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Dragons' Red, Cougars' Farrell win state titles

February 17, 2013
Hancock County Sports

Two Hancock County wrestlers entered the State Finals undefeated.

They finished the weekend celebrating under the spotlight.

New Palestine freshman C.J. Red and Greenfield-Central senior Josh Farrell won state championships Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, each completing a 48-0 campaign and a perfect run through the state tournament.

Red completed a perfect campaign at 106 pounds with a quick fall and two decisions. He needed just 100 seconds to pin Penn's Drew Hildebrandt, then beat Franklin's D.J. Smith 5-2 in the semis. Under the spotlight, Red won a 4-0 decision against East Noble's Garrett Pepple -- who had been 43-1 coming into the title match.

At 152, Farrell came into the bracket as one of two unbeaten wrestlers, and he was barely challenged on the week much like he had been the entire tournament. His quarterfinal match was a 20-7 major decision over Huntington North's Sebastian Eckart. He then won an injury default in 5:32 against DeKalb's Conner Brummett. The spotlight featured Farrell against Cathedral's Vinny Corsaro (46-4). Farrell won a tight 3-2 match for the championship.

Two other local wrestlers competed on the day. At 182, New Palestine's Brian Wagner placed third. In the quarters, he beat Bloomington South's Dakota Thacker 4-2 in overtime, but fell 3-0 to Culver's Matt Hurford in the semis. Hurford would later finish off an unbetaen senior season with a state title. The 3-0 match was his closest of the day. Wagner pinned Fishers' Seth Riley in 2:19 to clinch third. Wagner finishes the year 41-6.

At 145, New Palestine's Robbie Elsea placed eighth. After winning his first-round match on Friday, Elsea fell to Mishawaka's Tristan Macri 10-1 in the quarterfinals. He dropped a match to Warren Central's Shabaka Johns by fall in the consolation round, and then fell 7-1 in the seventh-place match to Lowell's Mitchell Roadruck. Elsea finished 40-8.

Red became NP's third state champ, joining Jade Roberts and Kyle Ulrey. Farrell became the second Cougar to win a state title, joining Terry Edon.

Perry Meridian won the title with 102.5 points. Yorktown was second with 62. Mishawaka (53), Cathedral (45) and Franklin (41) rounded out the top five. New Palestine tied with Fishers for seventh with 36 -- just four points behind Warren Central. G-C finished fifth with 23 points -- all obtained by Farrell.

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