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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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    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.”
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