Four county wrestlers qualify for state

Four Hamilton County wrestlers will compete at the IHSAA state meet next Wednesday after finishing in the top four in their respective weight classes Saturday at the New Castle semi-state.
Leading the way is Carmel senior Jack Eiteljorge, who won the semi-state championship at 160 pounds. Eiteljorge easily earned his spot with a technical fall over Scecina junior Jake Rebein in the first round, then scored a pin over Lawrence North’s James Despain in the “ticket round,” or the quarter-final. The senior reached the championship match with an 8-3 decision over Perry Meridian junior Brooks Davis, then took care of Union County junior Tucker Coffman in the final with an 11-0 major decision.
Westfield sophomore Carson Eldred finished second at 113 pounds. Eldred started with a first-period fall over North Central senior Chris Peters, then won a 7-2 decision over PM junior Ceu Kung in the ticket round.
Eldred advanced to the final with a 4-0 decision over Cathedral sophomore Caleb Oliver before being pinned in the championship match by Roncalli sophomore Brayden Lowery. Nevertheless, Eldred’s record is 42-3, making him the first county wrestler to break the 40-win mark this season.
The other two county wrestlers both finished fourth: Carmel sophomore Brendan Mattingly at 120 and Fishers senior Alexander Strueder at 138.
Mattingly came into the semi-state undefeated, and rolled into the semi-finals with a first-round pin of Pendleton Heights freshman Jared Brown, and a 4-0 decision over Roncalli sophomore Sam Slivka in the ticket round. In the semi-finals, Cathedral junior Lukasz Walendzak handed Mattingly his first loss of the year in a 4-0 decision.
Mattingly then lost the third-place match in a squeaker, as Zionsville freshman Logan Wagner beat him in overtime 6-4. Mattingly’s record is now 35-2.
Streuder reached the ticket round with a last-second pin of Roncalli junior Brian Keeney, then earned his state spot by beating South Dearborn senior Garrett Walton in an 8-0 major decision. Strueder then fell to Cathedral senior Zach Melloh 9-2 in the semi-finals, then dropped the third-place match to Beech Grove senior Bailey Moore in a 5-1 decision.
The state wrestling meet begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with 16 wrestlers in each weight class. Friday night winners advance to the Saturday placement rounds, where they are guaranteed a top eight finish.

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