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  1. You know it’s almost tourney time by the stages of posts on the forum. The stages before the state tournament stage 1: training he is on a mission this year, changed his training Stage 2: rankings disputes hates where they are ranked or not ranked but closes every message with “not that rankings matter” Stage 3: getting chippy is upset at every post about their favorite wrestler or team and they will use it as extra motivation. (The stage we are in) stage 4: the dark horses these guys are going to make a run and knock off many ranked wrestlers Stage 5: the actual state tournament This is where we actually wrestle the state tournament stage 6: the I told you so the message of I told that was going to happen but you didn’t want to listen but those payout 1 in 50 rememer it’s a long season and the message board is a lot of fun. We have an amazing community don’t take everything so serious. Everyone wants to see upsets and great matches please keep your angry messages light and fun I don’t want @Y2CJ41 to ban anyone have a safe and happy New Years OTR219
    25 points
  2. Congrats to Crown Point. Also, congrats to Indiana wrestling. I’m proud that years ago we came together and made this event happen. What a day of wrestling. Huge shot out to Zeke Seltzer for bumping up to take on Mendez. That alone made the entire event worthwhile. Lastly, it sucks but we did take our strap down and that’s a team point. It was the correct call. Snyder
    21 points
  3. What a great match! Props to Cathedral and Zeke for bumping and giving indiana wrestling fans a great match!
    20 points
  4. ehscoach

    Team State

    It’s my favorite time of year! I don’t know if everyone knows what goes into this, but it’s a lot… it starts with Adrian Troyer making a formula to predict the best teams. A committee to decide a vote-in team in the spring. Chuck Barnett arranging world class officials. JD Minch getting contracts and working out specifics of each site. Pat Culp doing EVERYTHING. She got 2 girls regionals sites, 3 team state sites, and elementary duals ready this weekend. The Team State Committee picking another team each class to get in. Dane Fuellling studying for hours to rank teams (which he did very accurately). Joe Caprino helping to be a big time promoter of this event, which is amazing. Briar Runyan, Darrick Snyder, and Jim Tonte (and their AD’s) for offering their venues to host the best wrestling in the state. It’s a lot of work to host!! COVID has made this even trickier, because we have needed help at 3 sites. But I am telling you, the wrestling community is special. This event was awesome because of awesome Indiana wrestlers, but made possible because of awesome Indiana wrestling volunteers.
    19 points
  5. *Sam Hansen is long gone, and won't be wrestling at 182. His baby brother Luke will be at 182 on Wednesday night:-) Just a quick update on Sam, the 2018 state runner-up at 195. He is in his final year of seminary at Bishop Brute' here in Indianapolis. He is studying to be a priest in the Catholic church and is completely happy. He'll be spending time and Creighton University this summer and traveling to the Holy Land in May. When he returns he'll spend the next four years in formation at St. Meinrad Seminary in Southern Indiana. The sacrifices he made in wrestling were always opportunities to grow closer to God, and I guarantee the homilies that he gives will be filled with stories about growing in his relationship with God through the life-changing sport of wrestling. Please keep Sam in your prayers as he journeys towards ordination!
    17 points
  6. So as the tournament approaches, and the topic of this discussion, I got excited and found this video of the most exhilarating 10 seconds of my adult life. I still yell at the screen to LIFT THE HEAD!!! vlc-record-2022-01-11-10h41m57s-10241240132_wtohvpth-10241241132.mp4.crdownload-.mp4
    16 points
  7. Y2CJ41

    No Class Meme State

    Here is a late entry
    15 points
  8. Just want to be clear because I had a few coaching friends reach out to me. I did NOT intend my post to mean the straps down call cost us the meet. All I was trying to say was it was the right call. Crown Point also lost a team point. We were celebrating and I wasn’t watching. I was told whatever was called didn’t happen the way it was interpreted. Brownsburg and Crown Point have a great relationship. I hate them some because of how good they are but have nothing but love and respect for them. Our wrestlers and coaches are really close. They won the dual because they EARNED it. Also, Mendez should focus on his college career and skip the rest of the season. I just want what is best for him! Snyder
    13 points
  9. 1prouddad

    Veazy

    @Y2CJ41do ya reckon this is the address for that Holiday Inn?
    12 points
  10. bsisson

    In the corner

    Since Cooper Samuels became my head assistant 7 years ago we've placed 8 with 2 state Champs. He's an amazing technician and a constant student of the sport. Also Brian Foxworthy, who still helps me, was the man behind all of the medals and finals appearances during our run in the 2000s. He's forgot more wrestling than I've ever known. Momir Petkovic doesn't sit in the corner but having him in the room and listening to his approach about wrestling and the journey has been very special for our program.
    12 points
  11. bigballerb

    500

    Just want to say congratulations to Oak Hill’s coach Andrew King on his 500th dual meet victory today! It’s been an honor to coach under him for the past 5 seasons. I think he might of slipped in the top 10 all time?
    11 points
  12. The most impressive moves I've seen have taken place at Kilory's between rounds. The amount of beverages consumed in a short amount of time that I have witnessed are things of legend!
    10 points
  13. hogleg

