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  1. 5 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com For as long as Sullivan freshman Lane Gilbert can remember he has dreamed about having his hand raised at the Indiana High School wrestling state championships. He’s done more than dream about it. As a young kid he would go into the wrestling room at Sullivan High School and act out having his hand raised. It didn’t matter that nobody else was around him. In his imaginary scenario he always emerged victorious. No obstacle stood in his way. No opponent could beat him. He was the champ. That dream would never be taken away. The dream was much different than real life for Gilbert. In real life, he has had far more hardships than one kid should experience. He’s overcome situations that would break others. Through it all, he’s come out stronger. To get a clear picture of just how tough Lane Gilbert is, it is important to dive into his uncomfortable past. Gilbert’s mother, Rachel, became Indiana’s first female sectional champion in wrestling. She won the 103-pound class in the North Knox sectional in 2002. Rachel was going places in life. News agencies had reported on her wrestling journey, because at the time, female wrestlers were still very new in the state. She had some colleges showing interest in her. But Rachel began facing a more formidable opponent than anyone she went up against on the mat. She started battling an addiction with drugs. Lane’s father had his own battles with drug addiction. For Lane’s father, that addiction would eventually lead to a prison sentence. Young Lane didn’t want to miss an opportunity to visit his dad, even if that meant going to the prison any time he could. “Lane worshipped his dad,” Lane’s wrestling coach and grandfather Roy Monroe said. “Lane never failed to go see him. He always wanted to see him.” Tragically, Lane’s father developed cancer while in prison and ultimately died due to the disease. “That was really rough on Lane for a while,” Rachel said. “His dad was a drug addict for a long time and Lane always held out hope that one day he would get better. Once he got sick, that was probably the hardest thing. Lane stayed strong through the whole thing.” At nine-years-old Lane did something no kid his age should ever have to do. He stood up in front during his dad’s funeral and sang a special song. “I don’t know how he did it,” Monroe said. “That’s almost an impossible thing to get through, and he did it. He toughed it out.” That’s what Lane always does. He toughs things out. He toughed it out when his mom was having her struggles. He toughed it out seeing his dad in prison, and then watching as cancer slowly took its toll. He toughed it out when his uncle Jordan, who had taught Lane quite a bit about wrestling, died in a fiery car crash. No matter what life threw at Lane, he toughs it out. Perhaps he gets his fighting spirit from his grandfather. Roy has been a major part of Sullivan wrestling for over 30 years. He’s watched his daughter struggle with drug addiction. He lost his son in that tragic car accident. He’s experienced heartache and he remained the rock Lane needed in his life. Lane could always stay the night at Roy’s house. He could always get the right words from his grandpa. And, on the wrestling mat, he could look to Grandpa Roy for direction as well. “He’s my role model,” Lane said. “He’s nice to everyone. He’s a good coach. He’s all the things you can think of if you were to make the perfect person – that would be how I describe him.” But Lane’s toughness also comes from his mom. In a time when people frowned on girls wrestling against boys, she held her ground. In fact, she and Roy had to go to the Sullivan school board to even get approved to wrestle back in her high school days. Later, as has already been alluded to, Rachel battled a fierce drug addiction. But, for Lane’s sake – and for her sake, she fought through and emerged victorious. She is currently a Dean’s List student working to become a nurse. “I am so proud of her,” Roy said. “I’ve been a counselor. I’ve went into the jails and counselled drug addicts. I’ve seen them come in and out of addiction. The real truth is, only about one percent of drug addicts make it to where she is now. It’s so hard to overcome, but she’s done it. And she’s a great mom.” She is also very, very protective of Lane and worries almost to a fault about the decisions he makes in his own life. “After having made the decisions at a young age that I made, I saw first-hand what can happen and how quickly everything can just spiral out of control,” Rachel said. “One mistake and everything can be gone. I have that fear in the back of my mind that he’s of the age and he could make the wrong choices. I’m almost too hard on him, but I am terrified because I know what can happen and I keep my eye on him. I do trust him. He’s seen what can happen and how bad things can get.” Lane knows when his mom tells him to keep on the straight and narrow, it’s because she cares. “I have so much respect for my mom,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot from her.” One thing Lane has learned is to never doubt himself. This summer when he was a third alternate for the Pan-American games, he let doubt creep into his psyche. After the first two qualifiers couldn’t attend the games, Lane got the call to participate. But, going into the event, he felt like he really didn’t belong. Boy was he wrong. Lane went undefeated in both freestyle and Greco-Roman. News of his success quickly spread throughout the town of 6,500 people. When he arrived home, he was given a police escort through the streets. “Oh my gosh,” Rachel said. “The town put on this whole show when he returned. The police and emergency vehicles all met up on the north end of town. He had no idea it was going to happen. There were fans from all over our town and they all followed him to the high school. It was so cool. He was so surprised.” Currently Gilbert is 28-1 on the season and ranked No. 5 at 113 pounds. He has carried the confidence he developed during the Pan-American games over to the season. Now he knows he belongs. Now he knows that dream he played through his head so many times growing up isn’t just a dream – it’s an attainable goal. “I’ve been coaching at Sullivan for 13 years as head coach and I’ve been there 30 years as an assistant,” Monroe said. “I’ve never seen anything like him. I look at Lane, with his skills and what he’s been through, and I just know that adversity isn’t a problem anymore. He can do whatever he sets his mind to do.” As for Rachel, well, she says nowadays she’s just like any other wrestler’s mom. “I’m still up in the stands screaming my head off,” she said. “But when I’m shouting, at least I know which moves to shout. The other moms look at me and ask what they should be yelling.”
  2. 3 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com A little brotherly love has fueled Westfield’s Carson Eldred to wrestling greatness. Eldred set a goal his freshman year to beat his older brother Evan’s school record for pins and career wins. “I asked Carson his freshman year what his career goals were going to be,” Westfield coach Phil Smith said. “We knew he was going to be pretty special. He said he wanted to beat his brother, Evan’s career pin record and wins record.” Carson broke the pins record at his school during the Mooresville tournament this season. He’s five wins away from the career wins record. “I told him after the tournament that he broke the record,” Smith said. He was like ‘uh, that’s cool.’ “ His reaction points to the type of person, and wrestler Eldred is. He doesn’t get emotional during the highs, or the lows. “He can keep a stone face no matter what,” Smith said. “You don’t know what he’s going to do out on the mat. Every time he wrestles, he wants to prove something. He always wants bonus points and falls. He doesn’t get too up or too down.” Eldred seeks perfection in everything he does. His grade point average is 4.15. He hasn’t missed a day of school in four years. He has never missed a wrestling practice. “He’s honestly the best wrestler I’ve coached,” Smith said. “He’s the most gifted wrestler I’ve had, without a doubt. He absolutely hates to lose. In everything we do he hates losing. It doesn’t matter if it’s sprints, drills, wrestling the coaches or anything else. He will do whatever it takes to win at any cost.” Currently Eldred is ranked No. 4 at 120 pounds. He is a sectional and regional champion and will take on Southport’s Khua Thang in the first round of the New Castle semistate on Saturday. He is 36-1 on the season with his lone loss coming at the hands of Cathedral’s No. 1-ranked Zeke Seltzer. Part of the reason behind Eldred’s success is his early training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His father owns a Jiu Jitsu training facility and he learned from a young age some of the keys of the sport. “Jiu-Jitsu helps with my movement in wrestling,” Carson said. “I haven’t done it much in a while, but when I was younger, I trained a lot with my family. It really helps you when you’re in uncomfortable positions. You don’t panic and you can find a way out of them.” Carson is most comfortable in scrambles. His unorthodox style makes him dangerous in any position. “He can ride anyone on top,” Smith said. “He scores a lot of his points from the top position. He’s a talented mat wrestler. He finds points from the bottom position as well and has some crazy reversals. He’s really refined his craft to be a great wrestler from any position.” After the high school season is over Eldred will likely not wrestle competitively again. He will attend Purdue University where he is a direct admit to the engineering program. “It’s going to be a little tough,” he said. “I’ve been wrestling since I was in kindergarten. It’s been a big part of my life. It will be a hard adjustment not interacting with teammates or getting a chance to wrestle in front of fans again and have people cheering for you. It will be different. But I’m excited to focus on my schooling as well.” For now though, the focus is on getting to that state championship match. “I’m just following in my brothers’ footsteps,” Eldred said. “They both (Dillon and Evan) made it to state. I want to outdo them.”
