Senior staff writer
No. 3-ranked Perry Meridian’s 10-year reign atop the Marion County wrestling championships ended Saturday on its home mats.
No. 1 Warren Central, coached by former Falcons mentor Jim Tonte, won eight individual matches, including 4-of-5 against his old team.
Perry’s D.J. Brookbank, 132 pounds, and Noah Warren, 160 pounds, claimed county crowns. Brookbank defeated Lawrence North’s Nick Smith 5-1, and Warren defeated Warren Central’s Dominic Herrick 9-1.
Franklin Central’s Jordan Vaughn defeated Perry’s Kain Rust 11-6 for the 145-pound title.
Perry Meridian’s Sammy Fair (106), Sunny Nier (113), Jack Servies (126), Brett Johnson (152) and Christian Warren (170) also reached championship matches along with Beech Grove’s Ethan Smiley (120), Roncalli’s Nick Ellis (138) and Southport’s Robert Clark (195).
Warren Central outscored the Falcons 270-217.5 in Tonte’s first year with the Warriors. Franklin Central was fifth, Roncalli sixth, Southport ninth and Beech Grove 10th.
At Indian Creek, Center Grove nailed its second straight Johnson County championship.
The Trojans won five individual championships: Alex Petro (106), Zak Siddiqui (120), David Roth (132), Logan Coyle (145) and Cory Heinrichs (201).
Greenwood’s Nick Ballard won the 195-pound title by pinning three opponents.
Center Grove’s boys and girls swim teams finished second in the Johnson County meet at Indian Creek.
Noah Tallman, 500 freestyle, 4 minutes, 59.15 seconds, and Alan Krasutsky, 100 breast stroke, 1:00.11, were winners for the Trojans. Krasutsky, Tallman, Jamie Vance and Alex Feitl won the 400 freestyle relay.
Center Grove diver Rachel Smallwood set a meet record of 461.95 points on the 1-meter springboard.
Greenwood was fourth in each meet.