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    Welcome to TripleB’s annual Jasper Semi-State Preview!

     

    Before we do anything else - Big Big Big thanks to Navy80, BigToe19, Hook & Half, and Donnie Baker for chipping in. 

     

    Also shout out to the Jasper Athletic Department for changing course and letting parents in, that’s a big deal and The Indiana Wrestling Community really appreciates it!

     

    House keeping items - 

     

    Here is the link for the Indianamat Semi-State Hub - 

     

    https://indianamat.com/index.php?/articles.html/high-school-news/2021-semi-state-information-center-r1039/

     

    Sunday will be a day of passion and love, but 224 grapplers hope they aren’t on a lover’s hangover after  their hearts are broken on Saturday as only 56 can get hit by Cupid’s arrow and sent to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

     

    How does this work - The exclusive Jasper Championship Selection Committee (JCSC) spent 2 days in hard deliberations over their  picks. Each member selected their ballot, points were accumulated, and from there the picks started falling. 

     

    Article features: 

     

    The Charles Barkley “Turrible”  Draws - ticket round matches that shouldn’t be happening in the ticket round!

     

    The Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - Best first round matches!

     

    NEW NAME ALERT - What used to be The Built Ford Tough Locks will now be The Sperren - The Pickers of the Round Table has been assembled. There were very few, but any weight class where the pick for champion was unanimous, makes it a Sperren. 

     

    NEW NAME ALERT -  The Ford Fab 4 will now be Brick’s Picks (Look up The Middle) - After picks were gathered, points distributed, and the dust settled, we’ll have Brick’s Picks.

     

    Also special guest committee member The Donnie Baker (not that Donnie Baker) has offered some of his highlights throughout.

     

    What if I didn’t agree with the ECSC or I thought they made a terrible error? Then have no fear - The TripleB Guarantee will help you sort out the madness. 

     

    Without further ado...UNLEASH THE PREVIEW!!

     

    106: 7 state ranked wrestlers, A turrible draw, and a nasty quarter bracket kicks things off at 106, on our first SPERREN. Evan Seng of Evansville Mater Dei has been knocking off ranked wrestlers all year. The ECSC was unanimous - this is Seng’s weight class to lose. Evansville Mater Dei was able to finally return to the top of the Semi-State last year, if they hope to repeat the will need a strong showing from Seng. The bottom quarter bracket of Heaston, Callahan, Schreck, and Zirkelbach should be fun as all 4 received votes, including Donnie Baker's first “Swear to god, it’s a 4 over a 1”. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Just be sure you have Track turned on early, remember Jasper doesn’t run on that silly CST. #6 Jackson Heaston of Indian Creek vs. unranked and sleeper Kye Callahan of Brownsburg and #17 Zane Schreck from Corydon vs #13 Blake Zirkelbach from North Posey will be your wake up calls for the day. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws -  Semi State ranked #4 Charlie LaRocca vs Semi State ranked #5 Liam Krueger of Columbus East will be a rematch of an earlier 9-8 win by LaRocca. 

     

    Don’t sleep on… Jackson Heaston, Zane Schreck, or again anybody in that bottom quarter bracket. Seng was clearly the cream of 106 this year but after that it was a toss up. This will be a fun weight class Saturday. 

     

    The Sperren - Evan Seng Evansville Mater Dei

     

    Bricks Picks -

    1st -Evan Seng Evansville Mater Dei  

    2nd -Charlie LaRocca Center Grove

    3rd - Donnie Feeler Crawford County (Donnie Baker Small Town Special

    4th - Blake Zirkelbach North Posey

     

    113: 3 Top ten state ranked wrestlers and 9 Semi State ranked wrestlers highlight 113. This weight was pretty stock and there wasn’t really a clear cut favorite. However it appears to be top heavy as there were no curtain jerkers, no turrible draws. I almost feel bad little fellas, let me see what I can dig up. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Only one first round match features semi-state ranked wrestlers - #2 Reed Egli of Evansville Mater Dei vs #9 Trevor Hott of Martinsville. I’d also have eyes on #6 SS ranked Joey Buttler of Whiteland vs Jared Dunn of Jasper both have phenomenal records and this could be a good first round match.

