Alec White capped his New Palestine High School wrestling career with a quick move and a sudden victory.
The senior claimed the 126-pound IHSAA state championship Saturday night, pinning Brownsburg’s Blake Mulkey in 3:32.
The two wrestled through a scoreless first period and White had the down position in the second. The two were tied at 2-2 when White was able to reverse Mulkey to his back and hold for the fall and the state championship.
White finishes his senior season with a 39-1 record. He becomes the third individual to win a state wrestling championship in NPHS history and won the program’s sixth state title. He joins Kyle Ulrey and four-time champion Chad Red as state champs.
Earlier in the day, White matched up with previously-unbeaten Graham Rooks of Columbus East in the semifinals. White got the first takedown and led 2-1 after a period. In the second, he surrendered an early escape to Rooks, but then took him down late in the period and recorded a two-point near-fall to take a 6-2 edge. An escape to start the third ran his lead to 7-2. Rooks had two last-ditch takedowns in the closing seconds, but White clinched the spot in the state title match.
In the quarterfinals, he defeated Evansville Mater Dei’s Matt Lee 3-1 in Saturday’s quarterfinal round. He started the weekend with a 5-3 win over Lowell’s Colton Cummings in the opening round.