  3. 3 points
    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Some are introduced to wrestling as toddlers and go on to enjoy plenty of success. Others come to the mat for the first time as teenagers and shine in the circle. The second scenario describes Damari Dancy, a 17-year-old senior heavyweight at Portage High School. After winning the Portage Sectional title Feb. 1, Dancy goes to the Feb. 8 Hobart Regional at 27-2 in just his second full season as a wrestler. A basketball player as an eighth grader, Dancy went out for that sport his freshmen and sophomore years of high school (2016-17 and 2017-18) and was cut each time. The second cut ushered in his introduction to a new way of life. “I went across the hall to the wrestling room,” says Dancy. “They accepted me.” A few weeks later, he was competing in his first-ever wrestling event — the junior varsity Duneland Athletic Conference tournament — and suffering a season-ending broken wrist. “My mom didn’t want me to wrestle after that,” says Damari, the son of Rachel Hawkins and the fourth of eight children (five boys, three girls). But that was not the end of wrestling for Dancy. He spent that winter watching his friends compete and practice. He was there at Lake Central for the Harvest Classic taking in all the quality competition. “That’s when I fell in love with it,” says Dancy. When he was healed, Dancy began training. He went to the freestyle/Greco-Roman state tournament and went a combined 0-4. He told his coaches he was not going to stop and began working on wrestling year-round. As a Portage junior, Dancy took part in the Harvest Classic. There he faced Hobart junior Mark Mummey. “I took him down the first time,” says Dancy. “Then he took me straight to my back and pinned me.” Dancy used the moment to fuel the rest of his season. He placed third at the Portage Sectional and third at the Hobart Regional, using a double-leg takedown to best Mummey 4-2 in overtime in the consolation match. He then finished fourth at the East Chicago Semistate and qualified for the IHSAA State Finals at 220. He was 21-13 for the 2018-19 season after being pinned on Friday night by North Montgomery junior Drew Webster, who went on to place fifth. That experience taught Dancy something. “I can actually do it,” says Dancy. “I can actually compete with the good guys. It helped me build my confidence.” “I’m not just some random guy. Guys have to practice everyday to watch out for me.” Portage head coach Andrew Bradbury saw the change in Dancy. “He was starting to believe he’s pretty good and holding himself to a high standard,” says Bradbury. “His technique is improving in all areas. He’s pretty technical, especially in the neutral position.” At 6-foot-2, Dancy has been carrying about 245 while competing in the 285 division as a senior. “I wrestle like a little guy,” says Dancy. “I go for ankle picks a lot. I go for a low single (leg takedown) and drive through. Once I’ve got the ankle, I don’t feel endangered. I’m really comfortable in that position.” While many heavyweight matches are of the 1-0 and 2-1 variety and full of underhooks, that’s not Dancy’s preference. “I feel more comfortable in high-scoring matches,” says Dancy. “I like to get at least two takedowns in the first period. If not, two takedowns in the second period.” Bradbury looks at Dancy and does not see a normal heavyweight. For one thing, he is among the team leaders in takedowns. “He’s more than capable of wrestling in that heavyweight style by pummeling in,” says Bradbury. “But he mostly uses a technical, shot-oriented style of wrestling.” “It’s a lot easier for him to lower his level and get in his shots. He does a good job of picking and choosing his shots. He does get into clinches or ties.” “Some of his best wrestling comes off his motion.” Dancy won a Greco-Roman state title in the summer. “It was positioning for me,” says Dancy. “I was creating positions with arm drags. I didn’t throw anybody.” He placed third in both the IndianaMat Hoosier Preseason Open and Preseason Nationals in Iowa and has used his quickness and agility to enjoy success in his last high school season. He has drawn some attention from college wrestling programs and has bumped up to heavyweight with that in mind. Damari lives with brother Dimonya Dancy and the two enjoy working on computers. Dancy would like to study computer since in college. Dancy has joined a program proud of its tradition and has become one of the team’s leaders, especially since so many talented wrestlers graduated after the 2018-19 season. “We needed somebody to step up,” says Bradbury, who tapped Dancy and Ty Haskins (who was a state qualifier at 120 in 2019 and a sectional champion at that weight in 2020) for the task. “We need them to help lead this team to where we need to be.” “We let Damari know we have high expectations and he needs to lead that. He took on the challenge.” “We lot of first-year varsity wrestlers at the beginning of the year. It was rough (Portage placed fourth in the Duneland Athletic Conference meet and it’s three dual losses came to powerhouses Crown Point, Chesterton and Merrillville). We feel like we can do some good things in the state series.” Leadership styles are not the same for Haskins and Dancy. “Ty, he’s the vocal guy,” says Dancy. “I try to do it by example. I’m not that vocal.” “Practices at the beginning of the year were so hard. They helped us build physical and mental strength. We know we can be good. We work everyday to get to that point.” Dancy often finds working out with sophomore Cory Hill (who placed third at sectional at 220) or assistant Montell Pace. “He goes all out and scrambles with low singles,” says Dancy of Pace. Assistants Kyle Keith and Mark Devyak tend to work more with the upper weights while Eric Keith and Jose Torres are with the smaller wrestlers. Pace is a Merrillville High School graduate. The rest of the staff went to Portage. Bradbury, a 1999 graduate, placed seventh in the state as a junior and was state runner-up as a senior — both at 119. He and 112-pounder Eric Keith were both members of the Indians’ state runners-up at the 1998 Team State Finals. “Tradition, it’s extremely important,” says Bradbury, who came back to Portage as an assistant in 2018-19 after serving as head wrestling coach at Seminole Ridge in Palm Beach County, Fla., a school built in 2006. “We’ve always expected to compete at a high level and be one of the best teams in the state.”
  4. 3 points
    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Last year, when J.D. Farrell was a junior at Fishers High School, he saw that a German foreign exchange student was struggling understanding her math assignments and he knew he had to help her. “She was struggling with translating her math work and I helped her,” Farrell said. “She didn’t have many friends and I wanted to be there for her to help with that as well.” That’s what Farrell does. He helps others. He helps his teammates in wrestling understand how to do certain moves. He helps them know what it takes to be successful on the mat. He also takes a certified nursing assistant (CNA) class and frequently goes to nursing homes to help the elderly. One day he plans to go into the medical field. “I see people that maybe are struggling, or are less fortunate, and I want to help them any way I can,” Farrell said. “In the wrestling room I don’t just want to improve myself, I want to make everyone better. Outside of wrestling I see others struggle and I feel I’m called to help them. My heart pulls me toward them. God put those people in my life for a reason.” As nice, polite and helpful as Farrell is off the mat – don’t expect mercy from him on it. He is currently 29-1 this season and ranked No. 4 at 195 pounds. His lone loss came at the hands of returning state champion Silas Allred. Last season he qualified for the state tourney but lost a hard-fought match in the opening session and didn’t place. “I use my length to my advantage,” Farrell said. “I’m very offensive with my attacks. I look at my opponent’s attacks and plan to not give up anything to them. My goal is to not give anything to my opponent or ever let the ref decide the outcome of a close match.” Allred, the No. 1 ranked wrestler in the class, feeds through the same New Castle semistate as Farrell. Before the season Farrell had the choice of going up a weight to avoid Silas, but that’s not what he wanted to do. “I see Silas as an opportunity,” Farrell said. “If I see him in semistate, I wouldn’t have to face him early in the state tournament. He is very technical and a great wrestler. When I wrestled him earlier this season, I was not satisfied with how I did. I got to know him pretty well at CIA and he’s a great guy.” Farrell is a third-generation wrestler. His grandfather wrestled and loved the sport. His dad, Brent finished second in the state during his high school career and his uncle, Brad, was a fifth-place finisher. “Wrestling is in my family,” Farrell said. “My grandpa liked wrestling a lot and then my uncle and dad started and they saw a lot of success. My brother, Crew Farrell, is in middle school and he’s kicking butt right now.” Fishers’ coach Frank Ingalls sees Farrell wrestling under the lights in the state finals. “I’m expecting him to make it to the championship match,” Ingalls said. “He’s 29-1 right now with something like 22 falls. When we need him to bump up to 220, he still gets the job done and usually gets us six point. “J.D. is a good Christian kid. He’s good in school. He’s a good leader. He does everything you ask him to do and he works hard in the offseason as well.” During the offseason Farrell wrestled in many big tournaments, but he didn’t go to the Super 32. Instead, he hopped on a plane and traveled to Germany. As it turns out, Farrell finally got the nerve to ask that girl who was struggling with her math homework to be his girlfriend. He asked her toward the end of her stay in America, and she said yes. “The long-distance relationship is tough,” Farrell said. “But I was glad I missed the Super 32 to go see her. It gave me the break I needed in wrestling, because I had been pushing so hard. When I came back I was ready to get back at it.” Now, like so many other high school athletes, Farrell has his goal set at making it to the state finals. “I have gone to the finals with my dad for as long as I can remember, and now I want to close my high school career out by wrestling there myself,” he said.
  5. 2 points
