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Throughout the history of the state finals the number of state placers has grown from four to six and finally to eight in 1992. With the addition of the 7th and 8th place finishers came the Friday night win or go home match for all the competitors. Throughout the years we have seen amazing matches and crazy upsets on Friday night.

 

After some thought we wanted to know which coach had the best winning percentage on Friday night. We compiled all the data from 1992 until 2019 and came up with the following information. Please note that included in these statistics are qualifiers that did not end up participating at state due to injury. This mildly affects a coach’s percentage as it is a rare occurrence an athlete does not participate on Friday night.

 

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Current coaches with 10+ state qualifiers from 1992-2019

 

Rank Coach Qualifiers Placers Friday % Current School
1 Wade McClurg 11 10 90.91% Roncalli
2 Brian Weaver 11 9 81.82% Elkhart Memorial
3 Sean McGinley 100 78 78.00% Indianapolis Cathedral
4 Darrick Snyder 85 64 75.29% Brownsburg
5 Chris Cooper 31 22 70.97% Columbus East
6 Maurice Swain 10 7 70.00% Center Grove
7 Jim Tonte 102 70 68.63% Franklin Community
8 David Maldonado 79 53 67.09% Merrillville
9 Matthew Behling 17 11 64.71% Culver Academies
10 Matt Schoettle 22 14 63.64% Perry Meridian
11 Dan Briggs 16 10 62.50% Carroll(Fort Wayne)
12 Joshua Holden 18 11 61.11% Greenfield-Central
13 Zach Errett 20 12 60.00% Avon
14 Kevin Blundell 10 6 60.00% Monrovia
15 Greg Schaefer 69 40 57.97% Evansville Mater Dei
16 Branden Lorek 14 8 57.14% Crown Point
17 Ed Pendoski 65 37 56.92% Carmel
18 Bill Flatt 23 13 56.52% South Bend Riley
19 Tony Abbott 31 17 54.84% Cowan
20 Bob Read 24 13 54.17% Plymouth
21 Eric Myers 21 11 52.38% Jay County
22 T. Howard Jones Jr. 22 11 50.00% Jennings County
23 Mark Kirchgassner 10 5 50.00% East Central
24 Bob Harmon 57 28 49.12% Castle
25 Chris Joll 47 23 48.94% Chesterton
26 Jim Pickard 40 19 47.50% Goshen
27 Mike Runyon 15 7 46.67% Bloomington South
28 Louie Kuzdas 24 11 45.83% LaPorte
29 Lou Silverman 35 16 45.71% North Central
30 Clint Gard 16 7 43.75% Rochester
31 Brad Harper 62 27 43.55% Penn
32 Scott Ferguson 38 16 42.11% Evansville Reitz
33 Steve Pugliese 22 9 40.91% Tri-West
34 Dave Cloud 27 11 40.74% Pendleton Heights
35 Dean Branstetter 15 6 40.00% Attica
36 Brandon Sisson 10 4 40.00% Floyd Central
37 Chad Shepherd 18 7 38.89% Western
38 Danny Struck 18 7 38.89% Jeffersonville
39 Larry Mattingly 31 12 38.71% Evansville Memorial
40 Andy Hobbs 39 15 38.46% Peru
41 Dan Mikesell 13 5 38.46% Mooresville
42 Doug Smoker 19 7 36.84% Angola
43 Rod Williams 11 4 36.36% Leo
44 Jim HIttler 17 6 35.29% Huntington North
45 Jamie Welliever 12 4 33.33% Southmont
46 Andrew King 20 6 30.00% Oak Hill
47 Tim Alcorn 10 3 30.00% Mount Vernon (Posey)
48 Paul Gunsett 14 4 28.57% Bellmont
49 Jim Wadkins 22 6 27.27% Calumet
50 Blane Culp 11 3 27.27% Columbia City
51 Nick Kraus 11 2 18.18% Garrett
52 Tom Miller 17 2 11.76% Lafayette Jefferson

 