    Team State

    Our second year at the event and loved it even more than last year which is a pretty high bar to clear. We lost more than we won in finishing 8th, but each one of our duels came down to the last match. Many kids on our roster will never make a deep run in the state series so it is great that they get to take part in something that intense and fun. It was an incredible time for our kids and hoping we can earn the invitation again next year. Thanks to everyone that had a part in organizing and working the tournament.
    10 points
  14. I just wanted to add I could not be more thankful and appreciative of my staff. I have incredible administrative support so we have several coaches in the building and at middle schools. Several of my assistants have been offered multiple head coaching jobs, but have stayed with us. So thankful to have them. My coaches who aren’t teachers are freaking incredible. They are literally losing several thousands of dollars to not run their business or cut their hours to coach wrestling. Often they will work in a 12 hour work day to allow them to be at future practice and/or a tournament. Snyder
    10 points
  15. Thanks for all the support throughout the years!
    10 points
  16. Congratulations to Anna Krejsa from Center Grove for signing with Life. Projected to wrestle 123. View full signing
    9 points
  17. Thor

    IHSAA State Finals

    I’m just saying, y’all are getting triggered without even knowing what’s going on. All we know is there are two sessions, which they may be experimenting with so the first round doesn’t go til 11 pm. There’s been no mention of restrictions, just reserved seating, which we’ve been building to with the annual stampedes that happen.
    9 points
  18. Y2CJ41

