PENDLETON — New Palestine finished runner-up to Yorktown in the conference wrestling championship for a second straight year on Saturday.
From here on out, second place won’t do for the Dragons.
In its final multi-team meet before the state tournament begins, No. 9-ranked New Palestine fell 277-233 to No. 6 Yorktown at the Hoosier Heritage Conference tourney.
Each squad pinned down five individual championships, but the Tigers were better top-to-bottom, finishing top three in all 14 weight classes: five 1sts, four 2nds and five 3rds. New Palestine had five runner-up ribbons to go along with its five titles, but not a single third-place finish, missing out on valuable team points.
“They’re kind of stacked at every weight,” said NP’s Noah Grable, the 220-pound HHC champ, of Yorktown. “And they’re consistent with getting pins when they need to.”
Greenfield-Central, with three individual titles, finished third with 162.5 points, ahead of New Castle (156), Delta (130), Pendleton Heights (125), Mt. Vernon (77) and Shelbyville (34).
Grable was part of a clan of Dragons who helped the fire breathers dominate the lower and upper weight brackets.
New Palestine opened the championship round with three straight victories: Alec White (106 pounds), Eugene Starks (113) and Chad Red (120) all claimed titles to continue standout seasons.