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  1. Here is the preview from the New Castle paper. I know it's not one that talks about every wrestler, but it is something. Area wrestlers are two wins away from qualifying for state Jeremy Hines Sports Editor Win two and you're in. That's the mission all 224 top-tier wrestlers will have Saturday in the largest event held anually in the Fieldhouse. The New Castle wrestling semistate is loaded with highly ranked grapplers in all 14 weight classes. There is no easy road for anyone in the competition. The Trojans have eight wrestlers competing in the event. Shenandoah and H
  2. According to the company in charge of the media relations with the IHSAA, here is the list of approved organizations that will be streaming the semistates: SEMI-STATE # HOST SITE APPROVED BROADCASTERS 1 Merrillville Merrillville HS BroadcastSport.net WDSO-FM (following Chesterton) 2 Woodlan Allen Co. Coliseum AdamsCountyVoice.com
  3. The Courier-Times will be streaming several matches from the New Castle semistate. Not sure what matches yet but probably all of New Castle's at least and all of the finals. It will be free at www.thecouriertimes.com.
  4. I know the 119 pound class is stacked for the New Castle semistate this year. So I was looking through last year's brackets where Brenden Campbell won at 112. Campbell beat out Jared McKinley (now ranked No. 1 at 125), Brian Harvey (No. 1 at 130), Mason Todd (No. 2 at 112) and Dominque Price (No. 6 at 112). Out of that 112 pound class you now have two guys ranked No. 1, two ranked No. 2 and a guy ranked No. 5. Just an interesting bit of information.
  5. Yeah, Stacks is fantastic. Just watch out for the big guy they call Eli.
  6. Alex Catron is a force at 125. He was winning when he slipped up and got pinned by Batt but other than that he hasn't lost. He went to state last year and placed eighth and he did beat the No. 9 ranked guy 8-2 this season.
  7. OK. Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
  8. I was trying to find out what happened to Josh Ehr in the 2010 tournament. He is a very good wrestler and from what I can tell he was 40-0 after winning regional last year. Did he compete in semistate and lose in an early round or did an injury or something hold him out of the semistate?
  9. Shaking a kids hand after a match is required. What Fletcher did was not shaking his hand. He grabbed Lumpkin's hand and slung it forward and then ran off the mat punching everything, slamming headgear and such. Like I said, he did the exact same thing last year and when a person, I'm assuming was his mother, tried to calm him down he said some very, very choice words to her. Being competitive is great. I commend everyone for having a strong desire to win. But when you lose, you still have to show dignity. That, no matter how you try and frame it, was not dignified at all. I am one of th
  10. Here's the match exactly how it went. Fletcher scored a takedown and earned back points in the first period to go up 5-0. Lumpkin scored a reversal and got two back points to make it 4-5. At the end of the first period Fletcher earned an escape to go up 6-4. Fletcher started the second period down and quickly got a reversal to go up 8-4, but Lumpkin countered with his second reversal of the match to make it 6-8. In the third period Lumpkin started down. He earned the escape with 1:48 remaining in the match to cut Fletcher's lead to 8-7. Then Lumpkin earned a takedown to go up 9-8 and put F
  11. Coach Baumgartner, if I knew how, I'd be dishing you out some cool points for your last post. I totally agree with you in all regards. I don't understand why coaches are crying over team state. I talk to coaches around the state and the general consensus with everyone is that the process is extremely flawed. It's not a secret that team state was probably already six feet underground and having dirt shoveled on it. If something as simple as one school pulling out can throw the entire state tournament off the edge, than it was already teetering anyway. Everyone wants to see a new format. I d
  12. Wrestling is perhaps the greatest "individual" sport ever invented. A wrestler goes out there and takes on his opponent on the mat. The best wrestler emerges as the victor. That is the splendor of this sport. Yet, like so many of you out there, I also love the team aspect. I love the fact that a subpar wrestler who knows he can't beat his guy can do his team a service by being tough and fighting off a pin. I love the strategy involved in the dual format. Now to get to my point. Wrestling is also one of the most physically demanding sports out there. A wrestler wants to advance as far as h
  13. The New Castle Courier-Times has Mullins wrestling at 160. That puts Tyler Brand, who is a decent wrestler, in at 152 and would help the team earn some extra points.
  14. If I added this up right, Merriville's semistate has 12 in the finals, New Castle 8, Ft. Wayne 5 and Evansville 3.
  15. "Not really stunning. New Castle has a lot of pretty records but don't get out and face a lot of great competition throughout the year. That comes back to bite them when they have to face tough kids like Roncalli has." New Castle does wrestle a good schedule. The kids on the team with good records, have went up against anyone the other teams throw on the mat against them. Those same kids beat the Roncalli kids. New Castle won seven matches in this bout, and gave up a forfeit at 171 pounds. I don't think anything came back to bite them, just Roncalli got more pins in this one. Connor
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