YORKTOWN — CJ Red’s dream is alive and well. And so is Josh Farrell’s.
Hancock County’s top wrestling duo continued their perfect seasons Saturday with Hoosier Heritage Conference championships: New Palestine freshman Red at 106 pounds and Greenfield-Central senior Farrell at 152.
Red, now 33-0 on the year and ranked No. 1 in the state by IndianaMat.com, was on the Yorktown mats for a total of 55 seconds. He pinned his first foe in 20 seconds, his second in 35 seconds, and his championship foe — Yorktown’s Cael McCormick — took an injury default before even squaring up against Red.
Farrell was equally dominant. A runner-up at the state finals last season at 138 pounds, Farrell secured pins of 18 and 58 seconds Saturday in the opening rounds, then went into the third period with Yorktown’s Dillon Jackson before putting Jackson’s shoulders to the mat.
The host Tigers took the ultimate prize Saturday; they won the team title with 270 points, ahead of New Palestine (242) and the defending champ Cougars (180.5). But, Red and Farrell, who were joined by a handful of teammates in claiming individual conference honors, maintained their focus on what lies ahead in February — the postseason and, specifically, winning state championships.
“I dream about it every night,” Red commented. “Just being under that spotlight, winning.”