New Palestine High School senior Landan Burton won the regional title Saturday and joined three other Dragons advancing to the semistate.
Burton won the 220 pound title at the Perry Meridian regional to improve to 40-1. Christian White, Noah Wright and Brayden Clevenger also clinched spots in the semistate.
Burton is now 40-1 on the year and will have one of the four top seeds at next week’s New Castle semistate. He won by fall in 1:54 over Manual’s Will Hickman in the opening round. In the semifinal, he won an 11-4 decision over Roncalli’s Spencer Fears. He won the title with a 3-0 decision over Perry Meridian’s Frank Hammond.
White, the Dragons’ freshman at 106, moves on as a third-place finisher. He pinned Roncalli’s Luke Aldrich in 1:12 in the opening round. He fell by fall to Perry Meridian’s Alex Cottey in the semis, and then pinned Shelbyville’s Dillon Berry in the third-place match in 1:52. White takes a 33-8 record into the semistate.
Wright moves on at 145, improving his record to 31-11 and finishing fourth. He won a 7-4 decision over Roncalli’s Hunter Miller in the opening round, then fell 11-3 to Warren Central’s Antwaun Graves in the semis. He dropped a 6-0 decision to Perry Meridian’s Jack Servies in the third-place match.
Clevenger also advances at 195 with a 32-11 record. He placed fourth, pinning Southport’s Gage Higgs in 1:55 in the opening round. He fell 3-2 to Eastern Hancock’s Clayton Cochard in the semis, then dropped a 5-1 decision to Perry Meridian’s Austin Lane in the third-place match.
Also wrestling for the Dragons were Chase Nelson at 113, Jared Diep at 120, Max Jones at 138, Logan Robinson at 160 and Hunter Holcombe at 285. All dropped their first-round matches.
As a team, the Dragons finished sixth in the 18-team field with 47 points. Perry Meridian (207.5) won the title over Roncalli (151) and Warren Central (113.5).
The Dragon quartet will compete in next Saturday’s New Castle semistate at the New Castle Fieldhouse, with the top four in each 16-wrestler weight class advancing to the State Finals.