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Red, Farrell lead local quintet to State Finals

February 9, 2013
Hancock County Sports

Two undefeated semistate champions were among five local wrestlers punched their tickets to Bankers Life Fieldhouse next weekend from Saturday's New Castle semistate.

New Palestine's C.J Red and Greenfield-Central's Josh Farrell both improved to 44-0 on the year with semistate championships, while three other Dragons -- Gordon Wagner, Robbie Elsea and Brian Wagner -- will move on to the final round out of the 12 local wrestlers who came to New Castle.

The top four out of each of the 16-wrestler brackets advanced to the State Finals, which will commence on Friday night and continue with the round of eight in each weight class Saturday afternoon.

At 106, Red only wrestled one six-minute match, as he pinned Lapel's Ian Lamb in 52 seconds, did the same to Westfield's Zachary Steele in 3:53, beat Perry Meridian's Brett Johnson by injury default, then matched up with Warren Central's Matthew McKinney for the third straight week. Red won an 8-0 major decision in the championship match.

At 152, Farrell -- a state runner-up a year ago -- continued his quest for the spotlight match with a semistate title. Farrell improved to 44-0 on the year. He beat Seeger's Jordan Horath by a 26-11 tech fall in the opening round, then New Castle's Luke Decker by a 20-5 tech fall to clinch his ticket. A 21-9 major decision over HSE's Jackson Bennett followed. He beat Cathedral's Vinny Corsaro 4-3 in the title match to get the coveted No. 1 seed next weekend.

Three other Dragons punched their tickets.

At 138, Gordon Wagner moves to the State Finals with a 39-7 mark and a fourth-place finish. He pinned Noblesville's Stephen Kitko in 3:26, then won a 4-2 decision over Southmont's Dan Barrett in the "ticket round." Wagner fell 8-0 to Lawrence North's Juwan Bartlett in the semis, and then injury defaulted the third-place match.

At 145, Robbie Elsea moves on to the State Finals with a third-place finish and a 39-5 record. He beat Westfield's Michael Steele by a 12-3 major decision in the opening round, then defeated Shenandoah's Chandler Hale 7-5. Northeastern's Cody Handley won 10-0 over Elsea in the semis, but he came back to beat Collin Campbell of Lebanon 3-1 in the third-place match.

At 182, Brian Wagner (38-5) finished third. He beat Zionsville's Chris Mason 7-0, then 16-4 over Layne Harnishfeger of Franklin County. Wagner fell 4-2 to Jake Massengale of Perry Meridian, but pinned Fisher's Seth Riley in 4:04 to finish third.

Seven other local wrestlers were unable to move on from Saturday's action -- three each from New Palestine and Greenfield-Central and one from Eastern Hancock.

At 113, NP's Rylan McCarty (37-7), who placed fifth. He beat Pendleton Heights' Jeremiah Roosa 12-1 in the first round, but fell to HSE's Jack Chastain 4-2 in the "ticket round." McCarty then won a 6-0 decision over Centerville's Alston Jenkinson and a 6-3 decision over South Dearborn's Nathan Boggs to finish the day in fifth. At 126, NP's Taylor Fee -- a state qualifier last year -- was defeated in the first round by Connersville's Sam Gettinger by fall in 1:58. Gettinger became the semistate champion. Fee finishes 30-11. At 160, NP's Nick Brickens (14-11) fell to South Dearborn's Jimmy Shaw 8-6 in the opening round.

At 132, G-C's Sam Locke fell to Fishers' Jordan Lile by fall at the buzzer in the opening round. Lile was the eventual runner-up. Locke finishes 35-9. At 160, G-C's Joe Hoskins (26-12) went 1-2 to finish the year 26-12. He beat Shenandoah's Kyle Webster 7-3, but then was pinned by Cathedral's Blake Rypel in 4:36 in the ticket round. Hoskins then dropped a consolation match to Ronclli's Connor James 14-5. At 170, G-C's Austin Rose (33-8) won his first-round match against Crawfordsville's Robert Manns 15-0, but then fell 5-3 to Lawrenceburg's K.J. Hedger. Rose finished fifth, beating LN's Joe Fowler by default and Elwood's Sammy Mireles by a fall in 4:05.

At 138, Eastern Hancock's Nathan Kell finishes 31-11 after being pinned by Dan Barrett of Southmont in 3:08.

In the team score, Perry Meridian won the semistate title with a total of 163.5, with second-place Warren Central tallying 112. Cathedral was third with 70 and New Palestine fourth with 65. G-C placed ninth with 32.5 points.

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