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WRESTLING TEAM FINISHES 8TH AT STATE

The Roncalli High School wrestling team finished eighth in last weekend’s IHSAA State Finals, representing the fifth top-10 state finish in program history.  The 2011 team (tied for fifth) was the last Roncalli wrestling team to finish in the top 10.  This year’s team scored 49.0 points at state, which surpasses the previous program state finals-high of 30 points scored in 1985.

“We’re very proud of our four guys and their individual efforts this weekend,” said head coach Wade McClurg.

Four Rebels combined to form the first quartet of Roncalli wrestlers to medal (top-eight finish) in the same state finals.  Senior Sam Hansen finished second in the 195-pound class and concluded his final season as a high school wrestler with 41-3 record.  Hansen’s effort marks the 13th time in program history that a Roncalli wrestler finished first or second at the state finals.  Sophomore Alec Viduya (126-pound class) finished fourth and ended his season with a 38-6 record.  Sophomore Brayden Lowery finished fifth in the 113-pound class.  Lowery lost his quarterfinal match 8-6 in overtime for his only defeat of the season, as he finished 41-1.  Junior Elijah Mahan finished fifth in the 170-pound class and posted a 37-7 season record.

 “Sam Hansen has been a staple of Roncalli Wrestling and we will miss his leadership,” said Coach McClurg.  “He wrestled a great tournament, earning state runner-up honors and although he fell short of his goal of becoming a state champion, he left no stone unturned.”

 “Elijah Mahan wrestled a great tournament by scoring over 45 match points, including two falls, and defeating the third-ranked guy in the state in the first round,” said Coach McClurg.  “Indiana Wrestling was shocked by Elijah’s performance, but our staff knew that he was capable of wrestling at this level.”

“Brayden Lowery and Alec Viduya capped off great sophomore campaigns, but they are not pleased with where they were standing on the podium on Saturday night,” continued Coach McClurg.  “Although they didn’t get what they wanted this weekend, they will learn from their defeats and use it as motivation to work even harder.”