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  1. 5 points
    The top ranked 195lber in the state an our top Junior wrestler, Silas Allred, has committed to wrestle for Nebraska. Allred, hailing from Shenandoah just north of Indianapolis, will join four-time state champion Chad Red on the Husker roster. Allred is ranked anywhere from 5th-7th by all the national ranking services and atop 30 prospect for the class of 2020. Currently he sports a spectacular 90-2 record over his three years that includes a 5th place finish at state in 2018. His long list of national accolades includes placing 3rd at the Super 32 this past fall, a Cadet Folkstyle National title, and a 4th place finish in Cadet Greco-Roman. Allred had plenty of offers from many of the top programs in the country. The programs on his final list included state schools Purdue and Indiana along with North Carolina State and Maryland. Currently he is undecided on a major, but is leaning towards a business degree at Nebraska. Projecting at 197lbs for his collegiate career, Allred stated he was drawn to Lincoln for a plethora of reasons. “I chose Nebraska because it felt like home. After visiting a few colleges, no place made me feel even close to the way Nebraska did,” Allred said in response to his commitment. “I knew in my spirit the search was over. Not to mention the coaching staff and RTC is absolutely incredible. It is the perfect fit for my athletic and academic goals.” Good luck to Silas as he pursues not only his state goals, but national and international goals thi off-season.
  2. 4 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com In 1994 Indiana female wrestling was in its extreme infancy. So when Katie (Downing) Kriebel and her dad met with Pendleton coach Dave Cloud about joining the high school team – she was a little nervous. Coach Cloud told her dad that he had never had a female wrestler before. “Dad told him that he had never had a daughter that wanted to wrestle before, either,” Kriebel said. “So, he told him that they were in the same boat.” Cloud agreed to let her wrestle. That would be the start of many firsts for coach Cloud where Kreibel was involved. Kriebel was a good athlete. She played softball and trained in Judo. In fact, it was her love of Judo that got her curious about wrestling. “I trained with the boys in Judo,” Kriebel said. “It wasn’t a big deal in Judo. But, I noticed that a lot of boys that didn’t know any Judo at all, that were wrestlers, came over and were very good right off the bat. I decided I needed to learn wrestling, too.” She wasn’t quite prepared for the rigors of the sport as a high school freshman. In her very first practice she threw up during conditioning. She didn’t want to appear weak, so right after she vomited she started to run. She made it through the first practice, and won over some of the guys who were questioning her toughness. “That first week of wrestling was the first time in my life that I had tried something and didn’t know whether I could do it or not,” Kriebel said. “I was hooked. Once I made it through the first week and I knew I wasn’t going to die, I loved it. I loved the challenge of it.” Kriebel didn’t fare well early on – but she was battling more than just her opponent across the mat. Her first match was a junior varsity contest. When she walked out on the mat the opposing team and their parents were laughing noticeably at her. “I didn’t like that,” Kriebel said. “But I was too nervous to really care. I ended up catching the kid with a head and arm that came from Judo and winning that match. Then everyone was laughing at him. I remember it not being fun at all because of everyone else’s reactions.” Kreibel didn’t like that people made fun of her, but she also couldn’t stand the fact that the person she was wrestling would get ridiculed too. “I came from a time when you had to pick your battles,” Kriebel said. “I definitely had every sort of response you could imagine. Some moms and dads were concerned for my safety. Some were concerned because they didn’t teach their boys to hurt girls. They were worried about touching and that sort of thing, too. But most of those issues really got resolved on their own once they started seeing me as a wrestler.” Kreibel said that by her senior year, some of her biggest critics had become her biggest fans. “I never intended to be a pioneer,” Kriebel said. “I didn’t have a mission for equality or rights or girl power or anything like that. I just loved wrestling. Even if it was my mission – I figured out that actions speak a lot louder than words. I could talk about why I deserved to wrestle, or I could just go out and double leg a kid and show them.” Kriebel finished with a .500 record in high school. She made varsity as a senior and placed third in sectional in a time when only the top two went on to regional. “Katie just had this toughness about her,” coach Cloud said. “At first I was concerned about her safety, but she quickly dispelled that. She was really, really tough. She got smashed a few times, but she always got back up.” In fact, Kriebel was so tough she didn’t care who she wrestled or how good they were. She would face anyone. “Katie had grit and determination,” Cloud said. “We had a wrestler win state, Donny Sands, and when we had challenges she challenged him. Nobody else dared challenge Donny. But she had a lot of courage and heart. He beat her, but she didn’t back down.” Kriebel’s senior year was the first year girls had a National tournament – and she won it. She went on to qualify for the junior world team her freshman year of college and placed second. That was the first year the US took a full women’s team with a coach and paid for everything. Kriebel later won the first Women’s World Cup. She took bronze in 2005 and 2007 at the World Championships and was eventually an alternate for the 2008 Olympics. “Wrestling gave me the opportunity to see 22 different countries,” Kriebel said. “It was pretty great to see how big the world actually is, but some things in the wrestling room is the same no matter where you’re at.” Kriebel never dreamed she would return to her roots in Pendleton. She coached a year at Oklahoma City University and then moved to California without any plans to return to this side of the Mississippi river. Then, Eric Kriebel, a longtime assistant coach at Pendleton passed away unexpectedly. She returned home and ended up starting a summer wrestling club in Pendleton in his name. She wanted to keep his legacy alive. She married Jay Kriebel, Eric’s nephew and the two have two girls, Camryn, 3 and Clara, eight months old. Kriebel is the varsity assistant coach at Pendleton now. She sits beside the very coach who doubted whether she could make it as a wrestler back in 1994 when Katie and her dad approached him. “Katie has had a lot of firsts for me,” Cloud said. “She was my first assistant coach to start dating another coach. She was my first assistant coach to marry another coach. She was my first coach to go into labor during a match.” Cloud said that Kreibel was coaching a match three years ago when she started having back spasms. That night he got a text that just said “I’m going to have a baby now.” Kriebel has juggled the life of a coach and a parent for three years now. She demonstrated moves to the team while she was pregnant, and even carried Camryn in a baby sling while coaching at the New Castle semistate. “Wrestling is all Camyrn has known,” Kriebel said. “I coached while I was pregnant with her. I showed front headlocks when she was in my belly, and she was literally on top of kids’ heads. She has never not known wrestling. She even calls the guys on the team ‘her guys’. “ Kriebel is going to let her kids decide for themselves if they want to wrestle or not. She loves the sport, but she also wants what’s best for them. “I could really talk about wrestling for hours,” Kriebel said. “It’s honest. It’s very honest. You can’t b.s. very much in wrestling. If you have grit and perseverance, integrity and pride and you are willing to put a lot of work in without getting a lot back, then eventually you will be rewarded. It takes so much. You earn your spot. You earn everything.” Her passion for the sport is infectious. Pendleton now has nine girls on the team and is hoping to have 15 next season. “That’s sure a big change from where I started,” Cloud said. “But that’s great. I believe wrestling is the greatest sport in the world, so why wouldn’t you want girls doing it too?”
  3. 3 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com The Man. The Myth. The Mullet. The Mustache. Outside of the famous Willie and Red’s smorgasbord (best fried chicken and prime rib in the area), senior wrestler Jake Combs is the biggest attraction in Hagerstown. He’s popular because he’s a phenomenal three-sport athlete, because he has a mullet and mustache that would make Billy Ray Cyrus jealous and because he has become the first Tiger wrestler since 2003 to advance to the state finals. “I can’t put it into words, honestly, what going to state means to me,” Combs said. “It’s something I’ve been dreaming about ever since I lost here last year. It just feels amazing.” Combs had a huge contention of fans Saturday at the New Castle semistate. When he won his ticket round matchup against Frankfort senior Ezekial VanDeventer, it seemed as if the whole gym erupted in applause. “Wrestling is unlike any sport in many ways but the family aspect that comes with it is truly humbling,” Hagerstown coach Anton Payne said. “I feel the entire TEC (Tri Eastern Conference), our sectional and regional teams were pulling for Jake today. The crowd from Hagerstown was huge but when Jake won there were hundreds, if not thousands of people screaming and jumping out of their seats.” Combs doesn’t have the typical wrestling story of athletes that are going to the state finals. He didn’t wrestle as a young kid. He didn’t wrestle in middle school. He didn’t even wrestle as a freshman or sophomore, despite coach Payne practically begging him every year to give it a try. Payne finally wore Combs down before his junior season. “Jake started wrestling for the first time 15 short months ago,” Payne said. “I tried my best to get this young man out since junior high, but it wasn’t until his junior year, in November that he said he would try a practice to see if he likes it.” Combs fell in love with wrestling. Early on it was evident that he was strong as an ox, but he didn’t have any technique to go along with that raw strength. As the season progressed, Combs continued to learn the sport and by tournament time, he was good enough to advance to semistate. That success created a hunger. Combs started working as hard as he could to learn more about wrestling. He went to open gyms in the summer. He traveled to Carmel and other places looking to soak in as much knowledge as possible. It paid off. “I told Jake that we would have to work hard,” Payne said. “I told him we would have to push through adversity. We would have to wrestle through pains. We would have to stay on the mat as much as possible in the off season. We would have to work on our explosiveness. We would have to gain more mat confidence and we would have to be 100 percent committed. Jake’s response was ‘let’s do it.’ “ This season Combs is 38-5 and was perhaps the surprise of the 182-pound class in the New Castle semistate. He knocked off Greenfield’s Scott Stanley by fall in the first period to advance to the ticket round. In the ticket round he dominated VanDeventer, pinning him 1:53. But Combs wasn’t done yet. In the next round he had the task of taking on No. 14-ranked J.D. Farrell of Fishers. Combs won that match 3-1 to advance to the semistate championship. Combs lost in the finals to Elwood’s No. 12-ranked Jalen Morgan 5-0. To Combs, wrestling is fun. That’s part of the reason he grew his world-class mullet and mustache – which some accredit to his quick rise to success in the sport. Combs isn’t sure which one gives him these special powers, though. “You know, I’m thinking it’s the mullet,” Combs said. “It’s newer. I’ve had the mustache for a while. But, you know what, it has matured a lot, so maybe it’s that, too. It might be both.” In Hagerstown they have made fan support T-shirts for Combs. The shirts just have an outline of a mullet and a mustache. Combs loves them. “Wrestling is such a serious sport and I’m just trying to bring a little flavor to it.” Friday Combs will get to showcase that flavor at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in front of the state’s most die-hard wrestling fans. He will take on Oak Hill’s No. 16-ranked Bradley Rosman in the first round. “Jake has accomplished what he said he would do last year after semistate,” Payne said. “But we are not satisfied yet.”
  4. 3 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com It’s an Indiana tradition unique to wrestling and two brothers from Bellmont High School will follow in the footsteps of so many Braves that came before them. Qualifiers for the IHSAA State Finals will parade into Bankers Life Fieldhouse before first round of the tournament Friday, Feb. 15 and Jon and Isaac Ruble were be representing their family as well as their storied mat program. “That’s pretty exciting, especially for their parents, Becky and Joe,” says Bellmont head coach and former state champion Paul Gunsett. “They’ve done a lot for those two. They’ve traveled everywhere for these two to wrestle. They’ve earned it with all the time and effort they’ve put in.” Jon Ruble is one of Bellmont’s captains and often leads the squad in during warm-ups at practice. “He’s a leader in our program,” says Gunsett of the older Ruble boy. “He’s been real reliable for me. He’s pretty special. He spends a lot of time with our younger kids. He spends more time with them than he probably needs to. He’s helped groom them and made them better.” Freshmen Carter Thomas (120) and Dominic Litchfield (113) are Isaac aka Ike’s usual workout partner during practice. Like many wrestling families in and around Decatur, Ind., there is a mat legacy. Joe Ruble is one of Bellmont’s many State Finals qualifiers, competing at Market Square Arena in 1991. The boys’ uncle Paul qualified for State and blew out his knee the week of the meet and was unable to compete. Joe Ruble’s uncle Kent Buuck was a a standout Braves wrestler. His best friend was Bill Schultz (uncle to Becky Ruble). When Buuck died in a highway accident before his senior year, Schultz dedicated his training to Buuck and became the second state champion in Bellmont program history, winning the IHSAA heavyweight title in 1977. The Braves’ first state winner was Phil Lengerich (138 pounds in 1969). Gunsett reigned at 135 in 1988. On 10 other occasions, a Bellmont wrestler has ascended to the top of the victory platform —Chris Mahlan (185 in 1979), Brent Faurote (98 in 1981), Paul Baker(130 in 1988), Tim Myers (119 in 1993 and 130 in 1994), Jason Baker (125 in 1996), T.J. Hays (152 in 1996), John Sheets (103 in 2000), Matt Irwin (135 in 2006) and Billy Baker (215 in 2009). The Braves reigned as team state champions in 1987, 1988 and 1994 and were runners-up in 1979, 1999, 2006. Jon Ruble (36-6) took an early 2-0 lead and made it stand in beating Rochester senior Drew Sailors in the Fort Wayne Semistate championship match. “I got that two-point lead and I’ve been riding leg stuff all year so I put the legs in and tried to ride it out and possibly get turns,” says Ruble, who was a state qualifier at 145 in 2018. “(Winning the semistate) means a lot. There’s such a big difference between second place and first place. You’re setting yourself up for that state run.” Both Ruble brothers —#DosRubles on social media — placed first at the Jay County Sectional and Jay County Regional. Isaac Ruble (36-6) placed second at semistate. Sharing the season and the State Finals experience with his sibling is something the older Ruble brother does not take lightly. “This is the only time we get to wrestle together,” says Jon Ruble. “This means the world to me. “We talk about it all the time.” What does Jon see in Isaac the athlete? “He’s a competitive kid,” says Jon Ruble. “He always thinks he’s the best.” With his family history, Jon Ruble was destined to be a wrestler. “I had no other choice,” says Jon Ruble. “Being a part of Bellmont history means the world. They’ve had such a great program forever. To be a part of that tradition is amazing.” The youngest Ruble brother has soaked up his learning opportunities in his first high school season. “I learn things and try to get really good at the — like firemen’s carries,” says Isaac Ruble. “It really helps me out. “There are certain things (Gunsett) gets on me about — like keeping my head up — and I fix them.” Given the age and size difference, do the two brothers wrestle against each other? “I can’t hang with him,” says Isaac. “He’s pretty good.”
  5. 3 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com In a town named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, a new wrestling star is rising in the south east corner of Indiana. South Dearborn sophomore Bryer Hall was a relative unknown last season. He put together a successful freshman season, and by the end of the year had worked his way up to No. 16 in the state rankings at 126 pounds. When the state tournament rolled around, people started to take notice of the newcomer. Hall rolled through his sectional as a freshman, winning every match by pin. He was just as dominant in the Richmond regional. He won his first round with a pin in just over a minute. In the second round he took on ranked senior Trevor Ragle (47-4) and pinned him in just 1:09. Then, in the final he went up against another talented wrestler in Centerville freshman Gabe Phillips, who is currently undefeated on the year and ranked No. 5 at 138. Just a little over two minutes into the match Hall injured Phillips shoulder, and Phillips was unable to go on. That injury ended the season for Phillips. Then, to start out the semistate, Hall injured another wrestler with almost the same move. It wasn’t anything intentional, but the injuries rattled Hall. “I didn’t want to hurt anyone,” Hall said. “It was upsetting that I ruined someone’s season and they could have went pretty far in the tournament. I thought it would be tough to go back and use the move because I didn’t want to hurt anyone else. But once I started wrestling again, instincts just took over and I had to get that thought out of my mind.” Hall won his ticket round semistate match 16-8 and then secured his biggest victory of his young career. He defeated former state champion Alec Viduya 11-5 to advance to the semistate championship. “We were hopeful that Bryer could get to state as a freshman,” South Deaerborn coach George Gardner said. “But we thought it might be a long shot when he had to go up against returning state champion Alec Viduya. But Bryer really took it to him in that match and handled that match much better than I thought he would.” Hall didn’t have enough in the tank to defeat Ethan Smiley in the final, who cruised to an 11-2 victory. Hall ended up placing sixth in state. He had wins over Kyle Lawson and Brycen Denny, but lost big to Cayden Rooks (tech fall) and Christian Meija (17-5). This season Hall is hoping to not have those big letdowns. “He ran out of gas in the semistate,” Gardner said. “Hopefully that won’t happen again. This year Hall is undefeated. He has stepped on the mat 33 times and each time had his hand raised in victory. He has moved up three weight classes and is currently ranked No. 2 at 145 pounds. “It felt pretty good to get noticed in the rankings for my hard work,” Hall said. Hall’s style of wrestling is difficult for others to scout. He calls himself a funky wrestler. “I am hard to figure out,” Hall said. “I’m just naturally funky. I move where my hips feel they should go.” That funkiness is especially helpful in scramble situations. “Bryer is a tremendous scrambler,” Gardner said. “He doesn’t have a signature takedown. He just makes things happen. He’s really hard to scout because he doesn’t do the same thing very often.” Hall could potentially see Warren Central’s Antwaun Graves in the New Castle semistate semifinal. If so, that is a match that could be particularly interesting. Hall won the regular season battle 4-3. “Anything can happen Saturday,” Gardner said. “He has to go out and wrestle his best each match.” Hall said his biggest wrestling accomplishment so far was placing fourth at Fargo over the summer at 138 pounds. He is hoping to top that with a state title this year. “My goal is to go undefeated and win state,” Hall said. “Last year I was nervous. This year I’m coming in a lot more confident.”