    No Class Meme State

    You forgot one
    9 points
  19. MattM

    Veazy

    @Y2CJ41 Makes a Holiday Inn Commercial Reference
    9 points
  20. FCFIGHTER170

    Is New Castle…

    HeYes, especially being a town of 17k and a school withv hardly a thousand kids.. Ranked nationally in mid 90s in USA TODAY winning 106 straight duals , which at the time a state record later broken by EMD..(been ranked 1 in the country in volleyball also) Back to back State runner up finishes in both formats, Tragically the year 96 we sent 8 to state with 6 placers, it should've been 9 and 7 placers and a champ with New Castle losing the highly ranked nationally and reigning HW state champ Dickerson.. Bubba James Dickerson sadly passed away before we could see what he could've been , not only his senior year of HS but beyond , had he not passed away, he was a guaranteed 6 and that's not including the point swing when NC isn't bumping it's line up around to match to with the mighty Evansville Mater Dei in the Dual team state championship final.. Bubbas tragedy took heavy toll on the team without a doubt, especially going into the biggest team dual of they're lives without their Leader. That 96 gave up something crazy like only 10 pins as a team combined, our jv would beat really good teams but that was a different era.. When my sophmore year team beat our Arch nemesis Yorktown for the team semi state in 02' and trashed the elite 8 aka FORMERLY known as the IHSAA Dual team state finals at Center Grove it was no biggy cuz that was the culture and was what was expected.. After losing to EMD both years that NC got runner up, We had the unfortunate LUCK of drawing EMD first round of dual team state multiple years. After Coach Rhodes left nc for Cathedral NC was solid and on is way in 80s into the 90s .. Then that's when we started focusing on developing a really good youth program with Fitzgerald, Sutton, Ryan with the Hall Of Famers Sparky and Peck at the head with numerous others contributing.. This then turned into a unbeaten middle school team for 15 years losing a handful in a 20+ year span with the Great Delta Eagles being the ones to sneak a few in there.. I'll be the first to admit that it is surprising we haven't won a team state title or more individual state titles, but at the same time if having guys place high, winning Tourneys and conference titles regularly and churning out countless great people along the way that this program developed then I'll be ok with that... At least I know my fellow Trojans names will be next to the other all the greats in the sports history. Until SILAS won his titles Henry county was 0 for 6 in the finals since Bubba's title.. Scott gross at 215 was runner up , Scott was the guy wrestling my friend and hard ass Jeremy motl aka 2x placer himself, when the Sectional riot of 96 happened.. It was so bad they had to clear gym act only last the parents and coaches finish the match... It was all out pandemonium when they got into it.. Even old ladies were swinging purses. They traded wins that post season but Gross ending up 2nd and Motl on one leg that was still hurt from the turn ACL during football placed 7th. Seen one of my best friends Jason sayre qualify for state twice as sophmore and jr... His jr year he majored Reece at semi state , semis he handled the talented freshman Reece 14-3 with Reece eventually losing Friday night to Angel.. The following year Sayre was ranked #2 in the state but unfortunately he was kicked off the team for his 2nd Trojan code violation, meanwhile reece wins his first state title of 3. So much wasted talent in New Castle, I know it's harsh but it's true... Rex peckinpaugh and NC wrestling inadvertently became a pro mma fighter factory by instilling a pedigree that coorelates well to fighting... He has produced nearly a dozen former NC stand out wrestlers, who went on to fight all over the world in numerous MMA organizations including the UFC, Showtimes EliteXC, King of the cage (Jaggers won the Featherweight world title) , Japanese promotion Sengoku,Dream, Bellator to name a few... Made a living fighting, promoting and coaching for a decade and that alone was worth the sacrifice. I don't want to be a weirdo and say NC is cursed but it appears that ever since my cousin Bubba pinned his way through the HW state finals in 95, Nobody has been able to get under that hump going 0-6 ( Jaggers, Campbell twice, AJ twice,(once with doah) and Mullins came up short in the finals since Bubba's title.. As the NC programs Self appointed historian, here's a run down on the legends that were state champ material that came up short. B. Campbell #8 all time in state wins (201-6) my boy came as close as you can to winning without actually winning it twice.. and widely considered one of the best to never win a state title.. Was unbeaten as a freshman going into semi state before his appendix burst.. Sophmore year places 3rd losing 2-0 to eventual runner up Paul Beck.. Let's a 4 point lead with a minute left slip away to the the all time great 3xer Ayersman, creating an instant all Classic at the expense of all the broken Trojan hearts.. Then loses a 14-11 Back and forth All time Great state finals match vs the Hammer Paul Petrov having one of the best state finals runs I've seen when he knocked off two top 10 nationally ranked guys in defending state champ Todd and runner up Campbell en route to shattering the souls of every Trojan in new Castle that night.. He is currently in the Navy. #5 all time state wins Matt Jaggers(210-12 with 7 of those losses coming his freshman year) 4x NCSS FINALIST and 3x NC semi state champ.. Was having a historic season putting up over 200 Takedowns in 03'and had it not been any other year and had there not been for a guy named Angel frikkn Escobedo, Jaggers more than likely would've won that elusive state title on his 4th trip to state finals becoming a 3x placer.. It's also worth nothing that the 125 finals match in 2003 still holds the record for the most combined wins in the state finals, 61-0 Angel vs 56-0.. Jaggers was unbeaten with over 50 wins going into the state finals his jr and senior years losing to all time great John Sheets 7-6 his junior in the qtrs in a instant classic.. His senior season he was on a terror teching/pinning everybody up until semi state finals except for the last second come back win over Gonzo or better known as Brandon Gonzales of Delta.. Jaggers was being dodged heavily his jr and senior year and was lucky to get 2 or matches out 5 a weekend... The way be broke guys was fascinating to watch, he would beat guys up without ever throwing a punch, instead heavy hands would lead to snap downs that bounced their skulls off the mat on a dime , Butt Ducks Lincoln McIlravey himself would enjoy, ankle picks for the chicks, and so on .. Matt got the idea since ppl were dodging him that since he was having a sinus surgery the week we wrestle Delta , Peck told him he didn't have to make 125.. Mattb then told Peck he wanted get a real match and weighed in at 128 and Ended up to bumping to 135.. That's when he knocked off the multiple time state placer and forum dweller Brandon Gonzales.. After pulling off that big win, it made things even better, because Gonzo would go on to get 5th that same post season at 135 and become the best Info Techs I've ever met That mind set to want to bump up vs a stud like Gonzales tells you everything you need to know about the dog inside Jaggers especially when he can pull off a crazy win vs the bigger Stud that placed twice and went 3x.. Then dominated his way to the finals until he was cooled off by the All time Great Angel, who was the only guy i ever seen dominate Jaggers.. (we won't count the time he was beating Andre Hernandez iswa jr state finals all match up 3 with a minute to and gets taken down a gutted to tech or Beating Coughlin whole match at team state and got bulldogged and stuck for only time in his HS career) #15 all time wins Conor Mullins aka 20+ time Iswa state champ in all 3 styles, countless triple crowns and super 32 placer also... 4x placer, lost to State Champ Hawkins as freshman in a close match and places 5th, Loses in the semis as sophmore to some kid named lil Tshirts and takes 3rd , then loses heart breaker state title match a a jr to Welch 1-0 taking 2nd.. HE BATTLED tons of personal /legal issues along with nagging injuries going into state his senior year ... After he wins Friday night,he is upset by the Richie of Brown County, and ends up inj def to 8th.. Mullins def is one of the best ever to never win a state title.. #4 All