New Palestine High School senior Landan Burton dropped a close 8-6 match to Whiteland’s Ryan Hammond in the first round of the IHSAA State Finals.
Burton took a 3-1 lead in the second period with a takedown, but Hammond rallied to take a 4-3 lead going into the third period. After surrendering a takedown, Burton reversed Hammond to draw within one at 7-6, but surrendered an escape point as he tried to get the final takedown and tie the match late.
Burton finishes his career with a 42-4 record during his senior season. He also finishes as a sectional and regional champion and with his first State Finals appearance.