said. “Me personally, I thought he was a state champion his sophomore year, I thought he was capable of it his junior year and now we’re in his senior year. That’s our plan, that’s definitely his plan, and hopefully we’ll get that job done coming into February.”
       
      Meanwhile, the Jones family watched as other recruits around the Midwest began to collect offers and commit to schools, creating their own timeline in their minds.
       
      They were looking for the shoe to drop, that offer from the University of Iowa that would – finally – solidify Leighton’s future.
       
      “That’s what [Leighton] really wanted,” Marshall said. “He fell in love with the campus the first time we stepped foot on it. Every place we went, he compared it back to Iowa.”
       
      Come January, the official offers began to ramp up: Eastern Kentucky, Kent State, Illinois State, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green and Ohio.
       
      He already knew where he wanted to go, but he was made to wait for it. Iowa was locked in on him – as was Purdue, which would officially offer him around the same time – but knew he had a state championship run to focus on during the time.
       
      As the influx of offers came in, so did the high-pressure tournaments designed to award only the best-of-the-best with a bid to Gainbridge Fieldhouse in February.
       
      For those around him, wrestling season was leading up to a hopeful heavyweight state title – again, he was ranked No. 1 in the state. For Leighton, it was a countdown.
       
      “I came into state and was like, ‘Alright, I have four matches left.’ And after Friday night, I was like, ‘Alright, three matches left.’ And then it was semifinals, and I was like ‘Alright, two more matches and I’m done.’” Leighton said. “I just wanted to get it over with. I was confident, but I wasn’t having confident feelings just going into the whole thing.”
       
      Leighton won his first two state matches by three and two-point decisions, respectively. He was then defeated in the semifinals by an 8-5 decision and dropped to the third-place match.
       
      “I think he, just like all of us, was devastated. We felt like we were the best heavyweight, and it was hard to watch him lose because I know how bad he wants it,” Brownsburg head coach Darrick Snyder said. “Honestly, I just gave him a hug and we didn’t really immediately talk about it. There’s nothing to be said, especially the guys who have trained the right way and they really want to win it.”
       
      He bounced back from the loss with a shutout of his next opponent for third place, 6-0, adapting his goals to accomplish what ended up being right in front of him.
       
      With wrestling season in his peripheral mirror, the waves of relief came in a rush for Leighton.
       
      “The coaches told him they did not want to offer him during wrestling season because they knew it was hard enough, and once Iowa offers an offensive lineman… that recruit just starts to blow up,” Marshall said. “They didn’t want to do that to him while he was still on the hunt for the state championship.”
       
      On Monday morning, less than 48 hours after his junior wrestling season came to a close, Leighton got the call he had been waiting for from the George Barnett, the Hawkeyes’ offensive line coach, with one message: ‘Don’t forget why you liked Iowa.’
       
      As promised, the programs started calling. The Jones family even had a visit set up to go visit Notre Dame, Leighton’s favorite school growing up.
       
      Despite the increased attention and pressure to open his mind to somewhere other than Iowa, the answer didn’t change: Thanks, but Iowa’s the place.
       
      “He was like, ‘I don’t want to go,’ and we were like ‘You don’t want to go to Notre Dame? You don’t just want to go see?’” Laurie said. His answer was the same, as his mom remembers it: “No, I don’t. I feel like I’m lying to these people pretending that I’m interested. I’m not interested.”
       
      On Feb. 26, mere days after receiving his call from Iowa and tons other from programs now eyeing him, Leighton announced his commitment with a tweet saying, “Iowa City, I’m coming home.”
       
      From the beginning, he knew that’s where he wanted to be. On Dec. 21 when he signed his national letter of intent, he officially became a Hawkeye.
       
      “Every place we visited just never quite checked all the boxes like Iowa did,” Laurie said. “It’s got this feel that makes you want to go back.”
       
      It goes back to the list of accomplished Iowa football players who wrestled in high school, too. Iowa has a strong resume of building former wrestlers into forces to be reckoned with on the offensive line and seeing the success of Hawkeyes in the NFL was a sticking point for the Brownsburg heavyweight.
       
      “I’ve always wanted to play in the NFL – that’s always been there,” Leighton said. “And then when I got offered to Iowa, I was like ‘Alright, I can make this happen. If it’s anywhere, it’s here. Right when I committed, I realized I could be something special, and they told me that too.”
       
      Now, that eight-, nine-year old kid who Chad Red called “NFL” has a real shot at continuing to make his dreams come true – as long as he doesn’t look too far ahead of where his feet lie.
       
      Although Leighton is now removed from regularly seeing a sports psychologist, he still puts into practice coping mechanisms to keep his stress and anxiety at a low level. The things that stuck with him will also take him through to his first year as a student-athlete at Iowa.
       
      One of the biggest things he learned is to write all his goals on his bathroom mirror, so he has a visual each day of what is in front of him and can see all that he’s accomplishing each day.
       
      “Once he started to focus on the small things, it was so much better,” Laurie said. “That’s going to be a tool he’s absolutely going to have to use next year and we see him still using it now. I mean, his bathroom mirror is all covered up and written on with everything he wants to accomplish this year in wrestling.”
       
      It’s not uncommon for football players to forgo their second semester senior year to join their college programs for spring practice. That wasn’t an option on the table for Leighton, and the Iowa coaches wanted to see him accomplish his goals on the wrestling mat.
       
      “There are a lot of kids that wouldn’t be wrestling right now – he’s on a full ride to go play football at Iowa,” Snyder said. “It would have been real easy for him to say, ‘I’m going to Iowa,’ but he wants to help us win and wants to try to win a state title.”
       
      So, that’s where he’s headed. He’s received his meal plan and workout program in the mail from Iowa, but the first step is to tackle what awaits him at sectionals, regionals and then state at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
       
      “I can definitely tell I’m embracing it this year, my last season,” Leighton said. “I’ve put in so much work since third grade to get to this point, and I just want to finish it out on the right note.”
       

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      Bulldog Breakdown: The Football Player, Part 1

      By Anna Kayser
       
      At the beginning of his recruitment process with the Iowa Hawkeye football program, Leighton Jones was handed a piece of paper.
       
      “There were about 15 or 16 wrestlers who have made All-Big Ten [on that paper]. All-Big Ten isn’t easy at all to do,” Leighton said. “It wasn’t just all the guys that wrestled, it was all the guys that placed or were state champs.”
       
      On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the rest became history.
       
      Leighton’s career has been building toward the opportunity to add his name to the list of Iowa football players with wrestling in their blood. Both sports went hand-in-hand from the very beginning, and together helped his skills grow to the level of a future Division I football player.
       
      Picture him at four-years-old – something that’s a far cry from the current 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman who sports a Brownsburg singlet from November to February. That age is really where this story begins, when he was handed a mini jersey and set of waist flags for an upcoming fall season of flag football.
       
      Even at that age, a competitive nature snuck through his quiet persona. Football season then transitioned into wrestling season – as it would for the next 14 years of his life – and Leighton took his first steps onto a mat as part of Brownsburg’s youth wrestling club.
       
      “A lot of people were scratching their heads and calling me silly,” Leighton’s dad, Marshall Jones, said. “But you’ve got to start them early, right?”
       
      Once he started, there was no stopping for Leighton. Four years later at about eight years old – his second-grade year, as he describes it – he was locked into playing football. The same soon followed with his love of wrestling, when he met Chad Red of Red Cobra Wrestling Academy in Avon during his third-grade year.
       
      “He absolutely loved it from day one, so we knew it was something that was going to take off,” Laurie Jones, Leighton’s mom, said. “I think just being involved in all these activities, they gave him immediate friends from early on and he’s such a social kid. All of these teams – I’ve got pictures where some of the boys he’s with right now, they’ve been wrestling together since Leighton was five or six. That’s how deep it runs.
       
      “Forming these relationships was easy for him and then all of the sports time, that’s how he identified himself. We knew that he might actually be really good at both of these things.”
       
      Even from a young age, one could probably guess what role Leighton would play on the Brownsburg high school wrestling team. He was already bigger than a lot of kids his age, especially those in the wrestling room.
       
      “So, he either had to go against a lot of older guys or he just didn’t have training partners,” Marshall said. “His best friend’s dad and I kind of agreed that we would keep the boys together to play youth football because they didn’t have anyone else to drill against. With wrestling, there was no one else.”
       
      That’s where the shift to Red Cobra came into play. He would step into the room and immediately be wrestling kids the same size as him, regardless of whether or not they were a few years older.
       
      The strides he made at the academy level were immeasurable, due to his hard work and dedication to the sport. From the beginning, Red saw something special.
       
      “I was just continuously seeing him growing, every year he continued to get better from day one coming in,” Red said. “I would always call him NFL just because he was a big kid, but he moved extremely well for his size and again, he had a great work ethic – never complained, always worked… he was always up at the front, one of the leaders of the pack.”
       
      With his strong foundation set in both football and wrestling, Leighton’s drive and focus was locked completely into his opportunities in sports. 
       
      “That’s one thing that I’ve seen him do time and time again,” Marshall said. “He’ll go in and kind of assess [the situation], and once he has things [measured up], he locks it and it’s full steam ahead.”
       
      Thus began a routine of constant travel for opportunities that Leighton couldn’t miss out on as he began to build the foundation for the football player and wrestler he is today. Opportunities that include, most recently, a selection to play at the US Army Bowl at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Texas just last month. 
       
      “Having your dad as a coach is pretty special,” Leighton said. “He’s always looking out for me, making sure I’m doing the right thing and always [trying] to give me the best chance at every opportunity, whether it’s taking me across the country for wrestling or going to football camps, whatever it was.”
       
      The turning point of going down the sports-dominated road came with its challenges – challenges that often can extinguish the flame of enjoyment from young athletes early on.
       
      For Leighton, the key to growing up and continuously having fun in the two sports that dominate his life began at home.
       
      While Marshall is the designated coach in the household, Laurie is the force of power balancing out the scales to make sure they don’t tip too far into the pressure of being an athlete.
       
      “My mom looked at my school stuff, my social stuff and made sure I was able to hang out with friends and have a normal childhood on top of going to tournaments every weekend,” Leighton said. “I felt like I was living a high school life in middle school just being on the road traveling non-stop. She’s made sure I was having a good time when I wasn’t in football and wrestling.”
       
      For Laurie, school was the biggest thing. If Leighton worked as hard at school as he did on the football field or in the wrestling room, his future would be there waiting for him when the time came.
       
      The social component, that came easy. He had developed relationships with his peers at Brownsburg from the early onset of sports, and they grew up together from the attraction to athletics.
       
      “He has a natural desire to please and to work hard, so that work ethic he put right into school,” Laurie said. “And the relationships that he was forming spending all of these times with these families, it was just the perfect combination.”
       
      With the well-rounded approach to Leighton’s development from an early age, it showed the future Division I football player that there was more to life than sports. It took the pressure off that side of his life, allowing him to thrive in it.
       
      “It really went a long way and at the time I didn’t really notice it,” Leighton said. “I mean, nowadays, kids are cutting weight from like first grade and all of a sudden, they get to high school and want to quit. I feel like it kind of helped me make sure I wasn’t burnt out and just enjoyed the sport for what it was, rather than living and dying through it.”
       
      The outside support for other aspects of his life helped Leighton’s drive stay strong in both football and wrestling. Working hard and staying focused in every aspect of his life is what sparked Iowa’s interest in him in the first place.
       
      Following 6 AM workouts at Red Cobra, Leighton would make his way to Brownsburg football’s first-period weightlifting session. One day, that dedication to both sports went noticed and ultimately led to his commitment to the Hawkeyes.
       
      “Iowa [defensive line] coach Kelvin Bell was there to talk to some other football recruits, just watched him work out and was really impressed with his work ethic,” Marshall said.” That [sentiment] just kept going with the [other] contacts at Iowa.”
       
      Leighton’s hard work throughout his early high school years paid off, and his recruitment process rocketed with Iowa at the front and center. The interest shown from a number of college coaches who saw the combination of skills from football and wrestling was instrumental in how he would move forward.
       
      “I honestly thought I was going to wrestle in college all the way until my sophomore year… I started getting recruited a lot more [in football] and that piqued my interest,” Leighton said. “I realized I could be a pretty big football recruit and go somewhere big.”
       
      At the time, Jones was coming off a tough semifinal loss at the 2021 IHSAA State Tournament but finished strong in third place with a major decision against one of the best heavyweights in the state.
       
      It wasn’t only his physicality that made Jones stand out, but his strong mentality.
       
      “What was interesting, almost unilaterally regardless of the school, they almost talked to him more about his wrestling than football,” Marshall said. “I think it was that validation that, here’s a kid that’s competing at the highest levels in wrestling. A lot of the coaches were talking about his resiliency.”
       
      In June 2021, following his sophomore year at Brownsburg, Leighton and Marshall took another cross-country trip for three total Big Ten camps in the span of a week, unofficially kicking off his recruiting process.
       
      The trip, which took the Jones family all the way to Lincoln, Neb. for a freestyle camp and back east to Happy Valley for a Penn State football camp, made its first stop in Iowa City for Leighton’s first taste of Iowa football.
       
      “When he went out to a camp at Iowa for an afternoon and was a defensive lineman, all the other coaches were noticing his footwork and hand skills and were like, ‘He’s a wrestler, right?’” Marshall said. “[Iowa head coach] Kirk Ferentz called him out and spoke to him personally – one out of like 200 linemen campers – and said, ‘You wrestle, right?’ That kind of became the discussion point.”
       
      At their cores, wrestling and football are very different. Football is entirely a team mentality – as an offensive lineman, specifically, Leighton plays a crucial part in making sure plays develop the way they’re meant to. Wrestling, on the other hand – while there is still somewhat of a team component, moreso in some competitive environments than others – leans hard into an individual drive to succeed.
       
      When you lose in football, it’s a full team loss. The emotional and mental weight that comes from wrestling is often completely different.
       
      “I always kind of preferred football because it’s obviously easier,” Leighton said with a laugh. “When you lose, you don’t feel [that immense, individual pressure].”
       
      Having an individual mentality instilled in him from an early age improved his growth on the football field, one of the ways the two sports go hand-in-hand.
       
      When it comes to reaching his goals and focusing in on the individual fundamentals that will ultimately help the Iowa football team when he takes to the turf.
       
      “I always have my goals in mind and where I’m trying to get to,” Leighton said. “That goes along with preparing more and being honest about my weaknesses and strengths, as well as the role I play on the team.”
       
      Leighton is able to tap into that team mentality too, especially in the leadership role he plays during Brownsburg wrestling practices.
       
      “I was always kind of a ‘lead by example’ guy, but this year my goal was to be more vocal,” Leighton said. “I mean, the senior heavyweight – most people will listen in the room, and if they don’t then you’ve kind of got to get into them a little. It’s really helped a lot, now they just kind of know [what to expect] every day when they walk into the room and to work hard.”
       
      Fundamentally, wrestling and being an offensive lineman pair well when developing skills. Leighton is a strong, quick athlete whose abilities on the wrestling mat translate well to the gridiron.
       
      “Wrestling and football complement each other in such a way that you don’t get burnt out on wrestling because the training is so tough if you train year-round,” Marshall said. “[Leighton] would train year-round in wrestling that was just really complementing his footwork, his hand-fighting and his actual mental game.”
       
      The Iowa football program is a leader in developing successful wrestlers to become some of the best offensive lineman in the game. Tristian Wirfs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tyler Linderbaum of the Baltimore Ravens are two recent, strong examples coming out of Kinnick Stadium.
       
      When going through his recruiting process, the love of building their offensive line with former wrestlers is what drew him in on the Hawkeye program.
       
      “Leighton fits the mold of many former Iowa offensive linemen that have come before him here in Iowa City,” Tyler Barnes, Director of Recruiting for Iowa football said via email. “He is a relentless competitor both on the football field and on the wrestling mat. He competes in both sports with a dominant mentality, and we love the chip he has on his shoulder. Leighton is one of those guys who can flip the switch once he starts competing and those are the guys opponents should worry about.”
       
      Leighton went on an unofficial visit in July of 2021, one month after the camp that got him noticed by Ferentz. In September he visited again, this time taking in the experience he might have running onto the field in Iowa City one day.
       
