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INDIANAPOLIS - New Palestine sophomore Chad Red overcame the weekend's only bump en route to his second straight wrestling state title.
After pinning his first three opponents at the 76th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals on Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Red was briefly immobilized by a knee injury in the 120-pound championship match against Fairfield's Forest Glogouski on Saturday night. The senior caught Red's left leg in an awkward and potentially dangerous position, and it appeared to be on the verge of suffering serious damage when the officials whistled for a pause in the action.
"I was kind of mad," Red said. "I thought I had my two (points) and he started cranking on my leg. I yelled at the ref, and they didn't want to stop it until my leg was about to break.
"But, it's all good. I got up, did my thing. Rolled him, turned him, got a quick two."
The injury occurred 50 seconds into the opening round. After an injury timeout, Red shook it off and built leads of 2-0, 4-0 and 6-0 on the way to a 6-2 win.
"It still pops every time I walk," Red said roughly an hour after his victory. "But it's all good."
The 92-0 career wrestler's goal next season is to pin all four of his State Finals opponents, he added. It's a feat accomplished by only three wrestlers since the four-round state finals format began in 1984.
New Palestine senior Brian Wagner finished second at 195 Saturday, falling 3-2 to Warren Central's Katrell Moss in a rematch of last week's semistate championship. Wagner edged Moss 5-4 at the New Castle Semistate. The pair were tied 1-1 late in the third period Saturday when Moss scored the decisive takedown.
"I'm real proud of Brian," NP coach Chad Red of Wagner, who improved on last year's third-place State Finals finish at 182. "Obviously you want to go out on top, but it just wasn't his night. We were right there, one point away. But I can't take anything away from Katrell. He won the match fair and square."
Indianapolis Cathedral broke Perry Meridian's three-year state championship hold on the team title. The Irish had 73 points to beat Franklin (60), Yorktown (55), Perry Meridian (51.5), New Palestine (50), Penn (44) and Warren Central (42).
Total attendance for the weekend's three sessions was 29,807. Franklin's Skyler Lykins (sixth at 138) was named Mental Attitude Award winner.
Tyler Beeson earned the second of what could be three all-state finishes in his athletic career. After winning his Friday opening-round match, the Greenfield-Central heavyweight lost in the Saturday morning quarterfinal by fall to Norman Oglesby of Ben Davis. Beeson, a senior, bounced back to finish sixth overall with a victory by fall over John Duvall of West Lafayette and a loss to Guy Henson of Avon, also by fall, in the fifth-place/sixth-place match.
During his sophomore track and field season, Beeson earned a medal with a ninth-place finish in the shot put at the State Finals in Bloomington, where the top nine finishers in each event earned team points. Last spring as a junior, Beeson landed outside of all-state recognition with a 17th-place shot put finish. He'll begin his final track and field season next month.
Cathedral's Wesley Bernard (49-0) beat Oglesby (43-2) by 5-2 decision for the heavyweight title Saturday night.
Beeson completed his final wrestling season at 40-4; he is G-C's all-time and single-season pins leader. His other two losses this year were to Bernard, including in the semistate championship at New Castle on Feb. 15.
New Palestine's Alec White completed an impressive freshman campaign with a podium finish. White, at 106, finished fourth, falling to Cathedral's Breyden Bailey 2-1 in their final match Saturday evening. White won his Friday night and Saturday morning matches by 19-3 and 6-2 decisions, respectively, before being shutout 7-0 by Griffith's Jeremaih Reitz in the 106 semifinals. Reitz went on to take the state title over Paul Konrath of Mt. Vernon (Posey), 4-2. White finished 36-9. Bailey (47-1), Reitz (45-1) and Konrath (48-3) are also freshmen.
Lawrence North junior Tommy Cash (47-1), a transfer from New Palestine, won the 138 state title, beating Merrillville's Jacob Covaciu, 5-3, in the championship match. Cash finished fifth in the State Finals for the Dragons as a freshman at 106, but was out with injury last season. ... Hanover Central's Stevan Micic became the 26th three-time state champ in the 76-year history of the IHSAA State Finals. Micic (42-0), a senior, won the 126 crown Saturday after taking titles at 113 last season and 106 as a sophomore. ... New Palestine's Chad Red (120), Warren Central's Deondre Wilson (132), Perry Meridian's Cody LeCount (145) and Lake Central's Gelen Robinson (220) won their second state championships Saturday. ... Robinson, a Purdue football recruit and son of former Boiler Glenn Robinson, beat future Indiana Hoosier wrestler Fletcher Miller of Kokomo 9-3 in the 220 final. ... Cathedral senior Vinny Corsaro finished runner-up for a third straight year, this time at 160. Greenfield-Central's Josh Farrell beat Corsaro in the 152 title bout last year, and Corsaro finished second at 145 in 2012. ... Garrett Pepple, an East Noble junior, finished runner-up to Red last year at 106 and finished second Saturday to D.J. Smith of Franklin at 113. ... Seventeen wrestlers entered the two-day State Finals undefeated and seven wrestlers remained perfect when the mats were rolled up: Red (44-0), Micic (42-0), Wilson (39-0), LeCount (44-0), Evansville Central's Brendon Kelley (50-0), Robinson (52-0) and Bernard (49-0).