All coaches with 10+ state qualifiers from 1992-2019

Rank Coach Qualifiers Placers Friday % Current School Past School
1 Wiley Craft 12 11 91.67%   Lawrence Central
2 Wade McClurg 11 10 90.91% Roncalli Roncalli
3 Todd Kendrick 13 11 84.62%   Franklin Central
4 Frank Svarczkopf, Jr. 12 10 83.33%   Lawrence North
5 Brian Weaver 11 9 81.82% Elkhart Memorial Elkhart Memorial
6 Travis Walls 26 21 80.77%   Griffith
7 Dan Gelarden 15 12 80.00%   Munster
8 Brett Crousore 39 31 79.49%   Lawrence North
9 Nick Petrov 24 19 79.17%   Hanover Central
10 Sean McGinley 100 78 78.00% Indianapolis Cathedral Indianapolis Cathedral
11 Perry Summitt 13 10 76.92%   Bloomington North
12 Darrick Snyder 85 64 75.29% Brownsburg Brownsburg
13 Al Smith 26 19 73.08%   Mishawaka
14 Justin Smith 11 8 72.73%   Warsaw
15 Rod Wartman 11 8 72.73%   Lake Central
16 Chris Cooper 31 22 70.97% Columbus East Columbus East
17 Keith Grant 10 7 70.00%   Indian Creek
18 Maurice Swain 10 7 70.00% Center Grove Center Grove
19 Alan Goddard 10 7 70.00%   Ben Davis
20 Dennis Miesle 10 7 70.00%   Woodlan
21 Duboris Dickerson 13 9 69.23%   Pike
22 Grodie Crick 13 9 69.23%   Evansville Central
23 Jim Tonte 102 70 68.63% Franklin Community Warren Central
24 Mike Atwood 19 13 68.42%   Delphi
25 Paul Nicodemus 19 13 68.42%   Plainfield
26 Lance Rhodes 31 21 67.74%   Indianapolis Cathedral
27 David Maldonado 79 53 67.09% Merrillville Merrillville
28 Mike Goebel 111 74 66.67%   Evansville Mater Dei
29 Paul Voigt 15 10 66.67%   Carroll(Fort Wayne)
30 Bill Kelly 26 17 65.38%   East Chicago Central
31 Lance Ellis 17 11 64.71%   Roncalli
32 Matthew Behling 17 11 64.71% Culver Academies Culver Academies
33 Chad Red 28 18 64.29%   New Palestine
34 Matt Schoettle 22 14 63.64% Perry Meridian Perry Meridian
35 Brian Seltzer 40 25 62.50%   Lawrence North
36 Dan Briggs 16 10 62.50% Carroll(Fort Wayne) Union County
37 David Walpole 16 10 62.50%   Decatur Central
38 Robert Emerick 29 18 62.07%   Lake Central
39 Bob Jarrett 13 8 61.54%   Eastern (Greentown)
40 Jack Grimaldi 13 8 61.54%   Alexandria
41 Joshua Holden 18 11 61.11% Greenfield-Central Greenfield-Central
42 Rob Willman 18 11 61.11%   Floyd Central
43 Zach Errett 20 12 60.00% Avon Avon
44 Kevin Blundell 10 6 60.00% Monrovia Monrovia
45 John Kopnisky 10 6 60.00%   Carmel
46 Brent Faurote 109 65 59.63%   Bellmont
47 Kevin Troy 32 19 59.38%   Roncalli
48 Larry Tharp 22 13 59.09%   Portage
49 Russel Feigert 41 24 58.54%   Beech Grove
50 Dave Thompson 24 14 58.33%   Whiteland
51 Greg Schaefer 69 40 57.97% Evansville Mater Dei Evansville Mater Dei
52 Royce Deckard 64 37 57.81%   Bloomington South
53 Steve Balash 52 30 57.69%   Hobart
54 Keith Hoffar 28 16 57.14%   East Noble
55 Kyle Poyer 28 16 57.14%   Hamilton Southeastern
56 Mike Smorin 14 8 57.14%   South Bend Riley