      “I went on a gameday visit to their first game in 2021 vs. [Indiana], and it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever been to,” Leighton said. “You don’t get that…anywhere else. I thought it was pretty special.
       
      “I realized it was different, and that as long as the coaches weren’t going to leave, they were honest, and they wanted what’s best for me and would push me [to reach my goals].”

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      2023 IHSAA State Finals Schedule

      Per
      https://www.ihsaa.org/sports/boys/wrestling/2022-23-tournament?round=state-finals
       
      Friday, Feb. 17, 2023
      Session 1
      Gates open at 12:30 pm ET
      Parade of Champions at 1:30 pm ET
      First Round Weight Classes 106 - 145 begin at 2 pm ET 
      First Round Weight Classes 152 - 285 begin at 5:30 pm ET
       
      Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023
      Session 2
      Gates open at 8 am ET 
      Quarterfinals begin at 9 am ET with Semifinals to follow
      Fieldhouse cleared of all spectators following Semifinals
      Session 3 
      Gates open at 3:30 pm ET
      Consolations at 4:30 pm ET with State Championships to follow at 7:30 pm ET

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      Bulldog Breakdown: IHSWCA Championships Winds Into Final Stretch of Season

      By Anna Kayser
       
      On Saturday in Brownsburg, fans from the top two wrestling teams in 4A – and arguably the entire state of Indiana – took to the Bulldog gym for what is likely a preview of the 2023 IHSAA State Championship race on the horizon.
       
      After making it’s way through a tough slate of opponents in Indianapolis Cathedral and Center Grove, Brownsburg clawed it’s way back from a deep and early deficit against No. 1 ranked Crown Point but ultimately fell short in the IHSWCA Dual State championships, losing 39-24.
       
      “Crown Point’s really good, and we knew they were really good,” head coach Darrick Snyder said. “Our guys fought and battled hard, they have a handful of guys paired up with some of our guys that aren’t quite at that level yet, so we knew they’d score bonus in those.”
       
      Crown Point jumped out to a commanding 20-0 lead after the first four bouts, sweeping Brownsburg’s 170-220 weights in style with two pins and a technical fall.
       
      Brownsburg then countered in dominant fashion, taking each of the next four and six of the next seven to tighten the deficit to just one point (25-24). After heavyweight Leighton Jones put the purple Bulldogs on the board, Revin Dickman (106) followed with a third-period fall and off they went. Jake Hockaday’s technical fall at 120 and Brady Ison’s major decision at 132 tallied bonus points for the team.
       
      “I thought our guys did everything they could to win, Crown Point’s just a better team right now,” Snyder said. “I thought we battled well, I was proud of the effort but never happy getting second place. Just have to refocus, we have conference coming up and then the tournament series so we’ll get back to work.”
       
      Dickman, Hockaday and Ison all went 3-0 for Brownsburg on Saturday, with Parker Reynolds going 2-0 over the final two duals.
       
      “You know who’s really clicking for us right now is Brady Ison,” Snyder said. “We went up to Ironman and he went 1-2, and I don’t remember the last time he didn’t place at a tournament, he’s been wrestling his whole life. I told the guys that when you start taking those losses, there’s two roads – you’re either going to go down the road to get better and fix things, or you’re just going to be happy losing.
       
      “[Ison] went up to Brecksville and won it, and he looked lights out today.”
       
      With a four-point lead entering the final two matches of a long day of wrestling, Crown Point clinched it’s second consecutive IHSWCA Dual State title with a technical fall to put the red Bulldog out of reach in the final bout.
       
      The tournament kicks off a season-ending stretch of strong Indiana-based competition for the purple Bulldogs, culminating in the IHSAA State Championships at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in February. On Jan. 14, they again take to the Brownsburg gymnasium for the HCC Championships. Two weeks later, the state series begins.
       
      In December, the focus shifted into getting some wrestlers national recognition by battling some of the toughest competition across state lines. Now, they’re looking for that hard work to pay off with a strong performance in the state series.
       
      “Take a kid like Preston Haines, who in Ohio lost some really tough, close matches at Brecksville then lost a close one in overtime in the semis,” Snyder said. “He’s been in that situation 10 times this year, and this was the first time he didn’t get down on himself.
       
      “You see guys breathing heavy and a lot of times it’s just anxiety and nerves because the match isn’t going their way. He was calm and collected the entire time, and we’re starting to see more of our guys do that because they’ve been in all of these tough matches.”

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      Bulldog Breakdown: IHSWCA Dual State on Deck for Tough Bulldog Squad

      By Anna Kayser
       
      After a month of individual focus for the Brownsburg wrestling team with the Walsh Ironman, Carnahan and Brecksville-Broadview Heights Invitationals alongside few one-on-one duals in December, the team focus returns on Saturday as the Bulldogs look for their first IHSWCA Dual State championship since 2019.
       
      “This weekend isn’t the official IHSAA state champions, but to me whatever team wins dual state any year, that’s the best team,” head coach Darrick Snyder said. “I love it when you go into it and the best kid on your team is just as important as the least talented kid on your team.”
       
      Over the past month, the Bulldogs have taken strides from top to bottom in individual performance to prepare them for the switch to a team mentality and having a strong lineup through all weight classes.
       
      At the Ironman Invitational from Dec. 9-10, Revin Dickman (106) and Leighton Jones (HWT) each earned a spot on the podium to in one of the toughest high school tournaments in the country, leading the Bulldogs to place 20th out of 119 teams. One week later, they finished in third place of the Carnahan Invitational at Crown Point with Gunnar Henry (195) winning his bracket and three others reaching the finals.
       
      To round out December, seven Bulldogs took to the podium on another tough stage, with Brady Ison (132) being crowned as a champion of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Invitational and Dickman and Jones following in second place of their respective weight classes.
       
      And in the middle of the gauntlet of tough, nationally ranked competition have been practices mapped around these wrestlers peaking at the right time and keeping their bodies fresh for a run at the postseason. Dual meets have gone by the wayside, with Brownsburg’s last dual coming exactly one month ago on Dec. 6 vs. Avon.
       
      “Our schedule is so much different with being able to go to Ironman and Brecksville… we’re just doing a lot of individual tournaments,” Snyder said. “Which, I think if we’re trying to get our guys national exposure and knock off some nationally ranked guys, that’s probably the best route.”
       
      That improvement during the season – and even the strides they make in the summer and in the school months leading up to wrestling season – ultimately strengthens the program to a point where they are in the running for state titles in any arena.
       
      Now that they’ve faced some of the toughest competition in the country, both the mental and physical aspects of wrestling have been strengthened to set up Brownsburg for a run this weekend and in February.
       
      “I always tell the guys to get as good as you can and keep improving, and that helps the team,” Snyder said. “Whether it’s in a dual meet or it’s at individual state, if you get to a point where you can compete for [an individual] state title in Indiana, you’re going to help us win an Indiana [team] state title and you’re certainly going to help us in a dual meet. We just focus on them continuing to improve.”
       
      The team mentality comes into play when looking at the scoreboard and the overall team race in an event like this weekend, and that’s the biggest difference between wrestling for an individual title and taking the mat in a dual meet.
       
      There’s also the ability to pick each other up following individual losses, scoring bonus points to offset opponents’ points on the scoreboard.
       
      “I think our guys are very unselfish and that’s something I think we’ve kind of created within our culture,” Snyder said. “Our guys know that if they’re the clear-cut better wrestler, they can’t go out and win 5-4, they’ve got to score bonus points. They don’t always do it, but that’s their goal. And our guys that are kind of getting beat up on and falling behind, they know they have to fight off their back and survive because it’s all about the team.
       
      “There are some rounds where my best kids walk out and I’m like ‘Get me bonus’ and they’re like, ‘Got you, coach.’”
       
      The 4A bracket of the IHSWCA State Duals tournament will take place on Brownsburg’s home turf as they look to battle through a bracket of strong competition.
       
      As the No. 2 seed, the Bulldogs open with No. 7 Indianapolis Cathedral and will have to get through either No. 3 Center Grove – a tough opponent to battle in half of the bracket – or No. 6 Evansville Mater Dei. On the other side of the bracket awaits No. 1 Crown Point, which won the tournament in 2022.
       
      “I’m excited to compete as a team with everybody right there,” Snyder said. “I know our guys are too, we’ve had a great week of practice. We don’t need to say anything, do anything – we talk about winning dual state and IHSAA state, and they were locked in on Monday. They’re ready to roll.”
       
       

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      2023 IHSWCA Team State Information

      Date: January 7th, 2023
       
      Qualification Procedures
      Click here to see the qualification procedures for teams participating
       
      Qualification Leaderboard
      Click here to see the leaderboard throughout the state series
       
      Team State Pick'ems
      Click here to access the pick'ems
       
      Locations 
      1A and 3A- Franklin Community High School
      2A- Jay County High School
      4A- Brownsburg High School
       
      Schedule
      Weigh-ins 7:30am
      Doors open 8:00am
      Wrestling beings at 9:00am
       
      Admission
      $15- Adults and Students
      Preschool and IHSWCA members FREE
       
      Teams
      1A Event Link
      Adams Central, Bluffton, Cascade, Cowan, North Posey, Prairie Heights, Rochester, Southmont, Tell City, West Central, Winamac 
      Vote-In: South Adams
       
      2A Event Link
      Bellmont, Delta, Garrett, Hamilton Heights, Heritage Hills, Jay County, New Prairie, Norwell, Rensselaer Central, Wawasee, Western
      Vote-In: Owen Valley
       
      3A Event Link
      East Central, Floyd Central, Hobart, Mishawaka, Roncalli, Terre Haute South
      Vote In: Greenfield-Central and Columbus East(New Haven withdrew from the event)
       
      4A Event Link
      Brownsburg, Carmel, Center Grove, Crown Point, Evanville Mater Dei, Indianapolis Cathedral, Penn
      Vote In: Perry Meridian
       
      TrackWrestling Link
      ****Including Streaming Info****
      Streaming is through TrackWrestling/FloWrestling and cost is a yearly subscription of $150.
      Click here to access the event on TrackWrestling
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      *Note: If you want a monthly subscription option you can subscribe to FloBowling and utilize that membership to watch wrestling or any other sports they offer. The cost is $30 per month for a monthly option.
       
      Brackets

       
      Past Results
      2022 Results
      Location: Martinsville High School, Franklin Community High School, and Brownsburg High School
      1A: Tell City
      2A: Bellmont
      3A: Columbus East
      4A: Crown Point
      2021 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Franklin Community High School, and Brownsburg High School
      1A: Tell City
      2A: Garrett
      3A: East Central
      4A: Evansville Mater Dei
      2020 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      1A: North Posey
      2A: Bellmont
      3A: Indianapolis Cathedral
      2019 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      1A: Adams Central
      2A: Western
      3A: Brownsburg
      2018 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      1A: Prairie Heights
      2A: Wawasee
      3A: Brownsburg
      2017 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      1A: Prairie Heights
      2A: Yorktown
      3A: Brownsburg
      2016 Results
      Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      1A: Prairie Heights
      2A: Bellmont
      3A: Brownsburg
      2015 Results
      Location: Ball State
      1A: Adams Central
      2A: Yorktown
      3A: Evansville Mater Dei
      2014 Results
      Location: Westfield High School
      1A: Churubusco
      2A: Yorktown
      3A: Franklin
      2013 Results
      Location: Westfield High School
      1A: Adams Central
      2A: Yorktown
      3A: Perry Meridian

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      Bulldog Breakdown: Brownsburg’s December Gauntlet Continues Following Walsh Ironman

      By Anna Kayser
       
      Following a weekend at one of the most difficult high school wrestling tournaments in the nation, the consensus among Brownsburg’s wrestling staff and athletes is likely what one would expect: That was one tough tournament, but the lessons taken from it and how individuals move forward will prepare them for their biggest test come February.
       
      On Saturday, the Bulldogs saw their two bookends each place at the Walsh Ironman Invitational in Ohio, representing Indiana along with Crown Point as the first teams from Indiana to compete in the gauntlet. With three losses each, 106-pound Revin Dickman (8th) and heavyweight Leighton Jones (6th) took to the podium in success stories of one weekend of incredible wrestling.
       
      “It was impressive, very humbling throughout most of the tournament,” Brownsburg head coach Darrick Snyder said. “The competition is incredible; I’ve never been in a tournament where I’ve seen so many guys knock off nationally ranked dudes and then the next round they’re getting knocked off. These dudes are big. It was incredible competition and definitely made us question some of the things we’re doing and what we need to do right. It was a fun tournament, just incredible wrestling.”
       
      Along with Dickman and Jones, wrestlers from Brownsburg to make the trip included Preston Haines (113), Jake Hockaday (120), Brady Ison (132), Parker Reynolds (138), Caden Brewer (175) and Gunner Henry (190).
       
      And when they say the tournament is tough – they mean it. Among the second-ranked team in 4A, Jones (No. 5 seed) was the lone wrestler with a single-digit seed in Ironman, with only Preston Haines (10) joining him in the top 10.
       
      “The competition is super, super tough, a bunch of ranked kids,” Dickman said. “Coming into this I was kind of nervous with how I was going to do and stuff, and I feel like I competed pretty well.”
       
      Following a technical fall and pin in his first two consolation matches after being booted from the championship bracket by No. 2 seed Ayden Smith from Notre Dame, Pa., the No. 14-seeded Dickman slotted himself into a placement with a 1-0 win over Stillwater, Okla.’s Ayden Thomas.
       
      For Dickman – and all the representatives from Brownsburg and Crown Point – competing at the Ironman was a chance to not only level up individually, but to showcase what programs from Indiana are capable of.
       
      “It just put Indiana wrestling on the map,” Dickman said. “We’re not really looked at for wrestling, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
       
      Dickman, Haines, Hockaday, Ison, Henry and Jones all won their first matches on the day, with Jones pinning his first opponent in less than one minute.
       
      For Jones, this tournament is a good measuring stick to how he is able to compete at this point in the season. Due to his football schedule and opponents not being prepared to wrestle him in the opening weeks of the season, it’s been a slow start to the 2022-23 season for Brownsburg’s heavyweight.
       
      “My goal right now is just to get more in shape. I think I had five matches and less than 20 practices [coming into this weekend], which wasn’t ideal. I just want to get in shape and get a lot better, win Brecksville, win team state and everything in between.”
       
      Jones’ largest match of the weekend – not seeding-wise, but in terms of what lies ahead for the heavyweight and Brownsburg – came for a bid to the consolation semifinals. In a battle of Indiana heavyweights, Jones defeated Crown Point’s Paul Clark by a 5-1 decision. It was his third full-length match of the tournament after winning by two sub-minute puns and a medical forfeit.
       
      “It went really well. I came in with expectations just to get better and then I ended up placing,” Jones said. “It’s obviously a pretty prestigious tournament, I came in here and wanted to place and I’m pretty happy with that, even though I took three losses.”
       
      A pair of Jones’ losses came against Richard Thomas, the No. 12 heavyweight seed from Oklahoma. After earning a 6-3 decision to bump Jones to the consolation bracket, Thomas turned Jones for a first-period fall in his final match of the tournament.
       
      So far this season, Brownsburg has run through its opponents with very few wounds suffered by some of its best wrestlers. If anything, the Ironman gave a chance for those wrestlers to measure up to some of the best in the country and learn how to get better and move forward from losses.
       
      “[A tournament like this] gives you some things to work on,” Snyder said. “We know our guys are battle tested and are going to continue to be, but we also have to make sure they don’t get down on themselves. Some of these guys are not used to going to a tournament and not placing and being done a few hours into it.”
       
      And for Jones specifically, being able to test his endurance was important as Brownsburg gets into some of its biggest competition this year.
       
      “It’ll benefit me probably for the rest of my life,” Jones said. “Most of the dual tournaments we go to, people forfeit against me which is kind of annoying. I came into this tournament with five matches, none of them going past a minute. It was definitely a difference.”
       
      Shining the spotlight on athletes this early in the season has indications for where they’ll be come February and the state series. Snyder has built Brownsburg’s schedule with that in mind – to get better, each and every day, working toward their end goals this season.
       
