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Five Trojans, one Knight and one Spartan headed to state finals

Wrestling Semi-State Recaps
Saturday, February 13 at New Castle and Jasper

Teams of the SEI Local Sports family had 33 wrestlers compete in Saturday’s wrestling semi-states- 31 were at New Castle and two were at Jasper.

In the team competition at New Castle, East Central led the locals with a fifth place scored of 83.  Other team places/scores of local interest included: Connersville 12th/28 points, South Dearborn 18th/15 and Lawrenceburg 32nd/3.5  Batesville, Franklin County, Greensburg, Milan and Rushville were all represented but did not have a team score.

Perry Meridian won the team event with 148 points.  Cathedral was second with 135.

Individually, the top four wrestlers in each event qualify for the state finals.  To reach the top four, a wrestler had to win their first two matches.

Locals who qualified for the state finals include:

  • 126- 3rd East Central’s Blake Wolf
  • 145- 3rd South Dearborn’s Eli Otto
  • 152- 3rd East Central’s Ben Wolf
  • 170- 1st East Central’s Bryer Hall
  • 195- 4th East Central’s Ryan Bovard
  • 220- 4th East Central’s Kole Viel
  • 285- 1st Connersville’s Evan Shafer

The state finals will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.  First round action will be Friday, February 19.  Quarterfinals through the finals will be Saturday, February 20.

One wrestler from both Southwestern and Switzerland County competed at Jasper but did not finish in the top four.

Rushville report from coachn Jim Tush- Tuff Tackett (106) made a good showing. It is hard not to get intimidated by the semi-state with “win or go home” first round tension. Especially as a sophomore, it can seem unreal. Next year, with one trip under his belt, he will have the confidence to progress further into the state tournament. I am very proud of Tuff and his positive attitude this season.

What a season! With the deck stacked against us to even have a season, Rushville wrestling persevered. It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to coach the RCHS wrestling team. I am very proud of all of our wrestlers. It has been a great first season for me. Having the opportunity to work with this group of wrestlers has been a blessing. They raised the bar for character and perseverance. They made it through a season riddled with quarantines and still had successes to show for their dedication. If we would have had everyone together for an entire season, we would have taken many more to semi-state. Next year, the sky’s the limit.

We thank the IHSAA and Track Wrestling for the semi-state information and the coaches who contributed to the recaps.

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