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With the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, I think there were some grapplers this year who ended their campaigns as some of the best to never win a state championship.

 

Graham Calhoun at 170lbs was a four-time qualifier and three-time medalist earning 7th place as a freshman, 5th as a sophomore, and 3rd as a senior on top of winning an NHSCA Sophomore national championship and being an All-American at the Super 32.

 

Jacob LaPlace at 195lbs was a four-time qualifier and two-time medalist taking fourth as a freshman and was 45-0 going into the finals and likely would’ve won had he not wrestled Allred.

 

Cooper Noehre and Isiah Levitz both at 160lbs. Both young men are two-time state qualifiers, placing both years at 152 and 160 as juniors and seniors. Noehre defeated Dickens last year in the semis and Levitz was undefeated with a win over Rodgers going into this year’s state semifinals. 160 was a meat grinder and regardless of who came out on top, these young men deserve to be mentioned as a state champion caliber.

 

Other notable names of quality wrestlers who never won state championships

 

Brandon James, Perry Meridian (2015)

- 4× IHSAA All-State (3rd, 5th, 2nd, 3rd)

- 170-8 record

- 2011 USAW Preseason national champion at 113lbs

- 4th at FloNationals 2014 at 120lbs (Defeated Chad Red; only Indiana wrestler to defeat Red in HS)

- 6th at 2012 USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals at 120lbs

- 8th at 2011 USAW Cadet Freestyle Nationals at 112lbs

 

Kirk Johnson, Perry Meridian (2012)

- 3× IHSAA All-State (4th, 4th, 3rd)

- 7th at USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals at 160lbs (Defeated Isaiah Martinez by technical superiority)

- 7th at 2012 FloNationals at 160lbs

 

Vinny Corsaro, Cathedral (2014)

- 4× IHSAA All-State (6th, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd)

- 5th at 2013 FloNationals at 152lbs

 

Tristen Tonte, Warren Central (2017)

- 3× IHSAA State Runner-Up at 195lbs (2015-17)

- 2× NHSCA All-American

- 4× AAU Scholastic Duals All-American (14-1 in 2016)

 

Gunnar Larson, Avon (2017)

 

Steven Lawrence, Portage (2016)

 

Ben Harvey, Cathedral (2015)

 

Tyler Fleener, Center Grove (2014)

 

Fletcher Miller, Kokomo (2014)

 

Connor Tolley, Franklin Community (2014)

 

Brenden Campbell, New Castle (2012)


Joshua Kieffer, Roncalli (2011)


Jacob Tonte, Perry Meridian (2010)

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1991 Hwt Tony Vaughn FW Snider. Second and Third.  Probably the worst disqualification ever in the semis.  A stalled out whilst he was on top.  Went on to All-American status at Purdue placing 3rd. 

 

Vinny Casaro: 3x runner up.

 

1990 Paul Troupe SB LaSalle. 3x qualifier: 2x medalist.  Fargo National Champ in Freestyle.  Fargo National Runner up in Greco. 

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Matt Jaggers-4x qualifier,3x Medalist runner-up to Angel escobedo 210-12 of New castle

 

New castles Conner Mullins-4x medalist, Runner up, around 20 ISWA state titles ,Super 32 All American and a career record 191-11

 

Charlie Pingleton of Greencastle-2x state runner up,2xDII All American and NAIA National Champion 

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2 hours ago, GenHeavyHandz said:

1991 Hwt Tony Vaughn FW Snider. Second and Third.  Probably the worst disqualification ever in the semis.  A stalled out whilst he was on top.  Went on to All-American status at Purdue placing 3rd. 

 

Vinny Casaro: 3x runner up.

 

1990 Paul Troupe SB LaSalle. 3x qualifier: 2x medalist.  Fargo National Champ in Freestyle.  Fargo National Runner up in Greco. 

I had to wrestle Vaughn back then. Brutal between he and Tony Roush

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10 hours ago, SWINfan said:

How has no one mentioned Craig Macke??

 

They are probably too young to remember.  4 time semi finalist and 2 time finalis.

 

Garret Pepples and Brayden Bailey ALMOST became GOATs

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Craig Elpers 4x State qualifier not sure of his exact stats but finished 2nd his senior year to a Lawrence North wrestler who just rode him our the ENTIRE MATCH using the cowboy absolutely no effort from him to actually turn Elpers just the obligatory half just for show. 

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2 hours ago, tonyzirkle said:

Darden Schurg, Crown Point 2012-15

4th, 6th at SS behind Forte, 2nd & 2nd

D3 Nat. Champ at Wabash 

 

Andy Hobbs, Tipton 

4th and 3rd in 1985 & 86 with losses both years to Yorktown’s McCormick if my memory is correct. The online archives should be updated to go back further. 

Minor perhaps, but McCormick was from Delta I think.

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3 hours ago, tonyzirkle said:

Darden Schurg, Crown Point 2012-15

4th, 6th at SS behind Forte, 2nd & 2nd

D3 Nat. Champ at Wabash 

 

Andy Hobbs, Tipton 

4th and 3rd in 1985 & 86 with losses both years to Yorktown’s former coach McCormick (Delta?) if my memory is correct. The online archives should be updated to go back further. 

Where is the delete button? McCormick coached at Yorktown. My mistake. 

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