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                   By RICHARD TORRES
                   VYPE High School Sports
                   Magazine, Central Indiana

     Among the 224 high school wrestlers partaking in this   119 Pounds
     weekend’s 73rd Annual IHSAA Individual Wrestling State   A state champion at 112 pounds last year, Lake Central’s
     Finals, five of last year’s champions return. Six former state   Kyle Ayersman is making his third trip to Conseco Fieldhouse
     champions will compete and 31 wrestlers will attempt to carry   in search of another big finish. The junior carries an unblem-
     their perfect records into championship Saturday.   ished 48-0 record, the state’s top ranking and hasn’t placed
                                          lower than third at state.  Once again, he will face a plenty of
     Two wrestlers have their sights set on history. Cody Phillips of   competition with 13 ranked wrestlers, including eight former
     Union County and Jason Tsirtsis of Crown Point will seek to   state qualifiers.
     join the three-timer club, winning their third consecutive state   •  Ayersman is trying to become the second wrestler in
     titles this weekend.                   school history to win back-to-back state titles. Lake
                                            Central’s Michael Escobedo was the last to achieve the
     Who will be the 14 best of 2010-11? We’ll find out under the   feat (145 pounds, 2000-01; 152 pounds, 2001-02).
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     103 Pounds                           The numbers say it all. Eight of the state’s top-10 ranked
     There are only two unbeaten wrestlers in this bracket, and   wrestlers hold spots in this bracket. Three are former
     fittingly, they are ranked one-two. Bloomington South’s Jacob   state-place winners and 10 are former state qualifiers. The
     Boomsma is a perfect 44-0, ranked second and making his   most decorated of the contenders is Roncalli’s Justin Kieffer,
     third trip to the state finals. Lawrence North’s Nathan Boston   a three-time place winner and the state’s second-ranked
     is a flawless 42-0 as a freshman and the top-ranked wrestler   wrestler at 125 pounds. Perry Meridian’s Jared McKinley is a
     at 103-pounds entering Friday night.  three-time state qualifier and has only one loss this season –
      •  Among the 16 contenders, 12 are ranked and three have   to Kieffer by decision.
       prior state experience: Boomsma, third-ranked Brock   •  Third-ranked Layten Binion (41-1) of Mishawaka is
       Bevans (45-3) of Yorktown, and seventh-ranked Danny   a two-time state qualifier. His only loss this year is to
       Hamm (52-4) of Prairie Heights (8th at 103 in 2009-10).  McKinley by decision 7-0.
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     Loaded is one way to describe this bracket. Unpredictable is   Three wrestlers enter state with perfect records and six have
     another. Before last weekend’s semi-state tournaments, two-  previous state experience on their side. Of the flawless trio,
     time state champion Cody Phillips (39-1) of Union County   Cathedral’s Brian Harvey has the deepest resume, finishing
     was the odds on favorite to win it all. But after the top-ranked   6th at 103 and 112 pounds in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Harvey
     wrestler lost by decision to second-ranked Mason Todd (28-  holds the state’s top ranking at 130 pounds.
     0) of Pendleton Heights at New Castle, all bets are off. Nine   •  Second-ranked Travis Barroquillo (52-0) of Prairie
     of the state’s top 10 wrestlers occupy seeds and the top five   Heights is making his third trip to state. Last year, the
     all have two or fewer losses.          Indiana Tech recruit finished 7th at 125 pounds.
      •  Other than Phillips, six wrestlers enter with prior state   •  Third-ranked Neal Malloy (46-0) of Danville is a two-time
       finals experience: No. 7 Alonzo Shepherd (48-1) of   state qualifier. Ninth-ranked Michael Brown (41-6) of
       Jeffersonville, No. 3 Paul Petrov (45-1) of Hanover   Castle, eighth-ranked Jonathon Hoehn (40-5) of Mount
       Central, Todd of Pendleton Heights, No. 12 Abraham   Vernon, and fourth-ranked Taylor Wisler (40-4) of
       Que (43-0) of Elkhart Central, No. 4 Jared Brooks (27-1)   Mishawaka are also two-time state qualifiers.
       of Warsaw, and Luke Schroeder (48-2) of Southwestern
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