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INDIANAPOLIS — With three State Finals appearances under his wrestling belt, Saturday’s regional championship was nothing extraordinary for Josh Farrell.

It was the fourth such title of his decorated career and, barring an upset, he’ll advance out of this weekend’s semistate at New Castle toward yet another appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Feb. 15-16 for the final, 152-pound showdowns.

Yet, Farrell — one of three Hancock County regional grappling champs — has never enjoyed a postseason quite like this. The Greenfield-Central senior dominated his three regional foes Saturday, earning each win by technical fall, with a total score of 64-19.

“I was just talking to one of my buddies about that,” Farrell explained Saturday after the No. 2-ranked wrestler improved to 40-0 on the year. “I’ve just never felt more crisp in my life. I don’t know, I just feel like, of all the times I’ve ever peaked, I think this is the best one.

“I don’t even think I’ve peaked the most yet. I’ve still got two more weeks to get better, and I just feel real good about what’s going on right now.”

This is the furthest into a season Farrell has gone undefeated; he went 39-4 last season, finishing second at the state finals at 138 pounds.

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