  6. 3 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Jake Lone has developed an edge in his junior season as a NorthWood High School wrestler. Lone was second at the Elkhart Sectional, third at the Goshen Regional and a qualifier for the Fort Wayne Semistate as a 160-pound freshman. As a 170-pounder junior, Lone won sectional and regional titles, placed second at semistate and then eighth at the IHSAA State Finals. As a 182-pound junior, he is 30-3 after winning another sectional title. The 2019 Goshen Regional is Feb. 2. Lone, who first competed in Indiana State Wrestling Association events at age 4, is gaining confidence. “As the season has progressed, I think I’ve developed a little bit of an attitude out on the mat,” says Lone. “There’s a little more aggression.” Shoulder surgery after the 2018 State Finals meant that Lone was away from competition for the spring and summer. He was only cleared to play football for NorthWood during the week of the season opener. Switched from linebacker to defensive end, he had a sensational season while helping the 2018 Panthers aka “Black Crunch” go 11-1 under head coach Nate Andrews. Lone was selected for Class 4A honorable mention all-state honors by the Associated Press. Then it was back to the mat. “I think I’ve gotten tremendously better,” says Lone of his progress since the beginning of the 2018-19 wrestling season. “I’ve been getting back in the swing of things after surgery last spring, getting my conditioning up and knocking all the rust off.” “Having Coach Andrews is the room to push me has been great.” Andrews, who won a 171-pound IHSAA state title as a NorthWood senior in 1996, took over as wrestling head coach this winter. He has watched Lone get better and better. “It certainly opens up his offense when he’s lighter on his feet and when his motion is vertical and horizontal at the same time with 1-2 and 3-4 combinations,” says Andrews. “When he opens that up and puts pressure on people, he can be dangerous. “A lot of he team aspects and leadership qualities that he learns in football he brings to the wrestling mat.” Lone has fed off Andrews’ enthusiasm and intensity. “What I get from him is always pushing the pace, staying aggressive, never stop,” says Lone. “It’s that never-quit attitude.” Lone knows that there are differences and similarities in his two sports. “Football shape is short bursts,” says Lone. “Wrestling shape you have to go the full six minutes without stopping.” While he played some wide receiver or tight end on offense, Lone really enjoyed playing on the other wide of the ball. The hand and body fighting and one-on-one battles that a defensive linemen encounters translate to the wrestling circle. “I love defense,” says Lone. “I was able to use by wrestling technique for tackling.” Andrews, who counts Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer Dennis Lewis plus Jim Matz and Elisio Roa as assistants, says beefing up the NorthWood schedule was helpful for Lone. “He was able to see a little tougher competition,” says Andrews. The Panthers took on LaPorte, Merrillville and Knox at the LaPorte Super Duals, Churubusco, Eastside, Garrett and Jay County at the Fort Wayne Carroll Super Duals. NorthWood also faced Wawasee, Goshen and Jimtown in duals at home and took part in the 32-team Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka. Inclement weather Jan. 19 caused cancellation of the Northern Lakes Conference varsity and junior varsity tournaments. “For our program and where we are now, we were devastated,” says Andrews. “A week ago we were really in good shape to do our best and climb another rung on the ladder as we try to build our program.” That meet was to be the last for JV grapplers. “The kids who come out and go through this grinder of a season, they didn’t get rewarded,” says Andrews. “They didn’t get to play in their Super Bowl. It’s very, very unfortunate.” Andrews said the focus turns to individuals still alive in the state tournament series, but he is still trying to “rally the troops” for those who saw their season come to an end. The Panthers are young with just two seniors on the squad. “I’m looking forward to the future,” says Andrews. Jake has been in wrestling practice rooms since age 3. His father, Rod Lone, was head coach at NorthWood for seven seasons. After two years as a volunteer assistant at Jimtown, he has returned to NorthWood as head middle school coach. He is also a volunteer with the high school and helps the NorthWood Wrestling Club. A former wrestler at Clinton Prairie High School and then for Tom Jarman at Manchester College (now Manchester University), Rod Lone has witnessed a rise in his eldest son’s confidence level. “With that confidence he’s gotten more aggressive and that’s shown in his matches,” says Rod Lone. “He’s never been that fast-twitch, go-get-em kind of kid. This year, he’s finally starting to get there.” “He’s trying to control the match instead of letting the match come to him.” Says Andrews, “He should be a pretty confident kid the way it is. He’s been on the mat a long time. He had a good sophomore campaign.” Getting down to Indianapolis and competing at Bankers Life Fieldhouse has helped fuel the self-assurance. “After going to State last year and having all that experience, I feel I know what it’s like,” says Jake Lone. Rod and Denise Lone’s second son — eighth grader Kaden — just won an ISWA Middle School State title at 132 pounds. He has a chance to be the first NorthWood wrestler to go unbeaten through their middle school career (sixth, seventh and eighth grade) with three Big 11 Conference championships. Jake and Kaden work out together and use the wrestling room in the family basement. “We go down there and roll around a lot,” says Jake Lone. “It’s fun.” Given the size differential, Kaden has to use his quickness against his big brother. “He can’t muscle things and just rely on strength,” says Jake Lone. “That’s been great bond at home,” says Rod Lone. “They push each other in a very positive way.”
  7. 2 points
    State Finals Hashtag: #INWRState19 Social Media IHSAA on Twiiter IndianaMat on Twitter Finals Broadcast TV Listing Click here for a list of providers Brackets TrackWrestling.com IndianaMat with rankings Pick'em Contests Standings after semi-state State Finals Pick'em Top 8 Mat Burns Pick the Champions Gorilla Radio Episode 67 talking about 106-145 Episode 68 talking about 152-285 Featured Articles State Finals by the Numbers State Finals #WAYL2 IHSAA State Finals Preview 2019 State Finals Media Guide Top 5 Storylines History of the State Tournament General Information Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | Website Security: All people as well as their bags, purses, and coolers (athletes only) entering Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be subject to a security inspection. A full list of prohibited items can be found in the Fieldhouse Fan Guide. Additionally, misconduct, mistreatment of Fieldhouse staff, or other prohibited behavior will be addressed promptly and violators are subject to ejection from the premises or arrest. The code of conduct is found in the Fieldhouse Fan Guide. Admission: $8 per session or $20 both days. Children 24 months old and younger admitted free of charge. Television: Saturday's state championship bouts in each weight class will air live on Fox Sports Indiana. Hosted by Mark Jaynes (play-by-play), Mike Goebel (analyst), Blake Maurer (analyst) and Greg Rakestraw (mat interviews). Webstream: Friday's first round and Saturday's quarterfinals, semifinals and consolation matches may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee at TrackWrestling.com. For Saturday night's championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast. State Finals Pairings Show The brackets in each weight class will be announced exclusively via IHSAAtv.org beginning at 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Greg Rakestraw and Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel will serve as hosts. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 Parade of Champions 5:45 pm ET First Round | 6 pm ET (Gates open at 4:30 pm ET) Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 Quarterfinals | 9:30 am ET with semifinals to follow (Gates open at 8 am ET) Consolations | 5 pm ET (Gates open at 4 pm ET) Finals | 7:30 pm ET
  8. 2 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Kyle Cornwell was ready to give up wrestling for good. Almost every time he stepped on the mat, he would eventually watch his opponent have his hand raised in victory. The losses piled up, and the frustration mounted along with it. “I’ve had some mental blocks in wrestling,” Cornwell said. “In sixth grade I was something like 1-26. I was so frustrated with myself. I didn’t think wrestling was for me. I really wanted to just throw in the towel.” That’s when Cornwell got a little encouragement from his family and one of his closest friends. “My dad (Jade Cornwell) and friend Jalen Morgan talked me into sticking with wrestling,” Kyle said. “Jalen told me we have to start training. We’re not going to get better without putting in the work. So, we started training. We trained and trained and trained. By my 8th grade year we went to a preseason national tournament in Iowa and Jalen finished third in his weight class and I won mine.” That tournament success vaulted Cornwell’s wrestling career. He fell in love with the sport and is now ranked No. 1 in the state at 220 pounds and will wrestle for Indiana University next season. The Elwood senior’s training partner is still that same kid that told him in sixth grade to stick with wrestling. Morgan is ranked fourth at 182 pounds. “Jalen and I have been friends since fourth grade,” Kyle said. “We wrestle every day at practice. He has more speed than I do, so that helps me, and I am stronger than him, so that helps him.” Last season Cornwell finished fifth at 220 pounds. He was a state qualifier in the same weight class in 2017. He is happy to be ranked No. 1 this season. “It’s really a relief to be ranked No. 1,” Cornwell said. “Yeah, you have a target on your back a little, but I’ve been ranked behind Mason Parris for a while and it’s nice to have that top spot now. You have to be confident to be that No. 1 guy or you are going to lose. You don’t go to a match with your head down. You know who you are and that you can beat anyone.” Cornwell wrestled Parris last season in the New Castle semistate championship. That match didn’t work out well for Cornwell, as Parris pinned him in 1:14. “It was a really good experience to wrestle Mason,” Cornwell said. “He’s one of the top kids in the nation. It opened my eyes to what I need to be like and what I need to be training for. It really helped me step up to that next level.” Cornwell committed to improving in the offseason, with a focus on pushing the pace and scoring. His mission is to score as many takedowns and points as possible. He wrestled over 100 matches during the offseason and feels right now he’s at the best he’s ever been. “Kyle has a funk to him that he’s been getting into for the last few years,” Elwood coach Fred Short said. “He likes to do the scrambling like they do in college. In high school it’s a little weird to see when you’re not used to it. He is a lot slicker now than he was last year. I think a lot of that is because of wrestling with Jalen and really having to be quick against him.” Cornwell’s goals this season were to go undefeated and win a state championship. Elwood, as a team, is down this season. The team had 10 wrestlers early on but are down a few since that time. Coach Short, who has been a wrestling coach in some capacity since the early 1980s, is retiring after this season.
  9. 2 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com As South Bend Washington senior Ethan Forrest pinned his fourth opponent of the day and had his hand raised in victory, a roar rose up at Lake Central High School’s Harvest Classic. “I could see my team jumping up and down,” says Forrest. “The whole place was insane. “It was awesome.” It was the most noise first-year Panthers head Cory Givens had heard at a high school wrestling tournament this side of the IHSAA State Finals. “It was very exciting,” says Givens. “It was mind-blowing how loud it was. It was crazy.” Forrest won the title at 182 pounds and was voted by coaches as the meet’s outstanding wrestler. A few years later, he went 4-1 at Washington’s Blood, Sweat & Tears Super Dual. Putting in the sweat that it takes to excel in the circle and in life is what Forrest does. Born without most of his left leg, Forrest just keeps pushing. “He’s just like every other kid,” says Givens. “You wouldn’t know there’s anything different about him.” Forrest does not see having one full leg as a setback. “That’s all I know,” says Forrest, who put all he had into playing linebacker and defensive end on the football team, where Givens is the defensive coordinator. “It’s a lot of foot work, reading plays and a lot of hand-eye coordination.” Forrest also enjoys golf and plans to go out for track in the spring and run with the help of a blade prosthetic. He spends half of the school days building a house in Construction Trades II. He is a dairy clerk at the Martin’s Super Market on Mayflower Road in South Bend. Since he entered high school, his dream has been to pursue a career as an electrician. Givens saw in Forrest someone to help guide the Panthers on the mat. “Ethan’s a great kid,” says Givens. “He’s very athletic-looking and very intelligent. I selected him as a captain for how hard he works at practice and pushes everybody else. A captain to me is more than just a star on your jacket or a senior. It’s someone who I think will be a good leader — on and off the mat. “I see those qualities in Ethan.” Forrest has taken Givens’ advice to heart. “You play like you practice,” says Forrest. “Practicing hard is going to get you where you want to go. Stay determined and focused on your goals.” Forrest, a tri-captain with senior Dion Hall (152) and junior Todd Hardy (126/132), defines his leadership role. “It’s keeping good team chemistry and making sure practice runs smoothly,” says Forrest. “I want to be an example for the rest of the team.” Rules allow for him to use his prosthetic in competition if he weighs in with it. He chooses not to use it in meets, but he will wear it in practice when necessary. “I put it on for my partner so he can get good looks, too,” says Forrest. “That goes back to how he is a leader and his unselfishness,” says Givens. Junior Anthony Frydrych (195) is Forrest’s primary workout partner. “That extra weight and muscle makes me work a little bit harder,” says Forrest. He stands 6-foot-1, but Forrest is about four feet off the ground in his wrestling stance. “Because of my leg I can usually get a lot lower on my opponents,” says Forrest. “And there’s less for them to grab.” Givens explains Forrest’s strengths, which includes upper-body power and a solid Fireman’s Carry. “Ethan is very good at countering attacks,” says Givens. “He’s going to be a couple of feet lower than everybody else." “Everybody seems to attack him differently. People aren’t sure how to go at him." “He has a really good low center of gravity. He doesn’t have to hit that level change. He’s already at his level change. It’s a lot of watching (opponents) making mistakes.” Ethan Edward Forrest II is the son of Ethan Forrest Sr. and April Hall. His father is a policeman. His sister is Emily Forrest, played volleyball at Washington and is now a sophomore at Indiana University South Bend. He has two younger brothers. Hockey player Austin Hanson is a freshman at South Bend John Adams High School. Phillip Northern is a seventh grader at LaSalle Academy in South Bend. His sport of choice is baseball. Eric’s mother also works at the Mayflower Martin’s as does sister Emily and aunt Missy Olmstead. Grandmother Susan Hall and uncle Rich Holland are also employed by the company. Emily Forrest is a former Washington wrestling manager and still attends matches to cheer and take photos along with Ethan’s mother. Ethan came to wrestling as a Washington freshman. He was at 138 pounds that first year then put on size and muscle in the off-season working out with his father and uncle — bodybuilder and trainer Eric Forrest — and bumped up to 170 for his sophomore and junior seasons. Givens is a 1999 graduate of John Glenn High School. He has long appreciated wrestling and renewed his love for the sport when his son was old enough to compete. Harryson Givens, 11, has been coached by his father since he was 5. Daughter Alora (8) is a constant at practices and meets. Cory says wife Anne has become a wrestling convert. She didn’t like the sport at first, but can’t get enough of it now. Glenn head wrestling coach Andy King convinced best friend Givens to coach at the junior high level. “I wouldn’t be where I’m at without him,” says Givens of King. A football coach for nearly 20 years with stops at Glenn, South Bend Clay and Washington, Givens was convinced to apply for the head wrestling coaching position when it came open at Washington. “I’m not the most skill or knowledgeable guy in this sport,” says Givens, who counts Trey Newhouse and Jason “Gunny” Holechek as assistants. “But there’s a desire to do good things with these kids. We’re going to tackle this thing together.” Washington has a smallish squad and placed 10th at the Harvest Classic while forfeiting six weight classes. “To do that, it means we’re pinning guys,” says Givens. The first thing Givens did when his hire was made official was contact Isaiah McWilliams, who was a three-time state placer for Washington (fourth in 2016, second in 2017 and second in 2018) and now a freshman on the Wabash College wrestling team. “I can’t say enough good things about that kid,” says Givens of McWilliams, who came came to run practice during Thanksgiving break. “These kids don’t understand how important he is to the school and to the wrestling program. “As an outsider, it’s mind-blowing how many spectacular athletes have walked through these halls.” Ethan Forrest is working hard to make his mark on Washington mat history.
