Wrestling (Girls) New Palestine High School

DeLois finishes third, 4 girls wrestlers place at state

By Andrew Smith | Jan 12, 2024 10:22 PM


The New Palestine girls wrestling team had four wrestlers place at Saturday's IHSGW State Finals at Kokomo Memorial Gym, led by senior Sydney DeLois, who posted her second consecutive third-place finish. DeLois finished third at 125. Ella Morris was sixth at 145. June Wagner-Gilbert (135) and Ezra Wagner (130) both placed seventh. DeLois won her first match 5-3 over Prairie Heights' Christian Lewis, then pinned Plainfield's Ariana Quazeda in 1:29. In the semifinal, she lost by fall in 4:53 to West Lafayette's Rose Kaplan, the eventual state champion. DeLois then won by injury default in the third-place match over Southport's K'yla Johnson. DeLois was the only person on the day to take Kaplan into the second period. DeLois finishes her senior season with a 24-4 record. At 145, Morris finished sixth. She pinned Portage's Brianna Palmer in 4:34 in the first round, then lost by fall in 3:54 to Franklin's Jazlinn Diaz-Avalos, the eventual state runner-up. In the wrestlebacks, she pinned Warren Central's Akilah Rusunuguko-Taylor in 1:54, then dropped the fifth-place match to Rochester's Laine Peppler by fall in 4:04. Morris finishes the season 35-9. At 130, Wagner won her first-round match by fall in 2:55 over North Miami's Lindsey Pugh. She then fell in 1:01 to Kankakee Valley's Lillyl Culbreth in the quarterfinals, then was pinned by Indian Creek's Hanna Seitzinger in 1:28 in the wrestlebacks. She pinned Attica's Joslyn Barnett in 1:56 in the seventh-place match. She finishes the year 31-8. At 135, Wagner-Gilbert pinned Valparaiso's Karlie Mann in 3:05 in the first round. In the quarterfinal, she was pinned by Jeffersonville's Sian Rogers in 5:48. Wagner-Gilbert then dropped a 5-0 decision to Mishawaka's Kaylee Smith in the wrestlebacks before pinning Penn's Haylee Sells in 3:34 in the seventh-place match. She finishes the year 37-5. Also competing was Julia Champ, who was pinned in 1:30 by Bremen's Makenzie Shumaker at 155. Champ finishes the year 22-14.