time wins , The late great Mighty Mac Taylor 221-8 , 4x placer, career wins was once the state and national record.. Talk about consistency, Mac was 51&2,52-2,55-2,58-2, only losing 2 every single year in hs placing top 3 multiple times along with 5th and 6th all while having to go through his mother passing from cancer.. Among many of the old heads they ass agree that Mac Taylor is also one of the best to never win a state title.. The Indiana legend Nick Hull will attest to how great Mac really was. #9 all the wins( 201-13 )Keith Garrard aka IMHO by by far on the the best 1x placer ever ... Ranked top 5 his entire HS career had some nastiest ticket round draws. Lost by 1 his freshman in ticket round to state runner up Snyder, Sophmore year (only loss in the season was a heart breaker loss vs 2x state champ jt young where Keith lead until just 30 seconds losing by 1. .. Was 50-1 going into ticket round where he lost to the Eventual 4th placer by 1 or 2 , to his East Central all time nemesis aka Nic Strub who was on those slept on East Central teams that had 5 state qualifier/placers and countless SSQs. (their wars along with Garrard and Coach Nick skinner were legendary) Keith finally punches his ticket as a junior as is 51-1 going into state and places 5th losing to eventual runner up Dan The Man Bedoy.. Keith is ranked #1 in the state 160 going into season and pins or majors everybody to into the ticket round, mind you the team regional dual finals vs a East Central Keith begs peck to bump up to wrestle the#1 takes 171 pounder, stud Erik Wolf.. East Central earlier in the season beat a Trojan team that was missing 5 of it's State/state Qualifiers with sickness and SATs and beat us handily 44-22... Giving up nearly a foot in height and almost 15 pounds Keith within ten seconds takes Wolf down, slaps on his patented Pinning combination which was so dominant that it was very Silas Allredesque with his bar series, pinning the Eventual state runner up at 171 in under a minute, and giving us the exact same score they beat us with earlier in the season except this time the good guys win and win the regional title.. Keith also majored Micheal Horton 16-3, Horton placed 4th... Arriving 50-0 in the ticket round Keith was upset by the game Mitch Todd (Masons older brother) Dave cloud might've played one of the smartest coaching strategies ever when he didn't have Todd wrestle Keith during the season when we had our Dual with Pendleton.. Todd had no reference or doubts planted in his mind so he was ready to pull off one of the biggest upsets I've ever witnessed... Knowing how hard Keith worked and how dedicated he was, made it harder on me watching him lose that the own sadness I was experiencing from my ticket round Blues vs eventual 6th and 5th placer Jerry Gordon... And no sooner than I see Keith lose and get flexed on by Todd, I look over and see Mick jaggers Losing on last second takedown after being up 6 points on multiple time placer Thomas Johnson of Lawrence North. That was a bad bad day.. Keith walked on at Wabash after not wrestling for few years and Hardly weighting 185 Keith went out and placed 5th at @197 at division 3 nationals.. That's how good he was, all American after not even training hardly 6 months. AJ Black -another without a doubt all time best to never win it canidates being a 2x state runner up all while having to endure the pain and sorrow from his older brother Levis untimely death that shook the entire wrestling community.. Without getting to wrestle his senior season , he bet well could've gotten that star title he was so close to taking multiple times. Honorable mention Ross Leduc was ranked top 3 coming into HS that year and had beaten I wanna say Vega or Schafer at iswa state before HS season and was a young phenom that stepped away over personal issues.. All the guys that were state placers and so on, always talked about how good Ross was and it was devastating when he walked away, that would've been another high placer and another hammer on a already loaded team. #20 all time wins (188-21) Cory cook state qualifier, 8th and 6th Terrell coatie (3sport all state athlete, 4:28 mile at XC state finals, ALL STATE relay team and placed 7th his senior year.. Terrell didn't stay wrestling until his sophomore year at Perry meridian fling 30-5 and losing by 2 ticket round his very first year wrestling, moved to NC his jr middle of the season.. Helped us beat Yorktown for the semi state team title and make it to team Dual state... He wasn't released to wrestle individual tourney but pinned state placer for us atv semi state.. Fast forward Terrell senior year he is ranked top 6 at 140 and is unbeaten into semi state and I'm the semi finals draws 2x state champ Danny Williams.. Danny was dealing with ankle issue and Peck knew Danny being a great Greco guy along with everything else that he might try and lateral drop T coatie.. That's all we drilled all week Peck wanted me attacking him and looking to throw... Not even five seconds in, Terrell hits the sweetest sweep single and takes Williams down with a quickness, without hesitation Terrell cut Danny and you could tell It wasn't taken to kindly by Williams because he immediately bullied his way in into over unders and tried throwing Terrell, he Metzgered perfectly and Danny was dead to rights.. Almost knocked himself out and Terrell stuck him in 30 seconds... The fieldhouse was in shock and I'm typical Terrell fashion he pulls the great one liner from Gladiator, "What?!? Are you not entertained?".. Terrell would end up losing a barn burner to Belmont legend Tim ortiz and placed 7th.. Danny Williams ended up winning anther state title over EMD product Alex conkling..Oh yeah I might want to mention, When we got blown out at team state by EMD IN 02, Terrell beat Alex Conkling and was the only points we scored vs that so time great team.. We had 5 state Qualifiers and 4 MORE SSQ on that team and had beaten Lafayette Harrison in season who were at team state .. That goes to show you, even if you beat the state champ and runner up, it doesn't mean come state finals you'll place higher.. Lot of wild history with our program, but I'll always be proud to be a Trojan, we are down in numbers at the HS level but with our solid youth program and dozen state placers at the youth level on the way up, we'll be back contending for conference/sectional/regional titles within 5 years... The Blacks are doing good things to get NC back to being a powerhouse...I could write a book about those old teams and the nostalgia that went with it...
    9 points
  21. I got this message from a friend at HSE. I thought it was only right to pass it along here: To all my Wrestling Peeps, friends, and family. Please come out Wednesday, January 19th to help our fellow wrestler and family! HARRISON RICH NIGHT Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 Hamilton Southeastern vs Carmel JV/Varsity Wrestling On Saturday, December 4th at the Perry Meridian JV Duals, Hamilton Southeastern sophomore wrestler Harrison Rich suffered a severe C5 and C6 spinal cord injury. Harrison is currently at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis and is waiting to be transferred to Chicago to continue his rehabilitation at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. In speaking with the family, Harrison continues to stay positive and is looking forward to attacking his rehabilitation. Those of you that have met Harrison know he is very “Proud to be a Hamilton Southeastern Royal.” On the 19th, we ask for your support to help the Rich Family, cash donations will be accepted, along with one time donation to the Royals Varsity Club in care of Harrison Rich. Our wrestling program will be purchasing gift cards for the family to help offset costs as they travel back and forth to Chicago to be with Harrison during his time at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. At this time our JV wrestlers will be going through the stands with Riley Children’s buckets, your donations are greatly appreciated. Please keep Harrison and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he works through his rehabilitation. If you have questions on how you can help, please contact the athletic office at 317-594-4196. Thank you “For Taking Pride in our Royals”. Most have prior commitments this time of year, so I inquired with the school to see if there was another way to donate and was told you can send checks to HSE Athletics. They said: “The check should be written to Royals Varsity Club, memo section Harrison Rich.”
    8 points
  22. Jcjcjc