  10. 2 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com LeVon Bellemy isn’t running – he’s surviving. He’s surviving a life growing up in one of the most dangerous parts of the country, Davenport, Iowa – part of the notorious Quad City area. He’s surviving a life where his family either ends up in prison or shot – and sometimes both. He’s surviving, because that’s what he does. He’s not running, he’s fighting. He’s fighting to show a person can overcome circumstance. He’s fighting to show there is hope. Sometimes the greatest warriors are the ones that can travel the more difficult road and escape their demons. That’s what Bellemy is doing – and that’s how he ended up in Ellettsville, population 6,677. When asked what he is trying to overcome, Bellemy says simply “everything.” Bellemy’s story is a unique one. His athletic ability has saved him time and time again back in Davenport, as has the guidance of family, particularly his uncle Clyde Mayfield. Uncle Clyde gave LeVona job in his health food store – and he made sure LeVon knew the value of hard work and discipline. Under Clyde’s direction, Bellemy excelled in school and athletics. In Davenport, with a crime rate 116 percent higher than the national average, hard work and discipline wasn’t quite enough. When LeVon's brother was shot in May, something had to change. That’s when his cousin, Pauli Escebedo stepped in and offered Bellemy an escape. LeVon moved to Ellettsville to live with Pauli and her husband, Indiana wrestling coach Angel Escebedo. “They have been great to me,” Bellemy said. “Angel is a good guy who is trying to better me. He lets me know what I’m doing wrong and right.” When Bellemy moved to Indiana, sports were an afterthought. “I was focused on getting out of there and finding something better,” he said. “Things got hectic at home, and very bad for me there. I wasn’t worried about football or wrestling. I was worried about getting out.” Bellemy has made an immediate impact on Edgewood High School. As a star running back he rushed for over 1,700 yards and scored 27 touchdowns this season. Edgewood improved from 3-7 last year and 1-9 the year before that to finish with a record of 8-4 in 2018. “I can’t think of a more opposite place for LeVon to land,” Edgewood wrestling coach Greg Ratliff said. “He’s going from Davenport to Ellettsville. It is a small town. Everyone knows everyone else. The second LeVon got here the rumors started swirling about who he was. Everyone wanted to meet the new guy. “Both the wrestling and the football team got to know him quickly and made him feel at home. We let him know that here, he is family. He has fit in extremely quickly.” Football is Bellemy’s first love. He’s getting Division I college looks and plans to play at the next level. But, Bellemy is also a gifted wrestler. Bellemy wrestled as a freshman in Iowa, but then decided to try his hand at basketball as a sophomore. “I hated basketball,” he said. “I knew I had to go back to wrestling. Wrestling is football without the ball. It helps you so much with football, as far as mentally and physically. Mentally you are the toughest kid on the block if you wrestle. Wrestling gets your mind right. It teaches you not to give up. Physically, with the double leg and the driving through people, it helps you tackle and run over people.” Bellemy returned to the mat for his junior season. He ended up placing seventh in Iowa’s biggest class in the state tournament. “My goal in Indiana is to win state,” Bellemy said. “That’s my only goal in wrestling. I’ve been doing my research. I’ve been studying the competition.” Ratliff can see that happening. “He is a pure dynamite athlete, honestly,” Ratliff said. “I got to see a little bit of him wrestling this summer. Sometimes I was thinking, man, this kid is wrestling against LeVon well, but then I would look at the scoreboard and see LeVon would be up 10 points or more. He’s explosive. I’m yelling for him to just get an escape before a period ends, and before you know it he’s getting a reversal and nearfall points.” Daily life in Ellettsville is a lot different than what Bellemy was used to in Davenport. “The thing to do here is to sit in the IGA grocery store parking lot and talk,” he said. “That’s really the main thing we do. We sit in that parking lot for hours and talk. In the summer we will go swimming, but other than that – that’s all we do. “Ellettsville is a small town. There is a big difference with the people and how they act. It’s a whole new atmosphere. There are no negatives around here.” But, for as much as LeVon needed Edgewood, Edgewood has needed LeVon. “He gets along with everyone here,” Ratliff said. “He can talk to anyone. He talks to the athletes, the band students and those not involved with anything. He is a positive influence on everyone he comes in contact with. He’s a hard worker and others see that. They see how he can overcome anything and be a success. That motivates everyone.” LeVon didn’t run away from Davenport because he feared the fight. In fact, his family talked him into leaving because they knew that’s exactly what he would want to do – fight for his family. His family told him that to win the fight, he had to get away. “I feel like I have to succeed,” Bellemy said. “I know the situation my family at home is still in. My only way out is through school and sports. It drives me every single day. I have nothing to do but find the best way to provide for my family and fight for them.”
  11. 2 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com The second time around has been extra sweet for Jake O’Neill and the Wabash High School wrestling program. O’Neil spent six seasons as Apaches head coach then four as an assistant at his alma mater — Ben Davis in Indianapolis — and is now in his second six as head coach at Wabash. With the help of several folks, O’Neill and the Apaches have enjoyed a resurgence since he was drawn back to the northern part of Indiana. “I like where this little school’s going,” says O’Neill. “I’m excited about it.” “I love this community.” Wabash has a population of about 10,000 and around 400 attend the high school. This season, the Apaches will participate in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals for the first time. Wabash will be in Class 1A for the Jan. 5 meet in Fort Wayne. The Apaches’ varsity schedule also includes the Wabash County Invitational, Western Invitational, Whitko Invitational and duals with Maconaquah, Rochester, Lewis Cass, Eastbrook, Peru and Western. “When you have rivalries and communities meet up it only only helps the sport grow,” says O’Neill. “We had a nice gym going against Maconaquah. It was a fun atmosphere.” There are 27 wrestlers on the Wabash team. “We have a really big sophomore group,” says O’Neill. “Quantity helps. Quality is what we’re looking for.” In the mix are freshman Jared Brooks and sophomore R.J. Steg at 106 and 113, sophomore Ethan Higgins at 120, junior Braden Brooks at 126, junior Jaxon Barnett at 132, sophomore Anthony Long at 138, freshman Brayden Sickafus at 152, junior Traydon Goodwin at 152, sophomore Grant Carandante at 160, sophomore Justin Heckman and sophomore Bryson Zapata at 170, senior Blake Wiser at 182, senior Luke Voirol at 195, sophomore Grant Warmuth at 220 and senior Justin Samons and junior Blake Price at 285. Higgins and Braden Books competed in the off-season at the Freestyle and Greco-Roman Nationals in Fargo, N.D. “They got to see guys who will be on the (IHSAA State Finals) podium at the end of the year,” says O’Neill. “Training with them all summer was definitely good for them.” Carandante is O’Neill’s stepson. His other two children are freshman wrestler Kiersten O’Neill and sophomore basketball player Keegan O’Neill. Upon his return to Wabash, O’Neill established the Apache Wrestling Club. It now has about 30 grapplers in grades K-6. There are also about 20 sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the junior high program. A wall was knocked down in the weight room to double the size of the Wabash wrestling room. “We’re changing the culture here with the sport,” says O’Neill, who notes that the Apaches scored four points and were down to six wrestlers the season before his return. “The community is starting to see the hard work these young men and women are putting in. “We want to continue to get kids up on that podium at Bankers Life and get kids up on our little wall of fame at school. We’ve got to aim big. That’s how I want my wrestlers thinking.” Ross Haughn and Jimmy Olinger are coaching the elementary wrestlers and are part of a high school coaching staff which also includes Tyler Niccum, Jeremy Haupert and Isaac Ray. Ray wrestled at Hamilton Heights High School and at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind., about 15 miles from Wabash. “I have a solid relationship with Coach (Kevin) Lake (at Manchester U.),” says O’Neill. “I use my resources wisely with that.” Chad Ulmer, who wrestled at Triton High School and Manchester U., has departed Wabash for Hendricks County, where he will serve as a probation officer and likely help coach wrestling at one of the area schools. At Ben Davis, where O’Neill had graduated in 1995, he joined with then-Giants head coach Aaron Moss to have plenty of mat coaching success. “We produced some pretty good wrestlers together,” says O’Neill. O’Neill was dating a Wabash girl — Aimee — and decided to look for a job that would bring him back north. He took an interview at nearby Manchester High School. By then, principal Jason Callahan had become superintendent of Wabash City Schools. “(Callahan) made it happen,” says O’Neill of the former Daleville High School wrestling coach. “A job created (at Wabash) within a couple of weeks." “He believed in me a bunch.” Jake and Aimee O’Neill have been married for five years. In his first tenure in town, O’Neill formed some key relationships like those with Peru coach Andy Hobbs and Northfield coach Bill Campbell (now retired). “They put their arms around me and helped me,” says O’Neill. “I’m proud to call them mentors and friends.” He’s also grateful to Pat Culp for her role in running tournaments at all levels around Indiana. “She’s a blessing for everybody,” says O’Neill, who is an Indiana State Wrestling Association director for Cadets. “She encouraged us to host tournaments. She played a big rule in helping us grow this program.” O’Neill admits that during his first tenure he was looking to go elsewhere. This time, he’s in it for the long haul. “My first year back at Wabash, I started approaching it looking at the big picture and setting long-term goals with the program,” says O’Neill. About that time, O’Neill discovered a move-in from North Carolina in his eighth grade physical education class. Noah Cressell qualified for the IHSAA State Finals twice and placed third at 182 pounds in 2018 — Wabash’s first state placer since heavyweight Tim LaMar won a state title in 1999. “That kid did a lot with helping this program grow,” says O’Neill of Cressell. “It was not just his wrestling, but his personality. He was a humble kid and everybody loved him. He was the poster boy for our program.” Cressell is now on the team at North Dakota State University. And the Wabash Apaches are back on the state wrestling map.
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    By JEREMY HINES thehines7@gmail.com If Asa Garcia ever needed a nickname, perhaps The Fireman would be the most fitting. Sure, the Avon junior’s favorite wrestling move is the fireman’s carry - but that’s not the only reason for the nickname. Firemen are some of the bravest men on the planet. While most sane people run in the opposite direction of a fire, firefighters run towards it. Garcia is one of those that run toward the fire. A perfect example of this came a few weeks ago when Avon competed in the team state tournament. Garcia knew that he would have a gauntlet of top tier opponents in his path. He couldn’t wait for the challenge. Garcia, the top ranked wrestler in an absolutely stacked 126 pound class this year, beat two returning state champions and a fourth place finisher in team state. He dropped last year’s 120 pound champ, Cayden Rooks (now ranked No. 2 at 126 pounds) 3-1. He beat last year’s 113 pound champ Alec Viduya (ranked No. 3 at 126) 7-5 and he also knocked off fifth ranked Colin Poynter, who finished fourth at 120 last year, 3-2. “Asa was excited for the opportunity to get so many good matches at team state,” Avon coach Zach Errett said. “He was really looking at it as an opportunity more than anything. He knew he was going to get to wrestle and compete with some of the best kids in the state. That’s who he is. He looks to compete, always. I enjoy that about him. He wants to wrestle the best people.” Garcia said he approached team state with the mentality that it was going to make him a better wrestler, no matter what happened. “I knew the tournament would be tough,” Garcia said. “I’ve beaten those guys before, but I’ve also taken my lumps to some of them. You don’t know how well you’ll perform until you get out there and do it. Right now, wins and losses don’t matter anyway. If I took a loss or two, it wouldn’t have affected me. At the end of the day, the state tournament is when it really matters. Everything up until that point is practice.” Garcia won state as a freshman at 106 pounds. He came into that tournament with six losses, but emerged as the champ after pinning Warren Central senior Keyuan Murphy in just under two minutes. “Getting under the lights is an experience that’s tough to explain,” Garcia said. “You would think you’d be really nervous. But, everything just shuts down and you probably wrestle the best you’ve ever wrestled in your life.” This year Garcia is making great strides because his approach to practicing has changed. Instead of practicing to get down to weight, he’s practicing to get better. “Last year stung a little not winning (he placed third at 113),” Garcia said. “It was a tough season all around. I was cutting too much weight and it showed when things started to count. I was like 133 pounds during the week and I was cutting to 113. I wasn’t able to practice to get better, I was practicing to get the weight off. This year is much different. I’m able to maintain my weight and in practice I’m really able to focus on improving.” One of the keys to Garcia’s wrestling success is his ability to learn and expand his arsenal. “One of the things I really love about wrestling is when you get out of your comfort zone and do something you aren’t used to,” Garcia said. “It’s no secret my favorite move is the fireman’s carry - but I’ve been able to build a more elaborate offense because I worked on things I wasn’t comfortable doing. You have to work on them until you are comfortable with them.” Garcia’s top priority this year is to get back under the lights and to claim his second state title. “You think of getting under those lights all year long,” Garcia said. “You plan in your mind what your celebration would be like. You constantly think of how you want to wrestle and how you react when you win. But, all of that shuts down when you’re actually in the moment. You just have to let go and have fun.” As a team, Avon breaks down after every practice with a chant of “State Champs.” Garcia knows that after that, it’s his turn to run toward the fire.