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Nothing to really see here, if you wanted to dig - #5 Noah Lykins vs the winner of Buttler/Dunn. Not a turrible draw but could be a fun blood round match. 

     

    Brick’s Picks - All 4 wrestlers earned first place votes. The action at 113 starts in the semis!

     

    1st - Coy Hammer - ack (The Donnie Baker nickname) Tell City

    2nd - Reece Courtney Center Grove

    3rd - Noah Lykins Columbus East

    4th - Reed Egli Evansville Mater Dei

     

    TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - The wildly overlooked and wildly under ranked Reed Egli will bring the West Side of Evansville another Semi-State title at 113. 

     

    120: Lane Gilbert and Cole Ross stole the show last year at Semi-State, it was a straight up brawl. Lane Gilbert was also almost a lock but 3B’s affection for EMD wouldn’t let it happen. Some curtain jerkers, a Madison kid maybe making state!, and a rematch of Gilbert/Ross will all keep 120 ineresting1. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker: #12 Semi-State ranked Logan Ellis vs #23 state ranked Maleec Stansbury proves that 3B and On The rise like to do our own things. This match could be a battle of rankers! The Mooresville Regional is tough, super tough, super duper tough and that creates some bad first round draws. This is one where we have #2 Cole Ross vs. #10 Caleb Wyss of Franklin. Wyss would be favored in some other quarter brackets but due to the depth of the Regional he gets Ross right out of the gates. Does coach Tonte have some magic?

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - #1 Lane Gilbert vs #4 Ayden Amento, again Amento would be favored in some brackets and is a returning State Qualifier. #3 Braden Haines of Brownsburg is #PainTrain tough and #5 Lou Knable of Floyd Central has had a great year, both are state worthy but somebody is going home after this blood round match. 

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Madison Freshman Jace Walls and Pike Junior Maleec Stansbury will battle for a spot to state. The JCSC liked Walls but absolutely do not sleep on the aforementioned Ellis and Stansbury in that quarter bracket. 


     

    Brick’s Picks: 

     

    1st - Lane Gilbert Sullivan

    2nd - Cole Ross Evansville Mater Dei

    3rd - Braden Haines Brownsburg

    4th - Jace Walls Madison 

     

    TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - Sunday is Valentine’s Day, let the love affair continue - Cole Ross locks up the Wildcats 3rd semi-state ‘ship and maybe the team race with a win over Gilbert. BOOK IT!

     

    126: Cheaney Schoeff and Brady Ison have had 5 star matches all year and has kept the Brownsburg/Avon rivalry going. They have wrestled 3 times with 2 going into OT and 2 having 3-1 final scores. Schoeff was finally able to get over the hump last weekend. Can the Oriole and returning state runner-up keep it going? 126 is the first wide open weight class in terms of picks. 8 guys all got votes. 7 state ranked/10 semi state ranked bros. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Let’s hope FloTrack isn’t glitching at 126 because we got 3, I said 3 curtain jerkers! In what could be another #4 over #1 we have #6 SS ranked Center Grove Junior Michael Tharpe vs #11 SS ranked Madison Junior and regional champ Noah Burkhardt. Another potential #4 over #1 is SS ranked #3/State ranked #15 Paul King from New Albany vs SS #9/State ranked #24 Keegan Williams from Evansville Memorial. Finally another upset alert - SS ranked #8/State ranked #21 and returning state placer Cash Turner vs Jacob Pierre of Evansville Mater Dei. A preview of a potential Turrible draw, could Cash overlook Pierre?

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - A turrible daw because the higher ranked wrestler isn’t favored but the voting was tight but the JCSC over all likes Williams over SS #4 Jacob Bechert of Franklin (3B stuck to his rankings though). Also #8 Cash Turner vs. #1 Brady Ison is a bad draw, Turner was on the podium last year and some like him to win this match, but regardless a TUURRRIIIBBBLLLEEE draw for Ca$h. 

     

    Don’t sleep on…. #4 Luke Bechert of Franklin, #3 Paul King of New Albany, #8 Ca$h Turner of Edgewood, #6 Michael Tharpe of Center Grove are all state level wrestlers. It speaks to volumes about the depth of the Semi-State. Don’t be surprised to see any of these 4 on the podium Saturday. 



