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  1. chickenshit post of the year. delete your profile.
    21 points
  2. Just came across this picture of Montgomery from Brownsburg talking to Heath from Leo after their match. I know a lot of these guys who wrestle each other are practicing together all the time and it’s amazing to see how much they respect each other. Does anyone else have any pictures or examples of instances like this?
    20 points
  3. First off we have to be very thankful we are having a season. It doesn't look promising for the states that have moved their seasons and we are extremely lucky here. I wasn't sure we would get through a month of the football season. I wasn't sure we would get through a month of the wrestling season, but here we are. We all want fans at our events to cheer on the kids. This year has been really weird without fans in the stands. Last night was our first home meet with fans and it felt different and nice to have to people yelling and screaming. With everything else going on in this world our kids having wrestling is even more important. Be appreciative of the efforts of the administrations from the IHSAA to local schools for working with us during this time. Our kids are having a season and it is looks good that we will complete it. That is something many states may not be able to say.
    20 points
  4. If you don't like how Indiana runs the tournament series, then move back to your former state. Everyone agrees we need wrestlebacks, but to call "some" state qualifiers below average is not right. They earned their trip to state and I don't think any of the 224 competing next week are less than average. Kyler Kearby Tippecanoe Valley Coach to one of those "below average" wrestlers I am sure you are referring to.
    18 points
  5. Answer: Every ex-wrestler over 40 years old
    17 points
  6. JAlexander

    Jesse Mendez

    So me being the mother of one of his opponents of course I'm going to root for my kid.. But I would just like to say Jesse is an amazing wrestler and even better individual.. Jace did not finish his high school career quite like he wanted do to an injury he couldn't control happened and Jesse by no means had to reach out to him but he did. Jesse I don't know if you will see this but I would like to thank you and congratulate you on your 3rd 1st place finish! We love watching you wrestle and wish you the best in the future!
    16 points
  7. 1prouddad

    State recap

    First and foremost, another great season wrestlers. Thank you and to our Seniors, I wish you the best in your next journey. You have not disappointed. 106- ACTION Jackson was all business from the get go. This sophomore is going to be fun to watch the next couple years. 113- 4X time state placer and now 2X time CHAMP wasn’t about to be denied. Junior Ruble wrestles hard and as a junior, we will see him again next year for some more excitement. 120-Great hand fighting while on their feet. But Lemley was just too much on top. He had over 3:00 ride time against a solid Frazier. 126-One of the most solid wrestlers collects himself another title. Seltzer was too much for a talented Schoeff whos now been under the lights as a freshman and sophomore. 132-As a southern Indiana guy, this was a tough one for me. One side wanted me to have Freeman win for us southsiders, but I’m not one bit disappointed seeing Montgomery finally put his name in the books. I’ve enjoyed watching him at SS each year. His intro during the face offs showed just how excited he was. I don’t know him personally but you CANT love or root against a kid with that type of character. Best of luck to both he and Freeman on their next journey. 138-MENDEZ MENDEZ MEMDEZ What more can be said other than we are witnessing history again. As only a junior, he’s coming back to join such a small rank in Indiana rich wrestling history. Also coming back is his competitor, sophomore Ruhlman. Great job getting under the lights kiddo. 145-Zionsville collects their very 1st school CHAMP in Wagner who just had a bigger gas tank. Watson came out strong but couldn’t keep up the pace that Wagner was forcing. No knock on Watson. 152- Conway and Ellis has some great scrambles and the 3rd period didn’t disappoint. But they needed extra time to settle the score and Conway gets the takedown and his name in the books. Great match 160- Quite possibly the most exciting match of the night. We seen all the tricks in this epic battle. Some great scrambles. Just when we thought Baumann was going to ease through the match, Majors counters with a spladle or a key lock. Only to see Baumann battle through it to throw a mean lat drop and secure not only his 1st title but clinched the Team title for EMD. EPIC EPIC BATTLE gentlemen. 170- Here we have our 2nd High school East Central capturing their 1st CHAMP. HALL didn’t waste much time and secured the fall in under a minute vs a stout Morril. 182- Sollars was on a mission and showed his SS win in the battle of the unbeaten vs Buchanan wasn’t a fluke. Solid riding with knee blocks helped keep Buchanan grounded. Great news for us fans, they’re both only Juniors and we get to see one more year of them. 195- And yet another school Indianapolis Luthern captures their first CHAMP. FILIPOVICH is a stud and bested another hammer in Carrington. For some big fellas, they were very athletic and had a lot of exciting scrambles. 220- what a display by Ruhlman. Who has jumped 3 weight classes, 50 lbs and comes in to put his name in the record books like Ruhlman just did. I know there’s been wrestlers picking up 15-20 lbs but NOT 50. Am I wrong on this one. Not only did he capture the title, but finished UNBEATEN. 285- Tye big fellas put on a great show. Some power was shown in throws. Athleticism and balance for 285 was put on display in some scrambles And they battled till the final whistle. OL IndianaMats own @Y2CJ41had his big man ready to sit at the top. Muncie comes out in top but I think all us fans win here. In the end, we had 3 schools capture their FIRST EVER School CHAMP. While we’re going to be losing some GREAT Seniors, Indiana wrestling is solid right now. We seen some PHENOMENAL wrestling from freshmen sensations like Ison, Leavell, May, Demarco, Tishner. Then a plethora of Sophomore studs. Thank to the coaches and parents during this troubled year(Covid) to help make all this happen. Job well done.
    16 points
  8. This weekend in Philadelphia, Bryce Lowery of roncalli takes out the #18 ranked 120 pounder in the nation (on flo rankings) Jett Strickenburger bryce won the battle 7-5 great job bryce!
