2011 highlights: Finished fourth at sectional as a team, produced three individual sectional champs, one regional champ and three state finalists. Connor Robinson, a 2012 graduate, finished runner-up at 160 pounds.
2012 lineup (with weight, wrestler, grade):
106 — Chad Red, 9
Currently ranked No. 1 in the state
113 — Rylan McCarty, 10
120 — Tommy Cash, 10
2011: Sectional champ, regional champ, semistate runner-up, fifth at state finals at 106
126 — Taylor Fee, 12
2011: Sectional champ, regional runner-up, fourth at semistate, DNP at state finals at 113
132 — Jared Timberman, 9
138 — Gordon Wagner, 12
145 — Robbie Elsea, 12
152 — Logan Hunt, 11
160 — Ian Pomfret, 11
170 — Zach Alexander, 12
182 — Brian Wagner, 11
195 — Noah Grable, 10
220 — Andrew Yazel, 9/Gabe Estes, 10
HWT — Willie Bryan, 12
Outlook: The Dragons have two Chad Reds in the program, and they’re both invaluable.
In his first season as head coach, Chad Red already has the respect of his wrestlers, having gained their trust with his demanding yet caring style last year as an assistant. Red, an assistant and head coach at Lawrence Central from 1997-2010, was named New Palestine’s top man following the resignation of longtime coach Steve Harding in March.
Red brings his son, Chad Red, to the Dragons’ program, and the younger Red (who also goes by CJ) figures to help his squad immensely. A champion on the national club circuit, the freshman is already ranked No. 1 in the state at 106 pounds by IndianaMat.com.
The Dragons had a phenom 106-pound freshman last season: Tommy Cash claimed a sectional title on the way to a fifth-place finish in the state finals. Cash is moving up to 120 this year.
“(Chad) and Tommy have very different styles, but they’re equally talented,” coach Red said. “They’ve been wrestling against each other (on the club circuit) since they were 4 years old. They make each other better.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun.”