     

    Brick’s Picks: The JCSC was almost unanimous in Cheaney Schoeff being a lock, crazy when you consider he’s 1-2 against Ison. This bracket, as mentioned, is insanely deep. 

     

    1st - Cheaney Schoeff Avon

    2nd Brady Ison Brownsburg

    3rd Keegan Williams Evansville Memorial

    4th Noah Burkhardt Madison 


     

    132: A pretty top heavy weight class, but really top heavy as state ranked as 7 state ranked wrestlers are featured here but 3 are top 10 dudes and clear cut favorites. Alec Freeman and Kyson Montgomery are pretty consistent, methodical killers and Ben Dalton is all; his mullet, his style and his smile are all contagious. Any of these three dudes can get it. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers -  Charlestown has had a great year and Jacob Lewellen hopes to keep things going for the Pirates but in his way is SS #4 Lane Deckard. How loaded is 132? Lewellen is 30-4 and ranked #23 in the state but wasn’t in the final SS rankings, that’s pretty crazy. SS #6 Jacob Fox has ran into TripleB Trained Braden Spears the last 2 weeks and hasn’t been able to figure him out, as a result we now have Fox vs #1 Alec Freeman first round, it might look bad on paper but you have 2 state ranked guys going at it in the first round. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws -  Lane Deckard of Edgewood is a phenomenal 29 - 3 and is ranked #4 in the semi-state and #13 in the state…. but a loss last week to Cade Meier has put him behind the 8 ball and the tall task of Ben Dalton in the ticket round. 

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Braden Spears Plainfield, he’s had a great state tournament so far as he’s navigated through tough sectional and regional - taking 3rd both weeks to second and third ranked wrestlers in state. Can the Quaker punch his ticket vs Cade Meier?

     

    Brick’s Picks - Freeman was almost a lock, but Donnie Baker showed up to the party!

     

    1st - Alec Freeman Evansville Mater Dei

    2nd - Kysen Montgomery Brownsburg

    3rd - Ben Dalton Monrovia

    4th - Cade Meier Bloomington South

     

    Donnie Baker Bet the Boat pick - Fear the Mullet, BEN DALTON BABY!!!!! 


     

    138: The JCSC all like Blake Boarman, Gain Alstott, Delaney Ruhlman and Gavin Garcia. Boarman is a returning state champ with a loss to Ruhlman and win over Alstott. Ruhlman has the win over Boarman and a loss to Alstott. Ruhlman and Boarman face off  in the semis and not one voter took Ruhlman. Can Delaney Dangerfield Ruhlman show that the win wasn’t a fluke?

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - make these first two matches TURRIBLE draws and  Curtain Jerkers. Maybe the best first round match of the day will be  SS #1/State #2 Ruhlman vs SS #4/State #6 Diesel Duncan of Ben Davis. This and the next match are more results of the Mooresville MeatGrinder Regional for sure. The other feature first round match is SS #5/ State #11 Conner Alcala of Decatur Central vs SS #3/State #4 Gavin Alstott. Asltott was a victim of the Turrible Draw last year, is returning state qualifier Alcala this year’s Alstott? The last curtain jerker features SS #9 and 3 loss senior Tanner Kane of Southridge vs SS #6/State #16 Colton Roberts of Avon. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Delany Ruhlman has one loss this year, Charlestown Senior Colin Knox has 0 losses this year, both are top 4 ranked semi-state dudes. Somebody is done way to early Saturday. Definitely a Turrrrrrible draw. 

     

    Brick’s Picks - The committee was torn on Alstott/Boarman. 3B says EMD picks up it’s 5th Semi-State champ. Maybe I’m sad and bitter over SS being moved, maybe I’ve had one too many Brain sandwiches at Hillside, I don’t know but I’m Wildcat drunk this year. 

     

    1st - Blake Boarman Evansville Mater Dei

    2nd - Gavin Alstott Floyd Central

    3rd -  Delaney Ruhlman Bloomington South

    4th -  Gavin Garcia Brownsburg

     

    Donnie Baker Bet the Boat pick - 4th place gets Mendez next week, stone cold lock. 