    16 points
  9. Congratulations to Gavinn Alstott from Floyd Central for signing with Wabash. He is projected to wrestle 141. View full signing
    15 points
  10. For those of you that can't compete today and those that lose the chance in the coming weeks. You are all champions in my book. If it is from Covid or injury, keep your heads up. These are crazy times and I know your dreams have been crushed. Again keep your heads up and you are all champions. Good Luck and God Bless.
    15 points
  11. I'd be willing to watch state from the North Pole with the Connersville Bowl's internet connection if it meant my kids had the opportunity to compete at state. I'm not a fan, so maybe I don't understand, but having wrestling in any capacity this season is a blessing.
    15 points
  12. As a freshman in college, this will be my first year looking at the state tournament as a fan rather than a competitor, and I thought that maybe I'd make some predictions way early on to see how well I can do. I am going to state my top 3 picks in each weight class, as well as my reasoning for each of those picks, as well as a dark horse in each weight class (these aren't necessarily guys that I believe are top 3 candidates, but rather guys that I believe will place well above their ranking when we get to the state finals). Feel free to argue my picks, and maybe throw some other potential dark horses out there. 106: Jeffrey Bailey, Evan Dickey, Evan Seng This became a very interesting weight class after Evan Dickey saw his #1 ranking go away at Team State after a loss to Toby Billerman. Since then, Billerman has taken two losses of his own, one to Preston haines, and a convincing revenge match from Dickey. While Jeffrey Bailey has not wrestled many of the top competitors at this weight class this year, I believe he has what it takes to win it all, and with an impressive second period tech fall over #23 E'Shawn Tolbert, my thoughts were definitely reinforced. I like Evan Seng over Toby Billerman for the third place spot, however, I think that both these guys could very easily find themselves in the first place match. Dark Horse: Ashton Jackson I'm going to try my best to keep my LaPorte bias out of these predictions, but I truly believe that Jackson could be a top 4 guy when the time comes. He has had very impressive wins during the season, such as a dominating fall over #8 Tanner Tishner and a 18-6 major decision over #12 Johnny Cortez, and has only lost to #9 at 113 Anthony Bahl, and a hiccup against #18 Jalen May. Don't count Jackson out against anybody in the state. 113: Alex Cottey, Isaac Ruble, Kyrel Leavell With Logan Miller out, we won't get to see the clash of returning state champs in Miller and Cottey, but don't count Ruble out either. You would definitely think that after a year of training, and the sting of losing under the lights, that he isn't going to give up so easy. Freshman Kyrel Leavell is also somebody I wouldn't count out to make it under the lights, as he has been impressive all year. #5 Hayden Brady is another high level competitor I could see making the top 3 this year. Dark Horse: Hayden DeMarco #10 Hayden DeMarco has proven himself to be very dangerous, taking out former #1 at 106 Evan Dickey at Team State. He also has many other quality wins, and I believe he could place quite high this year. That might come down to who wins the East Chicago Semi-State between him and #9 Anthony Bahl. 120: Sergio Lemley, Logan Frazier, Cole Ross Sergio Lemley seems to be the big dog in this weight class, as he is the only one with a national ranking, but I wouldn't call it a lock either. I believe that Logan Frazier has what it takes to push Sergio in the first place match, and possibly dethrone him under the lights. #3 Lane Gilbert is ranked above Cole Ross, claiming a 4-2 decision over him this season, but Ross is a senior, while Gilbert is a sophomore, and I believe that factor could give Ross a little extra juice to win that match. #5 Preston Teusch, #6 Aiden Sprague, and #7 Braxton Vest are also very capable wrestlers, and could very easily claim that 3rd place spot, or even more than that. Dark Horse: Zar Walker #17 Zar Walker sure has some footsteps to follow, and I think he's done a very good job thus far during his freshman year season. His only two losses are to #14 Justin Puckett, and #7 Braxton Vest, both by three points, and I think that Walker could most definitely reverse those outcomes when the time comes. 126: Zeke Seltzer, Brady Ison, Cheaney Schoeff Zeke Seltzer is one of the few wrestlers in the state that many might consider a lock, and for good reason, as he is ranked #5 in the country right now. The big story of this weight class, however, is the rivalry between #2 Brady Ison and #3 Cheaney Schoeff. Ison leads the series 2-0, but their last encounter at sectionals a few days ago ended in an overtime bout, and it should show that Schoeff could very easily take down Ison on any given day. Wrestlers like #4 Bryce Lowery and #5 Sam Goin could also very well claim one of these top 3 spots and break up this exciting rivalry. Dark Horse: Landon Bertsch Undefeated on the year, I would imagine that #9 Landon Bertsch is hungry this year, and is looking to finally break through to the second day of the state tournament, and even make a good run on that second day as well, after two years of taking losses Friday night. Throw Bertsch right into the mix with Ison, Schoeff, Lowery, and Goin, as guys that could make a deep run this year. 132: Ian Heath, Alec Freeman, Aiden Torres This weight class is WILD. Making predictions for this weight class is a very tough thing to do, as there are so many quality guys that could make a deep run in this weight class, with no clear #1 in my opinion. I like Ian Heath winning it all this year, as he has made it to the show every year in his high school career such far, and is able to compete with anybody. However, let's not forget Alec Freeman's stellar season, in which he has taken out plenty of high level guys, such as #4 Kysen Montgomery, #6 Jack Coyle (16-3!), #3 at 126 Cheaney Schoeff, and #9 David Pierson. I think that sophomore Aiden Torres is very capable of winning it all as well, but not including himself, the top NINE guys in this weight class are seniors, and I think everybody in the top nine can win this weight class. Dark Horse: Cole Solomey #10 Cole Solomey is just outside of the top nine guys I mentioned earlier, but I think that Solomey could also make a run to the top of the podium, as he lost to #3 Aiden Torres only 3-1, and is a returning placer himself. 