WR State Finals: Red wins 2nd straight, Dragons place 5th
February 23, 2014By Andrew Smith of New Palestine High School
Chad Red won his second straight state title, Brian Wagner was a state runner-up, and the Dragons placed fifth at a team in the IHSAA State Finals.
Red, a sophomore, remained a perfect 90-0 for his high school career, while Wagner also posted his second straight top-three finish. White, a freshman, had a solid showing in his first State Finals trip. As a team, New Palestine placed fifth with 50 points -- the team's highest-ever showing. The Dragons were just 1.5 points back of fourth-place Perry Meridian, five back of third-place Yorktown and 10 back of second-place Franklin. Cathedral won the title with 73 points.
At 120, Red remained perfect for his high school career and finished his sophomore season with a 44-0 record. In the title match, he quickly pulled ahead of Forrest Gloguski of Fairfield with a first-period takedown, and won 6-2.
Red's weekend started with a 3:33 pin of Yorktown's Brad Laughlin in Friday's first round. He needed 3:24 to pin Corydon's Bailey Lahue in the quarterfinals, and just 2:17 to pin East Noble's Connor Knapp in the semis. Red (43-0) will face Fairfield's Forrest Glogouski (44-2) in the state title match.
At 195, Wagner finished his senior year 41-5 after another epic battle with Warren Central's Katrell Moss in the championship match, which Moss won 3-2. The two faced each other for the championship each of the four weekends of the tournament. The two went scoreless in the first period, Wagner had an escape in the second, and Moss escaped in the third to mark the score at 1-1. Moss had a late takedown. Wagner was able to get an escape in the final 10 seconds, but was unable to take Moss down and get the win.
Wagner's weekend began with a 1:59 pin of Peru's Nick Cress in Friday's opening round. He beat Penn's Kobe Wood 9-3 in Saturday's morning quarterfinal, and then had a 9-1 major decision over Mooresville's Randy Scott in the state semifinal. Wagner finishes his career with two top-three finishes, as he was third in the state a year ago before moving up a spot on the podium this season.
At 106, White (36-9) won his first-round match on Friday night against Corydon's Mason Kaufer, with a 19-3 tech fall. In the quarterfinals on Saturday morning, White defeated Warsaw freshman Kyle Hatch 6-2. In the semifinals, he fell to Griffith's Jeremaih Reitz by a 7-0 score. White fell 2-1 to Cathedral's Breyden Bailey in the third-place match.
One other Dragon wrestled in the State Finals this weekend. At 126, Rylan McCarty dropped a 12-5 decision to Fort Wayne Snider's Erique Early. McCarty finished his season 37-7.
This marks the third straight year a Dragon has wrestled for the state title. Connor Robinson was a state runner-up at 160 in 2012, Red was a state champion at 106 in 2013. Early advanced to the state semifinal match and will wrestle for third place.
Red's title is New Palestine's third individual state championship -- all won by wrestlers. He becomes the first New Palestine athlete to win two individual state titles, having won the 2013 title at 106. Kyle Ulrey (2008) is New Palestine's other state titlist.