Daily Reporter staff reports
NEW PALESTINE — Seniors Logan Robinson and Landan Burton dominated the field to win their respective weight classes, and the New Palestine wrestling team placed fourth overall at its own invitational on Saturday.
The host Dragons had four wrestlers advance into the New Palestine Invitational finals overall, including Christian White (106 pounds) and Noah Wright (145), who both finished as runner-ups.
Robinson, who is 22-7 on the season, won the 160-pound title behind a first-round technical fall, a 17-11 decision in the semifinals and a 16-5 major decision in the finals against Warren Central’s Danny Acevedo.
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Burton improved his season record to 28-1 by winning the 220-pound title. The state’s 16th-ranked wrestler, according to IndianaMat, won his first match by tech fall, followed by a pin in 2:09 against Roncalli’s Spencer Fears in the semifinals.
Burton wrapped up his 3-0 day with a 13-3 major decision against Martinsville’s Grant Walker in the championship match.
As a team, the Dragons amassed 150 points. Warren Central won the the title with 233.5 points. Roncalli was second at 179. Jennings County was third with 154.5 points.
Terre Haute South (143), Martinsville (139.5), East Central (123) and Perry Meridian (113) rounded out the final four places.
The Dragons had one third-place finisher in Brayden Clevenger at 195. He bounced back from a first-round loss to wrestle back with three straight wins to improve to 27-5 on the season.
The Dragons travel to New Castle for the Hoosier Heritage Conference meet Saturday.
Marauders take 6 titles
The Mt. Vernon wrestling team entered the Maconaquah Invitational short-handed Saturday, but the Marauders refused to lose, claiming six individual titles.
Mt. Vernon placed third overall as a team with 198 points, finishing behind invite champion West Lafayette (218) and runner-up Maconaquah (208).
Marauders’ 11th-ranked Chase Wilkerson (120 pounds), Chris Wilkerson (132), Aidan Alford (138), Max Hayes (145), Drake Kendrex (160) and P.J. Sterrett (182) all ended the day perfect to win their respective weight classes.
Cougars finish fourth
The Greenfield-Central wrestling team finished 3-2 to place fourth at the North Central Invitational on Saturday.
The Cougars defeated host North Central 45-28, Bishop Chatard 60-18 and Lawrence Central 51-16. They lost to Cathedral 58-15 and to Westfield 46-29.
Greenfield-Central had three wrestlers go 5-0 on the day, highlighted by 13th-ranked Gavin Rose, a junior, at 120 pounds. Rose (22-2), a two-time state qualifier, beat Cathedral’s fourth-ranked Lukasz Walendzak, a junior, by decision 4-0.
Ninth-ranked Carter Noehre was a perfect 5-0 at 132 pounds to increase his season record to 17-0. Seventh-ranked Brad Lowe was 5-0 at 170. Lowe is now 27-2 on the year.
Cooper Noehre, who is ranked 12th in the state, finished 4-1 at 145. Hunter Gulden was 4-1 at 220.
Cathedral won the invite, followed by Hamilton Southeastern in second and Westfield in third. The Cougars are 14-10 on the season and will compete for the HHC team championship on Saturday at New Castle.
Royals battle at Avon
The Eastern Hancock wrestling team finished 1-4 at the Avon Super 6 on Saturday.
The Royals defeated Danville 42-28, but they lost to Lafayette Jeff 46-21, Fishers 48-25 and to Avon Black 40-21 and to Avon Gold 77-0.
Clayton Cochard was Eastern Hancock’s top performer with a 4-1 finish at 195 pounds. Jordyn Wills (152), Alexander Burton (220) and Kaleb Maynard (285) each went 3-2.
Caleb Giddings (132), Avery Wills (145) and Garrett Friesen (160) were 2-3.