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    Check this page frequently for updates on the studs that are entered at this year's IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open. For more information on the tournament follow click the link below. IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open Information Weight Name(Grade) State Credentials 2016 IHPO 109 Jacob Moran(11th) Indiana State 8th '16 1st 109 Brayden Lowery(10th) Indiana State 3rd, Cadet Freestyle 8th 109 Thomas Deck(10th) Kentucky State 4th 109 Raymond Rioux(10th) Indiana State 6th 109 Colton Drousias(10th) Indiana State Qualifier 109 Chase Caprella(10th) Ohio State Qualifier 109 Caleb Hernandez(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 109 Dustin Norris(9th) Ohio Cadet Freestyle 7th 109 Jesse Mendez(8th) Indiana USAW Schoolboy Triple Crown 116 Brayden Curtis(11th) Indiana State 1st 116 Noah Horst(10th) Tennessee State 1st 116 Zac Cowan(9th) Kentucky State 2nd 116 Christian Isbell(10th) Tennessee State 3rd 116 Tom Dineen(12th) Wisconsin State 3rd 116 Brayden Littell(10th) Indiana 3rd 116 Jack Wrocklage(12th) Missouri State 4th 116 Samuel Fair(11th) Indiana State 5th 116 Migdoel Ocasio(11th) Kentucky State 7th 116 Raymond Adams(11th) Ohio State 7th 116 Edward Suber(11th) Ohio State 7th 116 Logan Boe(10th) Indiana State 8th 116 Jose Diaz(12th) Indiana State 8th 116 Alex Barbarise(10th) Illinois State Qualifier 116 Joe Just(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 116 Brendan Mattingly(9th) Indiana State Qualifier 116 Caleb Oliver(10th) Indiana State Qualifier 116 Brayden Shearer(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 116 Reece Goss(8th) Kentucky State Qualifier 116 Dylan Preston(9th) Kentucky State Qualifier 116 Ben Manly(11th) Michigan State Qualifier 116 Joey Dima(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 116 Gavin Ritter(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 116 Dominic Williams(11th) Tennessee State Qualifier 116 Anthony Talamonti(11th) Illinois Junior Freestyle 4th 123 Travis Ford-Melton(11th) Illinois State 1st 2nd '16, 1st '15 123 Asa Garcia(11th) Indiana State 1st, 3rd 123 Kai Orine(11th) Missouri State 1st, 3rd 123 Ty Mills(12th) Indiana State 2nd 123 Brayden Palmer(11th) Tennessee State 2nd 123 Tylan Tucker(12th) Kentucky State 3rd 2nd '15 123 Ethan Turner(10th) Ohio State 3rd 2nd 123 Cian Fischer(11th) Wisconsin State 3rd, 4th 123 Seth Johnson(11th) Indiana State 4th 123 Terrin Machart(12th) Michigan State 4th 123 Jack Lenox(11th) Missouri State 4th 123 Drake Campbell(10th) Indiana State 5th 123 Rickey Garcia(11th) Kentucky State 5th 123 Luke Dezember(11th) Tennessee State 5th 123 Gavin Rose(11th) Indiana State 7th 123 Anthony Federico(10th) Illinois State Qualifier 123 Christian Valadez(10th) Illinois State Qualifier 123 Alex Petro(11th) Indiana State Qualifier 123 Morgan Sallee(10th) Kentucky State Qualifier 123 Luke Hewitt(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 123 Hunter Olson(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 123 Jalen Spuhler(10th) Wisconsin State Qualifier 129 Alec Viduya(10th) Indiana State 1st 129 Hassan Johnson(12th) Illinois State 2nd 1st 129 Christian Mejia(12th) Indiana State 2nd 129 Zachary Pledger(9th) Kentucky State 3rd 129 Colin Poynter(12th) Indiana State 4th 129 Blake Saito(10th) Ohio State 7th 129 Jordan Ward(11th) Ohio State 7th 129 Jabari Thomas(11th) Ohio State 8th 129 Sammy Dietz(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 129 Shawn Sparacino(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 129 Matt Gimson(11th) Indiana State Qualifier 129 Trey McCartney(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 129 Zane Sullivan(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 129 Gentry Deck(11th) Kentucky State Qualifier 129 Sheridan Willoughby(10th) Kentucky State Qualifier 129 Caleb Conedera(11th) Missouri State Qualifier 129 Travis Waldner(10th) Missouri State Qualifier 129 Sam Glassco(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 129 Matt Zuckerman(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 129 Bristin Hulsey(10th) Tennessee State Qualifier 135 Skyler Crespo(10th) Michigan State 1st 135 Matt Fields(12th) Ohio State 1st 135 Corbyn Munson(12th) Michigan State 2nd 135 Garret Kloeppel(11th) Missouri State 2nd 135 Jacob Edwards(11th) Ohio State 2nd, 3rd 135 Nate Wheeler(11th) Kentucky State 3rd 135 Wade Monebrake(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 4th 135 Manzona Bryant(10th) Indiana State 5th 135 Cameron Henderson(11th) Tennessee State 5th 135 Matt Lee(10th) Indiana State 7th 135 Alex Mosconi(11th) Indiana State 7th 135 Ethan Harsted(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 135 Reece Heller(11th) Illinois State Qualifier 135 Jesus Mancera(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 135 Carter Noehre(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 135 Reese Rodriguez(11th) Indiana State Qualifier 135 Peter Deaton(12th) Michigan State Qualifier 135 Justin Kempf(11th) Wisconsin State Qualifier 141 We Rachal(12th) Illinois State 1st 141 Blake Mulkey(12th) Indiana State 2nd 1st 141 Kris Rumph(12th) Indiana State 2nd 1st 141 Trent Johnson(12th) Kentucky State 3rd 141 Carson Price(11th) Michigan State 3rd 141 Trevor Robinson(11th) Michigan State 3rd 141 Tony Williams(12th) Michigan State 3rd 141 Holden Heller(12th) Illinois State 4th 4th 141 Mason Miranda(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 2nd 141 Luke Wymer(12th) Ohio State 4th 141 Jared Ford(12th) Ohio State 5th 141 Jarrett Bischoff(10th) Ohio State 6th 141 Caden Blust(11th) Ohio State 8th 141 Johnathan Walker(11th) Colorado State Qualifier 141 Hunter Cottingham(10th) Indiana State Qualifier 141 Adam Davis(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 141 Ryan Lester(11th) Missouri State Qualifier 141 Jackson Hugentobler(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 141 Jacob Potok(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 141 Jeremiah Herron(11th) Tennessee State Qualifier 148 Kendall Coleman(12th) Illinois State 2nd 148 Kasper McIntosh(12th) Indiana State 2nd, 5th 2nd 148 Jacob Laplace(10th) Indiana State 4th 148 Kolbi Caffey(12th) Illinois State 5th 148 Jordan Slivka(11th) Indiana State 5th 148 Graham Calhoun(10th) Indiana State 7th 148 Patrick Ryan(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 148 Grant Pauli(10th) Missouri State Qualifier 148 Jack Tangen(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 148 Eric Hiestand(11th) Indiana State Qualifier 148 Griffin Dulak(12th) Kentucky State Qualifier 148 Kyle Yuhas(10th) Michigan State Qualifier 148 Michael Clark(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 148 Demetri Monroe(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 155 Brayton Lee(12th) Indiana State 1st 1st 155 Peter Enos(12th) Missouri State 1st(Nevada) 155 John Manning(12th) Ontario State 1st(Utah) 155 Donnell Washington(11th) Illinois State 2nd 155 Derrick Smallwood(12th) Kentucky State 3rd 2nd 155 Elliott Rodgers(10th) Indiana State 4th 155 Doug Ferrier(12th) Michigan State 5th 155 Baan Rachal(12th) Illinois State 6th 155 Noah Lamore(12th) Indiana State 6th 155 Jakob McClintic(11th) Kentucky State 6th 155 Farouq Muhammed(11th) Ohio State 6th 155 Jax Leonard(10th) Ohio State 8th 155 Mike Volkmar(11th) Illinois State Qualifier 155 Jake Roberts(11th) Michigan State Qualifier 155 Jared Musci(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 155 Ben Yost(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 155 Dajun Johnson(10th) Wisconsin State Qualifier 163 Zac Bellaire(12th) Michigan State 1st 163 Mason Sauseda(12th) Illinois State 3rd 163 Samuel York(12th) Michigan State 3rd 163 Brian Case(11th) Michigan State 3rd, 4th 163 David Johnson(12th) Ohio 4th 163 Luke Silva(12th) Illinois State 4th 163 Zach Lee(12th) Wisconsin State 4th 163 Oszkar Kasch(12th) Indiana State 5th 163 Hunter Reed(12th) Indiana State 8th 163 Dante Colza(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 173 River Shettler(11th) Michigan State 4th 173 Kyle Smith(12th) Tennessee State 6th 173 Brahm Ginter(12th) Ohio State 7th 173 Eliseo Zamora(12th) Illinois State Qualifier 173 Jed Levitz(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 173 Mario Traficanti(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 173 Garrett Barth(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 173 Noah Clary(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 173 Eric Vermillion(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 173 Lennox Wolak(11th) Ohio State Qualifier 185 Chase Stegall(10th) Missouri State 3rd 185 Ryan Yarnell(12th) Missouri State 3rd 185 Ashton Eyler(12th) Ohio State 3rd 185 David Heath(12th) Ohio State 3rd 185 Brad Lowe(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 185 Jackson Fuller(11th) Kentucky State Qualifier 185 Noah Cressell(12th) Indiana FloNationals 6th 198 Victor Marcelli(12th) Ohio State 3rd, 6th 198 Jaden Sonner(12th) Indiana 4th 198 Bradley Williams(11th) Tennessee State 6th 198 Thomas Penola(12th) Indiana NHSCA Juniors 5th 223 Jacob McClaine(12th) Indiana State Qualifier 3rd in '15 223 Cameron Sauerwein(12th) Ohio State Qualifier 4th 223 Cortez Woods(12th) Missouri State 4th 223 Kyle Cornwell(11th) Indiana State Qualifier 288 Anthony Cassioppi(12th) Illinois State 1st 1st 288 Keaton Kluever(12th) Wisconsin State 1st 3rd 288 Jack Williams(12th) Indiana 4th
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Jesse Mendez had a “blast” in punctuating his freshmen wrestling season at Crown Point High School with a 2019 IHSAA title. The 126-pounder started off his finals match with a “blast double” takedown and went on to a 6-0 win against Avon junior Raymond Rioux to cap a 42-0 season. Mendez reigned in a stacked weight division. He pinned Western freshman Hayden Shepherd in 1:02 Friday and Mt. Vernon (Fortville) senior Chase Wilkerson in 3:58 in the quarterfinals before earning a 13-4 major decision against Jimtown senior Hunter Watts in the semifinals. “He’s a tough wrestler and a tough opponent to get by,” said Mendez of Watts, who was a champion at 120 in 2018, runner-up at 113 in 2017 and sixth at 106 in 2016. Rioux, who had placed third at 120 in 2018 and sixth at 106 in 2017, beat Yorktown senior Brayden Curtis 3-1 in the semifinals. Curtis was a champion at 113 in 2018 and at 106 in 2017 after finishing seventh at 106 in 2016. And yet Mendez was dominant. How did that happen? “I work hard in the (practice) room,” said Mendez. “My coaches and I are always trying to get to my attacks more often. I just trust in what they’ve been teaching me and it’s been working.” Bulldogs coach Branden Lorek has been impressed with the ability and work ethic of Mendez. “He’s got all the attributes — he’s fast, strong, physical, smart,” says Lorek. “He listens very well. He’s very coachable and a student of the sport. “He’s the first guy in the room and the last guy to leave. For a freshman, he’s not afraid to speak up and pick guys up. He’s a welcome addition.” While there plenty of eyes on him at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and on television, Mendez was not intimidated. “I’ve been wrestling in big tournaments my whole life,” said Mendez, 15. “I’ve been in tight situations in front of big crowds. “I think I thrive off of it.” Mendez is confident in his abilities. “If I wrestle my match I can beat anybody,” said Mendez. “If I get my attacks going, there’s nobody who can stop me. “I think I can really open kids up a lot. I’m really good at moving my feet and my hands.” As his head coach puts it, Mendez wants to “be the hero.” “He wants to go out and get bonus points and do whatever he can for the team,” said Lorek. “If we bump him up a weight class, he has no problem doing that. If we need him to wrestle for a major, he’ll get the job done.” Around 7 or 8, Mendez put aside his other sports and focused on the mat. He hooked up with the Region Wrestling Academy. “Those coaches are great,” said Mendez, who grew up in the Lake Central district before moving to Crown Point in middle school. Hector and Monica Mendez have three children — Payton, Jesse and Lyla. “My family’s really important to me,” said Jesse. “They sacrifice a lot for me.” There won’t be much time spent basking in his state title for Mendez. After a brief break, he’s going to start working again to get ready for meets like the FloNationals, Iowa Folkstyle Nationals, World Team Trials, Super 32, Fargo and Who’s No. 1?. In other words, the wrestling world will be hearing more from Jesse Mendez.
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    Y2CJ41

    State Finals #WAYL2

    We have 13 wrestlers that enter Friday without a loss on their record. However, the other 209 wrestlers have a combined 1030 losses between them. Most of the losses are to state level competitors. Here is a listing of all the losses for each wrestler at state this weekend. Note: If you know any of the missing or incorrect results please notify me. Random Stats Most losses to state qualifiers Tyler Conley- 11 Terrell Leavel- 10 Blaze Garcia, Chris Stewart- 9 Peyton asburg, aundre Beatty- 8 Most wins over state qualifiers Asa Garcia- 14 alex Mosconi- 13 Alexzander Cottey- 11 Jordan Slivka- 10 Ethan Hicks, Brayden Lowery- 9 Non-State Qualifiers with the most wins over state qualifiers Brice Coleman- 6 Phoenix Rodgers- 5 Jevian Ross, Bryer Hall, Tyler Turley, Jayden Williams- 4 Undefeated Wrestlers 106 Alexzander Cottey 120 Brayden Lowery, Brayden Littell 126 Jesse Mendez 132 Matt Gimson 145 Matt Lee, Jorden Douglass 170 Nick South 182 Carson Brewer 195 Will Nunn, Silas Allred 285 Jamichael Watts, Alex Cartwright #WAYL2 Who are your losses to? Key *- State Qualifier (Losses/ State Qualifier Losses/ State Qualifier Wins) 106: Aidan Sprague(9/7/0):Alex Ocampo(4)*, Brady Lewis,Isaac Ruble(2)*, Jared Brooks*, Kody Glithero 106: Alec Freeman(2/1/7):Alexzander Cottey*, Cade Swiderski(Mi) 106: Alex Ocampo(1/1/4):Isaac Ruble* 106: Blaze Garcia(15/9/1):Alec Freeman*, Ashton Hayhurst, Cameron Allen, Cole Ross*, David Pierson*, Jacob Decatur(Oh), Jacob Simone*, Jayden Frazier(Ky), Kamariyon Nelson*, Logan Miller(3)*, Michael Petrella(Oh), Nicolas Castelluccio, Zeke Seltzer* 106: Brennen Cernus(2/0/4):Casey Swiderski(Mi), Matt Ellis(Oh) 106: Carlton Perry(6/6/4):Alec Freeman*,Alexzander Cottey(2)*, Brennen Cernus*, Jacob Simone*, Suhas Chundi* 106: Chris Newman(6/4/0):Alec Freeman(2)*, Blaze Garcia*, Brooks Mcafee(Ky), Logan Miller*, Trayce Eckman(Ky) 106: Dominic Skees(5/2/0):Dillon Barry, Gage Gerald, Malik Hall*, Spencer Gordon, Stephen Roberson* 106: Elijah Anthony(4/4/0):Alexzander Cottey*, Carlton Perry*,Suhas Chundi(2)* 106: Isaac Ruble(6/5/3):Alexzander Cottey*, Brennen Cernus*, Carlton Perry*, Hudson Harreld, Jared Brooks*, Stephen Roberson* 106: Jared Brooks(1/0/2):Blake Kinney 106: Logan Miller(9/5/4):Alec Freeman(2)*,Alexzander Cottey(2)*, Cael Saxton(Oh), Carlton Perry*, Cj Bell(Oh), Jacob Brya(Mi), Kyle Rowan(Oh) 106: Malik Hall(7/6/1):Alexzander Cottey*, Brennen Cernus*, Chris Merrill, Giovanni Diaz*, Jacob Moran*,Stephen Roberson(2)* 106: Stephen