G-C is defending champ, but NP and Yorktown are favorites

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WHAT: Hoosier Heritage Conference Wrestling Championship

WHERE: Yorktown High School

WHEN: Saturday, 9 a.m.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: Greenfield-Central

OUTLOOK: New Palestine

The Dragons, the self-proclaimed ‘Team to beat,’ have unfinished business at the HHC meet. Last January, New Palestine racked up six runner-up finishes, many of them in key matches that led to them placing second behind Greenfield-Central.

NP, which is 23-0 and ranked No. 4 by IndianaMat.com, will need those blue ribbons Saturday morning at Yorktown. The hosts are No. 2 in the state and present the red and white with its biggest obstacle to a conference crown.

The two squads met on Nov. 24 at the Yorktown Invitational, with the Dragons winning the dual matchup 36-32.

“It helped for seeds, but it’s a new day and anything can happen,” said first-year NP coach Chad Red of his team’s prior meeting with the Tigers. “We just have to match their intensity and be ready to put points on the board more than everybody there (Saturday).”

Red’s group sports a quartet of No. 1 seeds: CJ Red (106 pounds), Taylor Fee (126), Brian Wagner (182) and Noah Grable (195). That foursome — each of whom is the distinct favorite in their weight class — is a combined 101-17 on the season.

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