138: Jesse Mendez, Blake Boarman, Delaney Ruhlman Jesse Mendez is good. Very good. Most people would consider him to be a lock, and I would probably agree. But you have #3 Blake Boarman, who won a state title last year, and you'd think that he would be looking for another. He could've dropped to 132, or bumped to 145, and possibly won his second state title there. But here he is, at 138, and I think it was on purpose. But then you have #2 Delaney Ruhlman, only a sophomore, and was only a qualifier last year, three weight classes below. And this season, he goes and claims a MAJOR decision against Boarman, the returning state champion at this weight class. I think there is a chance, a good chance at that, that Mendez will roll through this weight class. But I also think there's a chance that it's not gonna be that easy. I am excited to see who wrestles Jesse under the lights, and if they could threaten Jesse's third consecutive title. Dark Horse: Colton Roberts #18 Colton Roberts has a decent number of losses on this season. However, when you look at these losses, you can see that he has been challenged many times this season against some of the best in the state, and he has put up a fight in all of those challenges, losing by only one point to #6 Diesel Duncan, and decision losses to both Delaney Ruhlman and Blake Boarman. Don't be surprised if you see Roberts competing for a medal this year. 145: Logan Wagner, Hayden Watson, Jaden Reynolds This is another weight class where there is definitely not a clear winner. Both Jaden Reynolds and Logan Wagner have had awesome seasons, and their only losses on the season are to each other. Hayden Watson is a guy that I think could definitely beat both of them, however, and I'm predicting that he does end up getting that win. Don't forget about #4 Cody Goodwin, who is also a state title contender, and could beat any of these three, as shown with a mere 3-1 loss to Watson. Dark Horse: Brady McKivitz It surprises me to see #25 Brady McKivitz down so low, because I feel like he most certainly has the tools to make it to the show, and even place. He has 3-0 and 4-0 losses to Goodwin and Watson, respectively, and has wins over #9 Blaze Garcia and #7 at 138 Luke Goodwin, so I think he has the tools to make it far. He did take a loss at sectionals to UR Zach Wilson, but he has beaten him earlier in the season, and I expect him to avenge that loss down the road. 152: Javen Estrada, Matt Koontz, Riley Rust Matt Koontz has wrestled 132, 138, 145, and 152 this season, and it's surprising to see him settle at the heaviest of these weights. However, he has stuck both Riley Rust, and Javen Estrada, so he is no joke despite going up so much weight. However, aside from the loss to Koontz, Estrada has been extremely dominant this year, pinning #6 Brock Ellis early in the season, and claiming many more state ranked wins. #1 JaJuan Anderson is also a serious threat at this weight class, but he has not seen either Estrada or Koontz this season so far, and had one encounter with #4 Riley Rust, who he beat in overtime. Riley Rust has beaten Anderson in the past though, and both of these wrestlers last year were probably not on many people's radar, when they blew through the state tournament, and met in the semis, in which JaJuan lost an overtime match to Alec Viduya to claim second, while Rust was stuck by Reynolds to place 4th. In other words, these guys are historically ready to go when the big show comes. Other possible contenders for a top 3 spot are #5 J Conway, who is undefeated on the year, #6 Brock Ellis, who has taken a few lumps this year, but is nonetheless a great wrestler that should not be overlooked, and #7 Tyler Conley, who can compete with anybody in the state. Dark Horse: Scott Fitts #22 Scott Fitts was a state qualifier his freshman year, and has not been able to make it back to the show for another shot. However, despite being ranked so low, he wrestled a 3-1 match against the #1 guy in the weight class, showing that he has the capability to hang with anybody in the state. 160: Brody Baumann, Robert Major, Orlando Cruz This is probably my favorite weight class, simply because there are so many dominant wrestlers here that have what it takes to break into the top three. Robert Major has dominated everybody he has wrestled this year, with the exception of #4 Kade Law, who he beat 7-4. However, I personally have been very impressed with Brody Baumann, who has also dominated everybody he has wrestled, including a 20-5 technical fall over #6 Tyler Jones. #3 Andrew Wilson started the season looking practically untouchable, earning wins over Kade Law, Orlando Cruz, and Tyler Jones, but eventually Kade Law avenged his loss, and Robert Major beat him 6-0. It might be a bold prediction, but I like Orlando Cruz outplacing both Kade Law and Andrew Wilson this year, but of course, this weight could go drastically different, with guys like the previously mentioned Tyler Jones, #7 Tyler Turley, #8 AJ Steenbeke, and #9 Jordan Fulks. It should be worth mentioning that both Turley and Fulks spent time this year as the #1 wrestler in the weight class, so that should show you how stacked this weight class is. Dark Horse: Landon Buchanan #10 Landon Buchanan has never made it to the Bank, but that doesn't mean that he can't hang with the best. In fact, his lone loss this season is to #2 at 170 Pate Eastin, and that match went into double overtime. Buchanan can most certainly be a top 3 wrestler if he wrestles well. 170: Bryer Hall, Tyler Fuqua, Pate Eastin Bryer Hall has been a high level wrestler for a long time now, placing his freshman year, getting upset in the ticket round his sophomore year, and earning a runner up placement last year. It most definitely seems like this year is the year for Hall to win. However, there is plenty of depth in this weight class, and with that, plenty of wrestlers that can challenge Hall for the top spot. Tyler Fuqua is an exciting wrestler that can put anybody on his back, and I think that Fuqua will be the guy to wrestle Hall under the lights, although I'm not ready to say that he will be able to beat Hall, although anything can happen. Pate Eastin can also challenge both these wrestlers, and is most certainly a title contender at this weight class. But talk about the amount of talented wrestlers in this weight! #4 