Roberson(3/3/4):Alexzander Cottey*, Brennen Cernus*, Suhas Chundi* 106: Suhas Chundi(13/4/4):Alec Freeman*,Alexzander Cottey(2)*, Ben Dalton* 113: Ben Dalton(2/1/3):Hayden Watson, Kamariyon Nelson* 113: Christian White(5/4/1):???,David Pierson(2)*,Zeke Seltzer(2)* 113: Cole Ross(2/2/1):Gavinn Alstott*, Kamariyon Nelson* 113: David Pierson(3/3/4):Logan Galbraith*,Zeke Seltzer(2)* 113: Gavinn Alstott(2/1/1):Ben Dalton*, Josh Koderhandt(Il) 113: Giovanni Diaz(2/2/2):Martin Cruz*, Riley Bettich* 113: Harper Dedman(5/2/1):David Schulte, Drayk Kallenberger(Oh), Jett Boots*, Justin Brantley, Preston Teusch* 113: Jacob Moran(1/0/6):Jacob Decatur(Oh) 113: Jacob Simone(6/4/3):???, Anthony Hughes, Carlton Perry*, Christian White*, David Pierson*, Kamariyon Nelson* 113: Jake Armstrong(5/2/0):Colin Reagan(2), Giovanni Diaz*, Jacob Moran*, Justin Brantley 113: Jett Boots(7/1/1):Anrico Cunningham(Oh), Harper Dedman*, Isaac Weimer(3), Justin Puckett, Landon Bertsch 113: Kamariyon Nelson(9/1/4):Ben Dalton*, Brody Baumann, Dominic Ditullio(Mi), Hayden Watson, Jack Stanley(Oh),Jacob Moon(Oh)(2), Luke Acuna(Oh), Noah Lippeatt(Oh) 113: Landon Bertch(2/1/0):Drayk Kallenberger(Oh), Preston Teusch* 113: Martin Cruz(4/4/2): Jacob Moran(3)*, Zeke Seltzer* 113: Preston Teusch(1/1/2):Jacob Simone* 113: Zeke Seltzer(1/1/6):Jacob Moran* 120: Beau Humphrey(2/2/1):Brayden Lowery*, Kade Zadylak* 120: Blake Boarman(1/1/3):Brayden Littell* 120: Carson Eldred(4/4/2):Brayden Lowery*, Kysen Montgomery*, Riley Bettich*, Ty Haskins* 120: Chris Stewart(9/9/3):Blake Boarman*, Brayden Littell*,Brayden Lowery(4)*, Ian Heath*, Kysen Montgomery*, Trey Finnearty* 120: Evan Beasley(2/2/3):Brayden Littell*, Kysen Montgomery* 120: Jace Alexander(10/4/1): Evan Beasley*, Danny Tolin,Noah Gardner(2), Rasheek Bonds, Riley Bettich*,Trey Finnearty(2)*,Vince Sparrow(2) 120: John Robinson(5/3/0):Beau Humphrey*,Camden Spears(2), Evan Beasley*, Kade Zadylak* 120: Kade Zadylak(2/1/2):Carter Thomas, Evan Beasley* 120: Kysen Montgomery(7/4/8): Brayden Littell(3)*, Carson Eldred*, Gavin Ritter(Oh), Jake Canitano(Oh), Moustapha Bal(Oh) 120: Logan Galbraith(5/4/1):Brayden Lowery*, Carson Eldred*,Chris Stewart(2)*, Traye Owens 120: Riley Bettich(1/1/5):Brayden Littell* 120: Trey Finnearty(2/1/5):Logan Agin(Oh), Riley Bettich* 120: Ty Haskins(7/4/1):Danny Tolin, Enzo Silva(Il), Jace Alexander*, Joey Cape(Il), Martin Cruz*, Riley Bettich*, Trey Finnearty* 120: Tyler Conley(14/11/0):Blake Boarman(2)*, Brayden Littell*, Brayden Lowery*, Chris Stewart*, Devon Casebolt, Garrett Lautzenheiser(Oh), Kysen Montgomery(5)*, Nate Burnett(Oh), Trey Finnearty* 126: Brayden Curtis(1/1/3):Hunter Watts* 126: Brendon Mark(6/4/1):Brock Peele*, Hunter Watts*, Jeremy Clark, Jesse Mendez*, Lukasz Walendzak*, Trevor Penrod 126: Brock Peele(4/3/5):Brady Norman,Jesse Mendez(2)*, Matthew Williams(Oh), Raymond Rioux* 126: Cade Meier(10/7/0):Dylan Phelps(Mi), Hunter Watts*, Jeremy Clark, Jj Conway*,Kane Egli(2)*, Lukasz Walendzak*,Raymond Rioux(2)*, Seth Rohrbach 126: Chase Wilkerson(4/2/5):Brayden Curtis*, Gavin Rose, Jevian Ross, Logan Wagner* 126: Evan Burge(5/4/2):Brendon Mark*,Brock Peele(2)*, Ian Heath*, Jevian Ross 126: Hayden Shepherd(8/5/0):???(2), Brayden Curtis*, Chase Wilkerson*, Ian Heath(3)*, Skyler Blackwell 126: Hunter Watts(1/1/4):Jesse Mendez* 126: Ian Heath(2/2/5):Evan Burge*, Hunter Watts* 126: Jared Brown(8/6/1): Brayden Curtis*,Chase Wilkerson(e)*, Dalton Huffman, Evan Burge*, Jevian Ross, Lukasz Walendzak* 126: JJ Conway(3/2/1):Jesse Mendez*, Matt Koontz, Raymond Rioux* 126: Kane Egli(9/3/2):Andrew Chambal(Mi), Brock Peele*, Cole Wiegers(Mi), J Conway, Jevian Ross, Lukasz Walendzak*, Raymond Rioux*, Reese Darrow(Mi), Sam Bacon(Ky) 126: Logan Wagner(5/5/2):Asa Garcia*, Jesse Mendez*,Lukasz Walendzak(2)*, Raymond Rioux* 126: Lukasz Walendzak(7/6/7):Brayden Lowery*, Brock Peele*, Chase Wilkerson*, Jared Brown*, Jeremy Clark, Logan Wagner*, Raymond Rioux* 126: Raymond Rioux(3/1/7):Davin Rhoads(Oh), Jimmy Carmany(Oh), Lukasz Walendzak* 132: Alec Viduya(1/1/7):Asa Garcia* 132: Asa Garcia(1/0/14):Mick Burnet(Oh) 132: Aundre Beatty(9/8/1):Alec Viduya(4)*,Asa Garcia(2)*, Clay Egli*, Drake Campbell*, Logan Bailey 132: Clay Egli(8/4/1):Asa Garcia(2)*, Chase Mayer(Mi), Eddie Homrock(Mi), Logan Bailey, Logan Boe*, Ricky Hegedus*, Tyler Swiderski(Mi 132: Drake Campbell(9/5/3): Asa Garcia(5)*, Joey Gordon, Kaleob Hitford(Mi, Mick Burnett(Oh), Sam Glassco(Mi) 132: Eli Hickman(4/4/0):Hunter Cottingham(2)*, Reese Rodriguez*, Ricky Hegedus* 132: Geremia Brooks(1/1/4):Matt Gimson* 132: Hunter Brown(5/2/0):???(2), Aundre Beatty*, Seth Johnson*, Tyler Vredeveld 132: Hunter Cottingham(3/3/4):Geremia Brooks*,Matt Gimson(2)* 132: Logan Boe(5/5/1): Asa Garcia(3)*, Drake Campbell*, Kyle Holman* 132: Logan Mosser(2/2/1):Matt Gimson*, William Fiechter* 132: Owen Krider(2/2/0):Hunter Cottingham*, Logan Mosser* 132: Reese Rodriguez(3/3/1):Geremia Brooks*,Ricky Hegedus(2)* 132: Ricky Hegedus(5/2/4):Drake Campbell*, Geremia Brooks*, James Bronstrup(Oh), Logan Bailey, Vincent Zerban(Il) 132: Seth Johnson(3/3/1):Alec Viduya*, Geremia Brooks*, Hunter Cottingham* 138: AJ Poindexter(7/3/2): Droshawn Lewis, Alex Epstein(Oh), Anthony Rivera, Braxton Alexander*, Cameron Worley*, Dylan Goudy*, Joey Orlando(Oh) 138: Braxton Alexander(1/1/4):Conner Gimson* 138: Cameron Worley(6/3/1):???(2), Aj Poindexter*, Braxton Alexander*, Brayden Wright, Gabe Weeks* 138: Cayden Rooks(1/1/4):Aiden Warren* 138: Chris Wilkerson(6/4/1):Alec Viduya*,Dylan Goudy(2)*, Jarred Rowlett, Jordan Vinson, Tyce Freije* 138: Conner Gimson(1/1/6):Cayden Rooks* 138: Drew Kreitzer(6/3/3):Blake Saito(Oh), Christian Killion(Mi),Jaden Reynolds(2)*, Joshua Edmond(Mi), Treyton Mucker* 138: Dylan Goudy(1/1/6):Conner Gimson* 138: Gabe Phillips(2/2/0):Chris Wilkerson*, Kyle Holman* 138: Gabe Weeks(11/5/1):Aj Poindexter*, Andrew Wilson,Braxton Alexander(2)*,Conner Gimson(2)*, Deacon Pettiford, Gabriel Smith, Mason Kleinberg(Oh), Shane Williams(Mi), Tyler Fuqua 138: Jaden Reynolds(10/7/2): Alex Mosconi(3)*, Alex Slates, Cadet Blust(Oh), Cayden Rooks*, Drew Kreitzer(3)*, Gabriel Smith 138: Kyle Holman(10/2/2):Alec Viduya*, Blaine Mayer, Tyce Freije* 138: Macaiah White(8/5/1):???(2), Conner Gimson*, Dylan Goudy(3)*, Luke Goodwin, William Fiechter* 138: Treyton Mucker(6/2/0): Carlos Santos, Carson Deckard(Ky), Cayden Rooks(2)*, Isaac York, Ty Lehman(Ky) 138: Tyce Freije(2/1/3):Cayden Rooks*, Jeff Dunasky 138: William Fiechter(7/3/2):Ac Eberle, Conner Gimson*, Macaiah White*, Nick Buchanan,Tanner Schoeff(2), Tyce Freije* 145: Aiden Warren(6/6/6): Alex Mosconi(3)*, Antwaun Graves*, Matt Lee*, Terrell Leavell* 145: Alex Mosconi(3/2/13):Antwaun Graves*, Derek Gilcher(Mi), Matt Lee* 145: Antwaun Graves(5/4/4):Aiden Warren*, Alex Mosconi*, Bryer Hall, Cooper Noehre*, Matt Lee* 145: Jacob Burford(3/3/7):Alex Mosconi*, Jacob Maldonado*, Jonathan Kervin* 145: Jacob Maldonado(4/4/1):Jacob Burford(2)*, Jorden Douglass*, Terrell Leavell* 145: Jake Jenkins(5/3/6):Bryer Hall, Ethan Hicks*, Isaiah Bretz(Oh), Jacob Burford*, Logan Macklin* 145: Jeffrey Harper(7/6/2):Aiden Warren*, Alex Mosconi*,Jacob Burford(2)*, Jorden Douglass*, Ryan Rasler*, Trae Reynolds 145: Jonathan Kervin(2/1/4):Matt Lee*, Matthew Lee 145: Kade Law(12/7/0):Aiden Warren*, Alex Mosconi*, Brice Coleman, Jajuan Anderson, Jake Jenkins*, Jonathan Kervin(3)*, Kenneth Thompson, L.J. Burdon, Terrell Leavell*, Trent Brown 145: LJ Burdon(5/1/0):???, Aiden Warren*, Camden Chatterton, Jeff Dunasky, Trae Reynolds 145: Logan Macklin(3/3/2):Jake Jenkins*,Ryan Rasler(2)* 145: Ryan Rasler(4/3/4):Daniel Park, Jacob Burford*,Jake Jenkins(2)* 145: Scottie Saylor(12/6/0):Aaron Mckinley, Bryer Hall, Hayden Homoky, Isaiah Bretz(Oh), Jake Jenkins*, Jeffrey Harper*, Joe Parrish*, Logan Macklin*, Michael Garrett, Noah Hollendonner*, Ryan Rasler*, Trent Smith 145: Terrell Leavell(11/10/3):Aiden Warren*, Alex Mosconi(3)*,Antwaun Graves(2)*, Cooper Noehre*, Daniel Park, Jacob Burford*, Jake Jenkins*, Jeffrey Harper* 152: Brock Ellis(2/2/7):Elliott Rodgers*, Ethan Hicks* 152: Cody McCune(8/6/0):Bradley Harrington, Brice Coleman, Eric Hiestand*,Ethan Hicks(2)*, Isiah Levitz*, Jake Lowe*, Jon Ruble* 152: Cole Cervantes(3/2/3):Brock Ellis(2)*, Tyler Turley 152: Cooper Noehre(3/1/8):Brice Coleman, Bryer Hall, Elliott Rodgers* 152: Eli Dickens(2/0/6):Caleb Fish(Mi), James Whitaker(Mi) 152: Elliott Rodgers(4/2/8):Austin Boone(Mi), Cooper Noehre*, Eli Dickens*, Kevon Davenport(Mi) 152: Ellisston Ross(7/6/1):Austin Heckman,Eli Dickens(2)*, Elliott Rodgers*, Ethan Hicks*, Nathan Conley*, Robert Deters* 152: Eric Hiestand(3/3/2):Cooper Noehre*, Ethan Hicks*, Isiah Levitz* 152: Ethan Hicks(1/1/9):Jake Schoenegge* 152: Isaiah Mohmed(8/4/2):Aiden Sarver,Brock Ellis(2)*,Cole Cervantes(2)*, Kamden Goering, Ryan Breedlove, Tyler Turley 152: Isiah Levitz(4/4/3):Brock Ellis*, Coleman Beeks, Ellisston Ross*,Ethan Hicks(2)* 152: Jake Schoenegge(5/5/2):Cooper Noehre*, Eli Dickens*,Elliott Rodgers(2)*, Sam Fair* 152: Mathew Mangus(11/2/0):Austin Heckman, Austin Mcclure, Camden Chatterton, Cooper Noehre*, Devin Scott, Easton Williamson, Gabe Davin, Kamden Goering, Noah Baker, Robert Buckland(Mi), Sam Fair* 152: Nathan Conley(6/3/6):Brice Coleman, Enrique Munguia(Oh), Jake Schoenegge*,Jordan Slivka(2)*, Tristan Ruhlman, Victor Volnovich(Oh) 152: Noah Hollendonner(12/6/1):Brock Ellis(2)*, Cole Cervantes*, Elisha Wright,Isaiah Mohmed(2)*, Jacob Beehn, James Smith, Joe Parrish*, Skyler Querry,Tyler Turley(2) 152: Sam Fair(6/5/3):Brice Coleman,Cooper Noehre(2)*, Eli Dickens*,Elliott Rodgers(2)* 160: Abel Verbeek(5/2/2):???, Donnell Washington*, Gavin Layman, Jon Ruble*, Matt Neff 160: Braden Welch(8/2/2):Aaron Taylor, Austin Boone(Mi), Cameron Amine(Mi, Donnell Washington*, Emmett Cain(Oh), Jordan Slivka*, Salvatore Perrine(Oh), Stoney Buell(Mi) 160: Brooks Davis(6/5/3):Elijah Mahan*,Jordan Slivka(2)*, Kamal Adewumi(Oh), Kyle Saez*, Macartney Parkinson* 160: Donnell Washington(1/1/8):Nick South* 160: Drew Sailors(2/2/1):Braden Welch*, Jon Ruble* 160: Gabe Sollars(12/7/0):Clay Singleton, Devin Trevino(Mi), Donnell Washington*, Jordan Slivka*, Nathan Conley*, Oman Embree(Mi), Peyton Asbury*, Peyton Pruett*,Robert Deters(2)*, Stephen Little(Ky), Tristan Ruhlman 160: Hayden Lohrey(2/1/1):Jed Perry, Jordan Slivka* 160: Jackson Pettigrew(3/3/2):Drew Sailors*, Isiah Levitz*, Jon Ruble* 160: Jake Lowe(4/3/1):Aaron Taylor, Brooks Davis*, Hayden Lohrey*, Jon Ruble* 160: Jaymiere Johnson(7/4/0):???(2),Abel Verbeek(2)*, Braden Welch*, Donnell Washington*, Ryan Breedlove 160: Joe Parrish(5/4/2):Eric Hiestand*,Jackson Pettigrew(2)*, Jon Ruble*, Parker Bates 160: Jon Ruble(6/4/6):Brice Coleman, Brooks Davis*, Elliott Rodgers*, Ethan Hicks*, Peyton Pruett*, Trae Reynolds 160: Jordan Slivka(3/2/10):Cameron Amine(Mi), Donnell Washington*, Nathan Conley* 160: Peyton Asbury(13/8/2):Brooks Davis*, Christopher Donathan(Oh),Dane Donabedian(Mi)(2), Jackson Weissinger(Oh), Jacob Lee(Mi), Jordan Slivka*,Nathan Conley(2)*, Peyton Pruett(3)*, Sam Fair*, Sam Morrill, Will Mcghee(Oh) 160: Peyton Pruett(1/1/6):Jordan Slivka* 160: Robert Deters(5/4/3):???, Eli Dickens*, Nathan Conley*, Peyton Asbury*, Peyton Pruett* 170: Bryce Buckley(8/3/0):Damon Mcclain,Delton Moore(2)*, Luke Lechner(3), Mikey Smith, Zane Gilbreath* 170: Clayton Fielden(3/2/3):Derek Blubaugh*, Nick South*, Parker Bates 170: Colin Kwiatkowski(8/1/2):Aidan Sneed(2), Colton Massey, Dalton Sizemore, Harold Jones, Joseph Walker*, Kevin Hooley, Tucker Coffman 170: Delton Moore(6/5/2):Clayton Fielden*, James Snyder,Zane Gilbreath(4)* 170: Derek Blubaugh(4/4/3):Joseph Walker*, Macartney Parkinson*,Nick South(2)* 170: Elijah Mahan(1/2/4):Jordan Slivka*, Logan Hart* 170: Graham Calhoun(1/1/7):Joseph Walker* 170: Jason Streck(10/6/0):Colin Kwiatkowski(2)*, David Sheley, Derek Blubaugh*, Donnell Washington*,Graham Calhoun(2)*,Josh Warmick(2), Kevin Hooley 170: Joseph Walker(3/3/3):Graham Calhoun(2)*, Nick South* 170: Josh Lowe(3/3/2):Kyle Saez(2)*, Logan Hart* 170: Kyle Saez(4/3/7):Brendan Mcpike, Donnell Washington*, Elijah Mahan*, Logan Hart* 170: Logan Hart(12/6/3):Donnell Washington*,Elijah Mahan(2)*,Kyle Saez(2)*, Macartney Parkinson* 170: Macartney Parkinson(3/1/4):Micah Ervin(Ky), Nick South*, River Shettler(Mi) 170: Thierry Jean-Baptiste(11/4/0):Beau Smith(Mi), Cole Foor(Oh), Derek Blubaugh*, Drew Wiechers(Oh), Jay Nivison(Mi), Kamal Adewumi(Oh),Kyle Saez(2)*, Macartney Parkinson*, River Shettler(Mi), Simon Shirley(Oh) 170: Zane Gilbreath(6/5/5):Clayton Fielden*, Eli Pack,Graham Calhoun(2)*,Josh Lowe(2)* 182: Andrew Donahue(2/1/1):Alex Castro, Evan Bates* 182: Austin Leech(7/3/0):Bradley Rosman*,Brandon Bergman(2), Jacob Huffman, Jake Lone*, Luke Davis, 182: Bradley Rosman(2/2/2):Mason Winner(3)* 182: Devontay Moore(12/3/0):Cameron Bacon, Clayton Todd,Jalen Morgan(2)*, Jd Farrell*, Phoenix Rodgers(3),Pj Sterrett(2), Ryan Mahoney, Zach Knoll 182: Evan Bates(2/1/6):Alex Cramer(Il), Jacob Laplace* 182: Jacob Combs(5/2/1): Hayden Filipovich, Excell Brooks, Jalen Morgan*, Pj Sterrett, Trizton Carson* 182: Jake Lone(4/4/5):Clayton Fielden*, Evan Bates*, Graham Calhoun*, Mason Winner* 182: Jalen Morgan(3/1/5):???, Bradley Rosman*, Phoenix Rodgers 182: JD Farrell(4/2/1):Cameron Bacon(2), Carson Brewer*, Jacob Combs* 182: Levon Bellemy(1/1/2):Carson Brewer* 182: Mason Winner(2/1/4):Jake Lone*, Trey Sizemore(Oh) 182: Noah Perez(7/7/1):Andrew Donahue*, Evan Bates(3)*, Jake Lone(3)*, Khris Walton 182: Trizton Carson(4/4/1):Carson Brewer(2)*, Levon Bellemy*, Zachary Flynn* 182: Zachary Flynn(6/2/1):Carson Brewer*, Ethan Tomerlin(Ky), Hunter Kunz, Levon Bellemy*, Phoenix Rodgers, Will Nix 182: Jacob LaPlace(2/2/1): Andrew Donahue*, Evan Bates* 195: Austin Lane(5/3/3):Deshawn Young, Jack Heldt, Lawson Aiken*, Nick Willham*, Silas Allred* 195: Cale Gray(5/5/2):Chandler Chapman(2)*,Charlie Agnew(2)*, Stewart Mossholder* 195: Chandler Chapman(2/2/2):Cale Gray*, Charlie Agnew* 195: Charlie Agnew(1/0/4):Jacob Kowalski(Oh) 195: Dakari Kenny(4/2/2):Deon Pettiford, Jack Heldt, Nick Willham*, Will Nunn* 195: Ethan Potosky(4/2/2):Damien Rodriguez, Ewan Donovan*, Nolan Wampler, Rockne Hurley* 195: Ewan Donovan(2/2/3):Ethan Potosky*, Rockne Hurley* 195: Grant Johnson(5/3/0):???, Ethan Potosky*, Ewan Donovan*, Jacob Trefarn, Rockne Hurley* 195: Griffin Stine(8/6/0):Austin Lane*,Dakari Kenny(2)*, Jack Heldt,Nick Willham(2)*, Sam Medlin, Will Nunn* 195: KJ Roudebush(3/2/1):Austin Lane*, Stewart Mossholder*, Tremor Bynum 195: Kyle Krummen(10/3/0):Andrew Abbott, Blaine Pierce, Braden Mulcahy(Oh), Dylan Thompson,Evan Shafer(2), Jalen Morgan*, Kj Roudebush*, Noah Rowlett, Silas Allred* 195: Nick Willham(2/2/4):Will Nunn(2)* 195: Rockne Hurley(2/1/3):Austin Lane*, James Snyder 195: Stewart Mossholder(3/3/2):Cale Gray*, Charlie Agnew*, Jalen Morgan* 220: AJ Fowler(2/2/4):Drew Bailey*, Jacob Bolte* 220: Andrew Irick(2/2/4):Drew Webster*, Kyle Cornwell* 220: Christian Graft(12/5/1):???, Cameron Brown, Drew Webster*, Jayden Elwood(3)*, Keegan Miller, Parker Smitley, Reese Wicker*, Tristan Martin,Tristen Martz(2) 220: Cullen Browning(4/2/0):???