The New Palestine wrestling team advanced two wrestlers to Saturday’s Warren Central sectional finals and had six advance to next week’s regional.
Christian White (113) and Noah Wright (145) were both sectional runners-up and will lead the group of six Dragons who will compete in next week’s regional. Richard Clevenger (170), Porter May (195), Juan Camacho (220) and Jacob Brittsan (285) all will compete at next week’s regional.
The Dragons scored 120 team points and finished fourth in the 10-team field. Warren Central (322) won the title, with Franklin Central (167) and Scecina (147.5) finishing second and third.
White won his first two matches by tech fall – winning 18-3 over Franklin Central’s Cole Dewell and 21-5 over Shelbyville’s Dillon Berry. He then lost by fall to Warren Central’s David Pierson in the championship match. White takes a 28-3 record into the regional.
Wright advanced to the final at 145 with two falls – pinning Eastern Hancock’s Sam Kessler in :43 and Franklin Central’s Chase Coleman in 1:35. Wright lost to Warren Central’s Antwaun Graves 13-3 in the final. Wright takes a 25-5 mark into the regional.
Clevenger (20-13) went 3-1 on the day to finish third at 170. He won a 2-0 decision, then lost a 4-3 decision to Triton Central’s Jonathan Riggins in the semifinal. He won a 9-0 major decision over Scecina’s Jameson Welborn in the wrestleback and then beat Shelbyville’s Taige Mummert 11-7 in the third-place match.
Brittsan (8-7) also finished third at 285. He pinned Scecina’s Brandon Sparks in the first round, then lost a 10-3 decision to FC’s Antone Alexander in the semifinal. He pinnned Shelbyville’s Dallas Karnes in 1:28 in the wrestleback and pinned Sparks for the second time on the day in the third-place match in 2:09.
May and Camacho both placed fourth. May lost twice by fall to Lutherna’s Logan Bears – in the opening round and in the third-place match. He also won a forfeit and a third-period fall over Shelbyville’s Keshaun Macklin. May takes a 10-9 record into the regional at 195. Camacho dropped his first match by fall. In the wrestlebacks, he pinned Shelbyville’s Tyler Green and Lutheran’s Brett Reid to clinch a regional bid. He dropped a 9-1 decision to Eastern Hancock’s Alexander Burton in the third-place match at 220. Camacho is 19-15.
NP had three other placers who will be alternates at the regional. John Dowden was fifth at 106. He finishes with a 19-13 record. Max Jones went 2-2 on the day and finishes 18-12 after a fifth-place finish at 152. Porter Keevers finished sixth at 120.
The six Dragons will compete at next Saturday’s Perry Meridian regional. Wrestling begins at 9 a.m.