New Palestine High School senior Alec White won his fourth consecutive regional title, while Landan Burton also won a regional championship in Saturday’s Perry Meridian regional.
Each clinched a top seed in his 16-wrestler bracket at next Saturday’s New Castle semistate.
White, who is unbeaten at 32-0 on the season, had a quick fall, then went the distance -a and then some – to win the 126-pound title. He pinned Speedway’s Kiheem Brown in the opening round. In the semifinal, he posted a 12-3 major decision over Greenfield-Central’s Larry Evans. In the championship match, White went overtime with Warren Central’s Dylan Culp. White recorded the OT takedown and won 3-1.
Burton wrestled into the second period just once in a quick day. He pinned Tech’s Jaylin Harris in 1:49 in the opening round, then pinned Pike’s Noah Laws in 1:31 in the semifinals. In the championship match, he pinned Beech Grove’s Isaiah Greene in 2:41 to claim the 220 pound title. Burton is now 30-4 on the year.
The Dragons had one other wrestler compete at the regional. Brayden Clevenger lost by fall to Perry Meridian’s Jalen Allen in the opening round at 182. Clevenger finishes his season 17-15.
As a team, the Dragons placed sixth out of 19 teams represented at the regional, tallying 45 points. Perry Meridian was the regional champion with 220.