      This upcoming weekend, the Bulldogs travel to the Crown Point Invitational to continue a month of hard-fought wrestling and impressive competition. To round out the 2022 calendar just before New Years, another big tournament across state lines.
       
      “If you look at our next month, next week we go to Crown Point and there’s nine nationally ranked teams there, then we go to Brecksville and I think that’s got 40-some teams, multiple nationally ranked teams,” Snyder said. “We hope after that month of a gauntlet that it’s going to help us make a run during the postseason, but we’ve got a lot of guys taking a lot of losses.”

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      2022 Ironman Interviews

      Talking with Brownsburg and Crown Point coaches and wrestlers
       
       

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      Bulldog Breakdown: Rout vs. Avon Rolls Brownsburg Into Ironman

      By Anna Kayser
       
      As the rumble of the crowd simmered following a palm to the mat in favor of acting 126-pounder Jake Hockaday on Tuesday night, the usual boom of speakers announcing 132-pound No. 4 Brady Ison took the tone of another.
       
      With nine points already on the board in favor of those joining him in the purple and white singlets, the smoke cleared to reveal freshman Tommy Gibbs – winner of Brownsburg’s coveted “pin chain” following last week’s dual vs. Westfield as he boasted the second of three consecutive falls by the Bulldog lineup.
       
      “It was a big confidence booster,” Gibbs said of his season-opening win by fall. “I thought I was going to win, but I didn’t think I was going to win that fast and make a statement.”
       
      Facing Avon’s No. 11 Seth Syra, Gibbs’ confidence rolled him to a 6-1 win via decision.
       
      “Tommy’s a coach’s dream, he just does everything right – in the hallways, in the classroom, and then in his approach,” head coach Darrick Snyder said. “He doesn’t care about rankings… or anything like that. He’s just trained so hard that he can wrestle the entire match and he feels even better in the third period than he does in the first.”
       
      Behind Gibbs’ standout win, a gritty 3-1 decision by No. 2 Revin Dickman over No. 4 Nathan Rioux and five pins, the Bulldogs clinched their seventh consecutive victory over the Orioles, 62-3, continuing the tone they have set and elevated to a now 7-0 record through the first week of official competition.
       
      Dickman’s 3-1 decision put an exclamation point on a strong dual performance in which Brownsburg took 13 of 14 bouts for their second-largest victory over Avon since Snyder’s coaching career with the Bulldogs began, second only to last season’s 65-3 win. Since losing to Avon, 28-26, in Snyder’s first year as a coach, the Bulldogs have outscored the Orioles in regular-season duals, 326-91.
       
      “They’ve wrestled 100 times and they’re both really talented,” Snyder said. “Revin’s always been able to kind of gain the advantage – he did get away from Revin, and not many people can get away from him so I know that bothered him.
       
      “Fortunately or unfortunately, I think we’re going to see that match several more times throughout the year.”
       
      Brownsburg’s lone loss on the evening came from the weightiest battle of the dual at 138 pounds, featuring No. 4 Parker Reynolds against No. 3 Cheany Schoeff, freshman against a senior.
       
      Reynolds kept his pace with Schoeff, dropping the match by a 5-2 decision.
       
      “We told him, he’s going to come out and bully you,” Snyder said. “Parker gave up that early takedown and then did a nice job battling for positions. I liked how he responded – that kid’s going to get some more mat time in high school varsity matches so we’re going to try to correct some things, but I liked his energy and effort.”
       
      Rolling through the dual with falls were Hockaday, 145-pound Mason Day, 170-pound Tyler Jones, 182-pound Caden Brewer and 113-pound Kye Callahan. The Bulldogs put up bonus points in nine total matches, including a forfeit at heavyweight against Leighton Jones.
       
      This weekend, eight representatives from Brownsburg’s lineup will take on arguably their biggest competition this season at the nationally recognized Ironman Invitational in Ohio. With representatives joining the gauntlet from across state lines, the highly-ranked Bulldogs are set to battle some of the best high school wrestlers in the nation.

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      Bulldog Breakdown: Dominant Opening Performances Propel Brownsburg to Avon, Ironman

      By Anna Kayser
       
      As the clocked ticked down toward the end of November into the beginning of December and the temperature dropped below freezing, the heat of the 2022-23 IHSAA wrestling season was cranked to high and since, the Brownsburg Bulldogs have surged. 
       
      No match of which, in the first official varsity competition, was more indicative of that than No. 9 Mason Day’s electric, overtime win over No. 6 Ike O’Neill – a senior and 2022 state qualifier at 138 pounds – with the entire gymnasium on its feet last Wednesday. 
       
      Sandwiching a quartet of pins by No. 11 Landon Haines (126), Tommy Gibbs (132), No. 138 Parker Reynolds (138) and No. 20 Jesse Derringer (152), Day gritted his way through a season-opening victory. After opening the match with a takedown late in the first period, he found himself in a one-point deficit in the waning seconds of the third until an escape in the waning seconds forced overtime. 
       
      “We went into overtime, and I could see that he was tired,” Day said. “I kind of looked over at my coaches and smiled. I was ready to work.”
       
      With an escape forcing a number of overtime periods and his entire team, coaching staff and fanbase behind him as he clung to O’Neill’s leg to avoid a point scored against him, he raised his hand in triumph for his first varsity victory after the ultimate ride out.
       
      “We felt pretty good going into overtime because Mason’s a tough kid,” head coach Darrick Snyder said. “He’s only a sophomore, but the kid’s been wrestling his entire life. He’s been in dozens and dozens of overtime matches, so I would just think his mentality [was the biggest part].”
       
      And without a number of prominent, ranked wrestlers on the mat, Brownsburg kicked off its season in a frenzy, defeating the Westfield Shamrocks, 60-13. 
       
      “I thought we competed well, and I was really excited,” Snyder said. “We had some young kids – some backups –perform really, really well. Overall, I thought it was good considering it was our first meet.”
       
      Most notably missing from the Bulldogs’ Wednesday night lineup were No. 1 Preston Haines (113), No. 2 Jake Hockaday (120) and No. 2 Leighton Jones (285), but as the week came to a close, those three made their presence known.
       
      In Harrison, OH at the William Henry Harrison Invitational, the Bulldogs continued their dominant opening to the season with a perfect 5-0 record in duals against Oak Hills, Miamisburg, Lebanon, East Central and Harrison. Leading the squad were nine undefeated wrestlers donning purple singlets – Revin Dickman, Kyle Callahan, Preston Haines, Hockaday, Landon Haines, Gibbs, Brady Ison, Gunner Henry and Jones. 
       
      As the campaign – and winter cold and flu season – progresses and the Bulldogs lineup shifts due to injury and illness, having a stacked lineup of wrestlers who can compete at a high level brings advantages not only to team success, but individual success as well. 
       
      “You can’t replace their experience and success,” head coach Darrick Snyder said. “I think when you’re competing for a team state championship, when you have all your guns and you have some of the dudes we have, it leaves a little room for error.
       
      “I think it allows everyone to relax a little more, wrestle free because they know they’ve got some friends that can pick up the slack if they have an off match or a tough tournament.”
       
      After getting into the weeds on how the Bulldog wrestling program – now rated No. 2 in the IndianaMat State Power Poll behind Crown Point – was built from the ground up with Snyder at the helm over nearly a decade, now we look forward. 
       
      Snyder isn’t shy about building his schedule to make the athletes better in their quest to reach the podium at Gainbridge Fieldhouse come February. 
       
      Tonight, Brownsburg opens its home schedule to take on Avon before heading to – arguably – its biggest non-championship event of the season: the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Invitational.
       
      Dickman, Preston Haines, Hockaday, Ison, Reynolds, Caden Brewer, Henry and Jones will take the mat in the nationally recognized tournament to kick the season into full gear, especially with the lack of matches leading up to the tournament from Dec. 9-10. 
       
      “We’re hoping everyone gets at least four or five matches just because the way I [put together] our season, we don’t compete early because I think it takes a lot of time to get into wrestling shape,” Snyder said. “We’re not going to have a lot of opportunities to compete before Ironman, so we’re trying to get as many matches as we can this weekend.”
       
      Of the Bulldogs’ eight representatives at Ironman this weekend, four are returning placers at IHSAA state last season and are anchors to a lineup that is hard to score points against: Hockaday, who became the first freshman to win a state title in team history; Preston Haines, runner-up at 113; Henry, third-place at 182 and Jones, who is entering his senior season with a drive for a title after placing third at heavyweight. 
       
      Following this weekend, the schedule doesn’t slow until the holiday break approaches. On Dec. 17, Brownsburg travels to the Crown Point Invitational, hosted by the team’s main competitive rival following a second-place team finish in the state tournament last year. 
       
      Even as the level of competition rises, one of the main focuses of Bulldog wrestlers is keeping an even mentality, despite what might have occurred – good or bad – in the last match. 
       
      “I wouldn’t say [my win against Westfield] really changes anything. I go into every match thinking the same – that I need to win it no matter what,” Day said. “You’ve got to keep a good, good, good head. You’ve got to stay clear minded and just work for your goals.”
       

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      Bulldog Breakdown: Key Pieces Help Elevate Brownsburg Wrestling Under Snyder

      By Anna Kayser
      If you’ve been an unfamiliar passerby in the town of Brownsburg, Ind. over the past seven years, one of the first things that might catch your eye are the purple street signs – deep purple markers adorned with a bulldog, two on each corner if you’re lucky.
       
      At least, that’s what I noticed as I drove through the small – but not too small – suburb of Indianapolis en route to the fourth official practice of the 2022-23 IHSAA wrestling season, with no prior knowledge other than what was scribbled on the notepad next to me.
       
      One thing I hadn’t taken note of prior to passing the “Welcome to Brownsburg” sign on Highway 139, and something that might give any other small-town Midwesterner the same familiar wave of recognition: The residents of this town about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Indy live and breathe Brownsburg High School athletics.
       
      The 2021-22 Brownsburg wrestling team was nothing to snub at. The Bulldogs went 18-1 in duals and extended their program-record streak to eight consecutive Hoosier Crossroads Conference championships. Jake Hockaday led the lineup with the first state title by a freshman in school history, continuing Brownsburg’s reign of crowning one champion each year since 2016. More on him later – I promise.
       
      But that was last year, and while the result is indicative of the journey to get to where they are now, it’s not the full story. What better place to begin than at the beginning – when the Bulldog wrestling program transitioned from a bottom-of-the-barrel finish to an HCC Championship in two years, to an IHSAA State Championship in four.
       
      “Regardless of what it is, I have high expectations,” Brownsburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Jim Snapp said. “My experience has been if you want to have a state contending team, you [hire a coach] who has done it before.”
       
      After beginning his head coaching career at Mishawaka High School – a time in which he led the program to three consecutive top-two finishes and a pair of championships in 2008 and 2010 – Darrick Snyder found himself as the subject of a coaching inquiry almost 150 miles dead south of the place where he was a Northern Indiana Conference champion and state place winner.
       
      From Snyder’s point of view, there were a number of perks to coming to Brownsburg. And when his wife asked him about the wrestling team’s recent lack of success, he saw the potential to upgrade the team to something special.
       
      “Yeah – but there’s no reason [for that lack of success],” he said. “All the pieces are there.”
       
      Immediately, things began to shift. During Snyder’s first two seasons, the Bulldog program went 36-12 in duals and was crowned 2015 HCC Champions. Of course, that success comes not entirely from the corner but from the center of the mat itself – it’s a combination of what happens behind the scenes and the performances under the spotlight.
       
      That first piece of the puzzle, the one that is encapsulated in the public eye each time the mats are rolled out: The athletes.
       
      The success of that 2015 team was boasted by a pair of wrestlers that took center stage on the IHSAA State podium come February – Ty Mills (106), Brownsburg’s first finalist since Mark Meunier’s title in 1977, and Nathan Walton (170). As four-year place winners at the state tournament, they were two of four key athletes named by Snapp as being difference-makers in raising the heights of the program.
       
      None was more instrumental under Snyder’s tutelage, however, than All-American and two-time NCAA Division I Championships qualifier Brayton Lee, Minnesota’s current starting 157-pounder. A leader that, without Snyder’s drive to create a pipeline from younger levels into a high school program the town could be proud of, might never have donned the purple Bulldog in the first place.
       
      “[My family] knew that [Snyder] was a good coach and had a lot of success, but we weren’t that familiar with him,” Lee said. “We went to Brownsburg for a high school tournament to meet up with him when I was in middle school, and we just talked. He was just supportive and said that he would help me to become the best wrestler I can possibly be. We were really excited about Snyder, he pretty much sold us [on where the Brownsburg program would go].”
       
      Not only is building the high school program a key part in escalating success, but also what feeds into it. The implementation and management of a strong program for middle school students ensures that development and love for the sport occurs at a younger age.
       
      “We were fortunate enough to get some kids [like Lee] that came here because of him, and he’s worked on [building up] the middle school program – kids want to come here, kids want to stay here,” Snapp said. So, we’ve got this interaction of developing the feeder program and kids that, if they’re going to wrestle in the Indianapolis area, they [want] to come to Brownsburg.”
       
      With two established wrestling academies nearby – Contender’s Wrestling Academy in Brownsburg and Red Cobra Wrestling in Avon – growth through both the school program and external coaching elevates athletes even higher.
       
      Lee, a product of Red Cobra, was a good example of how development can skyrocket through that extra effort and help outside of a school program. What the Bulldogs standout star lacked early on, however, was the team aspect.
       
      “It was definitely different, just because I had never been on a team before – I had just wrestled on my own,” Lee said. “I had grown up going to our very intense wrestling club and on both sides, practices were tough. I appreciated and respected that. [Snyder] was always making us do lots of tough stuff intertwined with wrestling.”
       
      Prior to Lee’s first of three IHSAA state titles in 2016 – a year in which he, along with five other state placers, led the charge on Brownsburg’s IHSWCA Dual State championship and IHSAA state runner-up finishes – the Bulldogs had only crowned two individual champions in school history.
       
      “We were always focused on the next day,” Lee said. “The first time I won, it was awesome, and I was grateful for it – but there was always a team aspect. I wanted to win with our team, and that idea of winning definitely pushed us. I think me winning helped bring other guys along. Knowing I was kind of a leader, knowing that my success was inspiring other guys on the Brownsburg wrestling team made me want to keep pushing.”
       
      For Lee’s career specifically, the results of the drive to win as a team came quickly. His second title at 145 pounds saw seven Bulldogs on the IHSAA podium and a franchise-high three finalists – Mills and Blake Mulkey included as runners-up – to lead Brownsburg to its first IHSAA state championship in school history.
       
      That influx of high-performing athletes jumpstarted Brownsburg’s rise to the top of high school wrestling in central Indiana.
       
      “You put those kids together – we had a core of four, good kids – and Darrick coached up other kids around them,” Snapp said. “That started [a stretch] of us winning the conference every year for the last eight years, we’re in the strongest athletic conference in the state of Indiana. Our wrestling team has dominated. It hasn’t even been close.”
       
      The second piece to the puzzle, where Snapp, the administration and coaching staff as a whole come into play, is the support Snyder continues to have behind him.
       
      The best example? The wrestling room at Brownsburg High School, built during Snyder’s reign as head coach and designed by Snapp to help raise the standard of the program and accommodate the growing numbers of the extracurricular.
       
      “I knew I was going to have [Snapp’s] support on just simple things,” Snyder said. “My first year here, I wanted to take a fan bus to individual state… and I was told no [by the athletic director]. I said, ‘This is a really important to the program. These guys need to watch this event, it’s incredible.’
       
      “I called Jim, and every year [since], just like most teams, we get to take a team bus to state.”
       
      The backing from Snapp and the administration is a means to an end in shifting the culture not just in the Brownsburg wrestling room, but in the town that loves its high school athletics.
       
      “That first year, there wasn’t really anyone there for the kid that was wrestling [at state]. When you win, you want to look up and see a bunch of purple and sit with those people between rounds,” Snyder said. “We’ve really tried to change that around, anything like that.”
       
      It also extends to the actual competition and helping those wrestlers reach the mats at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
       
      In order to develop the athletes coming to Brownsburg or growing through school programs the Bulldogs support, the level of competition needed to continuously be raised.
       