    No Class Meme State

    Who ya got?
    8 points
  23. What are some of the most impressive moves you’ve seen at the state finals? Some I’ve seen… 2013: Eli Walker fireman’s carry that almost won the 145 title vs. Neal Molloy 2014: Wes Bernard arm drag to a double leg to a Half Nelson vs. Shawn Streck 2015: Tommy Cash knee pick to a half vs. Joe Lee / Dylan Lydy inside trip to an arm drag vs. Ben Harvey 2016: Ryan Guhl shed blast double for the upset vs. Kobe Woods 2017: Robert Samuels fake low single to outside trip vs. Rickie Clark 2018: Noah Warren fake tie super duck under the lights vs. Jordan Rader 2019: Asa Garcia funk roll to a cradle for third state title vs. Alec Viduya (Personal favorite) 2020: Matthew Koontz left-handed headlock vs. Jesse Mendez 2021: Brody Baumann double overhook lateral drop vs. Robert Major
    8 points
  24. Something special to see, I love that some of the teams wrestling paused their dual mid-match so that both coaches and teams could watch
    8 points
  25. 1A/2A teams, coaches, and fans we are looking forward to hosting all of you this weekend! If you are down here tonight some places to eat... Dinner/Lunch Gather round BBQ Greeks Pizzeria Los Reyes (Phenomenal) Tres Camino's Mr. Gattis (Pizza buffet) 21 North (You won't regret it. Lots of good drink choices) Tomorrow for breakfast Breakfast Come and Git it Indys Knead the Dough Bakery (Voted best donut in Indiana) Be sure to go into the main lobby and see our Wax Statue of the greatest coach of all time and MHS Grad John R. Wooden. Yes we have a wax statue of him and yes our mascot is a well you get water out of. Ignore the I69 traffic just like we all have for the last 10 years. If you need anything while you're down here just reach out and I'll do the best I can! Briar Runyan brunyan@reesewholesale.com
    8 points
  26. I have a question. What time will the finals match between Mater Dei and Brownsburg start?
    8 points
  27. JMILL

    Veazy

    @Y2CJ41 Oh boy this thread has taken a turn............ I feel it coming again for @GenHeavyHandz dangit !!!. @TeamGarcia & @Mattyb and I were just talking yesterday about that pic of him in the hospital bed after he had a very un-fortunate medical situation and how far he has come since then. OK OK OK lets just all take a breath and cool down on this guys..................... The General Loves his guys and other's on here love their guys, lets all just hope this COVID crap doesn't take over and we get to finish the season and the kids all stay safe and healthy along the way.
    8 points
  28. GenHeavyHandz

    Veazy

    He’ll be fine per his dad.
    8 points
  29. FC118

    Indiana’s Greatest Ever

    I would add David Palmer from Muncie South and Delta. 111-2 HS record with 3 State Titles and a runner-up finish as a freshman. He was the first wrestler from Indiana to make the World Cup team and he was a World Champion in 1979 and National Champion in 1982. He wrestled on the great Oklahoma teams in the early 1980's but his college career was curtained by injuries.
    7 points
  30. Tune in to WZBD for the live reveal of all four Team State brackets on High School Wrestling Weekly. We will be joined at the start of the show by two-time state champion and current Bellmont High School head coach Tim Myers, then we will begin with the 4A and go all the way down to 1A in a special 90-minute edition of the show. As always, you can listen live on wzbd.com or through IndianaMat on Facebook! Show starts at 7 pm sharp!
    7 points
  31. SunDevils

    Veazy

    Based on a quick google search it seems to be an apartment but the exterior looks like it could have previously been a holiday inn express. So it cannot be ruled out entirely. (Joking before anyone gets overly sensitive).
    7 points
  32. JMILL