57 Jim Nicholson 14 8 57.14%   Elkhart Central
58 Branden Lorek 14 8 57.14% Crown Point Crown Point
59 Ed Pendoski 65 37 56.92% Carmel Carmel
60 Bill Flatt 23 13 56.52% South Bend Riley South Bend Riley
61 Trent McCormick 103 58 56.31%   Yorktown
62 Bobby Howard 16 9 56.25%   Lowell
63 John Cook 16 9 56.25%   Valparaiso
64 Bob Hasseman 68 38 55.88%   Franklin Community
65 Lance Beehler 18 10 55.56%   Mishawaka
66 Danny Williams 20 11 55.00%   Warren Central
67 Tony Abbott 31 17 54.84% Cowan Cowan
68 Jamie Wingler 11 6 54.55%   New Palestine
69 Jason Warthan 11 6 54.55%   Columbus North
70 James Colias 11 6 54.55%   Munster
71 Kenny Wallace 11 6 54.55%   Princeton
72 Bob Read 24 13 54.17% Plymouth Plymouth
73 Clarence Warthan 24 13 54.17%   Frankfort
74 Israel Blevins 37 20 54.05%   Avon
75 Mike Ester 26 14 53.85%   Fort Wayne Snider
76 Jake Harreld 13 7 53.85%   Fishers
77 Bob Brennan 15 8 53.33%   Zionsville
78 Jared Williams 40 21 52.50%   Zionsville
79 Eric Myers 21 11 52.38% Jay County Jay County
80 Scott Vlink 86 45 52.33%   Crown Point
81 Rex Peckinpaugh 73 38 52.05%   New Castle
82 Andy Simon 35 18 51.43%   Carmel
83 Leroy Vega 43 22 51.16%   Portage
84 Mark Kerrn 38 19 50.00%   Jimtown
85 Randy Kearby 34 17 50.00%   Columbia City
86 Jim Ledbetter 28 14 50.00%   Warren Central
87 T. Howard Jones Jr. 22 11 50.00% Jennings County Jennings County
88 Todd Sacksteder 20 10 50.00%   Beech Grove
89 Kevin King 18 9 50.00%   Indianapolis Bishop Chatard
90 Chris Campbell 14 7 50.00%   Greenwood
91 Bill Yozipovich 14 7 50.00%   Greenfield-Central
92 Mark Bruner 12 6 50.00%   Brown County
93 Mark Kirchgassner 10 5 50.00% East Central East Central
94 Lee Fry 10 5 50.00%   Prairie Heights
95 Chris Svarczkopf 10 5 50.00%   Fort Wayne North Side
96 Larry Hazuga 10 5 50.00%   Jeffersonville
97 Christopher Kern 10 5 50.00%   Zionsville
98 Bob Harmon 57 28 49.12% Castle Castle
99 Chris Joll 47 23 48.94% Chesterton Chesterton
100 Henry Wilk 43 21 48.84%   Penn
101 Dennis Lewis 27 13 48.15%   NorthWood
102 Jim Pickard 40 19 47.50% Goshen Goshen
103 Terry O'Neill 19 9 47.37%   Westfield
104 Scott Dehart 17 8 47.06%   Wawasee
105 Mike Runyon 15 7 46.67% Bloomington South Bloomington South
106 Ryan Wells 15 7 46.67%   Kokomo
107 Cale Hoover 26 12 46.15%   Center Grove
108 Louie Kuzdas 24 11 45.83% LaPorte LaPorte
109 Tony Boley 24 11 45.83%   Warsaw
110 Lou Silverman 35 16 45.71% North Central North Central
111 Bud Palmer 11 5 45.45%   Delta
112 Steve Wewe 11 5 45.45%   Franklin County
113 Bo Henry 11 5 45.45%   Bloomington North
114 Clint Gard 16 7 43.75% Rochester Rochester
115 Brad Harper 62 27 43.55% Penn Penn
116 Rick Stenftenagel 14 6 42.86%   Jasper
117 David Caple 14 6 42.86%   Floyd Central
118 Scott Schwarz 26 11 42.31%   East Central
119 Scott Ferguson 38 16 42.11% Evansville Reitz Evansville Reitz
