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135 Pounds                           171 Pounds
           Among the 11 ranked wrestlers set to clash this weekend,   Last year, top-ranked Michael Duckworth finished 48-1 to
           four enter as former state qualifiers. Of those four, three   win the 171-pound state title. Partnered with teammate
           were state place-winners last year. Coincidently, those four   Cody Phillips’ 103-pound state title, the duo provided Union
           (No. 1 Brannigan Barlow (40-1) of Bloomington South, No.   County with its first two individual wrestling state champion-
           2 Mason Berryman of Anderson Highland, No. 3 Andrew   ships. Duckworth enters this year’s state finals a perfect
           Hiestand (44-3) of Yorktown and No. 4 Brock Norton of Fort   46-0 and is joined by 11 ranked wrestlers, including the
           Wayne Carroll) were also pegged as the state’s top-four at   state’s top-five.
           135 pounds.
                                                 • Union County’s Michael Duckworth has committed to
           • Norton, a third-place finisher at 130 pounds in ’09, en-  Ohio University. Second-ranked Drake Stein of Princeton
            ters the weekend a perfect 35-0. Berryman, who placed   (40-2) and third-ranked Jeff Weiss (45-2) of Heritage
            fourth at 125 pounds in ’09, is a flawless 33-0.  Hills both placed at 152 pounds last year.
                                                189 Pounds
           140 Pounds                           This bracket is packed with first-time state qualifiers – 13
           Ten of the 16 wrestlers in this bracket are first-time state
           qualifiers. Five wrestlers are making their second consecu-  to be exact. Of the remaining contenders, two are former
                                                state-place winners. Fifth-ranked Travis Thatcher (40-1) of
           tive trip to Conseco Fieldhouse. Top-ranked Francisco Por-  Bellmont is a returning 189-pound qualifier, while fourth-
           ras of Hobart, however, holds the most weight. A four-time
           qualifier and two-time place winner (second at 125 pounds,   ranked Michael Johnson-Jones (40-1) of Warren Central
                                                is competing for the 189-pound title for a third time after
           ’08), Porras won the 130-pound state title last year.   placing seventh last year.
           • Hobart senior Francisco Porras (38-1) will continue his   • Second-ranked Braden Atwood (45-0) of Delphi has
            wrestling career at Purdue University next season.  committed to Purdue University. He placed fifth at 171
           145 Pounds                             pounds in ’09 and fourth at 160 pounds in ’08.
           Ranked one-two in the state, No. 1 Eric Roach (37-0) of   215 Pounds
           Crown Point and No. 2 Doug Welch (45-0) of Castle enter
           the weekend with perfect records. Roach was runner-up   As one of three undefeated wrestlers in this bracket, top-
                                                ranked Nathan Cleveland (38-0) of Lowell seeks to become
           at 130 pounds in ’08 and placed fourth at 135 pounds last   the fourth consecutive unbeaten 215-pound state champion
           year. Welch was fifth at 135 in ’09. Third-ranked John Sims
           (30-7) of Evansville Mater Dei was fourth at 140 last year   this weekend. Yet, the competition will be fierce as second-
                                                ranked Christian Lentz (43-2) of Mishawaka looks to return
           and sixth at 125 pounds in ’08.      to the spotlight after a runner-up finish at 215 last February.
           • Sixth-ranked Patrick Robinson (29-0) of Hamilton South-  • Third ranked Dylan Green of Kokomo stands unbeaten
            eastern and fourth-ranked Alex Surma (43-3) of Munster   on the season at 48-0. No. 10 Evan Wooding of Moores-
            have committed to Purdue University.
                                                  ville is also undefeated at 37-0.
           152 Pounds                           285 Pounds
           The state’s top-two 152 pounders bring perfect records
           into this weekend’s state finals and could highlight a fierce   Six state qualifiers from last year’s bracket return to
                                                welcome the 10 first-time heavyweight contenders at this
           potential semifinal matchup. Ranked No. 1 Sam Bennett of   weekend’s state finals at Conseco Fieldhouse. Top-ranked
           Anderson Highland (38-0) placed third at 145 pounds after
           a runner-up finish the year prior. Castle’s Chad Welch (45-  James Travis (41-0) of Merrillville returns as the lone state-
                                                place winner, finishing fifth overall last February. Third-
           0) is a three-time state qualifier. Fourth-ranked Ryan Stahl   ranked Ross Janney (48-0) of Yorktown is the bracket’s only
           (43-3) of Mishawaka was runner-up at 140 last year.
                                                other unbeaten wrestler. He is a two-time state qualifier.
           • Anderson Highland’s Sam Bennett has committed to   • Fourth-ranked Jim West (40-3) of South Adams, Dylan
            Northern Illinois University. Mishawaka’s Ryan Stahl has
            committed to Purdue University.       McBride of Crawfordsville (45-1), seventh-ranked Daniel
                                                  Meyer (36-7) of Bellmont and second-ranked Travis
           160 Pounds                             Thomas (40-3) of Mishawaka all are making their second
           Top-ranked Sean McMurray (38-0) of Portage is seeking his   straight state appearances.
           third straight state title after capturing the 152-pound crown
           last year and 135-pound title in ’08. A four-time state-place
           winner, McMurray would become the tournament’s 24th
           three-time individual state champion and 14th individual
           champion in Portage’s history. Third-ranked Anthony Quiroz
           (31-5) of Chesterton was runner-up at 152 pounds last
           • McMurray has committed to Michigan State University.
            Ninth-ranked Cameron Vlahos (51-2) of Harrison (West
            Lafayette) has committed to Purdue University.
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