By STEVE KRAH
A bunch of happy Bulldogs, Braves and Panthers left Fort Wayneâ€™s Memorial Coliseum Saturday, Jan. 2.
Brownsburg (Class 3A), Bellmont (2A) and Prairie Heights (1A) each earned Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals titles before a record crowd of 2,331 in the fourth annual event.
For the second straight year, there were 12 teams in each division.
Coach Darrick Snider watched his Brownsburg team take down Warren Central 34-24 in the 3A final after taking down Perry Meridian 36-22 in the semifinals. Warren Central advanced to the championship by beating semifinal foe Evansville Mater Dei 36-19.
â€œWow, itâ€™s really been an emotional day,â€ Snyder said. â€œWe felt like we belonged. We felt like we could wrestle anyone. We had a lot of people questioning whether we could compete with the top teams in the state. Iâ€™ve got a great group of kids who have worked hard.â€
Snyder took over a program that had finished near the bottom of its conference and turned it into a championship team.
â€œWe have turned the Titanic around,â€ Snyder said. â€œI have awesome support from my team and from my superintendent who was here all day. â€œWe break on â€˜state championsâ€™ everyday from our 5 year-olds all the way to the high school program, we donâ€™t break on â€˜state runner-up.â€™ Weâ€™re here to win it. I have incredible respect for every team and every coach here, especially those last couple programs.â€
Brownsburg moved to 12-0.
Coach Paul Gunsettâ€™s Bellmont squad topped Jimtown 46-23 for the 2A crown after a 54-14 win against North Montgomery in the semifinals. With a dramatic 31-30 semifinals triumph, Jimtown handed Yorktown its first State Duals loss in four years.
Gunsett, in his first season as Braves head coach after 22 years as an assistant, talked about unfinished business.
â€œSince we finished second (in 2A) last year, our goal was to come back here and win the whole thing,â€ Gunsett said. â€œWe had the core of our team back and every opportunity to do it. That was our focus.â€
Gunsettâ€™s team won its title just two days after the grueling two-day Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka.
â€œOur kids came here ready to fight and ready to wrestle,â€ Gunsett said. â€œThey were prepared today. They knew what was on the line.
â€œWe had excellent senior leadership.â€
Bellmont improved to 15-1.
Jimtown coach Mark Kerrn talked about his squadâ€™s determination.
â€œThey are typical Jimtown Jimmies â€” no quit in them ever,â€ Kerrn said of his young lineup. â€œWe had five freshmen in our lineup today (including Brayden Curtis who helped Jimtown edge Yorktown by taking the final match to overtime and avoid giving up a major decision or higher). Itâ€™s awesome. That took a lot of courage. Some other guys, we were just throwing in there into different weight classes. We had guys 10 and 15 pounds underweight today. They didnâ€™t care, they just kept stepping up and battling. Thatâ€™s what they do.â€
The next-to-last match against Yorktown, saw Jimtown heavyweight Nick Mammolenti rally for a 4-3 overtime victory.
Coach Brett Smithâ€™s Prairie Heights club walked off with the 1A hardware by besting Southmont 39-29. In the 1A semifinals, Prairie Heights bettered Adams Central 45-19 and Southmont downed Monrovia 34-30.
Prairie Heights had enjoyed runner-up and fourth-place finishes at the State Duals and now takes a title back to Brushy Prairie.
The Panthers went 30-3 in the 2014-15 and improved to 28-0 in 2015-16 with Saturdayâ€™s title-taking performance.
â€œThese kids have been together since eighth grade,â€ Panthers coach Brett Smith said. â€œTheyâ€™ve just bought into everything weâ€™ve been doing. The kids are hungry. We were close to Yorktown last year. We were close to Lafayette Harrison. The kids have been really positive and upbeat.â€
IHSWCA STATE DUALS
(At Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne)
BROWNSBURG 34, WARREN CENTRAL 24
106 â€” Ty Mills (BR) pinned Keyuan Murphy 1:11. 113 â€” Skylour Turner (WC) pinned Nick Weaver :56. 120 â€” Blake Mulkey (BR) dec. Dylan Culp 6-0. 126 â€” Joel McGhee (WC) dec. Ryan Bigelow 7-4. 132 â€” Connor Allen (BR) dec. Tim Wright 9-4. 138 â€” Brayton Lee (BR) pinned Marcus Scott :33. 145 â€” Matthew McKinney (WC) dec. Troy Owen 6-4.
152 â€” Trent Pruitt (WC) pinned Quienton Ingram 1:29. 160 â€” Dominic Herrick (WC) dec. Arkee Glover 6-3. 170 â€” Nathan Walton (BR) pinned Dezmen Goddard :31. 182 â€” CJ Damler (BR) maj. dec. Devon Blount 12-3. 195 â€” Tristen Tonte (WC) dec. Anthony Cicciarelli 9-2. 220 â€” Isaac McCormick (BR) dec. Cornelius Knox-Abbott 5-3. Hwt â€” Rickie Clark (BR) dec. Jasion Brogan 2-1.
PERRY MERIDIAN 45, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 18
106 â€” Sam Fair (PM) dec. Clay Egli 4-2. 113 â€” Blaine Mayer (MD) dec. Kolton Overley 14-8. 120 â€” Kyle Luigs (MD) pinned David Clayton 2:42. 126 â€” Jack Servies (PM) maj. dec. Joe Happe 11-3. 132 â€” DJ Brookbank (PM) pinned Kyle Embry1:31. 138 â€” Wyatt Montgomery (MD) dec. Logan Hurley 2-0 (ot). 145 â€” Kain Rust (PM) pinned Zach Wagner 2:59.