Brodie Porter, #5 John Purdy, #6 Sam Morrill, and many more wrestlers that could challenge for a top 3 spot. I am very excited for this weight class to go down in three weeks. Dark Horse: Codei Khawaja I'm gonna be honest, I have never heard of #11 Codei Khawaja before this season. But Khawaja had shown that he can put points on the board against high level wrestlers, as shown with a pair of major decisions against #14 Blake Wiedner and #22 Van Skinner. I think Khawaja can get on the podium this year. 182: Drake Buchanan, Gavin Layman, Aiden Warren I remember earlier this season when people were curious about the matchup between #1 Aiden Warren and #2 Drake Buchanan. Then, the matchup finally happened and, well, Buchanan PINNED him. And he hasn't looked back, with falls over #25 Jaden Durnil, #12 Keon Sullivan, and a 25-8 tech fall over #6 Jalen Ward. I'm not sure if anybody can compete with Drake Buchanan, but I wouldn't count anyone out yet. #4 Gavin Layman is undefeated on the year, and has not really had any close matches himself, beating #4 at 195 Johnny Parker 5-0, and pinning #8 Colin Kwiatkowski at sectionals. I think Gavin Layman gets the better of Aiden Warren, but I think Aiden Warren will secure the 3rd place spot, although #3 Gabe Sollars and #5 Cody Timmerman are talented wrestlers too that could contend for that spot, and maybe even see themselves under the lights. Gabe Sollars eliminated Layman last year Friday night, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Sollars take that match this year. Dark Horse: Keon Sullivan #12 Keon Sullivan has taken a few losses this season, but he also had a 3-2 match with Aiden Warren, showing that he can compete with the best. From a school like Warren Central, I wouldn't put it past Sullivan to wrestle deep into the medal rounds. 195: Hayden Filipovich, Juan Grange, Eli Pack This might be one of my bolder predictions, but I'm not really sure about this weight class to be honest. Eli Pack has stood as the #1 ranked wrestler at 195 all year, but has not wrestled a single ranked opponent all year, and I can't imagine that the best time to get your first test of the year is the state tournament. We will get to see Pack wrestle #3 Conner Barket at semi-state, so we will see if he is worthy of that #1 ranking. However, this is a way too early prediction, so unfortunately I will have to go with my gut here. Juan Grange is somebody that I think has been proving himself to be better and better all year, with pins against #8 Matt Lepper and #10 Gage DeMarco. I am making a bold prediction that Grange will take out Pack, and Barket too, since all three are at the same semi-state. That'll be a semi-state bracket to watch. Hayden Filipovich doesn't have many ranked wins either, but both of his ranked wins were quick falls, so you could assume that he has a good shot to win it all. But who knows, Connor Barket, or #4 Johnny Parker could claim any of these spots as well, to be honest, and #6 Harris Eason and #7 Brach Carrington should not be overlooked either. Dark Horse: Ibrahim Khaoucha #16 Ibrahim Khaoucha is better than this ranking implies. He is a former state qualifier, and was a runner-up at the always tough Al Smith classic. It looks like earlier in the year he look a weird loss, but I don't think that reflects the level that this wrestler is at. Expect to see this guy on the podium. 220: Evan Bates, Tristan Ruhlman, Jason Streck Evan Bates and Tristan Ruhlman is a match that I am very excited to see. Both of these wrestlers have seen themselves in the FloWrestling national rankings, with Evan Bates being ranked as high as #5 in the country after his runner-up finish at Fargo Nationals, but is now at #13, and Tristan Ruhlman seeing himself at #19 in the country, after beating a nationally ranked opponent during an excellent run at IHPO. While Evan Bates is the clear favorite, Tristan Ruhlman is known for exceeding his expectations, as seen last year at Al Smith, when he stuck Garrett's Clayton Fielden, who was #1 in the state at the time, and was also in and out of the FloWrestling national rankings. Jason Streck looks to be the clear #3, and most certainly has the tools to place even higher. #4 David Guhl also had a 6-2 match with Evan Bates earlier this year, so he is definitely a wrestler that you cannot count out. As much as I would like to see Bates and Ruhlman, it would be awesome to see an upset happen. Dark Horse: Jeff McClure #10 Jeff McClure should make a deep run Saturday night. He has 4 losses on the season, which includes a 6-3 loss against David Guhl, a 13-3 loss against #8 Aataeveon Jordan, and two losses against Isaiah Street, who is not competing in the state tournament. Although his loss against Jordan was not close, his loss against Guhl was, and I think that his state run will depend on which version of himself shows up when the time comes. 285: Braydon Erb, Reeve Muncie, Leighton Jones Braydon Erb and Reeve Muncie wrestled mid season, and Erb got the better of him, in a 3-1 win. To be honest, I think this match can go either way, but I think that I'm gonna go chalk with this matchup. Leighton Jones has not wrestled Erb or Muncie, and he is a very talented underclassman, so it would not be out of the ordinary to see him push Muncie or Erb in the semis of the state tournament to earn his spot under the lights. The reason I am not predicting that upset is because Erb and Muncie are seniors, and I think that you wrestle a little different when it's your last go. Otherwise, I might have tried to call the upset. #4 Antone Alexander is a previous qualifier, and his lone loss is a 3-1 loss against Jones, so don't count him out. #5 Jacob Johnson is another previous qualifier that could make some noise. Lastly, I'd like to note that #6 Hunter Whitenack has pinned every single opponent thus far in his junior year campaign, and this kid is a force to be reckoned with. He is a full 285 pound wrestler, and I'm pretty sure he cuts weight to make heavyweight, so watch out for this giant. Dark Horse: Brock Donati UR Brock Donati has taken some losses this season for sure, but it should be noted that he has been on the state rankings multiple times this season, and more importantly, he had a 5-2 match earlier in the year with Muncie. To be honest, I think that heavyweight is one of the most unpredictable weight classes there are, but I think that Donati has the tools to find himself at the Bank, and maybe even on the podium.