     

    145: 2021’s first HOT MESS bracket - 7 wrestlers got votes, there was a tie for state qualifier, 11 SS ranked wrestlers, and an unbelievable 5 top ten state ranked wrestlers. Let’s unpack this…. Jaden Reynolds was almost the newest Sperren but Center Grove’s Hayden Watson got a 1st place vote and there is a crazy quarter bracket that resulted in a tie. This weight class was nuts, strap in!

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - 3 curtain jerkers featuring state ranked dudes going at it early. SS #4/State #8 Ashton Hayhurst of Evansville Mater Dei takes on SS #9/State #22 Aiden Reynolds of Bloomington South. EMD and BHSS have a great and long standing rivalry, check out We Are...MD! on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/We-Are-MD-History-Wrestling/dp/1938730364) for more info on that history. So anticipate this match to be good. Another potential #4 over #1 will feature SS #11/State #24 Connor Gilles of Danny Struck’s Jeffersonville Red Devils vs. Ben Davis Junior SS #7/State #17 Anfernee Oliver with the winner being the favorite to go onto Indy. Finally SS #6/State #16 Johnathon Otte of West Vigo vs Mt. Vernon’s SS #8/State #18 Chris Newman will lock horns with reward being a turrible ticket round match against #1 ranked Jaden Reynolds. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Pick a quarter bracket and go….. Floyd Central freshman phenom (#3/#6) Hunter May has Brownsburg Hammer (#5/#9) Blaze Garcia, should Hayhurst get past Reynolds he will have Center Grove stud and returning state 3rd placer Hayden Watson, and already mentioned #6/#16 Otte vs #8/#18 Newman winner gets Reynolds. Wrestlebacks wouldn’t even fix this weight class, it’s gonna be AWESOME!!!

     

    Don’t sleep on…. #12/#14 Tyce Dupont, #7/#17 Anfernee Oliver, #11/#24 Conner Gilles are all in that bracket, you know the bracket where anybody can win to advance to state?!?!?!

     

    Brick’s Picks - Gilles and Oliver both received the same amount of votes, I don’t hate Dupont either, tough choices here. 

     

    1st - Jaden Reynolds Avon

    2nd - Hayden Watson Center Grove 

    3rd  - Hunter May Floyd Central

    4th -  Conner Gilles Jeffersonville

     

    Donnie Baker’s Lock, Stock, and Pork Barrell pick - Oliver over Gilles as “The Jeff Regional Draw” aura continues to grow. 

     

    152: Remember how I said 145 was stacked, well 152 has 10 state ranked wrestlers and 11 ss ranked wrestlers. 8 wrestlers received votes to get out.  A returning top 4 state medalist not favored to get out and a wrestler having the honor of possibly being on the wrong side of Charles Barkley turrrible draw two years in a row!

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - #5/#14 and returning state qualifier Connor Holt of Plainfield vs #6/#12 Tyler Williams of Columbus East. #4/#10 Ben Phillips of Charlestown vs. #8/#19 Logan Carrington of Greencastle, and #12 Chase Hostetler vs. #9/#22 Scott Fitts of Evansville Mater Dei all look to kick this weight class off. 4 of these 6 dudes received votes to get out. Carrington/Phillips is up there in terms of great first round matches. This weight class will not disappoint. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Last year and I quote - “Fitts is a fireball, if he can channel his emotions in the right way, will it be enough to knock off Kervin?” Scott Fitts lost 8-5 to the eventual state champ. This year Fitts will have undefeated Charlestown Junior Ben Phillips. Will Fitts be able to climb that mountain? The other turrible draw isn’t that big of a deal, IT’S JUST TWO RETURNING STATE MEDALISTS AND  TOP FIVE STATE RANKED WRESTLERS. This might be the worst/best blood round match in the whole state? 

     

    Don’t sleep on… Aiden Farmer is a regional champ in one of the toughest regionals in the state. The vote between him and Holt was actually a tie. It’s a toss up match! Scott Fitts, Riley Rust, and Tyler Williams are all capable of getting out. 

     

    Brick’s Picks  -  8 wrestlers received votes, there was a tie, the top 2 stand out pretty loud but after that the final 6 were all within 2 votes of each other. Watch out!