    In the corner

    @mikemorgan makes un-believable life long connections with kids and is great in the room. He has done wonders with my guy this year and has helped him find the joy and love for the sport he had lost !!! Thanks mike, get him to finish line !!
    7 points
  33. It's really nice to have an Al Smith tournament after so long. It feels like forever ago that I was wrestling in this tournament, when in actuality, I competed at the most recent one. COVID is weird like that I guess. Anyways, this tournament looks to be just as interesting as previous ones, with a couple new teams in this year with competitive rosters. For these predictions, I'll be predicting the top 4, and talking about my choices for a little bit: 106: Ranked Wrestlers: #6 Jalen May #7 Gavin Jendreas #11 Charlie Larocca #14 Kaleb Salazar Predictions: 1.) May 2.) Jendreas 3.) Larocca 4.) Salazar Going chalk for this one. Jalen May is someone who hasn't qualified yet, but has some impressive wins under his belt, including one over my boy Ashton Jackson last year. Gavin Jendreas has dominated everyone he has wrestled so far this year, so I expect this match to be very close. Charlie Larocca is also somebody I could see making the finals, and quite honestly could have been a qualifier last year if it wasn't for a brutal ticket round draw. I think the top 3 here are in a tier of their own, with each of these 3 potentially winning the whole thing. Kaleb Salazar then slots in at the 4th place spot for this weight class. 113: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Ashton Jackson #2 Evan Dickey #8 Liam Krueger #9 Trevor Schammert #10 Johnny Cortez #12 Kaptur Nowaczyk #13 Dylan Bennett Predictions: 1.) Jackson 2.) Dickey 3.) Schammert 4.) Krueger Yeah, yeah, LaPorte bias, blah, blah, give me "Action" Jackson winning the highly anticipated rematch vs. Dickey. I think that these two are well established as the top wrestlers in their weight, and this will most surely be a match we will see again under the lights. I expect this to be a little closer than last season's match at State, but nonetheless, give me Jackson. I chose Schammert over Krueger because Schammert has done historically well at this tournament, placing 2nd at the most recent one. Krueger is obviously tough, and I expect this match to be close, but I think Schammert has the edge here. I should also throw Johnny Cortez's name in the mix, as he stuck Schammert earlier this year. Schammert has then avenged this loss, but Cortez is easily a top 4 threat here. 120: Ranked Wrestlers: #2 Isaac Ruble #6 Hayden DeMarco #7 Braxton Vest #11 Hayden Brady #14 Aden Reyes #15 Noah Lykins #19 Evan Cruz Predictions: 1.) Ruble 2.) DeMarco 3.) Vest 4.) Brady Ruble is the man to beat here, and he is looking very strong this year. Hayden DeMarco is somebody that I think can beat anybody in the state if he's on it though, and I'm sure this match will be a little closer than many people might think. Braxton Vest is also a finals threat, and I expect DeMarco and Vest to be a great semi finals match, but I feel like DeMarco will win that one. Hayden Brady is my pick for the 4th place spot here, although it wouldn't surprise me to see him place a spot, or even two higher. 126: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Logan Frazier #2 Matteo Vargo #11 Josh Johnson #15 Mikey Kallamani #17 Beau Brabender Predictions: 1.) Frazier 2.) Vargo 3.) Johnson 4.) Brabender Virginia Tech commit Logan Frazier will be looking for his first Al Smith title, and it will be a #1 vs. #2 match up. Frazier is no stranger to these match ups though, as last year, he wrestled Sergio Lemley a handful of times, and only lost to him in the state finals by 1 point. Frazier is definitely a high caliber wrestler, and Vargo will have to be on point to contend with him. Josh Johnson is my pick to get 3rd here, and then I'm going with Brabender over Kallamani. I know that Kallamani has a 2-0 win over Brabender this season, but I expect the former state qualifier to win the rematch. 132.) Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Zeke Seltzer #4 Anthony Bahl #10 Wyatt Krejsa #11 Zar Walker #16 Bryce Denton #20 Thadeus O'Neil Predictions: 1.) Seltzer 2.) Bahl 3.) Krejsa 4.) Denton I was very surprised a couple weeks ago when I saw the result between Seltzer and Bahl. 113 to 132 is a pretty big jump, and against the #4 in the country, you would think that match would be rough for Bahl. But 6-2 is a very respectable score, and if I know anything about these Crown Point guys, it's that they get a lot better, really quickly. Expect another good match between these two. As for 3rd and 4th, I think Wyatt Krejsa takes the 3rd place spot, but expect Zar Walker and Bryce Denton to contend for this spot last year. Bryce Denton is a returning state qualifier, but similarly to Bahl, is also up from 113 the previous year, and hasn't had enough high tier competition at this weight to really determine how he has adjusted to this weight change. I'm predicting the upset with Denton over Walker, but I think that Krejsa will win the 3rd and 4th bout. 138: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Jesse Mendez #8 Drew Mills #9 Dominic Litchfield #10 Carson Johnson #13 Luke Gonzalez #14 Wesley Harper Predictions: 1.) Mendez 2.) Litchfield 3.) Mills 4.) Harper If it wasn't for COVID, Mendez could be going for a historic 4th Al Smith title, which hasn't been done too many times before. Regardless, I expect Mendez to sweep the field here: no offense to any of the other wrestlers in the field, but Mendez majored the #8 in the country a couple weeks ago. As for the rest of the field, I am predicting a 9 over 8 with Litchfield making the finals. For that last spot, I think any of the three wrestlers not mentioned: Johnson, Gonzalez, and Harper, could place here, and potentially place even higher, but I think Harper is quite good, and has what it takes to outplace these other two. 145: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Hayden Watson #3 Aidan Torres #6 Brac Hooper #7 Nick Tattini #11 Sam Levitz #15 Conner Watts #17 Dillon Graham #20 Gavin Davis Predictions: 1.) Torres 2.) Watson 3.) Hooper 4.) Tattini Before anybody gets mad, these are predictions. This isn't about saying what is most likely to happen, but rather, what I think will happen during these two specific days, given a certain set of circumstances. That being said, I think Watson and Torres is a 50/50 bet, and I really like both of these wrestlers. Torres has obviously adjusted well to his weight change, but right now, Watson just barely has the edge. I am predicting Torres to win the rematch though, which would make a trilogy bout at the state finals even more exciting. By the way, this weight class is STACKED. 