120 Steve VanderAa 17 7 41.18%   Winamac
121 Steve Pugliese 22 9 40.91% Tri-West Danville
122 Dave Cloud 27 11 40.74% Pendleton Heights Pendleton Heights
123 Scott Raypole 15 6 40.00%   Carroll(Fort Wayne)
124 Dean Branstetter 15 6 40.00% Attica Attica
125 Brandon Sisson 10 4 40.00% Floyd Central Floyd Central
126 James Binkley 10 4 40.00%   New Albany
127 Sam DiPrimio 10 4 40.00%   Fort Wayne Northrop
128 Gene Backes 10 4 40.00%   Evansville Reitz
129 Murray Miller 10 4 40.00%   South Bend Washington
130 James Phillips 10 4 40.00%   Indianapolis Emmerich Manual
131 Kevin Taylor 10 4 40.00%   Wawasee
132 Al Hartman 36 14 38.89%   South Bend Clay
133 Chad Shepherd 18 7 38.89% Western Western
134 Danny Struck 18 7 38.89% Jeffersonville Jeffersonville
135 Larry Mattingly 31 12 38.71% Evansville Memorial Evansville Memorial
136 Andy Hobbs 39 15 38.46% Peru Peru
137 Dan Mikesell 13 5 38.46% Mooresville Mooresville
138 Ed Fox 13 5 38.46%   Carroll(Fort Wayne)
139 Greg Gastineau 13 5 38.46%   Hamilton Southeastern
140 Mark Line 21 8 38.10%   Kankakee Valley
141 Doug Smoker 19 7 36.84% Angola Angola
142 Gary Fox 11 4 36.36%   Franklin Central
143 Rod Williams 11 4 36.36% Leo Leo
144 Tony Grater 11 4 36.36%   McCutcheon
145 Tony Starks 11 4 36.36%   Ben Davis
146 Todd Fakes 11 4 36.36%   Monrovia
147 Derek Bocock 14 5 35.71%   Lebanon
148 Matt Koontz 14 5 35.71%   Whitko
149 Jim HIttler 17 6 35.29% Huntington North Huntington North
150 Mark Scott 20 7 35.00%   Muncie Central
151 David Errett 20 7 35.00%   Martinsville
152 Barry Humble 18 6 33.33%   South Adams
153 Josh Dommer 15 5 33.33%   Leo
154 Jamie Welliever 12 4 33.33% Southmont Southmont
155 Robert Freije 16 5 31.25%   Brownsburg
156 Randy Pursley 13 4 30.77%   Homestead
157 Andrew King 20 6 30.00% Oak Hill Oak Hill
158 Chuck Fleshman 10 3 30.00%   Central Noble
159 Tim Alcorn 10 3 30.00% Mount Vernon (Posey) Mount Vernon (Posey)
160 John Bennett 10 3 30.00%   Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger
161 Paul Gunsett 14 4 28.57% Bellmont Bellmont
162 Nicholas Eckert 14 4 28.57%   North Posey
163 George Gardner 18 5 27.78%   South Dearborn
164 Jim Wadkins 22 6 27.27% Calumet Calumet
165 Blane Culp 11 3 27.27% Columbia City Columbia City
166 Ron Anderson 11 3 27.27%   Winchester
167 Eric Burres 12 3 25.00%   New Albany
168 Doug Deters 13 3 23.08%   Franklin County
169 Kevin Wilkinson 10 2 20.00%   Southmont
170 Ken Houston 16 3 18.75%   Twin Lakes
171 Denny Schwartz 16 3 18.75%   Adams Central
172 Nick Kraus 11 2 18.18% Garrett Garrett
173 Scott VanDerAa 15 2 13.33%   Harrison (WL)
174 Tom Miller 17 2 11.76% Lafayette Jefferson Lafayette Jefferson
175 Al Thomas 10 1 10.00%   Logansport
176 Tim Sloffer 12 1 8.33%   Carroll(Fort Wayne)
177 Doug Schultz 13 1 7.69%   Adams Central