     

    1st - Tyler Conley Avon

    2nd - J Conway Floyd Central

    3rd - Ben Phillips Charlestown

    4th - Connor Holt Plainfield 

     

    TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - Remember a year ago I picked Logan Boe and people thought I was nuts, Well J Conway is your 3B Guarantee, you can bet Sisson’s jump rope on it!

     

    160: We’ve only had one Sperren so far, waaaay back at 106. Well scoot over Seng, teammate Brody Baumann is set to join you. Baumann is the leader of this weight class headlined by 9 state ranked wrestlers and 10 semi state ranked wrestlers. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - #3/#11 Landon Boe vs #9/#21 Corey Braunecker has 3 losses between them but one isn’t getting out of the first round. The only other first round match up featuring two semi state ranked dudes is #11 Nate Lommock of Terre Haute south and #6/#17 Nick Cicciarelli of Brownsburg, the winner of this match will have to tussle with The Law!

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Last year Jordan Fulks had a tremendous run to the podium at Banker’s Life. He was a semi-state runner up to Logan Boe, this year he has his brother…. in the FRICKIN BLOOD ROUND! This is a turrible draw for sure, but wait there’s more! #15 Kailan Keith of Ben Davis has had a great year and would be a favorite for state in almost any other bracket at any other semi - state but he has drawn into Baumann’s bracket. Not a great draw for the Giant! Keep an eye on one more match, Columbus East Olympian Kade Law was upended last year in the ticket round for Jordy Fulks. This year he has Brownsburg Junior Nick Cicciarelli. Law owns an 8-6 win over Cicciarelli. Maybe not a turrible draw, it could be a fun match!

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Floyd Central’s Bray Emerine is a very decorated wrestler and seemed to put it together last weekend at Regionals. Can the Highlander stay on track this week? 

     

    The Sperren - Brody Baumann Evansville Mater Dei

     

    Brick’s Picks - 

     

    1st - Brody Baumann Evansville Mater Dei
    2nd - Landon Boe Plainfield

    3rd - Kade Law Columbus East

    4th - Owen Bryant Gibson Southern

     

    170: Franklin’s Tyler Fuqua was a state qualifier as a freshman, then spent two years dealing w Mater Dei Buzz saws Clay Elgi and Eli Dickens, can the Grizzly Cub get back to Indy? JCSC says yes!  This weight class appears to be as close to stock as we might get. Interestingly there is always at least one weight where all the pickers pick the same 4 dudes in the same order. That didn’t happen this year at all. The JCSC all like Codei Khawaja, Sam Morrill, Tyler Fuqua, and John Purdy. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - #8/#14 Blake Weidner vs SS #9 Beau Hess and SS #7 Nigel Kaiser vs #5/#22 Van Skinner are the feature opening weight matches at 170

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draw -  Not any real turrible draws, if forced to dig - My man Van Skinner is a state level wrestler who’s only losses on the year are to Fulks, Khawaja and Morrill. Definitely a state level talent, the top 4 here are all hammers. Can my boy Tskin get baby Fro ready to take that next step?

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Skinner and Evansville Mater Dei’s Blake Weidner are both capable wrestlers that could pull some big ticket round wins. 

     

    Brick’s Picks - 

     

    1st - Tyler Fuqua Franklin

    2nd - Sam Morrill Columbus East

    3rd - John Purdy Castle

    4th - Codei Kwawaja Floyd Central

     

    Donnie Baker’s promise - all 4 here are podium finishers next week. 

     

    182:  The only weight class featuring all 12 semi-state ranked wrestlers! 8 state ranked wrestlers! Another almost lock!  7 vote getters! 2 wide open quarter brackets! 182 has it all! 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - #10 Deke Brown and #6 Luke Bullock has 6 combined losses, Brown is a 2 loss Regional champ. Some like another #4 over #1 here. In the same quarter bracket #12/#22 Mcithell Happe from Evansville North and Southridge Sophomore #11 Reid Schroeder also has a combined 6 losses. This quarter bracket up for grabs and starts in the first round! Also most feel the winner of #4/#9 Dominic Pugliese and #8/#25 Jaden Durnill will be a state qualifier. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Two top ten dudes should not have to go at it in the ticket round, but here we are…. Two returning state qualifiers, #2/#3 Wildcat Gabe Sollars will take on #3/#6 Franklin Senior Jalen Ward. McBee/Schmidt vs Pugliese/Durnil isn’t a turrible draw but it’ll be a good match.