8 state ranked wrestlers, with 4 in the top 10, is a pretty good torunament for anybody. I think between Hooper and Tattini, Hooper will have the edge here, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this go the other way around. Also don't forget that Dillon Graham placed 4th at state last year. 120 to 145 is a pretty big jump, and he has struggled to get comfortable here so far, but he knows what it's like to wrestle deep in a tournament with many talented wrestlers. 152: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Sam Goin #2 Delaney Ruhlman #8 Chase Leech #13 Anthony Rinehart #15 Kenneth Bisping #18 Grant Mallery #19 Aidan Costello #20 Keegan Mabie Predictions: 1.) Goin 2.) Ruhlman 3.) Leech 4.) Bisping It's crazy to see Goin performing so well after going from 106 to 126 to 152. Goin seems like the man to beat right now, despite being a newcomer in the middle weight classes. However, just last year, Delaney Ruhlman made a statement as well, going from 120 to 138 and beating the returning state champ 11-1. I doubt weight is an issue for either of these guys, and this match is going to be fireworks. I think Goin wins it, but Ruhlman is an incredibly talented wrestler who can most definitely make upsets. I think Chase Leech is the 3rd place guy here, with many different guys contending for a top 4 spot. I think Bisping makes the upset over Rinehart for this spot. 160: Ranked Wrestlers: #2 Kade Law #3 Cody Goodwin #6 Aaron Steenbeke #10 Duke Myers #13 Kaden Lone #15 Julian Weems #20 Chase Wagner Predictions: 1.) Law 2.) Steenbeke 3.) Goodwin 4.) Myers I like this weight class a lot. Law is the guy to beat here, being the only returning placer in this weight class. However, Goodwin could have very well placed last year, and is most certainly a threat to win this tournament. Aaron Steenbeke is also very good, and is an incredibly tricky wrestler, and I think that Steenbeke will edge out Goodwin. Duke Myers is also not someone to be taken lightly, and I could see him making a deep run in this tournament as well. Also watch out for Kaden Lone, who I feel like has been right outside the cusp of being one of the top guys in the state, and could break through and make a deep run here. 170: Ranked Wrestlers: #4 Landon Buchanan #11 JJ Braun #12 Noah Clouser #15 Seth Willems #18 Jordan Sutton #20 Luke Penola Predictions: 1.) Buchanan 2.) Braun 3.) Willems 4.) Clouser Landon Buchanan is obviously tough, but after seeing him have a one point match with De'Alcapon Veazy, who was formally nationally ranked at 182 (he might still be, but I only check Flo) I think we can throw his name in the conversation for a state title. I expect him to win dominantly in this tournament. JJ Braun is my pick for second, as he has a win over Willems, but I think Willems is still a threat for being in the finals here. I'll take Willems over Clouser. I don't think these two have any history, but Willems has been around this weight for a while, while Clouser is new to this weight class. 182: Ranked Wrestlers: #1 Drake Buchanan #2 Orlando Cruz #3 De'Alcapon Veazy #5 Jacob Simpson #7 Jake Sues #12 Austin McClure #13 Jaden Durnil Predictions: 1.) Buchanan 2.) Veazy 3.) Cruz 4.) Simpson This weight class is nuts. We have the 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 all in one place. I know a certain somebody on this website might not be happy with my prediction, but I think that Drake Buchanan is really good. Out of the top 3 here, Veazy is the only one that has been nationally ranked to my knowledge, but I think Buchanan is right there as well, and if I'm not mistaken, I think he was a bloodrounder at Super 32, which is not an easy feat. Between Buchanan and Veazy, I'll take Buchanan in a very close match. Orlando Cruz is undoubtedly a title threat here too, as the #2 ranked guy in the state, but is a lot newer to the weight than Buchanan and Veazy, so I am curious to see how he fares against the best in the state. I'm going to go Veazy over Cruz, but the upset here would not surprise me. The 4th place will come down to Simpson and Sues, who are one match a piece so far this season. I'll take Simpson here for the trilogy bout. 195.) Ranked Wrestlers: #6 Will Clark #7 Gage DeMarco #11 Christian Chavez #13 Vincent McDonald Predictions: 1.) DeMarco 2.) Clark 3.) Chavez 4.) McDonald Will Clark owns a 7-5 win over DeMarco this season, but DeMarco is a returning placer, and I think that he reverses this decision in the finals at Al Smith. This may not be a 1 vs. 2, but you can expect fireworks out of this match. Chavez and McDonald are both wrestlers who I think are definitely a little underrated, and I can see both of them pulling a crazy upset here, but I think this weight class will go mostly chalk here, with Chavez taking 3rd, and McDonald taking 4th. 220.) Ranked Wrestlers: #4 Juan Grange #7 Royce Deckard III #9 Tommy Morrill #13 Devin Kendrex #17 Paul Clark #18 Isaac Benjamin #20 Michael DeGrado Predictions: 1.) Grange 2.) Deckard III 3.) Kendrex 4.) Morrill Juan Grange fell victim to a brutal ticket round match last year, but he's back and looking to make a statement this year. He will be the guy to beat here, with Royce Deckard III being his main challenger here. Devin Kendrex is my 3rd place pick here, but I think Morrill could very well win here too, although Michael DeGrado does own an off season win against him, which makes this weight class interesting. I could not find too much history between many of the wrestlers in this weight class, but I think that this weight class can go many different ways. 285.) Ranked Wrestlers: #5 Mihail Platonov #7 Ashton Hartwell #9 Theodore Sparks #10 Nate Johnson #11 Hosia Smith Predictions: 1.) Sparks 2.) Hartwell 3.) Platonov 4.) Johnson I feel like Platonov could surely win here, and I am letting a couple of early in season losses affect my predictions, but I also think that Hartwell and Sparks are really good and have the potential to win this weight class. I decided to go with Sparks over Hartwell, as Merriville is known to produce some killer heavyweights (again, these are predictions, these don't have to be based on results), but the top 3 here is really tough, and it wouldn't surprise me to see any of them in. In fact, add a fourth contender, because Nate Johnson's lone loss of the season is an overtime loss to the #3 in the state, and he can surely contend with anybody in this weight class. I'd like to note before I release this to the public that I wrote this up before brackets came out. I know that not every wrestler I mention here will wrestle, due to many different circumstances, especially in these times, and also, I may have said a thing or two in here that is not factual, as I try to fact check everything I say on here, but people make mistakes, and there was a person behind this screen of letters you are reading that took time out of his limited free time during college two-a-days to write this up, so, if I messed up a result or a ranking, let me know, but don't bash me for it.
    7 points
  34. Y2CJ41