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  13. While I don't agree with any of this situation. My son is that "South Carolina" kid. I did everything right. It took until Dec 23rd for him to get eligible. Sorry for moving my family back to where I grew up because I'm retiring from military service. I don't agree with what happened to Christian, but keep my son out of your grievances.
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  14. The Evansville Central Sectional—long considered as one of the toughest in the State—seems to be a bit down in 2021. That being said, do not forget it is populated by the 4A team champions, Mater Dei, and soon-to-be-perennial powerhouse, North Posey. Following one of the weirdest years in Grandmother’s history, wrestling follows suit. Consider that North Posey declined to complete for a PAC championship, while Mater Dei won the SIAC title—with 13 JV wrestlers. At any rate, the Central sectional still promises much excitement, fireworks…and some upsets. Mater Dei has not lost a sectional title since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Google it for the date. Can Mater Dei shake off three weeks of rust and win the team title? Does a deep North Posey team have the horsepower to take the title? Is there an upstart? Well…let us take a look! 106- The little guys promise a high stakes finale in state-ranked Blake Zirkelbach of North Posey and MD’s Evan Seng. Both are high-flying, wide-open wrestlers. Adding to the intrigue is that Zirkelbach’s father, Gabe, is a former State Champ from MD. Who do you like? It likely depends upon the color of your jersey. How about the 11-1 Gabrielle Polen from Gibson Southern, not receiving a seed. Are you kidding? Look for Reitz’s Caleb Reed to meet Zirkelbach in the semi-final. 113- MD Junior Reed Egli sports a state ranking, 14-2 record and plenty of big match experience. Princeton’s Jared Dunn is a solid 18-2 and will attempt to top Egli on the medals stand. 120- Centrals Aydan Amento is solid and has put together an impressive, 23-3 season. Unfortunately, MD’s Cole Ross is on the other side of the bracket. Ross is in the hunt for a state title and his fourth sectional title. 126- First year starter, senior Jacob Pierre, received the nod for the top seed. Rival alert! Look for Pierre to meet Reitz’s Zach Traylor in the final. 132- Mater Dei senior Alec Freeman brings a perfect record and top-state ranking to the party. Freeman is going for his third sectional title. North Kris Sutton and North Posey’s Camden Lupfer compete for the second-highest podium spot. 138- Blake Boarman is fresh off his fourth SIAC title and looks to notch a fourth sectional title on Saturday. North’s Peyton Bell completed a brilliant freshman campaign and looks to square off with Boarman in the finals. 145- This should be a good one! Mt. Vernon coach Nick Alcorn successfully lobbied the number one seed for his 21-3 Chris Newman. At the southern end of the bracket lurks Mater Dei’s wildcard, Ashton Hayhurst. Wildcat fans (Mt. Vernon, not Mater Dei) do not look past North’s Matt Lehman! You will see him in the semifinal. 152- Mater Dei senior Scott Fitts earned the top seed. Centrals’ Luke Robards and Gibson Southern’s Christian Polen battle in the southern half of the bracket for the right to wrestle Fitts in the final. 160- Mater Dei’s Brody Baumann sports a perfect, 16-0 record and has yet to be tested this season. He is the prohibitive favorite and will face the winner of Central’s Ian Madden and Gibson Southern’s Owen Bryant. 170- North Posey captures its second top seed in the form of senior Clay Will. Will has been stellar and only has one blemish on his record. Will has no cakewalk to the final; in the semis, he will face North’s Cale Johnson. The bottom half of the bracket is equally tough! Mt. Vernon’s Brady Hook should face Mater Dei’s Blake Weidner for the right to vie for the top spot. This is a deep and balanced weight class. 182- Like his teammate, Mater Dei’s Gabe Sollars has yet to be touched in 20/21. Central is the first stop on his quest for a state title. In his way, will be the winner of Mt. Vernon’s Dalton Schmidt and North’s Mitchell Happe. 195- North Posey junior Wyatt Willman brings a spotless, 22-0 record to First Avenue. In one of the few intriguing quarterfinal matches, MD’s 9-0 Clay Martin faces North’s TJ Hankins for the right to face Willman in the semis. Do either have enough mustard for Willman? The bottom of the bracket is no less interesting as Reitz’s Reid Brickey will face Mt. Vernon’s Blake Ritzert. Hook prediction- There will be at least one upset in this bracket. 220- Who, in this sectional, has 24 wins? Answer: Reitz’s Logan Huggins. The senior is on a tear and secured the top seed. Looking to avenge an earlier loss is Mater Dei’s Nick Boots. Expect for 70 years of Reitz/Mater Dei hostilities to continue in the final. 285- Mater Dei’s big boy, James Ralph, gets the top slot. He will face a worthy challenger in the final in the form of Gibson Southern’s Alex Breivogel or North’s Gage Sales. All nine of the schools have competitive grapplers with opportunities to advance. Regardless of your affiliation, Central sectional wrestling fans have cause for excitement. Vincennes Lincoln, Princeton, North and Central will battle to finish in the top half of the team race. Expect for North Posey and Mt. Vernon to pile up points and compete for the runner-up slot. Whether you are a “Lover” or “Hater”, the outcome will be the same: Late Saturday afternoon, the crew from 1300 Harmony Way will raise the championship trophy for the 45th consecutive time. The Wildcats’ are too strong and too deep for the string to be broken in 2021. Hook’s Picks: Do not miss these semifinal matches: 113- Bulkley vs. Dunn, 132- Sutton vs. Lupfer. 152- Robards vs. Polen. 160- Madden vs. Bryant, 170- Weidner vs. Hook. 195- Ritzert vs. Brickey. 285- Breivogel vs. Sales Best finals matches: 106- Zirkelbach vs. Seng. 145- Hayhurst vs. Newman. 170- Weidner/Hook vs. Will. Hookemendations: *Get up early and have breakfast at the Pie Pan. After your omelet, (Hookticia prefers pancakes) have a piece of pumpkin or pecan pie...you don’t have to make weight! *If home takes you north or east, ask any Central or Mater Dei fan for directions to the Hornville Tavern. They have a family room and a smoked pork chop that is to D-I-E for. At the corner of 41 and I-64, you will find Stoll’s County Inn. This is the best buffet you will find and has an Amish influence. Tell ‘em Yoder sent you! If you like sushi or hibachi, Fujiyama offers the best value for Japanese cuisine in the city. It is Mrs. Hook's favorite place to eat. Banzai! *Founded in 1854, Evansville Central It is the oldest high school in continuous operation west of the Allegheny Mountains. Revel in the history!
