INDIANAPOLIS — Perfection is a burden too heavy for most. To Chad Red, it’s an attainable goal.
“I could have wrestled a lot better,” the New Palestine sophomore remarked shortly after defeating Fairfield’s Forrest Glogouski 6-2 to win the 120-pound championship Saturday evening at the 76th Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
It was the second straight state title capping a second straight undefeated season for Red, now 92-0 in his prep career.
Red entered Saturday night’s spotlight round having pinned 38 of his 43 opponents this season, including all three of his early-round State Finals foes — the 6-2 victory was his closest match of the year. Red’s goal for next season is to pin all four of his State Finals combatants, a feat accomplished by only three wrestlers since the four-round state finals format began in 1984.
Perry Meridian coach and Indiana High School Wrestling Hall of Famer Jim Tonte is a believer. In his 15th season with the Falcons after a decorated grappling career at Southport and the University of Indianapolis, Tonte has seen nearly all of the best Indiana has to offer in terms of high school mat legends.
“Chad Red, he is very technical, but he’s very athletic,” said Tonte, whose Falcons’ streak of three straight team championships was broken Saturday by Indianapolis Cathedral. “And, this isn’t a knock on him, he’s very confident about himself. I think all three of those things together are tough to beat.”