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New Castle Youth Wrestling Club does well at states

Aiden Flowers (right) of the New Castle Youth Wrestling Club stands with Coach Gary Williams after competing in the Indiana State Wrestling Association Folkstype State Finals March 9-10. Flowers finished third among 25 competitors in the Intermediate 10U 93 division, wrestling six times and winning four matches by decision and one by pin.

STORY SUBMITTED BY KIMBERLY BRIDGES

INDIANAPOLIS — Some members of the New Castle Youth Wrestling Club (NCYWC) and their coaches participated in the Indiana State Wrestling Association Folkstyle State Finals March 9-10 at Warren Central High School on the east side of Indianapolis.

The two-day event was a challenge for a small club the size of NCYWC, but its wrestlers prevailed and represented their club successfully. The NCYWC placed 36th out of 190 teams that competed.

First-year members of the NCYWC that competed in the state competition included Griffin Armacost in the Pee Wee 6U 45 with just one month’s experience. There were 28 competitors in this division and Armacost wrestled in three matches.

Brenden Lanzer competed in the Bantam 8U 43. There were a total of 29 competitors in this division, Lanzer wrestled in four matches, and won two by pin. Talon Oakes competed in the Bantam 8U 49. There were a total of 44 competitors in this division, Oakes placed wrestled in four matches, and won one by decision.

Also, Isaiah Dobbs competed in the Intermediate 10U 77. There were a total of 33 competitors in this division and Dobbs wrestled in four matches.

Several individuals who have been members of the NCYWC two or more years also participated in the state competition. That group included Blake Walters who competed in the Bantam 8U 56. There were a total of 24 grapplers in this division, Walters wrestled in four matches, and won two by decision and one by pin.

Kaden Stoffer competed in the Novice 12U 67. There were a total of 31 of competitors in this division, Stoffer wrestled in three matches, and won one by decision. Carson Bell competed in the 12U 67. There were a total of 31 competitors in this division, Bell wrestled in five matches, and won one by major decision and two by pin.

Also, Jonah Cox competed in the 12U 82. There were a total of 35 competitors in this division, Cox wrestled in four matches, and won one by decision and one by sudden victory. Jonathan Eberhart competed in the Cadet 16U 132. There were a total of 42 competitors in this division, and Eberhart wrestled in four matches after just returning to action after an eight-week layoff due to a broken foot.

There were some major highlights for NCYWC in the two-day event. Aiden Flowers competed in the Intermediate 10U 93. There were a total of 25 competitors in this division and Flowers placed third overall in his division. Flowers wrestled in six matches and won four by decision and one by pin.

Tylin Thrine competed in the Novice 12U 82. There were a total of 35 competitors in this division and Thrine also placed third overall in his division. Thrine wrestled in eight matches and won four by pin, two by decision, and one by sudden victory.

Joey Hannan competed in the Novice 12U 108. There were a total of 29 competitors in this division and Hannan placed second overall in his division. Hannan wrestled in five matches and won two by decision and two by pin.

Gavyn Whitehead competed in the Schoolboy 14U 97. There were a total of 39 competitors in this division and Whitehead placed second overall in his division. Whitehead wrestled in six matches and won one by decision, two by pin, and two by major decision.

Brevan Thrine competed in the Schoolboy 14 U 119. There were a total of 19 competitors in this division and Thrine placed second overall in his division. Thrine wrestled in five matches and won two by decision and two by pin.

The NCYWC is coached by Gary Williams, Tony Piper, Eric Smith, Ronnie Whitehead, Dustin Lanzer, Ben Walters, Chris Odel, and Tom Bell.