No easy matches at state wrestling meet

Logan Randle (left) and Nick Cooper.
Photos by Andre B. Laird.

It might seem cliche, but there are no easy matches at the state wrestling meet.

Huntington North High School senior Logan Randle, the Woodlan semi-state champion at 112 pounds, joins four other wrestlers in that class with only one loss on the season.

Nick Cooper, the HNHS 285-pounder who qualified fourth at the Woodlan semi-state, has two undefeateds in his class, and a one-loss wrestler as well.

The state wrestling meet will start Friday night, Feb. 19, at Con-seco Fieldhouse in Indi-anapolis, with first round matches. Those advanc-ing on will wrestle on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Randle, 41-1 on the season, will start his quest for a state title against Mason Todd of Pendleton Heights. The sophomore has gone 42-3 on the year.

Cooper, a junior, will put his 27-7 record on the line against Evansville semi-state champion Tyler Daughtery of Castle in the first round. Daughtery, a senior, has wrestled to a 42-2 mark on the campaign.

Joining Randle as one-time losers at 112 are Brenden Campbell of New Castle, a sophomore who is 52-1 and the New Castle semi-state champ; Paul Beck of Mishawaka, a senior who is 44-1; Bryan Kuhn of Evansille Reitz, a senior who is 42-1; and Kyle Ayersman of Lake Central, a sopho-more with a 36-1 mark and the Merillville semi-state champion.

At 285, semi-state champions James Travis of Merillville and Ross Janney of Yorktown still have unblemished season marks. Travis, the Merillville champion, is a senior with a 41-0 mark, and Janney, the Woodlan champ, is a senior with a 48-0 mark.

Dylan McBride of Crawfordsville, the New Castle semi-state champ, has suffered only one loss in 46 matches this year.