    Welcome to TripleB’s annual Evansville Semi-State Preview! House keeping items - From our inside man Markio - Ford Arena info: ● Parking and general information about the arena can be found at www.thefordcenter.com ● Wrestlers can enter the arena at 7:30am for weigh ins. Wrestlers and coaches will enter at the interior ticket office lobby (to the far right of the main lobby doors) to check in and head back. You will pick up your credentials here. ● The only coolers allowed are for wrestlers and must enter at the check in table through the interior ticket lobby. NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK for anyone else is allowed inside unfortunately. Not my rules, just standard building policy. ● Public doors open at 8:00am CST. Enter on Main Street through the main lobby. We will look to create a separate door/entrance for those that already have tickets. $12 dollars for all session ticket, $10 for finals only. ● There is NO onsite parking. Please do not have any team vehicles attempt to park in the loading dock or attached outer lot. These are reserved spots. ● There is no public Wi-Fi. ● Please do not jump over the dasher walls to access the floor. They try to control access to the floor, so you need to enter from the lower level hallway under section 103. You wouldn't jump the wall at Banker's Life would you? lol ● The hospitality room for officials, etc. will be in the Corner Club. Enter from the main lobby and hang a right at lower level hallway. ● If you are going to set up a camera please do not have the cord running across the aisle. You will be made to unplug any cords running across an aisle. ● We will have full concessions available throughout the day. Coffee and hot chocolate are also available all day as well. (get the bbq pork nachos, huge and awesome) ● There is no smoking on or in the Ford Center property, this includes e-cigarettes. ● Brackets will be updated throughout the day and posted on several of the 170 or so TVs located all over the arena. The brackets end up kind of small, but hey, they are everywhere and pretty cool. ● Lastly,if you are a wrestler that loses please don't kick,throw,or punch Ford Center property. We had a kid break off a door handle last year.Sent the bill to the school. Friday will be a day of passion and love, but 224 grapplers hope their hearts aren’t broken like scorned lovers on Saturday as only 56 can get hit by Cupid’s arrow and sent to Indianapolis and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. How does this work - The exclusive Evansville Championship Selection Committee (ECSC) spent 2 days in hard deliberations over their Ford Fab 4 picks. Each member selected their ballot, points were accumulated, and from there the picks started falling. Article features: The Charles Barkley “Turrible” Draws - ticket round matches that shouldn’t be happening in the ticket round! The Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - Best first round matches! The Built Ford Tough Locks - The Pickers of the Round Table has been assembled. There were very few, but any weight class where the pick for champion was unanimous, makes it a Ford Tough Lock. Ford Tough Locks were hard to come by this year as only 4 were given out. Ford Fab 4 - After picks were gathered, points distributed, and the dust settled, we’ll have the Ford Fab 4. Also special guest committee member The Donnie Baker (not that Donnie Baker) has offered some of his highlights throughout. What if I didn’t agree with the ECSC or I thought they made a terrible error (I mean really how many times will Oklahoma get free frickin pass already)? Then have no fear - The TripleB Guarantee will help you sort out the madness. Without further ado...UNLEASH THE PREVIEW!! 106: 106 brings us our first of five LOCKS. Logan Miller of Brownsburg has been knocking off ranked wrestlers all year. The ECSC was unanimous - this is Miller’s weight class to lose. With team race looking tight, this weight class can get the Bulldogs off and running orrrrr ticket round magic by the latest Egli, Reed can get the Wildcats of Mater Dei rolling. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - The Mater Dei classic in December gave us a preview of 106. Lou Knable and Reed Egli wrestled twice with Knable winning the first match 6-5 and Egli taking the second one 1-0. What happens in the third match?1?!? Don’t be late!! Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - The #12 Coy Hammack vs #13 Blake Zirkelbach guarantees that a SS top 4 kid is going home, and they are also 1-1 with Hammack getting the latest win in their conference finals a few weeks back. Another rubber match in the 106 bracket!! Don’t sleep on…. Jasper Junior Jainier Milanes looks to maybe break up the Hammack/Zirkelbach trilogy by sliding through the quarter bracket and onto Indy! Ford Fab 4 - The ECSC was unanimous on 1-2, but a tie for 3/4th. Ties were handled by whoever had the total higher placement points (more 3rd place votes in this case). 1st - Logan Miller Brownsburg, 2nd - Kyler West Evansville Memorial, 3rd - Coy Hammack Tell City, 4th - Ca$h Turner Edgewood 113: All 10 semi-state ranked grapplers have navigated their way through sectionals and regionals and have set themselves for shots at BLF. Mater Dei’s Cole Ross is the early favorite, owning 2 razor thin wins over both Lane Gilbert and Cheaney Schoeff. But this weight class is star power heavy as Ross, Gilbert, and Schoeff lead a class that could all be podium placers in the next few years. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - SS #4 Braiden Hanes vs SS #7 Ethan Roudebush are featured in a quarter bracket with no state ranked wrestlers and also features SS #6 Noah Lykins. Sophomore, Sophomore, Sophomore = Future Hammers, Hammers, Hammers but for one their time is now. Donnie Baker says you better watch this quarter bracket! Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Maybe not a tuuuurbbbillee draw but certainly a blood round match to watch - Freshman #5 ranked Gilbert vs Senior #19 ranked Logan Sutton of Castle. Winners goes to Indy, loser heads home too early. Don’t sleep on…. The aforementioned quarterbracket of Super Sophomores and Noah Lykins. The Olympian is battle tested as East wrestles one of the toughest schedules in the state. Can he pull off wins over two legit competitors? Ford Fab 4 - The ECSC was split but Ross gets the nod. 1st - Cole Ross Evansville Mater Dei, 2nd - Lane Gilbert, 3rd Cheaney Schoeff, 4th Braden Haines TRIPLEB GUARANTEE - Cheaney Schoeff of Avon will cause some noise, he makes the finals, he pushes Ross, he beats Ross. 120: 120 features our second LOCK of the preview - Evansville Mater Dei Junior and returning state qualifier Alec Freeman. Heritage Hills’ Sam Scott has had a great year and is the only other clear cut state bound wrestler here as after that things get murky. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker: 2 opening round matches could bring early fireworks - Greencastle Frosh phenom Chase Carrington and Evansville Centrals super Soph Ayden Amento will both battle for a chance to advance. Both received votes, this first round match could determine who advances to Indy. The other is Chris Newman and Jacob Bechert, Newman is a returning state qualifier but he gets two points of recognition here as he’s also featured in…. Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Chris Newman and Delaney Ruhlman maybe isn’t a Turrible do to both being underclassmen and not a lot of state level credentials. But both have had great years, 6 combined losses, and this could possibly be the first of many matches. Don’t sleep on…. Newman, Amento, and 2 homers I have - Charlestown junior Colin Knox is 35-1 but has gotten zero love from the ECSC, also Madison Sophmore Noah Burkhardt has only been wrestling for 2 years and won sectionals and was a regional runner up. Can either of these 2 TripleB Sleepers pull off the upsets?!?!?! Ford Fab 4: After Freeman and Scott the rest of the field appears to be up for grabs - Ruhlman, Newman, Carrington, and Amento all got some love but after the dust settled - 1st - Alec Freeman Evansville Mater Dei, 2nd - Sam Scott Heritage Hills, 3rd - Delaney Ruhlman Bloomington South, 4th Chase Carrington Greencastle 126: 5 top 10 state ranked wrestlers, 8 top 10 semi-state ranked wrestlers. Maybe the mostest biggest, yuuugest CB Turrible Draw ever….. Alstott/Dalton 3. This was a bronze medal match last year at state and now it’s a ticket round match. Somebody better call my momma….this is a injustice!!! Oh and our 3rd Ford Tough LOCK! Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Let’s skip the formalities and pleasantries, all 8 SS guys fall into different first round matches. First round should be chalk. Let’s get to it Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Are you kidding me?? Under absolutely no circumstances should this be a ticket round match. This should be a prime reason for wrestlebacks, but not so fast my friend!! This is the beauty of Indiana wrestling. We are getting a winner take all match in the blood round between two state medalists. This should be a fantastic, low scoring match up. Good luck to both guys! Don’t sleep on…. After the Alstott/Dalton match this weight we almost Chalk picks. Maybe I should plug Raymond Rioux here. All the talk has been about Alstott and Dalton and we have a Ford Tough LOCK here. Raymond has put together a stellar career for Avon, he’s a 3 time state medalists. He’s been a leader for the #WestSideWingmen for 4 years and should put a bow on his career with a Semi-state Championship this weekend and a state championship next weekend. He’s also the first of the Rioux Dozen, that name isn’t going away anytime soon in the Indiana Wrestling scene. #ParrishTrained Ford Fab 4: Gavin Alstott is 0-3 against Ben Dalton, the ECSC believes 4th time's the charm as The Highlander got the nod 1st - Raymond Rioux Avon, 2nd Gavin Alstott Floyd Central, 3rd Kysen Montgomery Brownsburg, 4th Ashton Hayhurst Mater Dei. TripleBGuarantee - B-E-N-D-A-L-T-O-N, not only for ticket round but maybe as a LOCK buster! 132: 5 state ranked and 8 semi-state ranked wrestlers lead this weight class. 2 words can describe this HOT MESS. 9 potential qualifiers all received votes, yes I said 9! That means this weight class should be a doozy Saturday! Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - SS #4 Beau Heeke from Heritage Hills and SS #7 ranked Seth Rohrbach both got votes to advance, but only one can advance out of the first round. Also a potential 1 over 4 upset as Conner Alcala from Decatur Central looks to take out regional champ Chase Aldridge from Providence. Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Sound the sirens, we have our first “Swear to God” pick by Donnie Baker - Gibson Southern Sophomore Christian Polen and Center Grove’s Hayden Watson. DB says to bet the boat on Polen! The other Turrible draw is a battle of two time state qualifiers and features a match that could definitely shift the team race. #4 state ranked Kane Egli takes on #8 ranked Tyler Conley from Avon. These two wrestled at state duals with Egli getting a 3-2 win. Can Conley switch that result and help his Hendricks Co rivals Brownsburg out here or even help put Avon in position to win? Don’t sleep on…. Ha, evidently we shouldn’t sleep on the whole bracket. But in no order - Seth Rohrbach, Beau Heeke, Christian Polen, Lane Deckard, and Tyler Conley all got votes but not enough to break into the - Ford Fab 4 - 1st - Hayden Watson Center Grove, 2nd - Kane Egli Evansville Mater Dei, 3rd - Connor Holt Plainfield, 4th - Conner Alcala Decatur Central 138: A weight going chalk means the ECSC has 4 unanimous selections in the same order. It has rarely if ever happened. This weight class was as close as it came this year as only one vote kept the weight class from being chalk and having Blake Boarman as a LOCK (*cough Donnie Baker cough*). Oh did I mention Drake Campbell beat Blake Boarman this year already? Maybe good old DB isn’t off his rocker! 5 state ranked wrestlers and 9 semi state ranked wrestlers are featured at 138, Let’s Go!!! Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - 2 matches stand out as curtain jerkers and I noticed some irregularities. First another Donnie Baker “Bet the Boat” upset alert - Terre Haute South junior Nathan Recknor over #13 Keandre Watson. The other match is SS #6 Colton Roberts and SS #9 Pat Mayes. Mayes is 40-2, Roberts has 13 losses. Does Avon’s strength of schedule carry Roberts over Mayes? Some voters say yes, some say no! Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - None, there’s a reason this weight class was almost chalk. Semi finals and finals should be great though. Don’t sleep on…. Campbell beat Boarman in a close match, Boarman beat J Conway in a close match. J Conway has been a takedown machine all season……. can the Highlander steal the booty and walk away like a Pirate with some gold Saturday? Ford Fab 4 - 1st - Blake Boarman Brownsburg, 2nd J Conway Floyd Central, 3rd Drake Campbell Brownsburg, 4th Landon Boe Plainfield 145: 5 state ranked wrestlers and 7 ranked semi-state wrestlers are featured at 145. Also 145 features our only 1st place tie, it’s officially up for grabs. It’s another weight where the committee doesn’t feel that there will be any party crashers as all 5 had the same 4 qualifiers albeit in different order. Justice Cash, Brody Baumann, and Jaden Renyolds all got first place votes and Cash/Reynolds finished in a tie. We will take it The Speaker of the Committee TripleB to break the tie. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Both unranked, both having great years Central freshman Luke Kemper and Floyd Central sophomore Codei Khawaja both come from bloodlines of wrestlers (Look them both up, I’m not geneology.com over here). This will be a great curtain jerker. Franklin Community senior Ethan Nash draws regional champ and state final hopeful #19 David Tucker. Here’s 2 things I know from my years of being around - Franklin never has a dull semi state, they keep matches close and Tonte brings the magic. While Tucker is the favorite, don’t be surprised to see Nash pull out a grinder match and sneak through Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - There’s nothing to see here, move along. Don’t sleep on…. Voters were chalk with the qualifiers Ford Fab 4 - Our first and only tie for first place, Justice Cash and Jaden Reynolds both racking up 16 out of a possible 20 votes. We went to the ballots and Cash received 3 first place votes while Reynolds received 1. Cash gets the nod. 1st - Justice Cash Bloomington North (Donnie Baker Lock, Stock, and Pork pick), 2nd - Jaden Reynolds, 3rd - Brody Baumann, 4th - David Tucker Brown Co 152: 5 top ten state ranked and all 10 semi-state wrestlers makes 152 no joke. There will be some Fitts thrown, some Hamms, will the Law be laid down, or can the Incredible Fulks smash the field? I could go all day with puns here but let’s put a BOE on it and move along. A top ten match up in the blood round gives us a Turrible draw and a Donnie Baker “Bet the Boat” guarantee are featured. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Moses Hamm and Jacob Cookerly are two SS ranked dudes looking to get after it, can the Hamm be COOKerlied? Oh man but seriously, the winner gets Fulks and this should be a great match! Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - #7 Fitts vs #2 Kervin. Both are returning State Qualifiers. Fitts is a fireball, if he can channel his emotions in the right way, will it be enough to knock off Kervin? Don’t sleep on…. Logan Boe, yes he’s predicted to finish in top 4 but this Warrior is a 3x state medalists and has always brought the heat when it counts. Kervin got the nod from the voters, but Don’t Sleep On Boe Ford Fab 4 - Your top 4 seeds are a combined 142 and 2. Schwew-wee, this should be some fun semi-finals and finals. Boe and Kervin are the Donnie Baker “Shut Up Randy, I’m watching come rasslin” Highlight match. 1st Jonathan Kervin Floyd Central, 2nd - Kade Law Columbus East, 3rd Logan Boe Danville, 4th - Jordan Fulks Boonville Donnie Baker Bet the Boat Guarantee - All 4 will be on the podium next week at BLF, STATE LAW!!! 160: 5 State ranked and 8 semi-state ranked wrestlers lead the field at 160 including the next LOCK, Evansville Mater Dei’s returning 3rd placer Eli Dickens. Some ticket round matches are featured here, not necessarily Turrible draws but matches that should be worth the watch. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - The Donnie Baker “Too Close to call” first round curtain jerker goes to #11 Sam Morrill and Evansville Reitz’s Aiden Farmer. Can Farmer sneak the upset? Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Whenever 2 top 10 ranked guys are going at it for the golden ticket it’s just turrible. #1 Eli Dickens and #9 Tyler Fuqua have both made the trip to Indy and both certainly are worthy medalists, but this year only one will get to take that opportunity. Turrible, turrible, turrible. Don’t sleep on….Wade Presson of Bloomington South has had some good wins this year and a win in the ticket round isn’t unthinkable. Keep an eye on Morrill/Farmer winner vs Presson. Ford Fab 4 - The 2nd Wildcat making the LOCK list, Eli Dickens leads this talented field 1st - Eli Dickens Evansville Mater Dei, 2nd - Peyton Asbury Brownsburg, 3rd - John Purdy Castle, 4th Sam Morrill Columbus East 170: 5 State ranked and 8 semi-state ranked wrestlers are on tap to duke it out at 170. The ECSC had a unanimous Fab 4, though some disagreed with placements. This because we have the dreaded my guy beat your guy but lost to your guy. The sectional seeding nightmare. 2x state qualifier Robert Deters leads this field. Let’s see who gets left out of the musical chairs. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - Columbus North’s Nick Holt was a sectional champ that hit a roadblock last weekend by some freshman from Madison (btw how many freshman lead the varsity football team in tackles and win regionals?) Indian Creek’s Owen Sego’s season has been well documented, this is his 4th trip to Evansville, will he get through? This match should be special, don’t miss it! Don’t sleep on…. Sego and Carrington Charles Barkley Turrible Draw - Two turrible draws, the aforementioned Sego has a decorated career, here’s to hoping he can continue his season with a W, but Deters is no small obstacle. #3 2 loss Ruhlman and #11 2 loss Carrinton will be going at it to determine who goes to BLF. Ruhlman appears to be the favorite, but another Turrible Draw Ford Fab 4 - Whenever you got #2,#3, and #6 in the same bracket, there will be no LOCK. The ECSC did really like Deters though to avenge his loss to Ruhlman and lock up a SS championship. 1st - Robert Deters Castle, 2nd - Tristan Ruhlman Bloomington South, 3rd - Gabe Sollars Evansville Mater Dei, 4th - Jalen Ward Franklin 182: 2 state qualifiers, one not favored to advance, a for LOCK that wasn’t. It’s 1-8-2! 6 state ranked (including #s 3,7, and 9) and 9 ranked SS wrestlers are on tabs at 182. Macartney Parkinson is a returning state medalist, who is undefeated in Indiana this year. This was a hands down LOCK….but then Donnie Baker crashed the party. Also Brenden Moore is a returning state qualifier who hasn’t had the easiest path to the Ford Center. How do Parkinson and Moores fate intertwine? Welll….. Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - Brendan McPike of Terre Haute South has had a fantastic season (trust me I got the emails and texts to prove it). Can this Outlaw survive returning State Qualifier Moore in the first round to lay way for rematch with Parkinson? Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Macartney Parkinson and Greg Glover will meet to determine a spot in Evansville. Another ticket round match that could affect the team race. Don’t sleep on…. Brenden Moore, Greg Glover, how about a sleeper pic of Drake Buchanan? Do you know his dad was a school teacher at Madison Junior High School when TripleB was only DoubleB and ran the hallways?!?! Never doubt a 3B connection!! Ford Fab 4 - 1st - Macartney Parkinson Evansville Mater Dei, 2nd - Noah White Columbus East, 3rd - Drake Buchanan Center Grove, 4th - Brendan Mcpike Terre Haute South Donnie Baker Bet the Boat Guarantee - Brendan McPike will be on the revenge tour Saturday knocking of Parkinson and Noah White. 195: Only 4 state ranked and 8 SS ranked wrestlers leaves this bracket kind of feeling ehhh…. but no worries, the Donnie Baker “Fight of the Night” will deliver and according to DB break up another LOCK. McKinley Kemper was well on his way to locking up a LOCK, like the other Kempers before him. Donnie pulled a Corso and said “Not so fast my friend” Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - No first rd matches of SS ranked grapplers left me searching….just like I”ll be searching the concessions Saturday at about this time. Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - Again natta, all 4 ranked guys are spread out in quarterbrackets, all seems well. Don’t sleep on…. Cody Matherly of Jeffersonville, he will have to win one on the STREETs to get to Bankers but the streets of Jeff are no joke. Donnie Baker’s FIGHT OF THE NIGHT - Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages, Donnie Baker enterprises in accordance with STATE LAW proudly brings to you the Fight of the Night… it’s a semi final match up between a Junior, from Franklin Community, with a 35-2 record Harrrriiisss Eaassssooonnnn!!! And his opponent from Evansville Central, this senior comes to us with a record of 36 wins and only 1 defeat, ittttttttt’s McKinnnnnnnnnley Kemmmmmper!!! Ford Fab 4 - Kemper, Eason, Street and Rogers all advance. Kemper so close to a lock, but Eason got a vote. 1st - McKinley Kemper Evansville Central, 2nd - Isaiah Street (I watched this kid almost bleed to death in Iowa as a 6th grader and still finished the match and the tournament helping Team Indiana finish 3rd in the nation, do not sleep on the STREET), 3rd - Harris Eason, 4th - Phoenix Rodgers Heritage Hills 220: 7 state ranked (wow) and all 10 SS ranked wrestlers bring the BOOM to 220. 8 wrestlers all recieved votes. Amongst the chaos the ECSC picks a non state ranked hammer to get through, Yowie Wowie what a weight class!! Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerker - This quarter bracket features 4 SS ranked dudes - #9 Ethan Rogers, #8 Cordell Huering, #10 Reese Condon, and #7 Kenton Williams all will have to sort it out it to make it out and the votes were not unanimous on who makes it out. Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - When you have so many ranked guys does it negate Turrible draws? The Donnie Baker Barn Burner of the night and Turrible Draw - #13 Josh Howell of Terre Haute South vs #7 Will Stewart of South Spencer. Spencer is a returning state placer, Howell has one loss and Donnie says this match is going to extra periods - This should be a great match! Also #6 Nathan Willman vs #11 Leighton Jones both are top 4 in SS but one is going home! The last one is #8 (#1 in ss) Micah Dodson vs #15 (#6 in ss) Macray Robinson. Don’t sleep on…. Stop what you are doing, look up the bracket (The Indianamat one with rankings), take a picture and seriously don’t sleep on any of them Ford Fab 4 - This was chaos, the ECSC was up until the wee hours debating 220. Here’s what we got: 1st - Nathan Willman North Posey, 2nd - Micah Dodson Martinsville, 3rd - Joshua Howell Terre Haute South, 4th - Kenton Williams Sullivan TripleBGuarantee - If Ethan Rogers can get on his offense early, he’s going to state. Leighton Jones will go big boy and the frosh will knock out a senior in the ticket round, Will Stewart will go to state… Heck just write this down - 1. Micah Dodson, 2. Leighton Jones, 3. Will Stewart, 4. Ethan Rogers. Take that to the Bank! 285: The last weight and the last LOCK. Last year Dorian Keys took the state by surprise on his run to a state title. There will be no surprises this year as Keys has been labeled a LOCK by the ECSC. 6 state ranked and 9 ss ranked wrestlers round out the semi-state qualifiers for 2020 (round, see what I did there, jeeze I’m losing my mind). 6 garnered votes and the most interesting matchup is a Turrrible draw Barry Horowitz Best Curtain Jerkers - I’ve been hearing about this one guy all year, “TripleB ya gotta give love to Ke’Tre Dickens, watch out for Dickens, Dickens, Dickens” Well here is his chance to shine and out of the gates he has undefeated Bloomington North wrestler Race Stewart. I’ve been told this could be shocker! Charles Barkley Turrible Draws - #14 Robbie Gentry vs. #15 Matthew Munoz, both are worthy of state and Munoz has a win over Gentry this year albeit on home turf. There will be no home turf this weekend. Don’t sleep on…. Hunter Wimpelberg is a senior for Coach Ferguson at Reitz, Regional champ, good program, great coach, do not sleep on Wimpelberg punching a ticket. Robbie Gentry could reverse his fortunes against Munoz and also punch his ticket Ford Fab 4 - Our last LOCK and Munoz doing what Munoz does best, escaping with a win 1st - Dorian Keys Brownsburg, 2nd - Matthew Munoz Jeffersonville, 3rd - Race Stewart Bloomington North, 4th - Jacob Johnson Franklin Man we made it…….let’s end w my favorite - food recomendations Friday night I’m heading to Hilltop Inn for my first ever Brain sandwich. I'm pumped. Brains aren’t your thing? Turonis is a local pizza place that’s dynamite. Like German? Gerst Haus is phenomenal. Want to head out for some adult beverages? Go to Franklin Ave, Gerst Haus is there and a number of other watering holes and great restaurants. I’m never up early enough for Breakfast so I have no clue. I hear the nachos at the Ford are great and worth the $. And a tradition on the way home is Stoll’s Country Diner - lights out fried chicken and down home buffet. Have a great time Saturday, I thoroughly enjoy the Evansville Semi-State experience. I’ll be there slumming around, feel free to say hey, you can’t miss me! Good luck to all my coaching buddies and all 224 grapplers. Use this to pump you up and get mad bc you were slighted and parents have fun with this as we at Indianamat are just trying to bring attention to our favorite sport, wrestling! See everybody at the FORD and onto Bankers!
