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Wrestling sectional: NP 2nd, 25 local grapplers advance
January 28, 2013Hancock County Sports
At Warren Central
Dragons 2nd, Cougars 4th: New Palestine placed second and Greenfield-Central fourth at the Warren Central wrestling sectional.
WC scored 241 points, while NP had 219. G-C had 161, 14 points short of third-place Roncalli. Mt. Vernon was ninth with 39 points.
Six local wrestlers won sectional titles. NP advanced 12 wrestlers to regional, while G-C advanced nine and MV one.
Four of the local sectional champs were from New Palestine, as C.J. Red won a matchup of undefeated wrestlers in the 106 pound final, beating Warren Central's Matthew McKinney by a 12-2 major decision. Red is now 37-0 on the year and ranked No. 1 in the state by IndianaMat.com. At 113, NP's Rylan McCarty (32-5) defeated WC's Joel McGhee 5-2 in the final. Gordon Wagner (35-4) won the 138-pound title by beating Franklin Central's Kevin Groves 6-1 in the final, while Robbie Elsea (34-3) gave NP its fourth sectional champ at 145 pounds. He beat Beech Grove's Trevon Sevion 6-2 in the title match.
Greenfield-Central had two sectional champions. At 152, Josh Farrell stayed perfect at 37-0, beating Triton Central's Trey Miller by a 25-10 tech fall in the title match. At 170, Austin Rose improved to 27-7 with a 4-0 final-round win over WC's Danny Herrick.
Also advancing for NP were Taylor Fee (29-8, second at 126), Nick Brickens (13-8, second at 160), Brian Wagner (33-3, second at 182), Gabe Estes (6-2, second at 220), Ian Pomfret (19-18, third at 170), Jared Timberman (28-12, fourth at 132), Logan Hunt (27-12, fourth at 152) and Willie Bryan (29-9, fourth at 285).
Also advancing for G-C were Sam Locke (33-7, third at 132), Joe Hoskins (23-9, third at 160), Tyler Beeson (29-9, third at 285), Taylor Wright (29-12, fourth at 113), Garrett Mullins (22-15, fourth at 126), Shawn Fogle (26-14, fourth at 138) and Cameron Nuckols (28-11, fourth at 182)
Advancing for MV was Chance Albrand (27-8, fourth at 195).
The advancing wrestlers will compete at next Saturday's Perry Meridian regional. The top four from each weight class will move on to the New Castle semistate on Feb. 9.
Royals advance three: Eastern Hancock advanced wrestlers to the regional for the first time since 2006, as three Royals moved on from the Shenandoah sectional.
Hunter Knopp was a finalist at 170, before falling to New Castle's Spencer Sargent in the final. Knopp, the sectional runner-up, advances to regional with a 29-8 mark.
Also moving on to the regional for EH were Josh Ramage (23-14), who was third at 195, and Nathan Kell (30-8), who was fourth at 138.
EH finished eighth in the sectional with 66 points, one ahead of ninth-place Northeastern. New Castle (221) knocked off Knightstown (160) for the title.
The Royal wrestlers will compete at next Saturday's Richmond regional. The top four from each weight class will move on to the New Castle semistate on Feb. 9.