NEW CASTLE – A loaded semi state welcomed eight Montgomery County wrestlers on Saturday. When the dust settled, three of those individuals found their way to the state finals. Two local grapplers claimed semi state championships.
Tanner Webster became North Montgomery’s first ever semi state champion with his win at 170 pounds. Boone Welliever became Southmont’s fourth semi state champion at 145 pounds. Charger sophomore Seth Johnson finished second at 106 pounds to punch his ticket.
Johnson started his day with an 11-2 major decision and booked his trip to state with a pin over Logan Bailey at the end of the first period. Johnson found another pin in the semifinals when he took care of Andrew Black in 3:15. Johnson met Perry Meridian freshman Brayden Lowery (44-2) in the finals where he lost a 4-0 decision.
No. 2 Johnson (43-2) will start the state finals against No. 14 Brayden Shearer (39-8) of Garrett.
Welliever got a bit of a scare in the first round when he only got through with a 4-0 decision. He got through the ticket round with a late take down of Riley Fletcher to get a 4-2 decision. Welliever used a 1-0 decision over Lawrenceburg’s Andrew Roth to get to the championship. He put an exclamation point on the day with a pin of Elliot Rodgers of Catchedral in just 1:10.
Welliever (40-0) is ranked No. 15 and will start his state finals off with unranked Brooks Wathen (43-7) of Jennings County.
Webster cruised through a very difficult bracket. He started his day with a tech fall in the second period. He pinned his way to the finals. It took him just 34 seconds to pin Troy Murry and he got past Hamilton Southeastern’s Joe Mazero in 57 seconds. Lawrenceburg senior Jake Ruberg didn’t have an answer for Webster in the finals where the Charger won 5-2.
No. 2 Webster (46-1) starts things off with Jonyvan Johnson (34-7), unranked out of New Haven.
State starts Friday night when the wrestlers will wrestle a single match at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse. Winners advance to Saturday’s 8-man bracket that will determine the order of medalists.
106 Results
1st Place - Brayden Lowery of Perry Meridian
2nd Place - Seth Johnson of North Montgomery
3rd Place - Andrew Black of Shenandoah
4th Place - Brendan Mattingly of Carmel
113 Results
1st Place - Alec Viduya of Roncalli
2nd Place - Skylour Turner of Warren Central
3rd Place - Gavin Rose of Greenfield-Central
4th Place - Caleb Oliver of Indianapolis Cathedral
120 Results
1st Place - Tyce Freije of Roncalli
2nd Place - Carter Noehre of Greenfield-Central
3rd Place - Sunny Nier of Perry Meridian
4th Place - Trevor Ragle of New Castle
126 Results
1st Place - Jordan Slivka of Indianapolis Cathedral
2nd Place - Alec White of New Palestine
3rd Place - Adam Jerde of Carmel
4th Place - Dallas Pugsley of Shenandoah
132 Results
1st Place - Breyden Bailey of Indianapolis Cathedral
2nd Place - Cainan Schaefer of South Dearborn
3rd Place - Ethan Smiley of Beech Grove
4th Place - Jack Servies of Perry Meridian
138 Results
1st Place - Zach Melloh of Indianapolis Cathedral
2nd Place - Jesus Mancera of Lawrence Central
3rd Place - Ryan Surguy of Shenandoah
4th Place - Jacob Redd of Connersville
145 Results
1st Place - Boone Welliever of Southmont
2nd Place - Elliot Rodgers of Indianapolis Cathedral
3rd Place - Kain Rust of Perry Meridian
4th Place - Darian Padgett of North Central (Indianapolis)
152 Results
1st Place - Noah Warren of Perry Meridian
2nd Place - Andrew Negangard of East Central
3rd Place - Cody Klettheimer of Frankton
4th Place - David Kitko of Noblesville
160 Results
1st Place - Alston Bane of Richmond
2nd Place - Josh Gee of Shenandoah
3rd Place - Matthew Wertz of Zionsville
4th Place - Justin Miller of Westfield
170 Results
1st Place - Tanner Webster of North Montgomery
2nd Place - Jake Ruberg of Lawrenceburg
3rd Place - Joe Mazero of Hamilton Southeastern
4th Place - Brad Lowe of Greenfield-Central
182 Results
1st Place - Alec Jessop of Hamilton Southeastern
2nd Place - Evan Stambaugh of Lebanon
3rd Place - Jonah Rolfes of Lawrenceburg
4th Place - Cameron Simmons of Lawrence Central
195 Results
1st Place - Tristen Tonte of Warren Central
2nd Place - Ben Stewart of Indianapolis Cathedral
3rd Place - Liam Jagow of Westfield
4th Place - David Delph of Frankton
220 Results
1st Place - Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg
2nd Place - Andy Guhl of Indianapolis Cathedral
3rd Place - Jacob McClaine of Lebanon
4th Place - Kyle Cornwell of Elwood
285 Results
1st Place - Elijah Bailey of North Central (Indianapolis)
2nd Place - Robert Samuels of Lawrence North
3rd Place - Tyler Selm of Franklin County
4th Place - Clark Minges of East Central