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Anybody outside of Buchanan and Sollars. The other two quarter brackets can be won by ay of the 8 kids

     

    Brick’s Picks

     

    1st - Gabe Sollars Evansville Mater Dei

    2nd - Drake Buchanan Center Grove

    3rd - Jaden Durnil Columbus East

    4th - Mitchell Happe Evansville North

     

    TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - The voters are haters… Drake Buchanan is a lock, for the record I’m the ONLY one that voted for him. Also Dominic Pugliese is going to state. Call your bookies now. 

     

    195:  A three way tight race for first is the highlight at 195 as 3 guys all garnered first place votes and none of them are the #1 ranked SS wrestler. That shows there’s parity here and parity means entertaining matches! Brach Carrington, Wyat Willman, and Ke’Shawn Dickens all garnered votes. Harris Eason lost in SV to Dickens last week and they should rematch in the semis. The winner gets undefeated Brach Carrington. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - #1/#6 Eason will first have to take on #12/#21 Blake Ritzert of Mount Vernon. Ritzert did get some votes, maybe somebody knows something we don’t! #11 Clay Martin vs #4/#9 Dickens. I’ve yet to bring this up, but will the Mater Dei Magic of the Ford Center carry over to Jasper? There’s something about wrestling in confines you're familiar with, Mater Dei had luxuries at the Ford Center. There was a time teams weren’t allowed on the floor but there was Mater Dei warming up. Will the move create a more level playing ground? Will Covid restrictions limiting the Mater Dei crowd to 28 spectators make an impact? They would fill one side of the Ford Center. All of this is interesting and worth bringing up ahead of Saturday. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws -It only took 12 weight classes, but there’s no turrible draws here to see. 

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Blake Ritzert caught some love, keep an eye out.

     

    Brick’s Picks

     

    1. Brach Carrington Greencastle

    2. Ke’Shawn Dickens Avon

    3. Wyatt Willman North Posey

    4. Harris Eason Franklin

     

    TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - Harris Eason is a finalist. 

     

    220: We have another SPERREN!! Tristan Ruhlman has been dominant and should not be touched this weekend. Logan Huggins is also undefeated and there is anticipation that we see 2 undefeateds lock up in the finals. Everybody likes Ruhlman here. After that there’s 4 favorites battling for two spots. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - I’m a huge advocate for the big dudes, that being said….ummmm….. Not much to see here….maybe the scrappy #12 Dylan Fulton vs #7/#16 Nick Boots. Fulton always has super aggressive matches. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Another round of no turrible draws either…. #4/#22 Jakkarey Oliver of Whiteland vs #9/#14 Kelton Farmer got the most interest as both received votes, Oliver is the early favorite.  

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Kelton Farmer and SS #8 Tommy Morrill. Sam’s little big bro is battle tested, can he knock off #2/#5 Josh Howell of Terre Haute South?

     

    The Sperren - Tristan Ruhlman Bloomington South

     

    Brick’s Picks - 

     

    1st - Tristan Ruhlman Bloomington South

    2nd - Logan Huggins Evansville Reitz (Hey Ferguson!)

    3rd - Josh Howell Terre Haute South

    4th - Jakkarey Oliver Whiteland

     

    285: The last weight and the last SPERREN. Leighton Jones of Brownsburg is a Hammer who has pinned his way through the state tournament. Dude is a lock. Matt Munoz was a state qualifier as a sophomore and was upset in the ticket round last year. We are on track for another battle of undefeated goliaths in the finals. From dominant to anybody’s game as the other two quarter brackets can be won by any of a number of competitors. 

     

    Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - #6/#16 Owen Green of Center Grove and SS #5 Cordell Heuring will be a good first round match up as will #8/#15 Evansville Mater Dei’s James Ralph and #2/#5 Jacob Johnson of Franklin. Johnson doesn’t dominate people, in fact last year he won his two matches at state in OT battles. He has close wins all the time. The voters were torn, but ultimately Johnson’s experience and ability to win close matches gives us a #4 over a #1. 