    Veazy

    Too far over your head to understand.
    7 points
  35. 7 points
  36. Josh Birge of Frankfort over Labo of Vincennse Lincoln in 1998 for the title at 112 Rickie Clark from Brownsburg and Robert Samuels from Lawrence North in 2017 at HWT. I just wish the lateral that Samuels threw was caught on this feed
    7 points
  37. The best one of all... 2003 Maurer vs Dolly in Overtime! One of four of Maurer's Overtime wins in his 16-0 State Finals matches.
    7 points
  38. Just some info, Fans there has been some Awesome wrestling going on at the Mooresville Hol. Classic. I think that the Southern teams held their own and are going to bring the Heat in February at State. Today 126 , 182 & 195 weight classes have been well worth Admission for this Great Tournament. I also want to tip my Hat to the former Studs that have came back to Coach at a Program here in Indiana. LeCount-Delta , Stephenson-Ytown, Runyan-Martinsville , Spicer- Owen Valley & DJ Smith- Monrovia. Those are Young men that I have watched Succeed in this Sport. Wish everyone the Best , stay safe and Keep up your Great efforts. Thank you , BigToe19
    7 points
  39. ehscoach

    Youngest HC

    Bob Harmon?
    7 points
  40. I'll have more information about it here in the next day or two. It will be on this wonderful website and you will need to be a Silverback to watch/listen.
    6 points
  41. Is a certain poster banned again? No way this conversation happens if a certain Fort Wayne based poster is able to post.
    6 points
  42. Another popular opinion, nick tattini majors Garcia next time they wrestle
    6 points
  43. QuinnHarris

    Team State

    I want to thank everyone who made this event possible. This was an amazing opportunity for our team and our community. I can imagine a lot of 1A fans were wondering where all those light blue shirts were from. Martinsville was a great host. I am so glad that the IHSCWA believes in the dual format of this sport and recognizes a champ. After our day ended at Martinsville I got the boys back to the school and realized they were holding the Brownsburg v CP dual. So the wrestler in me drove straight from Cascade to Brownsburg and I was able to catch the final 10 matches of one of the most competitive duals in Indiana history probably. It was an amazing weekend for Indiana Wrestling! Thank you to everyone who made these events happen! Hopefully the Cascade Cadets will be back next year!
    6 points
  44. Why don't we call it what everyone already knows it is: The County Semi-State. Or, TCSS Or, #TCSS Or, #
    6 points
  45. Crown Point will take out Mater Dei with two claps and a rick flair Woooooooooo!!! It will be some dog and dawg action in the finals here. Just two male dogs wrasslin around
    6 points
  46. Gonzo

    Spartan classic 2021

    OKAYYY - So, after giving it a couple of days and finally having some free time I'll write this because I know it's clearly the biggest area of concern. TrackWrestling. I cannot confirm or deny whether it will happen next year or not. Regardless, my hope is if not next year, then absolutely the year after that (2023). Straight from the word of mouth from my AD. The wiring is all ran and ready to be live, however, the one (or few) final components that actually send the signal to the big antenna in space is still on backorder (7 months+) by now. Soooo, the goal, and I say this cautiously optimistic is that in the off-season we will hold a tournament (Similar to rumble in the bowl) that happened in 2013&14 and use Track as a testing grounds for running a wrestling tournament in that capacity. Hopefully we will have all the kinks and technology issues figured out and by this time next year we can have the 49th Spartan Classic that will be ran through TrackWrestling. Leaving us with I'm sure a brighter future for this tournament along with, in short, working smarter, not harder.
    6 points
  47. Short Jay

    In the corner

    I’ll take Bruce Wood
    6 points
  48. graham

    Veazy

    The joke was directed at brickfor6 and his 100yd diagnosis, not Veazy
    6 points
  49. I think it would be great. Give football players time to recover after a long season and still lift over the winter
    6 points
  50. ARich

    ECIC

    Agreed a lot of great matches, and the most competitive ECIC in years. But some of the worst if not the worst officiating ever at this tournament.
    6 points
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