    14 points
  15. Comparing official high school events and some of the "club" level events operated by third parties is like comparing apples and oranges. At one pre-season club event I attended that had all age groups, duals and individual there were WAAAAAY too many people. Snot nosed tikes running about, grandparents in wheelchairs, people crowding the mats, etc. Even in a non-pandemic year, these things sometimes feel like a loosely organized prison fight. On the opposite end of the spectrum, all of the official high school events we've participated in have been well organized. Attendance limited to immediate family (parents and siblings). Seating generally grouped by team, etc. People being generous, smart and giving each other their space. Host schools kept extra cleaning staff on hand to continuously wipe down commonly touched surfaces. With the regular season now over, I would suggest that what the Indiana High School wrestling teams, coaches, schools have pulled off this year was an incredible success. We did NOT hear reports of massive spread between wrestlers in practice, duals or tournaments. We did NOT hear any stories about getting fans in attendance sick. Wrestling is a misunderstood sport even in good times. At a lot of schools, even our principals and ADs were skeptical about whether wrestling should proceed. But we did what wrestlers do. We looked at the rules, added our own common sense, stayed focused and disciplined. People didn't think we could pull it off, but we did. Not hanging a "victory" banner just yet, but just look at what we accomplished. We should give ourselves a little credit (because nobody else will!).
    14 points
  16. Everyone has their opinion. First I must thank Indiana Wrestling for allowing us a season when many other states did not. In August if you would've asked me about a season I would have told you there was no chance well happily I was proven wrong today. I will say as a former wrestler and now a coach YES, the system sucks, kids don't get the shine they deserve, but its is the system we have had for how many years? You can bash the IHSAA all you want but every school and every kid is playing under the same rules, top 4 advance. Are some semi states not as deep as others, sure. Are some weights not as deep as others, sure, BUT every year when you leave the state finals you know the kid at the top of the podium was the best at that weight for 4 weeks. We are a single class state finals which is the absolute BEST part about our state tournament series. My favorite part of state is seeing a small school get kids to state and even to the finals. Could the system use a change OF COURSE, but it is what we have and we are wrestling that is a lot better than most right now. Again thank you to every single wrestler, coach, parent, and fan that made this season possible. I love Indiana wrestling good luck to all of those still competing next weekend!
    13 points
  17. Congratulations to Jaden Reynolds from Avon for signing with Purdue. Projected to wrestle 149. View full signing
    12 points
  18. Congratulations to Alex Cottey from Perry Meridian for signing with Tennessee-Chattanooga. He is projected to wrestle 125. View full signing
    12 points
  19. But can they top this
    12 points
  20. Just a reminder, when we are posting and commenting on the forum. Let’s remember that our opinions are just that. Good debating and different perspectives it’s what makes this an amazing outlet. But , let’s remember that when we are talking about minors , someone’s kid. We need to be better. We don’t know everyone situation and let’s not assume Bc reality is we are all bias. Our own experience and positions gives our own perspective. Stating that you don’t agree with someone’s perspective, story , motives is one thing. But calling them liars, or claiming your own perspective is the correct one and that they are wrong is another. We are a wrestling community. We are better then this.
    12 points
  21. The belief of 'cold weather' killing the virus must apply when ice is on the floor. With that I believe there are two options in order to have 50% attendance. (1) put the mats on ice instead of hardwood or (2) give everyone in attendance free snow cones all day. I am a problem solver.
    12 points
  22. Congratulations to Zeke Seltzer from Indianapolis Cathedral for signing with Missouri. Projected to wrestle 133. View full signing
    11 points
  23. Congratulations to Cole Ross from Evansville Mater Dei for signing with Coast Guard. He is projected to wrestle 125. View full signing
    11 points
  24. Congratulations Conner Gimson on a National Title, and Matt Gimson finishing 3rd. I personally wanted to see the brother vs Brother finals matchup that I have seen behind closed doors that usually ended like most brother disputes do... congratulations to coach Pompei and his staff well earned! Side note: Jimtown legend Colin Crume coaching Jimtown legend Conner Gimson in the finals was a thing of beauty!
    11 points
  25. County vs region Indianamat sponsored event With a middle school undercard
    11 points
  26. My hat goes off to this kid and I had the pleasure of watching him all the way from Texas for 4 years. This kid could’ve went up once he saw Mendez was in his weight class, but instead he stuck around and competed like the warrior he is! He gave Mendez his most competitive match all year and earned his respect. He’s on my Mt. Rushmore of favorite MD wrestlers and I know the kid will go on to do great things in the future. Once again thank you Blake Boarman it was a pleasure watching you compete for past 4 years!