(2), Andrew Irick*, Drew Webster* 220: Damari Dancy(12/6/0):Aj Fowler(2)*, Alex Searfoxx, Breslin Walker(Oh), David Guhl,Drew Bailey(2)*, Eddie Alonso, Ethan Alderson, Gabe Robison(Il), Jacob Bolte*, Joey Kidwell*, John Wilcher, Jonathan Williams, Mark Mummy, Sam Perez, Tyler Stein(Oh), Wil Stone 220: Drew Bailey(2/2/4):Aj Fowler(2)* 220: Drew Webster(1/1/4):Andrew Irick* 220: Jacob Bolte(1/1/7):Lawson Aiken* 220: Jayden Elwood(3/2/5):Braydon Erb,Levi Leffers(2)* 220: Joey Kidwell(2/2/1):Drew Bailey*, Ewan Donovan* 220: Josh Howell(6/3/0):Deshawn Young, Haakon Vanbeynan, Jacob Bolte*, Lawson Aiken*, Micah Dodson, Will Stewart* 220: Kyle Cornwell(3/3/1):Andrew Irick(2)*, Drew Webster* 220: Lawson Aiken(4/1/3):Ethan Smegal(Oh), Jacob Bolte*,Jayden Williams(2), Owen Quillin(Oh) 220: Levi Leffers(1/1/5):Jayden Elwood* 220: Reese Wicker(8/4/1):???, Christian Graft*, Jayden Elwood*, Keegan Miller,Levi Leffers(2)*, Tytan Grote(Oh), Victor Lee 220: Will Stewart(2/1/1):Jacob Bolte*, Matthias Ervin(Ky) 285: Aidian Rea(10/4/0):Aaron Breivogel, Dorian Keys*, Jamichael Watts*, Lane Eubank, Luke Mcgennis,Matthew Munoz(2)*, Matthias Ervin(Ky), Nathaniel Duncan, Wyatt Kramer 285: AJ Jones(3/1/1):Adam Bowman, Andrew Hughes, Holden Parsons* 285: Anthony Atria(5/3/0):Alex Cartwright*, Jorge Martinez, Nick Garcia, Will Crider*, Yehezquel Devault* 285: Crae Kunkleman(8/3/2):???(2), Jamichael Watts(3)*, Jonathan Williams,Kolt Keller(2) 285: Dorian Keys(4/1/5):Crae Kunkleman*, Joel Radvansky(Mi), Steven Kolcheff(Mi), Tche Leroux(Oh) 285: Holden Parsons(2/1/3):Adam Bowman, Muhammad Sidibe* 285: John Harris(3/2/3):Dennis Hubbard,Jamichael Watts(2)* 285: Logan Swallow(5/3/0):Aj Jones*, Holden Parsons*, Logan Shaffer, Venice Mccullough, Vince Yoder* 285: Matthew Munoz(9/2/2):Cameron Elmore, Chance Bolin, Cody Melton(Ky), Dylan Thompson, Esmond Orris(Ky), Jacob Bolte*, Max Comado, Muhammad Sidibe*, Robbie Gentry 285: Muhammad Sidibe(4/4/2): Dorian Keys(3)*, Jamichael Watts* 285: Sam Jones(13/6/0):Antone Alexander, Crae Kunkleman*, David Guhl, Dennis Hubbard, Dorian Keys*, Isaac Lawrence, Jacob Bolte*,Jayden Williams(2), John Harris(3)*, Robbie Gentry 285: Vince Yoder(6/3/1):Chase Leeper(2), Holden Parsons*, Levi Leffers*, Yehezquel Devault, Zach Mcqueen 285: Will Crider(4/1/1):Alex Coleman(Oh), Nathanial Duncan, Nathaniel Duncan, Yehezquel Devault* 285: Yehezquel Devault(2/2/2):Alex Cartwright(2)*
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    Overall Rankings are always a heated debate amongst wrestling fans. Over the years we have always locked our rankings before sectional and let them ride throughout the state series. Every year we lose kids due to unforeseen circumstances and even the death draws at semi-state. However, they always prove to be quite accurate. This year we had the most ranked wrestlers in 175 or just under 78% in our final rankings. On top of that 206 of the wrestlers were in our state or semi-state rankings. Here is a breakdown by weight and highlight matches to watch on Friday night. 2019- 175 2018- 179 2017- 169 2016- 175 2015- 172 2014- 171 2013- 171 2012- 170 2011- 157 2010- 159 2009- 143 106lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 14 Unranked qualifiers: Chris Newman- Mt. Vernon Dominic Skees- Lafayette Central Catholic First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #5 Stephen Roberson- Crown Point vs. #11 Isaac Ruble- Bellmont #3 Alec Freeman- Evansville Mater Dei vs. #9 Elijah Anthony- Frankfort #16 Alex Ocampo- Central Noble vs. #6 Malik Hall- Merrillville #2 Brennen Cernus- Culver Academies vs. #20 Aidan Sprague- East Noble #7 Carlton Perry- Warren Central vs. #8 Logan Miller- Brownsburg #12 Blaze Garcia- Avon vs. #4 Suhas Chundi- Carmel 113lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 13 Unranked qualifiers: Harper Dedman- Oak Hill Jake Armstrong- Winamac Community. Landon Bertch- Bluffton First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #12 Preston Teusch- Huntington North vs. #14 Jacob Simone- Hamilton Southeastern #9 Gavinn Alstott- Floyd Central vs. #7 Martin Cruz- Merrillville #2 Zeke Seltzer- Indianapolis Cathedral vs. #16 Jett Boots- Angola #4 Giovanni Diaz- Wheeler vs. #17 Kamariyon Nelson- Brownsburg #1 Jacob Moran- Portage vs. #5 Cole Ross- Evansville Mater Dei 120lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 14 Unranked qualifiers: John Robinson- Delta Logan Galbraith- North Central First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #19 Beau Humphrey- FW Snider vs. #8 Trey Finnearty- Culver Academies #4 Brayden Lowery- Roncalli vs. #11 Tyler Conley- Avon #16 Jace Alexander- Wawasee vs. #17 Kade Zadylak- Norwell #2 Blake Boarman- Evansville Mater Dei vs. #10 Chris Stewart- Warren Central #12 Evan Beasley- Northridge vs. #14 Ty Haskins- Portage #5 Carson Eldred- Westfield vs. #6 Kysen Montgomery- Brownsburg 126lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 13 Unranked qualifiers: Brendon Mark- Mishawaka Hayden Shepherd- Western Jared Brown- Pendleton Heights First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #9 Chase Wilkerson- Mt. Vernon (Fortville) vs. #16 JJ Conway- Floyd Central #3 Hunter Watts- Jimtown vs. #15 Evan Burge- McCutcheon #12 Kane Egli- Evansville Mater Dei vs. #7 Logan Wagner- Zionsville #6 Lukasz Walendzak- Indianapolis Cathedral vs. #14 Cade Meier- Bloomington South #5 Brock Peele- Portage vs. #2 Brayden Curtis- Yorktown 132lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 13 Unranked qualifiers: Aundre Beatty- Warren Central Eli Hickman- Rensselaer Central Hunter Brown- Cambridge City Lincoln First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #4 Geremia Brooks- Wawasee vs. #11 Clay Egli- Evansville Mater Dei #13 Seth Johnson- North Montgomery vs. #17 Logan Mosser- Adams Central #7 Logan Boe- Plainfield vs. #16 Reese Rodriguez- Hammond Morton #2 Alec Viduya- Roncalli vs. #15 Owen Krider- Carroll (FW) #10 Ricky Hegedus- Portage vs. #9 Drake Campbell- Brownsburg 138lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 12 Unranked qualifiers: AJ Poindexter- Harrison (WL) Cameron Worley- Lafayette Jefferson Gabe Weeks- Mishawaka Treyton Mucker- Tell City First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #1 Cayden Rooks- Columbus East vs. #20 William Fiechter- Southern Wells #3 Conner Gimson- Jimtown vs. #8 Drew Kreitzer- Brownsburg #4 Braxton Alexander- Wawasee vs. #5 Gabe Phillips- Centerville #15 Jaden Reynolds- Avon vs. #11 Dylan Goudy- Western 145lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 14 Unranked qualifiers: Kade Law- Columbus East Scottie Saylor- Carroll (FW) First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #8 Jacob Burford- Crown Point vs. #5 Antwaun Graves- Warren Central #20 Terrell Leavell- Lawrence Central vs. #10 Jacob Maldonado- Merrillville #3 Alex Mosconi- Indianapolis Cathedral vs. #13 Jeffrey Harper- Penn #7 Jonathan Kervin- Floyd Central vs. #11 Jake Jenkins- Homestead #6 Jorden Douglass- Attica vs. #4 Aiden Warren- Perry Meridian #14 Ryan Rasler- Prairie Heights vs. #12 LJ Burdon- Plainfield 152lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 12 Unranked qualifiers: Cody McCune- Huntington North Isaiah Mohmed- Wheeler Mathew Mangus- Zionsville Noah Hollendonner- Crown Point First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #3 Cooper Noehre- Greenfield-Central vs. #15 Ellisston Ross- Bloomington South #10 Cole Cervantes- Griffith vs. #11 Eric Hiestand- Yorktown #7 Nathan Conley- Avon vs. #2 Elliott Rodgers- Indianapolis Cathedral #9 Sam Fair- Perry Meridian vs. #5 Jake Schoenegge- Columbus East 160lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 11 Unranked qualifiers: Abel Verbeek- Lowell Braden Welch- Culver Academies Drew Sailors- Rochester Community Gabe Sollars- Evansville Mater Dei Jaymiere Johnson- Hammond Gavit First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #6 Jackson Pettigrew- Columbia City vs. #18 Hayden Lohrey- Shenandoah #2 Jordan Slivka- Indianapolis Cathedral vs. #19 Joe Parrish- Homestead #11 Jon Ruble- Bellmont vs. #12 Jake Lowe- North Montgomery 170lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 14 Unranked qualifiers: Bryce Buckley- Eastern (Greentown) Delton Moore- Manchester Jason Streck- Merrillville First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #11 Kyle Saez- Westfield vs. #6 Macartney Parkinson- Evansville Mater Dei #7 Derek Blubaugh- Bloomington South vs. #10 Logan Hart- Carmel #5 Elijah Mahan- Roncalli vs. #14 Thierry Jean-Baptiste- Brownsburg #16 Colin Kwiatkowski- Valparaiso vs. #18 Zane Gilbreath- Rochester Community #1 Nick South- Columbus East vs. #13 Josh Lowe- North Montgomery 182lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 13 Unranked qualifiers: Austin Leech- Garrett Jacob Combs- Hagerstown Zachary Flynn- Jasper First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #7 Mason Winner- Jay County vs. #19 Devontay Moore- North Central (Indpls.) #17 Noah Perez- LaPorte vs. #3 Levon Bellemy- Edgewood #1 Carson Brewer- Avon vs. #15 Noah Brown- Penn #14 JD Farrell- Fishers vs. #6 Jake Lone- NorthWood #5 Evan Bates- Chesterton vs. #9 Trizton Carson- Danville Community 195lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 13 Unranked qualifiers: Chandler Chapman- Jay County Griffin Stine- Martinsville Kyle Krummen- East Central First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #9 KJ Roudebush- Tipton vs. #17 Dakari Kenny- Pike #5 Nick Willham- Greenwood Community vs. #12 Austin Lane- Perry Meridian #2 Ewan Donovan- Hebron vs. #8 Stewart Mossholder- Oak Hill #7 Cale Gray- Norwell vs. #18 Ethan Potosky- Crown Point 220lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 10 Unranked qualifiers: Christian Graft- Huntington North Cullen Browning- Northeastern Damari Dancy- Portage Grant Johnson- New Prairie Josh Howell- Terre Haute South Vigo Reese Wicker- Churubusco First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #6 Joey Kidwell- West Lafayette vs. #4 Kyle Cornwell- Elwood Community #3 Andrew Irick- Hamilton Southeastern vs. #10 Drew Bailey- Merrillville #13 Will Stewart- South Spencer vs. #9 Jayden Elwood- Leo 285lbs Number of Ranked Wrestlers Qualifying: 11 Unranked qualifiers: Aidian Rea- Heritage Hills AJ Jones- Madison-Grant Logan Swallow- Monroe Central Matthew Munoz- Jeffersonville Sam Jones- Perry Meridian Vince Yoder- Fairfield First round match-ups of ranked wrestlers: #1 Jamichael Watts- North Central vs. #19 Anthony Atria- Merrillville #17 Crae Kunkleman- Hamilton Southeastern vs. #2 Yehezquel DeVault- Penn #18 Will Crider- Harrison (WL) vs. #10 John Harris- Roncalli First round match-ups of unranked wrestlers: Matthew Munoz- Jeffersonville vs. Vince Yoder- Fairfield
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Matt Lee and Eli Dickens are practice partners in the Evansville Mater Dei wrestling room. They are good friends, they are both juniors and they are both ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes. The similarities don’t end there. The two are soft spoken and humble. They have extremely similar voices, so much so that it’s hard to differentiate them if talking on the phone. They both have a 3.9 grade point average. “On the wrestling mat they both like to push the pace,” Wildcat head coach Greg Schaefer said. “They are both students of the sport and they love fine tuning techniques. They are both competitive. They don’t like giving up anything. They just push each other and the other guys in the room.” In fact, the two are so similar that coach Schaefer has a hard time finding any differences. “I don’t really know how they are different,” Schaefer said. “There isn’t a lot of differences that I know of. There are a lot more similarities than differences.” Lee also struggled to think of a difference. “We are pretty similar,” Lee said. “We are really good friends and practice partners and our styles are similar.” Dickens was the only one that could offer up some differences between the two. “I guess the main thing that separates us is our setups,” Dickens said. “He is more of a high crotch guy and I’m more of a getting ankles and sweep singles kind of guy.” Lee, who is the younger brother of Indiana legends Joe Lee and Nick Lee, is currently 30-0 on the season and holds the top ranking in the 145-pound class. He finished seventh the last two years in a row and is hoping to climb the ladder more this year. “It was a good feeling to place at state,” Lee said. “But you can’t be truly satisfied unless you get first. It’s always good to be at the top. I was happy to place, but I wanted more. I was hungry for more. That pushed into this year and drives me.” Being the younger brother of Nick (won state in 2015, now wrestles for Penn State) and Joe (won state in 2016 and 2017) hasn’t put a lot of pressure on Matt. “People always talk about the pressure of being their younger brother,” Matt said. “I don’t feel that pressure. I talk to them and they give me advice. They help me as much as I allow them to. I keep them as a source of information. I don’t pry them to learn everything they know, but if I need help I can always go to them.” Matt said watching Nick wrestle for Penn State makes him nervous. “I’ve heard how it’s hard on parents to watch their kids wrestle sometime and watching Nick wrestle I know what they are going through now,” Matt said. “I didn’t understand that before. I get more nervous for Nick’s matches than I do for any of my own.” Dickens has not placed in state so far, but he did qualify last year. This season he defeated former No. 1 ranked Elliott Rodgers 4-3 and that catapulted him to the top spot in the 152-pound weight class. “It was pretty amazing to see that I was ranked No. 1,” Dickens said. “I try not to think of it too much, but it was exciting. It gave me more confidence and belief in my ability. I knew that I could beat anyone, but that just solidified that idea in my head.” One big key for Dickens is that he doesn’t have to worry about his weight like he did last season. He feels that has helped him to be stronger and not focus so much on the weight aspect of the sport. “I had a huge growth spurt last year where my body wanted to grow mid-season,” Dickens said. “This year I’m wrestling up three weight classes and I feel so much healthier.” Matt is currently 30-0 on the season and Eli is 31-2, with both of his losses coming to out of state wrestlers. Both Matt and Eli are hoping to wrestle in college, but neither have decided where they want to go. Matt enjoys watching television, playing games and watching movies on weekends when he’s not wrestling. “I’m a pretty average kid,” he said. “Probably my favorite thing to do is eat, but you can’t do a lot of that during the season. I just like to try to find fun in the small things. I’m just normal and I like hanging out with my friends.” Eli enjoys going to his Bible study on Wednesday’s with his youth group. “I feel that it really builds me spiritually and gets my mindset right,” he said. “I focus on God and the bigger picture.” The two will compete Saturday in the Evansville North regional. “I don’t want to sound boring,” Schaefer said. “But they are both just awesome kids that work really hard. I hope they are able to accomplish their goals.”