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    This may be the toughest New Castle Semi State I have ever seen. There will be 20 or more ranked wrestlers staying home next week. As always, brutal ticket round match ups with two top 10 ranked wrestlers. 5 #1 Ranked Wrestlers in the tournament. 106 State Ranked Wrestlers #3 Suhas Chundi- Carmel #5 Bryce Lowery- Roncalli #7 Josh Johnson- Cardinal Ritter #9 Evan Dickey- Cathedral #19 Romello Williams- Anderson Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #6 Keaton Morton- Perry Meridian #7 Nathan Smith- Southport #8 Garrett Condo- Milan Potential Match-ups #5 Bryce Lowery vs #19 Romelo Williams ticket round Lowery has been on fire in his freshman campaign and is looking to take his first trip to state with his older brother. #9 Evan Dickey vs #6ss Keaton Morton These two have not wrestled this year. Morton has an awkward style that could give Dickey issues, but Dickey has experience on the floor at New Castle. #3 Suhas Chundi vs #7ss Nathan Smith Chundi has been here before and the podium at state and it looks like he should have a return trip. #7 Johnson vs #5 Lowery Rematch from sectionals in the semi finals. #9 Dickey vs #3 Chundi Semi-finals #3 Chundi vs #5 Lowery Finals 1st Round Picks Johnson over Condo (4 over 1) Rodriguez over Vest Lowery over Hale Williams over Coffman Dickey over Cornelius Morton over Holcomb Chundi over Fye Smith over Lengerich Tickets Punched Lowery, Chundi, Dickey, Johnson Alpha Dogs Lowery and Chundi 113 State Ranked Wrestlers #1 Alex Cottey- Perry Meridian #4 Elijah Anthony- Frankfort #8 Blake Wolf- East Central #10 Marquarias Wilburn- Warren Central #11 Logan Carrender LN #12 Brac Hooper Carmel #14 Kody Glithero Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #8 Griffin Ingalls Fishers Potential Match-ups #11 Carrender vs #4 Anthony ticket round Anthony has had two incredible seasons so far, but Senior Carrender will be a tough out. His style is awkward and he is extremely strong. Anthony knocked him off in ticket round last year. #8 Wolf vs #8ss Ingalls first round Haven’t seen much about this match-up. Ingalls has a win over Wilburn and has been competitive all year. Winner has the privilege of #1 Alex Cottey in the ticket round. #10 Wilburn vs #12 Hooper ticket round. These two have had 2 opportunities to wrestle but it hasn’t happened yet. Wilburn has beat Carrender twice which Hooper lost to in a major decision. Hooper pinned Ingalls who beat Wilburn early in the year. #14 Glithero vs #4 Anthony Semis Glithero is coming off a huge win over Alex Cottey and Anthony is coming off two straight losses to Hooper. Should be a good one. 1st Round Picks Glithero over Ellingwood Driver over Necessary Carrender over Bullock Anthony over Gardner Wolf over Ingalls Cottey over Reese Hooper over Marker Wilburn over Reyes Tickets Punched Cottey, Glithero, Anthony, Wilburn Alpha Dog Alex Cottey 120 State Ranked Wrestlers #1 Zeke Seltzer- Cathedral #4 Carson Eldred- Westfield #7 Christian White- New Palestine #10 Anthony Hughes- Lawrence North #13 Carleton Perry- Warren Central #14 Jacob Simone- Hamilton Southeastern #19 Brevan Thrine- New Castle Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #6 Antonio Jefferson LC Potential Match-ups #1 Seltzer vs #14 Simone. Two state place winners do battle to see who gets a chance to go back to Bankers Life. Simone had Eldred on the ropes last week and doesn’t want to end his career at New Castle. #6SS Jefferson vs Thrine first round Thrine has had an amazing freshman campaign with his only loss coming by major to Christian White. Jefferson has been here before and lost the last two years. Senior versus freshman. Winner gets #7 Christian White White would be the favorite over Thrine. Jefferson may pull the second 4 over 1 here and make the ticket round even crazier. #13 Perry vs #10 Hughes These two have wrestled several times over the years with Hughes taking the last one at MIC. Perry is coming off back to back wins over White as well as wins over Glithero and Jefferson who have defeated Hughes. But Hughes tech falled AJ Gunn from Carmel who has a win over Perry. #1 Seltzer vs #7 White semis. #4 Eldred vs #10/#13 Hughes/White 1st Round Picks Seltzer over Myers Simone over Haggerty Jefferson over Thrine White over Pritchett Eldred over Thang Dietz over Schneider Perry over Farling Hughes over Bray Tickets Punched Seltzer, Eldred, Perry, White Alpha Dog Zeke Seltzer 126 State Ranked Wrestlers #5 Brayden Lowery Roncalli #6 David Pierson- Warren Central #16 Luke Gonzalez- Cathedral #19 Cameron Toole- Lebanon #20 Joey Langeman- Carmel Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #7 Jeremiah Henderson- Lawrence North Potential Match-ups #19 Toole vs Brandon first round Brandon took Pierson down at regionals and is a very hard nosed wrestler. Wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset here. Followed with a ticket round with either super frosh Searcy from East Central or Jeremiah Henderson who has had an up and down year but is dangerous. #5 Lowery vs #16 Gonzalez ticket round Gonzalez has kept matches close with elite level guys all year and had a great Al Smith. Lowery shouldn’t overlook him. #20 Langeman vs Dennison Dennison has had a great year at 33-1, but I suspect Carmel will have Langeman ready. #5 Lowery vs #6 Pierson Finals Lowery won at Marion County 1-0. Should be another great battle. 1st Round Picks Toole over Ashton Searcy over Henderson Lowery over Drilik Gonzalez over Maitland Otto over Johnson Pierson over Lauy Dennison over Bertram Langeman over Vinson Tickets Punched Lowery, Pierson, Toole, Langeman Alpha Dog Brayden Lowery 132 State Ranked Wrestlers #2 Matt Koontz- Perry Meridian #7 Aundre Beatty- Warren Central #9 Andrew Wilson- Cathedral #10 Luke Goodwin- Southport #12 Sebastian Bryant- North Central #16 Jared Brown- Pendleton Heights #17 Sam Slivka- Roncalli Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #8 Hudson Harreld- Zionsville Potential Match-ups #7 Beatty vs #16 Brown ticket round. Two state qualifiers battling it out to see who goes to the Bank. Beatty had a great regional beating both #2 Koontz 7-0 and #17 Slivka to take home the title. #10 Goodwin vs Frazier. 4 over 1 potential here. Goodwin had a brutal regional with Beatty, Koontz, Slivka and himself. He has a win over Frazier over the summer. Winner gets #9 Wilson to punch a ticket. Wilson only has 7 matches this season due to injury but has been to state before. #8ss Harreld vs #17 Slivka ticket round. Slivka was a regional champion year that didn’t make it to state. Look for him to punch a ticket. #12 Bryant vs #2 Koontz ticket round. This is the premier ticket round match as both of these kids should be placers. Bryant has dominated since dropping to 132 with his only loss being Beatty. 1st Round Picks Beatty over Lonneman Brown over Merkel Goodwin over Frazier Wilson over Lloyd Harreld over Bustamante Slivka over Sherwood Bryant over Barrett Koontz over Walston Tickets Punched Beatty, Koontz, Goodwin, Slivka Alpha Dog Aundre Beatty 138 State Ranked Wrestlers #2 Logan Bailey- Cathedral #4 Logan Wagner- Zionsville #7 Brendan Mattingly- Carmel #8 Jevian Ross- Warren Central #14 Dylan Dorman- Greenfield-Central Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #6 David Page- Roncalli #8 Max Naselroad- Alexandria Potential Match-ups #2 Bailey vs #8 Ross. Brutal matchup of two kids that both should place at state. Both wrestlers have lost in the ticket round twice in their careers. Bailey lost to Beatty from Warren Central last year and Seth Johnson as a freshman. Ross has lost to Wilkerson and Caleb Oliver. Should be some fireworks In this one. #2Bailey/#8 Ross vs #7 Mattingly Semis #4 Wagner waiting in finals 1st Round Picks Walsh over Morgan Mattingly over Johnson Bailey over Miles Ross over Lemieux Dorman over Smith Lawson over Crouch Wagner over Page Naselroad over Euson Tickets Punched Bailey, Wagner, Mattingly, Dorman Alpha Dogs Logan Bailey 145 State Ranked Wrestlers #1 Alec Viduya- Roncalli #6 Chris Wilkerson- Mount Vernon #7 Jajuan Anderson- Warren Central #9 Jeff Dunasky- Guerin Catholic #13 Jake Shafer- Carmel #14 Gabe Phillips- Centerville #14 Reece Luhmann- Hamilton Southeastern #17 Garrett Stewart- Cathedral Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #8 Brady Mckivitz- Perry Meridian Potential Match-ups #9 Dunasky vs #7 Anderson ticket round. This should be a great ticket round matchup. Dunasky is trying to be Guerins first ever state qualifier. He lost to Warren Centrals Antwaun Graves last year in the ticket round. Anderson has wins over Luhmann, Mckivitz, Stewart, Shafer, and Wilkerson. #8ss Mckivitz vs #14 Phillips first round. Mckivitz has had a solid season with some solid wins and some losses in Perrys brutal schedule. Luhmann is waiting in the wings for the winner for a ranked ticket round matchup. #17 Stewart vs #13 Shafer first round. Stewart is a huge 145 but has taken a lot of losses. Wolf had a great regional tournament overturning some losses from earlier in the year. #1 Viduya vs #6 Wilkerson ticket round. This is another brutal ticket round that leaves behind a projected state place winner. Viduya has been on a different level this year. 1st Round Picks Dunasky over McDonald Anderson over Bohan Luhmann over Nixon Phillips over McKivitz Wolf over Taylor Shafer over Stewart Viduya over Linkel Wilkerson over Lindamood Tickets Punched Viduya, Anderson, Luhmann, Shafer Alpha Dog Alec Viduya 152 State Ranked wrestlers #1 Brice Coleman- Warren Central #3 Bryer Hall- East Central #6 Tyce Frejie- Roncalli #10 Shane Bates- Zionsville #18 Aidan Alford- Mount Vernon Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #4 Noah Baker- Perry Meridian #7 Tyler Jones- Lawrence Central #8 Tyler Vredeveld- Centerville Potential Match-ups #4ss Baker vs #18 Alford first round. Bake'rs match count is not indicative of his skill. Should be a great match followed with a ticket round date with #10 Bates. #3 Hall vs #6 Frejie ticket round. This is a huge matchup. Hall is trying to get back to state after losing to Leavell last year in the ticket round. Frejie has been to the show several times and doesn’t want to end his career at New Castle. #1 Coleman vs #8ss Vredeveld. Centerville's only loss this year is to Bryer Hall in the Regional finals. Coleman is looking to make his first trip to state after losing to Rodgers in the ticket round last year. #3Hall/#6 Frejie vs #1 Coleman Finals 1st Round Picks Bates over Foster Baker over Alford Hall over Ginella Frejie over Urasky Jones over Wills Mobley over McLaren Coleman over Lemaster Vredeveld over Fox Tickets Punched Coleman, Hall, Bates, Jones Alpha Dog Brice Coleman 160 State Ranked Wrestlers #3 Elliott Rodgers- Cathedral #4 Cooper Noehre- Greenfield Central #12 Dante Akins- Indianapolis Lutheran #14 Damon Mcclain- Warren Central #15 Andrew Roth- Lawrenceburg #20 Luke Davis- Zionsville Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #7 Josh Moore- Southport #8 Max Hayes- Mount Vernon Potential Match-ups This weight is pretty spread out on the top ranked wrestlers. #8SS Max Hayes vs #14 Damon McClain first round. Hayes has been a tough wrestler for years. McClain has been wrestling well winning the Marion County and MIC tournaments. #14 McClain vs #20 Davis ticket round. Davis is coming off a great Regional tournament and is rewarded with the higher ranked McClain in ticket round. #15 Roth vs #12 Akins. Akins has to get through a very tough Goodner first from the Deaf school. He pinned Hayes last week. I could be wrong, but Akins might be the first state qualifier for Lutheran. #3 Rodgers vs #4 Noehre in semis to rematch the state finals from last year. Their matchup earlier this year ended with a crazy funk roll from Rodgers for the win late in the third. 