2013 Fort Wayne Semi-State Preview

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Updated: February 7, 2013
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106lbs

Head of the Class: Hayden Lee- Garrett
State Streeters:Garrett Pepple- East Noble, Cael McCormick- Yorktown, Blake Glogouski- Fairfield

The Skinny:
Returning semi-state champion Hayden Lee returns to this weight class and might have to go through a family member to defend his title. Undefeated Garrett Pepple of East Noble looks to be his toughest challenger, but he will have to go through a tough Cael McCormick to get to his cousin.

Early Round Key Matches:
Ben Cauffman- Carroll vs. Cael McCormick- Yorktown
Blake Glogouski- Fairfield vs. Shane Garretson- Peru

113lbs

Head of the Class: Connor Knapp- East Noble
State Streeters: Logan Aldrich- Northrop, Sawyer Miller- South Adams, Alan Mock- North Miami

The Skinny:
This weight class will be quite a battle from start to finish with three returning state qualifiers coming back. Returning state 4th place finisher Sawyer Miller of South Adams will NOT be play wrestling this weekend as he will have stiff competition from Connor Knapp, Logan Aldrich and Alan Mock.

Early Round Key Matches:
Greg Newman- Whitko vs. Connor Knapp- East Noble
Logan Aldrich- Northrop vs. DeLawrence Gayfield- Concord

120lbs

Head of the Class: Schuyler Phillips- Yorktown
State Streeters: LJ Moser- South Adams, Sterling Lutter- East Noble, Chase Wilson- Maconaquah

The Skinny:
There is not much to talk about in this weight…oh wait yes there is! This weight has one of those draws that have the fans and wrestlers just cringe in the potential ticket round match between Forrest Glogouski of Fairfield and Schuyler Phillips of Yorktown. Phillips wrestled under the lights last year and Glogouski finished 6th, both at 113lbs. Phillips defeated Glogouski 3-2 at semi-state last year, however Glogouski topped Phillips at freestyle state later in the spring. Beyond the crazy ticket round match you have to watch the super Starfire LJ Moser and the battlin’ Brave Chase Wilson.

Early Round Key Matches:
Forrest Glogouski- Fairfield vs. Schuyler Phillips- Yorktown
Andrew Ledford- Kokomo vs. Sterling Lutter- East Noble

126lbs

Head of the Class: Nick Crume- Jimtown
State Streeters: Cody Walburn- Adams Central, Steven Cardenas- Carroll, Brett Martz- Fairfield

The Skinny:
Semi-state champion and two-time 3rd place finisher Nick Crume returns to 126lbs this year with nothing less than a state title in mind. He will be challenged by Flyin’ Jet Cody Walburn who has a chip on his shoulder after dropping a ticket round match last year. Don’t sleep on Steven Cardenas or Brett Martz who are both tough competitors.

Early Round Key Matches:
Cody Walburn- Adams Central vs. Bobby Humphrey- Snider
Kegan Kern- Peru vs. Brett Martz- Fairfield

132lbs

Head of the Class: Zach Krumlauf- Dekalb
State Streeters: Dalton Baysinger- Yorktown, Benjamin Fiechter- Southern Wells, Cody Koebel- Jimtown

The Skinny:
This weight class features three very strong wrestlers that will battle it out for the top step on the podium. Two-time state qualifier Zach Krumlauf would love to take the next step to the top of the semi-state, but he will be challenged by stalwarts Dalton Baysinger and Benjamin Fiechter.

Early Round Key Matches:
Tanner Shippley- Huntington North vs. Cody Koebel- Jimtown
Benjamin Fiechter- Southern Wells vs. Christian Hall- Kokomo

138lbs

Head of the Class: Chandler Carroll- Yorktown
State Streeters: Evan Loe- Peru, Austun McCray- Garrett, Reese Sieger- New Haven

The Skinny:
The bracket gods of the IHSAA have separated the top two ranked wrestlers in this weight class which could make for an exciting finals match. Chandler Carroll has two state medals already, while Evan Loe made the trip to Banker’s Life last year. Both have had great seasons so far and will look to claim the top spot on the podium in 2013.

Early Round Key Matches:
Austun McCray- Garrett vs. Jacob Weimer- East Noble
Derek Ellinger- Adams Central vs. Reese Sieger- New Haven
Tylor Willms- Fremont vs. Evan Loe- Peru

145lbs

Head of the Class: Eli Walker- Yorktown
State Streeters: Levi McKee- North Miami, Kyle Jolas- Huntington North, Tyler Housholder- East Noble

The Skinny:
This weight class is filled with wrestlers ready to make a name for themselves. Lead by two-time state qualifier Kyle Jolas and Eli Walker, this weight class has the potential to go one of about 12 different ways. Jolas and Walker cannot sleep on tough wrestlers like Levi McKee and Tyler Housholder or else they could be facing a tough draw at state.