     

    Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Columbus East and another #TripleBTrained wrestler Ashton Hartwell has only 4 losses on the year - 3 to Munoz and 1 to Jones. Turrible draw for the Olympian as he has to Jones in the ticket round. Had the Olympian landed literally in 2 of the other quarter brackets he punches his ticket.  Can coaches Coop, Ousley, and Olds come up with a game plan to take out Jones?

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Already mentioned James Ralph breaks the mold, Mater Dei has never had a good Heavyweight! Logan McGraw of Owen Valley is a rare sophomore regional champ. He will have the favorite Amara Kaba in the ticket round, who wins?!?!?!?

     

    The Sperren - Leighton Jones Brownsburg

     

    Brick’s Picks - 

     

    1st - Leighton Jones Brownsburg

    2nd - Matthew Munoz Jeffersonville

    3rd - Amara Kaba Pike

    4th - Jacob Johnson Franklin

     

    TRIPLEB GURANTEE - Leighton Jones is a state champ, I’m gonna clean out the other IndianaMat guys wallets at state over this pick. They are blinded by favoritism and Northern bias. 

     

    DONNIEBAKERS BET THE BOAT GUARANTEE - All first round pins then all 2 point matches the rest of the bracket!

     



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    On 2/11/2021 at 8:50 PM, Y2CJ41 said:

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Already mentioned James Ralph breaks the mold, Mater Dei has never had a good Heavyweight! Logan McGraw of Owen Valley is a rare sophomore regional champ. He will have the favorite Amara Kaba in the ticket round, who wins?!?!?!?

     

     

    lol

    Bill trainer MD first state champ and runner up in 1954

    John Meredith 1958 3rd

    John McDermon 1965 3rd

    Matt Crowe 2x qualifier 1983

    David Hisch 1999 qualifier

    Brad Niemeier 2008 qualifier

    Justin VanWinkle  2011 7th

    Nathan Wright 2012 8th

    Austin Fleck 2016 qualifier

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    On 2/11/2021 at 8:50 PM, Y2CJ41 said:

     

    Don’t sleep on…. Already mentioned James Ralph breaks the mold, Mater Dei has never had a good Heavyweight!

     

    Sorry Trips, but I have to fact-check you on this one!  Heavyweight Bill Trainer was Mater Dei's first state champion.  The 190-pounder accomplished the feat in 1953.  

     

    Bill's sister, Sister Joanna Trainer, is a retired nun living in Ferdinand, Indiana.  Sister Joanna prays for ol' Hook and Half on a regular basis and send him messages of encouragement.  Tip of the hat to Sister J and the Trainer clan.

     

    They are good people!

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    Recap:

    what an amazing article and even better SS. 
    106- hit 3/4 picks. That was because Krueger(CE) showed up and avenged that earlier loss to LaRocca

    The Sperren pick was locked in

     

    113-hit 3/4 once again 

    But it’s not without saying that they warned us to keep an eye on Butler(Whiteland). He showed up and punched his ticket with a win over a tough Columbus East Lykins

    BBB guarantee held firm as his west side boys brought another SS win. 

     

    120-yep once again it’s 3/4 

    Senior Haug(ForrestP) came in overlooked and punched his ticket. 
    Sorry BBB, you lost the book here as Gilbert takes the title. 
     

    126-ooops only 50% here 

    But this class was tough and y’all did tell us that Bechert(FR) and Tharpe(CG) shouldnt he overlooked. 
     

    132-100% 

    while not in order, still impressive. Montgomery(BB) is always battle tested and is very dangerous. Good thing Donnie Baker showed up to save the Sperren lock and keep y’all at 💯 

     

    138-SOLID. All picks and in order of finish was the first of the day. 
     

    145- ok now you’re showing off as once AGAIN- PERFECTION. 