1st Round Picks Rodgers over Moore Williamson over Carr Noehre over Butterfield Mitchell over Lowe Davis over Payne McClain over Hayes Roth over Weakley Akins over Goodner Tickets Punched Noehre, McClain, Rodgers, Akins Alpha Dogs Cooper Noehre and Elliott Rodgers 170 State Ranked Wrestlers #7 Tyler Wagner- Cathedral #8 Bradley Harrington- North Central #9 Gabe Davin Carmel #15 Tytus Ragle- New Castle Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #3 Jajuan Dale- Perry Meridian #6 Chase Poynter- Zionsville #7 Ronan Hiner- Hamilton Southeastern #8 Ty Welliever- Southmont Potential Match-ups #4SS Dale vs #8SS Welliever first round. Winner gets #8 Harrington in the ticket round. Harrington is a huge 170 after making the drop from 182 earlier in the year. #9 Davin vs #15 Ragle ticket round. Really tough ticket round for Ragle who was winning in Regional finals before getting thrown and pinned. #6SS Poynter vs Mpole. Mpole is an unbelievable athlete with a great story of how he came to the United States. Winner has Malson/Bishop in ticket round. #7 Wagner vs #7ss Hiner. These two have wrestled each other their whole lives. Don’t expect Hiner to get blown out, he may even steal this ticket from Cathedral. 1st Round Picks Dale over Welliever Harrington over Calderon Davin over Mosconi Ragle over Rice Bishop over Malson Mpole over Poynter Wagner over Rullman Hiner over Ortel Tickets Punched Harrington, Wagner, Davin, Mpole Alpha Dog Bradley Harrington 182 State Ranked Wrestlers #4 Aidan Warren- Perry Meridian #6 Johnny Parker- Cathedral #12 Hayden Filipovich- Indianapolis Lutheran #13 Garret Sharp- Carmel #16 Kole Viel- East Central #18 Dawson McCloud- North Montgomery #20 Gavin Keesee- Franklin Central Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #7 Riley Woodall- Southmont Potential Match-ups #18 McCloud vs Myers. McCloud has had a great season is looking to continue it against the Iron Bear’s son. Ticket round matchup vs Filipovich who is also trying to get Lutheran to Bankers Life. #4 Warren vs #7SS Woodall. Warren has two trips to state in two attempts. Woodall is trying to match his brothers Middle School State Title last weekend. #16 Viel vs #20 Keesee first round Followed by a matchup with #13 Sharp in the ticket round. This quarter bracket is brutal with 3 ranked wrestlers. 1st Round Picks Mccloud over Myers Filipovich over Lawler Parker over Broom Sullivan over Orcutt Warren over Mcgill Woodall over Gillespie Viel over Keesee Sharp over hanson Tickets Punched Warren, Parker, Filipovich, Sharp Alpha Dog Aidan Warren 195 State Ranked Wrestlers #1 Silas Allred- Shenandoah #3 JD Farrell-cFishers #4 Kyle Krummen- East Central #9 Zach White- Carmel #12 Excell Brooks- Lawrence North Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #5 Jacob Huffman- Cathedral #6 Jeff McClure- Perry Meridian #7 Isiah Martin- Brebuf Jesuit #8 Richard Clevenger- New Palestine Potential Match-ups Other than Silas, this weight had 2 unranked regional champions and is wide open. #3 Farrell vs #12 Brooks ticket round. Farrell has had a great season including taking Silas down at Connersville. Brooks is incredibly athletic and is a tough matchup for anyone. #8SS Clevenger vs #4 Krummen Clevenger has had a great junior campaign including winning the brutal Perry Meridian regional. Krummen just took his first loss to Allred last weekend. White vs McCloud Rematch from earlier in the year where White took a 7-5 decision home. Followed by a matchup with Jacob Huffman from Cathedral. I predict the winner of the first round match will knock out the Pendleton regional champ. #3 Farrell vs #1 Allred Rematch from Spartan Classic in finals. 1st Round Picks Farrell over Beard Brooks over Orcutt Clevenger over Arvin Krummen over Martin Huffman over Shaffer White tossup McCloud Allred over Lovell McClure over Dreher Tickets Punched Allred, Farrell, Krummen, (White or McCloud) Alpha Dog Silas Allred 220 State Ranked Wrestlers #2 Drew Webster- North Montgomery #10 Deshawn Young- Franklin Central #12 David Guhl- Cathedral #16 Alex Hernandez- Warren Central Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #6 Parker Smitley- Mount Vernon #7 Cameron Brown- New Castle #8 Justin Stephens- Pendleton Heights Potential Match-ups A lot of great matchups first and second round. Most of the top dogs are separated until semi finals though. Taylor and Van Beynen should be good. Young and Smitley. #2 Webster vs #12 Guhl ticket round. Webster has been on fire this year. Guhl got a very unfortunate draw for having such a great season. #16 Hernandez vs #7SS Brown. These two have wrestled 4 times this season. Brown won the first one with Hernandez winning the next 3. Should be a great first round matchup with winner getting Blaine Pierce from Richmond to go to the Bank. 1st Round Picks Stephens over Lewis Van Beynen over Taylor Young over Smitley Shafer over Arvin Webster over Rowlett Guhl over Goodall Pierce over Schilling Hernandez over Brown Tickets Punched Webster, Young, Hernandez, Van Beynen Alpha Dog Drew Webster 285 State Ranked Wrestlers #2 Andrew Irick- Hamilton Southeastern #5 Holder Parsons- Cathedral #6 Cade Campbell- Pendleton Heights #9 Antone Alexander- Franklin Central #12 Dennis Hubbard- Warren Central Semi-State Ranked Wrestlers #6 Kolt Keller CC #7 Josh Berger NE Potential Match-ups #6SS Keller vs #7SS Berger- First Round Followed up with a match-up with #9 Antone Alexander. #2 Irick vs #6 Campbell- Ticket Round These two have wrestled a few times this year with Irick coming out ahead both times. Brutal draw for Campbell in his senior campaign. #2 Irick vs #5 Parsons- Finals 1st Round picks Keller over Berger Alexander over Anderson Irick over Pandoli Campbell over Keevers Hubbard over Snyder McDaniel over Myers Parsons over Jackson Goodall over Platonov Tickets Punched Irick, Parsons, Hubbard, Alexander Alpha Dogs Andrew Irick and Holden Parsons
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    Date: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Admission: $10 (Final session only); $12 (Season ticket). Advancement: The top four place winners in each weight class advance to the state finals. State Finals Pairings Show The brackets in each weight class will be announced exclusively via IHSAAtv.org on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT. Brackets for each host site are available via TrackWrestling.com 1. East Chicago Central | 9 am CT Feeder Regionals: Crown Point, Hobart, Logansport, Penn. TrackWrestling Brackets IndianaMat Brackets Pick'ems Link 2. New Haven (at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum) | 8:30 am ET Feeder Regionals: Carroll (Fort Wayne), Goshen, Jay County, Peru. TrackWrestling Brackets IndianaMat Brackets Pick'ems Link 3. New Castle | 9 am ET Feeder Regionals: North Montgomery, Pendleton Heights, Perry Meridian, Richmond. TrackWrestling Brackets IndianaMat Brackets Pick'ems Link 4. Evansville Reitz (at Ford Center) | 9 am CT Feeder Regionals: Bloomington South, Evansville North, Jeffersonville, Mooresville. TrackWrestling Brackets IndianaMat Brackets Pick'ems Link Ford Center Clear Bag Policy
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    By JEREMY HINES Thehines7@gmail.com Last Saturday when Jordan Fulks pinned Terre Haute South Vigo’s Moses Hamm in the ticket round of the Evansville semistate, he did something that hasn’t been done by a Boonville wrestler in 13 years. He advanced to the state tournament. “The last guy to make it to state from our school was Sam Derosett,” Fulks said. “He coached me when I was in middle school.” Fulks, a junior, is currently ranked No. 5 at 152 pounds. He is 43-1 on the year with his lone loss coming in the semistate championship to No. 4-ranked Logan Boe. “Jordan is scrappy wrestler,” Boonville co-coach Dustin Wilke said. “He’s a good wrestler on his feet. He moves his hands and feet very well. He has a lot of pins and racks up a lot of points.” Last season Fulks finished the year with a 36-2 mark. He lost in the first round of semistate. “I had a knee injury last year that really set me back a few months,” Fulks said. “It became a motivation thing, I guess. I advanced to semistate with a knee injury and that really inspired me because I knew if I could make it that far, hurt, then when I got better I could go even further.” Fulks is a year-around wrestler. It’s the only sport he participates in. “He’s got a real drive to be successful in wrestling,” Wilke said. “I’ve known him for several years. He was in our youth feeder program. He was on our travel team. I helped coach him in middle school. When he was getting a little older, I asked him what he wants to be – and he said a state champion. He asked what he needs to do to make that happen. He’s always looking for insight and he’s always trying to improve.” Fulks believes his best attribute in wrestling is his confidence. “I’m a confident wrestler,” he said. “I go out there and I’m confident in my moves and that I can hit them. I never go out thinking I can win every match, but I think I am going to wrestle my match, every time.” Friday night Fulks will go up against Huntington North’s No. 12-ranked Cody McCune (36-2). Both wrestlers are looking to place for the first time at state. McCune advanced last year, but did not place.
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    ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University Assistant Vice President for Athletics Matt Land has named Amy Hildebrandt as the inaugural head coach of the Thunder women's wrestling team. "Amy is a great asset to Trine University and the sport of women's wrestling," said Land, "She is determined to grow women's wrestling. Her lifelong passion will serve Trine University well as we develop our program." Hildebrandt has served as the coach of the Penn High School girl's wrestling team for the past two years. While there she has led the team to two state championship titles while coaching four individual state champions. The team can trace its roots to Hildebrandt's time at Penn as a student when she was instrumental in starting the first Penn Girl's Wrestling Club which later became the full-fledged team when the IHSGW began sponsoring the sport statewide. "I am honored to be Trine University's first women's wrestling coach." said Hildebrandt, "Women's wrestling has always been my passion and I am excited to be a part of the sport's growth. I look forward to introducing the Trine community to women's wrestling and leading a new group of young women at the University." Hildebrandt has also served as coach of the Penn Wrestling Club for the past two years. The club works with elementary and middle school-aged athletes on the fundamentals of wrestling. For the past two years, she has also served as an assistant wrestling technician at the University of Michigan Women's Wrestling Camp. Currently, Hildebrandt is stationed at the United States Olympic Training in Colorado Springs, Colo. where she assisting her sister in preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Trine University announced in January that it would begin sponsoring women's wrestling for the 2020-21 season. They will become the first NCAA institution to sponsor the sport in Indiana.