 

 

 

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Very interesting data, Y2.  Thank you for sharing.

 

What I think would be nice to see is how well all the wrestlers did on Friday night based on how well they were “expected” to do (based on their “seedings”  ... or maybe rankings).  That might be a bit better measure of who you want in your corner.

 

No, I don’t expect you to add the next level of complexity.  I just appreciate the work you’ve already done to supply this info.  Thank you.

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15 minutes ago, piscis1956 said:

Very interesting data, Y2.  Thank you for sharing.

 

What I think would be nice to see is how well all the wrestlers did on Friday night based on how well they were “expected” to do (based on their “seedings”  ... or maybe rankings).  That might be a bit better measure of who you want in your corner.

 

No, I don’t expect you to add the next level of complexity.  I just appreciate the work you’ve already done to supply this info.  Thank you.

 

I was thinking the same thing. 

 

Or how many of the qualifiers overachieved by even qualifying. Along the lines of "who do you want in your corner for the ticket round?"

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49 minutes ago, piscis1956 said:

Very interesting data, Y2.  Thank you for sharing.

 

What I think would be nice to see is how well all the wrestlers did on Friday night based on how well they were “expected” to do (based on their “seedings”  ... or maybe rankings).  That might be a bit better measure of who you want in your corner.

 

No, I don’t expect you to add the next level of complexity.  I just appreciate the work you’ve already done to supply this info.  Thank you.

 

32 minutes ago, Silence Dogood said:

 

I was thinking the same thing. 

 

Or how many of the qualifiers overachieved by even qualifying. Along the lines of "who do you want in your corner for the ticket round?"

Considering the above replies, plus the statistical data, who do you want? Who knows your strengths and your opponents weaknesses. Who can see how the match is developing? Who can give the best advice as things unfold?Maybe most important, whose voice cuts through the commotion and drowns out the other corner?

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33 minutes ago, Jack Jones said:

He inherited a pretty solid program to say the least.

Had a state champ at mooresville prior to coming over. But yes... he had a solid squad when he got to Avon. With that said, super good with the kids (on and off the mat). Great motivator and all around good dude.   
 

Lots of guys coach for a long time and never get a champ. Let alone four. Maybe more before it’s said and done. He’s a solid pick. 
 

Synder would be a good pick too. Always has his kids ready.

 

#TheCounty

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21 minutes ago, Observing said:

 

Considering the above replies, plus the statistical data, who do you want? Who knows your strengths and your opponents weaknesses. Who can see how the match is developing? Who can give the best advice as things unfold?Maybe most important, whose voice cuts through the commotion and drowns out the other corner?

 

None of the statistical data would change my choice. I'd stick with the guys that invested most of their lives into the program that prepared me for the opportunity (and put up with me for the whole journey). 

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15 minutes ago, Silence Dogood said:

 

None of the statistical data would change my choice. I'd stick with the guys that invested most of their lives into the program that prepared me for the opportunity (and put up with me for the whole journey). 

Loyalty is a great quality that is taken for granted by many! 

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7 minutes ago, gsmith58 said:

Good stuff.

 

One could make a case that the absolute number is at least as important as the percentage.

For sure and the SS they brought their guys through! Mcginley,Tonte and Peckinpaugh put many guys through a SS that's never had a down year that I can recall..love this data! 

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11 hours ago, Trinedad said:

I want someone who has not been mentioned yet, Dave Fleming. He was in my sons corner a few times, and he is an outstanding coach.

Just curious, is Dave already in the hall of fame for all his contributions to Indiana wrestling?

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21 hours ago, Mattyb said:

Had a state champ at mooresville prior to coming over. But yes... he had a solid squad when he got to Avon. With that said, super good with the kids (on and off the mat). Great motivator and all around good dude.   
 

Lots of guys coach for a long time and never get a champ. Let alone four. Maybe more before it’s said and done. He’s a solid pick. 
 

Synder would be a good pick too. Always has his kids ready.

 

#TheCounty

I will take Snyder any day of the week...……….not to mention if he was not in the corner then you run the risk of him being across the mat in the other corner and that is bad news for you.  

4 days......oh boy !!!

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