      “When I first got here, no program did any overnights or anything out of state,” Snyder said. “I went to [the athletic director] and told [them], ‘I’ve got to get out of Indianapolis’ – I was tired of wrestling the same teams over and over again, and then we got to the point that there weren’t many teams in our area that would be competitive.”
       
      This upcoming season, the Bulldogs’ schedule includes the Walsh Jesuit Ironman Wrestling Tournament from and the Crown Point Invitational – Crown Point defeated Brownsburg 178-105 in the 2022 finals, setting an IHSAA record for the largest margin of victory by a team champion by over 20 points – on back-to-back weekends in December.
       
      That elevation in competition level allows wrestlers to face some of their biggest challenges early and prepares them for high-pressure situations come February.
       
      “I always tell [our guys] that our schedule is not meant for them to go undefeated,” Snyder said. “If you do, that’s great, but we’ve set up a schedule where we’re going to take some losses. That took administrative support to be willing to allow us to do overnights, to allow us to go out of state.”
       
      Pushing athletes beyond their comfort zone to prepare them for future career hurdles is a common theme in Snyder’s coaching style, something that is on record in helping wrestlers reach their full potential.
       
      And, well, maybe no one can attest to that better than a Big Ten starter.
       
      “I think just his competitiveness and him pushing us every day helped me,” Lee said. “He helped push me past my comfort zone a little but more than maybe I would myself, and that’s really the main purpose of a coach. Snyder knew I wanted to be great, and he helped me move into a little bit more uncomfortable territories which is important for any athlete, especially when you’re trying to go to the next level.”

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      2022 IHPO Preview

      By Tyson Nisley
       
      The IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open is a tough, tough tournament. I watch as Indiana studs every year go 2-2 or 3-2, and go on to medal at state. I watch our studs go against some of the best wrestlers that the other Midwest states have to offer. It’s one of the best preseason tournaments in the nation, in my opinion. With so many wrestlers from so many different states, and wrestlers bumping up several weight classes, creating never before seen matchups, it’s incredibly hard to predict who will claim the top 4 spots at this tournament. Luckily, I’m incredibly good at making predictions. So, after an estimated 10-15 hours of researching much of the out of state talent competing this weekend, and comparing all of these different wrestlers to form my hypotheticals, I have a pretty good idea of the competitors that are going to be challenging for this top spot. 
       
      The way I’ve formatted my predictions are similar to how FloWrestling has been doing their World Championships predictions. I am going to highlight my title contenders: the ones that I think have a shot to win. Then, I will highlight some of the other wrestlers in the field that I think have a shot to crack the top 4. Then, I will choose one sleeper pick in the weight class: someone that is not on the Stud List but could still potentially make some waves, or even potentially place (which you will see, I have a few wrestlers not on the Stud List that I think will do some MAJOR damage this weekend). Lastly, I will choose my top 4, and proceed to give an analysis on my categorizations and predictions. 
       
      Before I begin, I’d like to note that all of the national rankings used here go off of the most recent National High School rankings posted by FloWrestling. Additionally, I’d like to say that in an attempt to keep these predictions as unbiased as possible, I may have out-of-state guys winning over some of our guys. I’ve had a couple of people come at me in the past upset about my predictions (mainly those who are actually wrestling, in which if you are competing next weekend and are on this website, get off of it and go train), but I am just trying to be as fair as possible. I can justify every choice that I am making here, and am willing to elaborate if you disagree. Lastly, it’s impossible for me to know the bracketing of this tournament, and I may have guys that I predict to be the #1 and #2 meeting up in the semis. It will most certainly happen, and these predictions may be a little off as a result, but that is partially why I am categorizing the top wrestlers, in order to distinguish the top echelon of wrestlers from the rest, even if the bracketing means a pair of title contenders meet in the semis. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Colyn Limbert- Arsenal- Ohio
      Revin Dickman- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Javaan Yarbrough- Copley Highschool- Ohio
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Nathan Rioux- Avon Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Brady Baker- Michigan West Wrestling Club- Michigan
      Mason Rohr- Massillon Perry- Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Layne Horn 
       
      Top 4: 
      Colyn Limbert- Arsenal- Ohio
      Javaan Yarbrough- Copley Highschool- Ohio
      Revin Dickman- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Brady Baker- Michigan West Wrestling Club- Michigan
       
      There’s a lot of good out-of-state talent looking to grab an IHPO title this weekend at 109 pounds. #18 Colyn Limbert from Ohio looks to be the favorite here, making a deep run last year at IHPO, including an OT win over Indiana stud Jackson Heaston, and having a solid Fargo showing this summer, going out at the bloodround, but having a respectable 7-2 loss against #4 and eventual champ Mack Mauger. Also from Ohio and with many respectable credentials as well is Javaan Yarbrough. A Junior Freestyle Runner-up and Greco Champ at 100 pounds this summer, Yarbrough will be one of many talented wrestlers this weekend who are giving up a little bit of weight, but nonetheless have the resume to be respected by anyone in this bracket. My last contender here is Revin Dickman, who just claimed his second All-American honors this summer at Fargo, and looks to continue his success this tournament. While Dickman is incredibly talented, I see either one of these older Ohio studs sending Dickman to the consolation side, while Limbert ultimately wins the clash between Ohio and Ohio. While I am fairly confident putting these three as my top three, the 4th place spot seems like it could go to a number of wrestlers. Nate Rioux is coming off of a runner-up finish at 94 pounds, but like many, will be giving up weight going into this tournament (given any of these wrestlers have not put on a substantial amount of size since Fargo). Brady Baker did not medal at Michigan last year, but has many quality wins, including a past win over Dickman. I will look for him to repeat this result against Dickman for 3rd, but I have Dickman winning by a slim margin. Middle School Super 32 runner-up Mason Rohr is another stud from Ohio that looks to do some damage in this bracket, but I think out of all the placement contenders, Baker has the best chance to find himself in that third place match. Lastly, my sleeper pick for this bracket is Layne Horn, a Middle School state champ who has some very impressive wins this off season, including an 8-0 major against Nate Rioux. Horn does not have the resume quite yet for me to confidently name him as a placement contender, but this could be his breakout performance. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Jake Hockaday- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Gavin Jendreas- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Clinton Shepherd- Midwest RTC- Indiana
      Joseph Curry- Team Miron- Ohio
      Vernon Riggins- Lakeshore High School- Michigan
      Logan Bickel- Cascade- Indiana
      Charlie LaRocca- Center Grove WC- Indiana
       
      Sleeper Pick: Charlie LaRocca 
       
      Top 4: 
      Jake Hockaday- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Gavin Jendreas- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Clinton Shepherd- Midwest RTC- Indiana
      Joseph Curry- Team Miron- Ohio
       
      Indiana fans will be happy about the finals of this bracket. Jake Hockaday and Gavin Jendreas are looking to battle once again in the finals, and I’m not confident that anyone else in this bracket will be able to stop this rematch from happening. I think that Gavin’s time will come to overthrow Hockaday and make this rivalry more interesting, but I’m choosing Hockaday to win this rematch. Clinton Shepherd is an incoming freshman that has already beaten several notable Indiana wrestlers including tech fall freestyle victories over Evan Seng and Eason Doster, and is looking to make a big impression this weekend. I see him winning for 3rd over Joseph Curry, who is a Middle School Super 32 placer, as the last time they met, Shepherd walked away with a 5-0 victory. There are a couple other wrestlers that I would not be surprised if they found themselves in the 3rd place match, such as Vernon Riggins, a Michigan 4th placer; Logan Bickel, a ticket rounder and Junior Greco All-American; and my sleeper pick: Charlie LaRocca, who has been the victim of very unfortunate ticket round draws the past two years, but is most certainly an elite level wrestler that could spoil anyone’s bracket. I think Shepherd or Curry can edge it out against LaRocca, but he certainly has the potential to get the job done. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Marcello Milani- SAW- Michigan
      Toby Billerman- Perry Meridian WC - Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Zach Stewart- FWA- Illinois
      Kade Kluce- Dundee- Michigan
      Tanner Tishner- Red Cobra Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Anthony Isek- Black Fox Wrestling Academy- Colorado
       
      Sleeper Pick: Kaptur Nowaczyk- Crown Point- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Marcello Milani- SAW- Michigan
      Toby Billerman- Perry Meridian WC - Indiana
      Kade Kluce- Dundee- Michigan
      Tanner Tishner- Red Cobra Wrestling Academy- Indiana
       
      With so many state placers in this bracket (14), I had to narrow the field down as much as I could, and arrived with a pair of title contenders, and four guys I believe will be fighting for 3rd and 4th. Marcello Milani is the clear favorite, as the returning IHPO champ, and having multiple significant wins during his season, if you can call it that (he was wrestling college tournaments last season). Toby Billerman has impressive enough of a resume for me to call him a title contender, but it most certainly will be an uphill battle against this Michigan stud. For 3rd and 4th, I have Michigan state champ Kade Kluce taking out Tanner Tishner for 4th, who was also the 4th place winner last year. Tishner’s run last year was highlighted by a 6-3 win over Isaiah Schaefer and a 5-3 over the aforementioned Joseph Curry, but I don’t think it will be enough to take out Kluce, although Kluce’s experience against Indiana wrestlers is limited, with his most notable performance against an Indiana wrestler being a respectable 3-0 loss to two time state champ Ashton Jackson, so we will have to see if Kluce’s resume holds up to the best Indiana has to offer. Zach Stewart is a Middle School Super 32 runner-up, and despite being young, will look to challenge some of the older and more credentialed wrestlers in this field right away. I also think Anthony Isek is worth mentioning, as a Colorado state placer, as well as having a solid run last IHPO, losing to Evan Stanley 2-0 and Kade Kluce 3-0, but snagging an OT win over Evan Dickey. Lastly, I’ve chosen Kaptur Nowaczyk as my sleeper pick, as another talented wrestler that has yet to see the state finals but most certainly has the resume to threaten state placers, as seen by his win last year in the Crown Point sectional over eventual 4th placer Johnny Cortez. While I don’t think Nowaczyk is quite ready to beat Kluce or Tishner, I think he will make a deep run and possibly challenge either of these guys in the bloodround. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Logan Frazier- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Landon Hawkins- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Jameson Garcia- Marmion Academy- Illinois
      Holden Huhn- La Salle High School- Ohio
      Collin Twigg- Tomahawk Wrestling Club- Ohio
      Marco Cartella- Western Reserve Academy- Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Tye Linser- Western- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Logan Frazier- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Jameson Garcia- Marmion Academy- Illinois
      Landon Hawkins- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Holden Huhn- La Salle High School- Ohio
       
      In my opinion, this bracket is #17 Logan Frazier and everyone else. Last year’s 126 state champ, he will be tested by a number of potential threats that will be looking to spoil his run. First, we have Illinois state champ Jameson Garcia, who I think will meet Frazier in the finals. It’s hard for me to be super confident in Garcia’s ability to challenge Frazier, especially since his 2022 state title was won at 113, but I think it will be a solid match between the two nonetheless. Rising freshman Landon Hawkins has high expectations from everybody in Indiana, and was extremely impressive at last year’s IHPO, taking 3rd place in a run that included two wins (OT and 3-0) over Kade Kluce, and a 2-0 win over Collin Twigg, who is also a placement contender here with a solid IHPO performance of his own last year and a 6th place finish in the Ohio state tournament. Holden Huhn is another Ohio stud that will be looking to mess up brackets, as an Ohio state runner-up in a solid bracket, and I think that he will edge out Collin Twigg as Ohio’s representative in the top 4. Western Reserve’s Marco Cartella is a prep stud that had an impressive performance at last year’s National Prep Championships, in which he saw himself in the bloodround to place, and could also very easily threaten for top 4. My sleeper pick in this weight class is Tye Linser, and while I don’t expect him to make the top 4 with so many placement contenders, he has shown lots of state-level potential this off season, notably in his Frosh/Soph state run where he defeated state qualifiers Dylan Bennett and Christopher Bohn, and expect more upsets from him this weekend. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Joey Buttler- Whiteland Warriors- Indiana
      Jak Keller- Rockford- Michigan
      Brady Ison- Brownsburg- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Grayson Woodcock- Beastmode - Ohio
      Aaron Lucio- Michigan West Wrestling Club- Michigan
      Jackson Tucker- TWA- Missouri
      Elijah Bunn- Rockford- Michigan
       
      Sleeper Pick: Silas Foster- Legends of Gold- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Brady Ison- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Joey Buttler- Whiteland Warriors- Indiana
      Jak Keller- Rockford- Michigan
      Jackson Tucker- TWA- Missouri
       
      Two Indiana studs and a Michigan 3rd placer highlight the top tier in this bracket. Joey Buttler was the state runner down at 126 last year, while Ison was on the wrong side of a Friday night upset, but was the favorite for many to face off against Zeke Seltzer in the finals. Buttler has made substantial improvements over the years, and has many good wins in his pocket, such as a greco win over Kyrel Leavell and freestyle win over #20 Billy Greenwood. However, I think Ison, despite not being as involved in off season competition this year, was very impressive last season and has what it takes to beat Buttler. Jak Keller returns to IHPO after a 4th place finish last year, which included a 2-1 victory over Hayden Brady and a 7-0 victory over Toby Billerman, has a solid enough resume for me to confidently add him in the list of title contenders. Aaron Lucio is a Michigan state champion, and actually owns a 10-0 freestyle victory over Jak Keller. However, with limited results outside of Michigan, it’s hard for me to bet on Lucio over Keller, especially after Keller’s history with this tournament. There are plenty of other studs in this bracket that could potentially spoil this Michigan face-off. Jackson Tucker is a Missouri state runner-up, and placed 4th this past year at the incredibly tough Cheesehead Invitational. This placement, along with winning both freestyle and greco 16U Central Regional, is good enough for me to slide him in at 4th place. Grayson Woodcock is the highest Middle School Super 32 placer out of a number of talented incoming freshmen who are looking to make their mark at the highest level. With only a 1-2 performance at last year’s IHPO however, he is going to have to have improved significantly since last year to find himself on the podium. Elijah Bunn, a Michigan state runner-up, also returns to IHPO after a solid performance last year, taking out both Tony Wood and Matteo Vargo and losing a respectable 6-3 match to Logan Frazier. This bracket is very unpredictable in my opinion, and any one of these placement contenders could find themselves in the top 4, but I chose Tucker as my 4th place finisher. My sleeper pick is Silas Foster, who has had solid off season results this off season, but has yet to cement himself into the conversation of state placers next year. However, I think that this could be a breakout performance for him, with multiple state level wrestlers in danger of being upset. I should also note that he wrestled Woodcock at the Central Regionals this summer and lost a close 8-7 match, showing that he is right there with some of the best in this bracket. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Phoenix Blakely- Alber Athletics- Illinois
      Cheaney Schoeff- Avon Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Cole Solomey- Midwest RTC- Indiana
      TJ Langley- Western Reserve High School- Ohio
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Wyatt Kresja- Center Grove- Indiana
      Renzo Morgan- Brunson- Illinois
      Hunter Vogus- BTWC- Ohio
      Diego Chavez- Perrysburg - Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Branson Weaver- Owen Valley- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Cole Solomey- Midwest RTC- Indiana
      TJ Langley- Western Reserve High School- Ohio
      Cheaney Schoeff- Avon Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Phoenix Blakely- Alber Athletics- Illinois
       