    11 points
  27. How about little Oak Hill winning a semi state title?
    11 points
  28. Without knowing all the background and discussions.. Accepting transfers while at the same time denying a young man and his family from transferring away from your school seems very bush-league. You may hate it in the short term as a coach, but in the end you can never feel too bad letting a young man participate in a sport and your reputation will be better in the long run
    11 points
  29. Is this Indianamat where we talk about Indiana wrestling, or did I somehow stumble onto Parler?
    11 points
  30. Congratulations to Aiden Warren from Perry Meridian for signing with Air Force. He is projected to wrestle 184. View full signing
    11 points
  31. This is a press release from the town of Chesterton... Congratulations to new CHS head wrestling coach Andrew Trevino The Duneland School Corporation has named Andrew Trevino as Chesterton High School’s new Head Wrestling Coach. Trevino will replace longtime coach Chris Joll, under whose leadership the CHS wrestling team has had 47 individual state qualifiers and five individual state champions; 10 sectional, two regional, and two semi-state championships; along with two IHSAA state runner-up finishes, in 2017 and 2021. In addition to leading the wrestling program, Trevino will teach physical education at CHS. Trevino is currently teaching physical education at Calumet New Tech High School, where he also serves as a varsity assistant wrestling coach and varsity assistant football coach. Trevino was the 1991 IHSAA state champion at 140 pounds while wrestling at Calumet High, before earning a scholarship to compete at Indiana University. Highlights from his personal wrestling career: At Calumet High School: *127-7 high school career record. *4X conference and 4X sectional champion. *1989 IHSAA state qualifier at 119 pounds. *1990 IHSAA state place winner (4th at 125 pounds). *1991 IHSAA state champion at 140 pounds. *USA Wrestling Magazine High School All-American Team. *2X USAW All-American (4th Cadet 120 pounds, 1988; and 7th Junior at 143 pounds, 1990). At Indiana University: *70 career victories; 4X letter winner; Indiana University’s Balfour Award Recipient, 1993. *Amateur Wrestling News Freshman All-America Team (5th at 142 pounds). *2X Big Ten place winners (6th and 4th at 142 pounds, 1993 and 1994). *2X NCAA championship qualifier, 1993 and 1994. *2X team captain 1994 and 1996. Coach Trevino has 23 years of coaching experience; seven at Lake Central as assistant coach, one at East Chicago Central as head coach, and 15 as assistant head coach at Calumet High School. He has also been an active staff member at Region Wrestling Academy (RWA) for the past 10 years, where he has helped train numerous state champions from Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois. Coaching career: *1996-2003 Lake Central, assistant coach; coached 4 IHSAA state champions; coached 3rd and 4th place teams at IHSWCA Team State. *2005-06: East Chicago Central High School, head coach. *2007-21: Calumet High School, assistant coach; coached an IHSGW and an IHSAA state champion. “Coach Trevino is a well respected coach in the wrestling world,” CHS Athletic Director Jef Hamstra said. “We are thrilled that Andy is joining the Trojan Athletic Department and look forward to him continuing the strong wrestling tradition at CHS.” “We are excited for Mr. Trevino to continue the outstanding CHS wrestling tradition,” CHS Principal Brent Martinson said. Trevino and his wife, Cynthia, have three children.
    10 points
  32. Thank you all for the kind words! Ben Davis is going in a different direction, but that doesn't change what those boys are doing. That program is on the RISE and those boys are hungry. I cant wait to watch their continued success on and off the mats.
    10 points
  33. regionfather10

    Biggest Rivalries

    Leroy Vega vs Greg Schaefer met 3 years in a row on Saturday. 1995 freshman Schaefer wins in semis, 1996 Vega hip toss in final seconds to win in the quarters. 1997 Vega wins in title match. Schaefer wins as freshman and again as a senior. Vega wins his final 2 years. They would go on to wrestle each other in college and sit in opposite corners as coaches. Two of Indiana's best! If someone has a video of any of these matches please post!
    10 points
  34. A year ago today I had a heart attack. At first people thought I was trolling. Then I got an outpouring of support and well-wishing. I appreciate it. Update: I’ve lost 50 lbs in a year. My diabetes is under control. My blood pressure is normal. My heart is stronger. I’ve been cleared to wrestle in practice. Thanks FC Fighter and Caleb Spires. BigBaller B and FW1996. Without that thread I don’t know if I would’ve made it. The wrestling community is irreplaceable and magnanimous! Much love and light to everyone. I don’t if y’all can tell but I’m a new man.
    10 points
  35. base

    State finals

    First post?! You hit class wrestling, wrestle backs, seeding and sanctioning girls wrestling. Quite a entrance!
    10 points
  36. A slam is a judgement call., The big part of what the rule states is that when someone picks the other person up they are responsible for their safe return to the mat. The safe return is purely the responsibility of the offensive wrestler, and there is no requirement for the defender to protect himself. Years ago there was the criteria that the offensive wrestler had to hit a knee first, but that was discarded a long time ago. The slam is a needed call in wrestling because it keeps someone from intentionally drilling someone to win a match, or to make it harder for the opponent to compete. The thing that makes it bad is that whether a kid can continue competing, or not, is dependent on a decision that has to be made in 2:00 minutes of "recovery time". The only person the coach is responsible to is his wrestler. If he thinks that the slam has impaired his wrestlers ability to possibly win the match then his best decision is to not continue. The ability to continue, or not, only has to do with what is going on in that match and has nothing to do with the rest of the tournament. Postulating if the wrestler may be able to compete later, or not, has no (and should not have any) bearing on the decision at that moment. The wrestlers ability to wrestle in matches later in a tournament only indicates that he was able to continue with more recovery time, but proves nothing as to the severity (or lack of severity) at the time the match was ended due to disqualification. I would also add that I have almost never seen a match where to person is DQed for a slam and his coaches, fans, and family were happy.
