Heather Crull, wrestling in the 106-pound weight class, was the only Wayne County wrestler to advance to the state finals from the New Castle semi-state on Saturday, Feb. 10. The state finals will be held at the Ford Center in Evansville on Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17. Crull, a junior, also qualified for the state finals as a freshman.

Ten wrestlers from Wayne County schools traveled to New Castle to participate in the IHSAA semi-state, with the top 4 finishers in each weight class advancing to the state finals.  

106: Heather Crull (NE) won her first-round match over Taiga Koyanogi from Crawfordsville by pin. Crull won her second-round match over Colin Clark from Perry Meridian by decision. Crull won her third-round match over Caleb Morrow from Indianapolis Lutheran by pin. Crull lost in the championship match to Peyton Schoettle from Indianapolis Roncalli by decision. Schoettle is 39-1 on the season, Crull is 51-1.

144: Oshea Phillips (CHS) won his first-round match over Gabriel McNamee from Bishop Chatard and lost his second-round match to Bryce Doss from New Palestine.

285: Michael Henderson (NE) won his first-round match over Harrison Fife from Alexandria-Monroe by pin and lost his second-round match to Perris Green from Warren Central by decision.

126: Conner Frazier, from Centerville, lost to Carter Niccum from Westfield in the first round.

138: Kale Creech from Centerville missed weight.    

144: Gavin McFarland, from Richmond, lost to Jack Todd from Pendleton Heights in the first round.  

150: Zach Golliher, from Hagerstown, lost to Moses Stevenson from Franklin Central in the first round.

190: Caleb Cohee, from Northeastern, lost to Noah Weaver from Rossville in the first round.

215: Zane Schneider from Northeastern, lost to Garek Ellis from Frankton in the first round.

285: Nathan Westover from Centerville, lost to Hosia Smith from Cathedral in the first round.

Warren Central won the team title with a score of 148.5. Northeastern finished 19th with a score of 24. Centerville, with 2 points, was the only other Wayne County school to score. 

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A version of this article appeared in the February 14 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Dan Harney is a sports reporter at the Western Wayne News.