      I know it looks like I’m hating on Illinois here (isn’t that what Indiana likes to do though) as Phoenix Blakely is the only state champion in this bracket, but I think that the other three title contenders here are talented enough to take on the champ in this bracket. While Blakely is an Illinois state champ, he has very limited off season results, which makes him hard to compare to some of the other studs in this weight. Of course, when I say this, I’m not insinuating that he hasn’t worked hard this off season; some wrestlers just don’t compete due to a variety of issues, but the first time back on the mat after a while can be tough, especially when you have a deep pool of talent in front of you. Cole Solomey and Cheaney Schoeff are both state runner-ups that I predict to break the top 4, but if it comes down to Solomey and Schoeff, I’m picking Solomey to win. They met earlier this off season at Freestyle State, where Schoeff walked away with the 8-7 victory, but I am more confident in Solomey in a folkstyle environment to walk away with the win. I also have Western Reserve’s TJ Langley making a deep run to finals here. He is another National Preps bloodrounder, but this was after a 3-2 loss to the eventual runner-up (in which he lost a close match himself to Ohio State’s Nic Bouzakis in the finals). While I have four title contenders here that I expect to be in the top 4, I also have a number of placement contenders here that could spoil the top 4 or sneak in due to rough bracketing. Wyatt Krejsa is an Indiana stud that has been improving massively these past couple years, and should be considered a threat to anyone in the bracket. Renzo Morgan is an Illinois 6th placer, but only went 2-2 last IHPO, so significant improvement will be needed to crack a spot in the top 4. Ohio 7th placers Diego Chavez and Hunter Vogus also have solid resumes to support them, and both went 3-2 at last year’s IHPO. My sleeper pick for this weight class is Branson Weaver. This kid has wrestled at everything this off season, and has picked up plenty of solid wins. I don’t expect him to place but I definitely think he can claim a couple wins that he’s not supposed to. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Jaydon Robinson- Homewood Flossmoor High School- Illinois
      Dillon Graham- Fighting Irish WC- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Mason Schweitzer- Kentucky Extreme- Kentucky
      Cameron Clark- Jay County Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Reese Stephen- Barnesville - Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Alexander Smith- Patriots Wrestling Club- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Jaydon Robinson- Homewood Flossmoor High School- Illinois
      Dillon Graham- Fighting Irish WC- Indiana
      Mason Schweitzer- Kentucky Extreme- Kentucky
      Cameron Clark- Jay County Wrestling Club- Indiana
       
      Jaydon Robinson looks to be the favorite here, being an Illinois 3rd placer in the 3A division, which Illinois tells me is the toughest of the three divisions. Challenging Robinson will be Dillon Graham, who is back after suffering an injury last winter that kept him from finishing his state run (from what I remember, but I might have a piece of information wrong). I think that Robinson wins this matchup, but Graham had some solid wins this past season that make me confident in his ability to perform well, even after a significant amount of time off the mat. Challenging for the last three spots will be three state placers from different states. Mason Schweitzer placed 4th in Kentucky state this past season and had a solid off season. He had only one match this off season with an Indiana wrestler, which was a 4-2 loss to Mitchell Betz (for those who need a comparison to Indiana talent to know how good someone is), but seems solid enough for me to lock him into the 3rd place spot. Cameron Clark placed 7th last year in Indiana and is looking to continue with his success at IHPO this year, but will have to battle for the 4th place spot against Reese Stephen, an Ohio 5th placer. Overall, there are a decent number of state qualifiers and placers in this bracket, but I think these 5 wrestlers have convincing enough resumes for me to consider them in the top 4. My sleeper pick in this weight class is Alexander Smith, although if you paid attention to Fargo brackets this off season, he might not be so much of a sleeper. Smith had an incredible run at Fargo that ended him in the 6th place spot in the Greco division, and I’m sure he will be tossing people this coming weekend, looking to upset multiple state qualifiers and placers en route to a deep IHPO run. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Mitchell Betz- Western Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Conner Kleinberg- Springboro- Ohio
      Anthony Rinehart- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Evan Morris- TWA- Missouri
      Tristin Greene- Keystone High School- Ohio
      Bryce Lowery- Roncalli Wrestling Foundation- Indiana
      Hunter May- Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club- Indiana
       
      Sleeper Pick: Zymarion Hollyfield- Penn- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Mitchell Betz- Western Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Anthony Rinehart- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Conner Kleinberg- Springboro- Ohio
      Tristin Greene- Keystone High School- Ohio
       
      This was an especially hard weight class to accurately predict. With tons of Indiana talent and many out-of-state challengers, I have decided to put Mitchell Betz and Anthony Rinehart at 1st and 2nd, respectively. Betz has the last head-to-head win over Rinehart with a 2-1 victory at last year’s state finals, and was agonizingly close to securing All-American honors at Fargo this summer, getting stuck in a match he was up. Connor Kleinberg is last year’s IHPO champ, and with this in mind, it’s hard to not label him as a title contender. However, after an 8th place finish at the Ohio state championships, he will be looking to regain his stride, coming up from 138 to 152 and hopefully adjusting to the weight change well. Evan Morris is the only state champion in this bracket, coming from Missouri, and should be expected to do well, but with my current 4th placer in this bracket being a 16U Fargo Greco champ in Tristin Greene, it is going to be hard to break the top 4 here. In addition to Morris and Greene, Indiana studs Hunter May and Bryce Lowery are looking to secure a top 4 finish at IHPO. Hunter May had a solid run at Fargo this year, and is looking to make a statement after a rough performance at the state finals last year which saw him get 8th. Bryce Lowery did not compete at Fargo but has been active in the folkstyle scene this off season, having solid wins over Kenneth Bisping and Toby Abbott. My sleeper pick for this weight class is Zymarion Hollyfield, who did not qualify last year but picked up solid wins, including one over Dillon Graham. Hollyfield also has a Frosh/Soph title to his name, and people who win Frosh/Soph in Indiana historically end their careers as state placer or even state champion caliber wrestlers. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Sam Goin- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Hunter Andel- James A Garfield- Ohio
      Aydan George- Centerville- Ohio
      Logan Swaw- Lockport, IL- Illinois
      Cohen Bunting- John Glenn High School- Ohio
      Harrison Konder- Downers Grove North HS- Illinois
      Jeb Pretchel- Jasper- Indiana
       
      Sleeper Pick: Jeb Pretchel- Jasper- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Sam Goin- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Logan Swaw- Lockport, IL- Illinois
      Aydan George- Centerville- Ohio
      Hunter Andel- James A Garfield- Ohio
       
      I don’t imagine that anybody besides Sam Goin wins this weight class. With a very solid Fargo run ending at the bloodround (after facing off way early on to #4 Braeden Scoles and losing only 9-5) and a state title to his name, I don’t think anybody will get close to him in this bracket. I do think that there are a number of wrestlers here who could make the top 4, however. Logan Swaw placed 6th in Illinois, but it should be noted that he lost a 5-1 bout to #4 at 152 Ethan Stiles during his run, and can compete with the best. This will be the hardest challenge for Goin. Also from Illinois is 4th placer Harrison Konder, who had a decent showing of 4-2 at last year’s IHPO, beating Zach Wilson in OT and Brody Arthur 4-1, and also had a solid run at Fargo, just missing out of the bloodround by losing 8-8 by criteria, but it should be noted that his state placement from this year was at 138, and I’m not confident enough in his results up in weight to put him in the top 4. Ohio state placers Aydan George (8th) and Hunter Andel (4th) are my picks for 3rd and 4th respectively, although the placements might infer the other way around. However, after some deep diving into Ohio state brackets, I think I can reasonably conclude that George will beat Andel in a razor thin battle. Andel’s 4th placement was at 145, so it is hard to predict how he will adjust to the weight change; meanwhile, George’s 8th place finish was up at 165, so I think the battle just barely goes in his favor. Cohen Bunting is another stud from Ohio who I think can do some damage. He is an Ohio state qualifier, but as his qualification was all the way down at 138, I worry for his ability to adjust to the new weight. But this is what is always interesting about IHPO anyways. Lastly, I think ticket rounder Jeb Prechtel is a threat to make top 4 here, and is also my sleeper pick for this weight. I say ticket rounder, but his ticket round was a slim 6-5 loss to eventual runner-up Kade Law, and could have punched his ticket with a number of better draws (also note that Prechtel got 2nd at regionals to J Conway, the eventual state champ). He has had wins over multiple Indiana studs this off season such as Andre Merritt and Aaron Steenbeke, and I think he has what it takes to place in the top 4 here. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Delaney Ruhlman- Bloomington South WC- Indiana
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Devin Halliday- Delaware Hayes High School- Ohio
      Miguel Rojas- Brownsburg East middle school - Indiana
      Anthony Cashman- Warren Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Logan Farnell- Battling Braves- Indiana
      Matt Kowalski- Springboro- Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Noah Clouser- Center Grove- Indiana 
       
      Top 4: 
      Delaney Ruhlman- Bloomington South WC- Indiana
      Devin Halliday- Delaware Hayes High School- Ohio
      Anthony Cashman- Warren Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Logan Farnell- Battling Braves- Indiana
       
      You aren’t a Ruhlman if you don’t go up at least two weight classes every year. We should expect Ruhlman to be a 195 or 220 next year if history tells us anything. Enough about his weight though, I think he is the clear favorite here. A two time state runner-up, he is joined in this bracket by a number of state qualifiers that will be battling for second place. Devin Halliday is an Ohio state qualifier, and had a 3-2 run last year at IHPO, which saw him beat Logan Farnell 7-2. Farnell is now a state placer and can certainly reverse this result with a year of work in between their meetings, but I think Halliday will maintain his victory if they meet again. Anthony Cashman is another state qualifier that I think can do big damage in this bracket, with a solid off season that saw him take wins over Jesse Herrera and Luke Kemper. I predict Cashman and Farnell to meet for 3rd place, where I think Cashman will just barely edge him out. Miguel Rojas is a Middle School Super 32 placer, and is looking to test his abilities against an older group of guys. As an 8th grader, I don’t expect him to place just yet, but his body of work at the middle school level is good enough for me to mention him in the placement contenders. Lastly, Matt Kowalski is another Ohio state qualifier that could potentially make a deep run. There are only 6 studs in this weight class on the stud list, so I think that every stud on that list can reasonably place. Another guy to look out for is my sleeper pick: Noah Clouser. Ranked #11 on the final IndianaMat state rankings, Clouser fell victim to a tough ticket round draw in Brody Baumann. However, Clouser has shown state level results all year, picking up wins over Isaac Valdez and Aiden Costello this past year. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Orlando Cruz- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Lane Kiser- Trinity Shamrocks (Ky)- Kentucky
      Dominic Thebeau- Bull Trained- Illinois
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Max Ray- Tiffin Columbian- ohio
      Joshua Strayer- Warhawk Wrestling - Kentucky
       
      Sleeper Pick: Noah Weaver- Frankfort- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Orlando Cruz- Region Wrestling Academy- Indiana
      Dominic Thebeau- Bull Trained- Illinois
      Lane Kiser- Trinity Shamrocks (Ky)- Kentucky
      Max Ray- Tiffin Columbian- ohio
       
      I think Orlando Cruz is the slight favorite here, as he defends Indiana from a number of out-of-state studs. Dominic Thebeau is an Illinois 3rd placer, and was last year's IHPO champ with an 11-6 win over Brodie Porter. He’ll give Orlando a tough battle, but I’m confident that Cruz can successfully fend him off for first place. Another stud that could give Cruz a hard time is Kentucky state runner-up Lane Kiser. Kiser missed the placement round at IHPO last year, but stole wins over Christian Chavez and Caden Brewer. He also invaded Indiana territory during the high school season, winning the Mater Dei Holiday Classic with a 9-6 victory over Luke Hansen. I don’t have him beating Thebeau or Cruz, but is still a solid pick for 3rd. The 4th place spot, in my opinion, goes to Max Ray, an Ohio 6th placer. Max got his hands on Orlando Cruz earlier this year at the Central Regional, where he lost a respectable 7-3, and could keep it close against Cruz if they are to meet again. Joshua Strayer is another placer: a 7th place finisher from Kentucky, and despite limited off season results, should also be considered a threat to make a deep run. My sleeper pick for this weight class is Noah Weaver, who was dangerously close to winning his ticket round match to the previously mentioned Anthony Cashman, losing in double overtime. Also a previously mentioned opponent is Logan Farnell, who he was able to beat at Folkstyle State this year, so Weaver should be considered a threat to both state qualifiers and non-qualifiers alike. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Myles Johnson- Springboro- Ohio
      Gunner Henry- Brownsburg- Indiana
      Adam Haselius- Jackson Northwest (MI)- Michigan
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Miles Workman- Blackman High- Tennessee
      Christian Chavez- Midwest RTC- Indiana
      Gunnar Pool- Centerville High School- Ohio
       
      Sleeper Pick: Anthony White- Crown Point- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Gunner Henry- Brownsburg- Indiana- 
      Myles Johnson- Springboro- Ohio
      Adam Haselius- Jackson Northwest (MI)- Michigan
      Christian Chavez- Midwest RTC- Indiana
       
      A clash between two former IHPO placers, Myles Johnson and Gunnar Henry are likely to meet in the finals this year. Myles Johnson is an Ohio 3rd placer (his only loss was to #6 Camden McDaniel) and got 2nd at last year’s IHPO, losing only a 6-5 bout to Nate Critchfield. He is a very tough opponent, and is likely the favorite to win this bracket. However, Gunnar Henry has been on fire this past year, starting his freshman campaign off strong with a third place finish at the state finals, beating #12 De’Alcapon Veazy 3-2. He also claimed 3rd place at IHPO last year, losing only to former Indiana state champ Andrew Donahue. He’s also claimed several high quality wins this off season, such as Lane Kiser and Christian Chavez. Chavez is a very tough wrestler that is quickly starting to establish himself at a threat to the podium at 195. After losing at semi-state at 160, he went all the way up to 195 and nearly took out eventual 3rd placer Aataevon Jordan. Since then, he has been picking up several high quality wins, and is looking to test himself against the title contenders in this field. I don’t expect Chavez to win, but I also think that these bouts will be much closer than some may think. Adam Haselius is a Michigan state champ that has built up an impressive resume that includes All-American honors at Fargo in 2021 and a GFC title. This will be his first IHPO, but his state finals win is over a former IHPO runner-up in Kael Wisler, so he can certainly match or even win the bracket against a field of similar talent. However, with Johnson’s history at the event, along with Henry’s rapidly growing talent, I think they both get the job done over the Michigan stud. Two more wrestlers to watch out for are Gunnar Pool, an Ohio state qualifier, and Miles Workman, a Tennessee 6th placer for the spot. I should note that Workman is coming down from 220, so that could definitely be an advantage to him against the rest of the field. My sleeper pick here is Anthony White, who is trying Chavez’s strategy of going up a lot of weight, after being on the wrong side of an upset at semi-state, losing to Connor Cervantes. White has wrestled Henry this off-season, losing 11-4, which is an indicator that he may not be at Henry’s level quite yet, but is easily a threat to make a deep run. 
       
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      Title Contenders: 
      Brentan Simmerman- Little Miami Wrestling Club- Ohio
      Chance Harris- Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran- Indiana
      Tommy Morrill- Columbus East- Indiana
      Devin Kendrex- Marauder Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Keegan Martin- Bellmont- Indiana 
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Hunter Janeczko- Izzy Style Wrestling- Illinois
      Alex Rose- Terre Haute South- Indiana
      Royce Deckard- Roncalli Wrestling Foundation- Indiana
       
      Sleeper Pick: Keegan Martin- Bellmont- Indiana 
       
      Top 4: 
      Brentan Simmerman- Little Miami Wrestling Club- Ohio
      Devin Kendrex- Marauder Wrestling Club- Indiana
      Tommy Morrill- Columbus East- Indiana
      Keegan Martin- Bellmont- Indiana 
       
      The only bracket where I have more than four title contenders, there are a lot of wrestlers here that have the potential to win it. The favorite here is Brentan Simmerman, who is an Ohio 6th placer (although I should mention he had an absolutely brutal bracket, losing to Ohio State’s Seth Shumate 12-4 and Myles Johnson 6-3). Looking to challenge for the top spot are a number of Indiana studs. The only placer of this group is Chance Harris, who claimed an 8th place finish following a 4-3 victory over Devin Kendrex. Kendrex and Harris have wrestled a number of times, with Kendrex leading the series 2-1. However, with a Fargo performance that saw him make the bloodround, I have confidence that Kendrex will win the rematch over Harris. I don’t actually have Harris placing, which maybe doesn’t seem fair, but the margin between each wrestler here is razor thin. Placing 3rd here, I have Tommy Morrill, who was upset last Friday night by Paul Clark, but is still a state placing caliber wrestler. I have my sleeper pick, making it all the way to 4th place here: Keegan Martin. Martin had a rough semi-state, but owns wins over both Harris and Kendrex in the past year. I think the placement contenders here will not necessarily place but could do so with a stellar performance, good bracket luck, or a combination of both. Hunter Janeczko is an Illinois bloodrounder (which would be top 8 in Indiana because Illinois only places top 6) and could easily contend with the other qualifiers in this bracket. Alex Rose is a state qualifier who gave Veazy a tough battle Friday night, but I worry about his ability to adjust to 220. I shouldn’t worry too much though, as he has consistently grown a number of weight classes every year. Lastly, Royce Deckard is another Indiana state qualifier, and owns a win over 7th placer Jackson Weingart, showing he has the potential to beat state placing caliber opponents. 
       