    10 points
  37. Rosbottom vs jankowski.
    10 points
  38. Two of Indiana’s best officials officiated for the last time yesterday. I always enjoyed the conversations I had with these two and as good of officials as they were, they were better human beings. When I went back to school to get my teaching license, Mr. Mughmaw was very supportive and gave me great advice. Thank you for your service to this great sport, your presence will be missed. David Jenkins Seabreeze High School Daytona Beach, FL
    10 points
  39. In an email read yesterday, the IHSAA stated that as of now all 224 wrestlers will not be allowed in Bankers Life at the same time. This makes absolutely no sense to me and would love to hear the justification. Look at these numbers... Bankers Life holds 20,000 people at full capacity. If they were told that they could only use 25%... that would be 5,000. 224 Wrestlers 896 in fans (4 tickets per wrestler on Friday, even less needed for Saturday) 448 in Coaching tickets (2 coaches per kid. Obviously this number is higher than it needs to be due to the fact that the same coaches will be coaching multiple kids. Just humor me on the number for now) That is a total of 1,568. That leaves 3,432 in workers from Media, Officials, Gate keepers, Table help, etc...... No "Parade of Champions" all on the floor at the same time...I get that, but football State finals had fans, Colts have fans...Let the young men have their day with their families!!! Just my 1/2 cent on a Tuesday!
    10 points
  40. Today was an awesome day of wrestling at the Team State Duals. I was at the 3A tournament and was checking results all day from the other 2 locations. The team aspect of a good dual is one of the best parts of wrestling. Watching wrestlers sacrifice to cut a few extra pounds or willing to bump up a weight class to sacrifice for their team to try and get the win is really selfless. Watching teammates erupt from a pin and also watching teammates congratulate their teammate for getting beat by 13 and saving 2 team points is fun to watch. In a year where we were told to stay away from each other, it was refreshing to see teammates jumping up and down in celebration. It made the stresses of 2020 seem distant. This year took more work than ever. Coordinating with multiple locations, teams droppings out from quarantine, getting weigh-ins coordinated for 40 teams was really a struggle. It was a relief to finally have the day here. I think JD Minch and Pat Culp deserve some huge recognition for so much time working on this. Dane Fuelling seeding 40 teams is incredible. You honestly are an Indiana wrestling genius. Chuck Barnett sent me 6 revisions on officials assignments and was available always to help with any changes. Franklin and Brownsburg stepped up to host their class, and I know that added work to their load. But those schools made this happen too. There was help from several people at each location that deserve recognition, and I won’t even try to say them all. But a great day of wrestling all over the state was possible because a lot of people worked hard. I’ll tell them all thanks personally, although we all may need a 24 hour break from each other. I got to catch some of the Facebook live from Joe and Mike too, and that was a great add for those at home.
    10 points
  41. Oh boy, did I hit a nerve here! It’s all fun and games when this board is covered in #county this and that turning this into some kind of playground theatre. But let someone say something and BOOM, now they bring nothing to this board. Good stuff I gotta say.
    10 points
  42. Brownsburg is thrilled to announce that Mike Morgan will be joining our staff. Mike has a very credentialed and successful coaching career. He has been a part of 3 IHSAA State Championship teams and an IHSWCA State Championship team. This year as acting Head Coach at Warren Central he guided the team to a 2nd place finish at Dual State, a top 10 finish at IHSAA State, and a runner-up finish at the Disney Duals. We could not be more excited to welcome him to the Brownsburg Wrestling Family! Snyder
    9 points
  43. The Fort Wrestling Facility should be coming online at the beginning of June barring no construction issues. We are located in Fort Wayne 3 minutes off of I69. We will be hosting live wrestling nights, local academies, meet the coach sessions, open facilities, camps, and clinics. For June and July we have Tom Ryan, Logan Stieber, and Purler camps coming your way and sign ups are open. Check us out at https://thefortwrestling.com. You can also see the progress of the build out at https://www.facebook.com/wrestlefortway and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/wrestlefortway/ The whole goal is to bring more training opportunities to the area. Any support is appreciated.
    9 points
  44. Congratulations to Bryer Hall from East Central for signing with Ohio State. Projected to wrestle 174. View full signing
    9 points
  45. Sig40

    Jesse Mendez

    When Jace beat Gavin, I told my wife that it was going to be Jesse and Jace in the finals. Sad that he didn’t get to finish the tournament. Hopefully he is doing better today. Jace was the first kid that made Jesse want to train harder. Definitely a dangerous and fun wrestler to watch. Thank you for the nice post.
    9 points
  46. Thanks everyone. Reeve is a great kid and it was a fun ride with him. Lots of great wins and tough losses. Glad it ended how it did.
    9 points
  47. Well in other news, today is Tuesday not Wednesday
    9 points
  48. Evansville.. without a doubt. Eville has several kids who won't make it to state but could win other semi states or be favored to place top four in other semi states. Maybe the IHSAA will redistrict and break up the teams heading south for February. This year Evansville has the top two 1A teams, #19 2A team, five of the top 10 3A teams, three of the top nine 4A teams. Lets give West Lafayette the ECC semi state and send some Evansville teams up there! Looking at the state map, literally, the entire south of Indy goes to one semi state but the north has two and east side has one. I understand the population aspect but dang! The loser of Hayhurst and Watson could WIN FW and ECC and place top 2 at NC. The loser of Conway and Rust could win ECC and FW and place top 4 at NC but one will be sent home. The loser of Hunter May and Blaze Garcia could place at any other semi state but one will be sent home. Cash Turner is a state placer and will run into Super Frosh Brady Ison in the ticket round. He would be top 2 at Fort Wayne. Diesel Duncan, Colin Knox, and Colton Roberts are top 15 kids who could place top 4 at any other semi state
    9 points
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