152 â€” Brett Johnson (PM) maj. dec. Mitch Lehman 11-1. 160 â€” Noah Warren (PM) pinned Blake Chandler :58. 170 â€” Christian Warren (PM) pinned Hunter Carr :49. 182 â€” Rodrigo Diaz (PM) maj. dec. Robbie Helfrich 11-3. 195 â€” Kurtis Wilderman (MD) dec. Anthony Ruhana 4-2. 220 â€” Michael Boots (MD) dec. Matt McClosky 6-5. Hwt â€” Steve Woolbright (PM) pinned Austin Fleck 3:05.
BELLMONT 46, JIMTOWN 23
106 â€” Hunter Watts (Jimtown) over DeAundre James 2:21. 113 â€” Hunter Whitman (Jimtown) over Jon Ruble 2-0. 120 â€” Mason Mendez (BE) pinned Matt Gimson 11-4. 126 â€” Jon Becker (BE) pinned Connor Gimson 2:40. 132 â€” Daniel Gunsett (BE) pinned Greden Kelley :44. 138 â€” Gavin Siefring (BE) maj. dec. Cole Watson 11-2. 145 â€” Kenny Kerrn (J) maj. dec. Grant Guitierez 15-1.
152 â€” Matt Laughlin (BE) pinned Tyler Norment 5:03. 160 â€” Tony Busse (BE) pinned Dalton Heintzberger :57. 170 â€” Bryce Baumgartner (BE) pinned Aaron Martinez :46. 182 â€” Caleb Hankenson (BE) pinned Ben Davis :49. 195 â€” Jarod Hayes (J) maj. dec. Jarron Gerwig 10-0. 220 â€” Drew Butler (BE) dec. Caleb Fowler 9-6. Hwt â€” Nick Mammolenti (J) pinned Braiden Shaw 4:18.
YORK TOWN 38, NORTH MONTGOMERY 24
106 â€” Zachary Todd (Y) dec. Seth Johnson 9-2. 113 â€” Brayden Curtis (Y) dec. Tucker Moseley 5-2. 120 â€” Josh Stephenson (Y) dec. Corwyn Hall 9-7. 126 â€” Christian Hunt (Y) pinned Gavyn Warren 2:58. 132 â€” Brady Miller (NM) dec. Alex Barr 5-3. 138 â€” Riley Morehouse (NM) dec. Alara Boyd 5-3 (ot). 145 â€” Colt Rutter (Y) maj. dec. Cade Groves 11-2.
152 â€” Cael McCormick (Y) pinned Micah Wray 1:07. 160 â€” Brad Laughlin (Y) maj. dec. Alec Rossittis 16-5. 170 â€” 170
Tanner Webster (NM) pinned Jacob Morris 3:53. 182 â€” Isaac Fruits (NM) pinned Corbin Allen no time reported. 195 â€” Cole Slavens (NM) pinned Bryce Kidd 1:23. 220 â€” Kelly Watson (Y) dec. Jarrett Brown 8-2. Hwt â€”Joey Pier (Y) pinned Kevin Pierce 2:45.
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 39, SOUTHMONT 29
106 â€” Alex Grino (S) pinned Caleb Shaffer 1:25. 113 â€” Evan Hubble (S) pinned Blake Hoyer 1:01. 120 â€” Dimetrie Lauy (S) dec. Zeke Rowdon 11-7. 126 â€” Ryan Rasler (PH) dec. Kyle McManus 4-3. 132 â€” Boone Welliever (S) pinned Alex Steele :50. 138 â€” Riley Rasler (PH) dec. Connor Moore 6-4. 145 â€” Dakota Ball (S) tech. fall Zane Rowdon 19-3.
152 â€” Doug Levitz (PH) pinned Peyton Long 1:12. 160 â€” Jed Levtiz (PH) pinned Josh Weir :56. 170 â€” Brady Johnson (PH) pinned Scott Madison :50. 182 â€” Joey Blakeley (PH) pinned Zach Worm 1:00. 195 â€” Bailey Thompson (PH) dec. Austin Williams 8-2. 220 â€” Mason Cody (S) dec. Codey Shafer 4-3. Hwt â€” Braxton Amos (PH) pinned Elijah Price :23.
MONROVIA 39, ADAMS CENTRAL 27
106 â€” Brycen Denny (M) dec.Logan Mosse 3-0. 113 â€” Parker Bates (AC) by forfeit. 120 â€” Chuck Capps (M) dec. Nick Liter 4-2. 126 â€” Austin Clark (M) dec. Anthony Mosser 7-4. 132 â€” Logan Macklin (AC) pinned Jonathon Smallwood 1:46. 138 â€” Gabe Schwaller (AC) pinned Logan McPeak 3:03. 145 â€” Ivan Wray (M) pinned Trevor Free 2:59.
152 â€” Ethan Stock (M) dec. Hunter Bates 2-1. 160 â€” Elijah Stock (M) dec. Brant Thieme 4-0. 170 â€” Ryan Ashley (AC) dec. Zach Boles 4-0. 182 â€” Aaron Cravens (M) pinned Skylar Douglas 2:12. 195 â€” Garrison Lee (M) pinned Chandler Schumm1:02. 220 â€” Dristin McCubbins (M) pinned Nash Brunner :19. Hwt â€” Dylan Schumm (AC) pinned Riley McCubbins 3:34.
A â€” 2,331 (tournament record).