      HWT  
      Title Contenders: 
      Aidan Fockler- Massillon Perry- Ohio
      Dom Burgett Hamilton Southeastern- Indiana
      Josh Clark- New Haven- Indiana 
       
      Placement Contenders: 
      Eathan Westfall- Reading- Michigan
      Peyton Kendall- Penn High School- Indiana
      Hunter Branhan- Frankton jr./Sr. High school- Indiana
       
      Sleeper Pick: Dom Burgett- Hamilton Southeastern- Indiana
       
      Top 4: 
      Aidan Fockler- Massillon Perry- Ohio
      Dom Burgett- Hamilton Southeastern- Indiana
      Joshuah Clark- New Haven- Indiana
      Eathan Westfall- Reading- Michigan
       
      This is the only weight class that I think a sleeper pick could potentially win it all. Dom Burgett was ranked #3 in the IndianaMat state rankings, but fell victim to a first round upset at semi-state in an overtime bout to Hunter Brahnam, who also makes an appearance in this tournament and is one of my placement contenders. Since then, he has had a lot of success, getting wins over Hosia Smith and Jacob Johnson, and making the bloodround at Fargo. Unfortunately, he has a tall task at hand, with #16 Aidan Fockler being the heavy favorite to win this bracket. Fockler is an Ohio state runner-up and a Walsh Ironman placer, so he will be tough to beat. Another name in this bracket I think is very interesting is Josh Clark. While Burgett was on the tough side of an upset, Clark was on the right side of one, beating then-undefeated Brandon Villafuerte in the first round of semi-state to eventually qualify for the state tournament. He was not ranked in the state at the time. What I find more interesting is that Burgett and Clark have wrestled twice this off season, and Clark has stuck Burgett both times. One pin, you can call a fluke. But three separate pins against top 5 opponents in the state, and you are a very dangerous pinner. I think Burgett wins against Clark to earn a win in the series against them both, but Clark has proven himself to be highly dangerous. The 4th spot in my opinion goes to Eathan Westfall, a Michigan 4th placer who only lost 5-3 in the semis to the eventual champ of that weight class, and owns a tech fall over Clark at the Central Regional. This tech fall makes my prediction here a little iffy, but I think the score here will at least be closer in a folkstyle setting. Another potential placer here is Peyton Kendall, who qualified for state in 2021, but did not compete at semi-state this past year (for a reason I do not know). Interestingly enough, Kendall owns a 14-6 major decision over Clark this off season, so I really do not know what to expect out of this weight class. Heavyweight will continue to be the most unpredictable weight class in wrestling. 
       
      Now that I’ve finished, I’d like to note a couple of things that I should bring up after writing this and reflecting on it: 
       
      All of the sleeper picks are Indiana guys. I could have dove into every single wrestler from every state to figure out who the true best sleeper pick is, but I think these picks are more so we can be looking out for emerging talent in Indiana. 
       
      I might have messed up a stat or misspelled something somewhere, and if you see anything like that, I’d appreciate it if you let me know. I am going to proofread this a couple times, but this write-up is 15 pages total, single spaced (you’re all welcome), so I am bound to miss a couple of mistakes. 
       
      I know that maybe not everybody knows every single wrestler in Indiana, but I chose to leave out some of the credentials of some Indiana guys that I was naming off in order to save time and spend my time researching the out-of-state guys that most of you might have been unfamiliar with. It’d be so much work to say that, for example, Dom Burgett beat 2022 5th placer Hosia Smith and 3x state qualifier and 2022 4th placer Jacob Johnson. I tried to reference as many Indiana wrestlers that I could when trying to make comparisons, especially with the out-of-state guys, because a lot of people, including me, find it helpful to gauge a kid’s talent based on how they stack up against familiar opponents, rather than telling you they beat a state champ from Ohio, which tells you nothing, especially when talking about states with multiple divisions of varying depth and quality. So I’m not going to give you all the credentials for every Indiana wrestler, so if you don’t recognize a name, either look it up or take my word that it’s a significant enough win to highlight in the write up. 

       

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      2022 IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open Stud List

      Check this page frequently for updates on the studs that are entered at this year's IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open. For more information on the tournament follow click the link below.
      IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open Information
       


       

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      2022 Fargo Team Rosters and Breakdown

      Breakdown on each division coming soon!

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      AAU Scholastic Duals Pools and Schedule

      The ever popular "Disney" duals starts up this weekend. Indiana has 24 teams represented out of over 150 teams entered. Even though the event is not held at Disney this year it still has attracted many top teams from around the country. Last year Brownsburg defeated Warren Central in the finals for an all-Indiana final for the first time ever. Good luck to all the teams competing.
       
      Bracket Link
      Community and Developmental Brackets
      https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/teamtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=677933132
       
      Girls Bracket
      https://www.trackwrestling.com/tw/teamtournaments/VerifyPassword.jsp?tournamentId=677931132
       
      Schedule
      Community 1(Bigger Schools)
      Friday June 17th - Sunday June 19th
      Community 2(Smaller Schools)
      Friday June 17th - Sunday June 19th
      Developmental
      Monday June 20th - Wednesday, June 22nd
      Girls
      Monday June 20th - Wednesday, June 22nd
       
      Team Division Pool Warrior Elite(Warren Central) Community 1 A Perry Meridian Blue Community 1 B Brownsburg Community 1 C Fight Barn(Columbus East) Community 1 C Adams Central Jets Community 2 E Jay County Community 2 E Terre Haute Blue Community 2 E Cascade HS Community 2 F John Glenn Wrestling Community 2 F Terre Haute South (1) Community 2 F Delta eagles Community 2 G MXW Gold(Penn) Community 2 G Franklin Black Community 2 H Perry Meridian Silver Community 2 H Franklin Blue Community 2 I Team Ali(Owen Valley) Community 2 I DC Elite(Decatur Central) Developmental M Indiana Smackdown Gold Developmental M Indiana Smackdown Black Developmental N MXW White Developmental N Indiana Smackdown White Developmental O Terre Haute South (2) Developmental O Intense Wrestling Developmental P MXW Black Developmental P Indiana Flash Developmental Q MXW Purple Girls Z

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      U20 and U23 World Team Trials Indiana Entries

      Held in Geneva, Ohio Friday June 3rd-5th
       
      Event Link
      TheMat.com
       
      Brackets
      FloArena
       
      Schedule
      Friday 
      U23 and U20 Greco-Roman WTT
      10am- Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals & Consolations
      4pm- Medal Matches and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
       
      Saturday
      U23 and U20 Freestyle WTT
      9:30am
      U20 Challenge Tournament
      U23 Preliminaries and Consolations
      4pm
      U20 Medal Matches and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
      U23 Preliminaries and Consolations
       
      Sunday
      U23 Freestyle WTT
      10am Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations, All Medal Matches, and Best 2 out of 3 Finals
       
      Age/Style Weight Name Club/School U20 Freestyle 61 kg Jesse Mendez Region Wrestling Academy U20 Freestyle 61 kg Zeke Seltzer Tiger Style Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle 92 kg Evan Bates Wildcat Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle 92 kg Silas Allred Nebraska RTC U20 Freestyle 97 kg Christian Carroll Midwest RTC U20 Greco-Roman 97 kg Christian Carroll Midwest RTC U23 Freestyle 57 kg Anthony Hughes Knights Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 57 kg Riley Bettich Bulldog Premier U23 Freestyle 61 kg Blake Boarman Regional Training Center South U23 Freestyle 65 kg Cayden Rooks Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 65 kg David Schulte Olivet Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 65 kg Nicholas Bolivar Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 65 kg Christian White Boilermaker RTC U23 Freestyle 70 kg Aundre Beatty Knights Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 70 kg Elijah Chacon Warrior Regional Training Center U23 Freestyle 70 kg Graham Rooks Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 70 kg Jaden Reynolds Boilermaker RTC U23 Freestyle 74 kg Jahmon Spiller Solid Tech Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 74 kg Joe Lee Nittany Lion Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 74 kg Jonathan Kervin Invicta Wrestling Academy U23 Freestyle 74 kg Matt Lee Nittany Lion Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 79 kg Bryer Hall Ohio State U23 Freestyle 79 kg Isiah Levitz Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 79 kg Nick South Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 79 kg Macartney Parkinson Boilermaker RTC U23 Freestyle 86 kg Sam Osho Knights Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 86 kg Santos Cantu Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 92 kg Damien Rodriguez Warrior Regional Training Center U23 Freestyle 92 kg Nicholas Willham Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 92 kg Hayden Filipovich Boilermaker RTC U23 Freestyle 125 kg Austin Lane Knights Wrestling Club U23 Freestyle 125 kg Braydon Erb Warrior Regional Training Center U23 Freestyle 125 kg Jacob Bullock Indiana RTC U23 Freestyle 125 kg Tristan Ruhlman Boilermaker RTC U23 Greco-Roman 60 kg Anthony Hughes Knights Wrestling Club U23 Greco-Roman 67 kg Aundre Beatty Knights Wrestling Club U23 Greco-Roman 77 kg Jahmon Spiller Solid Tech Wrestling Club U23 Greco-Roman 87 kg Sam Osho Knights Wrestling Club U23 Greco-Roman 130 kg Braydon Erb Warrior Regional Training Center

      4667 5

      NHSCA National Duals Rosters

      Link to brackets
      https://arena.flowrestling.org/event/1fbb2aae-19bb-433b-ad34-ae370a48d3a9
       
      Wrestling runs Saturday through Monday
       
      High School Rosters
       
      Elite Athletic Club  
      106 #14 Jamarcus Smith 
      113 HM Kade Kluce 
      120 HM Ashton Jackson 
      126 Blase Mele 
      132 Hayden Brady 
      138 Anthony Bahl 
      145 HM Aiden Torres 
      152 Kegan Knapp 
      160 Connor Svantner 
      170 Jesse Herrera 
      182 Lane Kiser 
      195 Rob Atwood 
      220 Paul Clark 
      285 Will Clark 
      285 Trey White 
        
      Fight Barn Wrestilng Club(Columbus East)  
      106 Talon Jessup 
      113 Cole Wright 
      120 Caleb Cooper 
      120 Gage Rutan 
      126 Liam Krueger 
      126 Rolando Ruiz-Tapia 
      132 Braden Isbell 
      132 Bo Wagner 
      138 William Anderson 
      138 Caleb Kirkpatrick 
      145 Nate Anderson 
      152 Kyler Rimer 
      160 Tyler Lake 
      170 Juan Puello 
      182 Braxton Schaefer 
      195 Jackson Fox 
      220 Tommy Morrill 
      285 Patrick McMahon 
        
      High Rollers  
      106 Charlie Larocca 
      113 Edward Goss 
      120 Michael Tharpe 
      126 Blake Wolf 
      132 Alex Plahitko 
      138 Eli Brooks 
      145 Zach Wilson 
      152 Tyler Jones 
      160 Kody Glitter 
      170 Hayden Shepherd 
      182 Jacob Skinner 
      220 Trey Deckard 
      285 Josh Clark 
        
      Indiana Flash North  
      113 Seth Aubin 
      120 Daniel Mata 
      126 Kaydon Kingery 
      132 Xavier Roberts 
      138 Tive Delgado 
      145 Giancorlo Laterzo 
      152 Ben Taborski 
      160 Kenneth Bisping 
      170 Aidan White 
      182 Anthony White 
      195 Demetrus Dean 
      220 Michael Degrado 
      285 Mitch Krolikowski 
        
      Indiana Flash South  
      106 Adrian Origel 
      113 Zachariah Reno 
      120 Anthony Fortenberry 
      126 Caleb Oliver 
      132 Avery Stanley 
      138 Larz Hughes 
      145 Mason Stanley 
      152 Lody Cheatham 
      160 Ben Phillips 
      170 Ethan Popp 
      182 Keaton Loudermilk 
      195 Treton Simmons 
        
      Indiana Mafia  
      106 Eli Collier 
      113 Jackson Emery 
      120 RJ Taylor 
      126 Mikey Wilson 
      132 Keaton Morton 
      138 Branson Weaver 
      152 Quaid Hinshaw 
      182 Jaylen Young 
      195 Ronin Hammond 
      285 Nolan Martin 
        
      Indiana Outlaws Black  
      106 Jalen May 
      113 #13 Jake Hockaday 
      120 Toby Billerman 
      126 HM Kyrel Leavell 
      132 Joey Buttler 
      138 HM Cheaney Schoeff 
      145 Dillon Graham 
      152 Bryce Lowery 
      160 HM Matthew Koontz 
      170 Delaney Ruhlman 
      182 HM Orlando Cruz 
      195 HM Gunner Henry 
      220 Jacob Navarro 
      285 Hosia Smith 
        
      Indiana Outlaws Gray  
      106 Jude Heaston 
      113 Jaden Farr 
      120 Sam Bustamante 
      126 Will May 
      132 Gabriel Clay 
      138 Kannon Zuber 
      145 Paul King 
      152 Connor Hoefling 
      160 Chase Mayes 
      170 Lucas Esposito 
      182 Collin Casad 
      195 Gregory Johnson 
      220 Luke Raines 
      285 Peyton Kendall 
        
      Indiana Outlaws Select  
      106 Cameron Meier 
      113 Logan Bickel 
      120 Dominic McFeeley 
      126 Tylin Thrine 
      132 Gavyn Whitehead 
      138 Cooper Baldwin 
      145 HM Rider Searcy 
      152 JJ Lowe 
      160 Michael Hutchison 
      170 Noah Clouser 
      182 Liam Farmer 
      195 Eli Hinshaw 
      220 Walker Van Ness 
      285 Trevi Hillman-Conley 
        
      Indiana Outlaws White  
      106 Levi Johns 
      113 Jackson Heaston 
      120 Preston Haines 
      126 Trevor Hott 
      132 Braden Haines 
      138 Romeo White 
      145 Silas Stits 
      152 Logan Fite 
      160 Landon Boe 
      170 Jude Powell 
      182 Caden Brewer 
      195 Wade Mettling 
      220 Will Clark 
      285 Paul Clark 
        
      Indiana Outlaws Yellow  
      106 Brennan Leonard 
      113 Tanner Tishner 
      120 Bryce Doss 
      126 Braden Getz 
      132 Mason Day 
      138 Logan Stuckman 
      145 Hunter miller 
      152 Jackson Neibert 
      160 Nick Cicciarelli 
      170 Anthony Cashman 
      182 Kaden McConnell 
      195 Bryce Crump 
      220 Jackson Weingart 
      285 Liam Begley 
        
      Team Iron Bear  
      106 Cooper Doucette 
      113 Porter Temple 
      120 Kaden Golden 
      126 Brian Harris 
      132 Jaylyn Pugh 
      138 Kaleb Jacobs 
      145 Carson Fettig 
      152 Hank Temple 
      160 Michael Cain 
      170 Charles Brown 
      182 Evan Tilton 
      195 Caleb Cohee 
      220 Michael Henderson 
      285 Josh Brown 
      285 Mason Moran 
        
      The Fort Hammers  
      106 Tyler Tun 
      113 Carter Krouse 
      120 DeJuan Clardy 
      132 keegan schlabach 
      138 gabe miller 
      145 ethan rodriguez 
      152 wayne wells 
      160 chase leech 
      170 ethan smith 
      182 De`Alcapon Veazy 
      195 Mickey Daring 
      220 Preston Howard 
       
      Random Teams
      106 Luke Rioux- Team Shutt Nation
      106 Nate Rioux- Team Shutt USA
      160 AJ Steenbeke- Team Shutt USA
      160 Cody Goodwin- Team Shutt Dethrone
      220 Peyton Kendall- Team Shutt GT
      138 Noah Sessions- Roundtree Wrestling Academy Black
       