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Jordan Slivka may not be the fastest wrestler in the state, the most powerful or the most dynamic – but, he just might have the most heart. “He’s probably the most mentally tough wrestler I’ve ever had,” Cathedral coach Sean McGinley said. “He loves the big matches. As coaches we ask ourselves who we want to have out there, down one going into the third period. I’d put Jordan Slivka in that spot over anyone.” Slivka, a senior for the Irish, showed just how much ice is in his veins in the state tournament last season. The Irish needed a win in the worst way if they were going to have a shot at winning the team state title. Slivka just told them to relax, he was going to win. That’s what he did. He claimed his first individual state championship by beating Yorktown’s Christian Hunt 1-0. That win also sealed Cathedral’s team state title. “Winning state felt amazing,” Slivka said. “I envisioned it before I won it. I told myself in the locker room before my match that I knew it was going to come down to my match. I said I was going to win it, and I knew that’s what I was going to do.” Slivka has made a career out of winning the close matches. In the state tournament Slivka is 16-3 in matches determined by three points or less. “I come out in each of my matches with a game plan,” Slivka said. “I don’t try to rush things and I don’t try to force points. I have the mentality that nobody can take me down, nobody can escape me and nobody can ride me. I’m confident that I own people on the mat.” This season Slivka has continued to shine in the close matches. Recently in a dual meet with Indianapolis Roncalli Slivka bumped up to 170 to face No. 5-ranked Elijan Mahan. In that match Slivka injured his ribs and had to take two injury time outs, but he didn’t want to quit. He eventually escaped with a 6-4 victory which helped lead the Irish to the team win as well. “He just gutted that win out,” McGinley said. “He was in a lot of pain. You really see his mental toughness in matches like that. As the seasons go on you just see how many of those close matches he wins, and you know he’s the guy you want out there in those situations.” Slivka also edged No. 7-ranked (160) Peyton Asbury and No. 5-ranked (160) Nathan Conley by 1-0 scores. He beat No. 3-ranked Brooks Davis 3-2 and No. 4 ranked Peyton Pruett 5-2. He did lose one close match this season, falling to Conley 3-2. Slivka started out in the Shenandoah school district. He went to Shenandoah until his freshman year. His dad was one of the coaches who helped turned that program around. His father, John, is a former state champion in Georgia. “My dad, in that Shenandoah room made sure we were all tough,” Slivka said. “One of the drills we had was we would get in our stance and dad would walk around a bunch and snap our necks down. We kept going long after we were tired. It taught me to be tough.” Slivka’s older brother, Johnny, was also a solid wrestler for the Raiders. Jordan even has a game plan for wrestling his older brother. “If we do takedowns, Johnny might beat me,” Jordan said. “But in a full match I have him now. He’s a little out of shape. The first and second period he might get me, but come the third, he’s mine.” Slivka is ranked No. 2 at 160 pounds behind Portage senior Donnell Washington. The two wrestled earlier in the season with Washington claiming the 8-3 victory. “I am 1 and 1 against him,” Slivka said. “He beat me this year and I beat him last year. I’ve taken losses before and have been able to come back from them. I hope this is no different.” Slivka’s goal this season is to win another state title. He admits it will be very hard to top last year’s title – with the team state championship being on the line as well. “I have no clue how you top that,” Slivka said. “Only thing I can think of is doing it again and scoring more points.” Next year Slivka will wrestle for Ohio University. “My plan is to be as good as I can be in college. It’s the next challenge.
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Most wrestling stories don’t begin like K.J. Roudebush’s did. Then again, most wrestlers aren’t wired quite like the three-sport star from Tipton, either. Roudebush got into wrestling as a punishment, and because a household lamp was broken. “It’s really a funny story,” the Tipton senior said. “I was in fifth grade and my oldest brother was in college so my middle brother and I were downstairs wrestling around. Right when dad got home from work we were still wrestling and my brother and I had gotten mad at each other and one of my mom’s lamps got broken. My dad wasn’t happy. He said if we wanted to continue wrestling at home, we were going to join the wrestling team. I went to the wrestling team and I just fell in love with it.” Roudebush is currently ranked No. 10 in the state at 195 pounds. He lost in the ticket round last year at the New Castle semistate to current No. 1-ranked junior Silas Allred of Shenandoah. Roudebush doesn’t make excuses for that loss. “Silas is something special,” he said. “I went out on the mat and he just dominated me. I couldn’t do anything. I wasn’t tired or anything, he was just better than me.” This season Roudebush wants to go one step further than he did last year. He wants to advance to the state tournament. For Roudebush, wrestling is a part-time gig. Unlike most highly ranked Indiana wrestlers, Roudebush doesn’t wrestle in the offseason. Summers are for baseball and the fall is for his first love, football. Roudebush plays quarterback on Tipton’s offense and splits time between linebacker and defensive end on defense. “K.J. is in the top 10 of his class,” Tipton coach Mark Barker said. “He’s such an intelligent guy and he’s a leader in every sport he does. To me, he’s one of those exceptional people that don’t come along that often. If he focused solely on wrestling, I really think it would be hard for anyone to beat him. “But I like multi-sport athletes. The more sports you do the better you’ll become at all of them. That’s the way things have always been here at Tipton.” Currently Tipton has just seven wrestlers. For Roudebush, that’s perfectly fine. “Being on such a small team could really suck, but we get a lot more attention from the coaches,” Roudebush said. “Our individual time with the coaches is through the roof. We’ve never had a big team. I think the most I’ve seen here is 10 wrestlers. Because of that, we don’t win a lot of matches as a team, but when you look at our head-to-head and don’t count forfeits, we’ve won close to 40 duals. We also have a very close bond with each other. I wouldn’t trade that for a bigger program with more practice partners.” The Tipton team has adopted a philosophy through necessity. The goal is for every wrestler in the lineup to pin their opponent. If they do that, they have a shot at winning dual meets. “We know what we are up against going into the match,” Roudebush said. “Coach tells us we’re starting out down 24-0, or something like that. We know every single one of us have to pin in order for us to win. It’s awesome. All of a sudden, Bam! We pin everyone and pull off the surprise win. We love that challenge. When we get people on their backs, we keep them there.” In practice Roudebush alternatese from wrestling with the team’s heavyweight, sophomore Nate Morgan to wrestling with their 145-pounder Blake Hicks. “Nate is stronger than me and that makes me really focus on my technique,” Roudebush said. “Blake is a scrapper. He’s good on top and he can put the legs in. He has a mean crossface cradle and he’s tough. It helps me a lot getting to wrestle with guys with different body types and strengths.” Roudebush beat Elwood’s Jalen Morgan last year 5-2 to claim the sectional title. Morgan reversed that decision in regional, winning 3-2. That put Morgan on the opposite side of the semistate bracket as Allred. Morgan advanced to the championship match, losing to Allred but still advancing to state. Roudebush was eliminated in the second round. “I want to go one step further,” he said. “That’s all I’m worried about. We have a tough sectional. The regional is even harder and I think New Castle is arguably one of the most difficult semistates. My focus is on getting past the ticket round. I’m worried about each match in front of me because wrestling is a different kind of sport. Anyone can win. You have to be ready at all times.”
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Brayden Littell’s high school wrestling career hasn’t exactly gone as planned. The junior has just one loss in high school, a one-point defeat at the hands of two-time state champion Asa Garcia. He has defeated another Indiana state champion, twice. Yet, Littell has yet to wrestle a single state tournament match. Littell grew up wrestling in the Center Grove school district. He wrestled with the Trojans in elementary school and middle school. As a freshman, however, he enrolled at Perry Meridian. During that freshman season Littell defeated Roncalli’s Alex Viduya twice. Viduya went on to claim the state championship at 113 pounds. Littell never made it to the tournament. He had a falling out with the Perry Meridian team and transferred back to Center Grove, mid-season. The transfer rules forced him to sit out the rest of the season. “There wasn’t too much going on with my situation at Perry Meridian,” Littell said. “I guess you could say it was more of some pet peeve type of stuff. The Perry program is great, but the way the practices and the program went, I didn’t think it was what was right for me and my family.” When the IHSAA ruled Littell ineligible for the remainder of his freshman season, he took the news pretty hard. He sat in the stands and watched Viduya, a guy he had beaten twice that season, claim the state title. “That was painful,” Littell said. “I’ll be honest, I cried a lot. I wanted Alex to win it though. If I wasn’t out there, he’s the guy I was cheering for.” Things went from bad to worse for Littell his sophomore year. He suffered a knee injury playing youth football (tore his ACL) when he was in elementary school. It always bothered him, but he was able to wrestle with it. By his sophomore year the knee started hurting so badly he couldn’t wrestle. He went to his doctor and was told that not only was his ACL torn, so was his MCL and he had damage to his meniscus. He would need a season-ending surgery. “I felt defeated when I found that out,” Littell said. “First I lost my freshman season and then I was told I wouldn’t be able to wrestle as a sophomore either. I thought I’d be able to push myself and get back in time for the tournament, but my doctors didn’t want that.” For two years Littell has been hungry to showcase what he can do on the mat. For two years he watched others have the success he felt could and should be his. Two years of physical and mental pain escalated to a boiling point in the young wrestler, and now, as a junior he’s able to unleash on his opponents. He is currently 17-0 on the season and ranked No. 1 at 120 pounds. He has pinned every wrestler he has faced up to this point. “Braydon is a special type of athlete,” Center Grove coach Maurice Swain said. “He has a combination of speed, power and great technique that you just don’t see in most high school athletes. And, he loves the sport. His speed is off the charges. His power is off the charts.” Littell is the type of wrestler that lives for the big moments. He gets excited when he gets to wrestle the better opponents. He will likely get the chance to see Crown Point’s No. 3-ranked junior Riley Bettich at the Al Smth tournament. “I’m super excited to wrestle him,” Littell said. “I’m pumped for it.” More so, he’s excited for the chance to show Indiana what he has to offer on the mat. “I feel, for sure, like I have something to prove to the state,” Littell said. “I feel people sort of forgot about me. I want to show them what I can do. I’m hungry. Sitting out two years and watching others go on to have success has just forced me to work harder. It motivates me.” Littell isn’t alone. Coach Swain is also excited to showcase his star junior. “We think the world of Brayden here,” Swain said. “I think he’s just a special athlete. I’m excited to see him compete and excited for the state of Indiana that has heard his name but not got a chance to see him wrestle. I’m excited for them to see what he can do.”
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com When Trent McCormick became head wrestling coach at Yorktown High School, he was a teenager leading teenagers. Over the decades, McCormick turned the Tigers into a mat powerhouse. In his 30 seasons, Yorktown sent many wrestlers to the State Finals in Indianapolis. Fifty-nine times, they headed back to Delaware County as state placers. Six times, they were state champions — Ross Janey (285 in 2010), Devon Jackson (138 in 2012), Rhett Hiestand (160 in 2014), Brad Laughlin (160 in 2017), Brayden Curtis (106 in 2017 and 113 in 2018). McCormick, 50, has announced his retirement and he steps away as the leader of the program with a memorable last go-round at the State Finals. “We were a small team this year,” said McCormick Saturday, Feb. 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “There were a lot of studs on the team. We always like to say, ‘Steel sharpens steel.’ It’s been a long, grueling season and to have four state placers and six state qualifiers, I was very proud of them.” McCormick, a state champion at 185 for Delta in 1986 and an Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer, took his boys back to the State Finals after winning the 22nd sectional, 13th regional and eighth semistate of his career. At Indy, junior Brayden Curtis (40-0) bested New Castle junior Andrew Black 6-0 in the finals to become a two-time state champion on McCormick’s watch. “He knows how to plan and he knows how to coach us mentally and physically,” said Curtis of McCormick. “He’s a huge part of my success as well as (assistant) coach (Kenny) O’Brien.” Senior Christian Hunt (48-1) concluded his Yorktown career as a state runner-up at 145. “It was a great honor to go out and represent my school,” said Hunt. “I definitely wanted to come out with a first, but second isn’t too bad.” “As a senior, I wanted to send Coach McCormick out on a positive note,” said McCormick. “I did absolutely the best I could.” Senior Alex Barr (48-3) placed sixth at 132. Senior Zach Todd (42-8) came in seventh at 106. State qualifiers were junior Eric Hiestand (42-4) at 152 and sophomore Holden Parsons (39-6) at 285. The Tigers finished seventh in the team standings. During McCormick’s run, Yorktown has been state runner-up twice and won four team state duals championships. A lay coach for 18 years who transitioned into teaching and has been in the classroom for the past 12, McCormick said he plans to spend more time with loved ones. He also plans to travel and that means going to West Point, N.Y., to see son Cael McCormick wrestle for Army. Cael was a three-time state medalist at Yorktown. “I’m going to spend some more time with the family and not so much time in the gymnasium,” said McCormick.
