Danville’s Brock Hudkins (120) and Elliott Molloy (126) both will make the journey downtown this week. Hudkins, who also won a semi-state title last season, sits in an envious No. 1 seed headed into Friday’s one-and-done first round.
“It feels amazing to come out as a first seed instead of a second, I’m ready for state now,” Hudkins said. “I don’t feel as nervous as I did last year and I feel like having already being there is really going to help.”
Molloy was pinned in his semifinal round but rebounded in the finals to take a third-place finish.
Brownsburg’s C.J. Damler was the lone Bulldog to make it to the finals, taking on undefeated Evansville Central grappler Brendon Kelley (49-0). Damler put up a good effort, but had to settle for second.
“I can’t even explain how excited and surreal it was for me,” Damler said. “I didn’t think I’d get quite that far. I thought I’d place, but not get second.”
Cascade’s Zach Batts (145), who placed third and finally punched his ticket to get to the state finals as a senior, rounds out the list of county grapplers advancing.
Wrestlers must win their first match on Friday in a one-and-done scenario, that includes 16 grapplers from each weight class, to have a chance to stand on the podium for a state medal and become one of the top eight wrestlers in the state.
“The margin for error is less at this stage,” Blevins said. “You have evenly matched kids and a lot of time it comes down to who’s prepared physically and mentally.”
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