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135 Pounds                           after finishing runner-up at 160 pounds last February.
     Experience is busting at the seams in this bracket. In all, 13   •  Willis, a three-time state qualifier, was a member of
     of the contenders are ranked and four have placed fourth or   Cathedral’s Class 4A IHSAA state championship football
     higher the past two years. Third-ranked Ethan Raley (30-1) of   team this past November.
     Indian Creek is the lone former state champion. In 2007-08,   •  Third-ranked John Sims (18-5) of Evansville Mater Dei is
     he won the 103-pound state title and was runner-up at 125   a four-time state qualifier. He placed 6th as a freshman
     last February. Top-ranked Devon Jackson (48-0) of Yorktown   at 125 pounds; 4th as a sophomore at 140; and was 5th
     was state runner-up at 130 a year ago.  at 145 pounds in 2009-10.
      •  Raley is a four-time state qualifier. Second-ranked Justin
       Kieffer (40-0) is also making his fourth trip to Conseco   171 Pounds
       Fieldhouse. Kieffer, a  three-time state-place winner, has   Top-ranked Drake Stein (42-0) of Princeton is gunning
       committed to the University of Indianapolis.  for his second consecutive state title and first undefeated
                                          championship in his career. The three-time state qualifier will
     140 Pounds                           face some stern competition with 13 ranked wrestlers set to
     Top-ranked Jason Tsirtsis (38-0) of Crown Point is halfway to   lock up and three other wrestlers carrying undefeated records
     his goal – matching older brother Alex Tsirtsis’ four individual   into state: third-ranked Tanner Lynde (45-0) of Delphi, sixth-
     state titles (Griffith 2001-04). After winning his second   ranked Nicholas Manning (30-0) of South Dearborn, and
     consecutive state title last February, a third would give Crown   second-ranked Jackson Bratcher (41-0) of Eastbrook.
     Point its first three-time champion and Tsirtsis his second   •  Jeffrey Enrietto (34-6) of Carroll (Fort Wayne) has
     undefeated state championship. The competition will be   committed to Indiana Tech.  Bratcher, a three-time state
     fierce, however, with seven of the state’s top eight wrestlers   qualifier and third-place finisher at 171 pounds last year,
     occupying the bracket.                 has committed to Northern Illinois.
      •  Besides Tsirtsis, third-ranked Blake Rueger (43-2) of
       Evansville Reitz and second-ranked Phelan Montgomery   189 Pounds
       (38-0) of Terre Haute South are making their third   This bracket is packed with two-time state qualifiers. In all,
       consecutive state appearances.     six wrestlers are making their second trek to Conseco Field-
                                          house and among the experienced half-dozen, three return
     145 Pounds                           as former state-place winners. Top-ranked Mitch Sliga (33-0)
     No introductions will be necessary for six of this bracket’s top   of Fishers placed third at 189 pounds last year and was a
     wrestlers. Weighed down by 12 ranked contenders, the top   triple-crown All-American at Fargo this past summer. Second-
     six are multiple state qualifiers and three are former place   ranked Aaron Stevenson (38-0) of Indian Creek placed third
     winners. Among the trio, top-ranked Eric Roach (38-0) of   at 189 pounds two years ago.
     Crown Point remains the wrestler to beat. A state runner-up   •  Sliga was a starting fullback for the Class 5A IHSAA
     at 130 pounds as a freshman, Roach placed 4th at 135 in   state football champions. The title was Fishers’ first in
     2008-09 and won it all at 145 pounds last year.  football and any team sport.
      •  Second-ranked Andrew Hiestand (47-2) of Yorktown is a
       three-time state qualifier and placed 6th at 125 pounds   215 Pounds
       in 2008-09. Fifth-ranked Quincy Richey (31-2) of Brown   The lone undefeated wrestler in the bracket, top-ranked Trey
       County is a three-time state qualifier and was 8th at 130   Reese (28-0) of Indian Creek is aiming to become the fifth
       pounds two years ago.              consecutive unbeaten 215-pound state champion. A two-time
                                          state qualifier, Reese placed 5th at 160 pounds in 2009-10.
     152 Pounds                           Nine wrestlers in the bracket are ranked, but only four have
     If perfection is the key to success, sixth-ranked Reece Lefe-  prior state experience.
     ver (40-0) of Carroll (Fort Wayne) has the edge. If prior state   •  Third-ranked Travis Thatcher (36-2) of Bellmont is a
     experience is the measure of a champion, look no further   three-time state qualifier. He placed 7th at 189 pounds
     than top-ranked Doug Welch (46-1) of Castle, third-ranked   last year.  Logan Cooper (46-3) of Perry Meridian and
     Conner Mullins (49-2) of New Castle, fourth-ranked Montrail   fifth-ranked Joe Gallegos (41-4) of South Bend Clay are
     Johnson (45-1) of Tri-Central, and fifth-ranked Kirk Johnson   two-time state qualifiers.
     (47-1) of Perry Meridian. But they’re not alone. Seven wres-
     tlers have past tournament appearances to draw from and 10   285 Pounds
     of the 16 are ranked in the top 18.  Only three state qualifiers from last year’s bracket return to
      •  Welch, a three-time state qualifier, has placed every   vie for the crown. Eleven of this year’s contenders are ranked
       year at state (2nd at 145 pounds in 2009-10; 5th at 135   and 13 are first-time state qualifiers. Top-ranked Daniel
       pounds in 2008-09).                Meyer (43-0) of Bellmont carries an undefeated record into
      •  Kirk Johnson, a two-time state qualifier, placed fourth at   the mix and looks to become the sixth consecutive unbeaten
       140 pounds in 2009-10.             heavyweight state champion. He won’t be alone, however,
                                          as fourth-ranked Willie Henson (39-0) of North Central (India-
     160 Pounds                           napolis) and third-ranked Kaden Suter (20-0) of Martinsville
     Top-ranked Chad Welch (47-0) of Castle brings a perfect re-  will be eying the same goal.
     cord to the state finals, but four others are former state-place   •  Eight of the state’s top 10 wrestlers occupy seeds in this
     winners. The top six wrestlers in the state hold seeds and 11   year’s bracket.
     of the 16 contenders are ranked. Fifth-ranked Anthony Quiroz
     (30-0) of Chesterton was runner-up at 152 pounds in 2008-  Individual rankings information provided by
     09, and Cathedral’s second-ranked Tyler Willis (42-1) returns
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