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Jonyvan Johnson will tell you he’s “got a lot going on” in his life. The New Haven High School senior is among the best wrestlers in Indiana. Through the New Haven/Bill Kerbel Invitational Saturday, Jan. 6, Johnson is 28-1 for the 2017-18 season. After a first-round bye, Johnson pinned three opponents to reign at 182 pounds at the Kerbel meet. He competed at 195 during the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals Dec. 23 in Fort Wayne. An IHSAA State Finals qualifier at 170 pounds as a junior, Johnson’s lone loss as a senior is a 4-2 decision against Northridge senior Conner Graber Nov. 27. Graber placed seventh in Indiana at 182 in 2017. “Things have been tough recently,” says Johnson of life away from the circle. On Sept. 18 — two months before the current wrestling season — Johnson lost stepfather Romauld Solomon to suicide. Since Jonyvan was about 7, Romauld was the main man in his life. He’s the one who encouraged him to take up wrestle as a sixth grader. “It hurts to see him go, but I’ve got to just focus on myself and keep pushing forward because that’s what he’d want me to do,” says Johnson. “I know what I want. I know what I’ve got to do to get there. So I’m going to just keep focused.” Reluctant about wrestling at the beginning, but encouraged by his stepfather, the young grappler won a Lutheran Schools Athletic Association championship during that first year on the mat. Johnson now shares a house with mother Jamie Solomon, cousins Mattie and Mason Johnson and friend Jordan McHaney. Jonyvan says his mother adopted Mattie and Mason with their mother deceased and father in prison. McHaney was kicked out of his house. Back at New Haven, Jonyvan is Bulldogs captain. “I try to set the tone when it comes to discipline,” says Johnson. “It’s working hard in the room, being on-time — little things like that. It can make a big difference on the mat.” What makes Jonyvan Johnson so good? “His work ethic,” says James Linn, who is in his fifth season as New Haven head coach after 10 seasons as a Barry Humble assistant. “He’s very dedicated in the weight room. He’s extremely strong.” Linn looks at Johnson and sees few weaknesses. “He’s good on his feet,” says Linn. “He’s a good top wrestler. He’s able to hold people down when he needs to. He’s a good leg rider. He’s very explosive off the bottom. It’s hard to hold him down.” Senior 195-pounder Jaxson Savieo is Johnson’s primary workout partner. They push each other not only on the mat, but in the weight room, on the track during conditioning and in the classroom. “We love to work hard,” says Johnson of himself and Savieo. “We love to push each other hard. We love to compete. “We try to make each other better in everything we’re doing.” Since last season, Johnson has improved by putting in the practice room time and going to places like Virginia Beach and the Disney Duals. “I’ve definitely worked a lot on conditioning and getting my lungs right,” says Johnson. “I’ve also worked a lot on technique and getting little things right. Everyone has go-to moves in certain positions. I usually try to stick to those moves. If they don’t work, then I have other things I can go to. “My mindset is thinking I can win every match. It’s not being too cocky, but being confident about it.” Johnson says he plans to go to college and is undecided on his area of study or if he will continue to wrestle. But right now he is focused on finishing strong in his final high school season.
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com It didn’t take Manzona Bryant IV long to make an impact on Indiana high school wrestling. As a Culver Military Academy freshman, the grappler from Columbus, Ohio, placed sixth at 132 pounds at the 2016-17 IHSAA State Finals. Three weeks later, he took home the 145-pound title at the Indiana State Wrestling Association folkstyle tournament. Certified for at 132 but also competing at 138, he has been dominating opponents and dazzling mat audiences so far during the 2017-18 high school season. Bryant also continues to make his CMA teammates better with his infectious enthusiasm and athletic tenacity. “He’s charismatic,” says 10th-year Eagles head coach Matt Behling. “When he steps on that mat, he’s bringing it every single time. The best thing that’s happened for our team is that attitude is contagious. “He’s helping to elevate the wrestling in our (practice) room. It’s been trickle-down effect. It’s been great.” The coaching staff, which also includes Andrew Basner, Josh Harper, Brandon James and Chris Prendergast, encourages Bryant to constantly push the pace and he takes that to heart. “They tell me to just be relentless on the mat and don’t stop,” says Bryant. “I always strive to get better. If I do something wrong, I always want to get back in the room and fix it.” Bryant produced the fastest pin of his high school career Saturday, Dec. 16 at Penn’s Henry Wilk Classic when he scored a fall in six seconds. “The clock said :06, I’d like to say it was :04 or :05,” says Bryant, who did achieve a four-second pin in junior high. “I usually use a ‘cowcatcher.’ I ‘bulldog’ and throw deep and go fast.” How deep is Bryant’s “bag of tricks”? “I usually stick to the basics,” says Bryant. “I hit the usual shots or a front headlock. But if I’m out there and I need to hit something, I’ve got it. I pull out the little sack.” Bryant, who carries the same name as his father, grandfather (who served in the U.S. Air Force) and great grandfather, began his competitive wrestling career at age 7. “I had a decent season and my mom accidentally signed me up for the Tournament of Champions in Columbus and I got sixth,” says Bryant. “My mom (Theresa) thought it was some local tournament at the convention center.” From there, Bryant enjoyed success at the local, state and national level. He won a title in Tulsa, Okla., as a sixth grader and was a two-time Ohio junior high state champion. Bryant is an only child. “Sometimes that’s a good thing,” says Bryant. “Other times, all your friends are gone and you’re at the house going ‘What do I do?’” As a wrestler, he gets the chance to be social and hang around with like-minded friends. “I’m a people person,” says Bryant. “I like to hang out with people. That usually leads to doing more activities.” When those people are his wrestling teammates and coaches, they are often working on mat moves. But don’t be surprised to see the Hacky Sack make an appearance. “We find it interesting and fun. Our coaches like to get into it. Adam Davis is really good. It’s a good stress reliever. It calms you down and gets you ready.” Bryant’s regular workout partner is freshman Eli Pack, who also hails from Columbus, Ohio. “We’ve known each other for a long time,” says Manzona. “He was my workout partner in seventh and eighth grade. I told his parents about the wonderful opportunities (at Culver). We know each other so well. We know how to push each other. It’s kind of hard to describe.” Bryant describes what it was like at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the State Finals last Feb. 17-18. “On Friday night, I just concentrated and went into that match strong and positive,” says Bryant. “I took care of business that night. Going into the state tournament this year, I’m going to try to zero in on every match and take it like it could be my last one.” Bryant says he would have attended a private school if he would have gone to high school in Ohio. He enjoys the lessons in self-discipline he is learning at Culver. “I like it because it gives me organization,” says Bryant. “It helps me do the little things like make my bed, wake up on-time and to know where to be places and when.” Culver Academies — Culver Military Academy for boys and Culver Girls Academy — is loaded with athletic students. There are nearly 30 interscholastic sports at the private school for Grades 9-12. Students who are not with a sports team must work out three times a week. Culver has a state-of-the-art fitness center for that. “A lot of people are competitive,” says Bryant. “When we have unit games, you know everyone is going to fight.” Contests get fierce when dodgeball, basketball or Eagle Ball (a game similar to ultimate frisbee played with a football and targets) is played between units. The school has three battalions — Artillery, Infantry and Squadron. Bryant is in Battery C of the Artillery. He chose that battalion because they get to drive trucks during the various parade seasons. “That’s a nice little break instead of marching all the time,” says Bryant. “Sophomores also get the privilege of firing the cannon at parades, Reveille and retreat.” As a private school, students must qualify academically to get admitted. “Our kids are very respectful,” says Behling, who is also a Culver counselor. “They’re in this leadership system so they understand what it means to be a leader. “We don’t deal with some of the issues that maybe some of the public schools are dealing with in terms of academics. I don’t think I’ve ever had a kid who’s been sat because he couldn’t handle the academics.” The school day contains four 85-minute class blocks and goes from 8:30 to 3:15 p.m. with wrestling practice from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Bryant’s favorite subject? “Latin II,” says Bryant of the course taught in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages & Cultures. “It’s interesting. A lot of our words come from Latin. It’s nice to see those when I’m studying a new vocabulary list or something like that.” Culver Academies requires students to take three years of foreign language. Next year, Bryant will take Latin III. As a senior, he has the choice of Advanced Placement Latin or pursuing an Honors in Language. A four-year school with students from all over the globe, Culver wrestling does not have a feeder program such a junior high or a club. Some — like Bryant — come to campus with wrestling experiences. Others are brand new to the sport. “It comes down to having a really good coaching staff,” says Behling. “I’m not talking about myself. I’m talking about surrounding myself with good people. “Wrestlers’ first one or two years, they’re struggling. After that, they come in and make a significant impact in our program. “If we’re blessed enough to have a kid that has wrestling experience, that’s great, too, because we can run with it. Kids know that if they come to Culver and they want to wrestle, they can have a real good wrestling experience.” The Eagles have been strong enough to qualify a few times for the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association State Duals (which happen this season Saturday, Dec. 23 at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne). “Here’s where the frustration is: We were right in the vote for going to Team State for the third time,” says Behling. “We didn’t get the vote because the selection committee needed to know — and this is the only question they asked us — who are your eighth graders who are going to make a contribution to your team next year? I can’t answer that in the spring so I had no response.” CMA is the site of an ISWA/USA Wrestling Regional Training Center. Momentum for the sport really picked up after Daniel Young became the school’s first state wrestling champion in 2009. The Bloomoington, Ind., native went 48-0 as a Culver senior and then wrestled at West Point. “The school got excited about that,” says Behling. “An endowment was established for wrestling. That endowment has really helped us in the last eight years. Our wrestling room is up there as one of the tops in the state of Indiana.” That room is now occupied by the 2017-18 CMA Eagles. “When our lineup is set and we clear out a few injuries, we can be a pretty tough team,” says Behling. “We’re excited about the future.” That future includes a bundle of energy named Manzona Bryant.
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Frankton wrestling coach Courtney Duncan walked in on the first day of practice carrying something a little bit unusual. The Frankton wrestling coach wasn’t holding a whistle, or uniforms. He was holding index cards. He passed one out to each kid in the room and told them to write down why they came out for wrestling. When Duncan read the answers, he knew he had a pretty special team. “Almost every kid put that they wrestle because it builds family and relationships,” Duncan said. “I didn’t have the kids put their names on the card, but that told me right then and there that they get it. It’s not about wins and losses. It’s about trusting each other and being loyal to each other.” Frankton, a small school of 480 students just north of Anderson, had one of the best Class A teams in the state last year. Coach Duncan really thought that they could have fared well at the team state tournament, but they did not get an invite. This year, that has changed. Frankton will be one of the teams competing for the Class A title. “We are really excited about team state,” Duncan said. “This is where we wanted to get as a team. We thought we had a chance last year, but this year we’re going in hoping to prove we belong. We have more kids out than we’ve probably ever had. The kids are excited and they all really look forward to the tournament.” One of Frankton’s hammers is junior 170 pounder Cody Klettheimer. Last season Klettheimer was one of two Frankton grapplers to advance to the individual state tournament. “We are looking forward to team state,” Klettheimer said. “Our goal is to win it. But we also think we can win our sectional, regional and maybe even our semistate.” That isn’t out of the realm of possibilities for Frankton. The team has four returning wrestlers who advanced to at least the ticket round of semistate last year. Klettheimer and senior David Delph advanced to state. Senior Dru Berkebile lost in the ticket round at semistate as did junior Cole Baker. The Eagles have other wrestlers, like senior Grant Geisinger, that are hoping to do well in the tourney this year. Geisinger lost to Cathedral’s Elliott Rodgers on a last second takedown in the opening round of regional. Rodgers went on to place fourth in state. “Grant has really developed,” Duncan said. “He has had a taste of success now, and he’s ready to make a run.” Frankton has the luxury of depth this year, something the school hasn’t really ever had before. There were over 30 kids go out for the team. “I have options this year,” Duncan said. “We are able to move kids around. We are able to make strategic lineup decisions. We have backups at just about every spot in our lineup.” Another major team strength is the bond the wrestlers have. “We all love being around each other,” Klettheimer said. “We know what we want to get to, and we push each other to the limit in the room. Even drilling we are starting to go 100 percent on everything. And, when we’re not wrestling, we are all hanging out together. We’ve became very close.” Frankton has improved its strength of schedule over the last several years, hoping it will create better wresters. “Our kids believe,” Duncan said. “They believe in each other, and they believe in themselves. We have a tough schedule, but it doesn’t matter what size school you come from, you still put your wrestling shoes on the same way. We are realizing by facing these larger, stronger schools, we can compete with anyone.” Klettheimer said the team’s motto is “Take No Prisoners.” The Eagles are good, and they want to prove it. Team state can’t come fast enough for this tight knit group. “We’re ready to see what we can accomplish,” Duncan said. “I think we can do something pretty special.”
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com A willingness to work toward constant improvement has helped raise Elkhart Central High School’s wrestling profile on the bigger stage. The 2016-17 Blue Blazers forged an 11-5 dual-meet record, beat crosstown rival Elkhart Memorial in a dual meet for the first time in many years then raised an Elkhart Sectional team trophy for the first time in 28. With Nick Conner (285 pounds), Tykease Baker (160) and Xander Stroud (145) winning their respective weight classes Blue Blazers edged Northridge by two points. It was the ECHS program’s first sectional team title since 1989. The Blazers won the sectional with a come-from-behind pin victory in a consolation match. “It takes a lot of team effort,” says Central head coach Zach Whickcar, now in his sixth season of leading the wrestling program at his alma mater. He grappled for four seasons, graduating in 2006. “Everybody needs to pull their weight. “We won sectional with 14 guys, but it was the 14 behind them were every bit as important. They needed someone to practice with.” “It’s been a total buy-in. We took 11 kids to the Jeff Jordan’s State Champ Camp (during the high school off-season). The kids genuinely like being around each other. “It’s consistency and being present that gets you to where you want to be.” While they want to win during the regular, everything the Blazers do is focused toward the postseason. “I’m always telling them that we want to be peaking at sectionals,” says Whickcar. “We want to put out a product that’s competitive. But we want to do what is best for the kids. We want to win a sectional (team title) and we want to do well (as individuals) in the state tournament.” Since Whickcar took over as head coach for the 2012-13 season (the Blazers were 2-16 in duals that year), Central has produced five IHSAA State Finals qualifiers — Johnny Tredway (eighth place at 160 pounds in 2013), Eliseo Guerra (sixth at 220 in both 2014 and 2015), Stroud (eighth at 145 in 2017) and Chaz Boyd (did not place at 138 in 2017). Whickcar calls Stroud a “mat junkie.” “He’s always wrestling,” says Whickcar of a grappler who regularly attends Indiana State Wrestling Association Regional Training Center sessions at Jimtown High School and Midwest Extreme Wrestling Club events at Penn High School besides going to places like Virginia Beach and the Iowa Nationals during the summer. “He takes advantage of those opportunities.” Stroud said competing in big tournaments has one effect and practicing against good wrestlers has a another. “The wrestling is done in the RTC’s,” says Stroud. “The tournaments help you with your mindset. It’s about not being worried about who you are facing and just working on your stuff. You wrestle like how you want to wrestle. “It’s just you wrestling that other kid.” Plenty of time in the circle has led to acute mat awareness for Stroud. “He has a real feel for what he needs to do,” says Whickcar. “Like all of our wrestlers, he is able to find a couple of good things he is good at and uses them. He has pretty good leg attacks. But he definitely can get better.” The wrestler talks about what mat awareness means to him. “Where I’m at on the mat and the moves I chose to make depends on where I’m at,” says Stroud. “If I’m we’re the outer edge of the mat and I’m on the inside part of the mat and he’s closer to the line, I might shoot him out to get him out-of-bounds to re-set my position to the center.” “Or maybe he has my leg, I’ll watch my position and step out so we can re-set and go back to the center.” A rule change this season also allows wrestlers to get pins outside the circle. Before they could get “back” points but not falls. “You still have to have a supporting part (of your body) inbounds,” says Stroud. “Now you can go for a pin instead of just getting points. “You have to really watch your position more now since you can get pinned out-of-bounds.” The current Central lineup features Sean Johnson (106), Eric Garcia (113), Brad Felder (120), Jacob Hess (126), Tony Lopez (132), Raul Martinez (138), Peyton Anderson or Austin Garcia (145), Nathan Dibley (152), Xander Stroud (160), Carlos Fortoso (170), Peterson Ngo (182), Alex Lucias (195), Omar Perez (220) and Nick Conner (285). Stroud, Conner, Lucias, Martinez, Perez and Ngo (back after wrestling for Central as a sophomore) are seniors leading the 2017-18 Blazers. “Those six seniors have busted their butt,” says Whickcar. “They love the sport.” Stroud, who is planning to study biomedical engineering in college and may wrestle at the next level, says he prefers to lead by example. “Omar Perez and Alex Lucias — They are pretty vocal,” says Stroud. “I only yell when I have to. “Our team is pretty good about doing what they are supposed to (be doing). During the season, we do larger things. At the end of the season, we fine-tune things. That’s when you want to peak — at the end of the season.” The Blazers opened the 2017-18 varsity season Saturday, Nov. 25 by placing second to Central Noble at the Elkhart Central Turkey Duals. Before the New Year, the Blazers have home dual meets slated against Northridge Dec. 5 and Mishawaka Dec. 7. Then comes the Jim Nicholson Charger Invitational at Elkhart Memorial Dec. 9 and dual meets at Elkhart Memorial Dec. 12 and South Bend Adams Dec. 14 followed by the 32-team Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka Dec. 29-30. Coming down the stretch of the regular season, there’s a dual at Penn Jan. 4, East Noble Invitational Jan. 6, Northern Indiana Conference meet Jan. 13 and dual at Jimtown Jan. 18. Besides Whickcar, ECHS wrestlers are pushed by a coaching staff with Central graduates Abe Que, Trevor Echartea and Zack Kurtz, Elkhart Memorial graduates Carson Sappington and Steven Vergonet and Concord graduate Brian Pfeil.
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