Senior staff writer
Roncalli, Perry Meridian and Center Grove captured sectional wrestling championships Saturday.
The Rebels claimed their ninth title and first since 2011. Roncalli ended defending state champion Warren Central’s string of five consecutive sectional titles on the Warriors’ mats.
First-year coach Wade McClurg’s Rebels claimed individual championships at 113 pounds, Alec Viduya; 160, Elijah Mahan; and 182, Sam Hansen.
The Rebels outmatched Warren Central 254.5-190.5 with Franklin Central fourth and Beech Grove fifth.
“This sectional championship is a big deal for our program,” McClurg said. “We are very proud of this team and how hard they work. We have continued to get better as the season has progressed, and that’s a testament to our kids trusting the process.
“We have bigger matches ahead in the coming weeks of the state series, and we will be ready. Our team will continue to build and improve on a daily basis.”
Perry Meridian dominated the Southport Sectional by winning 12 of 14 matches. The Falcons racked up 346.5 points over runner-up Pike, 192, and third-place Southport, 177.
The Falcons won the following weight classes: 106, Brayden Lowery; 113, Sammy Fair; 120, Sunny Nier; 132, Jack Servies; 138, Brooks Davis; 145, Kain Rust; 152, Noah Warren; 160, Christian Warren; 170, Cameron Amos; 182, Jalen Allen; and 220, Rilee Miller; and 285, Steve Woolbright.
Center Grove won its third straight sectional title at Mooresville, edging runner-up Indian Creek, 197.5-151.5. Greenwood was sixth. The Trojans claimed four individual championships: 113, Alex Petro; 126, Peyton Pruett; 145, Logan Coyle; and 160, Gleason Mappes.
Champs from Beech Grove were: 132-pounder Ethan Smiley, who continued his undefeated season by defeating WC’s Tim Wright 6-3; 138, Bailey Moore; 152, Walter Ballinger; Franklin Central, 106, Josh Vaughn; and Greenwood, 152, Nick Wilham.
Wrestlers, first through fourth, from sectionals at Southport and Warren Central compete in the Perry Meridian Regional, and from Mooresville advance to the Mooresville Regional, Saturday at 9 a.m.
A total of 67 wrestlers represent Southside high schools in regionals. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advance to semistate.
Beech Grove: 113, Kody Conaway; 160, Nate Sanchez; 220, Isaiah Greene.
Center Grove: 106, Ben Sequin; 138, Austin King; 170, Jonah Hays; 195, Julius Byrd; 220, Michael Cutsinger; 285, Cory Heinrichs.
Franklin Central: 126, Chase Peavler; 132, Brandon Hadden; 146, Zach Worden; 152, Tyler Rodriguez; 182, Gavin Keesee; 195, John Owensby.
Greenwood: 106, Keeghan Overton; 132, Logan Roddy; 138, Jacob Schrader.
Lutheran: 220, Emeka Julliani.
Manual: 120, Ryan Chambers; 145, Jeremy Graham; 170, Donzell Walker;
Perry Meridian: 126, Davie Clayton; 195, Anthony Ruhana.
Roncalli: 106, Sam Slivka; 120, Tyce Freije; 132, Josh Hiatt; 138, Brian Keaney; 146, Pat Waugh; 152, Trent Smith; 170, Lorenzo Salazar; 195, Grant Duncan; 220, John Harris; 285, Marc Roland.
Southport: 106, Moses Mang; 113, Khua Thang; 138, Josh Moore; 145, Chad Rothwell; 160, Brett Wright; 170, Dennis Serrano; 182, Gage Higgs; 195, Dayton Fries; 220, Payton Frye.