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    State Finals streaks on the line Saturday

    The state qualifier streaks are always fun to keep an eye on. This year we have a lot of teams with 10+ straight years of state experience that might have their streaks broken. While we expect most of these teams to continue their streaks they do have intriguing ticket round match-ups for their top wrestlers.


    Perry Meridian
    22 year streak, 5th longest active streak

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/#5 Colin Clark
    113lbs #19/#6 Hruai Lian

    120lbs NR/NR RJ Taylor

    165lbs #11/#3 Zach Huckaby

    175lbs #13/#3 Seer Godwise

    190lbs #13/#3 Jaylen Young

    285lbs #17/#1 Jacob McClure


    Best Chance to Advance

    There are very few easy paths out of New Castle and it seems Perry Meridian received some tough draws. Hruai Lian comes in with a solid shot of continuing the streak. His biggest obstacle will be one loss freshman Bradyn Volz of Eastern Hancock. Two-time qualifier Zach Huckaby comes in at #11 in the state and will have to go through #22 Kade Rickard of Bishop Chatard.


    Tough road to Evansville

    The others in the field got about the worst possible draws. Collin Clark runs into undefeated Heather Crull at 106lbs. Returning state qualifier RJ Taylor could meet up with semi-state #1 Chace Yant. Seer Godwise runs into state placer Kyle Harden at 175lbs. Jaylen Young comes in at #3 in the semi-state, but has Noah Weaver in the ticket round. Lastly, the big guy Jacob McClure has a combination of Killian Miller and state placer Hosia Smith to punch his ticket.


    Bloomington South
    26 years, 5th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/#10 Jaxsen Jean

    132lbs NR/NR Amrin Pratt

    144lbs #13/#4 Wyatt Cooksey

    165lbs #3/#1 Evan Roudebush

    175lbs NR/NR Tristian Hicks


    Best Chance to Advance

    Junior Evan Roudebush(pronounced ROWDY-bush) comes in as the 3rd ranked wrestler in the state, but will have to go through either #19 or #21 to make his way to Evansville for two straight weeks.


    Tough road to Evansville

    Little guy Jaxsen Jean will have to go through state ranked Eli Ogle and Talon Jessup to punch his ticket to Evansville. Amrin Pratt will have to go through #17 Kellan Carter in the first round. If he wins that he’ll likely see two-time state champ Jake Hockaday. Wyatt Cooksey has had a great sophomore year, but will likely see #1 Reese Courtney in the ticket round. Tristan Hicks will have to go through undefeated Sam Howard and #14 Noah Sumner if he is to punch his ticket to state.


    Adams Central
    25 years, 7th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/#10 Myles Kaehr

    113lbs NR/NR Kale Beer

    132lbs NR/#5 Brason Schortgen

    138lbs #16/#5 Maverick Dubach

    150lbs NR/NR Max Byerly

    190lbs #16/#3 Trevor Currie

    215lbs NR/#6 Keegan Bluhm

    285lbs #13/#4 Zac Wurm


    Best Chance to Advance

    Maverick Dubach has wrestled well his sophomore year and ranked #18 in the state. He will be a slight underdog against #12 Linkin Carter of Eastside in the ticket round. Keegan Bluhm at 215lbs comes in with the best ranking in his quarter bracket at #6 in the semi-state. He will have #10 Matt Poiry and #7 Preston Duffy to go through. Heavyweight Zac Wurm will also come in with the best ranking. However, he has #9 in the semi-state Vincent Parke first round and #22 in the state James Hartleroad in the ticket round.


    Tough road to Evansville

    To start out for the Flying Jets Myles Kaehr will have two state ranked wrestlers in his quarter bracket including state qualifier Rex Moore. Kale Beer is in the same boat with state ranked Abrum Swathwood and Kaleb Salazar in his way to Evansville. Freshman Brason Shortgen has had a great year, but runs into state placer Carter Fielden in the first round. Max Byerly will have to go through either Aidan Elkins or Porter Kleeberg who are both semi-state ranked to advance. Trevor Currie won a tough regional and got put into a quarter bracket with two other state ranked wrestlers. The #15th ranked wrestler will get the winner of #9 Chad Washburn and #14 Eli Coolman in the ticket round.


    Carroll (Fort Wayne)
    17 years, 10th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/NR Boston Blake

    165lbs NR/NR August Adams


    Best Chance to Advance

    With both wrestlers drawing state qualifiers in the first round the best chance to keep the streak alive is August Adams. Adams won a sectional title and was runner-up at regional. 


    Tough road to Evansville

    Little guy Boston Blake has undefeated and returning state qualifier Rex Moore first round. Adams will start his quest with Cowan state qualifier Levi Abbott. Neither is a good draw which is not good for the 17 year streak in Huntertown.


