Perry Meridian’s wrestling team celebrates the program’s 26th sectional championship and 22nd in a row Saturday at Southport. In front with the Falcons’ latest trophy are individual sectional champions, from left, Alex Cottey, Keaton Morton, and Aiden Warren as they are surrounded by teammates and coaches.
By Al Stilley
Perry Meridian and Center Grove claimed IHSAA sectional wrestling championships Saturday.
The Falcons dominated the Southport Sectional with nine individual title-holders with Roncalli second, 317-218, with Beech Grove fourth.
Center Grove edged runner-up Franklin, 241.5-222.5, with four individual champions. Greenwood was ninth in points.
Franklin Central finished second to sectional host Warren Central, 315-214. Lutheran was sixth with 81 points.
Twenty-one wrestlers representing eight different high schools also brought home individual championships. Overall, 68 wrestlers qualified Saturday for regional action.
Reigning 113-pound state champion Alex Cottey of Perry Meridian advanced as well as teammate and 2020 state runner-up Matthew Koontz. Lutheran’s Hayden Filipovich, ranked No. 2 in the state, won the 195-pound weight class title at Warren Central.
Among coaches pleased with their team performances, Roncalli coach Wade McClurg stated, “Overall, we thought our guys did an outstanding job. We ended up getting all 12 of our wrestlers through to regional competition and finished above our seed in a few weight classes.”
Regionals are Saturday with the top four in each weight class qualifying for semistate competition, Saturday, Feb. 13. Southside wrestlers who qualified from Warren Central and Southport sectionals advance to the Southport Regional and qualifiers from the Mooresville Sectional return to Mooresville for the regional. No spectators are to be admitted due to health protocols.
From Southport Sectional
BEECH GROVE (7) – Champion: Max Comado, 285. Second: Alex Murray, 195. Fourth: Jacob VanHook, 113; Alex Hernandez, 132; Ethan Thompson, 138; Aeden Crawley, 182; Nate Thompson, 220.
EMMERICH MANUAL (1) – Fourth: Michael Church, 126.
PERRY MERIDIAN (14) – Champions: Toby Billerman, 106; Alex Cottey, 113; Keaton Morton, 120; Matthew Koontz, 152; Jakob Sheets, 160; Jajuan Dale, 170; Aiden Warren, 182; Ronin Hammond, 195; Jeffrey McClure, 220. Second: Brady McKivitz, 145; Kevin Lian, 285. Third: Joseph Kam, 126; Jamason Roll, 132; Ronald Bik, 138.
RONCALLI (12) – Champion: Bryce Lowery, 126; Zach Wilson, 145. Second: Drew Willis, 132; Kody Glithero, 138; Andrew Stuck, 152; Luke Hansen, 160; Sam Peeples, 182; Justin Lewis, 220; Third: Braden Getz, 106; Tim Oo, 113; Patrick McGinley, 120. Fourth: Hadyn Ball, 170.
SOUTHPORT (11) – Champion: Bryce Pardue, 132; Luke Goodwin, 138. Runner-up: Nathan Smith, 106; Josh Foxworthy, 113; Braden McMillan, 120; Keegan Logan, 126. Third, Andrew Goodwin, 145; Daunte Hon, 160; Gage Nelson, 170; Ceu Thang, 220. Fourth: Evan Hammond, 152.
From Warren Central Sectional
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (10) Champion: Aataeveon Jordan, 220; Antone Alexander, 285. Second: Ayden Harper, 113; Kyan Sparks, 126; Cayden Shelton, 145; Chase Coleman, 160; Johnny Weisheit, 182. Third: Cole Dewell; Ernest Mosconi, 170. Fourth: Gauge Clark, 106.
LUTHERAN (2) – Champion: Hayden Filipovich, 195. Second: Clayton Hughes, 106.
From Mooresville Sectional
CENTER GROVE (11) – Champions: Charlie LaRocca, 106; Hayden Watson, 145; Riley Rust, 152; Dale Buchanan, 182. Second: Hyatt Yeager, 120; Michael Tharpe, 126; Noah Clouser, 132; Bryce Crump, 195; Owen Green, 285. Third: Reese Courtney, 113. Fourth: Mason Crump, 160.