Hancock County duo snare state titles


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Greenfield-Central's Josh Farrell after winning the 152-pound state title at the 75th Annual Wrestling State Finals Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. (Tom Russo photo/Daily Reporter)


CJ Red (left) and his dad and coach, Chad Red, after CJ won the 106-pound state title at the 75th Annual Wrestling State Finals Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. (Tom Russo photo/Daily Reporter)


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INDIANAPOLIS — Two Hancock County wrestlers — one freshman and one senior — triumphed at the 75th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals Saturday.

Greenfield-Central's Josh Farrell, in his fourth trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the championships, beat Vinny Corsaro of Cathedral 3-2 in the 152-pound title match. Farrell finished his senior season 48-0, breaking his own single-season program record.

As he recovered in the wrestler's locker room, medal around his neck, Farrell was busy answering the 199 — and counting — congratulatory text messages that were waiting on him. 

"I'm sure it will sink in later, but right now I think I'm happier for my family and friends than I am for myself," said Farrell, who, as he wrestled, drew some of the loudest cheers of the night thanks to the large G-C contingent at the Fieldhouse. "I couldn't have done this without them."

Farrell's previous best State Finals finish was as the 138-pound runner-up last season. Saturday, he became the second G-C wrestler in program history to win a state title. Pulling off the same feat earlier in the evening was New Palestine freshman CJ Red, who won the 106-pound crown, five years after Kyle Ulrey won the first wrestling title for the Dragons.

Red (48-0) backed up his No. 1 state ranking, winning two of his state finals matches by pin and the other two by 5-2 and 4-0 decisions. The shutout came in the championship battle against East Noble's Garrett Pepple, who dropped to 42-3.

"The way he's kept his composure," a beaming Niki Red, CJ's mom, said after the match when asked what made her the most proud. "Level headed, never got the big head. He just got after it."

Three other New Palestine wrestlers joined Red and G-C's Farrell at the State Finals:

* At 182 pounds, NP junior Brian Wagner finished third. He won his Friday-night first-round match, and triumphed again in the quarterfinal Saturday morning before falling in the semifinal to Matt Hurford of Culver Community, 3-0. Wagner (41-6) bounced back to pin Seth Riley (40-8) of Fishers in the third-place match in two minutes, 19 seconds. Hurford (47-0) went on to win the state title.

* Senior Robbie Elsea (145 pounds) capped his career by finishing on the podium with an eighth-place finish. Elsea won his first-round match, then dropped three straight Saturday, including a tough 2-1 loss in his next-to-last bout against Warren Central's Shabaka Johns, who went on to place fifth.

* Gordon Wagner, Brian's cousin, was eliminated Friday by Indian Creek's Tyler Hupp, 13-3. Wagner, a senior, went 39-8 this season. Hupp (42-2) landed in third place Saturday night.

And, in a match featuring a Hancock County native:

* Cathedral sophomore Ben Harvey, of New Palestine, finished third at 126 pounds. Harvey (42-7) went into the fourth tie-breaker period to beat Connersville's Tom Gettinger (47-3) by an official 3-3 score (ultimate tiebreaker).

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