    13 years, 12th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/NR Keegan Carson

    120lbs #11/#3 Porter Temples

    126lbs NR/NR Carter Niccum

    132lbs NR/NR Chase Camire

    138lbs NR/#10 Jake Saez

    150lbs NR/NR Graydon Staley

    157lbs NR/NR Eli Turner

    165lbs NR/NR Hunter Lancaster


    Best Chance to Advance

    Sophomore little guy Keegan Carson won a regional title and landed in a spot with only one opponent with a ranking in #4 semi-state Kendall Moe. Returning state qualifier Porter Temples is a slight ranking underdog at 120lbs, however he has a solid shot to make his way back to state.


    Tough road to Evansville

    Carter Niccum was a regional runner-up and runs into a tough Gavin Bragg in the ticket round. Chase Camire will likely have to go through state ranked Donald Bowie and Jack Davis to wrestle in Evansville. Junior Jake Saez is another one with two state ranked wrestlers in his quarter bracket. He has state placer Gavyn Whitehead and tough freshman Peyton Hornsby. Graydon Staley will have #16 Carson Fettig in the first round. Junior Eli Turner will have tough freshman Aidan Kincaide in his opening match. Hunter Lancaster will have #25 James Dozier in the opening round and undefeated Damien Dance possibly in the ticket round.



    11 years, 16th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    113lbs NR/#7 Sully Frazier

    120lbs #20/#5 Tommy Frazier

    126lbs NR/NR Quinn Stauffacher

    132lbs NR/NR Jalin England

    144lbs #16/#9 Hank Phenicie

    157lbs #20/#7 Blake Wahl

    175lbs NR/#6 Jon Mangus

    190lbs #3/#1 Luke Penola

    215lbs NR/NR Kian Maclauchlan

    285lbs NR/NR Dace McNeil


    Best Chance to Advance

    Regional champ Sully Frazier opens with state ranked Keegan Dresllar of Southport. Tommy Frazier is in a good spot, but could meet semi-state ranked Cole Freese or Jack Richardson in the ticket round. Luke Penola brought back a state medal last year, but has a tough ticket round match with #10 Clay Guenin looming. It’s one of the bigger ticket round matches in the semi-state.


    Tough road to Evansville

    Quinn Stauffacher and Jalin England both come in with losing records and draw into tough quarter brackets with ranked wrestlers. Al Smith placer Hank Phenicie will have a tough match to start with #16 Bryce Doss. If he wins his reward will be #22 Oshea Phillips of Centerville. Senior Blake Wahl’s path to state is through state placer Anthony Cashman. Jon Mangus is ranked #6 in the semi-state, but has #16 in the state Michael White in the ticket round. Kain Maclauchlan will start the day with state placer Devin Kendrex. Heavyweight Dace McNeil will have Warren Central’s #7 in the semi-state Perris Green in his first match.


    11 years, 16th longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/#10 Carlo Federici

    113lbs NR/#8 Tamir Halevi

    132lbs NR/#8 Caleb Mattingly

    150lbs NR/NR Jackson Schmidt

    157lbs NR/#10 Jario Ojeda-Cortes

    285lbs NR/#4 Killian Miller


    Best Chance to Advance

    Caleb Mattingly comes in as a regional champ and ranked #22. He will have #10 in the semi-state Alex Plahitko to open up and then possibly #19 Isaac Kuhn.


    Tough road to Evansville

    Carlo Federici has had a good freshman year, but will run into #1 in the semi-state Peyton Schoettle in the ticket round. Tamir Halevi was a state qualifier in 2022 and looking for another trip. He will however run into two state ranked wrestlers in Connor Bayliss and Nathan Reyes to make a return trip. Jackson Schmidt will have to go through tough sophomore #20 Moses Stevenson to punch a ticket. Another Greyhound with two state ranked wrestlers in his quarter-bracket is Jario Ojeda-Cortes. He will have to go though #11 Michael Cain and #25 Kaleb Wilburn. To keep the same theme, Killian Miller has #14 Jacob McClure to open up his day and if he wins that likely gets #8 Hosia Smith.


    Columbia City 

    10 years, 22nd longest active

    Semi-State Qualifiers

    106lbs NR/#5 Ian Berry

    285lbs NR/#9 Vincent Parke


    Best Chance to Advance

    Vincent Parke comes in with a lot of experience battling the top big guys in the area. His draw however did him no favors.


    Tough road to Evansville

    Ian Berry has put together a fine freshman year, but after losing to NE8 rival Julianna Ocampo at regional he has to go through #1 Jensen Boyd to punch his ticket. After a regional runner-up finish Parke fell into a quarter bracket with state qualifier Zac Wurm and Fargo champ James Hartleroad who are both state ranked.


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    Not sure is all these teams have a semi-state qualifier, I know some do not.


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