     

    152-so close as y’all hit 3/4 here. Buuuut, it’s noted to not sleep on the sectional and regional Champ Farmer. He didn’t disappoint and he punched his ticket with a win over the always tough guys from Columbus East(Holt) 

     

    160-3/4 here 

    Emerine(FC) showed up to the party and takes out the always tough Owen Bryant to punch his ticket  Congrats young man 

     

    170-while not in placement order, y’all hit all 4 placers right. So close to almost hitting your 3rd Ace of the day

     

    182-ouch 50% here. But y’all did leave it open by saying that after Sollars and Buchanan any of the other could make that trip. Kudos to Schroeder(Southridge) and Pugilese(TriW) for joking the clear favorites of this weight class. 
     

    195-here y’all hit your 3rd Ace of the day. All picks and placements spot on 

     

    220-50% here 

    the other half of the Farmer brothers Kelton(EvvMem) comes to play. And  I don’t think many would’ve seen undefeated Huggins(Re) getting stuck, But kudos to Skaggs(Fr) for putting his hard work in and punching his ticket. 
    The Sperren lock stood firm

     

    285-4/4 on the picks, just a tad off on the placement to keep y’all away from that 4th Ace of the day. 
    Leighton Jones(BB) left VERY LITTLE doubt of that Sperren lock 

     

    overall- very impressive for such a tough Semi State 

    hitting on 80% of the picks and all the Sperren locks stood firm. 

     

     

     

     

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    15 minutes ago, 1prouddad said:

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    what an amazing article and even better SS. 
    106- hit 3/4 picks. That was because Krueger(CE) showed up and avenged that earlier loss to LaRocca

    The Sperren pick was locked in

     

    113-hit 3/4 once again 

    But it’s not without saying that they warned us to keep an eye on Butler(Whiteland). He showed up and punched his ticket with a win over a tough Columbus East Lykins

    BBB guarantee held firm as his west side boys brought another SS win. 

     

    120-yep once again it’s 3/4 

    Senior Haug(ForrestP) came in overlooked and punched his ticket. 
    Sorry BBB, you lost the book here as Gilbert takes the title. 
     

    126-ooops only 50% here 

    But this class was tough and y’all did tell us that Bechert(FR) and Tharpe(CG) shouldnt he overlooked. 
     

    132-100% 

    while not in order, still impressive. Montgomery(BB) is always battle tested and is very dangerous. Good thing Donnie Baker showed up to save the Sperren lock and keep y’all at 💯 

     

    138-SOLID. All picks and in order of finish was the first of the day. 
     

    145- ok now you’re showing off as once AGAIN- PERFECTION. 

     

    152-so close as y’all hit 3/4 here. Buuuut, it’s noted to not sleep on the sectional and regional Champ Farmer. He didn’t disappoint and he punched his ticket with a win over the always tough guys from Columbus East(Holt) 

     

    160-3/4 here 

    Emerine(FC) showed up to the party and takes out the always tough Owen Bryant to punch his ticket  Congrats young man 

     

    170-while not in placement order, y’all hit all 4 placers right. So close to almost hitting your 3rd Ace of the day

     

    182-ouch 50% here. But y’all did leave it open by saying that after Sollars and Buchanan any of the other could make that trip. Kudos to Schroeder(Southridge) and Pugilese(TriW) for joking the clear favorites of this weight class. 
     

    195-here y’all hit your 3rd Ace of the day. All picks and placements spot on 

     

    220-50% here 

    the other half of the Farmer brothers Kelton(EvvMem) comes to play. And  I don’t think many would’ve seen undefeated Huggins(Re) getting stuck, But kudos to Skaggs(Fr) for putting his hard work in and punching his ticket. 
    The Sperren lock stood firm

     

    285-4/4 on the picks, just a tad off on the placement to keep y’all away from that 4th Ace of the day. 
    Leighton Jones(BB) left VERY LITTLE doubt of that Sperren lock 

     

    overall- very impressive for such a tough Semi State 

    hitting on 80% of the picks and all the Sperren locks stood firm. 

     

     

     

     

     

    Say what you want about Triple B...

     

    The man predicts a mean semi state.

     

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    7 minutes ago, hook and half said:

     

    Say what you want about Triple B...

     

    The man predicts a mean semi state.

     

    Pretty damn impressive. 
    as I noted, the ones that they didn’t have in the final 4, they were not overlooked in the breakdowns. And considering this is quite possibly the toughest SS, makes it all more impressive. 

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