Southsider Voice correspondent
Perry Meridian High School captured the annual eight-team Capital City Classic wrestling championship on Saturday.
The host Falcons went into the finals leading Warren Central by only four points, but they won 8-of-10 championship matches to defeat Warren Central 285.5-257.5. Franklin Central finished third with 167 points; Beech Grove was seventh with 95 points.
“We led by very few points going into the finals,” Falcons coach Jim Tonte said. “But we went on a roll of six straight wins, and by the time our final wrestler took the mat we had really increased the lead.”
Champions from Perry were Cornelious Elliott, 120 pounds; Njugn Uk, 126; Brandon James, 132; Noah Warren, 138; Brett Johnson, 152; Cody Caffee, 170; Johnson Korvah, 182; and Tristen Tonte, 195,
Kain Rust (145) and Garrett Milner (160) reached the finals. Roming Thalop (106) and Jack Servies (113) placed third.
Beech Grove freshman Ethan Smiley won the 113-pound class, with teammates Cody Conaway (103) second and senior Evan Smiley (152) third.
Elsewhere, Perry Meridian wrestlers won six events in the Yorktown Invitational for freshmen and sophomores: Sonny Nier, 106; Davey Clayton, 120; Cameron Amos, 145; Jalen Allen, 160; Aaron Cravens, 170; and Anthony Ruhanna, 182.
Beech Grove’s Walter Ballenger won the 152-pound class at Yorktown.
The Falcons’ junior varsity team won the Brownsburg Invitational and boasted four champions: D.J. Brookbank, 126; Logan Hurley, 145; Jordan Marion, 160; and Jaylon Marion, 170.
Roncalli’s varsity team swept five opponents Saturday in the six-team New Castle Invitational. The Rebels defeated Rushville, New Castle, Connersville, Franklin County and Randolph Southern.
Six Rebels won all five of their matches: David Roth, 120; Hunter Miller, 126; Nick Ellis, 138; Pat Waugh, 145; Jake Mappes, 160; and Conner James, 182.
Going 4-1 were Josh Hiatt, 113; Michael Armbruster, 152; Quinn Cecil, 170; and Tyler Smith, 195.