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  1. Recently been noticing some guys who’ve made it to state as a senior on their sole trip and win it. I have a few names, but I wonder if there are any other wrestlers besides the ones I’m about to list that have won on their lone qualification. 2000: Bryce Hasseman, Franklin Community, 46-0 2012: Sean Mappes, Center Grove, 46-0 2013: Riley McClurg, Perry Meridian, 37-3 2015: Dylan Lydy, Ben Davis, 46-0 Seems like in the last decade this occurred three times. Are there any others out there?
  2. For people with records in the 50s (or close to it) today, how does that affect seeding at sectionals? Does strength of schedule play a factor at all or is it just H2H and common opponents?
  3. Recently went on the IHSAA's official website to look at the wrestling record book and I noticed Alex Tsirtsis went 62-0 that year not including Team State the next week in which his team got runner-up to Mater Dei, and if he never lost, that means he went 65-0 that year. How was that possible? Isn't there a limit to number of matches per day a team/wrestler is allowed? I can't think of any possible way that happens with any in-season tournament unless they went to super duals and an individual tournament EVERY weekend.
  4. Dalton/Alstott EV 126 Goodwin/Wilson NC 132 Bailey/Ross NC 138 Hall/Freije NC 152 Dickens/Fuqua EV 160 Ruhlman/Carrington EV 170 Deters/Sego EV 170 Farrell/Brooks NC 195 Webster/Guhl NC 220 Wow... These are brutal.
  5. It’s not overblown at all. To say, “lumping a comment or two,” THAT isn’t fair or reality. Go on FloWrestling’s Instagram page or read back to the thread on their match last year. There were plenty of comments that were valid points for hate towards CJ because they were bitter about him winning in high school. It’s just ridiculous grown men find time to bash a kid who’s 100x the wrestler they are/were. All I’m saying is remain classy and everyone on here has done a great job of that so far.
  6. I’m happy I haven’t seen it thus far, and I hope I don’t see this thread doesn’t break down into a Chad Red hate train. As Indiana wrestling fans, it’s always fun to see our own elite competitors face off, but sometimes people on this board or in the FloWrestling comments get a little carried away with their praise for Nick Lee that they bash CJ. I understand being passionate, especially the EMD crowd, but you have to remember that these are two phenomenal grapplers and Nick showed us tonight how much he’s improved in one year, hats off to him. Taking nothing away from him though, Chad Red is still Chad Red. He’s a big match guy and always gives us some big wins when it matters most. They’re both two-time All-Americans on the Division I level for a reason, and both are capable of winning the 141 lb class. Keep it classy and let’s continue to keep negativity away from these young men on either end.
  7. 120 – Andrew Haggerty (Perry Meridian) | Battle-tested kid who’s had just about everyone you could have on the schedule. 152 – Kade Law (Columbus East) | Al Smith champ, faced a who’s who at 152; close battle with Freije at Team State. 160 – Tyler Fuqua (Franklin) | Only losses to Dickens and Law (152) in the UTB. 220 – Alex Hernandez (Warren Central) | Solid big man from the east side room who’s faced great competition. If he’s healthy, he can make a deep run. 285 – Jacob Johnson (Franklin) | Ranked eighth in the semi-state with five losses all coming in OT to wrestlers in the top ten.
  8. In my first year as a volunteer assistant coach, I see a lot of things, good and bad, that go on in the wrestling room that I question as an adult, but also think to myself, “Is that how my old teams and I were?” As a former competitor, it’s natural to feel like you could whoop up on the new high school kids of today, but you know as time passes, talent evolves and so does the sport which means that the way things are done have to be adapted to more current styles of coaching and learning. However, I wonder sometimes if things are devolving and actually worse for the athletes. The reason I say that is because I noticed the coaches are a little more cautious in how they approach their athletes these days because parents are more involved (sometimes too involved) on how a coach runs his team. Some kids in our room questioned why they had to go so hard and what the purpose for all of the intense drills was. Our Head Coach, visibly frustrated, explained calmly what the reason was. It caught me by surprise because their HC was my former HC and he was a lot harder and blunt on my teams. It made us better and we appreciated it. We also had lots of competition born inside the room due to our depth, and me and some of my best friends to this day would be cussing at each other and beating the crap out of each other because we cared that much about winning. It’s the nature of the sport. So, I tried to explain to our athletes that real friends push each other and beat up on each other in the room, working for takedowns and drilling hard to reach their goals and they looked kind of confused at that. Maybe my methods are outdated. I’m just wondering is there something I can do that can help push them to break their bad habits such as lazy drilling and a way to be assertive or a way to tell them to be assertive to one another without it becoming an incident. Every time it seems to happen, parents get involved. I don’t wanna call them soft, but at the same time I don’t think I’m telling them anything wrong. I think healthy competition in the room is necessary to be successful, but are their mindsets too weak/too naive to understand this, or is mine broken?
