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NPHS weekend wrapup: Gymnasts win again, 4 wrestlers to state

February 11, 2013
By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School


Red wins semistate title, 4 Dragons to State Finals: New Palestine freshman C.J. Red won a semistate championship Saturday, leading a quartet of Dragons to the IHSAA wrestling State Finals this weekend at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Red 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 16 in their respective weight classes.

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 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, 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.

Three other Dragons competed on Saturday.

At 113, Rylan McCarty (37-7) 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, 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, Nick Brickens (14-11) fell to South Dearborn's Jimmy Shaw 8-6 in the opening round.

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.


Dragons win Bloomington North Invitational: Kenzi Hoffman and Kaytlin Fee were 1-2 in the all-around, leading the Dragons to a championship in the 13-team Bloomington North Invitational.

NP totaled 103.5 points, besting Franklin Central (101.675), Bloomington North (99.775) and Bloomington South (98.875). New Castle was fifth with 96.675.

Hoffman and Fee each won one event and they shared the individual title in another. Hoffman won the vault with a 9.3. Fee won the floor exercise with the same 9.3 score. They shared the title on balance beam with an 8.8 score.

Hoffman was also fourth on uneven bars and fifth on floor exercise. Fee finished 11th on bars.

Other top-10 finishers for the Dragons were Annabelle Dockins, who was fourth on vault and ninth on floor exercise. Shelly Huesman was third on bars. Ciarra Hough was seventh on floor.

Hoffman had an all-around total of 35.55, Fee 34.725.

The Dragons are back home Tuesday with a match against Richmond and Franklin Central.

Girls swimming

Trimpe competes at State Finals: NPHS senior Emily Trimpe completed her high school career at the IHSAA State Finals on Friday at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Trimpe swam a 25.34-second 50 freestyle to finish 29th in that event. She was 23rd in the 100 breaststroke at 2:08.47, equaling her seed time coming into the meet.

Trimpe concludes her career at NPHS as a mutliple-time state finalist and sectional champion.

Girls basketball

Dragons fall to Franklin Central: The youthful Dragons saw their season end in a 61-23 loss to No. 9 Franklin Central in the sectional semifinal at Franklin.

NP had a solid opening five minutes and trailed 13-5 in the late stages of the first quarter, but FC outscored the Dragons 32-2 from then until the midpoint of the third, including a 20-2 second quarter that gave the Flashes a 37-7 halftime lead. FC then opened the second half with eight straight points before Natalie Kehrt's driving three-point play got the Dragon offense going.

FC was led by Lizzy Pedigo's 15 points. Kennedy Archer added 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting to give the Flashes two double-figure scorers.

FC was held to 36 percent shooting, but did so with a number of attempts -- the Flashes were 24-of-66 from the floor, taking advantage of forcing 35 turnovers and gathering 21 offensive rebounds. FC was also 8-of-15 from the line.

NP was led by Kehrt's nine points, as she hit 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the line. Carly Hackler had four strong first-quarter points, and Emma Laughlin also had four points. Gia Nitschke led NP with four rebounds, while Hackler, Haley Stratman, Katlyn Keele and Payton Kost had three each. Stratman also had three steals, an assist and a blocked shot. Hackler had two blocked shots and a steal. NP was 8-of-26 from the floor and 6-of-9 from the foul line.

The Dragons, likely the state's youngest varsity team with a roster entirely comprised of freshmen and sophomores, finished the season with a 3-18 mark. FC went on to win the sectional championship and has a 19-4 record.

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