      Middle School Rosters
      Elite Athletic Club
      75 takoda parker
      80 Zayden Mansfield
      85 Declan Mckee
      90 Drayton DeKay
      95 Matt Diley
      100 Cullen Edwards
      105 Logan Bellis
      112 Braylon Price
      119 Hunter Shike
      127 AJ Kroft
      135 Cooper Miller
      142 JACK HARTY
      154 Josh Heath
      165 Diego Irizarry
      230 Raul Martinez

      High Rollers
      75 Zavier Acuna
      75 Elio Gil
      85 Camden Hook
      90 Tomi Campian
      90 Ryder Gardner
      100 Tegan Newell
      105 Gunner Butt
      112 Sean Breedlove
      119 William Vander Luitgaren
      127 Porter Kleeberg
      135 Jack Davis
      142 Wyatt Hoppes
      154 Ben Clark
      165 Zach Clark
      180 Tristan Lanum
       
      Indiana Flash M
      80 Bella Wesley
      90 Jacoby Moore
      95 Aidan Diaz
      100 Max Quiroz
      105 Cooper Wilkins
      112 Gavin Lewis
      119 Chase Pekny
      127 Jacob Hill
      135 Aleksandar Tatum
      142 Cayden Webb
      154 Lucas Anderson

      Indiana Outlaws Red
      75 Sebastian Gracia
      80 Luke Neid
      85 Eli Ogle
      90 Peyton Schoettle
      95 Justin Williamson
      100 Lucas Day
      105 Braylon Reynolds
      112 Cade Zuber
      119 Landon Haines
      127 Angelo Vargo
      135 Peyton Hornsby
      142 Lucas Boe
      154 Mj Morton
      165 Camden Jeeninga
      180 Spencer Fain
      230 Alan Ortiz
       
      Indiana Outlaws Silver
      75 Symon Schoettle
      80 Blake Doss
      85 Gavyn Kemp
      90 Blake Getz
      95 Lincoln Underwood
      100 Justus Thrasher
      105 Jett Mcguire
      112 Trevor Bennett
      119 Wayne Harden
      127 Tyler Lavin
      135 Tucker Billerman
      142 Mason Thompson
      165 Brodie Melzoni
      180 Collin Whetsel
      230 Mark Gonzalez

      POWA
      75 Alex Huddleston
      119 Clinton Shepherd
      127 Evan Stanley

      The Fort Hammers
      75 Remington Waldron
      80 ramon sierra
      85 brock mccartney
      90 Abrum Swathwood
      100 kaid jackson
      105 Grant Howard
      112 Carter Fielden
      119 evan omelian
      135 rylee biddle
      142 Hartley hoover
      180 aiden hunt

      Elementary Rosters
      The Fort Hammers
      52 Layten Marsh
      56 Karsten Castetter
      60 Henry Riesen
      65 Wyatt Melchi
      70 drew hiesler
      75 Maximus Kleeberg
      80 Isaac Brown
      85 Lane Williams
      90 Joseph Warner
      95 Lathen Janes
      100 Braxtyn Bauer
      100 Luke Oberlin
      110 Tatum jones
      120 Brennan mccartney

      High Rollers
      52 Tino Acuna
      56 Ian Weber
      60 Parker Stanzis
      65 Parker Kleeberg
      70 Logan Brickley
      75 Conner Maddox
      80 Xavier Flores
      85 Dallas Rosenbarger
      95 Jude Bratt
      100 Griffan Kline
      110 Issac Suddarth
      110 Justus Suddarth
      120 Jordan Parrett
      150 Dylan Stanley

      Indian Creek
      52 Chase Dowty
      56 Ryder Dowty
      60 Tyson Doll
      65 Tucker Dowty
      70 Esdon Morphet
      75 Ella Neibert
      80 Colton Stinson
      85 Maverick Smith
      90 Isaac Smith
      95 Patrick Dowty
      100 Noah Fitzgerald
      110 Bo Jackson
      120 Gavin Brown
      150 Wyatt Horton

      Indiana Outlaws Gold
      52 Joey Brown
      56 Cecil Nelson
      60 Lennon Jaggers
      65 Henry Antrobus
      70 Cameron Schofield
      75 Ashton Scott
      80 Kellen Schoeff
      85 William Smith
      90 Charlie Hutchinson
      95 Nik Freeze
      100 Ashton Goney
      110 Hayden Mullins
      120 Cohen Wuethrich
      150 Jackson Smith
       
      Indiana Outlaws Green
      52 Joey Graham
      56 Cory Buckley
      60 Alexander Schnurstein
      65 Jack May
      70 Richie Graham
      70 Jace Largent
      75 Maxwell Schnurstein
      80 Chase Shirley
      85 Jax Hanson
      90 Jonathan Nordyke Jr.
      100 Vinny Berberena
      110 Ezra Ostler
      120 Ava Strayer
       

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      2022 USMC Womens National Championships Indiana Entries

      2022 USMC Womens National Championships
      Fort Worth, TX
      05/06/2022 - 05/08/2022
       
      For more information
      https://usawrestlingevents.com/event/2200110202
       
      Division Weight Name Team 14U 119 lbs Ava Strayer Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club 14U 127 lbs Maddie Marsh Northeastern Wrestling Club 14U 145 lbs paislee chambers Spartans Wrestling Club 14U 97 lbs Isabel Kaplan West Lafayette U15 39 kg Kendall Moe Contenders Wrestling Academy U15 46 kg Ysabelle Ocampo Beast Mode Wrestling Club U15 46 kg Amelia Murphy Merrillville U15 50 kg Julianna Ocampo Beast Mode Wrestling Club U15 58 kg Aleksandra Bastaic Highland Wrestling Club U15 58 kg Maddie Marsh Northeastern Wrestling Club U15 62 kg Ella Gahl Spartans Wrestling Club U15 66 kg Elly Janovsky Indiana Wrestling IGNITES U15 66 kg paislee chambers Spartans Wrestling Club U17 40 kg Kendall Moe Contenders Wrestling Academy U17 46 kg Makenize Smith Patriots Wrestling Club U17 49 kg Julianna Ocampo Beast Mode Wrestling Club U17 49 kg Heather Crull Northeastern Wrestling Club U17 49 kg Rianne Murphy Wyoming Seminary Wrestling Club U17 57 kg Rose Kaplan West Lafayette U17 57 kg Aleksandra Bastaic Highland Wrestling Club U20 50 kg Elizabeth Dollar Warrior Regional Training Center U20 50 kg Makenize Smith Patriots Wrestling Club U20 53 kg Kelsey Bilz Madison/Campbellsville U20 53 kg Torieonna Buchanan Red Cobra Wrestling Academy U20 57 kg Anna Krejsa Red Cobra Wrestling Academy U20 76 kg Grace Doering Indiana Tech U23 53 kg Torieonna Buchanan Red Cobra Wrestling Academy U23 65 kg Salome Walker Cardinal Wrestling Club U23 72 kg Autumn Terhune Warren Central/Indiana Tech U23 76 kg Grace Doering Indiana Tech

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      2022 US Open Entries(Masters, Senior, U20, U17, U15, Girls Showcase)

      Here are the current entries from Indiana for the US Open that takes place April 27th – May 1st in Las Vegas. Updates will be done every few days leading up to the event.
       
      Updated 4/27 8:00am
       
      Division Style Weight Name Club Girls HS Showcase Freestyle 100 lbs Makenize Smith Patriots Wrestling Club Masters A Freestyle 88 kg Cory Graham Legends of Gold Masters B Freestyle 100 kg Christopher Myers Carroll Wrestling Club Masters B Freestyle 58 kg Daniel Coyne Beech Grove Masters B Freestyle 70 kg Eracleo Vallejo   Masters B Freestyle 70 kg Jordin Humphrey Titan Mercury Masters B Freestyle 78 kg Michael Morgan Legends of Gold Masters B Freestyle 88 kg Michael Burke Yorktown Wrestling Club Masters B Greco-Roman 100 kg Christopher Myers Carroll Wrestling Club Masters B Greco-Roman 58 kg Daniel Coyne Beech Grove Masters B Greco-Roman 70 kg Jordin Humphrey Titan Mercury Masters B Greco-Roman 78 kg Michael Morgan Legends of Gold Masters B Greco-Roman 88 kg Michael Burke Yorktown Wrestling Club Masters C Freestyle 78 kg Seth Gleave   Senior Freestyle Freestyle 61 kg Jesse Mendez Region Wrestling Academy Senior Freestyle Freestyle 61 kg Brandon Wright Wright Way Senior Freestyle Freestyle 61 kg Henry Porter Indiana RTC Senior Freestyle Freestyle 70 kg Graham Rooks Indiana RTC Senior Freestyle Freestyle 79 kg Seth Gleave   Senior Women Freestyle 62 kg Kayla Miracle Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club U15 Freestyle 41 kg Case Bell Contenders Wrestling Academy U15 Freestyle 44 kg Caleb Schaefer Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Freestyle 48 kg Camden Baumann Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Freestyle 48 kg Braylon Reynolds Red Cobra Wrestling Academy U15 Freestyle 48 kg Ty Henderson Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Freestyle 57 kg Deacon Dressler Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Freestyle 68 kg Sam Howard Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Greco-Roman 41 kg Case Bell Contenders Wrestling Academy U15 Greco-Roman 44 kg Caleb Schaefer Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Greco-Roman 48 kg Camden Baumann Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Greco-Roman 48 kg Ty Henderson Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U15 Greco-Roman 57 kg Deacon Dressler Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 110 kg Dominic Burgett Legends of Gold U17 Freestyle 45 kg Revin Dickman Contenders Wrestling Academy U17 Freestyle 45 kg Brady Byrd Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 51 kg Isaiah Schaefer Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 60 kg Silas Foster Legends of Gold U17 Freestyle 60 kg Joey Buttler Whiteland Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 65 kg Alexander Smith Patriots Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 71 kg Luke Robards Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Freestyle 80kg D-Alcapon Veazy Snider U17 Greco-Roman 110 kg Dominic Burgett Legends of Gold U17 Greco-Roman 45 kg Revin Dickman Contenders Wrestling Academy U17 Greco-Roman 45 kg Brady Byrd Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Greco-Roman 51 kg Isaiah Schaefer Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Greco-Roman 60 kg Silas Foster Legends of Gold U17 Greco-Roman 60 kg Joey Buttler Whiteland Wrestling Club U17 Greco-Roman 65 kg Alexander Smith Patriots Wrestling Club U17 Greco-Roman 71 kg Luke Robards Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U17 Greco-Roman 80 kg Luke Gleave Warrior Elite Wrestling U17 Greco-Roman 80kg D-Alcapon Veazy Snider U20 Freestyle Freestyle 57 kg Logan Frazier Region Wrestling Academy U20 Freestyle Freestyle 61 kg Sergio Lemley Region Wrestling Academy U20 Freestyle Freestyle 65 kg Alecsander Freeman Indiana RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 65 kg Nicholas Bolivar Indiana RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 70 kg Zack Rotkvich Indiana RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 70 kg Jaden Reynolds Boilermaker RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 74 kg Brody Baumann Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 74 kg Robert Major Indiana RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 74 kg Kade Law Invicta Wrestling Academy U20 Freestyle Freestyle 74 kg Jeb Prechtel Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 79kg Clifton Johnson Panther Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 79kg Jahmon Spiller Indianapolis Pike U20 Freestyle Freestyle 86 kg Gabe Sollars Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 86 kg Alton Mullinax Columbia City Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 86 kg Reid Schroeder Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club U20 Freestyle Freestyle 92 kg Silas Allred Nebraska Wrestling Training Center U20 Freestyle Freestyle 92 kg Hayden Filipovich Boilermaker RTC U20 Freestyle Freestyle 92 kg Evan Bates Chesterton Wrestling Club U20 Greco-Roman Greco-Roman 82kg Clifton Johnson Panther Wrestling Club U20 Greco-Roman Greco-Roman 82kg Matthew Morris Solid Tech Wrestling Club UWW Futures Freestyle 28 kg Brayden Tanner Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club UWW Futures Freestyle 31 kg Spencer McCammon Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club UWW Futures Freestyle 38 kg Xavier Flores Center Grove Wrestling Club UWW Futures Greco-Roman 28 kg Brayden Tanner Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club UWW Futures Greco-Roman 31 kg Spencer McCammon Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club UWW Futures Greco-Roman 38 kg Xavier Flores Center Grove Wrestling Club

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      2024 State Finals Conundrum

      After the state finals our good friend Brandon Sisson of Floyd Central made a post about a potential conflict with the 2024 NBA All-Star game and our state finals. In 2021 the All-Star game was supposed to be held in Indianapolis, but they had a different date that did not conflict with the wrestling state finals. However, the 2024 game will indeed conflict with the wrestling state finals. The IHSAA along with the IHSWCA now has just under two years to figure out a plan for the state finals. On top of the wrestling state finals having a conflict, the boys basketball state finals in 2024 will have issues with Indianapolis hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
       
      Before I go on with the options for 2024, a couple things to consider. The girl’s basketball state finals are slated for the week after wrestling. The IHSAA likely does not want two of their bigger state finals events on the same weekend. Even so this would push the girls out of Gainbridge Fieldhouse which would in turn likely cause a lot of negative press. Pushing the wrestling state finals to the week after our normal date would seem to be an option that would be the hardest to pull off. That would almost certainly require pushing the girl's basketball state finals to the next weekend and possibly start the boys tournament a week later. The chain reaction of that is enough to make administrators at the IHSAA and school level cringe.
       
      Here are the options that we have
       
      Keep the date, but change the venue.
      This will be a big obstacle as there are some venues big enough to host the event, but location is a huge factor. Venues such as the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne and Ford Center in Evansville both can hold about 10,000 in a hockey arena setup. They are however in the furthest corners of the state which would not be well received by many people further away. Arenas such as Mackey Arena, Assembly Hall, Butler Fieldhouse, or Indiana State’s updated Hulman Center would likely be able to handle the crowds. Of course, that poses the availability issue along with hotels and restaurants capable of handling a two day event at the college locations.
       
      Move the date, but keep the venue
      With this option we have a few different scenarios that could play out
      1. Move the whole state series back a week.
      Pros: Keep our 4 week state series
      Cons: Possibly lose a week of the season
      Commentary: We have two options with this, the first is simply cutting a week off of the regular season and the second starting the season a week earlier. With both we have potential conflicts. If we start the regular season a week earlier we still have a lot of conflicts with football early in the season. Both of these options would create scheduling issues with conference tournaments and simply being able to fill schedules with one less week.
       
      2. Create a 3 week state series
      Pros: No scheduling issues
      Cons: Logistics with a new state series configuration
      Commentary: With this option we have a multitude of different options that might just be the most feasible. There have been murmurs for a while about a three week state series from those within the wrestling community. One of the biggest proponents include the referee associations that are finding it harder and harder to find enough referees for the state series. One factor to consider is the events being held at the Ford Center and Memorial Coliseum and the availability of having our semi-state a week earlier. With any of the plans there could be a chain reaction that goes all the way back to the first week of the state series.
       
      Here are the options that we could see
      16-20 team sectionals
      The new super-super sectional that is basically a regional compacted into one weekend. With just over 300 schools it would mean we have an average of 18 schools in the new bigger sectionals. This would likely require a two-day event due to the possibility of some weight classes having over 16 entries. The logistics of a two-day event are big when you are talking about a state series event. Mid-week regional
      With regional being an 8 man bracket this is very logical to have it mid-week and get it done on a Wednesday. There would possibly be some travel issues, however schools are a little more forgiving for tournament series events. Create 5 sectionals with Top 3 advancing to each regional/semi-state
      This is the most radical change, but something to ponder. This would give us sectionals with no more than 16 teams thus being able to keep it at a one day event. The biggest drawback would be the absolute chaos at the new qualifying event super semi-state. There would be a random bye and then two #1’s would meet for a spot at state. The draws here could be absolutely brutal in some areas.  
      One of the biggest questions that would arise after 2024 is, will the IHSAA continue with the modified system? We might need an emergency coaches vote at state to change something, much like this past year. 
       
      There are likely other options, but these are some that come to mind. Which one do you like? Do you have a better option that the IHSAA could explore?
       