  9. I wanted to start a hypothetical scenario where this actually happens, and I want you all to be careful to read each word because as we seen earlier on this thread, reading is essential and people get upset when they don't do it. Per the National Prep Board, the eligibility for teams and individuals are as follows: National Prep Wrestling Tournament Eligibility Criteria Criteria For School Eligibility Participating schools must be accredited by an established regional, independent school accreditation organization that is recognized by the appropriate state department of education and the National Association of Independent Schools. Wrestling must be a recognized varsity sport at participating schools and an interscholastic competition schedule must be published by the school for public viewing not later than December 1st. Participating schools may not take part in their state's public school state wrestling championships. Participating Schools must join the NWCA prior to their first competition and follow the NWCA / Trackwrestling / National Prep OPC weight management guidelines. Participating schools are required to operate in accordance with the National Federation Rulebook Schools that are virtual or on-line schools must be accredited and affiliated with a participating National Prep Tournament network school. Schools that rely on public funding to sponsor operations do not qualify. Schools must participate in their qualifying zone tournaments in order to be eligible to participate in the National Prep Tournament. Eligible schools that are not located in a qualifying zone will be assigned to a qualifying zone by the National Prep Board. Schools must be approved by the National Prep Board, for National Prep Tournament eligibility not later than November 1st of the season in question. Eligibility for Individual Wrestlers Must be enrolled as a full-time student at a school approved by the National Prep Board for participation not later than the end of the second week in January. May not have reached one's 19th birthday prior to August 1st of the school year in question. Eighth grade student athletes who are enrolled full-time, as an eighth grader, at an approved National Prep network school are eligible. Student-athletes, grades eight - post graduate, who are enrolled as full time students at schools that meet the national prep eligibility criteria are eligible to participate in the National Prep Tournament. In this scenario, lets say for the 2020-21 season, the independent and private secondary schools within Indiana (47 total) have decided to move forward with their own association free of travel restrictions and lets say they all can properly field a full wrestling team. We'll have them compete in the Indiana Association of Independent and Private Schools (IAIPS). Indiana Association of Independent and Private Schools (IAIPS) IAIPS Boys’ Wrestling The IAIPS Boys’ Wrestling Championships are held annually at the Mackey Arena at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The tournament is a two-part series beginning with the Section Championships and concluding with the State Championships. Sections Central Indiana Section Northern Indiana Section Southern Indiana Section Western Indiana Section Sections (cont'd) Teams can choose to compete in whatever section they desire, but each section must comprise of twelve teams with one having an uneven eleven due to 47 member schools. State Championships Top four finishers from each section qualify for state championships. Wrestlers will be entered into a seeded (1-12) 16-man bracket, placing 6 with full wrestlebacks to third place. Team champion will be decided by individual scoring. The champion or next highest placing individual per weight will qualify for the National Prep Wrestling Championships (per the qualifier allocations) in Bethlehem, PA. Rankings Rankings are done 1-12 individually by IndianaMat with a power poll determining the top wrestlers P4P along with teams ranked 1-8. Champions of Indiana Dual At the conclusion of every season, the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches’ Association (IHSWCA) organizes an all-star dual meet between that year’s IHSAA champions and IAIPS champions to determine that year’s individual Coaches’ Association champion. The Coaches’ Association awards a team championship to the IHSAA and IAIPS team champions. Note If the Coaches' Association allows, IAIPS varsity teams can compete alongside their public school counterparts within whatever particular class at the IHSWCA State Dual Championships. Within this scenario, we could see schools like Evansville Mater Dei or Indianapolis Cathedral not only compete across the country in tournaments, but we could see them allow eighth graders to compete for their respective teams, helping increase depth and grow talent pool within Indiana.