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    Throughout the history of the state finals the number of state placers has grown from four to six and finally to eight in 1992. With the addition of the 7th and 8th place finishers came the Friday night win or go home match for all the competitors. Throughout the years we have seen amazing matches and crazy upsets on Friday night. After some thought we wanted to know which coach had the best winning percentage on Friday night. We compiled all the data from 1992 until 2019 and came up with the following information. Please note that included in these statistics are qualifiers that did not end up participating at state due to injury. This mildly affects a coach’s percentage as it is a rare occurrence an athlete does not participate on Friday night. Click here for all of the data Current coaches with 10+ state qualifiers from 1992-2019 Rank Coach Qualifiers Placers Friday % Current School 1 Wade McClurg 11 10 90.91% Roncalli 2 Brian Weaver 11 9 81.82% Elkhart Memorial 3 Sean McGinley 100 78 78.00% Indianapolis Cathedral 4 Darrick Snyder 85 64 75.29% Brownsburg 5 Chris Cooper 31 22 70.97% Columbus East 6 Maurice Swain 10 7 70.00% Center Grove 7 Jim Tonte 102 70 68.63% Franklin Community 8 David Maldonado 79 53 67.09% Merrillville 9 Matthew Behling 17 11 64.71% Culver Academies 10 Matt Schoettle 22 14 63.64% Perry Meridian 11 Dan Briggs 16 10 62.50% Carroll(Fort Wayne) 12 Joshua Holden 18 11 61.11% Greenfield-Central 13 Zach Errett 20 12 60.00% Avon 14 Kevin Blundell 10 6 60.00% Monrovia 15 Greg Schaefer 69 40 57.97% Evansville Mater Dei 16 Branden Lorek 14 8 57.14% Crown Point 17 Ed Pendoski 65 37 56.92% Carmel 18 Bill Flatt 23 13 56.52% South Bend Riley 19 Tony Abbott 31 17 54.84% Cowan 20 Bob Read 24 13 54.17% Plymouth 21 Eric Myers 21 11 52.38% Jay County 22 T. Howard Jones Jr. 22 11 50.00% Jennings County 23 Mark Kirchgassner 10 5 50.00% East Central 24 Bob Harmon 57 28 49.12% Castle 25 Chris Joll 47 23 48.94% Chesterton 26 Jim Pickard 40 19 47.50% Goshen 27 Mike Runyon 15 7 46.67% Bloomington South 28 Louie Kuzdas 24 11 45.83% LaPorte 29 Lou Silverman 35 16 45.71% North Central 30 Clint Gard 16 7 43.75% Rochester 31 Brad Harper 62 27 43.55% Penn 32 Scott Ferguson 38 16 42.11% Evansville Reitz 33 Steve Pugliese 22 9 40.91% Tri-West 34 Dave Cloud 27 11 40.74% Pendleton Heights 35 Dean Branstetter 15 6 40.00% Attica 36 Brandon Sisson 10 4 40.00% Floyd Central 37 Chad Shepherd 18 7 38.89% Western 38 Danny Struck 18 7 38.89% Jeffersonville 39 Larry Mattingly 31 12 38.71% Evansville Memorial 40 Andy Hobbs 39 15 38.46% Peru 41 Dan Mikesell 13 5 38.46% Mooresville 42 Doug Smoker 19 7 36.84% Angola 43 Rod Williams 11 4 36.36% Leo 44 Jim HIttler 17 6 35.29% Huntington North 45 Jamie Welliever 12 4 33.33% Southmont 46 Andrew King 20 6 30.00% Oak Hill 47 Tim Alcorn 10 3 30.00% Mount Vernon (Posey) 48 Paul Gunsett 14 4 28.57% Bellmont 49 Jim Wadkins 22 6 27.27% Calumet 50 Blane Culp 11 3 27.27% Columbia City 51 Nick Kraus 11 2 18.18% Garrett 52 Tom Miller 17 2 11.76% Lafayette Jefferson All coaches with 10+ state qualifiers from 1992-2019 Rank Coach Qualifiers Placers Friday % Current School Past School 1 Wiley Craft 12 11 91.67% Lawrence Central 2 Wade McClurg 11 10 90.91% Roncalli Roncalli 3 Todd Kendrick 13 11 84.62% Franklin Central 4 Frank Svarczkopf, Jr. 12 10 83.33% Lawrence North 5 Brian Weaver 11 9 81.82% Elkhart Memorial Elkhart Memorial 6 Travis Walls 26 21 80.77% Griffith 7 Dan Gelarden 15 12 80.00% Munster 8 Brett Crousore 39 31 79.49% Lawrence North 9 Nick Petrov 24 19 79.17% Hanover Central 10 Sean McGinley 100 78 78.00% Indianapolis Cathedral Indianapolis Cathedral 11 Perry Summitt 13 10 76.92% Bloomington North 12 Darrick Snyder 85 64 75.29% Brownsburg Brownsburg 13 Al Smith 26 19 73.08% Mishawaka 14 Justin Smith 11 8 72.73% Warsaw 15 Rod Wartman 11 8 72.73% Lake Central 16 Chris Cooper 31 22 70.97% Columbus East Columbus East 17 Keith Grant 10 7 70.00% Indian Creek 18 Maurice Swain 10 7 70.00% Center Grove Center Grove 19 Alan Goddard 10 7 70.00% Ben Davis 20 Dennis Miesle 10 7 70.00% Woodlan 21 Duboris Dickerson 13 9 69.23% Pike 22 Grodie Crick 13 9 69.23% Evansville Central 23 Jim Tonte 102 70 68.63% Franklin Community Warren Central 24 Mike Atwood 19 13 68.42% Delphi 25 Paul Nicodemus 19 13 68.42% Plainfield 26 Lance Rhodes 31 21 67.74% Indianapolis Cathedral 27 David Maldonado 79 53 67.09% Merrillville Merrillville 28 Mike Goebel 111 74 66.67% Evansville Mater Dei 29 Paul Voigt 15 10 66.67% Carroll(Fort Wayne) 30 Bill Kelly 26 17 65.38% East Chicago Central 31 Lance Ellis 17 11 64.71% Roncalli 32 Matthew Behling 17 11 64.71% Culver Academies Culver Academies 33 Chad Red 28 18 64.29% New Palestine 34 Matt Schoettle 22 14 63.64% Perry Meridian Perry Meridian 35 Brian Seltzer 40 25 62.50% Lawrence North 36 Dan Briggs 16 10 62.50% Carroll(Fort Wayne) Union County 37 David Walpole 16 10 62.50% Decatur Central 38 Robert Emerick 29 18 62.07% Lake Central 39 Bob Jarrett 13 8 61.54% Eastern (Greentown) 40 Jack Grimaldi 13 8 61.54% Alexandria 41 Joshua Holden 18 11 61.11% Greenfield-Central Greenfield-Central 42 Rob Willman 18 11 61.11% Floyd Central 43 Zach Errett 20 12 60.00% Avon Avon 44 Kevin Blundell 10 6 60.00% Monrovia Monrovia 45 John Kopnisky 10 6 60.00% Carmel 46 Brent Faurote 109 65 59.63% Bellmont 47 Kevin Troy 32 19 59.38% Roncalli 48 Larry Tharp 22 13 59.09% Portage 49 Russel Feigert 41 24 58.54% Beech Grove 50 Dave Thompson 24 14 58.33% Whiteland 51 Greg Schaefer 69 40 57.97% Evansville Mater Dei Evansville Mater Dei 52 Royce Deckard 64 37 57.81% Bloomington South 53 Steve Balash 52 30 57.69% Hobart 54 Keith Hoffar 28 16 57.14% East Noble 55 Kyle Poyer 28 16 57.14% Hamilton Southeastern 56 Mike Smorin 14 8 57.14% South Bend Riley 57 Jim Nicholson 14 8 57.14% Elkhart Central 58 Branden Lorek 14 8 57.14% Crown Point Crown Point 59 Ed Pendoski 65 37 56.92% Carmel Carmel 60 Bill Flatt 23 13 56.52% South Bend Riley South Bend Riley 61 Trent McCormick 103 58 56.31% Yorktown 62 Bobby Howard 16 9 56.25% Lowell 63 John Cook 16 9 56.25% Valparaiso 64 Bob Hasseman 68 38 55.88% Franklin Community 65 Lance Beehler 18 10 55.56% Mishawaka 66 Danny Williams 20 11 55.00% Warren Central 67 Tony Abbott 31 17 54.84% Cowan Cowan 68 Jamie Wingler 11 6 54.55% New Palestine 69 Jason Warthan 11 6 54.55% Columbus North 70 James Colias 11 6 54.55% Munster 71 Kenny Wallace 11 6 54.55% Princeton 72 Bob Read 24 13 54.17% Plymouth Plymouth 73 Clarence Warthan 24 13 54.17% Frankfort 74 Israel Blevins 37 20 54.05% Avon 75 Mike Ester 26 14 53.85% Fort Wayne Snider 76 Jake Harreld 13 7 53.85% Fishers 77 Bob Brennan 15 8 53.33% Zionsville 78 Jared Williams 40 21 52.50% Zionsville 79 Eric Myers 21 11 52.38% Jay County Jay County 80 Scott Vlink 86 45 52.33% Crown Point 81 Rex Peckinpaugh 73 38 52.05% New Castle 82 Andy Simon 35 18 51.43% Carmel 83 Leroy Vega 43 22 51.16% Portage 84 Mark Kerrn 38 19 50.00% Jimtown 85 Randy Kearby 34 17 50.00% Columbia City 86 Jim Ledbetter 28 14 50.00% Warren Central 87 T. Howard Jones Jr. 22 11 50.00% Jennings County Jennings County 88 Todd Sacksteder 20 10 50.00% Beech Grove 89 Kevin King 18 9 50.00% Indianapolis Bishop Chatard 90 Chris Campbell 14 7 50.00% Greenwood 91 Bill Yozipovich 14 7 50.00% Greenfield-Central 92 Mark Bruner 12 6 50.00% Brown County 93 Mark Kirchgassner 10 5 50.00% East Central East Central 94 Lee Fry 10 5 50.00% Prairie Heights 95 Chris Svarczkopf 10 5 50.00% Fort Wayne North Side 96 Larry Hazuga 10 5 50.00% Jeffersonville 97 Christopher Kern 10 5 50.00% Zionsville 98 Bob Harmon 57 28 49.12% Castle Castle 99 Chris Joll 47 23 48.94% Chesterton Chesterton 100 Henry Wilk 43 21 48.84% Penn 101 Dennis Lewis 27 13 48.15% NorthWood 102 Jim Pickard 40 19 47.50% Goshen Goshen 103 Terry O'Neill 19 9 47.37% Westfield 104 Scott Dehart 17 8 47.06% Wawasee 105 Mike Runyon 15 7 46.67% Bloomington South Bloomington South 106 Ryan Wells 15 7 46.67% Kokomo 107 Cale Hoover 26 12 46.15% Center Grove 108 Louie Kuzdas 24 11 45.83% LaPorte LaPorte 109 Tony Boley 24 11 45.83% Warsaw 110 Lou Silverman 35 16 45.71% North Central North Central 111 Bud Palmer 11 5 45.45% Delta 112 Steve Wewe 11 5 45.45% Franklin County 113 Bo Henry 11 5 45.45% Bloomington North 114 Clint Gard 16 7 43.75% Rochester Rochester 115 Brad Harper 62 27 43.55% Penn Penn 116 Rick Stenftenagel 14 6 42.86% Jasper 117 David Caple 14 6 42.86% Floyd Central 118 Scott Schwarz 26 11 42.31% East Central 119 Scott Ferguson 38 16 42.11% Evansville Reitz Evansville Reitz 120 Steve VanderAa 17 7 41.18% Winamac 121 Steve Pugliese 22 9 40.91% Tri-West Danville 122 Dave Cloud 27 11 40.74% Pendleton Heights Pendleton Heights 123 Scott Raypole 15 6 40.00% Carroll(Fort Wayne) 124 Dean Branstetter 15 6 40.00% Attica Attica 125 Brandon Sisson 10 4 40.00% Floyd Central Floyd Central 126 James Binkley 10 4 40.00% New Albany 127 Sam DiPrimio 10 4 40.00% Fort Wayne Northrop 128 Gene Backes 10 4 40.00% Evansville Reitz 129 Murray Miller 10 4 40.00% South Bend Washington 130 James Phillips 10 4 40.00% Indianapolis Emmerich Manual 131 Kevin Taylor 10 4 40.00% Wawasee 132 Al Hartman 36 14 38.89% South Bend Clay 133 Chad Shepherd 18 7 38.89% Western Western 134 Danny Struck 18 7 38.89% Jeffersonville Jeffersonville 135 Larry Mattingly 31 12 38.71% Evansville Memorial Evansville Memorial 136 Andy Hobbs 39 15 38.46% Peru Peru 137 Dan Mikesell 13 5 38.46% Mooresville Mooresville 138 Ed Fox 13 5 38.46% Carroll(Fort Wayne) 139 Greg Gastineau 13 5 38.46% Hamilton Southeastern 