Early Round Key Matches:
Eli Walker- Yorktown vs. Donovan Elliot- Eastbrook
Levi McKee- North Miami vs. Hunter Randolph- Wapahani

152lbs

Head of the Class: Isaiah Bradley- Muncie South
State Streeters: Connor Brummett- Dekalb, Sebastian Eckert- Huntington North, Chad Gaddis- Kokomo

The Skinny:
This weight class features a heavy favorite and a couple wrestlers eager to get over the hump. Returning state champion Isaiah Bradley is the class of the field, but he will be challenged by hungry competitors like Connor Brummett and Sebastian Eckert. Eckert and Brummett have both lost tough matches in the ticket round over the past few years with this year looking to be their time to breakout.

Early Round Key Matches:
Chad Gaddis- Kokomo vs. Tristan Wilson- Carroll
Sebastian Eckert- Huntington North vs. Tim Deters- Northridge

160lbs

Head of the Class: Rhett Hiestand- Yorktown
State Streeters: Spencer Malcolm- Carroll, Johnny Tredway- Elkhart Central, Kaleb Hammersley- Peru

The Skinny:
This weight class seems to be very spread out between all the regionals. Returning state qualifier Rhett Hiestand leads the way, but his spotlight could be hogged by a tough Spencer Malcolm.
Early Round Key Matches:
Spencer Malcolm- Carroll vs. Kaine Luginbill- Adams Central
Kaleb Hammersley- Peru vs. Rashad Jackson-Tatum- New Haven
Johnny Tredway- Elkhart Central vs. Shea Pyle- South Adams

170lbs

Head of the Class: Riley Lefever- Carroll
State Streeters: Tanner Adams- Jimtown, Anthony Linnear- North Side, Luke Akers- Northwestern

The Skinny:
The action will heat up at 170lbs this year with quite a barnburner ahead. Thankfully the bracket gods separated the best wrestlers which will give us a great semi-final and finals match. Super Charger Riley Lefever leads the way, but he will be pushed by the winner of the future Findlay Oiler Anthony Linnear and Tanner Adams semi-final.
Early Round Key Matches:
Luke Akers- Northwestern vs. Jake Reed- Muncie South
Tanner Adams- Jimtown vs. Kody Jones- Concordia
Anthony Linnear- North Side vs. Keair Ross- Kokomo

182lbs

Head of the Class: Brad Busse- Bellmont
State Streeters: Ben Pfister- Adams Central, Ben Evans- Bishop Dwenger, Russell Hazelet- Columbia City

The Skinny:
This will also be a great weight to watch as on any given day about one in six wrestlers could come away with the title. Returning state placer Brad Busse leads the way, but will be pushed to the limit by Adams County rival Ben Pfister, Ben Evans and even NHC rival Russell Hazelet.

Early Round Key Matches:
Ben Evans- Bishop Dwenger vs. Zach Telschow- Northwood
Corey Hinkle- Western vs. Ben Pfister- Adams Central
Russell Hazelet- Columbia City vs. Neil Snep- Manchester

195lbs

Head of the Class: Kyle Garringer- Jay County
State Streeters: Joseph Ross- Northfield, Tieshawn Johnson- Elkhart Memorial, Everett Green- Bishop Luers

The Skinny:
The Dunkirk Dragonslayer Kyle Garringer heads into semi-state this year with an unblemished record and looks to keep it intact after the dust settles. He will be pushed by tough wrestlers like the fighting Norseman Joe Ross and Tieshawn Johnson.

Early Round Key Matches:
Everett Green- Bishop Luers vs. Zach Goodyear- West Noble
Tieshawn Johnson- Elkhart Memorial vs. Brian Richardson- Churubusco

220lbs

Head of the Class: Fletcher Miller- Kokomo
State Streeters: Nolan Wilson- Leo, Jason Nicodemus- Churubusco, Bradley Joseph Sadilek- Carroll

The Skinny:
As with last year this weight class features two undefeated wrestlers, along with that the only returning state qualifier has only one blemish on his record. Fletcher Miller of Kokomo and Jason Nicodemus have both had breakout seasons and come into the Memorial Coliseum undefeated. Don’t sleep on the ferocious Lion Nolan Wilson as he is the only one in the field with state experience.

Early Round Key Matches:
Fletcher Miller- Kokomo vs. Jacob Strauch- Muncie Southside
Nolan Wilson- Leo vs. Brandon Joest- East Noble
Brad Sadilek- Carroll vs. Briar Gerber- Bluffton

285lbs

Head of the Class: Eric Hemmelgarn- Jay County
State Streeters: Matt Beard- Eastside, Drake DeMuyt- East Noble, Hayden Schmucker- Goshen

The Skinny:
Leaving before the heavyweights are done will be a grave mistake this year. This weight class is probably the most even throughout and could boast a big upset in every round. Lead by the pride of Portland Eric Hemmelgarn this weight will also feature undefeated the Butler Bully Matt Beard and double D Drake DeMuyt.

Early Round Key Matches:
Matt Beard- Eastside vs. Jacob Peckham- Monroe Central
Chris Travis- Eastern vs. Hayden Schmucker- Goshen