  10. Cathedral High School's team is shaping up to possibly be their best ever. They are ranked 42nd in the country with sophomore Zeke Seltzer ranked 15th per InterMat and dominated the IHSWCA State Duals in the 3A class and ran away with Al Smith, and I was wondering since they are a private school, would we ever see a time when Indiana allows private or independent schools to be in their own league? It would be much like how Texas has TAPPS, Pennsylvania has the PAIS, Virginia has VISAA, and Maryland has the MISAA, and so forth. If we had our own governing body for private and independent schools in Indiana free of travel restrictions, would it be interesting to see how a team like Cathedral fares at the National Preps tournament in Pennsylvania among others? Would it be a good way to create more depth or improve our talent pool in Indiana?
  11. Cathedral High School's team is shaping up to possibly be their best ever. They are ranked 42nd in the country with sophomore Zeke Seltzer ranked 15th per InterMat and dominated the IHSWCA State Duals in the 3A class and ran away with Al Smith, and I was wondering since they are a private school, would we ever see a time when Indiana allows private or independent schools to be in their own league? It would be much like how Texas has TAPPS, Pennsylvania has the PAIS, Virginia has VISAA, and Maryland has the MISAA, and so forth. If we had our own governing body for private and independent schools in Indiana free of travel restrictions, would it be interesting to see how a team like Cathedral fares at the National Preps tournament in Pennsylvania among others? Would it be a good way to create more depth or improve our talent pool in Indiana?
  12. 5 state champions in this bracket. Wow.
  13. We’re two weeks out from sectionals and this is always the best time of the year. Most kids begin to peak around this time and wrestle their absolute best through February. What individuals or teams put together some of the most impressive, deepest, and/or memorable runs through Bankers Life can you remember? I have a few. 2015 – Jordan Vaughn, Franklin Central, 43-6, 11 | Runner-Up at 132 lbs. • Vaughn had previously been a two-time semi-state qualifier for the Flashes, and had just finished third in the Perry Meridian regional. The next two weekends were special though. Vaughn went on one of the most impressive hot streaks I can remember by bringing it to Jack Chastain in the semifinals followed by a good finals win over Nick Ellis. Vaughn then continued his run through the state by knocking off Griffin Schermer and upsetting Connor Knapp in the semis before ultimately falling to an otherwordly Nick Lee in the finals. 2015 – Nathon Trawick, Richmond, 48-2, 12 | Runner-up at 285 lbs. • Trawick had given up a loss earlier in the season to a kid ranked #4 (can’t think of who), but stormed back through the sectional and regional before reaching New Castle where he ran into a gauntlet of battle-tested heavyweights that started with an explosive ticket-round match with Perry Meridian heavyweight, Chris Ridle. Following that match-up, Trawick was met with more explosions from a young Robert Samuels of Lawrence North, and ended his day with Warren Central heavy, Jasion Brogan. He continued this run through state beating a battle-tested Cory Christman from Penn, followed by a huge upset victory over 2014 runner-up, Norman Oglesby of Ben Davis. Ultimately, Trawick fell in the finals to Shawn Streck, but he still put together a magical run nonetheless. 2015 – Mason Parris, Lawrenceburg, 54-1, 9 | 3rd at 182 lbs. • The eventual three-time champion at 220 lbs. and Big Ten phenom was smaller at one point in time. At 182 lbs., Mason Parris was a threat but no one knew how much. He ran the table at New Castle beating a game Ben Stewart 3-1 in the ticket round, followed by a huge pin over then-undefeated #4 Conner James of Roncalli, and a good championship win over returning placer Jonathan Morales of Western Boone. Parris would continue his dominant run through Bankers with a win over eventual state champion, Jake Kleimola, followed by a pin over Kyle Shaffer, and he would ultimately be stopped in the semis, where he took his lone loss, by that year’s champion, Chase Osborn of Penn in a wild 11-10 decision (I can still remember the crowd when Mason cut him).
  14. Indiana has always been a state that produces great talent, but a lot of times, it never seems to materialize on the next level. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to this, but it’s always interesting to see who does well and who doesn’t in college. An individual that comes to mind for me is Dylan Lydy, a state champion in 2015 and now ranked 4th in the nation as a redshirt senior for Coach Ersland and only has one loss. He looks to be a for sure All-American this year if he can keep this momentum going, and while he is an incredibly hard worker, there have been more talented wrestlers to enter the collegiate ranks who fizzled out quickly. Also, I see Kris Rumph and Kyle Hatch are BOTH ranked #1 in the nation at their weights for very respective and competitive schools. Hats off to these gentleman for persevering and making the most of their college careers. I hope this new crop of talent can be successful. I have high hopes for Silas Allred, Zeke Seltzer, and Brayden Littell along with many, many others.
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