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      2022 Folkstyle Nationals Entries

      Here are the current entries for Folkstyle Nationals, the Recruiting Showcase, and Bill Farrell World Team Qualifier
       
      Division Weight Name Club 10U 120 lbs Calavito Hoskins Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club 10U 56 lbs Haley Guard Princeton Wrestling Club 10U 63 lbs Kullen Eckley Valparaiso Wrestling Club 10U 63 lbs Oscar Obregon Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club 10U 67 lbs Jon Luke Austin Contenders Wrestling Academy 10U 77 lbs Paxton Turner Princeton Wrestling Club 10U 84 lbs Lane Kolb Princeton Wrestling Club 12U 70 lbs Jeremy Carver Delta Wrestling Club Inc. 12U 82 lbs Alexander Ponce   12U 98 lbs Azarius Overstreet Peacock Wrestling Club, LLC 14U 106 lbs Braylon Reynolds Red Cobra Wrestling Academy 14U 110 lbs Gavin Lewis Peacock Wrestling Club, LLC 14U 136 lbs Lucas Boe   14U 149 lbs Benjamin Clark Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club 14U 165 lbs Zachary Clark Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club 14U 165 lbs Jett Goldsberry Patriots Wrestling Club 14U 187 lbs Ceasar Salas Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club 14U 71 lbs Alex Huddleston Red Cobra Wrestling Academy 14U 71 lbs Cameron Schofield Red Cobra Wrestling Academy 14U 77 lbs Karson Kahalekomo Daleville Broncos Wrestling Club 14U 97 lbs Colin Strayer Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club 16U 106 lbs Jude Heaston Indian Creek Wrestling Club 16U 113 lbs Matthew Maldonado Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club 16U 120 lbs Terry Easley Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 126 lbs Oscar A Baca III Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club 16U 132 lbs Silas Foster Legends of Gold 16U 132 lbs Christian Arberry Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 132 lbs Jarred Harlow Greenfield Wrestling Club 16U 138 lbs Kristian Blake Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 145 lbs Terran Williams   16U 152 lbs Hunter Wagers Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 152 lbs Brenton Russell Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 160 lbs Anthony Rinehart Contenders Wrestling Academy 16U 182 lbs Brilyn Smith Warren Wrestling Academy 16U 182 lbs De'Alcapon Veazy Legends of Gold 8U 49 lbs Sophia Gatewood Princeton Wrestling Club 8U 56 lbs Cory Buckley   8U 56 lbs Braxton Whitlow Contenders Wrestling Academy 8U 70 lbs Collin Hoskins Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club HS Recruiting Showcase 113 lbs Jackson Heaston Indian Creek Wrestling Club HS Recruiting Showcase 126 lbs David Maldonado Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club HS Recruiting Showcase 126 lbs Kyrel Leavell Warren Wrestling Academy HS Recruiting Showcase 138 lbs Lucas Clement Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club HS Recruiting Showcase 160 lbs Cody Goodwin Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club HS Recruiting Showcase 182 lbs Gunner Henry Red Cobra Wrestling Academy HS Recruiting Showcase 195 lbs Connor Barket Red Cobra Wrestling Academy HS Recruiting Showcase 285 lbs Trey White Portage Wrestling Club Masters A 88 kg Cory Graham Legends of Gold Masters B 100 kg Christopher Myers Carroll Wrestling Club Masters B 100 kg Michael Burke Yorktown Wrestling Club Open High School 100 lbs Brady Byrd Maurer Coughlin Wrestling Club Open High School 120 lbs Tanner Tishner Western high School Open High School 120 lbs Nasir Christion Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club Open High School 126 lbs Joshua Johnson Red Cobra Wrestling Academy Open High School 126 lbs Dawson Brooks Daleville Broncos Wrestling Club Open High School 126 lbs Christopher Bohn Region Wrestling Academy Open High School 138 lbs Julius Gerencser Daleville Broncos Wrestling Club Open High School 145 lbs Isaiah Holden Greenfield Wrestling Club Open High School 145 lbs Gavin Phillips Greenfield Wrestling Club Open High School 152 lbs Cohen Hager Greenfield Wrestling Club Open High School 152 lbs Manolo Hood Portage Wrestling Club Open High School 160 lbs Cameron Crisp Merrillville Pirates Wrestling Club Open High School 160 lbs Gage Gulley   Open High School 160 lbs Cody Goodwin Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club Open High School 170 lbs Clay Guenin Greenfield Wrestling Club Open High School 182 lbs Orlan Foster Legends of Gold Open High School 182 lbs Michael Durham Warren Wrestling Academy Open High School 195 lbs Connor Barket Red Cobra Wrestling Academy Open High School 220 lbs James Veal   Open High School 220 lbs William Clark Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club Open High School 220 lbs Caleb Asa Warren Wrestling Academy Open High School 220 lbs Gregory Johnson Warren Wrestling Academy Open High School 285 lbs Paul Clark Bulldog Premier Wrestling Club Open High School 285 lbs Dominic Burgett Legends of Gold Bill Farrell        Freestyle 86 kg Santos Cantu Indiana RTC Freestyle 86 kg Dylan Lydy Indiana RTC Freestyle 65 kg Henry Porter Indiana RTC Freestyle 70 kg Deondre Wilson  

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      2022 IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open September 11th

      Date
      September 11, 2022

      Registration
      Registration is now Closed!
       
      Petition Information
      Petitions are now Closed!
       
      Brackets and Streaming
      Brackets and streaming on TrackWrestling

      FloWrestling Streaming Link


      Stud List
      Click here for the #StudList

      Location:
      Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
      4000 Parnell Ave
      Fort Wayne, IN 46805
       
      Event Schedule
      Saturday September 10th  Weigh-ins
      VIP Weigh-ins 2-3pm
      Normal Weigh-ins 5-7pm Sunday September 11th  Wrestling Session 1 9:00 am-2:00 pm EST
      Weights: 109, 129, 141, 148, 163, 198, 288 Wrestling Session 2
      Weights: 116, 123, 135, 155, 173, 185, 223
      Sunday September 11th from 1:00-6:00 pm EST  
      Weigh-In Information
      Saturday September 10th 
      VIP Weigh-ins 2-3pm
      Normal Weigh-ins 5-7pm No Satellite Weigh-ins Weigh-ins will be in a singlet or NFHS approved two-piece uniform No weight change fee Weigh-ins are WHOLE pounds, tenths will count! For example if you weigh 155.3 you will NOT wrestle the 155lbs weight class!   
      VIP Weigh-In Information
      Saturday September 10th 
      VIP Weigh-ins 2-3pm $20 cash only paid at the door No limit to number of VIP weigh-in athletes  
      Entry Fee
      $40 Registration by September 7th at 10:00pm EST or 800 paid entries, whichever comes first. No membership card is required to wrestle You must pay online by credit card ONLY! Per TrackWrestling policy there will be no refunds of paid entries.  If the event is canceled due to COVID-19 we will issue refunds to everyone. Online registration ONLY will be accepted this year. Registration will be cut off at the first 800 paid entries or September 9th at 10pm ET whichever comes first. Please note we had had around 650 preregistered entries the past four years and we sold out the past two years. The Tournament Committee will retain the right to add up to an additional 25 wrestlers, at their discretion, via a petition process, after the entry cutoff. Information about the petition process will be posted within a day after registration closes. Once we reach the entry limit registration will be shut down. After that point the ONLY way to enter is through a petition.  
      Memorial Coliseum Procedures
      No charge for parking on Saturday for weigh-ins. Please tell the attendant you are there for wrestling weigh-ins Coolers will be allowed in the athlete lunch area only. Athletes can bring coolers in through the Athlete Entrance ONLY!  
      Tournament Gear and Apparel

      3X Gear is the official gear distributor for the IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open. They will be on hand with a full selection of tournament apparel and other wrestling apparel and supplies.
       
      Spectators
      $15 per person can be purchased at the door Sunday morning or before session 2.
       
      Age Groups
      Students currently enrolled in 7th-12th grades will be wrestling in one division.

      Awards
      Top 4 will receive medals and the top 4 will qualify for Super 32 early entry
       
      Contact
      Joe Caprino
      joe@Indianamat.com
       
      Wrestling Information
      -Wrestling will take place on Sunday September 11th, 2021
      -Weight Classes: 109, 116, 123, 129, 135, 141, 148, 155, 163, 173, 185, 198, 223, 288
      -Wrestlers in 7th-12th grade may participate
      -Double elimination wrestle-backs to 4th place
      -Period lengths Championship 2:00-1:30-1:30 Consolation 2:00-1:00-1:00 
      -Overtime will be 1 minute sudden victory neutral and 30 second ride-out
      -We will seed 4-16 wrestlers so please include your state or national credentials when registering 
      -2021/2022 NFHS rules will be utilized, except the overtime modification
      -Wrestling will be on full mats
      -Singlet or approved NFHS uniform is required
      -College out of bounds rules will be utilized.
      -Headgear is not required, but recommended
      -Mouthpieces are required if you have braces
      -NFHS hair rules will apply
       
      Seeding Information
      Each wrestler that qualifies will be given a "Separation Criteria" from the list below. The criteria are ranked in order.
      1. Nationally ranked in FloWrestling or MatScouts rankings
      2. State Champion/IHPO Champion
      3. State 2-3/IHPO 2-4
      4. State 4-5
      5. State 6-8
      6. State Qualifier/IHPO Top 6 or 8
      7. Other Credentialed athletes that deserve separation
       
      With these groups we will determine seeds.  Here is an example
      If we have 2 wrestlers with #1 criteria, 4 with #2, 2 with #3, 2 with #4 and 5 with #5 this is how it will work.
       
      The top two seeds will be the two wrestlers with #1 criteria in a random order
      Seeds 3-6 will be the wrestlers with #2 criteria in a random order
      Seeds 7-8 wrestlers with #3 criteria in a random order
      Seeds 9-10 wrestlers with #4 criteria in a random order
      Seeds 11-14 wrestlers with #5 criteria in a random order
      The seeds will be determined randomly by TrackWrestling. 
       
      Host Hotel
      Information coming soon
       
      College Coaches
      We will offer a special college coaches package for $50. 
      You may pay in advance or pay if you are not attending the event and want the entry database using this button
      Click here for the PayPal link.
      The package will include:
      Registration list of all high school aged wrestlers with name, address, grade, weight, accomplishments, GPA, and college test scores* Preliminary entry list sent after registration closes Note: Due to coliseum policies you will need to purchase a ticket separately.  
      *Tournament entry information with addresses and contact information will be sent the week after the event and will have all high school aged wrestlers that opted to have information released to coaches.
       
      Past Results
      2021 Results(716 wrestlers from 12 states)
      2020 Results(707 wrestlers from 16 states)
      2019 Results(610 wrestlers from 11 states)
      2018 Results(605 wrestlers from 12 states)
      2017 Results(607 wrestlers from 10 states)
      2016 Results(647 wrestlers from 11 states)
      2015 Results(580 wrestlers from 11 states)
      2014 Results(586 wrestlers from 14 states)
      2013 Results(598 wrestlers from 10 states)
      2012 Results(444 wrestlers from 8 states)
      2011 Results(254 wrestlers from 9 states)
      2010 Results(171 wrestlers from 9 states)  
       
      IHSAA Rules
      Regarding Coaching at the IHPO
      15-2 During School Year Out-of-Season
      15-2.1 Individual Sports (Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Wrestling)
      a. Students may participate in non-school contests as individuals or as members of a non-school team in non-school contests provided that participation during school time is approved by the school principal or his/her designee.
      b. Coaches, from a member school coaching staff, may coach students in that sport if NOT under the organization, supervision and operation of the member school.
      c. Member schools may not organize, supervise or operate athletic practices or interschool athletic contests.
      d. Member schools may not provide school-owned uniforms (jerseys, shirts, shorts, pants, singlets, or swimsuits, etc.) worn by the student in non-school contests.
       
      Estimated Future Event Dates
      September 9-10, 2023
      September 7-8, 2024
      September 6-7, 2025
      September 12-13, 2026

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      2022 Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic Information

      This year Indiana has the privilege of having a full squad at the Rose Bowl of Wrestling, the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic. This page will have a lot of information on this year's event.
       
      Dates
      Thursday March 24
      Wrestler check-in, practice, and banquet
       
      Friday March 25th
      Afternoon- Wrestler media session
      6:00pm Indiana vs. WPIAL
      8:00pm USA vs. Pennsylvania
       
      Location
      Peters Township High School
      121 Rolling Hills Drive
      McMurray PA 15317
       
      Host Hotel
      Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
      1000 Corporate Dr.
      Canonsburg, PA 15317
       
      Tickets
      Click here to purchase tickets
       

      Roster
       
      Team Indiana
      120lbs Braxton Vest- Westfield
      126lbs Matteo Vargo- Penn
      132lbs Elijah Anthony- Frankfort
      138lbs Ben Miller- Lakeland
      145lbs Hayden Watson- Center Grove
      152lbs Tyler Jones- Warren Central
      160lbs J Conway- Floyd Central
      170lbs Brodie Porter- Eastern
      182lbs Landon Buchanan- Jimtown
      195lbs Connor Barket- West Lafayette
      220lbs Juan Grange- Penn
      285lbs Mike Platonov- Westfield
       
      Coaches
      Cooper Samuels- Floyd Central
      Tom Griffin- Westfield
      Jerimiah Maggart- Jimtown

      Team USA
      132lbs Zeke Seltzer- Cathedral
      138lbs Jesse Mendez- Crown Point

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      2022 IndianaMat Award Winners

      Mr. Gorilla: Jesse Mendez- Crown Point
      1st Runner-up: Zeke Seltzer- Cathedral
      2nd Runner-up: Brody Baumann- Mater Dei
       
      Miss Gorilla: Catie Campbell- North Montgomery 
      1st Runner-up: Cailin Campbell- North Montgomery
      2nd Runner-up: Riley Dempewolf- McCutcheon
       
      Assistant Coaching Staff of the Year: Crown Point
      4A Coach of the Year: Branden Lorek- Crown Point
      3A Coach of the Year: Chris Cooper- Columbus East
      2A Coach of the Year: Tim Myers- Bellmont
      1A Coach of the Year: Clint Gard- Rochester
      Girls Coach of the Year: Brad Harper- Penn
       
      4A Wrestler of the Year: Gabe Sollars- Mater Dei
      3A Wrestler of the Year: J Conway- Floyd Central
      2A Wrestler of the Year: Christian Carroll- New Prairie
      1A Wrestler of the Year: Marshall Fishback- Rochester
       
      Past Award Winners
      1A Coach
      2015- Tony Currie
      2016- Brett Smith
      2017- Gary Black
      2018- Chuck Fleshman
      2019- Tony Currie
      2020- Cody Moll
      2021- Neal Stahly
      1A Wrestler
      2015- Sawyer Miller
      2016- Evan Ellis
      2017- Eli Stock
      2018- Noah Cressell
      2019- Silas Allred
      2020- Isiah Levitz
      2021- Hayden Filipovich
      2A Coach
      2015- Trent McCormick
      2016- Mark Kerrn
      2017- Trent McCormick
      2018- Frank Bumgardner
      2019- Chad Shepherd
      2020- Paul Gunsett
      2021- Nick Kraus
      2A Wrestler
      2015- Brock Hudkins
      2016- Brock Hudkins
      2017- Mason Parris
      2018- Brayden Curtis
      2019- AJ Fowler
      2020- Clayton Fielden
      2021- Isaac Ruble
      3A Coach
      2015- Brad Harper
      2016- Darrick Snyder
      2017- Chris Johl
      2018- Matt Schoettle
      2019- Sean McGinley
      2020- Sean McGinley
      2021- Adam Wolf
      3A Wrestler
      2015- Chad Red
      2016- Blake Rypel
      2017- Joe Lee
      2018- Asa Garcia
      2019- Jordan Slivka
      2020- Eli Dickens
      2021- J Conway
      4A Coach
      2021- Greg Schaefer
      4A Wrestler
      2021- Jesse Mendez
      Girls Coach of the Year
      2021- Jeremy Goodlett
      Mr. Gorilla
      2015- Tommy Forte
      2016- Chad Red
      2017- Andrew Davison
      2018- Brayton Lee and Mason Parris
      2019- Asa Garcia
      2020- Silas Allred
      2021- Alex Cottey

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