140 Mark Line 21 8 38.10% Kankakee Valley 141 Doug Smoker 19 7 36.84% Angola Angola 142 Gary Fox 11 4 36.36% Franklin Central 143 Rod Williams 11 4 36.36% Leo Leo 144 Tony Grater 11 4 36.36% McCutcheon 145 Tony Starks 11 4 36.36% Ben Davis 146 Todd Fakes 11 4 36.36% Monrovia 147 Derek Bocock 14 5 35.71% Lebanon 148 Matt Koontz 14 5 35.71% Whitko 149 Jim HIttler 17 6 35.29% Huntington North Huntington North 150 Mark Scott 20 7 35.00% Muncie Central 151 David Errett 20 7 35.00% Martinsville 152 Barry Humble 18 6 33.33% South Adams 153 Josh Dommer 15 5 33.33% Leo 154 Jamie Welliever 12 4 33.33% Southmont Southmont 155 Robert Freije 16 5 31.25% Brownsburg 156 Randy Pursley 13 4 30.77% Homestead 157 Andrew King 20 6 30.00% Oak Hill Oak Hill 158 Chuck Fleshman 10 3 30.00% Central Noble 159 Tim Alcorn 10 3 30.00% Mount Vernon (Posey) Mount Vernon (Posey) 160 John Bennett 10 3 30.00% Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger 161 Paul Gunsett 14 4 28.57% Bellmont Bellmont 162 Nicholas Eckert 14 4 28.57% North Posey 163 George Gardner 18 5 27.78% South Dearborn 164 Jim Wadkins 22 6 27.27% Calumet Calumet 165 Blane Culp 11 3 27.27% Columbia City Columbia City 166 Ron Anderson 11 3 27.27% Winchester 167 Eric Burres 12 3 25.00% New Albany 168 Doug Deters 13 3 23.08% Franklin County 169 Kevin Wilkinson 10 2 20.00% Southmont 170 Ken Houston 16 3 18.75% Twin Lakes 171 Denny Schwartz 16 3 18.75% Adams Central 172 Nick Kraus 11 2 18.18% Garrett Garrett 173 Scott VanDerAa 15 2 13.33% Harrison (WL) 174 Tom Miller 17 2 11.76% Lafayette Jefferson Lafayette Jefferson 175 Al Thomas 10 1 10.00% Logansport 176 Tim Sloffer 12 1 8.33% Carroll(Fort Wayne) 177 Doug Schultz 13 1 7.69% Adams Central
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    Subscribe on itunes | Subscribe on Google Play Music Rex Brewer and Dane Fuelling talk all things wrestling, with a look back at regionals, and look ahead to semistates.
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    Michigan and Penn State Share Wrestler of the Week Honor Wolverines’ Parris and Nittany Lions’ Lee each earned pins in Big Ten dual action last weekend Co-Wrestlers of the Week Mason Parris, Michigan Heavyweight – So. – Lawrenceburg, Ind. – Lawrenceburg – School of Engineering Picked up a ranked victory in Michigan’s dual against Iowa last weekend Pinned Iowa's third-ranked Tony Cassioppi at the 4:31 mark to improve to 23-0 on the season and hand the Hawkeye his first loss of the season Earned three takedowns in the bout and now owns nine pins this season, including two in a row and five in Big Ten duals Claims the first Wrestler of the Week Award of his career Last Michigan Wrestler of the Week: Adam Coon (Feb. 13, 2018) Nick Lee, Penn State 141 pounds – Jr. – Evansville, Ind. – Homeschool – Health Policy and Administration Defeated two top-10 opponents in Penn State's Big Ten road weekend, helping the Nittany Lions post two top-six road dual victories Recorded a 14-1 major decision over No. 7 Tristan Moran of Wisconsin in Penn State's 29-10 victory in Madison Pinned No. 5 Mitch McKee of Minnesota at the 1:56 mark in Penn State's 31-10 victory in Minneapolis to improve to 16-0 overall Earns the first Wrestler of the Week Award of his career Last Penn State Wrestler of the Week: Bo Nickal (Feb. 12, 2019) 2019-20 Wrestlers of the Week Nov. 5: Luke Pletcher, Sr., OSU/Kendall Coleman, Fr., PUR Nov. 12: Dylan Lydy, Sr., PUR Nov. 19: Joey Gunther, Sr., ILL Nov. 26: Trent Hillger, So., WIS Dec. 3: Austin DeSanto, Jr., IOWA Dec. 10: Brayton Lee, Fr., MINN/Dylan Lydy, Sr., PUR Dec. 17: Graham Rooks, Fr., IND Jan. 3: Alex Marinelli, Jr., IOWA/Seth Gross, Sr., WIS Jan. 14: Tristan Moran, Sr., WIS Jan. 21: Graham Rooks, Fr., IND Jan. 28: Sammy Sasso, Fr., OSU Feb. 4: Michael Kemerer, Sr., IOWA Feb. 11: Mason Parris, So., MICH/Nick Lee, Jr., PSU
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    This tournament is for ALL Freshman and Sophomores who DID NOT PLACE in the IHSAA State Championships. This includes wrestlers who competed at Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman levels during the High School season. Qualifiers February 16, 2020 Doors Open 8:00 a.m. CST Proceed directly to Scales for Weigh-In’s Weigh-In’s CLOSE at 9:30 CST. Singlet and shoes (4 pound total allowance) Weight Class changes will be permitted with no fee. Wrestling begins at 10:00 a.m. CST North at Portage High School South at Mater Dei High School Cost: $27.50(pay online) February 23rd Central at Indy Nationals Cost: $45(pay online) Finals February 29-March 1st Finals at Southport High School Cost: $25(pay at the door) Information Informational Page Contact Information Mark Durham markdurham@mac.com Automatic Frosh-Soph State Qualifiers: Any Indiana Freshman or Sophomore wrestler who qualifies for an IHSAA Semi-State is automatically qualified for Frosh-Soph State and will be imported into the State Final Tournament. They are not permitted in the North or South Qualifiers.
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    Subscribe on itunes | Subscribe on Google Play Music Rex Brewer and Dane Fuelling talk all things wrestling, to include previewing sectionals this weekend.
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    By STEVE KRAH stvkrh905@gmail.com Trey Sturgill can hear his coach’s words of advice ringing in his ears. “He’s always told me to never live with regret,” says Sturgill, a 113-pound senior competing for Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Famer Andy Hobbs at Peru High School. “I’m determined. I’m driven. My job is to get the job done and be the best person I can be.” Sturgill, who Hobbs likes to call “Pancake” after a mat move of the same name, says he excels from the top position. “I’m a dog on top,” says Sturgill. “I like to get the pins.” So far, 65 of 96 career victories have come by fall. Sturgill (30-3 in 2019-20) won the 113 title at the Three Rivers Conference meet Saturday, Jan. 25 at Maconaquah. “He’s got a pretty good skill set,” says Hobbs of Sturgill. “He’s very savvy.” Sturgill missed all of junior season with an injury he can trace back to the freshmen-sophomore state when he was a freshmen. He continued to wrestle through his sophomore year, qualifying for the 2018 IHSAA State Finals at 106. “I really wanted to make my state run,” says Sturgill. The pain got to be too much and examination revealed Trey had four torn tendons and a broken shoulder. He them fixed and began physical therapy. “I wanted to be stronger for my senior season,” says Sturgill, who was cleared to wrestle the week after the 2019 State Finals. His off-season included meets in Michigan and Ohio. “My shoulder is doing fantastic right now.” Sturgill has multiple workout partners at Peru from 106 to 138. “We have a pretty open room,” says Sturgill. “Each kid’s different. It helps me with my defense and what to look for in a real match.” Trey is not the first member of his family to step into the circle. His father, Bill Sturgill, wrestled for Northfield High School and was a semistate qualifier. Trey was hooked on the sport when Bill took his youngest boy to a Peru Wrestling Club event at 3. Brother Peyton Sturgill, who graduated from Peru in 2016, was a two-time state qualifier. Half brother Kane Rockenbaugh (Peru Class of 2013) was a semistate qualifier. Mother Rana has been there to cheer them on. Peyton Sturgill is on his way to earning his college degree and becoming a math teacher. Trey Sturgill has sights set on teaching high school physical education. “I’m still deciding on wrestling (in college),” says Trey. “We’ll see how this season goes.” Away from wrestling, Sturgill likes to play disc golf at courses in Peru or Wabash. “I like getting out and enjoying the fresh air and nature and being with my buddies,” says Sturgill. Hobbs, a Tipton High School graduate, is in his 34th season as a wrestling coach and 25th season as head coach at Peru. “I’ve enjoyed every year of it,” says Hobbs, who has 453 dual meet victories and leads a Tigers program with the motto is “ No Magic, Just Hard Work!!!.” The veteran coach teaches his grapplers to “never walk past a piece of trash on the ground” and to “be humble enough to prepare and bold enough to compete with the very best!” “You control what you can control and don’t worry about the other guys,” says Hobbs, who has produced 41 state finalists — 39 at Peru and two while coaching at Princeton. “You drop the hammer and take more shots.“ “Those are the ways you have success in the sport.” Hobbs, who is also a health teacher, believes in having and following a plan. “We’re specific with everything,” says Hobbs. “With nutrition, we avoid process sugar and drink a lot of water. “We get sleep, wash hands and wear hat and a coat. Everybody’s got to learn that curve.” Hobbs’ coaching staff features Daric Fuller (two-time state qualifer), Zak Leffel (two-time state qualifier), Colin Quin (two-time sectional two-time sectional champion), Jordan Rader (three-time state qualifier and 2018 state runner-uo at 170), Kegan Kern (four-time semistate qualifier and Al Smith Classic finalist) and Chris McKinney (conference and sectional champion). Fuller (history), Leffel (math), Quin (P.E.) and McKinney (chemistry and physics) are teachers. Rader is an Indiana University student. U.S. Air Force vet Kern is Miami County Sheriff. Kern owns his own law firm. McKinney served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army.
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